Stitched Christmas Tags and Bag

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 22, 2014
Hi, Connie here with a gift idea using the Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamp Set. I took some small gift tags and heat embossed them and then stamped on a muslin bag to complete the gift.


Instructions:
1. Heat emboss each tag with the small stitched tree. I used a deep green embossing powder.
2. I took five star brads and heat embossed them with different colors of embossing powders.
3. I added a pearl in the center of the stars.
4. Shade all around each small tag. I used Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
5. I used the French Script Texture Stamp to add the vintage text. Stamp directly on the front of the tag.
6. I stamped the sentiment and added some fancy trim to the end of the tag.
7. Add the star brad to the top of the tree on each tag.


When stamping directly on the muslin bag, make sure the bag is flat and no wrinkles. Apply pressure so you get a good imprint. Decorate with small pieces of trim and pearls.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy
Embossing Powder: Ranger
Other: trims, muslin bag, pearls.

Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas Bauble

Darkroom Door - Sunday, December 21, 2014
Hello, Lynne here today sharing a festive project, a gift idea of an MDF bauble.


1. Prepare bauble with Gesso before applying two thin coats of Fresco Finish Antarctic.

2. Stamp sentiments with Versafine, heat embossing with twinkling embossing powder.

3. Randomly stamp Dots with Watermark ink pad, heat embossing with white detail embossing powder. 

4. Apply Gel Medium around the edge of the bauble then apply the Luna Silver mica flakes. 

5. Embellish the bauble with snowflake and flat back pearl stickers, threading jute twine to hang the bauble and the finishing touch of seam binding tied into a bow.


Hints:
If you work quickly you have enough time to heat emboss when stamping with Versafine.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Indigoblu MDF Bauble
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Antarctic
Gesso
Gel Medium
Watermark ink pad
Versafine - Black
White detail embossing powder
Twinkling embossing powder
Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mica Flakes Luna Silver
Heat gun
May Arts ivory jute twine
White seam binding
Snowflake stickers
Flat back pearl stickers

Thank You for visiting the Darkroom Door blog today.

Until next time,

Season’s Greetings with Brushed Christmas Vol 2

Darkroom Door - Saturday, December 20, 2014
Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a pair of cards using one of the new Christmas stamp sets – Brushed Christmas Vol 2. This set is so versatile, perfect for embossing or colouring. Or if you are like me and leave Christmas cards to December – stamp the baubles with a pretty pearlescent ink and you will have a batch of cards created in no time! 

When I first start playing with a new set of stamps, I usually sit down with a few different inks and just stamp up a whole pile of images – by the end of some mostly mindless stamping I usually have a few ideas of what to do with the images. Hence the pair of cards I’m sharing with you today which come together very quickly, despite the layering.


1. Trim cardstock layer pieces to size before stamping. The red square measures 8 cm x 8 cm, the pale green layer is 9 cm x 13.5 cm and has a torn bottom edge, the card front is tent folded and measures 9.5 cm x 15 cm.  Distress all edges with a distressing tool and sponge with gold ink.

2. Stamp a bauble from Brushed Christmas Vol 2 using gold pigment ink onto white cardstock and emboss with gold powder.  Trim closely.

3. Colour chipboard pine sprigs using Pearlescent Thyme ink.  Assemble bauble onto a square of red cardstock, adding a bow to the bauble.

4. Stamp greeting close to the torn edge of the pale green layer using gold pigment ink and emboss with gold powder. 

5. Assemble card. The red square is affixed with foam tape.


1. Trim cardstock layer pieces to size before stamping. The white is 5.5 cm x 8 cm, red/gold are 6 cm x 8.5 cm, green layer 9 cm x 14 cm and has a torn bottom edge, the card front is tent folded and measures 9.5 cm x 15 cm.

2. Stamp bauble trio from Brushed Christmas Vol 2 using gold pigment ink onto white cardstock and emboss with gold powder.

3. Add greeting using Archival Black ink.

4. Tie a piece of ribbon close to the torn edge of the green layer.

5. Assemble card, overlapping red/gold rectangles as shown.  Affix bauble image with foam tape. 
 
Hint
• Use an embossing buddy to help keep embossing powder where you want it.
• Both of these cards use the strip of cardstock that is left after A5 card bases are cut from a full sheet of 12” x 12”.  Perfect for using up those left over bits!
 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Stamp Set
Tsukineko Encore Gold pigment ink
Gold embossing powder
Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Scrapmatts Pine Sprig chipboard
Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme ink
Ranger Distress Tool
Cardstock in reds, greens and matt gold
Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by to check out my cards, until next time,

Brushed Christmas Card and Tag

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 19, 2014
Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a card & tag created for you using the new "Christmas Script" Background stamp, "Brushed Christmas Vol 1" Stamp Set, and "Snowflakes" Eclectic Stamp. I used lots of layers and blending, along with some heat embossing on these cards, and I'm excited to show you how I created them. I hope you enjoy!


1. To create this card first begin with a kraft cardstock base, cut, scored and folded to create a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 standard base. 
2. Next, using a smaller piece of white cardstock, cut to 5 1/4 x 4, and using Distressing Inks in the following colors: "Broken China", "Faded Jeans", and "Tumbled Glass", along with a blending tool, begin to add your inks to the white cardstock blending as you go until you get the desired effect.  Then using "Vintage Photo" Distressing Ink, ink the edges.  
3. Stamp the "Christmas Script" background stamp onto the colored panel, using "Coffee" archival ink by Ranger, pressing the image down until you feel like you have an even coverage, and remove. 
4. Next, ink the edges using Versamark, and sprinkle on clear embossing powder along the edges, shaking off the excess and heat set with a heat tool.
5. The next step is to create a subtle "snowy" background using vellum.  To do this, I simply cut a piece of vellum out to 5 x 4 and using scissors, cut out a slope to resemble a snow drift, and machine stitched the vellum to the stamped background image.  
6. Die cut a background from white cardstock using "Courtyard" Frameworks die by Tim Holtz, and then ink the edges using a blending tool along with Vintage Photo distressing ink, then spray final piece with "Sparkle" Shimmer Spritz from Imagine Crafts, and set aside to dry, or for faster results, use your heat tool to dry it. 
7. Next, stamp the largest tree from the "Brushed Christmas" stamp set onto white cardstock using green archival ink, and cut out the image, ink the edges with Vintage Photo distressing ink, and spray a mist of "Sparkle" Shimmer Spritz and set aside to dry as well. 
8. Stamp "Merry Christmas" sentiment onto white cardstock and cut out.  Ink the edges with Vintage Photo and mist with "Sparkle" Shimmer spritz and set aside.  
9. Die cut snowflakes from vellum and white cardstock.
10. Now it's time to assemble the card.  First adhere the "Courtyard" frameworks background onto the vellum, then back the tree with 3-D pop dots and adhere it to the front of your card. Adding a pop dot to the sentiment, adhere that to the front of the card as shown.  Tuck snowflakes to upper left of card, underneath the tree and adhere in place, then finally adhere a vintage silver button to the top of the snowflakes. 


The closeup shows the different layers and textures of this card, which I love oh-so much.  
 
I also decided to create a small gift tag to accompany the card using much of the same techniques as above, but I used the "Snowflakes" Eclectic stamp along with the "All Occasions" stamp set.  I hope you enjoy!


1. To create, simply start with a white tag and ink the tag with Vintage Photo distressing ink, then using Versamark, ink the edges like you did for the card above, and sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.  
2. Next stamp "Snowflakes" using "Coffee" archival ink from Ranger randomly on the tag.  
3. Create another "Courtyard" Frameworks background and using "Tumbled Glass" & "Vintage Photo" Distressing Ink, ink the background and spray with "Sparkle" Shimmer Spritz, adhere to tag.
4. Next adhere a small silver bow and three white bells to the front of the tag.
5. Finally stamp sentiment using the "All Occasions" stamp set, with "Coffee" archival ink by Ranger and adhere to the tag as shown, using small pop dots. 


Adding lot's of layers and different mediums and textures, make this a fun, vintage inspired Christmas set.  
 
Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Christmas Script Background Stamp

Darkroom Door Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp

Darkroom Door All Occasions Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Coffee & Fern

Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans

Versamark
Sparkle Shimmer Spritz
Clear embossing powder
heat tool
blending tool
white & kraft heavyweight cardstock
silver metalic cord, and ribbon
3 little white bells vellum
"Courtyard" Frameworks die by Tim Holtz
die cutting machine, (I use a Sizzix Big Shot)
Vintage silver button
3-D glue dots and a good permanent tape runner
 
I hope you enjoyed by projects today, and I hope I've inspired you to create your own Christmas cards and gift tags.
 

Merry and Bright On a Winter's Night

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello, It is Lynne here today sharing two mini Christmas cards where I have made festive sentiments the focal of the cards.


Merry and Bright

Stamp Christmas Script Background Stamp with Versamark ink, heat embossing with white detail embossing powder. Sponge Distress Ink onto cardbase edges for a hint of colour. 

Apply white Gesso to scrap piece of Kraft cardstock.  Once dry stamp Merry and Bright with Distress Ink, heat set before cutting around sentiment, lightly sponging Distress Ink on edges.  Generously cover sentiment with Glamour Dust (I use Gel Medium as my chosen form of adhesive for the Glamour Dust). Adhere to cardbase with silicone glue.

Adhere  ticking fabric to cardbase along with flat back pearl and bow tied from jute twine. Dip the edges of the cardbase into Glamour Dust.


Noel

Stamp Christmas Script Background Stamp with Distress Ink, heat embossing with twinkly embossing powder.

Abrade edges of cardbase and apply Gesso with fingertips.

Apply white Gesso to scrap piece of Kraft cardstock.  Leave to dry before stamping Noel with Distress Ink.  Heat set.  Lightly sponge Distress Ink onto edges and generously cover sentiment with Glamour Dust.

Layer to cardbase with ticking fabric.  Embellish the card with washi tape, flat back pearl and bow tied from jute twine.


Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Script Background Stamp
Distress Ink Fired Brick
Gesso (white)
Gel Medium
Versamark Embossing Ink pad
Embossing Powders:- white detail and twinkly
DecoArt Glamour Dust - Crystal
Kraft cardstock
Heat gun
May Arts Ivory Jute Twine
Silicone Glue
Extras:- ticking fabric, washi tape, flat back pearls

Thank You for visiting the Darkroom Door Blog today!

Until next time,

Snowy Christmas Baubles Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 15, 2014

Hi stampers, it's Godelieve here today. I'm sharing a Christmas card and tag, using the Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp with a resist technique and the Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamps Set.
 

 
To do the background, I stamped the Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with WOW embossing powder. I swiped with Distress Stains across the paper, to let the snow flakes show up. I sprayed water, left it to dry and inked the edges with Vermillion Archival Ink.
 
 
I stamped the baubles from the Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamps set and the words with Vermiliion Archival Ink and cut them out.
 
I glued everything in place, added lines with a black pen and a little twine bow to each bauble.
 
 
Supplies used:  
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp
Inkpads: Versamark, Archival Vermillion
WOW embossing powder: Opaque Bright White
Distress Stains: Broken China, Tumbled Glass
Mister Bottle
Black pen
Black twine
 
Thanks for dropping by;
 

Enamelled Metal Effect with Brushed Christmas Vol 2

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hello, it's Robyn with you today sharing a pair of cards using the Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamps Set. For the first card I've used a double embossing technique where the image is stamped with a pigment ink then partially embossed with coloured powder. A second embossing step give the baubles a clear coat which adds shine and a beautiful depth to the colours of the first layer. The baubles almost look like they are enamelled metal. Try it out with powders of other colours for different effects! 

 
1. Stamp three baubles from Brushed Christmas Vol 2 using Pearlescent Sky Blue pigment ink onto white cardstock. Trim closely.


2. Ink baubles with VersaMark clear ink and emboss with Stampendous Aged Aqua embossing enamel.  Sprinkle the powder so that parts of the blue ink are visible. 

3. Ink baubles with VersaMark clear ink and emboss with clear powder. 

4. Stamp Season's Greetings onto white cardstock using black pigment ink and emboss with clear powder.  Separate word and trim closely. Mount onto dark blue card stock.

5. Assemble card using lengths of ribbon to give the baubles something to 'hang' from.  Add a gold brad to each bauble. 

6. The baubles are affixed to white cardstock, layered with pale blue than attached to a white card front.
 

 
7. Add layered greeting using foam tape.
 
For the second card I've gone a step further and added extra layers of embossing powder and used one of the word stamps in the set to stamp into the bauble.


1. Stamp three baubles from Brushed Christmas Vol 2 using Pearlescent Sky Blue pigment ink onto white cardstock. Trim closely.

2. Ink baubles with VersaMark clear ink and emboss with Stampendous Aged Aqua embossing enamel.  Sprinkle the powder so that all parts of the bauble are well covered.
 


3. While the embossing powder is still hot, carefully sprinkle with a second layer of embossing enamel and heat until melted.  Repeat this step to add a third layer of powder.

 
4. Coat the Noel word with Versamark clear pigment ink and reheat the bauble until the embossed layers are molten, quickly press the stamp into the molten powder and leave in place until the bauble is cool. If the impression doesn't work so well, repeat the step.

 
5. Colour the debossed part of the bauble with blue Gelatos.
6. Mount bauble onto a square of white cardstock and add a bow.
7. Stamp a greeting using Archival Forget-Me-Not ink and assemble card as shown.
 
Hints:
• Watch your fingers during the embossing steps – the bauble can get hot so use tweezers!
• Shake the Stampendous powder before using to distribute all of the different sized particles in the powder.
• For best results, heat the Stampendous powder gently from underneath as the tiny particles tend to blow away a little.
• Try adding bows to each of the baubles for the first card if you have the time, it will give an elegant look.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Script Background Stamp
Tsukineko Brilliance pigment ink – Pearlescent Sky Blue, Graphite Black
Tsukineko VersaMark clear pigment ink
Stampendous Aged Aqua embossing enamel
Clear embossing powder
Gelatos – Boysenberry & Metallic Blueberry
Ranger Archival Ink – Forget-Me-Not
 
I hope you have enjoyed learning these cool embossing techniques! You can vary the powders and colours for different effects. If you happen to try this technique – I'd love to see you post a picture on our Darkroom Door Facebook page. 

Until next time,

Quick Stamped Christmas Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 08, 2014

Hello, Joy here today with a super fun and really quick Christmas card for you. So if you are tight for time in getting those Christmas cards completed, well this one is for you!


Simple stamping of some inchies out onto some scrap card stock, using various inks, I chose to use the stamp set Christmas Inchies, stamping out the 25th Dec and the Holly inchies that are within this set, stamping in black for boldness and a soft green to add a different tone.

Punching these out using a 1 inch square punch and setting aside to dry.

I then took a stamp out of the Christmas Reindeer stamp set, to me resembled more of a postage theme and stamped in some red ink, also from this set I chose to add another black feature to the card by stamping out the word Believe onto scrap card stock, trimming out with trimmer.

So to put the card together, I started with the pine branch that was from the Yuletide Vol 2. stamp set, stamping out with some Peeled Paint distress ink, giving it that richness that you see in pines, I then placed all of the cut out pieces around this, adding dimension by using foam tape to give height.


I love the simple clean look to this card, but it did need 2 more things to finish the card off, so adding some twine bows to the pine branch and some clear gems to the base of the word Believe.

I am sure that I will be going back and creating more of these types of cards, because let's face it for me I am always running out of time to get them in the mail to loved ones.
 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Christmas Inchies Rubber Stamps Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 2. Rubber Stamps Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamps Set
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Pistachio (Memento Luxe) and Rhubarb Stalk (Memento Luxe)
Card Stock: White
Twine
Clear Gems
Fiskars Stamp Press
Fiskars Trimmer
1 inch Square punch
Foam Tape
Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping today!

Hugs

Brushed Christmas Shadow Box

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 05, 2014

Hi, Connie here with a Christmas Decor piece using the Brushed Christmas Vol 1 and Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Sets.  I used a shadow box that I had on hand and started with that. The stamps are amazing, so I used them all!
 

 
Instructions:
1. Emboss the ornaments, from the Brushed Christmas Vol. 1 & 2 set. I used two different gold tones of embossing powder.
2. Emboss the Christmas Tree and medium Star from Brushed Christmas Vol. 1 stamp set. I used white for the tree and gold for the star.
3. Fussy cut them out of the paper. I used a Christmas set of paper by Authentique. I stamped the images on this paper using VersaMark stamp pad. Then set with a heat tool.
4. Each section of the shadow box is lined with pattern paper from the paper set. 
 
 
5. Arrange the cut out shapes in the box sections. 
6. The Christmas Script Background Stamp is stamped over the ornaments. All four of them, in Black Archival ink.
7. String the ornaments together with twine of jute
8. Arrange in the shadow box and adhere to the box. I used hot glue and pop dots to secure the embossed ornaments.
9. Stamp the Robin Eclectic Stamp and fussy cut it out. I stamped it with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
 
 
10. I added extra embellishments, pine cones, glass bulbs, bird nest (from our yard), old child's spoon (on top for handle). Whatever you have to make it your own.
11. The last thing I did was, sprayed the shadow box with white irRESISTible Texture Spray by Imagine Crafts. Looks like snow!!
 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Snowflakes Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Christmas Script Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Potting Soil
Ink: Veramark
Texture Spray: Imagine Crafts
Embossing Powder: Ranger, WOW
Pattern Paper: Authentique
 
Thanks for stopping by!  

Pebbles Inchies Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Hi stampers! I'm back today sharing a quick card created with the Pebbles Background Stamp and Seaside Inchies Rubber Stamps Set!


Instructions:
1. Fold a piece of grey A5 cardstock in half to create an A6 folded card. Stamp the Pebbles Background on the front using Watering Can Archival Ink Pad. Sponge around the edges of the card using the same ink with an ink blending tool.

2. Stamp a strip of Seaside Inchies onto Gloss cardstock using Watering Can Archival Ink. Trim so you have a row of three inchies. Adhere the stamped inchies onto steel blue cardstock. Trim to leave a small border around the top and a larger border at the bottom. Wrap flat jute ribbon around the bottom and tie at the front. Fray the edges with your fingers. 

3. Layer a piece of gauze onto the front of the card and adhere with glossy accents. Mount the stamped panel on top to complete!
 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Pebbles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Seaside Inchies Rubber Stamps Set
Archival Ink Pad: Watering Can
Grey and Steel Blue Card Stock
Gauze, Flat jute ribbon

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!