Portrait Inchies Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 08, 2019

Hi crafty folk! It's Teresa Abajo here with a couple of cards I made using the new Portrait Inchies Stamp Set. Before I show you those however, I wanted to address the dilemma these Inchies stamp set present to some of us - to cut or not to cut? I usually like to keep them as one complete sheet so they can be used as a background stamp or if I need only a few images I can still just ink up a smaller section and trim out the stamped images after they have been stamped. To stamp a full sheet you will need either a large block or a stamping tool that takes this large size. 

However if you prefer them to be in smaller stamps, here is a compromise, if you cut them out by hand, this adds little curves and angles that can be used to put the stamp back together like a jig saw puzzle. Which means you can use them as a full background, a horizontal strip, a vertical strip and as individual images, depending on how you cut them. Another option is to cut the sheet in half (horizontally in the middle), so you have two stamps the same size as the Photo Stamps. So the choice is yours!  

Now onto the cards:

This first one uses the set as a complete background for a large (A5) card:



Instructions:
1. Stamp the entire stamp onto some white card using grey ink. Trim to size then mount onto pink cardstock.
2. Stamp one of the images again, and colour it using your preferred medium (I used acrylic paint and some Distress Inks).
3. Cut this image out and adhere it over one of the grey ones on the card front. Embellish with flowers.
4. Stamp the words using black ink, trim into a strip and mount it onto black then pink cardstock. Adhere to card front with foam tape.
5. Adhere the card front to a folded white card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet medley Stamp Set
Archival ink: Watering Can, Jet Black
Acrylic paints
Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose
Cardstock: pink, black, white
Flowers
A5 folded white card

This second card uses a 3 x 3 panel of the inchie images. You can either cut the stamp up into this arrangement, or stamp it and then cut the cardstock.


Instructions:
1. Spritz some Milled Lavender Distress Spray Ink onto a craft sheet and swipe some cream cardstock through it. Cut in half.
2. Spritz some Old Paper Distress Spray Ink onto a craft sheet and swipe one half of the cream cardstock through it. Dry well.
3. Stamp the Inchies onto this piece using black ink. Trim to size.
4. On the other piece of cream cardstock, stamp the Spanish Tiles Background Stamp in the bottom left hand corner using Milled Lavender Distress ink. Stamp the French Script Background using Old Paper Distress Ink. Adhere a strip of old dictionary page down the centre of the card front. Adhere this to a folded cream card.
5. Stamp the Postcards Texture Stamp onto a 9.5cm sqaure of cream cardstock using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Adhere to card front.
6. Stamp the quote from 1920's Chic Stamp Set using brown ink and adhere to card front.
7. Adhere the 3 x 3 Inchie panel to the card front using foam tape. Embellish with pearls and flowers.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Spanish Tiles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Postcards Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door 1920's Chic Stamp Set
Distress Spray Ink: Milled Lavender, Old Paper
Distress Ink: Milled Lavender, Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Old dictionary page
Adhesive pearls
Flowers
Cream cardstock
A6 folded cream card

Thanks for joining me today!

Teresa

Anniversary Sentiments Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Hi, Connie Mercer here today with 4 ideas using the new Anniversary Sentiments Stamp. This is the coolest stamp ever, easy to store and 13 sentiments on one stamp strip. You can cut it apart or leave it as one stamp (that is what I did). Lots of options! As you will see in my creative examples, you can mix and match the sentiments to meet the needs of your project. 

Take a look at the first card:



Instructions:
1. Place small circle stencil over card front and add color. I used Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio.  
2. Splat the card front with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Ink Spray.  Dry with heat tool.
3. Mat card front on coordinating cardstock and then mat on folded card base.  I used turquoise cardstock.
4. Stamp small birds from the Garden Birds Stamp Set on white cardstock.
5. Add color with Archival inks (listed below).
6. Trim out the birds after the colour was added. These can be water coloured, markers or ink, you choose.
7. Stamp under the circle leaves and branches.  Making a place for the birds to sit.
8. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock and trim out.
9. Mat with coloured cardstock and adhere to card front.
10. Add birds with dimensional foam squares.
11. Wrap twine or jute around top of card and tie a small bow.
12. Add more splats if you like.


Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Anniversary Sentiments Stamp
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol.1 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Garden Birds Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Small Circle Stencil Set
Dylusions Ink Spray: Vibrant Turquoise
Distress Ink: Cracked Pistachio
Archival Ink: Coffee, Fern Green and Jet Black (for birds)


Instructions:
1. Stamp the World Map Background Stamp on white cardstock with Archival Cobalt ink.
2. Shade background with Cobalt and Dandelion Archival ink. 
3. Stamp the car and trailer on the background (card front) that was created.  I used Jet Black but the images looks gray.
4. Using the large Mesh stencil and Cobalt ink apply in random spots on the car front. Over car and trailer too.
5. Add yellow hearts to trailer. ( I used watered down acrylic yellow paint).  You can use markers or ink also.
6. Stamp balloons coming from the trailer. 
7. Colour in the balloons with watered down ink or paint.
8. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock and trim out as a flag. I used Cobalt ink.
9. Using dimensional foam squares, attach the flag to the balloons. 
10. Attach card front to a coordinating cardstock colour (I used grey) with dimensional foam squares.
11. Attach card front to folded white cardstock base.
12. Splat black and yellow acrylic paint (watered down slightly) to card front.  I have always used an old toothbrush for this. You have great control of he splat.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Anniversary Sentiment Stamps
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol.2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Caravans Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Birthday 10th Anniversary Stamp
Darkroom Door Large Mesh Stencil
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Cobalt, Dandelion
Acrylic paint: yellow & black (splats)
old toothbrush             


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Arrows Background Stamp using Blueprint Sketch Distress ink on white cardstock.
2. Adhere the background to yellow cardstock with dimensional foam squares.
3. Adhere the card front to a folded white cardstock base.
4. Stamp the Motorcycle and one section of the Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink.
5. Trim the Bold Arrow out.
6. Trim the Motorcycle to a rectangle shape and mat on blue cardstock.
7. Stamp the Bold Arrow in Barn Door and Mustard Seed Distress Ink and trim out.
8. Adhere the Motorcycle rectangle to the card front.
9. Adhere the blue and red Bold Arrow to the card front.
10. Adhere the yellow Bold Arrow over the other two Bold Arrows with dimensional foam squares.
11. Stamp sentiments on white cardstock with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink.
12. Emboss with clear coat embossing powder.
13. Mat sentiments on blue cardstock and adhere to card front.
14. Spackle card front with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink.
15. Stamp with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink and the straight stitch stamp along the left side of the card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Anniversary Sentiment Stamps
Darkroom Door Classic Motorcycles Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Stitched Borders Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Arrows Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp
Distress Oxide Ink: Black Soot
Distress Ink: Barn Door, Blueprint Sketch and Mustard Seed
Embossing powder: clear coat

My last project is a tag. This could be used as a book mark or a gift tag. These could be created in advance for future use because of the way the Sentiment Stamp is designed.  What I mean by that is you can highlight any sentiment you wish for the occasion. Let me show you what I mean...


Instructions:
Creating the tag.
1. Stamp two tags on white cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink.


2. Looking at the diagram above you can see where I made the cut and then adhered the second tag to the first one after trimming both tags out.
3. Shade around the extended tag with black ink.
4. Cut out the tag hole (from the second tag) and staple it on the extended tag.
5. Use a craft knife or small scissors to cut out the inside of the tag hole.
6. The Sentiment strip is then added to the front of the extended tag.
7. The extended tag is shaded with black ink around the edges.
8. Using the Large Mesh stencil and black ink the stencil was applied in random spots to give a distressed look.
9. The birds and heart are stamped out on white cardstock.
10. Colour is added with Archival inks and then the images are trimmed out.
11. Add the images to the bottom of the tag.
12. Highlight the sentiments you want to use. 
13. Add twine or jute to pick up the colors used in the extended tag.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Anniversary Sentiment Stamps
Darkroom Door Stitched Borders Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Garden Birds Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fun & Games Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tags Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Large Mesh Stencil
Distress Oxide Ink: Peeled Paint
Archival Ink: Cobalt, Jet Black, Potting Soil and Red Geranium

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas! As you can see, the Anniversary Sentiments Stamp is useful for so many different types of cards and projects and works well with lots of different Darkroom Door stamps! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Connie Mercer

Flower Bed Border Stamp Card Set

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 04, 2019

Hello Darkroom Door fans! It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a set of cards I created featuring the gorgeous new Flower Bed Border Stamp. The border stamps are so perfect for layouts and art journal pages due to the size but they can also be adapted beautifully for cards. I’ve created one card design but used it wth 3 different colour ways to create a series of cards. Take a look: 



Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 14.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 14cm. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Harlequin Background Stamp. Stamp over this piece. Stick down on the card base.

3. Stamp the Filmstrip Border Stamp on an extra piece of smooth white cardstock using the same ink. Cut out a piece of the filmstrip measuring 14cm long. Cut this piece in half down the centre and stick on the card front with a gap between the pieces.

4. Stamp the Flower Bed Border Stamp twice on the extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut a section 14cm long. Stick down on the card front in the centre. Fussy cut some extra flowers from the second stamped image and layer onto the card front.

5. Stamp the Harlequin Background Stamp again onto the extra cardstock and fussy cut a few diamonds. Add to the card front. Also stamp the sentiment, fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam for extra dimension.


Here are a couple more cards I created in the same style but this time adding some colour. For this card I simply coloured the Flower Bed image with coloured pencils.



This time I coloured the image with Jane Davenport Smooth Markers which are alcohol markers similar to Copics.



Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Flower Bed Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Harlequin Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Chevron Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink: Cactus Flower, Jet Black, Paradise Teal, Rose Madder
Jane Davenport Magic Wands
Jane Davenport Smooth Markers

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own beautiful projects using this fabulous stamp. It really does lend itself so well to whatever medium you choose to colour it with.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Stamping Onto Acetate Jolly Jonquils Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 01, 2019

Hi there! It’s Jane Clark here from Miss Jane’s Classroom.

Do you love collage stamps as much as me? I just love the fact that all the hard work is done for me! This beautiful Jolly Jonquils Collage Stamp from Darkroom Door has it all, Jonquils, swirls, postage marks, vintage/distressed border and a text/grid overlay. Do you know how long that would take to create?! Just aligning up all the images using separate stamps and praying that you don't slip up anywhere especially the last one!! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE making collages out of my stamps, but some days I just want to be lazy and when you have a stamp that has it all well hallelujah!  

Here’s what I’ve created: 



I stamped the Jolly Jonquils Collage Stamp on a page from an old book using a light brown ink, the paper from the book was already aged and had a great distress look to it. I coloured the Jonquils using Copic markers in golden yellow tones. I stamped the Jolly Jonquils image again on a piece of clear plastic using StazOn jet black ink. I placed it over the coloured book page aligning up the images so it wouldn't look blurred, then I secured it in place using double-sided tape behind the distress borders on the plastic image. I further decorated the card by adding lace, ruler sticker, yellow trim and green foliage in the top right-hand corner.  


For the verse I used the Friendship Sentiments Stamp and created the Friendship banner and stapled it in place. The Friendship Sentiments Stamp has so many great sayings! Gotta love that too!

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Jolly Jonquils Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Friendship Sentiments Stamp
Distress Oxide Ink: Vintage Photo
StazOn Black Ink 
Copic Markers - Yellow Tones
Clear Acetate
Old book pages
Threads and ribbons

Happy Stamping, 
Miss Jane xx

Flower Girl Collage Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Hi Stampers, it is Godelieve Tijskens today, sharing 3 card ideas with the Flower Girl Collage Stamp.

My first card is a trifold card in black & white. I love black & white, but of course this would work in any color.



1. Stamp the Flower Girl twice onto smooth paper, using black ink.  I used Archival ink


2. Glue 1 image on the left hand part of a trifold card.
3. Cut around the girl.  Also cut out the basket from this image to use later inside the card.


4. Glue the second image on the right hand flap, making sure that both images line up perfectly when the card is closed.


Because the cardstock is black, a white panel on the inside is necessary for writing space.

5. Ink up the corner of the Roses photo stamp with black ink, stamp at the top of the white card.  
6. Choose a saying, I used a stamp from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set, stamp it in black too.
7. Glue the cut out basket in place.


8. To keep the card closed you can wrap some ribbon around it.  

Supplies:
Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Flower Girl
Darkroom Door Photo Stamp: Roses
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Simple Sayings Vol 2
Ranger Archival Inkpad: Jet Black


My second card is a Mother’s Day card. But it would work for other occasions as well.


1. Ink the stamp with Distress Oxide ink Gathered Twigs
2. Let the ink dry completely. Distress Oxide inks need a bit longer to dry, but you can use a heat tool to speed things up.
3. I love to use coloured pencils, so I took my time to simply colour the image with pencils, quite relaxing for me.
4. I looked for cardstock in 2 matching colours to mat the image, and adhered it to a white folded card.
5. Words from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set were stamped onto an oval diecut and attached with 3D foamtape.

Supplies:
Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Flower Girl
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Simple Sayings Vol 2
Ranger Distress Oxide Inkpad: Gathered Twigs
Derwent Procolour Pencils 
Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Dies Tag & Bookplates

My third card is a Wishing Well card.


1. Ink the Flower Girl stamp with black Archival ink and stamp over a gel print.


2. I used a gel print from my stash. It was made a while ago with several Darkroom Texture stamps and stencils. The surface is quite rough, hence the distressed stamping, especially on the girl’s skirt.


3. Stamping faces over a print can be tricky.  I use my MISTI to stamp onto acetate first. Then, keeping the acetate in place, I slide the gel print under the acetate and move it around to find a good spot to stamp. After putting the magnets on the card I remove the acetate to stamp the image on the right spot. Acetate is easy to clean and can be used over and over again.


4. Flower Soft was glued on top of the flowers, using bookbinding glue. I also put some Flower Soft in the basket.
5. The panel was glued onto a folded card.
6. The saying is from an early Darkroom Door stamp set: Garden Greetings.

Supplies:
Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Flower Girl
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Garden Greetings
Ranger Archival Inkpad: Jet Black
Flower Soft
Gel Print
Bookbinding Glue

I hope I inspired you with these ideas.  

Thank you for dropping by!

Godelieve

Four Seasons Leaves Border Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 25, 2019

Hi, it’s Belinda here today to share a sweet set of cards featuring the stunning Leaves Border Stamp. Here I have used a watercolour effect to create a set of cards featuring colours to represent all four seasons.



‘Spring’ Card


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 10.5cm x 29cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 14cm. Stick down on the card base.
3. Using Faber-Castell Big Brush Stamper Pens, apply various colours to the leaves. Here I have chosen a different colour for each style of leaf. Spritz the stamp with water and then apply to the card front. Scribble the three pens (separately) onto an acrylic block. Use a soft wet paintbrush to flick the colours over the card front. Allow to dry. 
4. Add some messy thread to the card front in a co-ordinating colour. Attach with tiny dots of glue.
5. Use the same pens to colour the tiny star stamps from the Hello Baby Vol. 1 Stamp Set. Huff your breath onto the stamp before stamping on extra smooth white cardstock. Also stamp the ‘Hello Baby’ from this set using Jet Black Archival Ink and just cut out the ‘hello’. Use the Alphabet Medley Stamp Set to stamp the ‘spring’ in the same black ink. Fussy cut all elements and add to the card front.


I used exactly the same technique for each of the seasons just choosing different colours to suit. Here’s a peek at the Summer, Autumn and Winter cards.

Summer Card


Autumn Card


Winter Card


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Leaves Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
RANGER Archival Ink Jet Black
FABER-CASTELL Big Brush Stamper Pens:
Spring Card: 156 Cobalt Green, 167 Permanent Olive Green, 170 May Green
Summer: 107 Cadmium Yellow, 113 Orange Glaze, 171 Light Green
Autumn: 113 Orange Glaze, 178 Nougat, 219 Deep Scarlet Red
Winter: 143 Cobalt Blue, 146 Sky Blue, 232 Cold Grey III

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Cheers

Belinda

Hearts Border Stamp Journal and Card

Darkroom Door - Saturday, February 23, 2019

Hi, Anneke De Clerck here today to share with you a few projects I made using the brand new Hearts Border Stamp. To start with I did an art journal spread in my large Dina Wakley Media journal. To create the background I was inspired by a video by Kate Crane. In the video she shows how to make gel prints with a ‘distressed wood’ look. You can see that video here

Border stamps are great for larger projects but it’s perfectly possible to use them on cards. Bellow I’m sharing 2 card ideas as well.



To make it easy I worked on loose sheets of paper that I glued into the journal after making the gel prints.


Instructions:
1. Apply stripes of Ruby, Olive, White, Elephant and Turquoise Dina Wakley Media Paint on a large gel printing plate using a brayer. Let this layer dry completely. Put a thin layer of white paint on top and pull a print. Make ghost prints for future projects. Repeat the steps to create a second page. Glue both gel prints into the art journal.


2. Stamps the hearts on the left and right side with the Hearts Border Stamp using Archival Ink Jet Black.
3. Stamp randomly with the Grid Texture Stamp using turquoise paint. 
4. Stamp parts of the Inky Script Background Stamp using white paint.


5. Sponge white paint through the Large Stencil – Dots. Mask off the stamped hearts if necessary. Outline the dots with a white pen.
6. Stamp a bunch of houses from the Carved Houses Stamp Set on white paper using Archival Ink Jet Black. Cut out and adhere to the spread as shown. Add shadow and highlights to the houses with a black Stabilo pencil and a white pen.
7. Stamp the small hearts from the Hearts Border Stamp separately on white paper using Distress Oxide Ink Crushed Olive, Candied Apple and Peacock Feathers. Cut out and glue on top of the black hearts.
8. Stamp the quote straight on the background using stamps from the Alphabet Medley set. Decorate with 3 small hearts.
9. Adhere strips of black and white washi tape and make 3 cross-stitches with red wax cord.


Instructions:

1. Paint stripes on a mixed media card panel with Dina Wakley Media Paint White, Olive, Ruby, Turquoise and Elephant using a flat brush.
2. Stamp hearts on the painted background using the Hearts Border Stamp and Archival Ink Jet Black. Stamp the hearts again on white paper, cut out (except for the tiny hearts) and add this extra layer on top of the hearts on the background.
3. Mask off the hearts and stamp dots randomly with the Dots Texture Stamp and white paint. Highlight some of the dots by overstamping them with white paint using the eraser at the top of a pencil.


4. Stamp the bottom heart on the Hearts Border Stamp separately on a leftover gel print, cut out and attach cord and a bead as shown. Glue in place using 3D dots.
5. Finish the card off by stamping a wish from the Simple Sayings set using Archival Ink Jet Black.


Instructions:
1. Cut a 4 x 7” card panel out of watercolour paper. Threat the panel with an antistatic pad first. Stamp hearts using the Hearts Border Stamp and Versamark Ink. Heat emboss the print with WOW embossing powder Opaque Bright White.
2. Paint the hearts with Distress Oxide Inks Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, Cracked Pistachio, Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry using a water brush. 
3. Stamp the text on a strip of vellum using stamps from the Alphabet Medley set. Wrap the strip of vellum around the card and attach at the backside. 
4. Apply Dina Wakley Media Paint Ruby, White and Turquoise paint on a sheet of white paper with a brayer. Cut a panel out of it to use as a mat for the watercolour panel. Make machine stitches at the edges. Adhere to a white double card.


Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Hearts Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Houses Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Grid Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Dots
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Versamark Ink
Golden Fluid Acrylics: Titanium White
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Ruby, Olive, White, Elephant, and Turquoise
Ranger Distress Oxide Inks: Crushed Olive, Candied Apple, Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, Cracked Pistachio, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry
WOW embossing powder: Opaque Bright White
Black Stabilo pencil
White Sharpie

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Flowers Filmstrip Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hi there! Suzz Czosek here. I am here today to share a few cards created using the new Flowers Filmstrip Stamp. I had fun playing around with a few different ideas with the filmstrip. I think these new filmstrip stamps are going to be alot of fun to create with! 

First up is a camera inspired card. Why not pair up the Capture Life Stamp Set



Instructions: 
1. Stamp Flowers Filmstrip Stamp 2 times on white cardstock using black archival ink. 
2. Colour the images with watercolor pencils and waterbrush. (Use your favorite coloring medium) 
3. Let dry. Cut out the filmstrip.  
4. Cover the entire strips with versamark watermark ink.  
5. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Repeat to apply two coats. 
6. Stamp the sentiment from the Capture Life Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black archival ink. 
7. Heat emboss sentiment with clear embossing powder. 
8. Assemble the card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Stamps: Flowers
Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Set: Capture Life
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Clear Embossing Powder
Versamark Watermark Ink
Watercolor pencils
Waterbrush 

A quick and easy card with a great pop with the frame from the filmstrips! 

Next up is a card with multiple filmstrips and a soft color scheme. 


Instructions: 
1. Cut out background cardstock. (4 3/4" x 6 3/4") . 
2. Stamp script from Correspondence Stamp Set with black ink over background randomly. 
3. Stamp filmstrip stamp four times using Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black on white cardstock. 
4. Color with a hint of yellow and shadow with gray. I used my watercolor pencils. Soften with waterbrush. 
5. Stamp sentiment from the Sympathy Sentiments Stamp using black archival ink on white cardstock. 
6. Cut out sentiment and film strips.  
7. Layer filmstrips over stamped background. Cut off edges of filmstrip to fit background. 
8. Assemble Card. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Stamps: Flowers
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Correspondence
Darkroom Door Sentiments Stamp: Sympathy
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Watercolour Pencils 
Waterbrush

I tried this first with just black and white and found it quite striking. I think the filmstrips look beautiful with either effect. 


For my last card I wanted to create a background of the filmstrips.  


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Flowers Filmstrip Stamp four times using Ranger Archival Potting Soil on white cardstock. 
2. Stamp the carnation flower from the Garden Greetings Stamp Set three times using Ranger Archival Potting Soil on white cardstock. 
3. Color the images with pink highlights using your favorite coloring medium. 
4. Stamp the sentiment from Bright Blossoms Vol 2 stamp set on a piece of vellum. (I painted behind the sentiment with a whitewash to help make the sentiment pop) 
5. Stamp the Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp randomly with a mix of light pink and brown dye ink. 
6. After I finished stamping I cut the strips and attached them on the card base. 
7. I finished with a whitewash over the surface of all the stamped pieces to soften the effect. 
8. I cut the carnation out into multiple pieces and layered them to give a dimensional effect. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Filmstrips Stamp: Flowers
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Garden Greetings, Bright Blossoms Vol 2 
Darkroom Door Eclectic Stamp: Coffee Stain
Ranger Archival Ink: Potting Soil, Rose Madder
Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap 

I hope you have gotten a little inspiration along the way! 

Suzz

Tall Flowers Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hi there, it's Heather Telford from snowy Canada looking forward to the day when flowers are seen around here once more. We have loads of snow so I enjoyed the contrast of stamping spring flowers. These new flowers stamps are great to work with especially as they have nice long bendable stems; you can make one stamp bend this way or that to fill your stamped vase or garden!



Instructions: 
1. In a stamp positioner, place tall daisy stamp from 'Tall Flowers' set on cold pressed watercolour paper panel
2. Ink stem with peeled paint distress ink and flower head with fossilized amber ink then stamp
3. Using markers ink petals of the stamp with spiced marmalade marker, spritz stamp and stamp over initial print
4. Ink petal partially with rusty hinge distress marker close to flower centre, ink centre with ground espresso marker. Spritz with water and stamp.
5. Blend stem, petals and flower centre with fine tip paintbrush and water.
6. When dry restamp flower centre in ground espresso ink.
7. Repeat two more times to add flowers to panel using a stamped and hand cut mask to overlap flowers.
8. Using the mask again to protect stamping add background foliage using a stamp from 'Nature Walk' set inked with weathered wood and tea dye distress ink.
9. Splatter with tea dye ink.
10. Stamp sentiment in brown Stazon ink on vellum strip then wrap around panel before attaching to kraft card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress inks: Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, Tea Dye
Distress markers: Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, Forest Moss
Cold pressed watercolour paper
Brown stazon ink
Vellum
Kraft cardstock


Instructions: 
1. Ink delicate flower stamp from 'Nature Walk' set with stormy sky and iced spruce distress inks, spritz stamp with water then stamp several times across cold pressed watercolour paper panel before re-inking and repeating.
2. Use stamp positioner to stamp tall daisy stamp from 'Tall Flowers' set over background foliage. Ink petals first with wilted violet distress ink and stem with forest moss distress ink, spritz stamp then stamp. 
3. Clean stamp and partially re-ink with blueprint sketch distress ink, spritz with water then stamp again. Because the ink is diluted with water the two colours will blend and fill the outline petals. If desired blend more with a paintbrush.
4. Repeat to add more daisies across panel bending the stem to change the orientation of the flower heads.
5. Stamp sentiment in black Stazon ink on vellum strip then wrap around panel before attaching to card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress inks: Stormy Sky, Iced Spruce, Wilted Violet, Bluepring Sketch, Forest Moss
Cold pressed watercolour paper
Vellum
Black stazon ink


Instructions: 
1. Trace a circle in pencil on hot pressed watercolour panel.
2. Sponge fossilized amber distress ink around circle then erase pencil line.
3. Using sponging as a guide, stamp small flower heads from 'Tall Flowers' set round the circle in carved pumpkin ink, holding stamp so only flower(not stem) is inked and stamped.
4. Repeat process with small leaves and ferns from 'Leaves' set in fossilized amber, peeled paint, forest moss and tea dye distress inks.
5. Splatter forest moss ink over wreath.
6. Mat panel in orange cardstock, attach to kraft card base and add a raffia bow.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Leaves Stamp Set
Distress inks: Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Carved Pumpkin, Forest Moss, Tea Dye
hot pressed watercolour paper
kraft cardstock, orange cardstock
raffia

The Tall Flowers stamp set is fun to use, I hope you’ll enjoy using it as much as I do! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Heather

Paris Filmstrip Projects

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 17, 2019

Hello stampers, it’s Robyn Wood with you today sharing some projects using the new Paris Filmstrip stamp. It is wonderful to see Filmstrip images return to the Darkroom Door product range, the card strips were always among my favourites and I love seeing them in stamps. Let me show you some ideas for using the Paris Filmstrip:



The Paris Filmstrip makes for a striking card if stamped simply in black and left uncoloured.

Instructions:
1. Stamp Paris Filmstrip onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely around the whole stamp, leaving images intact.
2. Stamp a panel of red cardstock all over with the French script from the Tour Eiffel stamp set using black Archival ink.
3. Add a line of faux stitching around the edge of the red panel using a fine, black pen.
4.  Layer the right side of the panel with a small doyley and tie with ribbon.
5. Attach Paris Filmstrip image over the doyley/ribbon – arrange at slight angle. Trim off the parts of the image which overhang the red card. Attach to white card base.
6. Stamp Je t’aime from the same set onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely and layer with red card. Attach to card using foam tape and embellish with small, white pearls.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Paris Filmstrip Stamp
Darkroom Door Tour Eiffel Stamp Set
Archival ink: Jet Black


Don’t forget that the Paris Filmstrip images are awesome to use on their own, trimmed of the filmstrip framing and this card is one idea for you to try.

Instructions:
1. Stamp a panel of kraft cardstock randomly with the French Texture stamp using Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Sponge edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. 
2. Stamp Paris Filmstrip onto white card using black Archival ink and cut images apart. 
3. Give stamped images some colour by sponging with Distress Inks and layer with black cardstock.
4. Colour a small piece of cheesecloth using Distress Inks then attach to bottom section of kraft panel.
5. Add a strip of torn black cardstock over the cheesecloth then arrange layered images in a group. Tie a length of black ribbon across the kraft panel so it sits just over the bottoms of the images. Attach panel to black card base.
6. Stamp Happy Birthday greeting onto white card using black Archival ink and trim closely. Layer with black cardstock and add to cardfront to finish.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Paris Filmstrip Stamp
Darkroom Door Tour Eiffel Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain


Decorated tags make great embellishments for journal pages & handy to add to a travel diary. The Paris Filmstrip image easily cuts apart giving you little postcard type images that hit the high points of a visit to Paris.

Instructions:
1. Add some colour to a manilla tag using Distress Oxide inks.  Start by smooshing some inks onto a non-stick craft mat, spritz with a little water and drag the tag through the ink until you are happy with the effect. 
2. Stencil parts of the tag using the Diamonds stencil and white gesso.
3. Stamp the tag with the Paris definition and lights from the Tour Eiffel stamp set using black Archival ink.
4. Stamp the small Eiffel Tower and street sign from the same set onto cardstock using black Archival ink. 
5. Stamp Paris Filmstrip onto white card using black Archival ink and cut images apart.
6. Give stamped images some colour by sponging with Distress Inks. Distress edges lightly and sponge with brown Distress ink.
7. Layered stamped images onto tag, set the Filmstrips images at slight angles for interest.
8. Add a round paperclip over the Paris definition. Add some ribbon to the top of the tag and attach street sign using a Tim Holtz Trinket Pin.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Paris Filmstrip Stamp
Darkroom Door Tour Eiffel Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Large Stencil: Diamonds
Dina Wakley Gesso - white
Distress Oxide ink: Frayed Burlap, Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Old Paper, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass

I hope you have enjoyed learning how these projects came together!

Until next time, 
Robyn