World Map Adventure Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Hi there stampers, it's Rachel here today to share a card using the Adventure Quote Stamp and World Map Background Stamp

I love this quote, it's a bit cheeky and suitable for anyone you've had a crazy fun time with! For this card, I created a travel theme by combining it with the World Map Background stamp and a little plane charm. 

Instructions for making the card:

1. Die cut white cardstock with Sizzix Ornamental die. Stamp the World Map Background onto the cardstock using Archival Tree Branch Ink Pad. Sponge around the edges of the cardstock using the Tree Branch Ink Pad, then lightly around the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink to give it a little dark edge. 

2. Stamp the Adventure Quote over the World Map Background using Archival Jet Black Ink Pad. 

3. Wrap black crinkle ribbon around the bottom of the die cut cardstock and adhere to the back. 

4. Put a jump ring onto the end of the aeroplane charm and thread onto some twine. Wrap the twine over the black crinkle ribbon and tie at the front. 

5. Fold an A5 piece of kraft cardstock in half to create your card base. Lightly tap the Black Soot Distress Ink pad around the edges of the card. Marks will show from the ink pad which is what you want, just a random pattern. 

6. Adhere the stamped die cut piece onto the front of the card using 3D foam adhesive to finish! 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Adventure Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Black Soot
Cardstock: A5 Kraft, White
Die Cut: Sizzix Ornamental Die
Other: crinkle ribbon, charm, twine

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Memory Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, May 14, 2015
Hi, Connie here with a sweet card using the new Memory Quote Stamp. I loved what this stamp had to say and it made it easy to create a card for someone experiencing a loss of a loved one or friend.  

* The card is approximately 140mm x 152mm (5 1/2" X 6").

* It is created on a white cardstock mat and then adhered to a card base.

* Stamp the Emulsion Frame Stamp on white cardstock and shade with different inks.

* Stamp the Memory Quote Stamp in the centre of the frame .

* Stamp the leaves from Carved Leaves Vol.1 rubber stamp set on the white cardstock. Stamp one leaf and gently raise the stamp (do not re-ink) and stamp again. That will give you shade effect on your leaf.

* Add stamped Butterflies from the Wings stamp set. 

* Spritz with black mist.

* Add embellishments and assemble card.
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Emulsion Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Memory Quote Stamp
Ink: Ranger
Paper: Graphic45
other: twine, pearls, vintage lace.
Thanks for stopping by!

Quote Stamp Pocket Pages

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hi! Belinda here today with a pocket page spread I created to show how perfectly the Quote Stamps can be adapted to Project Life style layouts.

1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to size to fit in the pocket. Round the corners with a corner punch.

2. Apply various Distress Inks to the cardstock piece with a blending tool. Allow the colours to blend into each other. Spritz with water to blend the colours even more. Dry with a heat gun.

3. Apply a thin layer of white gesso over the top to tone down the colours a little. Allow to dry.

4. Apply some splats from the Paint Splats Stamp Set over the top using bright, co-ordinating colours.

5. Add the Happy Quote Stamp over the top using Jet Black Archival Ink. Dry with a heat gun.

6. Add a doodled border with a black journaling pen and flick over some neon mist.

add some embellishments to the top and bottom of the card.

Here is another larger pocket in my spread which incorporates the Try Quote Stamp. I created this one by first clear embossing the quote onto smooth white cardstock and then blending Distress Inks over the top. I spritzed this one with water and flicked larger droplets over it too before adding a gold mist over the top.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Try Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp

Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brush Strokes Rubber Stamp Set
TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink
RANGER Mister Bottle
RANGER Archival Ink Jet Black

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my pocket page spread. I hope you agree that these fabulous quote stamps are just perfect for this style of scrapbooking.

May ATC Swap Theme - Yellow and Grey

Darkroom Door - Saturday, May 02, 2015
The theme for the May Darkroom Door Artist Trading Card swap is Yellow and Grey!

Use any Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp or paper product to create your ATC's with a yellow and grey colour palette!

Here are some ATC's to get you inspired. Belinda Spencer created this ATC using the Enjoy The Ride Rubber Stamps Set:

Susie Campbell has created a whimsical ATC using the Carved Caravans Rubber Stamps Set. I love how Susie included a little Photobooth image on the inside!

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

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

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Postcard Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 25, 2015
Hi stampers! Recently we released the Postcards Texture Stamp and today we have some cards to share to show how it can be used. 

Joy Taylor shows how it can be used as the main feature of a card. While it's still in the background, the image is bold and takes centre stage on the card! Perfect mail theme for all the mail enthusiasts out there!

Susie Campbell has created an altered envelope using the Postcards in the background layer. This shows how the stamp can be used with a collage to add some extra detail. 

As you can see, the Postcards Texture Stamp is a very versatile stamp and can be used in many ways. 

Happy stamping! 

Encouragement Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 24, 2015
Hi, Connie here with a card using the new Try Quote Stamp. This quote really spoke to me in a personal way - what it says is so true!

* The card is approximately 5" X 5 1/2".
* The background is created on white cardstock, using a stencil and the Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set.
* The Try Quote is stamped on white cardstock and cut down to 3" X 4" and then matted on yellow cardstock.
* Stamp a few splats over the quote.
* It is popped up with foam adhesive and centered on the background mat.
* The mat is adhered to a yellow card base.
* Twine and a button are added.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Try Quote Stamp
Ink: Ranger
Stencil: Clear Scraps Chevron

Thanks for stopping by!

Door Hanging and Stamp Storage

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Hi folks! Teresa here with a fun little project. It's a door hanging for my craft room:

I stamped the Stamp Quote Stamp onto a some patterned paper and embossed it with white embossing powder. I then layered it onto some other patterned papers and hessian, added some eyelets, some rope and finally strung up some buttons to embellish.

The quote really resonates with a lot of the crafters I've shared it with….who knew when I started that I'd end up with a whole room of stuff that's ALL MINE! All the wonderful experiences I've had and all the friendships I've made……I really owe a lot to that very first rubber stamp purchase! (And yes….I still own it!)

All of this attention on my room prompted me to take a few more photos to show you how I store my single Darkroom Door stamps (ie anything that isn't a set). These are stamps that I use all the time, so my storage solution has to be very accessible and easy to pack away.

I adhere the paper index sheet that comes with every stamp onto some stiff cardboard and laminate it:

The EZ Mounted stamps stick to the laminate very well indeed:

I then stack all the stamps in long plastic tubs:

which fit into the shelves of my Ikea unit:

I'd love to hear (and see!) how you store your Darkroom Door stamps. Why not join our new group on Facebook, Darkroom Door Inspiration and share your photos there?

Thanks for looking!

Stamping With Mesh Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a floral card featuring the new Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp.  I think this is my favourite of the new Texture stamps released, it will be so versatile for cardmaking, scrapbooking and particularly art journaling. The pattern is slightly larger or more open than the Mesh Background Stamp so they will look great used in the same project.

1. Trim a piece of kraft cardstock to suit the card front. Stamp with the Darkroom Door Mesh Texture a few times using clear Versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

2. Stamp some flowers from the Darkroom Door Carved Flowers rubber stamp set using Archival Vermillion ink and trim closely.

3. Stamp a greeting from the Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 2 stamp set onto kraft cardstock using Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink. Heat emboss with clear powder and trim closely. 

4. Trim a layer for the greeting from a scrap of kraft cardstock.  Sponge Archival Vermillion ink over the kraft cardstock to create a layer colour which will tone well with the floral images.  Add to card front with foam tape.

5. Tear a strip of white vellum and layer onto card front, add a length of ribbon over the top.

6. Arrange the flowers so that they overlap slightly and attach. Raise one flower using foam tape for some added dimension.

7. For a finishing touch, add spots of white to the flowers using a white gel pen or paint pen.

• Angle the Mesh Texture stamp for variety and interest. Try to have some of the images bleed off the edge.
• Don’t worry if specks of white embossing powder land where they shouldn’t – it will add to the messiness of the card background.
• Run the length of ribbon around the card edges and affix on the back of the card for a cleaner finish.
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp
Darkroom Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Tsukineko Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
Ranger Archival Ink – Vermillion
Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black
White gel pen or white paint pen
White vellum, ribbon

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this simple card. The design is very easy to copy with whatever stamps you have as the solid images can be swapped out with coloured line drawn images. Why not try images such as the Frangipani from the Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 2 set or perhaps group a few coloured butterflies from the Darkroom Door Wings set?  Don’t forget to pop in and share your creations in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Facebook page.  I’d love to see them!  

Until next time,

Neapolitan Pink Brown & White ATC Gallery

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 03, 2015
Hi stampers! Here are the ATC's we received for the Neapolitan Pink, Brown & White ATC swap. Each artist used any Darkroom Door rubber stamp or image using pink, brown and white colours to create their ATC's. The different techniques and ideas are always inspiring! Check them out:

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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April ATC Swap Theme - Quote Stamps

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The theme for the April Darkroom Door Artist Trading Card swap is Quote Stamps!


Darkroom Door Quote Stamps are the perfect size for ATC's! Use one of these stamps in your ATC this month. You can combine it with other Darkroom Door stamps, embellishments and use any technique or stamping medium. Click here to see all Darkroom Door Quote Stamps!

Here are a couple of ATC's to get you inspired. This first one, by Susie Campbell, is an interactive ATC that opens like a little book. This is what it looks like closed up with fabric:

Then when you open it, you see the Dance Quote Stamp along with clever use of the Carved Flowers Rubber Stamps (turned into an umbrella!!) and Photobooth images. 

Great minds think alike as Belinda Spencer has created her ATC using the same Dance Quote Stamp! Belinda's ATC is also interactive as you can lift up the vellum sheet to reveal the Trees Photo Stamp underneath. I love how Belinda has embossed some droplets onto the vellum over the quote to make it look like rain: 

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

Due date: 30th April, 2015.
We look forward to seeing your creations!

Unlock the artist within!