Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 18, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp!



This looks like a bold stamp when shown in the packaging, but it can be used to create some soft and subtle effects too. It all depends on the ink and supplies you use! Which makes it a great stamp to have in your stash, as it can be used with watercolour, embossing powders and to create some fun cross hatch patterns. Let’s take a look at a few card and envelope ideas: 


First, here’s a look at how the Diagonal Stripes look when stamped and embossed. The stripes look amazing embossed in red embossing powder, making it great for Christmas cards! You could also emboss it on white card stock to make it look like a candy cane! The sentiment on this card is from the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set. 


Here is a another embossed background, this time using the Mint Chip Speckle Embossing Powder, which gives it a much more soft and subtle look, while still having texture from the embossing powder. The Birthday Sentiments Stamp was stamped in Viridian Archival ink, which matches perfectly with the Mint Embossing Powder! The small butterflies are from the Fine Butterflies Stamp Set


For an even softer look, try a watercolour technique. For this card, the Diagonal Stripes Background was inked up with Brown China and Dusty Concord Distress Markers, then spritz the stamp with water before stamping it onto mixed media card stock. It creates a watery look to the stripes which makes a beautiful background! Try this in different colour combinations! The other stamps used on this card are the Fine Flowers Stamp Set and Take Flight Small Stamp.


The Diagonal Stripes can also be used for mail art! Cut a piece of scrap card stock to use as a mask on your envelope so the stamp only stamps around the edges. Do this by measuring your envelope and cutting a piece of card stock that is about a centimetre smaller on all sides. Place this mask on the centre of the envelope so you can only see the edges showing. Ink up the stamp with red and blue markers and stamp onto the envelope. On this card, Rachel has misted the stamp with water before stamping to give it a watercolour look. 

If your envelope is larger than the stamp, you can use the same method as above, and stamp the left and top sides first, then repeat to do the bottom and right sides. Fill in any gaps with a water brush and ink or by masking and stamping additional times. 

Combine the Diagonal Stripes Background with the Merry Mail Stamp Set to create some fun Christmas envelopes! 


Another fun technique is to create a cross hatch background by stamping the Diagonal Stripes in two different directions with two different ink colours. The background for this card was created with Fossilized Amber and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks. The Great Friend Small Stamp was stamped with Archival Garden Patina, Sunflower and Fern Green inks which matched the background. 

As you can see, there are so many ways the Diagonal Stripes Background can be used! If you’d like to see more projects using Background Stamps, check out the Pinterest Board!  


You can find our complete collection of Background Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Milestone Small Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Hi there! Our latest release of stamps includes 4 new Small Stamps! These stamps are just a bit smaller than our Quote Stamps, and each Small Stamp has a fun element added into the design. Today we’d like to share some ideas using the Milestone Small Stamp



This is a versatile stamp that can be used for lots of different occasions to celebrate a special milestone. It could be for a special age birthday, a new promotion at work, a retirement, or a special achievement someone has been working towards! This sentiment can be used on the front or the inside of cards, on gift tags or gift wrap! Here’s a few different ways it can be used:


Rachel has stamped the Milestone stamp with Aquamarine and Tiger Lily Archival inks, and stamped a small tag with the Swirls Background Stamp using Potting Soil Archival Ink. Added these to a spotted Kraft card using foam adhesive for some dimension. A fun way to layer up the card! 

Here are some more ideas by Connie: 


Connie has created little 3x3 inch cards. She first spritzed Dylusions Shimmer Spray (Vibrant Turquoise) onto white card stock and stamped the Milestone Stamp over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. A fun and quick way to make a series of cards! 


Here’s a fun idea to wrap some chocolates and use the Milestone Stamp as a tag. These could be used as party favours or for gift giving to a friend or colleague. You can read how Connie’s projects were created here.  


These are just a few ideas to show how this stamp can be used! If you’d like to see more Small Stamp projects, check out our Small Stamps Pinterest Board!  


You can find all of the Small Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Shells Texture Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 14, 2019

Hi there! We’d like to kick of our new release inspiration by sharing some ideas using the Shells Texture Stamp! Our range of Texture Stamps now includes over 40 designs, so there’s lots of options for adding textures and layers to your projects!! Here’s a look at the Shells Texture Stamp: 



This stamp is great for using as a main feature on your card and can be used with many of our Seaside themed stamps.  



The Shells Texture Stamp and the sentiment from Seaside Vol 1 Stamp Set were stamped in Potting Soil Archival Ink onto a natural cream card base. 


The seahorse from Under The Sea Stamp Set was stamped in the same ink onto Kraft card stock and coloured lightly with white Scribble Stick to add some highlights to the seahorse body. 

The Texture Stamps are also great for making smaller gift cards. 



The Shells Texture Stamp was stamped in Viridian Archival Ink  onto white card stock. Stamped sentiments and shells from the Seaside Vol 2 Stamp Set were stamped onto Kraft card stock using Tree Branch Archival Ink


Another way to use Texture Stamps is to combine a few different designs together to create a fun background. On this card, the Shells Texture Stamp was stamped a few times in Cobalt Archival Ink. The Torn Text Texture Stamp was then stamped with French Ultramarine Archival ink and the Map Texture Stamp was stamped with Watering Can Archival Ink


Now that the background is created, the Seaside Word Block Stamp is added over the top, stamped in Watering Can Archival Ink, and splattered with After Midnight Dylusions Ink Spray. The two fish are from the Under The Sea Stamp Set and stamped with Watering Can Archival Ink.


Here you can see the Shells Texture Stamp in the corner of the card. The detail looks amazing when used with an oil based ink like Archival Ink! These inks really show the detail in our stamps! 

To see more of Rachel’s work, visit her website here


These are just a few ideas to show how this stamp can be used on your cards! If you’d like to see more Texture Stamp projects, check out our Texture Stamps Pinterest Board!  

You can find all of the Texture Stamps on our website here.  

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

October 2019 New Release Stamps and Stencils

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 04, 2019

We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!







Watch Rachel introduce the new stamps with some ideas on how they can be used: 



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Needle And Thread Eclectic Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Hi there! Today we’d like to share some card ideas using the Needle And Thread Eclectic Stamp



This stamp is great for any maker - from dressmakers, quilters, scrapbookers, card makers, or any type of maker who uses a needle and thread! This stamp also pairs perfectly with the Scissors Eclectic Stamp too. Here are some ways to use these stamps:   


This card by Rachel Greig combines the Needle And Thread Eclectic Stamp with the Scissors Eclectic Stamp and Buttons Background Stamp, along with a sentiment from the Stitched Borders Stamp Set. It’s fun to bring stamps together in a similar theme and use them together! The Buttons Background was stamped with Distress Oxide Ink Pads (Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo) and the Siccors and Needle And Thread Stamps were stamped in Orange Blossom and Potting Soil Archival Inks


This next card by Rachel simply uses the Needle And Thread stamp on it’s own as the main feature of the card. The Buttons Background Stamp was used on the base of the card, stamped in Potting Soil Archival Ink. It creates a simple yet stunning card. 



Connie Mercer has combined the Needle And Thread Eclectic Stamp with the Scissors Eclectic Stamp for this card. She has also used the Postage Stamp Frame Stamp and the Gazette Background Stamp, along with the Plaid Texture Stamp. To read more information about Connie's card, please visit her blog here

These are just a few ideas to show how this stamp can be used on your cards! If you’d like to see more Eclectic Stamp projects, check out our Eclectic Stamps Pinterest Board!  


You can find all of the Eclectic Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Abstract 04 Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 20, 2019

Hi there! We have recently released a new series of stamps called Abstract Stamps! As the name suggests, these stamp designs are abstract in style so they can be used to add layers, borders or any extra element to your projects without being a specific subject matter. They are fabulous for gel printing, creating texture in thick embossing powders and clay, or simply used as stamps for your card and art journals. 

We have released 4 new ones and today we’d like to share some card ideas using the Abstract 04 Stamp



Here are some great project ideas from Belinda Spencer: 


On this card, Belinda has used the Abstract 04 Stamp as a strong element in the background. It really makes an impact on the card! 


Belinda has used a monochrome palette on this scrapbook page with the Abstract 04 Stamp used to add some texture to the background. Simply stunning!! 


For this art journal page, Belinda created a collaged and painted background, and stamped the Abstract 04 Stamp on top. It created the perfect base for the Gum Trees Stamps to sit on top.  

To read more about Belinda’s projects, visit her blog here.  


Next we have some wonderful projects by Connie Mercer. 



Connie’s inspiration for these cards was to create a little squirrel hole in the middle of the stamp to make it appear like wood. Connie also used the Polka Dots stencil (to create the sponged squirrel hole), Carved Leaves Vol 1 Stamp Set and Robin Eclectic Stamp


A great idea for the Abstract Stamps is to create bookmarks! Connie created a series of bookmarks with the Abstract 04 Stamp and sponged words from the Awesome & Creativity Stencils. 


Connie has used all four Abstract Stamps on this art journal page! It’s a great way to create texture and detail on your pages! 

To read about Connie’s projects, please visit her blog here


Next we have some projects by Robyn Wood: 
 

Robyn has created some fabulous texture by clear embossing the Abstract 04 Stamp and dusting Perfect Pearl mica powders over the top to create metallic embossed texture. It’s a fabulous technique and looks great with the Abstract Stamps! 


Robyn has used the Abstract 04 Stamp in the background of her art journal page by gel printing with the stamps. It creates some fun texture to the background! To read how Robyn created her projects, visit her blog here.  


These are just a few ideas to show how this stamp will look on your projects! If you’d like to see more Abstract Stamp projects, check out our Abstract Stamps Pinterest Board!  


If you’d like to watch how the Abstract Stamps can be used on the gel plate, check out this video here.  


You can find all of the Abstract Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Bird Houses Stamp Set Project Ideas + Video

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Bird Houses Stamp Set! This set was designed by Godelieve Tijskens and includes 4 different styles of bird houses, which can be used on their own or combined with the Bird Life and Garden Birds Stamp Sets



Let’s take a look at how these stamps can be used: 


This is a tag where Godelieve uses the Woodgrain Texture Stamp to add some texture to the bird house! Very clever!! Godelieve shares a full tutorial on her blog here.  



Here is a Christmas version! This would be great to use on gifts or to hang from your Christmas Tree. See more details here.  



The Bird Houses set includes a pole stamp so you can stand the houses on a pole. Another way to use the poles is to create a fence! Godelieve has used the poles on this card with the Chicken Wire Background Stamp to create a fence :) The other stamps used in this card are Carved Birds Vol 1  & Vol 2, Gardening Vol 2 and a sentiment from the Bright Blossoms Vol 1 stamp set. See more details on Godelieve’s blog here.  

Next we have some ideas from Connie Mercer.  



Connie has combined the Bird Houses with the Fallen Leaves Background Stamp to create a real garden feel! It looks fantastic!! Connie has also used the Film Frame Stamp and Thank You Sentiments Stamp



For these cards, Connie has created a background using the Bird Houses and then one of the Bird Houses as the focal image of the card. A clever way to create continuity in the card design!! 


Connie has created some rustic gift tags that are great to use on presents and gifts!! Connie says the trick is to stamp the bird house on the fold of the yardstick and trim around the image so then it opens to a small card :) 

To read house Connie created all of her projects, please visit her blog here.  


 

Here’s a card by Godelieve where she has combined the Bird Houses with the Bird Life Stamp Set and Abstract 01 Stamp. Godelieve coloured the images with pencils. You can read more about it on her blog here.  




The Bird Houses also look great in art journals! This is a fabulous page by Godelieve where she has used all 4 bird houses against a colourful stencilled and stamped background. Read about it here.  


We also have a video to share from Vicky Papaioannou where she uses the Bird Houses in an art journal page. It’s a beautiful tutorial! Watch here


As you can see, there are so many ways the Bird Houses Stamp Set can be used! If you’d like to see more projects from this stamp set, check out the Pinterest Board!   


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Christmas Small Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 09, 2019

Hi there! We have recently released a new series of stamps called Small Stamps! These stamps are just a bit smaller than our Quote Stamps, and each Small Stamp has a fun element added into the design. We have released 4 new ones and today we’d like to share some ideas using the Christmas Small Stamp



This is a fun Christmas stamp that can be used on the front or the inside of cards, on gift tags or gift wrap! Here’s a few different ways it can be used on cards:


Godelieve has combined the Christmas Stamp with the Bird Life Stamp Set to create a beautiful bird themed Christmas card. See more photos and details on Godelieve’s blog here.



This card uses the Pine Cones Stamp Set and the small Stars stencil in the background with the Christmas Small Stamp embossed over the top. See more about this card here.  



Here’s a fun card by Anneke De Clerck using up some scrap paper and washi tapes! Read more here.  



Lastly, here’s a card using some die cuts with the Christmas sentiment! You can read how this card was created here


These are just a few ideas to show how this stamp can be used! If you’d like to see more Small Stamp projects, check out our Small Stamps Pinterest Board


You can find all of the Small Stamps on our website here


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Short Rectangle Set Small Stencil Ideas

Darkroom Door - Saturday, September 07, 2019

Hi there! Today we are sharing lots of different ways to use the new Short Rectangle Stencil Set! This stencil set consists of a rectangle shape stencil with the matching solid shape - which is shorter than our original Rectangle Set Stencil. 



This shorter version is a great size for US size card bases and for creating a more art gallery style format on your cards where you can have the same border on the top and left and right sides, but having a larger area at the bottom which is often how many photographs or artwork pieces are framed.   

There’s also lots of other ways to use this stencil and we’d like to share a few ideas from Godelieve Tijskens! 



For these cards, Godelieve has used the Short Rectangle Stencil to create a frame for the Beautiful Blooms stamps, by tracing around the stencil and drawing a frame. It looks wonderful! You can read the full tutorial here.  

 

For this card Godelieve has used the Short Rectangle Set Stencil to create a patchwork background by sponging different Distress Oxide Inks through the stencil until the background was covered. It’s a great way to add different colours to create a base for your card. To read more about this card, visit Godelieve’s blog here.  




This is another example of creating a patchwork background, but this time it’s in an art journal! Godelieve has used the Dina Wakley Media journal and sponged different coloured inks to cover the entire background. Then she has used the stencil to mask the area and then stamp and stencil inside using other Darkroom Door stamps. 


It’s a great way to create a patchwork art journal page! Read more on Godelieve's blog here.  


If you’d like to see more ideas using our Small Stencil Sets, please check out the Stencils Pinterest Board.  


You can also find all of our Stencils here.  


Happy creating!

Lake Wanaka Photo Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 30, 2019

Hi there! We have recently released a new series of Photo Stamps! Today we’d like to share some ideas and cards using the Lake Wanaka Photo Stamp! 



This is a detailed stamp which will stamp beautifully with permanent inks like the Ranger Archival Ink. It can be stamped over coloured backgrounds or you could use different colours of ink over a plain background. Lots of options! Here’s a few ideas: 


This card by Rachel Greig was stamped with Archival Jet Black ink onto Specialty Stamping Paper and coloured in with Distress Inks and a water brush. It’s a subtle way to add colour to the image.

Here are some beautiful cards by Heather Telford: 


Heather has created three different cards for different seasons. The real Lake Wanaka (in New Zealand) changes colour with the different seasons and Heather has brought those colours to life in each of her cards! Here’s the other two cards: 



To see how Heather created these cards, please visit her blog here.  


I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas! If you’d like to see more ideas using Photo Stamps, please check out the Photo Stamps Pinterest Board.  


You can also find all of our Photo Stamps here.  


Happy creating!