Eclectic Rose Canvas

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 31, 2014

Hello, Lynne here today! I was so excited to receive the new Darkroom Door stamps that it was difficult to make a selection as to which stamp to ink up first! I decided to play with the Rose Eclectic Stamp to create a paperclay rose which would become the focal on a stamped canvas.

Paperclay rose:- Drying time for the paperclay needs to be considered so this should be your starting point for the artwork.

Gather all materials:- paperclay, Eclectic Rose stamp, rolling pin, craft knife and craft mat.

Roll out the paperclay, I rolled to approx 7mm.  Remember, the thicker the clay the longer it will take to dry.

Stamp Rose directly onto the paperclay – no need to ink up the stamp. Immediately clean the stamp afterwards.

Gently cut away excess clay taking the time to smooth rough edges.

Transfer to a flat surface, placing on kitchen paper towel to absorb moisture.  Then it is time to step away from the paperclay rose, allowing it to dry.

In the meantime, you can set to work on the canvas.


Applying with Gel Medium, adhere scraps of muslin, floral fabric, lace and Tissue Wrap, leaving to dry for a few moments.

With an old credit card/artist palette knife, randomly apply the paints, (see Supply list).  Also at this stage apply random patches of texture paste. Remember to prepare the sides in the same manner.

As you wait for this to dry you can prepare the stamped elements.

Onto tissue paper stamp with Staz-on Jet Black.

Tear around each element and plan your composition before adhering with Gel Medium.

Painting the Paperclay Rose:-

You want to spend time on this stage and use the photograph on the packaging of the Eclectic Rose stamp as reference.

Start to define the rose with the Stabilo pencil and Distress Paint Black Soot.  Apply the Distress Paint with a fine artist brush.  For the Stabilo pencil only blend with the lightest touch of water.  Next add Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet 

You could now seal with a varnish of your choice.

To complete the canvas adhere the rose with silicone glue above the beautiful quote.

Now your canvas is ready to adorn a wall.


The Rose stamp has a photo real quality to it so this will be reflected in the end result of stamping into the clay.  

Paperclay can be cut once it has dried.  If you cut it immediately do not exert any pressure to avoid distorting the image.

Drying times vary depending on thickness of paperclay and also heat and humidity of your home.

I always stamp a few extra images onto the tissue paper.  It is useful to have extras because tissue paper is so delicate that an image can be inadvertently torn as you adhere to your artwork.

Do not want to apply too much moisture when painting the paperclay.


Darkroom Door Rose Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Viva La Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamps
Creative Paperclay - white
Staz-on Jet Black
Distress Paint Weathered Wood (on canvas)
Distress Paint Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Black Soot (on rose)
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish: Vintage Lace, Antarctic, Irish Cream, Nougat
Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Acrylic: Jasmine (on canvas)
Golden Gel Medium
Golden Gesso
Melange Tissue Wrap
Texture paste
Canvas 8"x8"
Stabilo black pencil
Silicone glue
Tools:-  rolling pin, fine artist brush, craft knife, heat gun, old credit card, plastic palette knife
Extras:- floral fabric, lace, muslin, white tissue paper

If you have not used paperclay before or not stamped with it, then I hope you will be inspired to have some play time with your Darkroom Door stamps because I am sure you will not only have fun but you will also be adding extra dimension to all your artwork.

Until next time,

Fallen Leaves Garden Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 27, 2014

Hi , Connie here with a couple of cards using the Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set and Fallen Leaves Background Stamp. These two go together so wonderfully. 

1. Take the Fallen Leaves background stamp and use three different shades of either green or brown and randomly apply ink over the stamp in different areas. 
2. Huff on the ink (to keep the ink wet  and stamp on white cardstock. You will see all the shades of ink on the image. Very pretty effect. 
3. Stamp leaves from the Carved Leaves Vol 1 stamp set. Use the same three inks that you used to stamp the background with. 
4. You will need about 6 or 7 of different leaves for each style of card shown here. 
5. Fussy cut them out. 

6. I used the Robin Eclectic Stamp and butterfly from the Wings Rubber Stamps as the focal of the cards. Stamp those and fussy cut them out. 
7. Arrange the stamped Carved Leaves and adhere to the stamped Fallen Leaves background. Add the focal image to the center of the leaf cluster. 
8. Mat background panel to coordinating cardstock. 
9. Add sentiment and trim. The Robin Image has some added REAL feathers, remember I live on a Ranch! :)  

Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fallen Leaves Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Love Birds Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamp Set
Ink: Ranger 
Markers: Copic 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamping On Silken Thread

Darkroom Door - Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hello everyone, it's Susie here. Today I'm sharing two postcards I've created by stamping Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set onto silk fabric.

I began each of the postcards by stamping the Emulsion Frame onto silk. I suggest experimenting with different ink on a small sample of silk to see how it reacts to the fabric. I used Distress Ink on the 'Create' postcard and found it left a very blurry image (which I like) and VersaMagic for the other frame. I used VersaMagic for all of the 'Carved Leaves' images. I also stamped words from 'Simply Circles' onto card.  Then it was a matter of layering fabrics, lace, tulle and stitching them into place. I embellished the leaves with beading, twine and the words to complete each postcard.  

Supplies used:  
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 2. Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Emulsion Frame Stamp

Thanks for visiting Darkroom Door today!

Seaside Inchies Tags

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 24, 2014

Hi! Belinda here today to share a couple of tags I created using the new Seaside Inchies Rubber Stamp Set combined with even more new stamps.


1. Apply the Torn Text Background Stamp onto a white tag using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Dry with a heat gun and then add some splashes of colour using Ranger Dylusions Ink Sprays. Tip the tag upside down and allow the drips of colour to run. Allow to dry.

2. Add some colour around the outer edges of the tag using Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

3. Apply Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks onto some Ranger Inkssentials Gloss Paper. Blend with the Alcohol Ink Blending Solution.

4. Apply the Seaside Inchies stamp as well as the sentiment using Alphabet Medley onto the coloured gloss paper. Dry off with a heat gun and cut out. Use a white paint pen such as a Posca Pen to highlight the bubbles on the inchie.

5. Use Leaf Green and Aquamarine Ranger Archival Inks to stamp some leaves from the Carved Leaves Vol 1 Stamp Set onto gloss paper. Dry with a heat gun and fussy cut.

6. Apply some splatters to the tag using Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink. Heat set with white embossing powder.

7. Glue the fussy cut leaves onto the tag. Add some tattered muslin on top. Add a torn piece of white cardstock on top of that and then top with the inchie.

8. Mount the individual letters of the sentiment onto white cardstock. Cut out and add to the tag using 3D foam.

*Note: For tag 2 I have stamped the Torn Text Background Stamp onto some white tissue paper, scrunched up a little and then Mod Podged onto the tag. Once dry, I added some colour on top using the Dylusions Ink Sprays.
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Seaside Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Seashells Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
RANGER Archival Ink: Jet Black, Leaf Green, Aquamarine
RANGER Size 8 Manilla Tags
RANGER Gloss Paper
RANGER Dylusions Ink Sprays: Fresh Lime, Polished Jade
TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink: Crushed Olive, Broken China
TIM HOLTZ Distress Embossing Ink
TIM HOLTZ Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Citrus, Pool, Stream
TIM HOLTZ Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution

Thankyou so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my tags today.


Robin Eclectic Stamp - 4 ways!

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hi there! It's Teresa here today showing you four cards using the Robin Eclectic Stamp! I started to create just one, then just couldn't stop! Here's a look at the different ways the Robin stamp can be used:



I used the Sunshine Background Stamp behind the Robin. Love how that looks! The sentiment is from the Love Birds Rubber Stamps Set. 


Used a different sentiment from the Love Birds Rubber Stamps for this card. 


I used the Scratches Texture Stamp behind the Robin on this card, along with another sentiment from the Love Birds Rubber Stamps on the circle tag.


By now I'm loving this Robin stamp so I decided she needed a crown! I used the French Script Texture Stamp behind her first, then added a sentiment from the Wings Rubber Stamps Set. 


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic Stamp

Darkroom Door Love Birds Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Sunshine Background Stamp


Hope you've enjoyed these! Happy stamping!


Boat Helm Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hi stampers! It's Rachel here with a couple of cards using the new Boat Helm Eclectic Stamp! This stamp is such a great addition to the Eclectic Series!



This card shows a quick and easy way to use the Boat Helm. Simply stamp the Boat Helm onto light blue cardstock using Archival Coffee ink pad. Stamp the sentiment from Seaside Vol 1 Rubber Stamps underneath using the same ink pad. Sponge Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges of the cardstock and adhere to royal blue cardstock. Distress the edges of the royal blue cardstock using a paper distresser. Tie a reef knot around the left side using twine. Mount entire panel onto folded light blue card. Lightly tap the Walnut Distress ink pad directly onto the edges of the card to give it a weathered look.


Here's another card using the Boat Helm stamp:



Stamp the Seashells Background onto beige cardstock using Archival Coffee ink pad. Distress the edges with a paper distresser. Wrap brown netting around the centre of the stamped background panel and adhere in place on the back. Stamp the sentiment from the Sail Away Rubber Stamp Set onto beige cardstock using Archival Coffee ink pad. Trim to make a banner. Sponge the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Stamp the Boat Helm onto beige cardstock and trim around the image with small scissors. Adhere onto royal blue cardstock and trim again to leave a small border. Adhere the boat helm to the left side of the background. Adhere the sentiment banner over the netting, tucking it under the boat helm. Adhere the entire stamped panel onto a folded royal blue card.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Boat Helm Eclectic Stamp

Darkroom Door Shells Background Stamp

Darkroom Door Sail Away Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door Seaside Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Archival Ink: Coffee

Distress Ink: Walnut Stain

Paper Distresser

Brown Netting

Cardstock: Beige, Royal Blue, Light Blue



Thank you for stopping by the blog today!


Believe Christmas Card

Darkroom Door - Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hi stampers, Joy here bringing you a Christmas card using the new Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp.

I chose to go with one of my favourite combo colours of grey (silver) and soft blue.

I wanted the Snow Flakes to be pretty much the centre of attention on the card, with just a few additions..

So stamping the Snow Flakes with a pretty soft blue, then a slight overlay of stamping using a phrase stamp from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set, in a soft grey ink.

I felt the card just need a little more touch, so I stamped out an inchie from the Christmas Inchies stamp set in grey ink tone, punching it out of white card stock and adding some silver thread behind, adding it just above the Snow Flakes.

Finishing off the card by adding a silver embossed sentiment from Yuletide Vol 2. stamp set, a splattering of silver mist and a few additions of sequins to make it a true festive card.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Christmas Inchies Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamps
Ink: Sea Glass (Simon Says Stamp), Fog (Simon Says Stamp), Smoke (Simon Says Stamp) and Versamark
Card Stock: White Card Stock
Embossing Powder: Silver Glitter Embossing Powder Zing
Silver Thread
1 inch Square Punch
Cutter Bee Scissors
Fiskars Trimmer
Foam Tape
Multi Matte Medium
Mr Huey's Silver 

I sure hope this card provides you all with some inspiration for some quick Christmas cards to create.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Dirt Bike Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 17, 2014

Hi! Belinda here today to share a card I created with a teenager in mind using the awesome new Dirt Bike Eclectic Stamp.


1. Apply the Alphabet Background Stamp onto some white cardstock cut to size, using Cornflower Blue Ranger Archival Ink. Rub in some Weathered Wood Tim Holtz Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

2. Next stamp the Scratches Background onto a separate piece of white cardstock cut to size, using Coffee Ranger Archival Ink. Rub in some Gathered Twigs Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Tear the top of the paper and stick down on top of the other piece at the bottom to form the ‘ground’. Flick some water over the background using your fingertips. Dry with a heat gun.

3. Apply Some splats from the Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set using the Coffee ink.

4. Stamp the Dirt Bike into some white cardstock using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Cut the bike out and add 3D foam to the back. Stick down on the background.

5. Flick some Kraft Tattered Angels Glimmermist over the card and dry with a heat gun.

6. Create a ‘ransom note’ style sentiment by cutting the required letters from the Robot Wordstrip. Sand the edges of each letter and apply Weathered Wood ink. Stick down on the card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Dirt Bike Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Robot Wordstrip
Ranger Archival Ink: Coffee, Cornflower Blue, Jet Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Weathered Wood
Tattered Angels Glimmermist Kraft

Thankyou so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my card today. I hope this gives you some ideas for those hard to create for teenagers in your life.

Don’t forget to check back soon for some more inspiration from the Creative Team using the gorgeous new release stamps.


Autumn Impressions Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hi, it's Godelieve here. Autumn has arrived at the northern hemisphere, and it inspired me to create a spread in my art journal, using the Fallen Leaves Background, Carved Leaves Stamp Set and Robin Eclectic stamp.

To do the background:
- I used gesso with the Bubble layering stencil from Tim Holtz.  
- Left this to dry and painted the sky with diluted Distress Paints in blue and red.
- I sponged the grass and the edges of the pages with Distress Inks

I stamped the Fallen Leaves Background twice with Archival Ink Jet Black, colored with Distress Paints.  

I have used these to cut the circles for the trees, the torn strips at the bottom of the pages, and to cut single leaves

I stamped the bird on tissue paper, and adhered it to the page using matt gel medium
I stamped the Carved Leaves using Watering Can Archival Ink and cut them out.  I also cut the trunks from brown cardstock. I glued everything in place to create an Autumn scene.
I removed the Fallen Leaves stamp from the stamping block, inked it with grey Archival ink and stamped onto the pages here and there.  I added words, using Tim Holtz seasonal Chitchat stickers and Darkroom Door Alphastrips.  I finished off the pages with some doodling.
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fallen Leaves Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Dooor Robin Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Cream Alphastrips
Distress Paints: Salty Ocean, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint
Archival Inkpads: Jet Black, Watering Can
Distress Inkpads: Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Brushed Corduroy
Tim Holtz Seasonal Chitchat Stickers
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Bubble
Gel Medium Matt

Thanks for visiting Darkroom Door Blog today!


Rose Eclectic Birthday Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 09, 2014

Hello, it’s Robyn joining you today with an elegant card featuring the brand new Rose Eclectic Stamp.

1. Stamp the Rose Eclectic stamp twice onto parchment paper using black pigment ink and emboss with clear powder. Stamp and emboss the Happy Birthday greeting from the Full Bloom Vol 1 stamp set at the same time.
2. Die cut one of the rose images using a Spellbinders oval die and emboss the edges using an embossing mat if you have one.
3. Colour each rose using Picked Raspberry Distress ink and an Aquash brush for a soft watercolour effect. The die cut image doesn’t need much colour but you will see a little of the edges when the top image is mounted with foam tape.
4. Mount the second rose onto some cardstock to give it some stability on the finished card.  Trim out closely and adhere on top of the oval one using foam tape. 
5. Die cut a pale pink layer using the Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die and emboss the edges using an embossing mat if you have one.
6. Assemble card using foam tape between the top rose and the oval and also between the pale pink labels die cut and the darker pink card layer. This gives the card some lovely dimension.

7. Finish the card by adding some self adhesive pearls, don’t forget a tiny one for the ‘i’ in birthday!

• Use the oval die cut Rose as colouring practice as you will only see the edges.
• Add a spot of liquid adhesive under each of the pearls to keep them in place.
Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Rose Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Black pigment ink
Clear embossing powder
Ranger Distress ink: Picked Raspberry
Aquash Brush - medium
Spellbinders Classic Ovals & Labels Eighteen
Rubber embossing mat
Parchment paper & cardstock
Adhesive pearls, ribbon
I hope you have enjoyed learning how I made this card, thanks for visiting today!