Grevilleas Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share an art journal spread featuring the fabulous new Grevilleas Rubber Stamp Set. These stamps are so gorgeous and absolutely perfect for cards, tags, atcs, art journal pages as well as layout backgrounds. I have created this project in the Dina Wakley 8x10 Media Journal using the watercolour paper in the journal.

1. Apply a thin coat of white gesso to the watercolour pages in the journal. Allow to dry. Dilute some Dylusions paint in Fresh Lime and Vibrant Turquoise with water in a palette. Spritz the art journal pages with water and apply the diluted paint using a soft wet paintbrush. Allow to dry.

2. Remove one of the watercolour pages from elsewhere in the journal and cut 4 joined tags from it using actual tags as a template. Apply the same diluted paint to the watercolour tags as per the background and allow to dry. Place the tags on the background (but do NOT stick down yet) and flick the diluted paint over the surfaces. Allow the droplets to dry or speed things up with a heat gun. Stamp the tag piece with various stamps from the Grevilleas Stamp Set using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink. Allow to dry.

3. Apply Hero Arts Neon Ombre Ink in Chartreuse to Blue (or use a combination of Leaf Green and Paradise Teal Archival Inks) to the script stamp from the Correspondence Stamp Set. Stamp on the background. Repeat several times across the background.

4. Apply white gesso with a latex make-up wedge randomly over the Large Stencil – Circles on the background. Repeat until you have enough to be visible and form a frame around the tags that will be stuck down in the middle of the spread. Allow the gesso to dry. Use a black journaling pen followed by a white paint pen to scribble messy circles around the stencil. The looser you keep your hand the better with this technique so the shakier the better. Try not to let your hand tense up while scribbling.

5. Add some stamping to your pages using some butterflies from the Butterflies Stamp Set as well as the Butterfly Eclectic Stamp and the Jet Black ink. Add some journaling using a black journaling pen. My journaling includes the names of some of the various grevilleas we grow here at home to give my pages a personal touch.

6. Add some twine to the top of the tags and ink the edges with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. Glue the tags into the art journal spread. Stamp the title using the Alphabet Medley Stamp Set onto the watercolour paper off-cuts. Cut out each letter and ink with Twisted Citron Distress Ink. Add to the page and draw around the letters using the black journaling pen.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterfly Eclectic Stamp
Archival Ink Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise
Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Sharpie White Paint Pen
Black journaling pen

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own art journal pages using this fabulous stamp set! Don’t forget to share your beautiful creations in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Group on Facebook

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.


Watercolour Grevilleas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here with you today to share a fun watercolour card using the Grevilleas Stamp Set. I really enjoyed designing this set and finding just the right grevillea plants to photograph to turn them into stamps. I've included 4 different Grevilleas at different stages of their maturity, so you have lots of options of combining them together in your projects! 

I thought it would be fun to create a watercolour card using the new Make Art Blendable Ink Pads by Wendy Vecchi. 

1. Choose the largest grevillea stamp from the set and ink up with Poppy and Red Geranium Blendable Ink pads. Spritz the stamp with water and stamp onto white watercolour card stock. Allow to dry. 
2. Stamp two of the other grevillea stamps either side, using only Sunflower and Poppy Blendable inks, spritz with water before stamping onto the cardstock. Allow to dry. 
3. Stamp up the smaller leaf onto light cream card stock with Fern Green Archival Ink. Fussy cut around the leaves and adhere the end to the base of the grevillea flowers. 

4. Stamp the sentiment from the Thank You Sentiment Stamps onto white watercolour cardstock and die cut with a small tag die. Put some green and orange ribbons through the end and tie in a bow. Adhere tag over the leaves with foam adhesive. 
5. Adhere entire panel to a folded green card to finish! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Thank You Sentiment Stamps
Blendable Ink Pads: Poppy, Sunflower, Red Geranium 
Archival Ink Pad: Fern Leaf, Jet Black 
Watercolour Card Stock 
Water Spritzer Bottle 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 


Painted Garden Birds

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 21, 2018
Hi, it is Godelieve Tijskens today with some projects I made using the new Garden Birds Rubber Stamp Set. So happy to see my drawings turned into Darkroom Door red rubber stamps. Inspiration came from the birds in our garden. I like to watch them through the kitchen window, and grab my camera for a quick shot whenever I have the chance.

Before I cut new stamps apart I always stamp the complete sheet several times. I used one of those for my first project. 

Here I used Archival Ink Peat Moss to stamp the birds.

I used Distress Paints and Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint to colour the birds.

I masked the birds to add stamping ‘behind’ the birds. The masks were created from post-it notes. Simply stamp the birds onto a post-it note and cut around the image to create your masks. Place the masks over the matching bird to protect the birds while you stamp over the top with other stamps. 

The lines are from the Calendar stamp set. And I added smaller stamps from several other sets, listed below. I removed the masks and added splatters using paint and a very wet brush.

The strip at the right was colored on a craft sheet, using the same paints that were used to color the birds. I taped the paper together at the back. To finish the piece off I stamped the Friends quote, but replaced ‘friends’ by ‘birds’ using the Alphabet Medley stamp set. I have cut the quote into strips to glue them in place. The whole panel was adhered to cardboard, leaving a narrow border. The Journal Clips by Dina Wakley make it able to use it as a wall hanging.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Garden Birds, Calendar, Ornate Elements, Hello Baby Vol 1, Home Sweet Home, Alphabet Medley
Darkroom Door Quote Stamp: Friends
Archival Inkpad: Peat Moss
Distress Paints: Cracked Pistachio, Forest Moss, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint: Ruby
Dina Wakley Media Journal Clips

The Film Frame stamp, the bird and the leaves on this card were stamped with black Archival ink and cut out.

I watercolored the bird and leaves (and some flowers that I didn’t use now) with Distress Paints and Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint. I arranged the pieces onto light yellow cardstock. 

Using Distress Paint I coloured the edges and a spot where the sentiment was going to be stamped. The panel was glued onto a white card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Garden Birds, Fine Leaves, Simple Sayings Vol 2
Darkroom Door Frame Stamp: Film
Distress Paints: Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint: Night

I really enjoyed creating with these stamps!

Thank you Rachel and Stewart for turning my drawings into red rubber stamps.  I love the quality of Darkroom Door stamps.

Thank you all for visiting Darkroom Door blog today!


New Release May 2018

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 16, 2018
We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!  

Our NEW Sentiment Stamps are a strip of different sentiments that can be used as an entire strip or you can cut each sentiment into individual stamps! The choice is yours! The different sizes of sentiments give you lots of options for fitting them onto your cards and tags. 

Sentiment stamps measure approximately 178mm x 36mm (7" x 1.4")  

Our NEW Small Stencils can be used on their own to create quirky fun backgrounds and they also conveniently match the Collage Stamps with the same name. Simply stamp the Collage Stamp first and place the stencil over the top to sponge ink through the stencil. It's a great way to colour the stamped image quickly and easily!

Watch Rachel introduce these great new products on Facebook Live! 

We will be sharing projects on the blog using these fabulous new stamps so please add our RSS feed to your blog reader so you don't miss a thing! 

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Butterflies & Books Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 13, 2018
Hello Darkroom Door fans! It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share an art journal page featuring the fabulous new Small Stencil Butterflies. The idea for this art journal spread began with me wanting to use the butterfly stencil as wings for a cute vintage girl die-cut. I then needed to ground her by sitting her on something and the book stack was the perfect size. I then began flicking through an old Smash album I had in my stash and came across a bookshelf page. Perfect! That then made me think about all of the amazing books full of everything you can imagine and more in a library which pretty much gave me free reign to use as many stamps as I liked!

1. Place the Butterflies Small (outer) Stencil over a piece of smooth white cardstock. Tape the stencil in place with a little washi tape to secure if you need to. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. 

2. Now add the inner stencil and secure with washi tape. Using the ink blending tool again, apply Spiced Marmalade and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. Remove the inner stencil.

3. Lightly trace around the edge of the outer stencil. Remove the stencil and fussy cut the butterfly. Ink the edges with the Spiced marmalade ink. Add to the back of the die-cut girl.

4. Use a stamping platform to firstly stamp the stacked books using Tree Branch Archival Ink onto smooth white cardstock. Then use Faber-Castell Pitt Artist ‘Big Brush’ Pens to colour the spines of the individual books and re-stamp.

5. Ink the pages of your art journal using the same inks as for the butterfly wings. 

6. Add some stamping to the background pages using the Alphabet Background Stamp and Jet Black Archival Ink. For this project I used the stamp without an acrylic block. I inked the stamp haphazardly and lifted the edges of it so that I wouldn’t get full contact. This gives a more random stamping effect.

7. Apply various stamps of your choosing on smooth white cardstock using the same Jet Black ink. Ink with the Brushed Corduroy ink, fussy cut and add all images to the page. Add some quote stamps too.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Alphabet Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bold Blossoms Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Office Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen “Big Brush”: 118 Scarlet Red, 133 Magenta, 146 Sky Blue, 178 Nougat, 199 Black

I hope you are feeling inspired by my project featuring this fun new stencil to give it a try yourself. I absolutely love how well all of the various Darkroom Door products co-ordinate with each other. It makes it so easy and so fun to create art journal spreads as well as any other project you can think of.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.