Guest Artist - Gillian Hamilton

Darkroom Door - Thursday, January 15, 2009

GillianName: Gillian Hamilton

Zodiac sign: Libra

Lives: Port Macquarie NSW Australia

Known for: My Faith, Love of family, Collector of many things, History Buff, silly sense of humour!

Blog: http://gillianhamilton.blogspot.com/
Etsy Store: http://www.eclecticmoi.etsy.com/

Loves to: Pack a picnic and hop in the car with my family and just drive till we find somewhere nice to stop, no phone, no emails, no time restraints ~ it's Just us together!

Loves to create:
on a daily basis, I have this driving passion inside me that has to be released!
It doesn't matter really if it's a Stamping project, a piece of jewellery, sitting with my daughter making something with her or even cooking a delicious casserole.As long as I can enjoy the process of creating in one of it's many forms, I feel very satisfied :)

Favourite Darkroom Door product: Rubber Stamps

Have you ever been in a darkroom? Yes, I used to work in an Art and Craft Supply shop in my Home town of Inverell NSW.  Which had a Darkroom because my Boss was a Photographer.
I used to take Passport Photo's for our customers, we used a fabulous 4 lens Polaroid Camera, which took 4 photo's at once, and we'd duck into the darkroom and wait for the photo's to develop and trim them, it was kind of 'mysterious' to the customers, as we'd take their photo with this rather odd looking camera, then disappear into the darkroom and come back out in a few minutes with their 4 little photo's, this was in days before Digital Camera's.

Let’s say you’ve been invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  Chocolate :)

Are you afraid of the dark? Only if I don't have my husband with me :)

Moleskin Journal ~ Remember to Take Time to Laugh

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Darkroom Door Materials:
 12x12 Paper ~ San Marco, Legato, Allegro, Music Gazette, Ti Amo
Rubber Stamps ~ DDRS011 Melody, DDRS019 Ornate Elements
Wordstrips ~ Venetian
Gentlemen Photobooth

other requirements
moleskin journal, collections elements chipboard house, black ribbon, rusty pickle alphabet brads, vintage optical lens, brass crown, walnut ink, versafine onyx black ink pad, Glue stick, PVA glue, E6000 glue, sinamay ribbon, sewing machine and black thread

Method of construction ~ house

  • Using a glue stick, cover the house with glue
  • Tear printed paper making sure it doesn't have a white edge and adhere to the house.
  • I used Music Gazette for the main part of the house, a small strip of San Marco near the roof,  Ti Amo & Legato on the roof.
  • I also put a little piece of sinamay ribbon amongst the paper near the roof (just to add a bit fo dimension)
  • Once you are happy with your Collaged Background, use a brayer or rolling pin on your piece, this helps adhese the paper together.
  • Cut a piece of the sinamay a little wider than the house, and cut off one of the sewn edges to avoid bulk later on.  Position it at the bottom of the house with the sewn edge that is remaining on the bottom edge of the house.  fold the edges over to the back of the house and tape down with double sided tape.
  • Tear another piece of San Marco about 3cm wide (with NO white edges), apply glue using the glue stick to the back of this piece and adhere over the 'cut edge' of the sinamay and the Music Gazette paper.
  • Stitch down the edges of the San Marco paper if you would like in random fashion (this is optional.) You can also stitch the edges of the other layers if you like.
  • Tie a piece of black ribbon around the house on top of the San Marco paper making the knot at the front for embellishment.
  • Stitch around the inside edge of the house, and ink the edges with black ink.
  • Take your 'Frame' Stamp from the DDRS019 set, and stamp with black ink onto a clear part on Allegro Printed Paper.  Stamp the 'Take time to Laugh' stamp from the DDRS011 set into the centre of the frame.
  • Trim around the outside edge of the frame you have just stamped and using your glue stick, adhere it to a piece of chipboard or heavy cardstock.  Trim around the edge and ink the edges.
  • Usinge PVA glue, glue the frame over the top of the ribbon on the house.
  • Antique the word 'Remember' using Walnut Ink.  Adhere it to the house and attach the alphabet brads.
  • Trim around the Photobooth image so that it sits under the optical lens (you could use a small scrapbooking embellishment frame) glue the image onto the house using PVA glue and then the Lens using E6000 glue or another strong adhesive like liquid nails.  Attach the crown.
  • Ink around the outside edge of the house.
  • Set it aside for the moment.

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Covering the Journal

  • Take Your Moleskin Journal or something similar.
  • We are just going to be adhering the paper to the top, Using your glue stick, cover the entire top of the journal with glue, and also the spine.
  • Put the journal glueside down onto the back of the printed paper (make sure you have the paper the right way up!) Rub it with your hand, to make sure you have no lumps or creases.
  • Rub the back side of the journal now with the glue stick, remember to check that the spine has glue too.... and carefully flip the journal over so that both sides are now covered with paper. roughly trim the excess paper off.
  • Using your brayer, give the journal a rub over, so that the glue works well on the cover.
  • Not too close to the spine however, because we don't want to crease it.
  • AVOID opening the cover too much while the glue is drying.
  • when dry, lay the house onto the journal and position some ribbon where the ribbon is on your house. we want to make a tie to fasten the journal, and it looks great if it lines up with the ribbon already on your house.
  • Put the house aside once more.
  • using double sided tape attach the ribbon on the front and back, leaving enough length to tie a bow to close the journal when it is finish.
  • Stitch around the inside edge of the top, side and bottom of the journal on the front and back (this is optional, but it will hold your ribbon in place and it will also keep the paper from lifting at the corners....it also adds a nice 'finishing touch'.  Ink around the outside edge of the journal with black ink.
  • Using PVA Glue, Attach your house to the Journal, Lining up the ribbon on the house to the Tying Ribbon.  Weigh down while the glue dries with a couple of heavy books.
  • and you are done :)

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Fantastic project Gillian!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. For all the blog readers out there, Gillian has been busy and we have about 4 days worth of arty goodness to share, so please remember to keep coming back to check out what she's been up to!! Pure art I tell you! Yum yum!

Until tomorrow...

Unlock the artist within!

Ho Ho Ho... Santa has arrived!

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 25, 2008

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Firstly, I'd like to wish everyone who is celebrating Christmas today a very happy and merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful time with family and friends.

And secondly I'd like to thank everyone who participated in our Christmas Competition! I wasn't sure how the comp would go, but had hoped we'd get a 'few' entries, and had hoped that some people were using our Christmas Reindeer stamps to create their Christmas cards this year :) To receive such gorgeous creations not only in our email inbox, but our real snail mail mailbox felt like it was Christmas every day for us!!! I just LOVE all of the cards that were made and shared using the Christmas Reindeer set. Thank you to each of you who shared your artwork with us and all the readers of this blog!

Are you getting fidgety wondering who the winners are? Ha... it's like being a kid waiting for Santa to arrive!

Well, we think everyone deserves a prize, but the three names that were drawn out of Santa's Hat are:

1. Ava G
2. Kristine Collins
3. Robyn Wood

Please email us your contact details and the stamp set that you'd like to receive and we'll organise your prize! (note: we'll be spending some time with family over the next couple of days, so your prize won't be sent out until after the new year)

Thanks everyone for a fabulous 2008! From all of us here at Darkroom Door we'd like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and can't wait to show you what we have in store for 2009!

Remember,
unlock the artist within!

Cheers,

Stewart & Rachel

Christmas Reindeer - Project #26

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Check out this adorable card created by Teresa Abajo for our Christmas Comp...


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Instructions:

I used White Bazzill with an edge cardstock for the card base, and Basic Grey patterned paper from the Wassail range for the card front.  I cut the patterned paper to size and sponged some Brushed corduroy ink on the edges.

I stamped both reindeer (one with Timber Brown StazOn, the other with Stampin’ Up Whisper White), and cut around each leaving an even edge around the image.  I stamped the Merry Christmas and punched it out with my Marvy scalloped oval punch.  I punched a larger scalloped oval from some brown paper, and stuck the ovals together with some gauze in between.

I cut a strip of striped paper, pleated it unevenly, and stuck it to the card front with a piece of thin ribbon on top.   I tied a little bit of ribbon onto one reindeer’s neck.  I stamped the stars in the top left hand corner, and some of the wavy lines in Adirondack Cranberry ink. I arranged all the elements on the front of the card, and glued them down.  I left the edges of all the elements unglued to add dimension.

 

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Just gorgeous Teresa!! Thanks for sharing!

Ok, it's only a couple of sleeps now until Christmas... the excitement is building around here! Of course Christmas is a time for family and friends... but it's also about gift giving! What is the best present you'll be giving someone this Christmas? Please leave a comment and share :)

Christmas Reindeer - Project #19

Darkroom Door - Saturday, December 20, 2008

Entries for the Christmas Competition are coming in thick and fast now! I have lots of eye candy to show you between now and Christmas, so please keep checking the blog regularly!

 

Here's an absolute gorgeous entry from Kristine Collins! I love the colours used in this!

 

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Kristine says:
This reindeer stamp is so cute. I stamped in black staz on, making sure not to ink it too much as I wanted a hollow centre. I then inked it with green distress ink and matted the stamped image twice - once with Basic Grey Wassail and then with white bazzill to make it stand out on the card. I then punched a decorative border with a Fiskars punch and attached a strip to the card, inking the edges. I positioned the reindeer on top, stamped some of the wavy patterns in red and then positioned around the reindeer. Added some Prima flowers and a sheer red ribbon tied in a bow as well. I then placed some Kaisercraft rhinestone circles around the embellishment feature to add a little sparkle. Finally I placed one of those little stars up in the top left - it looks a little like the Reindeer is looking at it. :)

 

Thanks Kristine!

Christmas Reindeer - Project #16

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 19, 2008

Vicky Fernando has been busy... here is an Artist Trading Card using the Christmas Reindeer stamp set for our Christmas Competition!

 

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Vicky says:
I did the background by painting a thin wash of acrylic paints onto watercolour paper, & after leaving it overnight to dry, I stuck that to cardstock. I then used some Versamark ink & the "Believe, Faith, Hope..." stamp from the Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer set to stamp my background, using some Pearlex powder to give it a lovely (but hard to see in the photo) shimmery look. I added some lace, & used the Pink Paislee Pixee Stix in Berry Blue which is meant to be glitter, but which looks more like coloured sugar. I then stamped the reindeer & the word Joy using Stazon ink (Royal Purple), trimmed them both & stuck them in place using double sided foam tape, & added some Kindy Glitz for the finishing touch.

This looks fantastic Vicky! Thanks for sharing!

Calendar Stamp Set

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm just interrupting our Christmas Competition for a moment as I wanted to share with you some ideas using our our Calendar Stamp set!  2009 is just around the corner and there's lots of ways you can use these stamps to help document your year.

 

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The layout below shows how the stamp set looks on a 12x12 layout. There is space to write what happened for each day, and the photographs are a mixture of the events from that month. This idea could also be used for a pregnancy album, baby's first year album, school achievements during the year, travel diary, or many many other themes!

 

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You could also create this wonderful birthday book for an off the page project. Our Guest Artist Godelieve created this for us, full details can be found here.

 

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I hope that gives you some ideas on how to use the Calendar Stamp set along with some ideas on how you can record your life and activities for the year!

Christmas Reindeer - Project #13

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 15, 2008

Sharing another project with you that I've created with the Christmas Reindeer stamp set...

 

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I made a bunch of these cards last week to send out to our retail stockists for Christmas. Here are the instructions:

  • Ink up the word script stamp with Crimson ink. Stamp it once onto a scrap piece of paper, then stamp again without re-inking onto the green background cardstock. Repeat three times to cover the entire green cardstock. (By stamping the stamp off once onto scrap paper, it gives a lighter impression when you stamp on the green cardstock, therefore it creates only a hint of pattern and allows us to use other stamps over the top)
  • Stamp the reindeer in Olive ink.
  • Stamp the 25 Dec in the top left corner, and the Carte Postale in the bottom right corner with Crimson ink.
  • Randomly stamp the stars in various spots on the background.
  • Attach rhinestones or glitter to the tips of the reindeer antlers. In this card I have used Kaiser Rhinestones. I've also created cards with Ranger Stickles and allowed them to dry. Both look great!
  • Before adhering the panel onto the white card, stamp the postage cancellation in the top right corner as shown. Attach the stamped reindeer panel to the card. (I also did cards where the cancellation was stamped over the reindeer background. Both methods work well)
  • Stamp the round postage mark onto green cardstock with Crimson ink. Punch out with a 1" circle punch. Attach to a red 1 1/4" circle. Adhere to the card with foam adhesive.

Here's a close up of the rhinestones: (click on image for larger view)

 

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We have received more entries for our Christmas Competition too - so we will share those with you soon!! For those who still wish to enter - you have 5 days to get your entries in :) Woo hoo! Not long now until Christmas!!!! Who's ready?!

Christmas Reindeer - Project #12

Darkroom Door - Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thank you for all of your comments yesterday about your favourite thing about Christmas! A winner has been picked out from Santa's Hat and has been announced in that post here!

 

So... back onto more Christmas Reindeer stamp projects...

 

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Here's another card from the article in For Keeps Creative Paperissue #72. The background colours were created with Distress Inks. The green background was stamped with the little words stamp fromthe Christmas Reindeerset. This is another stamp that can be used over and over to create onewhole background! The antlers from the reindeer were stamped around the red tag to create the look of holly branches. Smaller words were then stamped and attached with foam adhesive.

 Check out the magazine for full detailed instructions!

Christmas Reindeer - Project #11

Darkroom Door - Saturday, December 13, 2008

I thought I'd share with you another one of my cards using the Christmas Reindeer set. This isn't a traditional Christmas card. It also uses the Melody stamp set. Full instructions are below the card:

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Instructions:

  • Stamp the music score from the Melody stamp set onto Fawn cardstock with Sepia ink.
  • Stamp the ornate corner stamp from the Melody stamp set in the four corners with Black ink.
  • Mount onto Cajun cardstock, and again onto Pinecone cardstock.
  • Attach vintage lace to the left side with antique brads. Attach entire panel to the front of a folded Walnut card.
  • Stamp Reindeer onto Cajun cardstock with sepia ink. Trim and attach to card with foam adhesive.
  • Cut 'dance' from the Music Wordstrip. Mount onto Walnut then Pinecone cardstock. Attach to the card with foam adhesive to finish.

Hope you like it!! Just shows how you can mix up the stamp sets for a whole new look :)

Giveaway - Giveaway - Giveaway...
How about a spot prize? Leave a comment here telling us your favourite thing about Christmas! Whether it's the food, gifts, family... whatever. Let us know what makes this season special to you!
We'll draw a winner to win a stamp set of their choice! Hurry - comments must be in by 7am Sunday 14th Dec AEDST. ***giveaway has now closed***

Winner:

Myfavourite thing about Christmas is spending lots of time with familyand eating until we don't fit into our pants anymore! Hope yours is agood one!Posted by:Teresa |December 13, 2008 at 05:27 PM

Thanks for posting Teresa! I'll contact you to organise your prize!!

Thanks also to everyone else for sharing your favourite things about Christmas! I hope you enjoy all those things and more...

There's still time to enter our Christmas Competition. Full details can be found here.

Christmas Reindeer - Project #6

Darkroom Door - Saturday, December 06, 2008

Here's another great card from Krissy Christie! I love how the reindeers are overlapped on this one! Enjoy...

Reindeer card

Materials:

Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer stamp set
cream card
white card (for stamping onto)
4 different patterned papers

Instructions:

fold your cream card in half and ink the edges in charcoal ink.

Cut a piece from patterned paper 4.5 x 3 inches,ink edges and attach to your card.

Cut another piece from plain red pp 3 x 3 inches and stamp the christmas words all over it to create patterned paper.Ink the edges in charcoal and attach to your card.

Cut a 1.5 inch strip of striped patterned paper and stamp all over it using the post mark stamps. Scallop one edge and ink all edges. Attach this piece to the right hand side of your card.

Stamp both reindeer stamps onto white card (I have stamped one in charcoal and the other in chocolate ink) cut them out and 3D them using foam tape so that they appear to be next to each other.

Your card is done!

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Thanks Krissy!

If you too would like to be in the draw to win a Darkroom Door stamp set of your choice, email us your creations using the Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer stamp set! Your name is entered into Santa's Hat for every creation featured on the blog. So the more you create, the more chances you have! Full details can be found here.