Prague Collection

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 24, 2009

Today I'm showing you the Prague paper products which include the Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips:








As you can probably tell by now, I love European cities, especially ones that have character like Prague. I'm so pleased to be able to share with you my favourite photographs from my time in Prague. The timeless black and white means they will co-ordinate with any project and you can alter the images in so many ways...


Here's a couple of samples:




I tinted the entire Prague Photochip using Antique Linen Distress Ink first, using a blending tool and foam. This gives the Photochip a real warmth - almost a sepia tone. You can do this with any of the Distress Inks, obviously the tint will differ depending on the colour used.


I then stamped 'enjoy the journey' from the Prague Vol 1 Stamp set using Jet Black archival ink. The corners were stamped with the small flourish from the same stamp set. Heat set the ink if it's still a bit wet, then adhere to black card. Wrap ribbons around the bottom and tie at the front. Adhere to a brown card. I've also lightly inked the card to show a little of the texture.

Here's an artist trading card:




For this I used one of the larger images from the Prague Montage. Simply wrapped the brown ribbon around the bottom and adhered to brown card, then onto a black ATC. Have you noticed we have introduced a BLACK Wordstrip for this collection? I just LOVE it!!! Not only the black, but also the size of the words. I've been wanting some really tiny words for ages, so finally I was able to incorporate some into this wordstrip. Perfect for ATC's!


Speaking of the small words on the Prague Wordstrips... here I've used them in bottlecaps:




To create the bottlecaps, punch out an image from the Prague Filmstrip using a 1" circle punch. Adhere inside the bottlecap using some Glossy Accents. trim a word from the Prague Wordstrip and adhere inside. Then fill the bottlecap with Glossy Accents and allow to dry!


One more card:




Simple card made with a Photochip and a section from the Prague Wordstrip. Did I mention how much I love the Prague Wordstrips???


Hope you like the ideas!

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Prague Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, July 23, 2009

Today we are sharing some projects using the Prague Vol 2 Rubber Stamps:




One thing I just LOVE about European cities are the cobblestoned streets and alleyways that lead you on amazing and wonderous adventures. I wanted to create a stamp that was like a pathway that leads you to.... anywhere! That is the basis for this stamp set. The bottom image is of a street in Prague, but really, it could be anywhere. So this set is rather generic and you could turn the scene into all sorts of places.


The circle in the top right is the Astrological Clock that is in the main square of Prague. It represents the 12 astrological signs of the zodiac. Pair this with the lamp post, small flourish and a few quotes and single words and you have a versatile stamp set.

Here's some ideas on how to use this stamp set:

  • Stamp the street scene in black ink on light cardstock and colour with Marvy Le Plume pens.
  • Stamp the street scene in other colours such as sepia or olive for a more rustic tone look.
  • Use the clock as a background stamp, or stamp and punch out to make it the centrepiece.
  • The four single words at the top of the set can be mixed and matched according to your needs.
  • The quotes are small enough to be used on ATC's yet large enough to be used as a sentiment on cards. They are a nice size so they can also be used with the street scene and not take up too much room.
  • Stamp the quotes as is, or trim into separate parts for more different uses. Use some of the words on their own.
  • Stamp the flourish repeatedly for a background.
  • This small flourish would also make great jewelry by stamping into UTEE or polymer clay.

Here's a card I created using this stamp set:




I stamped the street image onto white glossy cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. Then coloured the image using Marvy Le Plume pens.I used: 95 Celadon, 68 Daffodil Yellow, 81 Pale Mauve and a really great colour for the cobblestones is 38 OysterGrey. I then stamped the words onto white cardstock, mounted them onto light green cardstock and attached them to the stamped image. Mounted onto light blue card, tore the bottom edge. Then mounted onto light green, tore the bottome edge and adhered to a dark blue card.


Here's an artist trading card I completed:




For this I stamped the clock with Olive ink onto the background. To get the light impression I first stamped onto scrap paper then onto the background. This gave it a lighter shade. I did the same with the small flourish, but with Sepia ink. Then stamped the light post, but using the full amount of ink so it was darker. Stamped the quote, trimmed into three pieces, mounted onto brown cardstock and attached to the ATC.


Hope you like the ideas!


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Prague Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thank you to everyone who has left comments or sent emails about our new releases!! We are so excited that YOU love them just as much as us!!! Over the next ten days we will show you some projects created from each new stamp set and from the paper products.


So, let's begin with Prague Vol 1 Rubber Stamps:




Stew and I visited Prague in our blue Kombi van many years ago and spent a week walking through this amazing enchanted city. We loved every minute of it. The history, the old cobble stoned streets, the ornate buildings, the river, the castle, and of course the famous Charles Bridge.


This stamp set includes one of my most favourite photographs that I have ever taken. See the image of Charles Bridge at the bottom? The framed black and white original hangs right here in the Darkroom Door studio. We have been looking at it every day... and now you can stamp it every day!


Here's some ideas on how to use this stamp set:


  • Stamp the bridge scene in black ink on light cardstock and colour with Marvy Le Plume pens.
  • This stamp would also look great against a brayered colour background - like a sunset. You could also mask a moon in the sky!
  • Use the quotes and smaller words for layering. I always love to include the city definition, as it can be combined with the images to describe the actual location.
  • The flourish stamp has been created from elements of the gates at Prague Castle. This can be used as a decorative border, accent or corner element in your stamped artwork. I really want to try this with Distress Embossing Powders, I think the texture and details would be amazing!
  • The postage cancellation is from the postcards I sent home from Prague!
  • The little trio words are small enough to be punched out with a 1" circle punch, great for bottlecaps, or smaller artworks when you just need a few words. They could also be stamped separately if needed. That would be great for the really tiny mini tags.


Here's a card I created using this stamp set:




I stamped the Charles Bridge image onto white glossy cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. Then coloured the image using Marvy Le Plume pens. I used: 95 Celadon, 77 Pastel Peach, 68 Daffodil Yellow, 42 Cream Yellow and a really great colour for the cobblestones is 38 Oyster Grey. I then stamped the Prague definition, mounted it all onto dark red card, then onto the dark brown card. Simple, but effective!!

Here's an artist trading card I completed:




For this I just wanted to randomly stamp the different stamps onto a background. They work really well together, and I love the little trio words! I've just used Archival Jet Black, Olive and Sepia inks onto Fawn and Rosey Bazzill cardstock. Inked the edges, and adhered it to a black ATC.


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New Collections!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 15, 2009



Dream, discover, explore! The Prague Collection includes 2 rubber stamp sets along with Photochips™, Montage™, Filmstrips™ and Wordstrips™.




Santa Claus is coming to town! The Yuletide Collection includes 2 rubber stamp sets along with Photochips™, Montage™, Filmstrips™ and Wordstrips™.




The Essentials 4 Collection includes 4 new rubber stamp sets:
Vintage Automobiles, Wildflowers Vol 2, All Occasions and Enjoy Life.


All product will be shipping from 31st July 2009. 

Please contact your local stockist to place your pre-orders!

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Wilderness Matchbox

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Our Guest Artist Michelle Loffler has created the cutest little altered matchbox using the Wilderness Collection, Venetian Papers and Photography Rubber Stamps. Check it out:





Darkroom Door Supplies used:

Wilderness Montage
Wilderness Wordstrips
Photography Rubber Stamps
Venetian Papers: Rialto (on the lid and outer sides), Ti Amo (for the inside base), San Marco (inside edges)

Malaysian Newspaper Article

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 06, 2009


The Star newspaper in Malaysia have featured Darkroom Door in an article about our recent trip to Kuala Lumpur for the Scrap-N-Crop retreat.


Read an excerpt from the article here!

Daisy Note Holder

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our fabulous guest artist Godelieve Tijskens has an amazing project to share with you! Check it out:



She has decorated a note holder with the Daisies from the Viva La Flora Photochips. The Photochip has been inked and embossed to give it the white edge. The little quote 'enjoy every moment' is from the Viva La Flora Vol 1 stamp set, also stamped and embossed. Here are some more images:



Godelieve has stamped little butterflies on the note paper inside the box too using the Butterflies stamp set. How cute do they look :)






What a great project! I love the simplicity of it - and how elegant it all looks. And it would make great gifts too. Here are the supplies Godelieve has used:

Darkroom Door Photochips: Viva La Flora
Darkroom Door Stamps: Viva La Flora Vol 1, Butterflies
Tim Holtz :  Hinge Clips TH92692
Ranger :  Seafoam White embossing powder
Stampin'Up :  Gingham ribbon
Versamark Ink
Versafine Smokey Grey

Photobooth Tags

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Have you checked out the Darkroom Door Flickr gallery recently? It's full of all sorts of artistic goodness, including this tag created by Rina!


Rina is the owner of Ciao*Carina, our stockist in Japan. She has created a few tags using Darkroom Door Photobooth images and some of our rubber stamps. Here's a few more:


Darkroom Door Supplies: Ladies Photobooth, Butterflies & Full Bloom Vol 2 Rubber Stamps


Darkroom Door Supplies: Gentlemen Photobooth, Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamps

Thank you for allowing us to share your artwork Rina - it's fabulous!!! I love all the layers and textures.

Check out the Darkroom Door Flickr Gallery for more amazing artwork! If you've created something using Darkroom Door goodies, we'd love for you to share it in the Flickr pool too :)

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Gold Coast Retreat

Darkroom Door - Saturday, June 06, 2009

Last weekend I was up on the Gold Coast teaching a retreat for a stamping group... and I had such a fun time with all the ladies! Of course when you put stamps, ink, food, drinks, shopping, pokie machines, Keno and sexy Photobooth men together... then there's bound to be a few laughs! Here's a few photos from the weekend...


The group busy working on their projects:




Some of the work in progress using rubber stamps, distress ink, filmstrips, photobooth images and lots of tim holtz idea-ology embellishments:






Thanks to all of the ladies who attended the retreat, to Jam Creations for a fabulous shop, and especially to Louise and Jane for organising such a great weekend!!! It was fantastic!! Woo Hoo!!!

Scrap-N-Crop Retreat Photos - Malaysia

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 22, 2009

Hi everyone! We're back from our trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I taught at the Scrap-N-Crop Art Retreat! To sum it up in a few words - very hot and very fun!! All of the ladies were so much fun and really got into the different techniques that we used in all of the classes. Here's a photo of the Royal Selangor Club (the black and white building on the left) where the retreat was held:






And opposite the club was the clock tower of the supreme court:



The retreat was held in the Presidents Room:




And here's a few pictures of the classes:






Notice the nice white Malaysian tablecloths? They weren't white for long!!!! haha. I think Distress Ink added a nice touch to them!


Here's the stamping table before it was attacked by the students:




I don't have an 'after' photo of the stamping table, but rest assured, it didn't look this neat and tidy!! Too much fun happens at this table, that's for sure.




Everyone was presented with an award at the end of the retreat:




And here's a group shot of the Saturday students. I even taught 9 year old twins!




A big thanks to Val and Penelope from Scrap-N-Crop for organising such a great retreat and for asking me to teach. I had so much fun meeting everyone and sharing all the products, techniques and ideas!!! Thank you to all of the students for your enthusiasm, karaoke, inspiration and friendship! I had a fabulous time and hope to see all of you again sometime.


For more photos, visit the Scrap-N-Crop blog here.