March ATC Swap Theme - Watercolour Stamping

Darkroom Door - Sunday, March 01, 2015
The theme for the March Darkroom Door Artist Trading Card swap is Watercolour Stamping!

Create the look of watercolour using the watercolour stamping technique with any

Darkroom Door stamp! Watch a video tutorial on watercolour stamping here

Here are a couple of ATC's to get you inspired. This first one is created by Susie Campbell using a flowers from the Friendship Flowers Rubber Stamp Set:  

Belinda Spencer has created her ATC with a seaside theme using Seashells, Carved Leaves Vol 1 and Seaside Vol 1 Rubber Stamps Sets. Belinda also used the Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp on her background.

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

Due date: March 31st, 2015.
We look forward to seeing your creations!

Unlock the artist within!

Scrapbooking with Texture Stamps

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 27, 2015
Hi, Connie here with a scrapbooking page using four of the Darkroom Door Texture Stamps! The Texture stamps make a great one of a kind background for your photos. So fun to use too!

I marked off the area where I wanted my photo to sit and then started building my background with the French Script, Weathered Stripes, Dots and Scratches Texture Stamps. I stamped layer after layer to build up the background.

The Polaroid Frame Stamp was used to create an extra embellishment in the bottom left corner. I also stamped the Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp a few times onto the background to add extra interest!

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Polaroid Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp
Ink: Ranger, Imagine Crafts
Pattern paper: Heidi Swapp
Other: Maya Road, Momenta, October Afternoon, American Crafts

Thanks for stopping by!

Altered Papier Mache Book

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Hello, Lynne here today with a tutorial on how to create an altered papier mache book using the Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set

Reading is a large part of my life. I can still re-call, as a child, my Mum and I visiting the local Library which, in those days, was housed in an imposing building. To this day I still love the anticipation of a new read, opening the cover to reveal a story which will engross me. 

You can imagine how delighted I was to learn that there was to be a Darkroom Door stamp set devoted to books ..... bliss! 

I had such fun altering this small papier mache book. 

Step one is to apply Gesso prior to the layers of paint and ink, applying to the cover and inside of the book. Sandpaper the book, paying attention to places that would naturally become worn, such as edges and the spine.  

Cover: Randomly stamp Damask Texture Stamp onto front and back cover. Aim for a distressed appearance. You want the result to represent worn gilding. Also heat emboss the spine of the cover. 

Inside: Stamp Torn Text Background Stamp onto tissue paper with Archival Potting Soil ink pad.  Tear into small pieces and adhere with Gel Medium to the surrounding area of the left side panel.  Leave to dry.  Sponge with Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Stamp sentiment onto page from an old book. Curl edges and sponge with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. Adhere to panel with Gel Medium.

The stamp I wanted to use had too many books to fit into the right-hand recess so I stamped the books onto tissue paper, cutting away the section surplus to requirement. Tear several pages from an old book. Stack inside right-hand recess. Adhere stamped tissue paper with Gel Medium.

The papier mache will withstand plenty of abuse so don't be gentle with your distressing methods! 

Supplies Used
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Damask Texture Stamp
Ink: Archival Potting Soil
Versamark Ink Pad
Distress Inks: Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Vintage Photo
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish: London Fog and Irish Cream
Ranger Gold Detail Embossing Powder
Ranger Gesso
Ranger Gel Medium
Papier mache book
White tissue paper
Vintage French book
Heat gun

Thank You for your visit to the Darkroom Door Blog today!

Until next time,

Hello with Carved Leaves

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing card using the Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set.  I don’t know about you but I have really looked forward to seeing the different designs that Godelieve Tijskens comes up with for her ‘carved’ series of Darkroom Door stamps. They are always so versatile and this one is no exception! For the card I’m sharing today, I decided to have a play with adding a doodled look to the stamped images.
1. Trim a piece of white cardstock to 9 cm x 14 cm and stamp multiple times using one of the leaf stamps from Carved Leaves Vol 2 and Forget-Me-Not Archival ink. Vary the direction of the leaf and stamp some so that they run off the edge.

2. Select a variety of paint pens in coordinating colours and doodle over the solid section of the stamped images. Vary the patterns or use the same across each leaf – the options are endless!

3. Allow the paint pen lines to dry as you are moving from one leaf to the next so that you don’t smudge the pattern. Use a heat gun to hurry the process.

4. Tear a strip of vellum approx. 3cm wide and stamp with a greeting from String Sentiments. Layer the stamped cardstock with a coordinating colour and then wrap the vellum across the lower edge. Attach to card front.

5.  Add a few colourful buttons and the card is complete.
• Start your stamping in the middle so that you can be sure not to overlap images or leave large patches unstamped.
• All inks can take a while to dry on vellum – gently heat set to hurry the process.
• Gel pens will also give you a great effect if you don’t have any paint pens.
• Sequins or adhesive rhinestones will give the card a totally different look.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door String Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Forget-Me-Not
Paint pens – I used a variety of Posca & Sharpie brands
Buttons, vellum

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this card.  At first glance it looks like it took ages but in reality was very quick. It would look equally effective with all of the doodling in one colour or using the simple contrast of white paint pen on black ink!  As an art journaler, I have a bunch of different paint pens to play with but use whatever you have for different effects.  

Until next time,

February ATC Swap Theme - Neapolitan

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 02, 2015
We are very excited to be hosting another year of Artist Trading Card swaps with a new bunch of themes to get you inspired! 

The theme for February is Neapolitan (Pink, Brown & White)!

Inspired by the colours of Neapolitan ice cream, use any Darkroom Door rubber stamp or paper product to create ATC's with a pink, brown and white colour palette!

You can use any stamping technique and any embellishments to complete your ATC's. 

Here's a couple of ATC's to get you inspired. This first one is created by Susie Campbell using a seaside theme:

Belinda Spencer has been creative with her ATC making it open up to reveal a quote underneath:

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

Due date: February 28th, 2015.
Look forward to seeing your creations!

Weathered Stripes & Splatter Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hi there! Suzz here today with a birthday card using the Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp and Splatter Texture Stamp!

I started with a lovely layer of pretty blue mist on white cardstock. I stamped the Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp using white chalk ink. I turned the stamp the other direction and created a grid pattern with the same white ink. I then added a layer of splatter and hearts using Ranger Archival Ink - Hydrangea. 
The sentiment is from the Simple Sayings Rubber Stamps Set and it was stamped using the same lovely purple ink. I finished it with a tiny strip of white rosettes. After I finished I realized this would be a lovely anniversary or wedding card too. Something to keep in mind for a future card.
Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Rubber Stamps Set
Darkroom Door Weathered Strips Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Fun & Games Rubber Stamps Set
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink - Hydrangea
Chalk Ink Pad
Thanks for stopping by!

Textured Tags using Damask Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door - Sunday, January 18, 2015
Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a sweet pair of tags featuring the Damask Texture Stamp. The Damask Texture is great for adding small patches of pattern to your projects.

I started with two tags which had been coloured using a paint marbling technique. One was done using yellow and pink while the other was done using different blues with a touch of yellow. I tend to do a whole bunch of these at once so they are ready to go when inspiration strikes! I also find that doing a batch in one go limits the mess I need to clean up.

To create the blue tulip tag –
1. Stamp Damask Texture into the middle of the tag using clear Versamark ink and emboss with clear powder. I stamped at a slight angle for added interest.
2. Sponge with Distress Inks. I used Squeezed Lemonade in the middle, Peacock Feathers at the top and Salty Ocean at the bottom.  Wipe over the embossing with a tissue to remove any excess ink.  Flick with a little water to add to the distressed look.

3. Stamp the open tulip twice from Full Bloom Vol 1 set using Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold and Peeled Paint Distress inks. Trim closely and add to the tag with stems overlapping.  Tie a small bow and add to stems.
4. Stamp greeting onto the bottom of the tag.
5. Add some ribbon to the top and a punched strip to the bottom to finish.

To create the pink lavender tag –
1. Stamp Damask Texture onto the top and bottom of the tag using clear Versamark ink and emboss with clear powder. I stamped at a slight angle for this one as well.
2. Sponge with Distress Inks. I used Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry at the top and bottom and Picked Raspberry all around the tag. Wipe over the embossing with a tissue to remove any excess ink. 

3. Stamp the lavender sprig from the Art De Fleur Vol 1 set using Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Inks. Stamp a second time without reinking for a ghost effect.
4. Stamp the greeting from Art De Fleur Vol 1 set using black Archival ink.
5. Tie a small bow and add to stems. Some ribbon tied to the top of the tag will finish it off.

Paint marbling is done by dabbing a small amount of Distress Paint onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritzing with water and then dragging the tag through the runny paint. It can create beautiful, marbled effects.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Damask Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 1 Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Etched Flowers Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Art De Fleur Vol 1 Stamp Set

Ranger Archival Jet Black ink pad
Versamark ink
Clear embossing powder
Ranger Distress Inks – Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord
Ranger Distress Paint – Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean
Ribbon and Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this lovely pair of tags. They are perfect to add to a gift or if you make a couple more they can become the gift itself.  

Until next time,

Wild and free Leafy Lady

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 16, 2015
Hello, Lynne here today sharing a card where I have used the Leafy Lady Line Art Stamp and two of the new Texture Stamps.

1. Onto a Kraft card base repeatedly stamp the Splatter Texture Stamp with Staz-on. Next, apply copper acrylic paint to the stamp and repeatedly stamp onto the card base.

2. Repeatedly stamp the Flourish Texture Stamp onto a panel of wax paper. Scrunch the paper to create texture.

3. Stamp Leafy Lady onto mulberry paper (I had a beautiful piece flecked with silver and gold). Tear around image before layering, along with the stamped wax paper and torn pieces of handmade paper, onto the Kraft cardbase.  

4. Stamp sentiment from Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamp set onto tissue paper twice. Tear around words. Adhere wild and free to wooden piece. Attach to card with raffia and jute twine bow. Adhere second wild onto cardbase. 

5. Finally embellish card with burlap, crochet lace, wooden button and bark butterfly.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Leafy Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamps
Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamps Set
Staz-on Ink Pad: Timber Brown
EcoGreen craft acrylic paint Pure Copper
Idea-ology Mini Fasteners
Golden Gel Medium
Prima Bark Butterfly Icon

Happy Stamping!

Robin Door Hanger

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hi, Connie here today with a project to hang from your door knob, using the Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamps Set and Robin Eclectic Stamp. These projects could be used as key chains too!! Not hard to make but so fun!

I took some sticks from the yard and tied them together to make a base for the Carved Leaves and Robin to sit. The leaves are embossed and the Robin is stamped with Archival Ink.  After the images are cut out, arrange them on the sticks. 
I used hot glue to adhere the Leaves and Robin. Goes really fast once you have it laid out like you want it.
These would look for pretty on a Christmas Tree also!
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Love Birds Rubber Stamp Set

Ranger Archival Ink
Embossing Powder: Ranger
Other: twigs, nuts, berries, twine, old keys.
Thanks for stopping by!

2015 Rachel Greig Stamping Cruise

Darkroom Door - Monday, January 12, 2015


Hi stampers! It's a very exciting day today as we set sail on the 2015 Rachel Greig Stamping Cruise! It has been over a year since we started planning this adventure, so we are excited to be finally boarding the ship and setting off to New Caledonia and Fiji! The Darkroom Door warehouse has been a hive of activity recently as we packed up all of the class kits, goodie bags and workshop supplies that we need for the cruise. Here's a sneak peek at what we've been up to:


We look forward to sharing more when we return! In the meantime, the blog will still be updated with new projects, so be sure to drop by while we sail the high seas! See you when we return in 10 days!