October ATC Swap Theme - Wooden!

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 05, 2015
The theme for the October Darkroom Door Artist Trading Card swap is Wooden!

Create ATC's with something wooden - whether it's a real wooden object like a wooden button or embellishment, or use a Darkroom Door stamp like the Woodgrain Background, Trees Rubber Stamp Set, Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set, Wooden Frame Stamp and more. Make sure to use a Darkroom Door rubber stamp or paper product in your ATC's. 

Here are some ATC's to get you inspired. Belinda Spencer was inspired to create a wooden 'boat' with a porthole. 

Susie Campbell has used a wooden butterfly with stamped butterflies from the Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set

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

Due date: 31st October, 2015.

We look forward to seeing your creations!

Cherry Apple & Strawberry Ladies

Darkroom Door - Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hello, Lynne here today sharing cards featuring two of the Line Art stamps along with one of the Texture Stamps.

For both cards I had some fun dipping into paints to colour the Line Art ladies and also creating washes of colour for the backgrounds.

The instructions apply to both cards.

1. The pots of Twinkling H20s need to be misted with water to wake them up.  Make this your first step as you can start your stamping preparations while they wake themselves up!
2. Tear Hot Press watercolour paper to required size. Ink up Line Art stamp with Jet Black Staz-on. 
3. Paint the stamped image with a fine detail watercolour brush. Leave to dry or heat set with heat gun before selecting a larger watercolour brush to paint washes of colour for the background. Work loosely, allowing the paint to drip down the panel but be careful, you do not want the washes to touch your painted lady. Heat set.
4. Tear muslin into small strips. Paint with Twinkling H20s. Leave to dry.
5. Stamp Texture Stamp Splatters with Staz-on. For Strawberry Lady also stamp Splatters with Distress Ink.  Randomly stamp Scratches.  Adhere painted muslin strips with Gel Medium, leave to dry before swiping Gesso with old credit card.
6. Adhere watercolour panel to cardbase and finally swipe Distress Paint Black Soot onto edges.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Cherry Apple Lady Line Art Stamp

Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Staz-on Jet Black
Twinkling H20s
Distress Ink: Worn Lipstick
Distress Paint: Black Soot
Golden Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Watercolour paper 
Watercolour brushes
Heat gun

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Until next time,

Wise Words Booklet

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 24, 2015
Hello, it's Godelieve here, sharing a "Wise Words" mini book using Quote Stamps and Texture Stamps.

1. I chose a black Ranger Tag #12 as a cover for my book.  I made two folds to create the spine.  

2. I used blue and yellow Dylusions Ink Spray on both sides of the watercolour paper. I love how they mix into nice vibrant greens. Left it to dry completely. Then I added texture, using several Texture stamps, the Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp and Distress ink pads.

3. I've cut the paper into pages, a bit smaller than the tag, and folded them in half.

4. The quotes are stamped with Archival ink. I arranged them on the pages. Some of them are cut out or cut into strips. 

5. I attached the pages to the cover using a pamphlet stitch.  The letters on the front cover are die cuts.

6. Ribbon was used to close the booklet.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Checkered Texture Stamp 
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Floral Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Harlequin Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Damask Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Try Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Imperfection Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Dance Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Things Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Friends Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Experiment Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Memory Quote Stamp

Darkroom Door Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp
Ranger Tags #12 Black
Dylusions Ink Spray: Calypso Teal, Pure Sunshine
Distress Inkpads: Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade
Archival Inkpad: Library Green
Watercolour paper
Black twine
Memory Box alphabet die
Thanks for visiting Darkroom Door Blog today!

Pina & Genevieve Fabric Dolls

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hello, it's Susie here. Today I'm sharing two cloth dolls I've created using two of the Line Art Stamp Ladies and Transfer Artist Paper (TAP).

Here's Pina, the explorer of the tropics!

1. Stamp 'Tropical Lady' onto TAP and transfer onto fabric following the manufacturer's instructions.
2. Stamp 'Explore' collage stamp onto TAP paper and colour the image. I used Tim Holtz Distress markers, scribbling the colour onto plastic and then 'picking up' the colour with an Aquash brush. Iron this image onto a panel of fabric too.
3. Stamp the word, 'Explore' directly onto fabric using Alphabet Medley stamp set.
4. Cut the front panel of fabric for the 'body'. I layered fabrics and the stamped panels together to work out the height of doll. Once you've cut out the shape, stitch the panels onto the fabric and embellish.
5. Sew two tubes of fabric and stuff to create 'arms' for the doll. I wrapped a piece of coordinating fabric to one of the arms.
6. Sew the arms and front and back of the dolls body together, leaving the bottom of doll open. Stuff the doll with toy stuffing. Sew and oval shaped panel to the bottom of doll to help it to 'stand'.

Note: When using TAP, stamp images with be reversed. This can be problematic when using text-based stamps.

When using TAP, it's a good idea to experiment with some small images first to get an idea of how long you need to iron.

When using watercolours on TAP, try to keep it as 'dry' as possible, so as not to damage the coating on the paper.  Again, it's good to experiment with some small samples first.

Now, say 'Hello', to Genevieve!

She was created in much the same way as Pina. However, her central fabric panel has direct to fabric stamping with the sewing images from the 'Dressmaker' stamp set.  To create this panel I stamped the 'Emulsion' frame onto fabric using a teal coloured ink and then added the sewing images as well as the Criss Cross and Star texture stamps.

Genevieve's face was stamped onto TAP and coloured with the same Tim Holtz Distress marker technique as mentioned above. I've found transferring onto silk fabric the easiest so far. It's very quick!

Genevieve's 'arm' are panels of lace sewn directly onto the body.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Crafty Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Explore Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Dressmaker Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Emulsion Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Star Texture Stamp
TAP – Transfer Artist Paper by Lesley Riley
Distress Markers
Aquash Brush

Thanks for visiting the blog today!  I hope I've inspired some of you to experiment more with stamping and transferring images onto fabric!


Mixed Media Feather Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 18, 2015
Hello, Lynne here today to share with you two projects featuring one of my absolute favourite stamp sets . . . Feathers!

1. Onto watercolour paper apply layers of Gesso, dissolved walnut ink crystals, chalk paint and Distress Paint to provide a panel which has a delicate almost dreamy appearance which I think particularly suits nature themed artwork. It also has a lovely textural quality to it. 
2. Abrade the edges before adhering to cardbase and sponging Distress Ink Vintage Photo to the edges and touches of gilding wax.
3. Apply washes of dissolved walnut ink crystals to manilla shipping tag. Abrade the edges before apply Distress Ink Vintage Photo.
4. Stamp Feather with Staz-on Timber Brown.
5. Thread ivory jute twine through a button, layer to  fragment of vintage crochet lace and adhere to top of tag. Adhere tag to cardbase.
6. Stamp quote onto mulberry paper, adhering to cardbase with Gel Medium.
7. Embellish cardbase with piece of bark and fragment of vintage crochet lace.


* Enjoy preparing the watercolour paper as it is therapeutic. Take the time to continue building the layers, blending the colours, etc. You will know when you have achieved the effect you are aiming for.

* Substitute the dissolved walnut ink crystals with Distress Stain

1. Stain balsa wood with dissolved walnut ink crystals. Manipulate the solution with a heat gun to achieve desired appearance. 
2. Stamp feather three times with Timber Brown Staz-on ink pad.  
3. Second generation stamp Texture Stamp French Script with Rich Cocoa.
4. Apply Distress Paints to the panel.
5. Stamp sentiment from Wildflowers Vol 1 onto scrap piece of stained balsa wood. Staple to a strip of muslin before adhering to bottom of balsa wood panel
6. Embellish the panel with vintage lace and a jute twine bow. Adhere this panel to a panel of bark with Gel Medium. Leave to dry before adhering to a card base.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Feathers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Viva La Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Distress Paint: Tea Dye, Weathered Wood, Antique Linen
Staz-on Timber Brown
Memento Rich Cocoa
Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Golden Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Watercolour paper
6"x4" cardbase (or white cardstock)
Idea-ology Tiny Attacher
May Arts Ivory Jute Twine, dissolved walnut ink crystals, vintage crochet lace, fragment of bark, balsa wood, one button

Thank you for your visit to the Darkroom Door Blog today.

Mixed Media Strawberry Lady

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a card which combines my love of mixed media and the Darkroom Door Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp. Mixed media is the use of different media types onto the one project. In this one I have used Inktense watercolour pencils, acrylic paint, Pan Pastels and a collage technique. Anything goes with mixed media, so long as you remember a few basic rules of what is water soluble and which media work happily together you are set.

If you look closely at my card, you will see that I was lucky with the dictionary paper I used – it was a sheet from the S section and the word ‘strawberry’ fell in just the right spot!  Here is how I created my luscious Strawberry Lady:

1. Glue dictionary sheet onto a piece of cardstock using Multi Medium and allow to dry well.
2.  Stamp with Strawberry Lady Line Art stamp using black Archival ink. Use a fine pen to give the lady shoulders.
3. Add colour to her face using Ecru Dye-na-flow paint and a small paintbrush.  Allow to dry.
4. Colour the rest of the image using Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.  Work by laying down two tones of colour for each area and then blending with an Aquawash brush.  For the strawberries I used pale yellow for the catch lights, and two tones of red for the rest.  Same idea for her hair, flowers and greenery. The two tones will blend together with the waterbrush and add a lovely graduation in colours.
image 346 5. Give the lady luscious red lips, blue eyes, some purple eyeshadow and a touch of pale red/pink for some blush.
6.Finish the lady by adding dots of white Sharpie paint pen for catch lights in her eyes and a touch to her lips.  If you are lucky to have a ‘word’ obvious in the dictionary paper – go around it with a line of Sharpie as well.
7.Trim the image to size to suit card front and sponge with blue toned Pan Pastels.  Give a light spray of fixative so that the colour won't rub off.

8. Mount onto a pale turquoise cardstock using double sided tape and then onto a darker turquoise card front with foam tape. A piece of pattered paper that tones with card colours can be used for added interest.
9. Stamp the Birthday Darkroom Door Word Block stamp using black pigment ink and emboss with clear powder. Trim out a suitable word and mount onto card front.

I tend to use watercolour pencils one section/colour at a time. I coloured the whole image for this project to make it easier to photograph where I put each colour.

Some substitutions – Inktense are watercolour pencils which are permanent once dry but any watercolours will work; Pan Pastels – papercraft chalks will work or you can sponge the background with Distress Ink; Dye-na-flow – a free flow paint but watered down skin colour acrylic paint will work; White Paint Pen - white paint or liquid paper will work; fixative – a light spray of aerosol hairspray will work but it won’t be archival.

Supplies Used
Darkroom Door Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Birthday Word Block Stamp
Ranger Archival ink – Jet Black
Ranger Multi Medium – Matte
Aquawash brush
Black pigment ink & clear embossing powder
Sharpie White Paint Pen
Jacquard Dye-na-flow - Ecru
Derwent Inktense pencils in reds, browns, greens, purple, blue, orange, yellow
Pan Pastels – Turquoise, Phthalo Blue & sponges
Dictionary paper
Fine black pen with permanent ink

I’d love you to give this mixed media lady a try and invite you to share your project to the Darkroom Door Inspiration Facebook Group if you do.  She is lots of fun to create, especially if you need to experiment with new supplies or work out the substitutions.  

Until next time

Buttons ATC

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 14, 2015
Hi! Belinda here today to share with you my ATC for the ‘Buttons’ theme featuring the Weathered Stripes and Splatter Texture Stamps and Viva Décor Transparent Red Croco.


1. To create the background start by stamping the Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp onto ATC sized white cardstock using Rose Madder Ranger Archival Ink.

2. Use a palette knife to apply some Viva Décor Croco in Transparent Red over the surface. You don’t want to cover the whole surface though. Allow to dry.

3. Spray some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Pink over the top and set aside to dry.

4. The flower has been created using the stamp kissing technique. First apply Rose Madder Ranger Archival Ink to the Carved Flower stamp. Apply Plum Ranger Archival Ink to the Splatter Texture Stamp and then press the Splatter stamp onto the flower stamp. Apply onto white cardstock. Repeat to create two flowers then cut them out, scrunch them a little and layer together. Thread your button and glue on top of the flower.

5. You can create a stem out of almost anything but here I have used Prima Wire Thread as it is so easy to bend how you want it and it stays! I secured the stem to my atc with a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and then glued the flower head on top.

6. Finally create a little flower pot from corrugated cardstock. Add a little gesso over the top and then adhere a sentiment.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bold Blossoms Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Artist Rubber Stamp Set
VIVA DÉCOR Croco Transparent Red
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Plum, Rose Madder
Distress Ink: Worn Lipstick

Thankyou so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my atc today!


Three Trees Wall Hanging

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 11, 2015
Hello stampers! It is Anna-Karin here today with a wall-hanging tutorial, made with the lovely Winter Tree Photo Stamp.

I love tree stamps, and since this tree is so gorgeous I wanted to make something for the wall of my studio. Instead of using traditional 'tree' colours, I went with pastel coloured Distress Inks here. This is a quick and simple project and the technique would work great for cards too.

Stamp the tree three times on glossy cardstock and emboss with clear powder.

Ink with Distress Inks using a mini ink-blending tool. I used Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick, and Cracked Pistachio. Make them lighter towards the base of the tree. The embossing will resist the ink.

Cut a piece of mat board and coat with gesso. You could also use chipboard.

Add a layer of DecoArt Matte Medium, to make the Crackle Paste adhere better.

Finish the background with a layer of Crackle Paste, varying the thickness. The thicker the paste, the larger the cracks. Let dry. The crackled background gives a nice, but subtle, texture to the wall-hanging.

Matte the trees on watercolour paper, which has been distressed around the edges.

The white trees look nice together with the pastel inking, and on the glossy cardstock. You could also use coloured embossing powder, for a different effect.

Add a sentiment sticker and you are done.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Winter Tree Photo Stamp
Ranger Glossy Cardstock
Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board
Daler & Rowney Aquafine watercolour paper
Ranger Distress Ink: Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
DecoArt: Crackle Paste, Gesso, Matte Medium
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Small Talk Stickers

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy stamping!

Wanderlust 2016

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Exciting news! In 2016 I will be one of the teachers  in an exciting new online course - Wanderlust 2016!

Wanderlust is a year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers. There will be one video every week (each one downloadable and with PDF instructions provided), with 50 amazing videos over the year, which will run for over 50 hours in total. You will have access to a forum with an amazing and friendly community, inspirations, challenges, discussions, galleries, workshops, giveaways and generous discounts from our partners. The perfect alternative to in-person classes!

Follow the teacher's reveals every day this month on Everything Arts Social Media! Every day there's somebody new!

So far, the artists revealed are: Kate Crane, Teresa McFayden and myself!

If you'd like to join us on this year long art journey, click here for the details!

I'm looking forward to sharing my ideas and techniques with you and being a part of this amazing art community!

Stand Tall And Proud Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 07, 2015
Hi there! It's Rachel here today with a page out of my art journal using lots of Darkroom Door stamps! I use both the small and large Dylusions Journals for my art. This page was in one of the large journals.

1. Apply Ranger Texture Paste through a flower stencil onto a blank page in the journal. Allow to dry. 
2. Sponge Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries Distress Inks over the entire page. Using the same flower stencil, sponge Festive Berries Distress Ink through the stencil to create another 'layer' in the background. 
3. Sponge Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Dina Wakley 'Tracks' stencil over random areas on the page. 
4. Stamp French Script Texture Stamp and Fallen Leaves Background Stamp in random areas over the page using second generation inking (by stamping first onto a scrap piece of paper, then onto the art journal page to create a lighter shade of ink). 
5. Stamp Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamps along the top and bottom edges of the page using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Stamp the bird stack from Carved Birds Vol 1 Rubber Stamps using the same ink. 
6. Paint a little square in the centre of the page using Dina Wakley Media White Acrylic Paint. Allow to dry. Stamp quote from Gum Trees Rubber Stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fallen Leaves Background Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Dina Wakley Media White Acrylic Paint
Dina Wakley Media Stencil: Tracks
Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Ranger Texture Paste
Dylusions Journal
Flower Stencil 

Thanks for stopping by today!