Merry Christmas Tag

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 28, 2014

Hi! Suzz here today! Christmas preparations are under way and I love making tags to attach to presents. Today I created a tag with the Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set which has such a lovely rustic feel.

The brushed tree had me thinking of burlap and deep traditional Christmas colors.
1.  Stamp Tree using brown archival ink.
2.  Create shadow effect by adding a hint of color around the tree with watercolor pencils and waterbrush.
3. Sponge edges of tag with brown dye ink.
4. Stamp Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp using Aged Mahogany Distress Ink in one direction on the bottom and repeat in the other direction. 
5. Stamp randomly stars in brown ink.
6. Accent with ribbon and flowers died with Aged Mahogany Distress Stain.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp
Aged Mahogany Distress Stain
Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany, Frayed Burlap
Size 8 Manilla Tag
Ribbons, Flowers

A perfect tag for a basket or top of a present.

Thinking Of You Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hi there! Joy here, bringing you a little water colour feature using the new stamp set called Carved Leaves Vol 1.

This is a simple card, I took one of the leaves from the set and inked it up with some Antique Linen Distress Ink, stamping off once and then stamping onto the smooth side of some Watercolor Paper..

I then took out Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive and Vintage Photo Distress Markers and using my clear block as a palette I added various colours using the Tim Holtz, Detailer Tip water colour brush to the stamped out leaf, adding colour and taking away, making sure each layer was dry before adding the next..

I then took the Thinking of You stamp from the Simple Sayings Rubber Stamp Set and inked with Black ink, stamping over the leaf partially.

Finishing off by adding gold splatters, sequins and a wood heart.

Simple card that could be given to either gender.
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 1. Rubber Stamps Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Rubber Stamps Set
Archival Jet Black and Antique Linen
Distress Markers:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive and Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Fine Detailer Water Brush
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Kraft Card Stock
Fiskars Stamp Press
Fiskars Trimmer
Clear Block
Multi Matte Meduim
Wood Veneer Heart
Gold Mr Huey's
Mama Elephant - Index Card Creative Cuts Dies

Thanks for popping by today!


Jungle Flower Lady Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hi Suzz here!
It's a jungle out there is the theme for my card using the beautiful Flower Lady Line Art Stamps.

I had created this pretty background with a mix of neutral shades of paint on a gelli plate.  I picked it up onto white cardstock which became the base for my card.
1. Stamp flower lady using black archival ink on white tissue paper. 
2. Stamp flower lady multiple times on tissue paper using black archival ink. Cut out bunches of flowers.
3. Stamp Beauty Quote Stamp using brown ink over background.
4. Decoupage flowers and lady onto painted background.  Let dry.
5. Color using watercolor pencils and water brush.
6. Highlight with white gel pen.
7. Assemble card.
I love how she looks different depending on what surface you stamp her on and the colors used. She is versatile and beautiful. 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Flower Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Beauty Quote Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Coffee
Gelli Plate
Watercolour pencils
White Gel Pen
Happy inking!

Flourish Santa Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello, Lynne here today sharing a new Christmas project with you.

Although I used two different Christmas stamp sets, it was a Texture Stamp which I reached for to create my background, in particular the wonderful Flourish Texture Stamp which I stamped with paint to bring pattern to my background.

Tear watercolour paper to required size (my card is approx 6"x4"). 

Adhere torn strips of muslin and floral fabrics to panel with Gel Medium, leave to dry a few moments. 

In random fashion swipe paint onto panel.  Mist with water, allowing paint to drip.  Heat set.  Swipe Gesso onto panel.  Play around until you are happy.  Add a touch of Twinkling H20s, focusing on fabric areas.  Heat set. 

Apply Black Soot Distress Paint to Flourish Texture Stamp, randomly stamping onto panel.  Repeat this step until panel is covered – although I like to leave some areas free from stamping. 

Adhere panel to cardbase. Apply Glamour Dust to edges. Lay aside for the moment.

Santa & Sentiment:-
Apply Distress Paint Tattered Rose to watercolour paper.  Heat set.

Stamp Santa and sentiment.  Distress Santa image, fussy cut sentiment.  Sponge Victorian Velvet Distress Ink onto edges.  Generously apply Glamour Dust to Santa. 

Adhere Santa to cardbase.  Cut four lengths of velvet ribbon.  Layer two pieces with lace rose and adhere to top corner of cardbase.   Layer the other two pieces with sentiment just below Santa.

Finally, add more touches of Glamour Dust if required.

* Ensure paints and fabrics are completely dry before stamping Flourish Texture.

* Lightly mist the Distress Paint on the Flourish stamp prior to stamping if required.

* Clean stamp immediately after working with the Distress Paint.  

* While you have your supplies out, create a batch of backgrounds and stamp up several Santas and sentiments.  This is what I did, sometimes selecting a different background stamp or a different Santa or sentiment.  I was able to create 6 cards, assembling them over a few evenings, all as a result of making batches while I had my supplies out. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Dear Santa Vol 2 Rubber Stamps Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamps Set
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose
Distress Ink: Victorian Velvet
Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Paints
Luminarte Twinkling H20s
Staz-on Jet Black
Gel Medium
Watercolour paper
Mister bottle
Heat gun
Extras: DecoArt Glamour Dust Crystal, old credit card/artist palette knife, raspberry velvet ribbon, muslin, floral fabric, lace rose

It feels so good to have my Christmas preparations underway! I am sure I will return with more Christmas projects in the near future.

Until then,

Splatter Christmas Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 21, 2014
Hi! Belinda here today to share a Christmas card I made using the Splatter Texture Stamp with heat embossing to create snow!

For this project, I wanted to use the texture stamp to create the look of snow on a Christmas card. I began by applying the Brick Wall Background Stamp on smooth white cardstock with Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. I then applied Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink with an ink blending tool before flicking it with water. Once dry, it was time to create the ‘snow’. I stamped the Splatter Texture Stamp onto the brick wall background with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink and heat set with white embossing powder. I then applied the same technique to a Dear Santa Photochip. To add to the snow effect, I cut out the front of Santa’s sled to make a fun shaker box full of white sequins. To finish I added a sentiment from the Dear Santa Wordstrips.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Brick Wall Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Dear Santa Photochips
Darkroom Door Dear Santa Wordstrips
RANGER Archival Ink Jet Black
TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink: Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
TIM HOLTZ Distress Embossing Ink

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


Christmas Cheer

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a jumpstart on Christmas cards. This is a fun vintage Christmas card using basic stamping techniques, along with the Postcards Background Stamp, Scratches Texture Stamp and the Dear Santa Montage.  I hope you enjoy!

To create this card:
1.  Cut red cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", and pattern paper slightly smaller, then machine stitch the two layers together.  
2.  Next, stamp "Post Card" with Ruby Red ink onto kraft cardstock, then using the "Scratches" stamp ink with Coffee Bean, Vivid ink over the entire post card, stamping first on scratch paper to remove some of the ink.  
3.  Layer post card onto natural quilters batting and machine stitch the layers together.  After sewing, cut out the image using pinking shears. Distress the edges using Vintage Photo distressing ink.  Wrap ribbon around the card and tie at the end.  Adhere to card front as shown.
4.  Next, die cut holly leaves and berries from green and red kraft-core cardstock, then sand the edges and ink using Vintage Photo distressing ink.  
5.  Adhere "Dear Santa" montage image along with holly branches and berries as shown, then adhere a small metal sentiment at the bottom.
6.  Adhere the entire card front to pre-cut and score heavyweight white cardstock using 3-D glue dots. 

The scratches add a lovely "vintage" aged-look.

For a fun tip:  Add layered elements to your card giving it extra dimension.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Postcards Background Stamp

Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Dear Santa Montage
Vintage Photo Distress ink
Ink Blending tool

Sanding block

Ruby red archival ink
Coffee Bean ink by Vivid
Holly Branch die set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Natural quilters batting
metal sentiment strip by Tim Holtz 
ribbon by Tim Holtz
white, kraft and red heavyweight cardstock
pattern paper, "Believe" by Authentique Paper
3-D glue dots
hot glue
a good permanent tape adhesive
sewing machine

I hope my card inspires you!

Have a great day,

Merry Christmas Baubles

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a card using one of the new Christmas stamp sets – Brushed Christmas Vol 2.  I have used a pearlescent ink for this card – this ink makes it so simple to add a touch of bling to your cards without the work of embossing with a glittery powder. 

I have also used the new Christmas Script background stamp and created a greeting for the card by simply outlining my words of choice with a gold pen.  If you look closely at the stamp, there are heaps of other words I could have easily outlined – jolly, magical, believe, holiday cheer, celebrate, peace etc. This makes it so easy to create a batch of cards, all with different words outlined adding a unique touch to each.

1. Stamp two baubles from Brushed Christmas Vol 2 using Pearlescent Sky Blue pigment ink onto white cardstock. Emboss with gold embossing powder but only cover parts of the image with powder to give a random coverage. Trim closely.

2. Stamp Christmas Script background onto white cardstock using Pearlescent Sky Blue pigment ink. Heat set so that it doesn’t smudge. (Embossing is not necessary for this step.)

3. Look for the ‘greeting’ you wish to use in the stamped piece, trim cardstock and then tear cardstock so that the word will be visible within one of the torn pieces.

4. Mount torn strips over matt gold cardstock and then onto a white card front.  Add baubles with foam tape, making sure that the chosen greeting isn’t covered.  Embellish with blue rhinestones.

5. Finish card by outlining the greeting with a metallic gold Sharpie.
• Ink all of the background stamp and stamp, this will give enough wording to be able to make a second card at the same time.
• Use a metallic gel pen instead of a Sharpie
• Try using other pearlescent inks and embossing powders for different effects

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
Gold embossing powder
Blue rhinestones
Sharpie Metallic Gold Poster Paint pen

I hope this one gives you some inspiration for your Christmas cards! 

Thanks for stopping by,

She Sells Seashells Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 17, 2014

Hi! Belinda here today to share a card I created with the gorgeous new Shells Background Stamp using the crayon resist technique.

1. Apply the Shells Background Stamp onto smooth white cardstock using Tree Branch Ranger Archival Ink. Dry with a heat gun.

2. Add white crayon to the highlight areas of the image.

3. Rub in Tumbled Glass Tim Holtz Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Buff the surface with paper towel to remove the excess ink from the resist areas. Spray over a little coloured mist and then dry with a heat gun.

4. Use a palette knife to swipe some texture paste over a section of the card front. Dry with a heat gun. Add a brown coloured mist over the top and dry again.

5. Layer some tattered muslin and Prima wire thread over the texture paste.

6. Stamp a seashell from the Seashells Rubber Stamp Set onto smooth white cardstock using Tree Branch ink. Apply white crayon and Tumbled Glass ink as per the background. Spray with mist and dry with a heat gun.

7. Stamp the “Seashells” word from the stamp set 3 times onto smooth white cardstock using Tree Branch ink. Cut out one Seashells word and cut and paste the remaining two to create the “She sells seashells” sentiment. Distress the edges, ink with Tumbled Glass and add to the card front using 3D foam.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Shells Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Seashells Rubber Stamp Set
RANGER Archival Ink Tree Branch
TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink Tumbled Glass

Thankyou so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my card today. Don’t forget to check back soon for some more inspiration from the Creative Team using the gorgeous new release stamps.


Festive Christmas Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 14, 2014

Hi, Connie here with a couple of Christmas Cards using the Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamp Set and the Carved Caravans Rubber Stamp Sets. Using the stamps together makes a festive and fun card set!

I like to use up bits and pieces of pattern paper to make my cards. No waste that way!
The stitched tree is stamped on pattern paper and cut out. I layered papers and placed it on the top. I stitched, with thread, around the tree. Added some trim and embellishments. Sprayed with white mist for a snow effect.
I have been wanting to "Christmas" one of these, super cute, Carved Caravan images so bad. I stamped the image on pattern paper, cut out the window and the door window and put in a "festive" window.  Added some matching trim and embellishments. Sprayed with white mist also. Layered the papers, to make a matching set of cards.
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Caravans Rubber Stamp Set
Pattern paper: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Ranger, Imagine Crafts
Other: Maya Road, trim, Jenni Bowlin.
Thanks for stopping by!

Snowflakes Joy Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hi! Suzz Here! The new Snowflakes Eclectic Stamp got me inspired to start creating my Holiday cards.

I love making backgrounds and then cutting them up to make multiple cards. For this card, I started with a full sheet of white cardstock.

I painted the Snowflakes Eclectic Stamp with white acrylic paint using a foam bush. I stamped it on the white cardstock. I repeated this randomly over the background until the full sheet of cardstock was covered with snowflakes.


After the paint dried I used a mix of Ranger Distress Sprays (Iced Spruce, Blue, and Silver) After that dried I came back and unscrewed the top of the sprays of the white, silver and blue and flicked spots over the surface.

I cut a rectangle piece and turned it on an angle and cut to fit the card.  I distressed the edges with a distressing tool.

I pulled out the Yuletide Wordstrips to add the Joy Banner on the card.

The best part is I have 3 more pieces to use on other holiday cards.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Yuletide Wordstrips
Happy Inking!