Sitting Cat and Sitting Dog Tags

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hi there! Rachel Greig here again today with two tags using the Sitting Cat and Sitting Dog Eclectic Stamps! 


Instructions: 
1. Swipe two or three colours of Distress Oxide ink pads onto a non-stick craft sheet and spritz lightly with water. Drag the tags through the ink until the tag is covered. Allow to dry. 
2. Add a strip of wash tape to the bottom of the tag, then adhere a couple of torn strips of old book text. 
3. Stamp the Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamp on top of the tape using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
4. Die cut some green yardstick using Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and adhere to top and bottom of tag. 
5. Randomly sew lines around the border of the tag, using a straight stitch and zig zag stitch. 
6. Adhere a quote from Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers, substituting the 'perfect' word with a stamped 'purrfect' using the Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set. Draw a line around the words with a watercolour black pencil and wet with an aquas brush to create watery black lines to outline. 

Here is a similar tag using the Sitting Dog Eclectic stamp, created in the same way: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Sitting Dog Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Distress Heavyweight Tags
Book Text
Washi Tape
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies
Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Dandelions Eclectic Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hi, it’s Rachel Greig here today with three cards using the Dandelions Eclectic Stamp


Instructions: 
1. Create a background using Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks. Flick the background with water to make droplets and pat dry. 
2. Stamp the Dandelions onto the background using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
3. Adhere to a folded black card using foam adhesive.
4. Wrap sheer blue ribbon around the bottom and tie in a bow at the front to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Dandelions Eclectic Stamp
Distress Inks: Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon
Mister Bottle
Ribbon


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Abstract Triangles Background Stamp onto a folded kraft card using Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink pad. 
2. Tear a piece of book text paper that has been coloured with inks and adhere to the front of the card. 
3. Ink up the Dandelions Eclectic Stamp with Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters Distress Stains and stamp onto watercolour paper. Distress the edges of the paper with a paper distresser. Adhere to the card with foam adhesive. 
4. Stamp the sentiment from All Occasions Rubber Stamp set onto white card stock using Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink pad. Trim each word out individually and distress the edges with a paper distresser. Adhere to card with foam adhesive. 
5. Wrap pink sheer ribbon around the bottom of the card and tie in a bow at the front to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Dandelions Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door All Occasions Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Abstract Triangles Background Stamp
Distress Oxide Ink Pad: Cracked Pistachio 
Distress Stains: Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters

Watercolour paper



Instructions: 
1. Swipe Lemon Zest and Pure Sunshine Dylusions Paints across white card stock with a paint scraper. Allow to dry. 
2. Stamp the Dandelions Eclectic Stamp across the painted background using Archival Jet Black ink pad to create a continuous row of dandelions. 
3. Adhere stamped panel to black card stock and then onto a folded white card. 
4. Stamp the sentiment from Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp set in the bottom right corner using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
5. Splatter Lemon Zest paint across the card using a Splatter Brush. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Dandelions Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Dylusions Paint: Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
Splatter Brush

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Paint Drips Eclectic Stamp Projects

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 14, 2017

Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today sharing some ideas using the Paint Drips Eclectic Stamp! This stamp is so fun to use, especially as it can create a lot of different effects depending on what inks or paint you use. It’s also very versatile as it doesn’t always need to be drips, as you’ll see in my last card! 


Instructions: 

1.Stamp the Paint Drips Eclectic Stamp onto kraft card stock using Broken China Distress Oxide ink pad. The Distress Oxide ink reacts a little with kraft cardstock, giving a really cool milky effect. 

2. Stamp Create Art sentiment from the Artist stamp set underneath using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 

3. Mount stamped panel onto black card stock and then onto a folded light blue card. 

4. Colour some old book text with a variety of Distress Oxide ink pads and tear to create two pieces to adhere to the card with gel medium. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Paint Drips Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Artist Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Ink Pad: Broken China
Archival Ink pad: Jet Black
Book text

The Paint Splats stamp also works really well to create long borders for art journals or scrapbook pages. You can stamp it along the top to create normal downward drips, however here I have stamped from the side just for something different. 


Instructions: 

1. Create a background in your art journal with paints and ink sprays. I’ve also used some stencils to create patterns. 

2. Make some marks with black and white paint pens - the more random you are the better! Just experiment and have fun, that’s the beauty of art journals. 

3. Stamp the Paint Drips down the side of the page using Archival Jet Black ink pad. This is an oil based ink pad and will dry over paint and ink sprays. 

4. Now your page is ready to add your journaling or other images and words. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Paint Drips Eclectic Stamp
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Calypso Teal, Bubblegum Pink
Dylusions Ink Spray: Calypso Teal, Bubblegum Pink
Stencils
Sharpie Paint Pen

This next card is a play on words, inspired by the funny short film Lava that you can watch here. (I love this film!) The Paint Drips also reminded me of a lava lamp, so I had fun making this card!


Instructions: 

1. Ink up the Paint Drips stamp using yellow and orange Distress Ink colours. Mist very lightly with water and stamp onto white cardstock. Repeat twice to cover the length of the card stock. 

2. Stamp the little heart from All Occasions Stamp Set a few times above some of the lava so it looks like little lava hearts are floating above. 

3. Stamp the sentiment using letters from Alphabet Medley Stamp Set with Archival Jet Black ink pad. 

4. Adhere stamped panel to a folded white card with foam adhesive to complete. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Paint Drips Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door All Occasions Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Archival Ink: Jet Black 

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

Bare Tree Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 10, 2017

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing two cards using the Bare Tree Eclectic Stamp



Instructions: 
1. Tear a piece of card stock that is a little wider than your white card stock. Punch a 1" circle from scrap card stock and temporarily adhere to the top right of your white card stock. 
2. Place the torn strip of card along the bottom of the white card stock and lightly sponge Broken China and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink along the torn edge. 
3. Move the torn card stock a little higher and sponge again, this time going over the entire piece of white card, including over the punched circle. Sponge a little darker around the edges to give the colour more depth. 
4. Take off the torn card stock and peel off the punched circle to reveal the moon. 
5. Place the torn card stock back onto the lower line where you sponged before and stamp the Bare Tree using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Stamp a sentiment from the Orchids Stamp set next to the tree. Use a white paint pen to light draw some snow onto the branches of the tree. 
6. Using an aquas brush, pick up a small amount of Iced Spruce Distress ink and light create a shadow of the tree in the foreground. 
7. Spritz some water into your hands and flick onto the background, allow to sit for a minute and then pat dry. 
8. Mount the stamped panel onto black card stock then onto a white card to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Bare Tree Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Orchids Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Broken China, Seedless Preserves
Archival Ink: Jet Black
1" Circle Punch
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam

Uni-Ball Signo white pen

Now for a warm sunset scene: 



Instructions: 
1. Create a sunset by sponging Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks onto white card stock, starting from lightest to darkest to create the graduation in colour. 
2. Using a torn piece of scrap card stock, lightly sponge Rusty Hinge Distress ink along the bottom to create a mountain line. 
3. Stamp the Bare Tree Eclectic Stamp, birds from African Trees stamp set and the quote from Wilderness Vol 2 stamp set onto the background using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
4. Mount the stamped panel onto black card stock then onto a white card to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Bare Tree Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door African Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wilderness Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Rusty Hinge
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam


Thanks for stopping by today! 

Mini Mason Jar Tag

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 07, 2017

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here with you today sharing a tag using the new Mini Mason Jar Eclectic Stamp! This is such a cute stamp, as it's a smaller version of the popular Mason Jar Frame Stamp, which means you could also use them together to create a collection of jars in your projects. 

The Mini Mason Jar is a great size to use on tags:


Instructions:
1. First I created the background on the tag using Distress Oxide inks by swiping them onto a non-stick craft sheet and spritzing with water, then running the tag through the ink. Repeat until you have the tag covered in a delicious layer of colour! Allow to dry. Do the same on a smaller piece of card for the quote. 
2. Adhere a green die cut piece to the bottom of the tag. 
2. Stamp the Mini Mason Jar and two flowers from the Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamp set onto smooth watercolour paper using Archival Jet Black ink and trim around each image. Colour the flowers with Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks by picking up some of the ink from the craft sheet and colouring with an aquas brush. Do the same with Broken China ink to create water in the jar. 
3. Wrap some thin twine or embroidery floss around the top of the jar and tie at the front. Adhere the jar to the tag with foam adhesive. 
4. Cut the stems of the flowers and adhere the bottoms to the jar and the tops underneath the top of the jar so it looks like they are sticking out from the top. Adhere to tag with foam adhesive. 
5. Stamp a quote from the Viva la Flora Vol 2 stamp set onto the small background piece of card using Archival Jet Black ink. Use a paper distresser to distress all sides before adhering to the tag.
6. Colour some crinkle ribbon using Worn Lipstick Distress Stain and allow to dry before tying to the tag to complete! 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Mini Mason Jar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Viva La Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Broken China
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Distress Stain: Worn Lipstick
Distress Heavyweight Tag
Paper Distresser
Non-stick craft sheet
Aquash Brush
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Watercolour Wildflowers Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Hi, I'm Heather Telford and I am so happy to be sharing another project on the Darkroom Door blog today.  


 
I used two sets to put this card together; floral images from Wildflowers Vol 2 stamp set and vintage details from Correspondence. I began by taping down a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper so it wouldn't warp too much once wet. Then I spritzed water over it and inked a flower stamp from Wildflowers Vol 2 in spiced marmalade, scattered straw and peeled paint distress stains. I stamped it on the wet watercolour paper then spritzed the paper some more so the colour spread and bled all over the panel. Once it had dried somewhat but was still a bit damp I inked the floral stamp with three flower heads in spiced marmalade and peeled paint. I stamped onto the damp paper and let it dry completely. The result was a soft watery background image. 
 
I un-taped the panel and placed it in a stamp positioner to do the next flowers. I picked the stamp with a single bloom and stamped first the flower head in spiced marmalade, then the base of the petals in rusty hinge and finally the stem and leaves in peeled paint stain. Using the stamp positioner gave me the chance to stamp one colour into the next rather than mix them on the stamp. I bent the head of the same flower stamp then repeated the process again. Once the flowers dried I partially inked the letter, postmark and 'from the desk' stamps from the Correspondence set in vintage photo and added them over the floral stamping. To add to the aged look I splattered some water, vintage photo stain and some gold wink of luna ink over the panel. To assemble the card I wrapped the panel with linen thread, matted it in brown cardstock and attached to a natural card base. 

 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp set
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp set
Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Vintage photo
Linen thread
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Brown cardstock
Gold wink of luna pen
 

I used a similar technique to create this scene with cattails. I began by adding stain to a wet piece of watercolour paper, this time scattered straw, spiced marmalade, peeled paint and broken china. I spritzed water over the panel so the colours would soften and fill the background. While the panel was damp but not soaking wet I inked the cattails stamp in vintage photo and peeled paint stain and stamped them a couple of times. The images bled into the damp paper to create the look of movement. Once the panel was dry I stamped again over the top in the same two colours. 
 
To finish the card I wrapped linen thread around the card base and attach the watercolour panel over the top.
 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp set
Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Vintage photo, Broken China
Linen thread
Hot pressed watercolour paper

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

New Eclectic Stamps

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 01, 2017
We'd like to introduce 12 NEW Eclectic Stamps! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist


Here are a few cards to show you how they can be used: 




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Coffee Lovers Cards & Giveaway

Darkroom Door - Saturday, March 25, 2017

 
Hello and happy spring (or autumn for those in the Southern Hemisphere!) all of you coffee loving cardmakers! Autumn with you today to share some inspiration with my favorite coffee stamp set, Coffee Time. As a bonus, anyone who comments on this post will be entered into a random draw to win this stamp set.  *** Giveaway now closed. Winners have been announced at the end of this blog post ***


 
Like everyone else, I have been busy creating backgrounds with the new Distress Oxide ink pads.  Here I first created an inky background with water and regular Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then dipped the panel in watered Walnut Stain Distress Oxide.  Finally, I stamped the Polka Dots texture stamp in Faded Jeans Distress Oxide over the partially wet panel and spritzed it with water, more in some areas to create seepage.  
 
 
I stamped the coffee stains with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide, spritzing the inked stamp before stamping. I gave the background flecks of water for more interest.
 
 
I stamped the coffee mug onto scrap inky paper in Sepia Archival ink.  I used a fine black pen to create some artistic interest and a white Galaxy marker to make the reflection in the coffee.  I cut the rubber apart for the word stamp "take time to smell the coffee".  Because the stamps are cling mounted, they easily fit back together to reform the phrase.  I stamped coffee repeatedly across the background and added a strip of tissue tape.
 
 
To finish I stamped a flower from the Fine Flowers Vol. 2 stamp set with Jet Black Archival ink and then watercolored it.  I used the Galaxy marker to add white to the petals. I fussy cut the flower and used foam tape to mount over the coffee cup.

 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Coffee Time Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Texture Stamp
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo 
Distress Oxide Ink: Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
White Galaxy Marker
Tissue Tape
Foam Tape
Watercolour Card
 
 
For my next card, I centered my design around the takeout cup and used a few die cuts to add dimension.
 
 
To create this background, I dipped my panel into water and regular Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then layered by dipping into puddled Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides. I inked my sentiment with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide, spritzing with water before stamping each time. When all of the stamping was done, I gave the panel a spritz of water to make sure the chalky look of the Oxides came through. I layered with a dyed ribbon and doily die cut.
 
 
I created a bundle with a handmade flower, a die cut label and vines with a bundle of string beneath.  

 
Here you can see the beautiful chalky background. I applied stickers over the label to for my focal sentiment.
 
 
I stamped the cup in Jet Black Archival ink onto scrap inky paper. I used the Galaxy marker to make the highlights on the cup lid. I finished the card off with splashes of watery gesso.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Coffee Time Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Distress Oxide Ink: Walnut Stain , Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio
Various Die Cuts
White Galaxy Marker
Sentiment Stickers
Twine
Foam Tape
Watercolour Card
 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to experiment with mixed media cardmaking. Remember to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the Coffee Time stamp set. The winner will be announced on April 2nd, 2017! 


WINNERS!! Congratulations to the following 3 commenters: 


jackie P neal: Omg- I absolutely love these stamps- coffee is my drink #CoffeeLove 
Autumn did a beautiful job creating both of these cards with this stamp set! The layering and just the right amount of color added to the stamps- perfect marriage! Bravo Autumn! 
Linda KAddicted to coffee so of course I not only love these gorgeous cards but also that fabulous stamp set! Thanks so much for a chance to win this set :)
SammibugOh wow this card is stunning! The background alone is gorgeous! Now I must have these Tim Holtz distress Oxides! Can't wait for them to arrive in stores, here! Thanks for sharing and for the wonderful inspiration! Thanks, also, for the chance to win this fabulous stamp set!
If this is your name and comment, please email your mailing address to: info@darkroomdoor.com and we will send a Coffee Time Stamp Set out to you :) 
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to leave a comment! 


Hummingbirds Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hi there! Rachel Greig here today with some cards using the Hummingbirds Stamp Set


Instructions: 
1. Ink up the Hummingbird stamp with Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. Spritz the stamp lightly with water and stamp onto smooth watercolour paper. 
2. Swipe the same inks onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up some of the ink with a wet paint brush. Flick the ink onto the card stock to create coloured droplets. 
3. Stamp the sentiment from the Hummingbirds stamp set with Archival Jet Black ink. 
4. Stamp the script stamp several times over white card stock using Walnut Stain Distress ink. Repeat without reinking to create lighter shades of stamping. 
5. Distress the edges of both stamped pieces with a Tonic Paper Distresser. Wrap embroidery floss around the bottom of the bird image and tie at the front. Adhere panels to a folded Kraft card to complete! 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Hummingbird onto specialty stamping paper using Stormy Sky Distress ink and allow to dry. Over stamp with Archival Jet Black Ink, slightly off the first stamping so you create a shadow for the bird. 
2. Stamp the script stamp around the edges of the card stock using Shaded Lilac and Stormy Sky Distress Inks. Sponge around the edges with Stormy Sky Distress Ink. 
3. Adhere to black card stock, then onto a folded blue card to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Hummingbirds Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Stormy Sky, Shaded Lilac, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Walnut Stain
Archival Inks: Jet Black
Tonic Paper Distresser
Watercolour Cardstock
Specialty Stamping Paper
Ink Blending Tool
Non-Stick Craft Sheet

Thanks for stopping by! 

Classic Cars Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 20, 2017
Hi there! Rachel Greig with you today to share two cards using the Classic Cars Rubber Stamp Set! This is such a fun set, and each car can be coloured in with any colour your choose using many different colouring mediums and pens! For these cards I have used Distress Markers to colour them up. 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the car onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Swipe Barn Door Distress Marker onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up the ink with a water brush to colour the car. 
2. Swipe Iced Spruce Distress Marker onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up the ink with a water brush to colour underneath the car. 
3. Sponge around the edges of the card stock with Iced Spruce Distress ink using an ink blending tool. 
4. Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad and sponge around the edges with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. 
5. Stamp the Damask and French Script Texture Stamp onto a large Black tag using Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Add some time through the hole and tie a knot. 
6. Cut a card from Tim Holtz Kraft Resist cardstock and adhere the black tag and stamped panels to the front to complete. 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the car onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Swipe Broken China Distress Marker onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up the ink with a water brush to colour the car.  
2. Sponge around the edges of the card stock with Iced Spruce Distress ink using an ink blending tool. 
3. Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad and sponge around the edges with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. 
4. Stamp the Damask and French Script Texture Stamp onto a black cardstock using Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Wrap twine around the bottom of the cardstock.  
5. Cut a card from Tim Holtz Kraft Resist cardstock and adhere the black cardstock and stamped panels to the front to complete. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Damask Texture Stamp
Archival Jet Black ink pad
Distress Markers: Barn Door, Iced Spruce, Broken China
Distress Ink Pad: Iced Spruce
Black Size 12 Tag
Tim Holtz Kraft Resist Cardstock

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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