New Stencils!

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 28, 2017

We'd like to introduce 12 NEW Darkroom Door Stencils! Available in Large 9" x 12" and co-ordinating Small 6" x 4.5" sizes. Perfect for art journals, scrapbooking, cardmaking, mixed media and more. 


If you're new to stencils, here are a few ways you can use them: 

• Create backgrounds, layers, textures and patterns! 
• Use with inks, paints, texture pastes and other mediums. 
• Trace and outline with markers and pens. 
• Spray through the stencil using an ink spray. 
• Sponge over the stencil with paint or ink. 
• Scrape texture paste and other mediums through the stencil to create raised textured effects. 
• Mix and match stencil designs to create layers in your projects. 
• Suitable for art journals, card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and more! 


On Monday 31st July we will be celebrating the release of these new stencils with a Blog Hop! We have seven amazing designers sharing their projects and showing you lots of different ways these stencils can be used! 

What's more - we'll be hosting a giveaway! So be sure to stop by again on Monday 31st to be inspired and have a chance to win some of these fun new stencils! 

In the meantime, the stencils are now shipping and available from the Darkroom Door website, or ask for them at your favourite retailer

Using Eclectic Stamps in a Traveler's Notebook

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 03, 2017

Hi, it's Rebecca Sawatsky here and today I am sharing another page from my Midori Traveler's Notebook using the Seven Days, Mini Calendar and Bare Tree Eclectic Stamps! 







Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Mini Calendar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Seven Days Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Bare Tree Eclectic Stamp
Tombow brushpens and water mixed on a plastic surface for the tree leaves
Aquash pen
Washi tape
Feather paper die cuts from old ledger paper
Vintage postal stamps
Vintage tickets

Thanks for stopping by! 

Mini Calendar Card

Darkroom Door - Sunday, July 02, 2017
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today with a birthday card using the Mini Calendar Eclectic Stamp! This stamp can be used for planners, scrapbook pages and journals to highlight dates. However I thought it would be fun to create a birthday card where I circled the actual birthdate of the recipient of this card! 


Instructions: 
1. Ink up the Abstract Triangles Background Stamp using Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Distress Oxide inks. Stamp onto a folded Kraft card. 
2. Tear some old book pages and colour up with Distress Oxide inks. Adhere to card using gel medium. 
3. Stamp two flowers from Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamp set onto watercolour paper and colour with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks. Adhere to card. 
4. Stamp the Mini Calendar onto white card stock using Archival Jet Black ink and circle the birthdate with Scribble Sticks. Adhere to card. 
5. Stamp Happy Birthday from the Happy Birthday stamp set onto white card stock using Archival Jet Black ink and trim to create a banner. Ink the edges with the same ink. Adhere to card using foam adhesive. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Mini Calendar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Abstract Triangles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxide Ink: Broken China, Cracked Pistachio
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Kraft cardstock
Watercolour Paper

Thanks for stopping by! 

Grunge Marks Gel Printing

Darkroom Door - Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hi there, it's Rachel here today! Recently I attended the Gel Press Academy in the United States to learn all about Gel Press plates and how to create amazing gel prints! I have been doing gelatine printing for a while now, as it's a process that works really well with rubber stamps. I brought along some of our latest stamps to the class to try them out with some of the gel plates. I particularly loved using the Grunge Marks stamps! There are so many different marks in this set, so it made some interesting patterns and effects with the gel printing. 



Here's a look at what you can create using the 6x6 round gel plate: 





I also had fun with the 6x6 square plate: 



Gel Press also sell shaped plates, this little hexagon was fun to use: 




I hope this inspires you to have a go at gel printing with the Grunge Marks stamps! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamps
Dina Wakley Media Paint
Pebeo Paint
Gel Press Plates
Brayer

Thanks for stopping by! 

Quick and easy Step-through Bicycle Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hi there, it's Rachel Greig here today with a quick card using the Step-through Bicycle Eclectic Stamp

This is a quick and easy card that can be made in a couple of minutes, and is a great way to use up little scraps of patterned paper that you may have in your stash! 


Instructions:
1. Trim a piece of patterned paper to 10cm x 4cm and adhere to a folded white A6 card. 
2. Trim a piece of white card stock to 11.5cm x 9.5cm. Stamp the bicycle using Archival Viridian ink pad in the lower right corner. 
3. Stamp a sentiment from the Enjoy The Ride Stamp Set underneath the bicycle using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
4. Adhere stamped panel to the front of the card using foam adhesive to give it a little dimension. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Step-through Bicycle Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Enjoy The Ride Rubber Stamps
Archival Ink: Viridian, Jet Black
Patterned paper

I've also been enjoying using the Step-through Bicycle to add some stamped layers to collaged art journal pages. Here's a peek at one here: 


Thanks for stopping by today! 

Planner Page with Eclectic Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Hi, it's Rebecca Sawatsky here and today I am sharing a page from my Midori Traveler's Notebook using the Seven Days, Mini Calendar and Bare Tree Eclectic Stamps! 







If you'd like to see how I created this page, you can watch it on You Tube here. 

 
Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Seven Days Eclectic Stamp 
Darkroom Door Mini Calendar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Bare Tree Eclectic Stamp
Ink: Brown & Black
Gold Embossing Powder
vintage book pages, tickets, tag, postal stamps
Washi tape 
Zig embossing pen 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

3 ways with Roses Photo Stamp

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Hi, it's Heather Telford here today, happy to be back on the Darkroom Door blog with three ways to work with the lovely Roses Photo Stamp. The techniques are not dramatically different but each has it's own look and feel once completed. 


Instructions:
1. Begin with a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper a little larger than the Roses stamp. Using a stamp positioning tool ink the Roses stamp in Victorian Velvet distress stain and stamp it on hot pressed watercolour paper. 
2. Wipe off the stamp and ink only the centre of the roses with Aged Mahogany distress stain and stamp over the still damp roses.
3. Spritz the panel if you want more blending. Dab the panel with paper towel if it is too wet.
4. Once panel is dry stamp sentiment from Bright Blossoms Vol 1 Stamp Set on panel in black pigment ink. Emboss in clear powder. 
5. Trim panel and mat panel in black cardstock, add a b&w gingham ribbon and attach to white card base.
6. Add some ebony black nuvo crystal drops.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Roses Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Versafine Ink Onyx Black
Embossing powder: clear
Distress Stains: Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet
Nuvo crystal drops: Black ebony
B&W gingham ribbon


Instructions:
1. Begin with a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper a little larger than the Roses Photo Stamp. Emboss Roses stamp on hot pressed watercolour paper in clear powder.
2. Paint over embossing with Victorian Velvet distress stain. 
3. Add darker accents or paint over whole roses with Aged Mahogany distress stain.
4. Trim panel and wrap burgandy ribbon around.
5. Stamp sentiment from Bright Blossoms Vol 1Stamp Set  in Crimson Red versafine ink on a small rectangle of watercolour paper. Swipe inkpad round edges of panel then emboss edges and sentiment in clear powder.
6. Pop sentiment up over ribbon and attach roses panel to cream card base.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Roses Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Versamark ink
Embossing powder: clear
Distress Stains: Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet
Burgandy ribbon


Instructions:
1. Begin with a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper a little larger than the Roses stamp. Ink Roses stamp in Memento Love Letter ink. Add Memento Rhubarb stalk ink to centres of roses with a marker. Spritz lightly and stamp on hot pressed watercolour paper.
2. Using a water brush or small watercolour brush blend some of the rose petals to soften the edges and spread the colour. It isn't necessary to blend over all the stamping; some white areas help make the petals stand out.
3. Trim rose panel and swipe a versamark pad around the edges. Swipe versamark around edges of small rectangle for a sentiment and the front of a cream card base also. Stamp sentiment from Bright Blossoms Vol 2 Stamp Set in versamark on small panel. Emboss sentiment, card edges and panel edges in gold powder.
4. Add a gold cord to roses panel assemble panels on card base.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Roses Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Versafine Ink Onyx Black
Embossing powder: gold
Memento inks: Love Letter, Rhubarb stalk
Gold cord

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

Bright Mini Jar Eclectic Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, June 02, 2017
Hi, it’s Anneke de Clerck here. Today I have two cards to share that I’ve made with the new Mini Jar Eclectic Stamp. This stamp has the perfect size to use on cards but I’m planning to use the stamp in combination with the big jar in my art journal as well. 


Instructions
1. Paint stripes using pink, magenta and lime paint. Don’t clean your brush before moving to the next color, this will make the colors blend nicely.
2. Load the Checkered Background Stamp with Fluorescent Magenta paint using a brayer. Make a print on white paper. Stamp the Mini Jar on top with Archival Ink Jet Black and cut out. Stamp the lid again on white paper and cut out.
3. Stamp a flower from the Carved Flower set twice with Fluorescent Magenta and three times with Lawn Fawn Ink Minty Fresh. Cut out.
4. Cut stems and leaves out of white paper, paint with Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio and Iced Spruce.
5. Assemble flowers and jar as shown. Use 3D foam to attach the flowers. Make a split into the lid, slide leaves and stems into it. 
6. Stamp text with Archival Ink Jet Black.
7. Create shadow by scribbling with a black Scribble Stick, go over it with a water brush.
8. Add white details with a Posca pen and decorate the jar with small fuchsia paper strips.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Mini Jar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Checkered Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Poppies Rubber Stamp Set
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Persian Rose, Sky Blue Light
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime
Golden: Fluorescent Magenta
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Lawn Fawn: Lawn Fawndamentals Minty Fresh
Dina Wakley Media: Scribble Sticks
Distress Ink: Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce


Instructions
1. To create this one layer card, start by stamping the jar and the flowers on a watercolor card panel. Stamp the jar and flowers on masking paper as well, cut out and hide the stamped images with the masks.
2. Stamp on top with the Checkered Background Stamp and Carbon Black paint. Use a brayer to load the stamp. 
3. Remove the masks and color the flowers with pink, yellow, orange and magenta paint.
4. Paint the jar with Broken China, Weathered Wood and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink using a water brush. Stamp on top with the Checkered Texture Stamp using Iced Spruce Distress Ink.
5. Draw stems with a black pen. For the stems in the jar use a pencil in combination with a white pen. Create shadow with a charcoal pencil.
6. Finish the card of with a Word Strip from the Venetian Collection.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Mini Jar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Checkered Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Whimsical Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Checkered Texture Stamp
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Persian Rose, Azo Orange, Primary Yellow
Golden Fluid Acrylics: Carbon Black
Golden: Fluorescent Magenta
Distress Ink: Weathered Wood, Broken China, Iced Spruce, Mermaid Lagoon
Charcoal pencil

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Vintage Paris Postcard Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 29, 2017

Hello Darkroom Door peeps! Teresa Abajo here with a couple of ideas using the new Paris Postcard Eclectic Stamp. This is a miniature sized postcard, and makes a fantastic vintage element to a project.

For this first card I have used the postcard image to create a couple of embellishments for a card front: 


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Paris Postcard Eclectic Stamp onto cream cardstock a couple of times, and cut out and sponge with Distress ink.
2. Adhere some strips torn from a book onto a 14.3 x 10 cm piece of cream cardstock using gesso. When dry, sponge all over using Distress ink, making the edges darker. Sprinkle some water droplets onto the piece and dry well. Faintly stamp the words World Traveller from the Nomad Stamp Set down the right hand side.
3. Stamp the words Enjoy the Journey from the Nomad Stamp Set onto some cream cardstock and trim to size. Adhere to piece.
4. Use a stapler to attach some twine and the postcards to the top left hand corner of the piece, then adhere to a folded cream card.
5. Embellish with wooden chevrons, and stamp the postal cancellation stamp from the Nomad set using red ink in a couple of places.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Paris Postcard Eclectic stamp
Darkroom Door Nomad Stamp Set
Distress ink Vintage Photo
Gesso
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Twine
Wooden chevron shapes
Old book page

For this next card I used the postcard image to create a background. Apart from the bold words 'Post Card", it has some lovely script on it as well as the postage stamp - so characteristic of old times when people actually wrote postcards instead of sending a text full of emojis!


Instructions:
1. Using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink, stamp the Paris Postcard Eclectic Stamp repeatedly to cover a 13.8 x 9.5 cm piece of cream cardstock. Spritz lightly with water to blur the lines a little, then dry well.
2. Stamp the label image from the Montmartre stamp set onto cream cardstock using the Distress Oxide ink, and position a metal Ornate Plate over the large word.
3. Layer this over a scrap of tea stained calico fabric, a scrap of old book page and a feather, and use the brads to hold the Ornate Plate in place.
4. Stamp the Paris Postcard image again onto cream cardstock, cut out the words 'Post Card' and 'Correspondence' and adhere in place.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Paris Postcard Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Montmartre Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink: Vintage Photo
Idea-ology Ornate Plate embellishment
White feather
Scrap of calico fabric
Old book page

Thanks for looking! 

Teresa

Happy Paint Drips Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 26, 2017

Hello, it is Anna-Karin here with you today, sharing an art journal page made with the new Paint Drips Eclectic Stamp. I love this fun stamp and it can be used in many different ways. The techniques in this tutorial can be used for almost any type of project, and not only for art journaling pages.


I had this idea of stamping the paint drips inside colourful circles and the result were quite fun. You can of course also use other shapes: hearts, squares, labels etc. I bet the drips would look really great stamping inside heart shapes. For my project, I worked in my Dina Wakley Media Journal, on a watercolour paper page. The journal has watercolour, burlap, canvas and kraft pages. I really like it.
 

The page had been covered with gesso earlier and I used Dina Wakley’s Scribble Sticks to draw freehand circles. Make the circles darker towards the edges. You could also draw inside a stencil or around a mask. Use a paint brush and water to turn the circles into watercolour. 


To make masks, I placed printer paper on top of my circles and copied them roughly with a pencil. Cut out with a craft knife.


The Scribble Stick colours were paired up with Archival Inks to get a tone-on-tone effect. I placed my masks over one circle at a time and stamped through it. 


When I had done the tone-on-tone stamping, I thought it would be fun to add just a touch of black. Put the mask back in place. Ink the stamp partially with Jet Black and stamp once on scrap paper. My black impressions were placed slightly off-centre and I didn’t apply equal pressure everywhere to get a random look.


For a second circle element, I stamped Bingo Numbers randomly here and there, using the same three colours Archival Ink.


You can easily add splatters with the Scribble Sticks. Put some water on the tip of the stick and flick a paint brush against it. I also scribbled around the circles with a black marker.


Here you can see the partial black stamping a little better. It adds a fun touch and is easy to do.


For my sentiment, I used one of my favourite Quote stamps, the Happy Quote. It was stamped on cream paper and cut into strips. The edges were inked with Black Soot Distress Ink.

I really had fun using the Paint Drips stamp and it added such a great element to my circles.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Paint Drips Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Bingo Numbers Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol. 1 Rubber Stamps
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Journal
Ranger Mixed Media Cardstock
Ranger Dina Wakley Scrtibble Sticks
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Rose Madder, Tiger Lily, Buttercup
Distress Ink: Black Soot
Ranger Dina Wakley White Gesso

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for looking.

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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