Wild Africa Vol 3 - Elephant and Rhino Cards and Video

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 26, 2016
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today and I want to share two cards using the new Wild Africa Vol 3 Rubber Stamp set! This set includes one of my favourite animals - the elephant! I love them! I saw them numerous times during my safari and each time I loved them even more. They are just magnificent creatures! 

Here is a card using the elephant image:  


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the elephant image and sentiment on mat white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
2. Swipe Hickory Smoke Distress Marker onto a non-stick craft sheet. Pick up some of the ink using a waterbrush and start colouring in the body of the elephant. Continue to colour to create some shading and darker edges. 
3. Sponge Antique Linen Distress Ink around the elephant with an ink blending tool to create a glow. Sponge Peeled Paint onto the ground. Lightly sponge Black Soot Distress Ink around all edges. Do the same to the stamped sentiment. 
4. Adhere stamped panel to black cardstock. 
5. Crumple a sheet of kraft glassine paper. Adhere stamped panel to the glassine paper and then to the front of a folded kraft card.  
6. Adhere sentiment to black cardstock and to the card with foam adhesive. 

The rhino is a very rare animal to see in the wild. I was so amazed when we saw a family of rhino's. They are beautiful to watch! I created this card in the same way as the elephant card: 


Here is a video showing this set with these cards:


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 3 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Marker: Hickory Smoke
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
White Smooth cardstock
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam
Non-stick craft sheet

Kraft Glassine Paper

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Wild Africa Vol 2 Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hi, it's Belinda Spencer here today to share two cards I have created using the awesome new Wild Africa Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set.

I'm Wild About You Easel Card


Instructions:
1. Fold a Buffalo Kraft Natural Brown A5 card in half. Fold the top in half again. Crop 3cm from the side and discard. This piece now forms the easel card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 11cm. Cut another piece 5cm x 11cm. Using Ranger Tree Branch Archival Ink, stamp both of these pieces with the Cheetah Background Stamp. Distress the edges of both pieces and ink with Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Add the larger piece to the base of the easel card and the smaller piece to the folded over top section of the easel card.
3. Stamp the cheetah from the Wild Africa Vol. 2 set onto smooth white cardstock using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink. Apply some colour to the image using Lyra Aquacolour Crayons and a wet paint brush. Dry with a heat gun. Fussy cut the stamped image. Apply Brushed Corduroy ink to the grass area of the stamped image using an ink blending tool.
4. Cut a piece of blank Filmstrip or add a strip of hessian or ribbon. Add this to the folded over top section of the easel card. Add the cheetah on top of this. Glue on a strip of Tim Holtz Linen Ribbon.
5. Stamp the quote and the paw prints from the Wild Africa Vol. 2 set onto scrap white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Stamp a love heart from the Hearts Stamp Set using the black ink also. Using Tree Branch Archival Ink, stamp the filmstrip from the Photography Stamp Set. Fussy cut all images and add to the card front. Use 3D foam under some pieces to really make them pop.


Be Strong and Brave Card


1. Fold a Buffalo Kraft Natural Brown A5 card in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to 10cm x 14cm. Using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, apply the Tribal Background Stamp to this piece. Distress the edges. Ink with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock measuring 9cm x 13cm. Using the jet black ink, apply the lion from the Wild Africa Vol. 2 set to this piece. Onto a heat resistant craft sheet, add 1 drop each of Tim Holtz Distress Ink Re-inkers in Antique Linen and Scattered Straw. Spritz with a little water before dragging the lion stamped piece through it. Dry off with a heat gun. Flick a little water over the top with your fingertips. Dry again with the heat gun. Blot any excess water away with paper towel. Add some more re-inker to the craft sheet including some Frayed Burlap. Using a wet paintbrush add a little more colour to the lion image. Dry again with the heat gun. Distress the edges of this piece and ink with Antique Linen. Stick down on the Tribal Background piece.
4. Stamp some of the Tribal Background Stamp onto scrap white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Cut out three strips of pattern. Chop up and add some strips to the card front.
5. Stamp the quote and add to the card front using 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set 
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Cheetah Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Tribal Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Filmstrips Blank
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot, Brushed Corduroy
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Re-inkers: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Scattered Straw

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Wild Africa Vol 2 - Lion and Cheetah and Video

Darkroom Door - Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hi there! Rachel Greig here today with two cards and a video using the Wild Africa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set! I love the two images in this set, with the bold and brave lion and the majestic cheetah sitting up there on his perch. I vividly remember watching this cheetah in the wild and watching how graceful and yet commanding he was in the way he walked, stretched and lay on the grass. What an amazing creature! 

Here are two cards using this set:


Instructions: 
1. Stamp lion image onto gloss cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
2. Swipe Antique Linen Distress Marker onto a non-stick craft sheet. Pick up some of the ink using a waterbrush and start colouring in the body of the lion. Continue to colour the rest of the lion using Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress Markers. Colour the ground in the same way. 
3. Sponge Antique Linen Distress Ink around the lion with an ink blending tool to create a glow. Sponge Rusty Hinge onto the ground. 
4. Adhere stamped panel to black cardstock. Wrap twine around bottom of image and tie at the front. Adhere to folded kraft card. 

Here is a card with the cheetah, made in a similar way to the lion card: 


You can see how I made this card here: 


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint
Distress Markers: Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint 
Gloss Cardstock
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam
Non-stock craft sheet

Twine
Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits Dies

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wild Africa Vol 1 Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 23, 2016

Hi, it's Belinda Spencer here today to share two cards I have created using the awesome new Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set.

Born To Be Wild Card


Instructions:
1. Fold a Buffalo Kraft Natural Brown A5 card in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to 10cm x 14cm. Using Ranger Sepia Archival Ink, apply the Giraffe Background Stamp to this piece. Distress the edges. Ink with Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock measuring 9cm x 13cm. Using the sepia ink, apply the giraffe from the Wild Africa Vol. 1 set to this piece.
4. Stamp the giraffe again on a piece of scrap printer paper (or other thin paper). Cut the image out to create a mask. Place over the image on the cardstock piece and secure at the sides with washi tape. Ink up the Scratches Background Stamp with the sepia ink and carefully stamp over the masked piece. Remove the mask. Distress and ink the edges with the Gathered Twigs ink. Layer this piece on top of the giraffe background piece from Step 2.
5. Stamp the giraffe again on another piece of white cardstock with the sepia ink. Fussy cut the giraffe and layer over the top of the image on the card front using 3D foam.


6. Stamp the quote, the 'giraffe' word and the hooves with the sepia ink on cardstock and fussy cut. Stamp the film strip from the Photography Stamp Set and fussy cut. Add all pieces to the card front along with some twine and Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon. Add the card front to the kraft card base.

Wishing You A Wild Birthday Card


1. Fold a Buffalo Kraft Natural Brown A5 card in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to 10cm x 14cm. Using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, apply the Zebra Background Stamp to this piece. Distress the edges. Ink with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock measuring 9cm x 13cm. Using the jet black ink, apply the zebra from the Wild Africa Vol. 1 set to this piece.
4. Stamp the zebra again on a piece of scrap printer paper (or other thin paper). Cut the image out to create a mask. Place over the image on the cardstock piece and secure at the sides with washi tape. Ink up the Scratches Background Stamp with the jet black ink and carefully stamp over the masked piece. Remove the mask. Distress and ink the edges with the Black Soot ink. Layer this piece on top of the zebra background piece from Step 2.
5. Stamp the zebra again on another piece of white cardstock with the jet black ink. Fussy cut the zebra and layer over the top of the image on the card front using 3D foam.
6. Stamp some of the little weeds from the Home Sweet Home Rubber Stamp Set onto scrap white cardstock using the Jet Black Ink. Fussy cut the weeds and glue onto the card frontaround the zebra?s hooves. Add a strip cut from a Blank Filmstrip or a piece of ribbon at the bottom of the card front. Stamp the quote, the 'zebra' word and hooves with the black ink onto white cardstock. Fussy cut and add to the card front. Add the card front to the kraft card base.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Home Sweet Home Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Zebra Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Giraffe Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Filmstrips Blank
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Sepia
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Black Soot, Gathered Twigs
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Wild Africa Vol 1 - Zebra and Giraffe Cards and Video

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today and I want to share two cards using the new Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set! But first, let me tell you a little about the Wild Africa stamp sets. Last year I visit Africa and while I was there I went on safari to see some African animals in their natural habitat. It was a life changing experience and one that I will never forget! The images in these stamp sets are from photographs that I had taken on that trip, so as you can imagine, the stamp images hold a special meaning for me! I am so excited to be able to share them with you too! 

The first animal I saw in the wild on that trip was this zebra. 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the zebra image on mat white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
2. Colour in the zebra using a white wax crayon.
3. Sponge over the sky using Stormy Sky Distress Ink with an ink blending tool. Sponge over the grass area using Peeled Paint Distress Ink. 
4. Lightly sponge Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges of the cardstock. 
5. Wrap twine around the left side of the stamped image and tie a knot at the front. 
6. Adhere stamped panel to front of folded black card. 
7. Die cut a circle from the Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits Die Set. Stamp the sentiment inside using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Sponge around the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and adhere to card using foam adhesive. 

The second animal I saw on my trip to Africa was this giraffe! I was in awe just watching these magnificent creatures stroll around the countryside. 


Instructions: 
1. Spritz Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey Distress Spray Stain onto a non-stick craft sheet. Lay a piece of Distress Specialty Stamping Paper into the ink and twist around before lifting up. Dry with a heat tool. rub some crinkle ribbon (satin seam binding) into any left over ink to colour it and set aside to dry. 
2. Stamp the giraffe and sentiment onto the background using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
3. Sponge around the edges with Wild Honey Distress Ink pad. Adhere to folded Size 12 Black Tag. 
4. Wrap the dry ribbon around the left side of the card and tie at the front. Use a small extra piece for the hole in the tag. 

Here is a video showing these two cards and other tags that I have created with this set:


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Wild Honey, Black Soot, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Distress Spray Stain: Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber
Distress Specialty Stamping Paper
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam
Non-stick craft sheet

Size 12 Black Tag
Crinkle Ribbon
Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits Dies

Thanks for stopping by! 




New Release: Rubber Stamp Sets and Background Stamps

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Introducing our NEW Rubber Stamp Sets and Background Stamps! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist

New Rubber Stamp Sets


New Background Stamps

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Landscape ATC Swap Gallery

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hi stampers! Here are the ATC's we received for the Landscape ATC swap! Artists used any Darkroom Door rubber stamp to create a landscape themed scene. 

We love the different ideas! Take a look:












Thanks again to all the artists who took part in the swap!

If you're keen to join in our monthly Artist Trading Card swaps, please click here for all of the details! 

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September ATC Swap Details - In The Garden

Darkroom Door - Sunday, September 04, 2016

The theme for our September ATC Swap is In The Garden

Time to show off your green thumb! Create ATC's with a garden theme, by using rubber stamps of things you can find in the garden! Flowers, insects, butterflies, flower pots, wheelbarrows... etc! Some rubber stamp ideas: Gardening Vol 1 & Vol 2 or any flower and butterfly rubber stamp! 

Here is an ATC by Belinda Spencer to inspire you!  


Belinda has used the Fine Flowers Rubber Stamp Set, Gardening Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set, Hearts Rubber Stamp Set and Criss Cross Texture Stamp.

Here's another ATC, this one is by Susie Campbell using the Friendship Flowers Rubber Stamp Set and Montmartre Rubber Stamp Set: 


For the full details on how you can participate in this month's swap, click here.

Due date: 30th September 2016.

We look forward to seeing your creations!

Two Step Stamping with Carved and Fine Flowers

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hi there! It's Connie Mercer here today sharing some cards using the Carved Flowers and Fine Flowers Rubber Stamp Sets, designed by Godelieve Tijskens

These stamp sets can be used by themselves where you can use the solid (Carved) version for a bold flower, or the outline (Fine) version for colouring techniques. However these stamps can also be used together with a two-step stamping technique. 


As the stamps are cling rubber, it can be hard to line the stamps up without a stamp positioner tool, however by putting a small dot on the back of the Fine Flower stamp, at the high point, I was able to line it up over the Carved Flower stamp and stamp directly over the Carved Flower image with the Fine Flowers stamp. The lines do not match up perfect, it is a messy look, but it looks great and gives the flowers a sense of whimsy! 


Using this method I stamped all of these images and made simple gift tag style cards. It took about 10 minutes or less.




Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Pink and Orange ATC Swap Gallery

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 12, 2016
Hi stampers! Here are the ATC's we received for the Pink and Orange ATC swap! Artists used any Darkroom Door rubber stamp or paper product to create ATC's with a pink and orange colour palette!

We love the different ideas! Take a look:














Thanks again to all the artists who took part in the swap!

If you're keen to join in our monthly Artist Trading Card swaps, please click here for all of the details!

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