Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hello Darkroom Door fans! It's Belinda here today to share a couple of cards with you featuring the Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp. First up is a card where I have used my favourite watercolour effect technique followed by a card that is very bold and striking. This stamp really is very versatile.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of green cardstock 14cm x 20cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm. Stick down on the card base.
3. Apply the Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp onto the card front using Jet Black Archival Ink.
4. Use a little washi tape to hold the card in place on your work surface. Place the Boxes 3 Up Stencil over the top of the stamped image. You will find that they perfectly match. Secure in place with a little more washi tape. Grab a couple of pieces of thin paper such as printer paper. Use these to mask off two of the boxes at a time so you can individually ink each box. Apply Twisted Citron Distress Ink to the top box first using an ink blending tool. Next apply Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to the middle box and Lucky Clover Distress Ink to the bottom box. This gives a lovely ombre effect. Flick some water over the surface using your fingers and then leave to dry.
5. Place the feather from the Feathers Stamp Set onto an acrylic block. Place the acrylic block on top of the card front so that you can see the inked boxes underneath. This provides a guide for inking up the feather stamp. Use the same green Distress Inks to ink up the feather to co-ordinate with the boxes. Spritz the stamp with a little water and apply on a separate piece of smooth white cardstock. Use a soft wet paintbrush to blend out the colours a little. Dry with a heat gun and then use a fine black journaling pen to draw an outline around the feather. Fussy cut.
6. Glue a chipboard arrow onto the stem of the feather. Wrap some twine around the length of the arrow and tie off to secure.
7. Stamp the compass from the Sail Away Stamp Set onto the extra white card stock using Tree branch Archival Ink. Use a circle punch to cut out and then glue onto the card front. Add a little coil of twine to the centre of the compass image. Stick down the feather using 3D foam under the feather part.
8. Stamp the sentiment and the little 'north arrow'from the Sail Away Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Sail Away Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Feathers Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set

Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron

 
Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of black cardstock 14cm x 20cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm. Stick down on the card base.
3. Apply the Boxes 3 Up Stamp to the card front using Jet Black Archival Ink taking care to centre it.
4. Apply the Boxes 3 Up Stamp again to an extra piece of smooth white cardstock using the same ink. Stamp the Fallen Leaves Background stamp over the top using the same ink. Cut out the individual boxes. Add to the card front using 3D foam.
5. Stamp the Fallen Leaves Background Stamp again on the extra white cardstock. Cut out some individual leaves and add to the card front using 3D foam.
6. Stamp some butterflies from the Butterflies Stamp Set onto the extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and glue onto the card front.
7. Stamp a sentiment using Red Geranium Archival Ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Fallen Leaves Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Archival: Jet Black, Red Geranium

Thank you for stopping by the blog today to check out my projects. I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own projects combining the Boxes 3 Up Stamp and Stencil.

Cheers,
Belinda

Boxes 3 Up Christmas Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 22, 2017

Hello Darkroom Door fans! It's Belinda Spencer here today to share a couple of cards with you featuring the Boxes 3 Up Small Stencil, and considering the time of year, they just happen to be Christmas cards! This is just the coolest stencil that can easily be used on its own or matched up perfectly with the Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of red glitter cardstock 14cm x 20cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm. Stick down on the card base.
3. Secure your card front to your work surface with a little washi tape. Place the Boxes 3 Up Stencil over the top taking care to centre it on the cardstock. Secure the stencil also with a little washi tape. Use an ink blending tool to apply Festive Berries Distress Ink over the stencil. Leave the stencil in place for the next step.
4. Apply Red Geranium Archival Ink to the small Christmas text stamp from the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set. Stamp in the top box of the stencil. Repeat for the remaining boxes. You will find that this stamp fits perfectly in the boxes of the stencil.
5. Apply the Festive Berries ink to a reindeer from the same stamp set. Spritz with water and stamp onto another piece of smooth white cardstock. Blend the colour on the stamped image a little with a soft wet paintbrush to ensure even coverage. Dry with a heat gun. Add tiny droplets of water to the reindeer's back and let it sit for a few seconds. Use the very corner of a piece of paper towel to just touch the top of each water droplet to suck up all of the water. This will leave you with cute little spots on the reindeer's back. Dry with a heat gun and fussy cut.
6. Apply a large star from the Stars Stamp Set onto the extra white cardstock using Distress Embossing Ink. Heat set with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. Also stamp three small stars, a bauble and the sentiment and heat set with the Gold Tinsel powder. Fussy cut all images and add to the card front using 3D foam behind some for added dimension. Glue the bauble to the reindeer's antlers.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Merry Christmas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Red Geranium
Embossing Powder Gold Tinsel
Distress Embossing Ink

Distress Ink Festive Berries


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of green cardstock 14cm x 20cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm. Stick down on the card base.
3. Secure your card front to your work surface with a little washi tape. Place the Boxes 3 Up Stencil over the top taking care to centre it on the cardstock. Secure the stencil also with a little washi tape. Use an ink blending tool to apply Twisted Citron Distress Ink over the stencil. Leave the stencil in place for the next step.
4. Choose some small stamps (stars and baubles are perfect) from the different Christmas Stamp Sets. Use the Twisted Citron ink to stamp the chosen images into each of the boxes. Stamp repeatedly until the whole box is covered. Remove the stencil.
5. Use a stamp positioning tool to stamp each layer of the Christmas Tree from the Christmas Trees Stamp Set onto an extra piece of smooth white cardstock. Start with the Mowed Lawn ink for the bottom layer. Spritz the stamp with a little mist of water before applying to the cardstock. Next use the Lucky Clover for the second layer. Remove the cardstock from the stamp positioning tool and completely dry with a heat gun. Place back in the stamp positioning tool to apply the third layer of the tree using Distress Embossing Ink. Remove from the stamp positioning tool, sprinkle with Gold Tinsel Embossing Ink and heat set. Fussy cut the tree.
6. Next stamp the pot from the Gardening Vol. 1 Stamp set as well as some stars and the sentiment using the Distress Embossing Ink. Heat set all with the Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. Fussy cut all images and add all to the card front.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Merry Christmas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gardening Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron
Distress Embossing Ink
Embossing Powder Gold Tinsel

 
Thank you for stopping by the blog today to check out my projects. I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own projects using the fabulous Boxes 3 Up Stencil.

Belinda


 

Springtime Sprouts Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 18, 2017

Hi there! It's Jane Clark here today with two cards using the new Springtime Sprouts Line Art Stamp


Instructions: 
Stamp the Springtime Sprouts image twice on a panel of watercolour card using StazOn jet black ink as shown. Colour one flower at a time - paint a flower with clean water then add a light shade of yellow watercolour paint to shade it. Add some orange shade of watercolour paint over the top but stop short of the top edge of the bud, repeat with darker shades of orange then finish by using red, stopping shorter with each application, this will give a lovely blended effect. Colour the remaining buds the same way. 

Dip a paintbrush in clean water and dabbed it down one side of each bud, allow it to dry, this will give a diluted water effect. Create a watery background effect by firstly adding a wash of light blue watercolour paint, then add a darker shade of blue amongst the buds, while the piece is still wet add some purple watercolour paint around the buds and blend them together. Keep blending and adding more blue and purple shades of watercolour paint until you are happy with the result, a few layers will be needed to create the loose watercolour effect. Let dry completely. 

Dab clean water in a few areas on the background using a paintbrush, allow to dry, this will create a watery effect. Colour the stamens using a white gel pen, stamp and white emboss a sentiment in the bottom left-hand corner then add a white enamel heart next to it. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Springtime Sprouts Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Ink pads: StazOn jet black, VersaMark
Watercolour Paints: Nicholson's Peerless Transparent Watercolors
Pen: Signo white gel
Embossing powder: white
Tools: selection of paintbrushes, heat gun
Orange and yellow check Washi tape
Small enamel white heart
Card: watercolour, white 


Instructions: 
Create a yellow watercolour background panel - dab Distress Ink lemonade on a non-porous craft mat and spray with water,  place a panel of  watercolour card on it, lift, dry with heat, repeat until you achieve desired effect. Die-cut the watercoloured panel using two frame die-cuts, layer it on white card using mounting/foam tape. 

Carefully stamp a small sentiment in the bottom left-hand corner inside the frame with black ink. Stamp Springtime Sprouts twice on white card using VersaMark ink and white emboss them. Colour the flowers with pencils then add shadows to the bottom of the flowers edges, shading right over the stamens using a light grey mark. Fussy-cut one image and add it inside the frame using mounting/foam tape, allow some of the buds to overhang the edge of the frame as shown. 

Trim the other Springtime Buds image into three separate pieces, arrange them to the card front using one or two layers of mounting/foam tape as pictured. Glue three irridescent sequins inside the frame to finish.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Springtime Sprouts Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set 
Ink pads: VersaMark, Distress Ink lemonade, StazOn jet black
Pencils: PrismaColor
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh 
Die-cuts: Avery Elle Finished Frames set
Card: watercolour, smooth white
Tools: selection of paintbrushes, heat gun, non stick craft mat

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Watercolour Stamping ATC Swap Gallery

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 15, 2017

Hi stampers! Today we'd like to share another ATC Swap Gallery, this time it is the Watercolour Stamping swap. Artists used any Darkroom Door rubber stamp with a watercolour stamping technique to create their ATC's. 


Here are the different ATC's that were created for this swap:












If you're interested in trying watercolour stamping, here's a demonstration by Rachel Greig from Scrap It TV showing you how: 


Thanks to all the artists who took part in the swap!

Fresh Buds Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 07, 2017

Hi there! It's Jane Clark here today with two cards using the new Fresh Buds Line Art Stamp


This first card uses a faux cloisonne technique. 

Stamp the Fresh Buds Line Art Stamp on four sheets of patterned paper using black ink. I used two sheets which had small floral prints in yellow tones and the other two sheets had green prints on them. I trimmed one green sheet for the card front, then I cut out all the images from the other three sheets and glued them over the corresponding images on the card front panel using a glue stick, set aside to dry. Coat the images with three-dimensional medium and put aside to dry,  add another layer on top and set aside again to dry. Once the piece is fully dry apply a light grey marker around the edges of the stamped images to make them stand out more. The buds stamens were coloured with a pink marker.
 
 
Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Fresh Buds Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Ink pad: Staz On jet black
Adhesives: Bostik blue glue stick (dries clear), three dimensional medium 
Paper pad 6 1/2 x 6 1/2in Kaisercraft Golden Grove
Card: white, black
Marker: Tombow light grey
 
This next card uses a resist effect: 
 
 
Stamp Fresh Buds all over a panel of white card using a watermark ink pad, rotate the image so it goes off the edges of the panel and faces in different directions as shown. Apply a very watery application of purple watercolour paint over the top, do this quickly and only once, it will resist the inked impressions and stand out as pictured. If you do apply too much paint it will still be okay but won't have white images, they will be a darker version of the paint you used. Let the piece dry completely. Apply watercolour paints directly to the sentiment and stamp it on a small panel of white card, this suits the Brushed Sentiments font particularly well. Dry it using a heat gun, stamp a small 'Happy' above it using violet ink. Stamp the Fresh Buds on more white card using violet ink, fussy-cut one of the small buds, add it to the left-hand side of the sentiment using mounting/foam tape. Stick a white die-cut bow and a glittered silver enamel dot on top as shown. Secure the sentiment panel to the card front along with a strip of silver glitter card at the top and bottom to add more sparkle!
 
 
Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Fresh Buds Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Wilted Violet
Ranger Watermark Resist Ink Pad
Watercolour Paints: Koh-I-Noor  watercolour disks standard 24 
Die-cuts: Avery Elle Finished Frames set
Card: smooth white or Copic blender card seems to work best, white for card base, silver glitter
Tools: selection of paintbrushes, heat gun
Enamel dot: You and Your Stamps silver dots
 
Hope you've enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by today! 
 
Jane
 

Creative Jumpstart 2018

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Hi there! Rachel Greig here and I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2018, run by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2018!



Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.

Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called "JumpStarters." See for yourself:


You will receive 31 videos - over 6 hours of unique content - for just $40 USD if you sign up before November 29th (11:59 pm EST) 2016. Afterwards it will be $45 USD until December 31st, 2017 before it goes to its normal sale price of $50 USD.

Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and for more details! Hope you'll join us in starting 2018 off in a creative way!

Distress Oxide Quote Tags

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing two tags created with Distress Oxide inks and Quote Stamps. These are quick and fun to make and once you start playing with the inks, it's very hard to stop! 

Here's a look at the first tag:


The background was created by swiping a few different colours of Distress Oxide ink onto a non-stick craft sheet, misting the ink with water and swiping the tag through the ink. The inks I used were: Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint. Dry the tag with a heat tool and repeat to add several layers of ink of desired. Mist some water into your hands and flick onto the tag and allow to sit for a moment before patting dry with a paper towel. The water will react with the ink and lighten the ink in the areas where it has connected with the water. 

Once your background is complete, stamp the Artist Quote stamp over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. Stamp various Paint Splats stamps around the edges using matching Distress Oxide inks. 

Colour some satin seam binding with the same Oxide ink colours and allow to dry. Tie through the tag hole to complete! 

Here's another tag created in the same way, but using different Distress Oxide ink colours: 


This time I have used Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks for the background, and stamped the Wonderful Quote Stamp on top. I've stitched some crumpled sheet music to the bottom to add some extra texture. 

With over 24 different Distress Oxide ink colours available, you can create so many different colour combinations for your backgrounds! I've also found the Distress Mixed Media Tags are a fabulous surface to work on with the Distress Oxides! The best part is to just experiment and have fun! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Artist Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Wonderful Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Broken China and Vintage Photo
Distress Heavyweight Tags
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 50ml
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Satin Seam Binding Ribbon
Old sheet music

Thanks for stopping by today! For more great ideas, check out our YouTube channel here

New Release Rubber Stamp Sets, Line Art Stamps, Frame Stamps and Stencils

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

We'd like to introduce 12 NEW Stamps & 4 New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist! 



We have created 4 new Frame Stamps with matching stencils! These Frame Stamps can be used with the stencils to create beautiful sponged or coloured boxes for stamping into! Combine them with our rubber stamp sets and the options are endless!




We will be sharing more 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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Painted and stamped Christmas Tags

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 06, 2017

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today with a Christmas video tutorial showing how you can create painted and stamped Christmas tags using the We Wish You Quote Stamp and Dylusions Paints!

Here's a look at the tags created in the video: 





Click here to watch the video tutorial: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door We Wish You Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Pine Leaf Eclectic Stamp
Dylusions Paints: Postbox Red, Fresh Lime and White Linen
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Leaf Green 
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml
Non-stick Craft Sheet
Size 8 Tags
Craft Squeegee

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Distress Oxide Resist Christmas Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 04, 2017

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today with a Christmas card video tutorial showing a Distress Oxide resist technique using the Dear Santa Quote Stamp

Here's a look at the cards created in the video: 





Click here to watch the video tutorial: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Dear Santa Quote Stamp

Darkroom Door Dear Santa Vol 2 Stamp Set

Distress Oxide Inks
Clear Embossing Powder
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml
Non-stick Craft Sheet
Tim Holtz Tonic Stamping Platform 
Paper Distresser 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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