Lunchbox Surprise

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 25, 2008


A few days ago I put little surprise in my 7 yr old son's lunchbox. I made a little card using a Robot Filmstrip and one of the words from the Robot Montage. I wrote a couple of extra words so it said 'You are amazing', and also wrote a little message for him on the inside. I placed it on top of his food so when he opened his lunchbox at school he'd get a nice little surprise.

His reaction? He LOVED it! He said 'It was cool, Mum.'

These little cards also make great gift tags or cards for birthdays. They're so quick and simple to make too. There's both boy and girl robots on the Filmstrips and Montage, plus some 'friends' robots, so there's something for everyone.

Go make someone's day!

Guest Artist - Tim Holtz

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 15, 2008

Tim_2 Name:  tim holtz

Zodiac Sign: capricorn

Lives: prescott, az. USA

Known for: all things distressed

Blog, website or gallery:
Loves to:
ink, paint, sand, grunge, stamp, and eat those crazy bananas and tim tams!

Loves to create:
  dimensional collage – anything to incorporate found elements.

Favourite Darkroom Door product: photobooth

Have you ever been in a darkroom? yes, I took 3 years of photography in high school and was a photographer for the school newspaper and yearbook.

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  ink, idea-ology trinkets, grungeboard, and marmalade ☺

Are you afraid of the dark?  definitely not – the dark provides a quite time to explore your creative mind and process your deepest dreams

Samples4Now onto the projects! Tim has created a complete step-by-step project for us using a combination of Darkroom Door products and elements from his own product lines. (and they look fabulous together!) For anyone who knows Tim, he likes to be thorough and this time there's no exception! Loads of pictures and instructions for you to be able to re-create these little beauties! I'll hand it over to Tim... so sit back and be inspired...

"The nostalgia of photographs from the days gone by tell a story that words simply couldn’t describe.  My fascination with these elements of the past inspired me to create these timeless trinkets.  The eclectic images and vintage palette of Darkroom Door captures the look and feel of a well designed product line – thanks for unlocking this artist within…"


Darkroom Door: Photobooth/Ladies & Gentlemen, Venetian Collection Papers, Little Dreams Stamp Set

Ranger: Distress Ink/Vintage Photo & Black Soot, Ink Blending Tool, Memory Frames
Tonic Studios: Scissors, Scratcher
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Sanding Grip, Embellishments
Other: adhesive; mica

STEP 1: Cut paper to 2x2 square & also cut a piece of chipboard 2x2

STEP 2: Glue paper to chipboard with glue stick

STEP 3: Choose image from Photobooth sheet and cut out

STEP 4: Sand edges of image with Sanding Grip to reveal raw white paper

STEP 5: Sand edges of paper tile as well

STEP 6: Extend Scratch Tool and drag it across photo to create scratches

STEP 7: Tap Ink Blending Tool on to Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad and ink Photobooth piece (this will work ink into the sanded areas and scratches)

STEP 8: Continue inking until entire piece is covered

STEP 9: Mist a cloth with water from Mini Mister and wipe away ink from face to create a highlight

STEP 10: Ink edges of cardstock as well with Ink Blending Tool and Vintage Photo

STEP 11: Ink text stamp with Black Soot Distress Ink and stamp over various parts of the image

STEP 12: Ink flourish stamp with Black Soot and stamp as an accent

STEP 13: Dry stamped images with heat tool

STEP 14: Glue Photobooth image on to inked background

STEP 15: Apply glue to edge of collage

STEP 16: Press a piece of mica and hold in place to dry

STEP 17: Trim off excess mica with scissors

STEP 18: Using scraps, continue gluing various pieces of mica until collage is covered

STEP 19: Trim off all excess mica pieces so background is 2x2

STEP 20: Attach vintage film strip or ribbon to background

STEP 21: Adhere word from label maker or vintage book

STEP 22: Open Memory Frame by carefully bending tab on the side our from edge of frame - *Do not straighten out this tab – leave it at an angle

STEP 23: Bend Memory Frame apart and insert collage - *Be Sure Jump Ring is on the BOTTOM of your collage

STEP 24: Insert tab back into slot in Memory Frame and bend back down to close

STEP 25: Attach a Jump Ring through a Hinge Clip

STEP 26: Clip on to top edge of Memory Frame and insert chain through Jump Ring and Attach a Key or Charm through bottom Ring attached to frame




Hey everyone, how great are these projects!! I've known Tim now for a few years, and I'm always inspired by his creativity, products and friendship. Thanks so much Tim for sharing your artwork and creativity with us, and for taking the time to play with our stuff :) You're work is always amazing!!

Unlock the artist within!

Darkroom Door Swap Gallery

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lorri_LennoxI have just finished hosting the first ever Darkroom Door Swap! Participants could take part in the Card swap and/or the Artist Trading Card swap, and needed to use Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps as a part of their creations. All up there were 30 artists who took part. I have loved receiving the swap parcels in the mail, eagerly opening each one to see what goodness and creativity was inside! I especially loved seeing how the stamps were used. The artists really used their imagination in this swap. There were lots of  inking techniques, layering, collage, interesting backgrounds, unique stamp combinations, papers, Photobooth, and lots of texture. For a few of the artists - this was their first swap ever! I'm so pleased you all took part and shared your creativity with us.

Here are the galleries to check out all the art:

2008 Swap Card Gallery

2008 Swap ATC Gallery

Thank you to all of you who participated! I feel like I can never express how much I love seeing our stamps used in such different ways. When I design the stamps, I have a fair idea of how I'd be using them myself, but I always look forward to seeing what other artists create with them. It's the most wonderful feeling knowing that you are enjoying using them too!

I'll be hosting a Photobooth swap soon... I'll post the details up on the blog next week.

Thanks again to all the participants for this swap - your artwork is truly inspirational!

Unlock the artist within!

Ornate Elements & Christmas Reindeer

Darkroom Door - Sunday, August 31, 2008

Here's our last day of teasers! Only one more sleep and everything will be up on the website. I can't wait!! In the meantime, here's the last two ATC's...

From DDRS019 Ornate Elements:


The lady image is from the Ladies Photobooth. Everything else is stamps from this set. (The scan of the ATC is a little wonky... but as they say in Babe... It'll do pig, it'll do.)

And last but not least... from DDRS020 Christmas Reindeer:


Woo hoo! That's the end of the teasers! I'll be back again tomorrow with the full reveal.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Garden Greetings, Friendship Flowers & Trees

Darkroom Door - Saturday, August 30, 2008

I have 3 new sets to tease you with today! All of these come from the new Essentials 2 Collection.

First off is the DDRS016 Garden Greetings:


Similar in style to the Full Bloom Vol 1 set. Just different flowers and different sentiments!

Next up is the DDRS017 Friendship Flowers stamp set:


Lots of flowers and words in this one! I've been playing around with this one a lot, and look forward to sharing more with you over the next week.

And last but not least..... DDRS018 Trees:


Oh my word - I love this set!! I have been creating some real earthy toned cards with this (like this ATC) and have been loving the results! Lots of detail in the trees!

I hope you're enjoying the teasers! I'm madly trying to complete more samples for the gallery which will go up on Monday 1st September too.

Don't forget to drop by again tomorrow to see the last of the teasers!

Robot Vol 1 and Robot Vol 2 ATC's

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 29, 2008

Now for something a little more funky...

From DDRS014 Robot Vol 1 in the Robot Collection:


Created with one of the Robots from this collection (my fave robot actually. Look at those eyes! They make me laugh!) The background was created with alcohol inks. There is much more to this set that I couldn't include on one ATC, which is the story for all of these ATC's. Can't give everything away all at once, can I?

Here's one made from DDRS015 Robot Vol 2 in the Robot Collection:


One for all you funky chicks out there! I've stamped these directly onto coloured backgrounds, but you could also stamp these onto white cardstock and colour them in. Lots of fun to be had with these two sets!!

Chorus & Rockstar ATC's

Darkroom Door - Thursday, August 28, 2008

Continuing on with the teaser ATC's...

Here's one made from DDRS012 Chorus in the Music Collection:


It's quite challenging doing just one ATC from the stamp set, as there's so much more to show! This set is the more arty one of all the Music sets - I love it!!

And here's an ATC created from DDRS013 Rockstar, also from the Music Collection:


This one is for all the rockers out there!

I'll be back tomorrow with more ATC's. Also - we've uploaded the new intro movie to the website, so check it out here.

(Note: If you have visited the Darkroom Door site recently, you may need to refresh your cache to see the new movie. So refresh - and enjoy!) Come back and tell me what you think!

Harmony & Melody ATC's

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Would you like to see some of the new stamps? (silly question, huh! LOL)

Today I have started creating some samples, and will show you an ATC from each stamp set between now and Monday when the whole release will be up on the website! Sorry there are no links just yet, I'll link them up when the stamps are on the website. For now, I hope you enjoy these...

So here's ATC #1.... from stamp set DDRS010 Harmony, in the Music Collection.


The violin looks all grungey in this ATC, as it was stamped onto a manila shipping tag which soaks up and spreads the ink a little. I wanted to go for a textured antique feel. The detail in this stamp is very fine though - looks fabulous on glossy cardstock too. The Philosophy Tag by Tim Holtz fitted this ATC perfectly, here's a close up to see the tag in better detail:


ATC #2... from DDRS011 Melody, in the Music Collection:


I love this set. There's so much that can be done with it! I especially love my flute lady. Notice the ornate corners too? And the words are from a quote. Again stamped onto a manila tag, cut down and mounted onto cardstock. The laces I bought from Charlotte's Web while in Adelaide last weekend.

I look forward to sharing more ATC's with you as I create them... and keep an eye out on the website... we are uploading a new intro film tonight which will show you even more from the Music Collection.

Guest Artist - Godelieve Tijskens Part 4

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 18, 2008

And welcome to the grand finale project from Godelieve!

Book of tags:


Stamps: DDR004 Full Bloom VOL 2, DDRS003 Full Bloom VOL1, DDRS005 Wildflower, DDRS001 Venetian VOL1, DDRS007 Calendar
Montage: DDMN002 Full Bloom
Ranger Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany
Ranger Distress Embossing powder: Aged Mahogany
Ribbon, Buttons, Photos, Bind-it-All

- Cut 2 tags from the Full Bloom Montage, to use as covers for this book of tags.  Be sure to cut a front and back.
- Ink the edges with Distress Ink Aged Mahogany
- Cut pages, the same size as the tags.  I cut long strips and folded them after stamping
- Color the pages with Distress Ink Aged Mahogany using a blending tool and foam
- Attach a photo to each page, and decorate with stamping.  I used the same Distress Ink to do the stamping.
- Stamp “January, February,...” on each page.
- Stamp a quote on the cover, heat emboss with Distress Embossing Powder Aged Mahogany
- Use the Bind-it-all to punch the holes and attach the rings.
- Use ribbon and buttons as a closure.





We'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Godelieve for sharing her artwork with us. It has been pure eye candy and so inspirational! We appreciate all the effort you have taken to share all of this with us. I'm sure all of you blog readers have enjoyed it as much as we have here at Darkroom Door :) Three cheers for Godelieve! Hip Hip Hooray!

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Guest Artist - Godelieve Tijskens Part 3

Darkroom Door - Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ready for some more of Godelieve's cards? Here they are!!

Thank You:
Stamps: DDRS007 Calendar, DDRS003 Full Bloom VOL1, DDRS004 Full Bloom VOL2
Inkpad: Versamark
Embossing powder

- Stamp a grid pattern on watercolored background (I used Talens Ecoline) with Versamark, heat emboss.  I used a mixture of different colors.
- Stamp the flowers and sentiment, heat emboss.
- Heat emboss the torn edges
- Assemble the card, use buttons to attach the flowers.


Enjoy Your Special Day:


Stamps: DDRS007 Calendar
Inkpad: Versafine Onyx Black
Black marker, QuicKutz photo corner, leather shoe lace, Brads

- Mask the numbers with tape, and ink only the lines of the calendar stamp. Stamp a grid pattern using Versafine Onyx black
- Write the greeting and color the black squares using a marker
- Mat on red cardstock and put a square brad in each black square
- Stamp the numbers down the left hand side and “September” with Versafine Onyx Black
- Assemble the card.  Use a QuicKutz photo corner and a piece of leather shoelace to embellish the card.


I just love how Godelieve has used the Calendar stamp set to make the crossword grid on this card! Very clever!! Tomorrow is the grand finale of Godelieve's projects.... so drop by again tomorrow for more inspiration! :)

Unlock the Artist Within!