Christmas Reindeer - Project #2

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Here's another card from the article in For Keeps Creative Paper issue #72. The background colours were created with Distress Inks. The red background was then stamped with the two little star stamps from the Christmas Reindeer set. I love little stamps that can be used over and over to create one whole pattern! Value for money - that's what I call it :)

 Check out the magazine for full instructions!

Christmas Reindeer - Project #1

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 01, 2008


To kick off the Christmas Reindeer ideas (and competition)... here is a card I have created using Fired Brick and Peeled Paint Distress Inks, Manilla tags, ribbon and an assortment of the stamps from the Christmas Reindeer set. Full instructions for this card can be found in the current issue of For Keeps Creative Paper Issue #72.

If you'd like to take part in our Christmas Reindeer competition, full details can be found here!

Guest Artist - Sephi Kemp Part 3

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 17, 2008

So who's enjoying Sephi's projects? I'm just LOVING them!! We have two more projects to share here today...

Music Is:

Music is 01 


•    Photochips: Darkroom Door #DDPC003 Music
•    Wordstrips: Darkroom Door #DDWS003 Music
•    Paper: Darkroom Door #DDPP009 Legato
•    Card: Bazzill Vineyard, Stonehenge
•    Copper polka dot ribbon
•    Copper brads
•    Double-sided tape
•    Double-sided mounting foam


1.    Tear a square slightly smaller than the dimensions of the photochip in the centre of Allegro paper. Distress the edges of the paper with sandpaper.
2.    Adhere the photochip to the centre of Vineyard card and position the Allegro paper over the top so that the photochip shows through the torn window.
3.    Tie copper ribbon around the bottom of the card and affix three copper brads to the photochip. Cut and adhere the sentiment “Music is an Outburst of the Soul” from the Music Wordstrip.
4.    Layer on folded Stonehenge card.

Music is 02

Music is 03

Peer Gynt Suite ATC

ATC peer gynt-suite 01 


•    Stamps: Darkroom Door #DDRS012 Chorus
•    Paper: Darkroom Door #DDPP010 Allegro
•    Ink: StazOn Jet Black
•    Card: cream, dark blue
•    Glitter glue
•    Coloured pencils
•    Sandpaper
•    Double-sided tape


1.    Lightly distress the edges of Allegro paper with sandpaper and adhere to dark blue card.
2.    Stamp Peer Gynt-Suite from the Chorus set on cream card using Jet Black ink.
3.    Colour the image with coloured pencils and add highlights with glitter glu. Adhere to the ATC base using double-sided tape.

ATC peer gynt-suite 02

ATC peer gynt-suite 03

So that is the final project from Sephi this time... I'm sad it's over to quickly!! We have enjoyed having her as a Guest Artist SO much!!! Please check out her blog for more incredible inspiration. Sephi is also on the Design Team for The Stamping Queen, so please check out the gallery over there too! The Stamping Queen stock a lot of Darkroom Door product, so please support them if you're keen for a bit of shopping!! :)

Thanks Sephi for sharing your fabulous work with us this week. I have admired your work for such a long time, so it has been wonderful to see how you have used DD product. Three days of different collections and different styles... you certainly are a master with rubber stamps! We thank you!

Unlock the artist within!

Guest Artist - Sephi Kemp Part 2

Darkroom Door - Sunday, November 16, 2008

Here's another two great projects from Sephi...

Hey Dude

Hey dude 01


•    Stamps: Darkroom Door #DDRS015 Robot Vol.2
•    Wordstrips: Darkroom Door #DDWS004 Robot
•    Filmstrips: Darkroom Door #DDFS007 Robot Vol.1
•    Ink: StazOn Jet Black
•    Card: Bazzill Prince Charming, Desert Marigold, Lava
•    Silver jump rings
•    Small silver spring
•    Black and white gingham ribbon
•    Red pen
•    Double-sided tape
•    Double-sided mounting foam


1.    Stamp a robot from the Robot Vol.1 set on Prince Charming card using Jet Black ink. Cut out the image and use a red pen to add highlights.
2.    Stamp stars from the Robot Vol.1 set on Desert Marigold card. Adhere the robot to the card with double-sided mounting foam. Layer the entire piece on folded Lava card.
3.    Tie black and white gingham ribbon around the spine and suspend a Robot Filmstrip and a small spring from the ribbon with jump rings.
4.    Cut the words “Hey Dude” from the Robot Wordstrip and affix to the card with double-sided tape.

Hey dude 02

Hey dude 03

I love how Sephi used the star stamps to create the background - there's so much you can do with two tiny stamps. Also love how the robot is stamped on a different colour cardstock, trimmed, and raised with foam adhesive. And love the spring!! The whole card looks cool :)

Hey Girlfriend ATC

ATC hey girlfriend 01


•    Stamps: Darkroom Door #DDRS015 Robot Vol.2
•    Paper: Darkroom Door #DDPP015 Robot Dots
•    Ink: StazOn Jet Black
•    Card: Bazzill Katy Did; white
•    Kaiser dark blue rhinestones
•    LuminArte Twinkling H2Os
•    Watercolour pencils
•    Small blue confetti stars
•    Sandpaper
•    Double-sided tape


1.    Lightly distress the edges of Robot Dots paper with sandpaper and adhere to Katy Did card.
2.    Stamp a robot from the Robot Vol.1 set on white card using Jet Black ink. Trim around the image and colour with watercolour pencils. Add a light wash of Twinkling H2Os for sparkle.
3.    Stick dark blue rhinestones over the robot’s eyes and confetti stars to her skirt.
4.    Adhere the robot to the ATC base and add the words “Hey Girlfriend” from the Robot Wordstrip.

ATC hey girlfriend 02

ATC hey girlfriend 03

How great are those rhinestones on the eyes and sequin stars on the skirt!! Love those details. Thanks again Sephi for sharing these!

Please check back again tomorrow for Sephi's final project!

Guest Artist - Sephi Kemp

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 15, 2008

SephiName: Sephi Kemp

Zodiac sign: Aries

Lives: Newcastle, NSW Australia

Known for: My mad love of buttons, an ever-growing stamp collection, and a fierce reluctance to throw anything (no matter how small!) away.

Blog: Night Owl Designs

Loves to: Watch all of my favourite TV shows on DVD, read, rattle the branches of my family tree, and create, create, create!

Loves to create: Anything “old world”. I love experimenting with tags, artist trading cards and canvases.

Favourite Darkroom Door product: I adore the Robot collection and I’m also very fond of the Photobooth ladies.

Have you ever been in a darkroom? Yes, I studied photography for four years at high school. I remember wrecking my school uniform with the chemicals. Good times!

Let’s say you’ve been invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you? All of my rolls of undeveloped film from the 80s and 90s. Hmmmmm, wonder what’s on them? LOL

Are you afraid of the dark? Oh no. I’m definitely a night owl, hence the name!

Here's the first of Sephi's projects...

Heartfelt Happiness:

Heartfelt happiness 01


•    Stamps: Darkroom Door #DDRS017 Friendship Flowers
•    Paper: Darkroom Door #DDPP008 Blush, #DDPP007 Meadow
•    Ink: StazOn Jet Black
•    Card: Bazzill Forget Me Not
•    Glass ladybird
•    Acetate
•    Acrylic paints
•    Pink ribbon
•    Silver brads
•    Brayer
•    Double-sided tape


1.    Stamp three flowers from the Friendship Flowers set on acetate using Jet Black ink.
2.    Lay a larger sheet of acetate over the stamped piece.
3.    Apply acrylic paints to the acetate – green for the stems, and pink, yellow and blue for the flowers.
4.    Spray with water and lay Blush paper face down on the wet acetate. Use a brayer to ensure an even transfer. Peel the paper away and set aside to dry.
5.    Lay the stamped acetate over the Blush paper so the images are aligned. Secure with a few pieces of double-sided tape and silver brads. Trim away the excess paper and swipe the edges of the acetate with the Jet Black inkpad. Layer on Meadow paper.
6.    Knot pink ribbon around the design and stamp “Heartfelt Happiness” on Meadow paper. Trim to size and affix as shown in the photograph.
7.    Adhere a glass ladybird to the acetate and mount the entire piece on Forget Me Not card.

Heartfelt happiness 02

Heartfelt happiness 03

Heartfelt happiness 04

Scatter Seeds of Happiness:

Scatter seeds of kindness 01


•    Stamps: Darkroom Door #DDRS017 Friendship Flowers
•    Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Black Soot; Versamark
•    Card: Bazzill Prince Charming, Lava
•    Kasier deep yellow rhinestones
•    Lime green grosgrain ribbon
•    Hole punch
•    Double-sided tape


1.    Cut a tag from Prince Charming cardstock and stamp the “Scatter Seeds of Happiness” quote from the Friendship Flowers set using Black Soot ink.
2.    When the ink has dried, stamp two flowers of your choice from the Friendship Flowers set over the text using Versamark ink.
3.    Layer the tag on Lava card and punch a hole through the centre top of the tag.
4.    Knot green grosgrain ribbon through the hole and affix three yellow rhinestones to the tag to finish.

Scatter seeds of kindness 02

Scatter seeds of kindness 03

How gorgeous are these cards!!! Great work Sephi!

We'll be showing more of Sephi's work tomorrow, so please drop by!

Guest Artist - Catherine Duffy Part 2

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 03, 2008

Need some new jewelry? Check this out!!

Robot Necklace



• Dark Blue Polymer Clay, I like Sculpey
• Darkroom Door Robot Vol 1 & Vol 2 - Rubber Stamps
• Assorted Colours Rhinestones
• Assorted Lumiere Colours
• Stretch Elastic for Stringing


1. I made some practice bits to see how the stamps would work with polymer clay, to see what would happen to plastic rhinestones if you baked them, and to see if paper would combust at 130 degrees celsius. The answers… good, they melt and go bubbly, and no combustion. WARNING: If cooking cardboard into your polymer DO NOT WALK AWAY WHILE DOING IT!!!


2. When working with polymer clay it needs to be conditioned before shaping, this simply means rolling it between your hands until it is warm. I decided to make 10 simple rhinestone studded beads, so formed up 10 shapes, both square and round.


3. Press a rhinestone into each piece. Press each piece onto the robot stamps for texture. Use a fat needle make a hole through each bead. Put onto the bottom of a pyrex dish for baking. Don't bake polymer on any surface that you intend baking on later.



4. Roll out a big bit of polymer clay and flatten, stamp your preferred robot into clay. Use the fat needle to trim edges back to robot shape, then your fingers to smooth edges. Make sure you make a hole to string him, I strung him through his ears. Bake in your oven for 15 minutes at 130 degrees celsius, no longer. Set aside to cool.



5. I have used some 4mm brightly coloured crystal beads and strung it all together using the elastic. Use a surgeons knot to finish. This is the professional advice off a beading website I read, but it didn't explain how to do it, so I do a square knot (about 10 times.)


6. I painted my robot man with lots of different colours of metallic lumiere paint, and added a touch of it to each polymer bead.



…and here is the finished necklace…


…and here I am modeling my new necklace…


Thanks Cath for sharing your all of your colourful art and destructions (instructions) with us over the past few days!!! We love it! These necklaces look pretty cool, time for me to pull out some sculpey I think :)

Guest Artist - Catherine Duffy

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 01, 2008

Cath-photoName:  Catherine Anne Duffy (nee Parr – after Henry VIII's sixth wife!)

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Lives: In a house inhabited by wildlife. But you probably meant where, so Earth! (The more sensible answer is Cooranbong, Australia.)

Known for: Owner of Paper & Stuff.

Blog, website or gallery:
Loves to:
Read, watch movies, do tai chi, sew, draw, paint, make glass beads, eat, garden, run two businesses, talk to customers, clean the house (occasionally), talk to my cats, dream…

Loves to create:
  Anything and everything, I'd like to have tried a bit of everything by the time I check out.

Favourite Darkroom Door product: At the moment the robots collection, love the tin bras on the girlie one. (can I say that?)  (yep!)

Have you ever been in a darkroom? Yes, when I was a junior in an advertising agency they used to give me all the bromides to shoot for the studio. Probably to get me out of their hair because I used to ask too many questions! Unfortunately for them I was quick at making bromides!

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  Ummm, my cat Slinky she's a black cat, in a black-room. Could be fun for a while. Then if we got scared, we'd have each other! Maybe a torch and a book, and a beanbag…

Are you afraid of the dark?  Isn't everyone? I may be nearly 42, so close to knowing the meaning of life, but I cannot get into bed with the light off. The thing that lives under the bed might get me. Did I mention I live in a wildlife friendly house?

Cath has been busy with our new Robot Collection... here is her first creation, with more to follow over the next few days...

'Scan The Roses' Robot Canvas



• 6x6 inch Renoir Deep Edge Canvas
• Darkroom Door Robot Photochips
• Darkroom Door Robot Wordstrips
• Darkroom Door Robot Filmstrips
• Darkroom Door Pink Roses A4 Paper
• Lumiere Paints, Citrine Green, Pearl Emerald Green and Magenta.
• Assorted Versacolour Ink Cubes
• Black Braid
• Blue Feather
• Bright Green Bazzill Bling
• Coloured Daisies
• Multicoloured Bugle Beads
• Judikins Diamond Glaze
• Kaiser Rhinestones
• Sense of Humour

(Please Note – Some of the photos are a little blurry – this is due to taking the photos one handed at 4.30am one Saturday morning, and being extremely excited about the wonderful robot stuff to play with!!) Don't worry Cath - they're just fine!!! :)

1. Take one 6x6 inch canvas, splodge citrine lumiere all over as a rough base coat. Use bubble wrap to give a uneven effect. Do the edges of the canvas as well.


2. Put some pearl emerald green lumiere onto bubblewrap and apply 'texture' wherever you feel it needs it. Wait for it to dry. (While waiting you could start the necklace, the card or sing the national anthem.)


3. Apply magenta lumiere the same way. Squint as you do it. (that's always fun, and maybe that's what I was doing when taking this pic as it's blurry!!) You may think that I am being smart with the squint hint, but really I find its a good way to get things to balance.


4. While waiting for the magenta to dry, cut individual letters out of the robot wordstrips. I have chosen to write… "Remember to stop and scan the roses" combining the pearlescent rose paper with the robot collection.


5. I was really getting into the robot theme by now and decided to use the three lumiere colours and multi layer dots into a crater like effect. This takes quite a while to dry, especially if you do really big ones!


6. After that was dry I applied three different colours of versacolour inks to flatten the colours back a bit, turquoise, pinecone and a touch of gold.


7. Then I cut out the photochip pic I wanted to use, and matted it onto the green bazzill bling cutting a freestyle scallop pattern at the top, then adding a film edge from a robot filmstrip to the bottom of the matted pic. I cut a random scallop from the pearlescent roses, following the shape of the roses to add under the matted pic. I roughly sanded all edged, and inked a little and set all these bits aside ready to apply. Stick a bit of black braid at the bottom of the canvas with double sided tape just to tack it in place.


8. Make your self a cup of tea at this stage if everything's getting too exciting!

9. Using the judikins diamond glaze (dimensional magic works well too) paint the whole front of the canvas, then layer up the roses, matted photochip and feather. Apply diamond glaze over the top of everything.


10. Stick your individual letters onto the sticky diamond glazed canvas using a bamboo skewer, and float into position. Then cover with more diamond glaze.


11. It's time to embellish and add all the little pieces – another filmstrip top right, bright daisies, bugle beads, mini seed beads, rhinestones – and covered everything with… yes, more diamond glaze.


…and here is the finished canvas… (click on images for a larger view)


Great work Cath!!! We love it!!

Drop by tomorrow for more of Cath's artwork and quirky humour! :)

ATC's by Jeannie Reese

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 22, 2008

While I was in New Zealand, I was to meet the talented and wonderful Jeannie Reese. (no blog) Jeannie was going to be doing some make & takes at the SENZ show using some Darkroom Door goodies, however she had come down with the flu, so had to fly home before the show started. She was devastated!


She had created a series of Artist Trading Cards, and she wanted me to share them with you all! I'm sure you'll enjoy them. Aren't they fabulous!!! Jeannie is now home, and well on the way to recovery. Thanks Jeannie for sharing your artwork with us, and we hope you get well soon!! :)










Distress Ink Sampler

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A few days ago I went to create a set of ATC's using Distress Inks for the background. I was going to just choose two or three colours of ink, and then create the same coloured background for 9 ATC's, and send them out to 9 different people.


 However, it's school holidays and when the kids saw the Distress Inks on the table, they knew it was time to pounce! They're like bees to honey when anything inky comes out and they KNOW these inks are a lot of fun. So instead of me choosing the inks, I asked them to choose the ink colours. For each ATC background Ethan chose one ink, Zoë chose the other. So the combinations were pretty random and often not ones I had tried before. I'm really impressed with the results!




Top Row (left to right):
1. Dusty Concord (need re-inking) & Peeled Paint (also needs re-inking!) I use this combo quite often, but never seen it this light. However the kids were also doing the water spritzing and they like to spritz a LOT! The whole kitchen gets a spritz. Even inside their mouth! funny kids.
2. Aged Mahogony & Vintage Photo
3. Brushed Corduroy & Worn Lipstick

Middle Row (left to right):
1. Faded Jeans & Mustard Seed
2. Dusty Concord & Spiced Marmalade
3. Mustard Seed & Pine Needles. I have to say, I have rarely used these two inks, and never together, and I really loved how it turned out.

Bottom Row (left to right):
1. Peeled Paint & Vintage Photo
2. Broken China & Dusty Concord
3. Peeled Paint & Spiced Marmalade


All edges on the ATC's were sponged lightly with Vintage Photo too.


Stamps used: Full Bloom Vol 1 (flower), and Wildflower (word)


Hope this may inspire you to get out the Distress Inks and try a few new combinations!

World Card Making Day - Photochip Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, October 04, 2008

Happy World Card Making Day!


Today I went over to the Erina Scrapbook Store to teach a couple of make & takes with our Robot Collection. The store was certainly a busy place today - as they had all sorts of fun activities and card making challenges and demo's and other make & takes going on! One my table we created two cards using the Filmstrips, Wordstrips, and the Photochips from the Robot Collection. Here's the cards we created with the Photochips and Wordstrips. Quick, easy, and fun!














As you can see, they are all the same basic design, but using colours and ribbons that co-ordinate with the colours in the Photochips. Also, the different words from the Wordstrips created a whole lot of fun too. I always say that it doesn't matter if you used the same card design for the whole pack of Photochips - as it's rare you'd be giving two cards to the one person anyway! Of course there are many other ways to use the Photochips too, just check out the Darkroom Door Gallery


Hope you are all having a creative world card making day!