Creative Jump Start 2017

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Hi there! Rachel Greig here and I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2017! 

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 

Throughout January participants get access to 27 downloadable videos from 27 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called "JumpStarters." See for yourself:

You get 27 videos for just $40 USD if you sign up before November 30th (11:59 pm EST) 2016. Afterwards it will be $45 USD until December 31st, 2016 before it goes to its normal sale price of $50 USD. 

Darkroom Door is also proud to be one of the sponsors for this creative event! 

Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and for more details!

Variegated Embossing Junk Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 28, 2016

Hello! Autumn Clark back with you to share my second junk journal spread with the new Border Stamps. This time I've used the Star Border Stamp to create a luxurious yet grungy background to set the stage for the Sensational Quote Stamp and my collage bundle.  

To create my bundle, I stamped the Sensational Quote Stamp onto vellum and layered over lots of printed papers, bundled strings, torn crocheted lace, embroidered trim, and paper flowers. The result is a lot of visual dimension without bulk.  

I used a variety of embossing powders to create a variegated background with beautiful texture. I used dark to light to create an ombre effect. The white embossing has a pop and the dark embossing lends to the moody quality of the pages.

Splashes of gesso, and inks further grunge up the cardboard pages.  

I hope you'll take the time to watch this process video. Perhaps you'll be inspired to break out your powders and coordinate your own color combination using your Darkroom Door stamps. Do share with us in the comments section.  

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Star Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Sensational Quote Stamp
Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry 
Archival Ink: Coffee
Embossing Ink
Embossing Powders

Ink Sprays

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Art Studio Border Art Journal and Clipboard

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 26, 2016
Hi, it's Belinda Spencer here today to share two projects I have created featuring the totally fabulous Art Studio Border Stamp.

First is an art journal page: 

I just couldn't wait to have a play with this stamp in my art journal. I have teamed it up with the 'Happy' Quote Stamp to sum up exactly how I feel about creating something every day. I am using an altered Little Golden Book for my current art journal so I started by sealing the pages with a coat of heavy white gesso. I then played around with colour using Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals as well as Kaisermists. Once this layer was dry, I added some stamping using the Brushstrokes Rubber Stamp Set and Archival Inks. I applied the Art Studio Border Stamp onto some tissue paper using Jet Black Archival Ink and then dried it off with a heat gun. I used Prima Soft Matte Gel to apply the tissue paper to the journal page across the bottom as well as some torn pieces across the top. Once that was dry, I added some highlights to the images using a white Posca Pen. 

To finish I added some more stamping using the Jet Black ink because you can never have too much stamping on your art journal page! To accentuate the quote, I stamped it onto white cardstock first before cutting it up and adding to the page.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Art Studio Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brush Strokes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Aquamarine, Cactus Flower, Jet Black, Paradise Teal

For my second project I have altered a cute little clipboard that I picked up at Kmart. This is how it looked before I had a little arty fun with it.

I began by covering the whole clipboard with pages torn from a thesaurus. I then added a coat of heavy white gesso to seal the paper. I wanted to create a rainbow of colour to sit under the border stamp so I used Kaisermists and allowed them to run down the clipboard.

Next I added a layer of neon stamping in rainbow colours using the Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set to add to the messy paint effect.

Then it was time to add the border stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. I also stamped it again on white cardstock and fussy cut a few of the images to layer on top.

To finish I added some more neon coloured paint splats as well as the quotes.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Art Studio Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Creativity Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp
Archival Ink Jet Black

Thanks for stopping by! 

Bunting Border Party Theme Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hi, Anneke De Clerck here with an art journal project I made using the brand new Bunting Border Stamp. I’m totally in love with this stamp! For this blogpost I did a festive spread in my large Dylusions journal but I’m looking forward making cards with this stamp as well. Lots of possibilities!

To create the background of these journal pages I used lots of Darkroom Door stamps. Hope I can give you a few ideas along the way of what’s possible with the different texture, quote and background stamps.


1. Cover both pages with gesso first. Apply buff, pink, grey, orange and fluo magenta paint using a flat brush. Soften the colour blocks with white paint using your fingers.

2. Add spirals and squares by sponging white paint through stencils.

3. Stamp on top of the paint with the Dots, Chevron and Flower Garden Texture Stamps using white, magenta, pink and buff paint. 

4. Create tiny pink squares by sponging through a stencil. Stamp numbers randomly using white paint and parts of the Numbers Background stamp. Add texture by applying light structure paste through a script stencil.

5. Stamp the Bunting Border Stamp twice with black ink on gesso-ed vintage book text. Colour the banner with acrylic paint, trim to size and attach to the top of both pages. 

6. Stamp the large balloon 5 x with black ink on white paper and cut out.  Stamp the small balloon 5 x with orange and pink paint on vintage book text and cut out. Arrange to the spread as shown.

7. Stamp the robin with Archival Ink Jet Black on white paper and cut out. Use one of the leftover flags to create a hat. Finish off with a mini pompom.

8. Stamp text using black ink. Add black and white details with pens.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Bunting Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Chevron Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Flower Garden Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Numbers Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Things Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic Stamp 
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Tangerine Dream
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Persian Rose, Titanium White, Titanium Buff Deep
Golden Heavy Body: Neutral Gray N8
Golden: Fluorescent Magenta
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Linen
The Crafter’s Workshop: Mini Mosaic Squares
Dina Wakley Media Stencil: Bullseye
Donna Downey Signature Stencil: Script
Golden: Light Modeling Paste

Thanks for stopping by!

Tall Cards with Butterfly Garden Border Stamp

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hi crafty peeps! Teresa Abajo here with a couple of projects I made with the very beautiful Butterfly Garden Border Stamp.

First up is a big 6 x 12 vintage/shabby chic style card:

I stamped the Butterfly Garden Border Stamp with Tree Branch Archival ink, then used Distress Inks and an Aquash brush to add some colour to the image. Then I stamped the Beauty Quote stamp and mounted it off to the left of the border image. Lastly I added some gold microbeads to the butterfly bodies, and stitched some dyed lace to the edge.

Supplies used
Darkroom Door Butterfly Garden Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Beauty Quote Stamp
Distress Ink: Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany
Patterned paper: Fleur Design
Prima Finnabair Microbeads
Lace from Bella Paperie

Next up I have a sympathy card: 

The Butterfly Garder Border was stamped using black ink, then coloured with a little Perfect Pearls dissolved in water. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I couldn't help but spatter some of the Perfect Pearls to add a little background. I then added a little glass glitter to the butterfly bodies for extra sparkle.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Butterfly Garden Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Versafine ink: Onyx Black
Clear embossing powder
Perfect Pearls: Heirloom Gold
Prima Glass Glitter: gold Rush

Thanks for stopping by! 

Safari Art Journal Page with Filmstrip Border Stamp

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hello, it is Anna-Karin Evaldsson here with you today sharing an art journal page made with the new Filmstrip Border Stamp. I love these new big border stamps and they can be used for many types of projects and techniques. The stamps are 11.8 inches long, and are therefore perfect for scrapbooking layouts, or, as in my case, for the large Ranger Dylusions journal. At the same time, they will work just as well for cardmaking and other smaller projects too. You could, for instance, use just one of the sections on the filmstrip.

I have a thing for Filmstrip elements, since it brings my mind back to the pre-digital camera days, and also makes me think of my grandfather’s darkroom. For this project, I paired up the Filmstrip Border Stamp with the Wild Africa stamps. This page is dedicated to the rhino, which is seriously threatened by poaching. South Africa has the biggest rhino population in the world, and poaching has increased dramatically, from 13 rhinos in 2007 to 1175 last year. It is very tragic.

The Filmstrip Border looks great stamped on acetate. I stamped it with Stazon Jet Black. Use a 12 inch acrylic block. 

I stamped the filmstrip with small images from African Trees and sentiments from Wild Africa Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 rubber stamp sets, on the same side as the Stazon stamping. Turn the filmstrip around and distress it with alcohol ink. It is important to work on the non-stamped side, otherwise you will smudge the stamping.

The rhino from Wild Africa Vol. 3 stamp set looks great stamped on glossy cardstock. Ink the rhino up with Watering Can and the grass with Fern Green Archival Ink. Colour the rhino with Distress Inks. I used a Colorbox Stylus Tool with an Oval tip and Ranger’s Craft Nibs. You can also use other ink-blending tools. 

I made my own washi tape using Dina Wakley’s Blank Media Tape. Adhere to a craft sheet and colour with alcohol inks. 

Stamp with rhino foot prints. 

For the background, I covered a page in my large Dylusions journal with gesso, and later added some mountains from torn old book paper. The page was painted with Distress Paints. 

Create a scene using a mix of tree and animal stamps from the African Trees set. Stamped with Stazon Smoke Gray.

Place the stamped filmstrip along one edge of the journal. The alcohol ink gives a great effect to the filmstrip. I like that you can see the scene below through the filmstrip. 

In the sky, I stamped the birds from African Trees, as well as a sentiment from Wilderness Vol. 1

Add some pen work here and there on the page.

Use paint and a pen to add shadows to the trees, animals and mountains.  

Adhere the cut-out rhino to the page and layer the stamped and torn tape at the bottom. You could also stamp the rhino right into the scene, but in this case, I wanted her to stand out from the background and be clearly visible.

Add more journaling with letter stickers.

You could do this filmstrip technique with any theme, just stamp different images and sentiments along the filmstrip.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Border Stamp
Darkroom Door African Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 3 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wilderness Vol.1 Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Dylusions Large Journal
Gloss Cardstock
Ranger Alcohol Ink: Latte, Teakwood, Mushroom, Pitch Black, Pesto
Ranger Archival Ink: Fern Green, Watering Can, Jet Black
Ranger Distress Ink: Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs
Tsukineko Stazon Ink Pads: Jet Black, Smoke Gray
Ranger Distress Paint: Tumbled Glass, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Label Letters
Ranger Dina Wakley: Blank Media Tape
Darkroom Door: 12 inch Acrylic Block
Colorbox Stylus Tool with Oval Tip

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for looking.

Happy stamping!



Listen Art Journal Page with Numbers Border Stamp

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hi, Marjie Kemper here to share an art journal page using the Numbers Border Stamp. I love the size of this giant border stamp and the fact that it includes numbers in a variety of sizes. You can highlight certain numbers (great for birthday cards or Top 10 lists) by cutting them out with a paper punch and using them as accents.

I like using quotes in my journals and decided to focus on the #2 in this spread, to accompany my quote which is “You have one mouth and two ears. Listen twice as much.”  If only!

To make this page, begin by spraying Dylusions Bubblegum Pink ink spray on one page of your art journal. Spritz the wet page with a bit of water till it’s very wet and runny. Press the dry facing page of the journal into the wet page to absorb excess.

Let dry thoroughly and decide which page you like best. Tear the other page out and save it for stamping/punching letters and embellishments.

Stamp the Numbers border along the edge of your page with Distress Ink and sprinkle embossing powder onto the wet ink. You can use Versamark and brown powder, instead, if you don’t have Distress Ink. 

Run a dry paint brush along the edge of your stamped/powdered image to remove any excess powder before heating. Then melt the powder with your heat tool.

Add background patterns with stencils and Dylusions Ink sprays. Go lightly to avoid seepage of the fluid under the stencil. Once completely dry, spray outdoors with a light Fixatif. This will seal the page and allow you to work with matte medium later.

Stamp the Numbers Border Stamp repeatedly on your ‘scrap’ page and then stamp your open-font alphabet stamps on top of it. Cut out the letters. Do the same to highlight any particular numbers. Emboss if desired, and use a circle paper punch to cut your circles.  

Use matte medium to adhere the stamped/cut letters, chipboard letters, and circle embellishments. Since you’ve already sealed the page with the Fixatif, you’ll have no worries about the Dylusions running with the matte medium.

My last step is stenciling with the Archival Ink and hand-writing the rest of the quote.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Numbers Border Stamp
Art journal (mine is a Canson 9X12 mixed media book)
Dylusions Ink Spray: Bubblegum Pink & Cherry Pie
Stencils (StencilGirl Products)
Chipboard letters (Unknown)
Alphabet stamps (Autumn Leaves Snap Frame Alpha)
Embossing Powder
Heat tool
Round punches
Archival Ink: Potting Soil
Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
Workable Fixatif
Multi Matte Medium 

It’s been a pleasure to be with you here today. Please come visit me at Marjie Kemper Designs to see more of my work and connect. 

Have a great day!

Star Border Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hello, it is Anna-Karin Evaldsson here with you today sharing an art journal page made with the new Star Border Stamp. I love these new big border stamps and they are full of potential for fun techniques. The stamps are 11.8 inches long, and are therefore perfect for scrapbooking layouts, or, as in my case, for the large Ranger Dylusions journal. At the same time they will work just as well for cardmaking and other smaller projects too.

I had such fun using the Star Border stamp to create my entire background, and because the stamp is so big, I only had to stamp it four times to cover an entire page in my large Dylusions art journal, only leaving a thin border on each side. The Star Border stamp is so pretty and I really like the pattern and intricate details. 

Now and then I like to include a photo in my art journal, and I thought this photo taken on a beach in South Africa fit really well with the Wander Quote stamp. The design could just as well have been a scrapbooking page. 

Place the Star Border stamp on a 12 inch acrylic block. I used a Hero Arts Neon Ombre ink pad to ink up the stamp, with the darker side of the ink pad being applied on the tips of the star. Either way is fine, just make sure that you use the same direction of the ink pad every time you reink the stamp. You can also make your own ombre ink pad by using the Distress Ink Custom Blend DIY pad and Distress Ink reinkers. 

Start on the one side of the page, and for the second impression, turn the stamp around and position the stars in between the stars you have already stamped. It is quite easy to line it up. Depending on how large your project is, you might have to stamp half a star at the top or bottom of the page too, to make sure the stamping covers the full surface.

Stamp the background with sentiment and image stamps. I used the birds from the African Trees set, the Wander Quote Stamp, and sentiments from Venetian Vol. 1 and Capture Life. 

Add some Deco Tape and Tissue Tape to the background for an additional design element. 

Ink up a butterfly from Wildflowers Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set with Spiced Marmalade and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. Mist with water and stamp on watercolour cardstock.

I really liked how my background turned out and with these large stamps, you can very quickly cover an entire background. It would look great in a neutral colour too, or done with embossing powder. Don’t worry if you don’t line the stamp up perfectly, it won’t really show in the finished project.

I also used a piece from the Filmstrip Border stamp, stamped on acetate with Stazon Jet Black ink. 

I like to sometimes stamp sentiment stamps more than once without reinking in between. 

This is one of my all-time favourite quotes, and I am so happy to have it as a stamp now. 

The Star Border would also look great covering the entire background of a scrapbooking page or an oversized card. It is such a versatile stamp and I will be using it a lot. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Star Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Wander Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door African Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Venetian Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Capture Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Dylusions Large Journal
Watercolour Paper
Hero Arts: Neon Chartreuse to Blue Ink Pad
Ranger Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Mermaid Lagoon
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Tsukineko: Stazon Jet Black
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Sketchbook Tissue Tape, Silver Deco Tape, Elementary Flash Cards, Label Letter

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for looking.

Happy stamping!


Art Studio Border Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hello it's Autumn Clark from SewPaperPaint with you today to share the excitement of the new Border Stamp launch! As a mixed media artist, nothing thrills me more than extra large stamps to use in my journals and canvas projects.  These 12" long stamps are absolutely beautiful and stamp wonderfully as they are cushioned red rubber. Today I'm sharing a spread from my cardboard junk journal featuring the Art Studio Border Stamp.  

I made my journal by adhering cardboard sheets together with jute. Because I wanted a textured background, I stamped the Art Studio Border Stamp onto tissue paper and then adhered to my inky background. This is a wonderful way to get a crisp image, but it takes a little patience. Due to the tissue paper having a waxy backing, it takes a little while to dry. Make sure to stamp over a sheet of paper and blot your image, then heat set, blot, and heat set again. When you adhere it to your project with wet glue, the result is transparent allowing your background to shine through.  

I created an artful background using stencils and spray inks.  I wanted the row of paint brushes to represent pure play.  Because I often work in a vintage color palette, I added this beautiful quote from the Amsterdam Volume 2 Stamp Set to remind me to break out of my comfort zone and embrace more vibrant colors.  

For additional texture and dimension I added a strip of twill ribbon and bundles of colored thread below my stamping. I went back and embossed the coffee cup stains from the Coffee Time Stamp Set because there wasn't enough contrast with them stamped in gesso. The white embossing adds crisp contrast against the colorful background.  

I have a little process video for you that you can see here:  

Stamps used:
Darkroom Door Art Studio Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Amsterdam Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp

Next week I will share a spread using the new Star Border Stamp, along with many tips and techniques for you to use in your own journal play.  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Bunting Border Stamp Projects

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hello stamping friends! It's Teresa Abajo here to share a couple of projects I made using the new Bunting Border Stamp.

The first thing I need to say is that these stamps are BIIIIG! They're big enough to go across an entire 12" x 12" page, so that's super handy for scrapbookers and us art journalers. There's a dedicated stamping block available too, so they're as easy to use as any smaller stamp.

My first project is an art journal page:

I stamped the bunting across my A4 page three times, then with the help of three large Post-It Notes, I masked off each pennant and stamped a Texture stamp pattern into it. The page was then coloured with watered down Dylusions paints:

I decided to add some words, so I stamped the Happy Quote stamp onto a blank page from an old book. I glued these on, then decided to drag out the sewing machine and add some stitching. I then found some "-ing" words in the text of the book, cut them out and stuck them on to the bottom left hand corner of the page:

I traced around the page and each pennant with a water soluble graphite pencil, painted over this with an Aquash brush, and added some graphite spatters to the page to complete it.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Bunting Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Stamping Block 315 x 65 
Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Harlequin Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Chevron Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Checkered Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp
Archival ink Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Virbrant Turquiose, Bubblegum Pink, Crushed Grape, London Blue, Fresh Lime, Lemon Zest, Tangerine Dream
Aquash brush medium
General's Sketch & Wash pencil

My next project makes use of the large size of this stamp to create an extra large card - it measures 6" x 12" when folded. I often make these large cards for birthdays etc when the card is coming from a large group of people.

I folded a 12" x 12" piece of cream cardstock in half, then trimmed 1/8 inch off each side of some 12" x 12" patterned paper. I glued these together along the front near the spine, then stamped the Bunting border onto some coordinating patterned paper three times. I fussy cut each of these strips out, then stuck them to the card front and carefully wrapping each strip around the back of the card.

I then decorated the front with little roses and pearls. I stamped and gold embossed the Mesh Texture stamp, and added the 'enjoy'  word and butterfly to the bottom right hand corner.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Bunting Border Stamp
Dakroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp 
Darkroom Door Whimsical Words Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Versamark ink
Gold Embossing Powder
Small white roses
Adhesive pearls gold
Patterned paper: Junque Gypsy by Marion Smith Designs
Cream cardstock

Thanks for stopping by! 

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