Watercolour Resist Wedding Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today, sharing a wedding card created with the Hearts Border Stamp and Wedding Sentiments Stamp. I wanted to create a soft watercolour resist effect over the hearts and I think it’s a fun technique to use with these stamps! 

 

Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Hearts Border Stamp onto hot press watercolour paper using Distress Embossing ink and emboss with clear embossing powder. 
2. Swipe your preferred colour choice of Make Art ink pads or Distress Ink pads onto an acrylic block and pick up the ink with a water brush to colour over the hearts. The embossed image will resist the ink. Repeat until the entire stamped image is covered in watercolour. 
3. Distress the edges of the watercolour paper with a paper distresser. Wrap white sheer ribbon around the bottom and tie in a bow at the front. Adhere panel to folded white card. 
4. Stamp the Wedding Sentiment Stamp onto hot press watercolour paper using Watering Can Make Art ink pad. Distress the edges of the watercolour paper with a paper distresser and adhere to right side of the card using foam adhesive. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Hearts Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Wedding Sentiments Stamp
Distress Embossing Ink
Clear Embossing Powder

Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry
Make Art Ink: Red Geranium, Watering Can
Paper Distresser

While I had the Border Stamps out, I made a quick card using the Leaves Border Stamp: 



This card took only a couple of minutes. I stamped the quote from the Friendship Flowers Stamp Set in the centre of a 15cm x 15cm (6”x6”) card using Archival Jet Black ink. Then stamped the Leaves Border either side using Archival Olive ink pad. Super quick but looks great! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Leaves Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Friendship Flowers Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Olive 

Then I stamped the Flower Bed Border Stamp in my traveler’s notebook: 

 

I used it to create a border down the right side of a page. I stamped it with Archival Jet Black ink, then coloured with pencils. I used these woodless pencils. They look vibrant, but create soft tones when colouring. It was easy to do and really adds a nice border into your journals. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Flower Bed Border Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Coloured pencils

I hope you‘ve enjoyed these ideas! The Border Stamps are almost 12” in length, so they can be used for scrapbook pages and large journals, along with smaller projects like these ones! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Flower Bed Border Stamp Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hello Darkroom Door fans! 

It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share an art journal page I created featuring the gorgeous new Flower Bed Border Stamp. Here I have used heat embossing to add a lovely detailed flower bed band across the centre of my page. 



Instructions:

1. Use a gel press and acrylic paints to add a lovely background for your art journal page. Here I have used a combination of sage green, rose and warm white on a page in my kraft journal. Set aside to dry completely.


2. Add some stencilling to the background using the Diamonds Large Stencil and gesso. Allow this to dry completely also.

3. Ensure that the page is completely dry before proceeding with this step. Apply embossing ink to the Flower Bed Border Stamp. Stamp across the centre of the page and then heat set with fine white detail embossing powder. Add some colour to the flowers using Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks. Use a soft wet paintbrush to blend the colour. Lift the top of the page and allow the colour to run. Dry and repeat the colours until you are happy with the depth of colour.

4. Scribble the Scribble Sticks onto an acrylic block and use the paintbrush to pick up the colour and flick over the surface of the page. Also flick some white over the page using a paint pen or diluted gesso.

5. Emboss a flower and some leaves onto some extra kraft paper using the same fine white detail embossing powder. Also stamp and heat set the quote and title. Colour the leaves and flower using the Scribble Sticks. Use the paintbrush to blend the colours. Dry with a heat gun and then fussy cut each element. Stick down on the page. Add some detail to the page using a fine white paint pen.



Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Flower Bed Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gardening Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Embossing Powder Super Fine White Detail
Distress Embossing Ink

Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Jo Sonja Acrylic Paints
Gel Plate
Derivan Matisse gesso
Sharpie paint pen

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own beautiful projects using this fabulous stamp.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Wedding Sentiments Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hi there, it's Heather Telford, happy to be back on the Darkroom Door blog with some wedding themed cards today. I incorporated the Tall Flowers and the Nature Walk set again because they are so beautiful and work so well behind the versatile Wedding Sentiments Stamp.



Instructions: 
1. Spritz water generously over hot pressed watercolour paper panel.
2. Ink daisy stamp in wild honey and forest moss distress inks.
3. Stamp onto wet panel, restamp several times without re-inking to get paler images.
4. If images are not bleeding into surrounding area add more water.
5. Blot panel dry with paper towel then let dry completely.
6. Stamp wedding sentiment stamp on vellum in versamark ink, emboss in gold powder
7. Wrap vellum strip around flower panel and attach to card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wedding Sentiments Stamp
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Vellum
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Distress inks: Wild Honey, Forest Moss


Instructions: 
1. Stamp delicate flower from Nature Walk set in versamark ink across watercolour paper panel. Emboss in silver powder
2. Ink same stamp in Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink, spritz with water then stamp across panel to get gradually paler images.
3. Repeat step 2 with Milled Lavender ink.
4. Isolate desired sentiment from Wedding Sentiments Stamp by placing tape over adjacent sentiments. Ink with versamark, remove tape and stamp on watercolour paper strip, emboss with silver powder
5. Sponge Milled Lavender ink around edge of sentiment
6. Wrap silver ribbon around stamped panel, attach sentiment over top and pop up centre of sentiment panel with foam.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wedding Sentiments Stamp
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Versamark ink
Silver embossing powder
Distress inks: Milled Lavender, Blueprint Sketch, Frayed Burlap
silver ribbon


Instructions: 
1. Ink tall daisy stamp in worn lipstick, abandoned coral, forest moss and peeled paint distress ink, spritz lightly with water and stamp in centre of hot pressed watercolour paper panel.
2. Stamp daisy on masking paper three times, cut out and position one over stamped image.
3. Stamp daisy again to the right and to the left of original image.
4. Blend stamping with water and brush to fill in some of the outline image. Dry panel and cover daisies with masks.
5. Ink Woodgrain Background Stamp in weathered wood and frayed burlap distress inks, stamp then blend with water,
6. Tape off either side of chosen sentiment on Wedding Sentiments Stamp, ink with shady lane versafine ink, remove tape, stamp on strip of watercolour paper.
7. Punch holes in sentiment strip, attach linen threads, fasten to back of stamped panel
8. Attach panel to card base with foam backing.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wedding Sentiments Stamp
Darkroom Door Woodgrain Background Stamp
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Masking paper
Versafine Clair Ink: shady lane
Distress inks: worn lipstick, abandoned coral, forest moss, peeled paint, weathered wood, frayed burlap
linen twine
fun foam

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Helen

Friends Leaves Border Stamp Layout

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 22, 2019

Hello Darkroom Door fans! 

It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a layout featuring the fabulous new Leaves Border Stamp. This is just the most gorgeous stamp for adding wonderful detail to layouts, cards, art journal pages and more. Here I have incorporated the stamped image on a simple layout using a watercolour look effect.



Instructions:

1. Crop a piece of green cardstock or patterned paper to 8½” x 11¾” to form the base of the layout.

2. Crop a piece of smooth white cardstock to 8¼” x 11½”. Stick down on the green base. 

3. Colour the Leaves Border Stamp with Faber-Castell Big Brush Stamper Pens. Use a different colour for each type of leaf. Here I have used Cobalt Green, Permanent Olive green and May Green. Spritz the stamp with water and stamp across the page slightly above the halfway mark.

4. Scribble the same pens onto an acrylic block and use a soft, wet paintbrush to flick the colours over the layout. Set aside to dry completely.

5. Stamp the Filmstrip Stamp onto an extra piece of smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Cut out this element including the centre pieces and stick down on the page.


6. Add some messy embroidery thread across the layout securing with staples. Use the same pens as in step 3 to colour the matching leaf stamps from the Leaves Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with water and stamp on the extra white cardstock. Allow to dry before fussy cutting each leaf. Staple the leaves together at the base. Add the leaves and photo to the layout.


7. Stamp some stars from the Hello Baby Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set onto the white cardstock using two of the green pens. Also stamp the Friends Quote Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut the stars and title. Add to the layout.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Leaves Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Filmstrip Stamp
Darkroom Door Friends Quote Stamp
Archival Ink Jet Black
Faber-Castell Big Brush Stamper Pens: 156 Cobalt Green, 167 Permanent Green Olive, 170 May Green

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own beautiful projects using this fabulous stamp.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Cards using the Carved Leaves Small Stencil

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hi, Connie Mercer here today, sharing some ideas for creating with the Small Carved Leaves stencil. It is a beautiful stencil and just the right size for cards! Here’s 4 card ideas for you: 



Instructions:
Creating the background for the card:
1. Lay the stencil over the cardstock and lightly add colour. I used Brushed Corduroy Distress ink. 
2. Stencil with the Large Mesh stencil in random spots using Archival Jet Black ink. Again lightly.
3. Using the small circle stencil, tape down (off centre) and stencil in 3 shades of colour. I used Brushed Corduroy, Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
4. Adhere the background to coordinating cardstock with dimensional foam squares. Then adhere to a folded card base.
5. Stencil 3 or 4 leaves using the same inks listed above. Shading lightly with the 3 colours of ink.
6. Trim them out. 
 

7. Stamp two leaves, from the Carved Leaves Vol. 2 set, using the same inks, as above.  Dab a little colour, of each shade, and then stamp on off white cardstock. Trim out.
8. Start building your focal point to the side of the stenciled circle.
9. Adhere the leaves, one flat and one with dimensional foam squares.
10. Adhere small pieces of ribbon and buttons.
11. Stamp the sentiment on off white cardstock using black ink.
12. Trim out in a rectangle and mat on coordinating cardstock.
13. Adhere to the center of the ribbons.
14. Add vintage corner to right top corner.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil
Darkroom Door Large Mesh Stencil
Darkroom Door Small Circle Stencil
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol.2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Thank You Sentiments Stamp 
Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint.
Distress Mixed Media heavy stock
vintage corners, buttons, ribbon trim.


Instructions:
1. Tape down (use washi or painters tape) the stencil over the cardstock and spray with Tea Dye Distress Spray Stain.
2. Let it dry a few minutes and then remove the stencil. Take the stencil and turn it over on a journal page (so nothing goes to waste). Makes for cool a design on a journal page.
3. Take Distress Oxides (3 colors, listed below) and dab the card front in the mixture. Dab off and heat set with a heat tool. Keep going to get the desired look for the card background.
4. Mount the card front on coordinating cardstock using dimensional foam squares.
5. Adhere to a folded card base.
6. Stamp the sentiments on off white cardstock and trim out in a rectangle. I used Archival Sepia Ink for this. 
7. Mat rectangle sentiment on brown cardstock and trim out.
8. Stamp succulent on off white cardstock with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide. Trim out succulent image. 
9. Add ribbon trim to the front, breaking up the background.
10. Add the succulent and a button in the center.
11. Splat with Distress Spray Stain.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil
Darkroom Door Anniversary Sentiments Stamp 
Darkroom Door Succulents Stamp Set
Distress Oxides Inks: Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint.
Distress Spray Stain: Tea Dye
Archival Ink: Sepia
Distress Mixed Media heavy stock
ribbon, buttons


Instructions:
1. Shade an oblong shape of cardstock (Kraft) and adhere it to a folded card base.
2. Take a piece of corrugated cardstock and tear off until you get an oblong shape, that fits nicely in the center of the card front. 
3. Using two leaves, from the previous card, adhere them to the corrugated piece of cardstock. 
4. Adhere on flat and one with dimensional foam squares. 
5. Wrap twine or natural jute around the corrugated cardstock, several times, and then tie off in a bow.
6.  Adhere corrugated cardstock to card front.
7. Stamp the sentiment on off white cardstock with Archival/jet black ink.
8. Trim out in a rectangle and mat on coordinating cardstock.
9. Adhere to the card front.
10. Speckle with black ink or paint.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil 
Darkroom Door Thank You Sentiments Stamp
Distress ink: Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Paint: DecoArt: carbon black
Distress Mixed Media heavy stock
cardstock: Kraft
twine or jute


Instructions:
1. Using Distress Mixed Media heavy stock, lay the small Carved Leaves stencil on top and tape down (with washi or painters tape).
2. With a pallet knife apply Wendy Vecchi embossing paste to the stencil.
3. Scrap off leaving a smooth finish.
4. Remove stencil and clean with water. Set aside to dry.
5. Using a heat tool apply heat to the embossed leaf images.
6. When the embossing paste has changed colour and is set, mat the card front on coordinating cardstock, with dimensional foam squares.
7. Wrap black twine around the embossed card front and tie off.
8. Adhere to folded card base.
9. Stamp sentiments and trim out to a rectangle. Stamp two sentiment that read nice together.
10. Add vintage corners to each sentiment.
11. Adhere to card front.
12. Add buttons.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil
Darkroom Door Thank You Sentiments Stamp 
Embossing paste: Wendy Vecchi pastel metallic gold
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Mixed Media heavy stock
cardstock: off white, black
vintage corners, buttons, twine or jute

I hope you have enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

Connie

Quick Stamped & Stenciled Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 18, 2019

Hi there, it’s Rachel Greig here with you today to share some cards using the latest stamp and stencil release! It’s fun to see how the different stamps and stencils can be used together. Here’s a look at the cards: 



I started by stamping the Portrait Inchies Stamp Set onto Mixed Media Cardstock using Archival Plum Ink, then shaded around the edges slightly using an ink blending tool with the same ink. I then stamped the Friendship Sentiments Stamp onto Mixed Media Cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink and trimmed out a few sentiments individually to use on the card. That’s one thing I love about the Sentiments Stamps, they can be so versatile this way! I sponged Archival Plum ink around the edges of each sentiment to make to blend in with the background and adhered them to the card using foam adhesive. Mount the stamped panel to plum yardstick and wrap some twine around the base. Adhere to a folded Kraft card base to complete. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Friendship Sentiments Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Plum 
Mini Ink Blending Tool 


The Tall Flowers Stamp Set is perfect for using with a watercolouring technique! I inked the stamp with Sunflower, Poppy and Red Geranium Make Art Ink Pads for the petals and Fern Green Make Art Ink Pad for the stem, then misted the stamp lightly with water before stamping it onto watercolour card stock. If you’d like to blend the inks even further, use a water brush to blend and move the inks around on the card stock until you achieve the watercolour effect you desire. Repeat this using different stamps from the Tall Flowers Stamp Set until you have created a little garden of flowers. Stamp the long Happy Birthday sentiment from the same stamp set onto light green card stock and trim to fit on the left side of the flowers. Distress all the edges with a paper distresser. Mount onto dark green card stock and distress the edges, before wrapping twine around the bottom. Adhere to a folded Kraft card base to complete. 



While I had the inks out from the last card, I created a similar designed card using the small Carved Leaves Stencil with the same Sunflower, Poppy and Reg Geranium inks. First I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Tall Flowers Stamp set down the left side of the cardstock and masked off the sentiment before sponging ink through the stencil on the right side of the sentiment. I alternated the leaves and ink colours to create a collection of leaves. This stencil is very intricate, so be slow and gentle with your sponging to get the most accurate results. I also sponged a small strip of colour down the left side of the sentiment using Poppy ink pad, and masking off the sentiment. Adhere the finished panel onto black cardstock and wraps twine around the left side before adhering to a folded Kraft card base. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil 
Make Art Inks: Sunflower, Poppy, Red Geranium, Fern Green 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Water Spritzer Bottle 125ml 
Paper Distresser 



I stared this card by stamping the World Map Background Stamp onto beige card stock using Archival Jet Black ink. Using the small Sunshine stencil, I sponged Sunflower and Poppy Make Art Inks through the stencil to create a sun burst. Wrap a torn piece of material around the base to add some texture. Stamp a car from the Classic Cars Vol 2 stamp set onto hot press watercolour paper using Archival Jet Black ink and colour in the car using the Poppy and Red Geranium Make Art Ink Pads and a water brush. Use Pumice Stone Distress Ink for the tyres and metal areas. Trim out the car and adhere to the card using foam adhesive. Stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set and trim. Sponge Pumice Stone ink around the edges before adhering them to the card with foam adhesive. Adhere entire stamped panel to a folded black card to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Sunshine Stencil 
Make Art Inks: Sunflower, Poppy, Red Geranium
Distress Ink: Pumice Stone 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Paper Distresser 

These new stamps are available now from the Darkroom Door website or check out the store locator for a retailer near you. 

I hope you enjoyed these ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Rachel

Beauty Flower Bed Border Stamp Layout

Darkroom Door - Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hello Darkroom Door fans! 

It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a layout featuring the fabulous new Flower Bed Border Stamp. This is just the most gorgeous stamp for adding wonderful detail to layouts, cards, art journal pages and more. Here I have incorporated the stamped image as an anchor for my photo and fussy cut elements using a watercolour look effect.



Instructions:

1. Crop a piece of kraft cardstock or patterned paper to 8½” x 11¾” to form the base of the layout.

2. Crop a piece of smooth white cardstock to 8¼” x 11½”. Stick down on the kraft base. Spritz the page with water just in the main area of the layout where the photo and embellishments will sit. Spritz with a peach coloured spray mist. Flick some droplets of the colour over the top too. Set aside and allow to dry.

3. Select the spotty stamp from the Watery Washes Stamp Set and ink with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink. Apply the stamp to the layout in a few places. Next apply the same stamp using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

4. Colour the Flower Bed Border Stamp with Faber-Castell Big Brush Stamper Pens. Try using a different colour for each style of leave. Here I have used Deep Scarlet Red, Scarlet Red and Orange Glaze. Spritz with water and then stamp on an extra piece of smooth white cardstock. Allow the image to dry completely before fussy cutting. Stick down on the layout using a strip of double sided tape just down the centre of the piece.

5. Stamp various other leaves and flowers on the extra white cardstock using a combination of the Big Brush Stamper Pens and the Distress Inks. Ink the Butterfly Note Eclectic Stamp using the Distress Inks, spritz with water and stamp on the extra cardstock. Allow all images to dry before fussy cutting. Add all of these elements along with the photo to the layout.

6. Stamp the Dreams Quote Stamp onto the extra cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut the words and stick down on the layout replacing the word ‘Beauty’ with lettering.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Flower Bed Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Dreams Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterfly Note Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Gardening Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon
Faber-Castell Big Brush Stamper Pens: 113 Orange Glaze, 118 Scarlet Red, 219 Deep Scarlet Red

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own beautiful projects using this fabulous stamp.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Stars Border Stamp Gift Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hello lovely people! Teresa Abajo here with a couple of ideas on how to use the awesome new Stars Border Stamp.

The Darkroom Door Border Stamps are just shy of a whopping 12 inches long! This allows for some flexibility with project choice - from cards, to layouts to even girft wrapping as I've done here:



Instructions:
1. Choose some plain gift wrapping paper and wrap it wround your gift to work out best position for the stamped image.
2. Stamp the image using Distress Embossing Ink, then emboss with Mixed Media powder.


3. Wrap the gift and tie with coordinating cord.

Supplies:
Darkroom Door Stars Border Stamp
Ranger Mixed Media Powder: Punch
Distress Embossing Ink
Kaft wrapping paper
Pink cord

Here's a matching card:


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Star Border onto a 13.8 x 9.5 cm piece of kraft cardstock.
2. Emboss with Mixed Media Powder.
3. Stamp the Crackle Texture stamp onto white cardstock with pink ink, and the Mesh Texture stamp onto pink cardstock with Embossing Ink. Emboss with white embossing powder, then trim into strips.
4. Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using pink ink, trim into a strip then adhere them to the bottom right of the card front. Add some stitching with black thread.
5. Mount the card front onto pink cardstock then onto a folded white card.
6. Embellish with pearls, diamentes and adhesive star gems.

Supplies:
Darkroom Door Stars Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Crackle Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamps
Ranger Mixed Media Powder: Punch
Cardstock: kraft, white, pink
Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry, Embossing Ink
A6 folded white card
Pearls, diamentes and adhesive star gems

The possibility of layering more stars onto this border was too tempting! Here's another card in a boyish colour scheme:


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Stars Border stamp across a 13.8 x 9.5 cm piece of white card using black ink. Colour parts of it using your choice of media (I used Ecoline Brush Pens), and add ink spatter in coordinating colours.
2. Stamp a few extra stars from the Stars Stamp Set, colour these in too, then fussy cut.
3. Adhere the extra stars over the border image using foam mounting tape. Include pieces of blue thread under some of the elements.
4. Stamp the Happy Birthday Sentiment Strip stamp onto white cardstock using black ink. Cut one of the words out and adhere to card front using foam tape.
5. Mount the card front onto black cardstock, then adhere to a folded white card.
6. Embellish with star gems.


Supplies:
Darkroom Door Stars Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Stars Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Sentiment Strip stamp
Ecoline markers
Archival Jet Black ink
Adhesive star gems
Cardstock - white, black
A6 folded white card

Thanks for stopping by lovely people! I hope you're inspired to add the Stars Border stamp to your next craft session.

Teresa

Diamonds Large Stencil Journal and Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hello stampers, it’s Robyn Wood with you today sharing some projects using the new Diamonds large stencil. The diamond is a common geometric shape used for stencils but this one has the unique twist of being a little grungy and imperfect. Let me show you some ideas for using the large Diamonds stencil:



Geometric style stencils such as the Diamonds stencil work beautifully to give pattern to the background of an art journal page. This time I have used it over a blue & yellow toned, pre-done page in a Dylusions Dyalog Insert Book.

Instructions:


1. Stencil randomly over page using large Diamonds stencil with Distress Inks and the ink blending tool. I wanted the stencilling to ‘pop’ so have gone for contrasting ink colours.
2. Add a touch of colour to parts of the page using a colour complimentary to the background, in this case I’ve used lime. 
3. Create a horizontal page element over the right-hand side using some printed papers. Give the element some definition with a black Stabilo pencil.
4. Use a flat, dry brush or the top of a Distress Paint dabber to add a border around the page in a colour complimentary to the background. I’ve used blue.
5. Stamp Film Frame stamp onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely around the whole stamp then tie the left side with twine.
6. Stamp various flowers from the Tropical Flowers set using Distress Ink. I spritzed the ink before stamping to give a splotchy, watercolour look to the image. Fussy cut.
7. Stamp ‘Aloha’ word onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely around the word and glue over the edge of a painted tag.


8. Assemble page elements over the horizontal feature created in step 3. I have glued the flowers down by just the centres so the edges lift a touch for dimension.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Film Frame Stamp
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon & Picked Raspberry
Dylusions Dyalog Insert Book
Acrylic paint in blue & lime


Of course, this stencil pairs beautifully with stamps to create unique handmade cards. For this one I’ve gone for a vintage look to suit the Penny Farthing bicycle for a small square card.

Instructions:
1. Stamp the centre of the panel of Kraft card with Penny Farthing bicycle using black Archival ink.
2. Sponge pattern around the bicycle using large Diamonds stencil, Distress Inks and the ink blending tool.
3. Ink edges of the square with dark brown ink.
4. Layer panel with black card and mount onto chocolate card base.
5. Stamp ‘Vintage’ onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely, mat with black then affix to card using foam tape.
6. Finish card with black gemstones in each corner.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Penny Farthing Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles Stamp Set
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Ink: brown shades


Stencilling with bright, happy colours gives a card an instant lift so that is what I tried for this simple card. For the flower stem on this card, I have used a dark grey ink – it will mean that my flower image will stand out nicely when watercoloured instead of being overwhelmed with black lines.

Instructions:
1. Stencil all over a square of yellow cardstock using large Diamonds stencil, Distress Inks and the ink blending tool. Allow the ink colours to mix slightly.
2. Stamp flower stem from Tropical Flowers stamp set onto white card using Watering Can ink.
3. Colour flower with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks or watercolours, allow to dry and fussy cut. (Fussy cutting means you don’t need to stay within the lines when colouring!)
4. Add flower stem to the centre of a white panel and layer panel with pink card. Add panel to stencilled yellow square using foam tape and affix to square, aqua card base.
5. Finish card with a Happy Birthday greeting from Happy Birthday stamp set.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Stamp Set
Archival ink: Jet Black & Watering Can
Distress Ink: pinks & oranges
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks

I hope you have enjoyed learning how these projects came together, until next time!

Robyn

Wander Leaves Border Stamp Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Sunday, March 10, 2019

Hello Darkroom Door fans! 

It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share an art journal page I created featuring the gorgeous new Leaves Border Stamp. Here I have simply stamped using Archival Inks to create a fabulous leafy border at the top and bottom of my art journal page.



Instructions:
1. Use a gel press and acrylic paints to add a lovely background for your art journal page. Here I have used a combination of black and greens on a ‘dirty’ gel press (ie there are some other bits of paints showing up that were not cleaned off my gel press. I love the look that this creates so I rarely clean the gel press between prints)


2. Apply the Leaves Border Stamp the the top and bottom of the page using Watering Can Archival Ink. Stamp again, overlapping the first image, using Jet Black Archival Ink.

3. Stamp the Filmstrip Border Stamp on another piece of kraft paper. (I tore a page from my journal). Cut some rectangles to fit inside the filmstrip from the kraft paper and apply various nature stamps. Stick these rectangles onto the filmstrip and then crop to fit at the top and bottom of the art journal page.


4. Stamp the Central Park Photo Stamp onto a piece of vellum. Tear the edges and staple to the art journal page in the centre. Staple a couple of the torn off strips to the top and bottom of the page. Add some stamped words from the Gum Trees Stamp Set using the Jet Black ink.

5. Stamp the quote, butterflies and stars onto the extra kraft paper. Fussy cut and add to the page.



Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Leaves Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Peeled Paint Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Wander Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Central Park Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Fallen Leaves Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Succulents Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own beautiful projects using this fabulous stamp.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda