Vintage Style Pine Cone Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 26, 2018

Hi there! Autumn Clark with you today to share some holiday cards featuring the beautiful new Pine Cones Stamp Set.



These cards were all made by using a stamp platform and Distress Ink pads to repeatedly stamp in a variety of colors to achieve depth and variation in each image. Careful fussy cutting and layering builds dimension and blends the Robin and Pine Cones stamps into one focal grouping. Take a look at the details.


Here's a one minute video showing how to a framing effect with the Spanish Tile background stamp.


Instructions for the cards: 
1. Follow the video tutorial above to create backgrounds with the Spanish Tile background stamp. (Color Combos: 1. Antique Linen Distress Oxide, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  2. Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide, Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  3. Iced Spruce Distress Oxide, Pumice Stone Distress Ink, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.)  Tips: Tap heavily onto the edges of the stamp and lightly on the center.  Blot it away the center with a cloth, leaving a little ink remaining. If the center of your panel has too much color, spritz it with water and lift away the color with a cloth. Blending Distress Oxides with Distress Inks creates beautiful oxidized effects. For the second and third colors, don't cover the image entirely so you will get more variation.

2. Use a stamp platform to apply various colors of Distress Ink onto your Pine Cones stamp set and Robin eclectic stamp, spritzing lightly with water between impressions, changing color as needed to produce shadows. 

3. Fussy cut all images, including stamped sentiments from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set.  

4. Glue base images to background panel as shown, then attach Robin and sentiments with foam tape, tucking in a little bundle of thread beneath your birds.  




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Pine Cones Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Spanish Tile Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Eclectic Robin Stamp
Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs
Distress Oxides: Antique Line, Aged Mahogany, Iced Spruce
Stamp Positioner

I hope you're inspired to try repeat stamping and see what color combinations you can achieve today!

Autumn

Cat Lovers Blog Hop

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

We are excited to be a sponsor for this years Cat Lovers Blog Hop, hosted by Janis at Her Peaceful Garden!  


Each year Janis and her wonderful team host the Cat Lovers Blog Hop to celebrate cats! We are happy to be one of the sponsors for the hop this year, giving away one of our Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamps


Our creative team has created some fabulous cards using the Sitting Cat to share with you. 

These first cards were created by Godelieve Tijskens: 




These next few cards were created by Belinda Spencer: 





There are loads of prizes to be won during the hop, so to be in the running, head over to Her Peaceful Garden to see how you can take part in the challenge! 


Here’s one last tag by Rachel Greig: 


Enjoy the hop! 

Watercolour Nature Walk Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 22, 2018

Hi there, I'm Heather Telford and I am happy to be sharing some cards featuring the gorgeous new Nature Walk Stamp Set. The detail is amazing and the sentiment tiny and delicate. When I opened these I was definitely a happy stamper. I created my cards in an artsy style, sometimes adding sharp detail images and sometimes using looser watery images. I hope you enjoy my approach.



Instructions: 
• Splatter masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper panel. Let dry
• Spritz water generously over panel but it doesn't have to be fully wet.
• Stamp round topped wildflowers from Nature Walk set in bundled sage and iced spruce distress stains across two thirds of panel. Let dry
• Ink stamp with chipped sapphire, seedless preserves and dusty concord and stamped it several times across the panel. Let dry
• Rub off masking fluid.
• Stamp sentiment from Nature Walk in versamark on co-ordinating cardstock. Emboss in white powder. Pop up on watercolour panel
• Attach panel to white card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress stains: bundled sage, iced spruce, chipped sapphire, dusty concord, seedless preserves 
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Hot pressed watercolour paper
masking fluid


Instructions: 
• Splatter masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper panel. Let dry
• Spritz water generously over panel but it doesn't have to be fully wet.
• Spray crushed olive distress stain on glass mat or craft mat. Swipe wet panel through stain and tilt to move colour around.
• Spray  forest moss distress stain  on glass mat or craft mat.   Swipe corner of panel through stain.
• Ink wildflower stamp in rusty hinge distress stain and stamp onto wet panel. Let panel dry completely
• Stamp same wild flower stamp several times on dry panel in versafine clair shady lane ink.
• Rub off masking fluid.
• Mat panel in co-ordinating cardstock and stamp sentiment on same cardstock in versamark, emboss in white.
• Wrap natural twine around panel and attach to cream card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress stains: crushed olive, rusty hinge, forest moss
Versamark ink
Versafine clair shady lane ink
White embossing powder
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Rust coloured cardstock
natural twine
masking fluid


Instructions: 
• Splatter masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper panel. Let dry
• Spritz water generously over pane
• Drop aged mahogany and victorian velvet distress stain onto wet panel. Tilt panel to move colour across panel.
• With a paintbrush add antique linen distress stain to damp panel. Let dry.
• Stamp grasses in golden meadow versafine clair ink a little up from base of panel
• Stamp grasses in chianti versafine clair ink to cover base of panel and overlap previous stamping. Let dry
• Remove masking fluid
• Wrap twine around panel.
• Mat panel in co-ordinating cardstock and stamp sentiment on same cardstock in versamark, emboss in white.
• Attach panel to cream cardbase.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress stains: aged mahogany,  victorian velvet, antique linen
Versamark ink
Versafine clair golden meadow & chianti inks
White embossing powder
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Burgandy coloured cardstock
natural twine
masking fluid 

I hope you have enjoyed these cards! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Heather

Yuletide Greetings

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 18, 2018

Hello friends! Autumn Clark with you today to share some festive cards featuring the new Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set.  



Instructions:
1. Repeatedly stamp the Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp with Versamark ink onto a watercolor panel and emboss with silver, gold or white embossing powder.

2. Tap craft mat with Distress Oxide ink pad and spritz with water. Dip embossed panel into ink and dry. Repeat with second and third Distress Oxide color, drying between layers. (Color Combos: 1. Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch onto white embossing. 2. Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet onto gold embossing. 3. Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry onto silver embossing.)

3. Stamp sentiment from Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set in coordinating Distress Oxide pad using a stamp platform. Ink and press the image two or three times for vibrancy. Die cut sentiment.

4. Attach foam tape to layered card and adhere metallic thread in loopy bundles onto foam tape, then adhere die cut sentiment.

Here is a one minute video on the Distress Oxide inking process for you to enjoy.


Here's a look at each card individually:





Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp
Watercolour Cardstock 
Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Gold Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad

I hope these merry makes have sparked your creativity today!  

Autumn

Shape stencil cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today sharing a series of cards using the new shape stencils! These stencils include the positive and negative shapes for you to create backgrounds and fun designs with ease!

One of the easiest ways to use these stencils is by sponging ink through the shape to create a focal area for your card. 


Instructions:
1. Secure a piece of white cardstock to your craft mat using a piece of washi tape. Lay the shaped stencil over the top and secure down with washi tape too. 
2. Choose a few colours of Distress Inks in the same shade of colour, ranging from light to dark. Starting with the lights colour, sponge inside the shaped area using an ink blending tool. Cover the entire shape with this colour. 
3. Change the foam on your blending tool to the next Distress Ink colour and sponge the ink around the edges, blending it with the first ink colour. Continue to do this with all of the Distress Ink colours you’d like to use, going from the lightest to darkest. 
4. Place the Ferns stencil over the shape stencil and sponge through one of the Ferns using the darkest Distress Ink colour in your background. Repeat so you have two ferns stencilled within the shaped area. 
5. Lift ff the stencils and it will reveal your stencilled shape! 
6. Adhere panel to folded Kraft card and attach a stamped label from the Happy Birthday stamp set. 

Here are some more cards and samples using the other shapes: 




To see how I have created this effect, you can watch this video: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Circle Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Oval Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Square Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Rectangle Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Small Ferns Stencil 
Mini Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Mini Ink Blending Tool 
Mini Ink Blending Foam


Thanks for stopping by! 

Rachel

New Release Spetember 2018

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!  


Watch Rachel share some ideas using the new Stamps Sets here! 





Our NEW Small Stencils are a great way to create sponged or inked background shapes for your projects! 



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Boxes 6up Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hi there! It’s Teresa Abajohere today to share two cards using the Boxes 6 Up Frame Stamp and matching stencil.



Instructions: 
1. Stamp the island silhouette from the Tropical Island stamp set using Archival ink. I used a MISTI stamp positioning tool because I planned to stamp this image again over the top of all the sponging in the last step.
2. Tape the edges a piece of white cardstock down to a craft sheet with painter's tape, then tape the Boxes 6 Up stencil over this to prevent any movement.
3. Sponge some Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink in the area you want a moon to appear. Use a circle punch or die to cut a circle from a Post It Note and place it over the moon.
4. Sponge some Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink over the Post It Note and the rest of the image, keeping an area under the moon a little lighter to look like moonlight reflecting on the water.
5. With the stencil still in place, spatter some water droplets over the sponged ink then blot with paper towel. Remove the stencil and dry well.
6. Apply a spray fixative or Distress Micro Glaze over the image, then replace this piece into the MISTI and stamp the island silhouette image again in black ink. This ensures a sharp, well-defined image.
7. Stamp the sentiment over the moon and emboss with clear embossing powder. Trim the edges to neaten and adhere to the front of a white card over some kraft cardstock.
8. Stamp some of the leaves from the Tropical Leaves stamp set using Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Inks. Fussy cut and adhere to the card. Add a raffia bow.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Small Stencil Boxes 6 Up 
Darkroom Door Tropical Island Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink: Antique Linen, Faded Jeans, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Archival ink: Jet Black


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Boxes 6 Up Frame stamp onto a piece of white card using Archival ink. Tape this down to a craft sheet using painter's tape.
2. Align the Boxes 6 Up stencil over the stamped image and tape down with painter's tape to prevent movement.
3. Sponge through the stencil with Old Paper, Bundled Sage and Forest Moss inks, creating a gradient in each square.
4. Stamp the wildflower images onto the sponged areas with the stencil still in place. It may be necessary to press the stamp down a little harder than usual to ensure the ink gets right up to the edge of the stencil.
5. Remove the stencil and trim the edges of this piece. Mount onto copper, then sage green cardstock, then adhere to the front of a card.
6. Stamp the sentiment onto sage green cardstock and emboss with copper embossing powder. Adhere to card front with foam tape and embellish with flowers.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Boxes 6 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Boxes 6 Up
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Saying Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink: Old Paper, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss
Archival ink: Jet Black

Hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by! 

Teresa

Ferns Stencils Ideas and Video

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Hi there! Rachel Greig here today with a video showing some ideas and techniques using the Ferns Stencils! It is such a versatile stencil that can be used with ink sprays, paints, texture pastes and more! 

Take a look at the video here: 

 


Here are some of the projects from our contributing artists that we share in the video:











We hope this inspires you! You can see all of our stencil designs here

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Have a creative day! 

Two ways to use the Grevilleas Stamp Set

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 07, 2018
Hi, it’s Heather Telford here today! I have a couple of grevillea cards to share with you using the Grevilleas Stamp Set

This first card shows how you can make a bright and bold card using embossing powders and Brush pigment powders. 



Instructions:
1. Stamp grevillea in versamark ink twice, foliage twice then emboss in silver embossing powder.
2. Sprinkle brilliant red brusho around the flower heads and prussian blue brusho round the perimeter of the panel.
3. Spritz with water, let brusho activate before adding any more. Add more water if necessary, tilt to make paint move.
4. Add more brusho powder or pick up wet paint from panel with paintbrush and move it to an empty area. Let dry
5. Stamp Mesh Texture Stamp four times on white card base with versamark ink (or use Mesh Background Stamp to fill card base), emboss in silver.
6. Stamp sentiment from Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp in versamark on red cardstock, emboss with silver powder.
7. Mat grevillea panel with red cardstock, attach to card base.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp
Inks: versamark
Ranger silver embossing powder
Brusho - brilliant red, prussian blue

The second card features a more true to life colour palette, using Distress Stains.


Instructions:
1. Paint a circle in wild honey distress stain on cold pressed watercolour paper. Let dry.
2. Paint scattered straw distress stain over whole panel. Let dry
3. Ink large grevillea flower in wild honey, ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade and forest moss distress stains. Spritz stamp then stamp on watercolour panel. Spritz stamp again and stamp a paler impression.
4. Repeat previous step to fill base of panel with flowers.
5. Ink foliage stamp with forest moss distress ink. Stamp and restamp for bold and paler images.
6. Stamp sentiment from Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp in rusty hinge distress ink.
7. Trim and attach panel to natural white card base


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamp
Distress Stains: Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss 
Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge 

Hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration! 

Heather

Circles Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share cards featuring the Circles Texture Stamp. As soon as I saw this awesome stamp I knew I had to create something seaside related! I’ve also created another card with a garden bird theme! 



Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 13.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 13cm. Apply the Circles Background Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the card front.

3. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 9cm x 12cm. Apply the Circles Texture Stamp using embossing ink. Heat set with white embossing powder.

4. Press the Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides onto a heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz with water and place the embossed cardstock piece onto the surface. Drag a little as you pull the piece away. Dry with a heat gun and repeat this process until you are happy with the coverage. Flick a little water over the surface and dry with the heat gun again. Stick down on the card front.

5. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp the starfish from the Seashells set on an extra piece of smooth white cardstock. Fussy cut and add to the card front.

6. On the extra piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the Arty Circles Collage Stamp using the Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide. Add double-sided tape to the back and then cut out 4 of the circles. Also stamp the star circle from the Simply Circles set using the same ink. Cut out and add all circles to the card.

7. Heat emboss a stamp from the Seaside Inchies set. Repeat Step 4 with this piece. Add to the card using 3D foam along with some messy embroidery thread. Add some sequins and ‘water droplets’ using Nuvo Crystal Drops. Stamp a sentiment and add to the card.


Here’s another card created using the same techniques:



Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Circles Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Seashells Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Seaside Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Embossing Powder Super Fine White Detail
Distress Oxide: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers
Distress Embossing Ink
NUVO Crystal Drops
Sequins
Embroidery thread

Here is another card where I have used the stamp to create some interest on my background and to differentiate the sky from the ground.


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 13.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 13cm. Apply the Circles Background Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the card front

3. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 9cm x 12cm. Take a piece of scrap printer paper (or other thin paper) and mask off the bottom quarter of this piece. Apply the Circles Texture Stamp using Paradise Teal Archival Ink slightly overlapping the scrap paper. Remove the scrap paper to reveal a flat base to the stamped image. Now place the printer paper over the top section of the piece to mask off the ‘sky’ portion. Apply the Splatter Background Stamp using Tree Branch Archival Ink. Allow the ink to dry or dry with a heat gun.

4. Replace the scrap printer paper to mask off the ‘ground’ area. Place the Arty Circles Small Stencil over the ‘sky’ area and apply Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Repeat this process for the ‘ground’ section using the Arty Triangles Small Stencil and Antique Linen Distress Ink. Use a black journaling pen to add a messy freehand border around the edge.

5. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp a house from the Carved Houses set, a bird from the Garden Birds set and some leaves from the Fine Leaves set on extra smooth white cardstock. Also stamp the music note and the quote from the Melody set. Fussy cut all images. Apply Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to the bird using an ink blending tool. Add all images to the card front along with some messy embroidery thread.

Here are two more cards using the same method: 



Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Circles Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Garden Birds Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Houses Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Melody Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Small Stencil
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Paradise Teal, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Cheers

Belinda