Knitting Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 28, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Knitting Background Stamp!



This stamp is a fabulous companion to the Hand Knitted Stamp Set but can also be used on it’s own using lots of different techniques. Let’s take a look at a some ideas: 


Here’s a fabulous idea from Godelieve showing how you can stamp the Knitting Background with Watering Can Archival ink and colour the image with Distress Markers to create images and patterns! For this first card Godelieve has created a Christmas Tree set.  


Here is another variation using the same method as the first card. To read more details on how they were created, please visit Godelieve’s blog here.  



This is another card where Godelieve has coloured the image with Distress Markers, this time using warm tones to create a warm looking knitted jumper! It is such an effective technique!! See more about this card here



For this card, Godelieve has created a pattern like you would see on a knitted jumper, using only black and white. You can read more about this card here.  



Anneke has created a colourful patchwork by stamping the Knitting Background Stamp in different coloured inks, then punching them out with a square punch and adhering them onto a card front. What a great way to create a colourful background! Read more about this card on Anneke’s blog here.  



This is a beautiful card to show how you can create a tone on tone stamping effect using similar ink colours to your background. Anneke first started with a painted background and stamped over the top with a slightly darker ink. It creates a subtle background pattern! Read more here



If you’d to make some crafty themed Christmas cards, here’s a fabulous idea from Anneke! The Knitting Background was stamped in Carnation Red Archival Ink and the sentiment from the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set

was stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink over the top. A tree was created using red fluffy twine which adds lots of texture! To read more about how this card was made, visit Anneke’s blog here.  



Connie has created a fun set of knitted mittens using the Knitting Background Stamp! How fun are these!!  


For this card, Connie has created a camp-themed background using Distress Oxide Inks, then stamped the Knitting Background over the top. Connie has also created little balls of wool by stamping the ball of wool stamp and wrapping matching real wool around the stamped image. A clever way to add more texture to your card! To read more about Connie’s projects, please visit her blog here.  


Here’s another card where the background was created with Distress Oxide Inks and the Knitting Background was stamped over the top, this time with Watering Can Archival Ink. This card by Godelieve also uses a sentiment from the Hand Knitted Stamp Set and a Tim Holtz Paperdoll. You can read all the step by step instructions on Godelieve's blog here

As you can see, there are so many ways the Knitting Background can be used! If you’d like to see more projects using Background Stamps, check out the Pinterest Board!  


You can find our complete collection of Background Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Honeycomb Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Honeycomb Background Stamp!



This stamp works really well with the Buzzing Bees Stamp Set but can also be used with flowers and many other projects! Let’s take a look at a few card ideas: 


Belinda has created a beautiful embossing resist background by stamping the Honeycomb in embossing ink and using clear embossing powder to emboss it before spraying Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Inks over the top! Belinda then used the Buzzing Bees, Bottles and Fine Flowers Stamp Sets to decorate the card. 


Here is another variation using the same method as the first card. To read more details on how they were created, please visit Belinda’s blog here.  



Connie has created some beautiful floral cards using the Honeycomb Background with the Beautiful Blooms Stamp Set and the Fine Flowers Stamp Set. For this card, Connie stamped the Honeycomb in white on black cardstock. 


For this card, Connie stamped the Honeycomb over a background created with Distress Oxide Sprays. You can read more about Connie’s cards here.  


For this card, Rachel stamped the Honeycomb Background in Buttercup Archival Ink and sprayed over the top lightly with Pure Sunshine Dylusions Ink Spray and Shimmer Spray. Then embellished the card with stamps from the Buzzing Bees Stamp Set


Godelieve has created a wonderful card using the Honeycomb as a random pattern in the background and leaving a space open in the middle for the Take Flight Small Stamp

sentiment. Read more about Godelieve’s card here.  



For this card, Godelieve clear embossed the Honeycomb Background onto white cardstock then sprayed Pure Sunshine Dylusions Shimmer Spray over the top. It produces a beautiful shimmery effect and looks really pretty in the light! Godelieve then used stamps from Beautiful Blooms, Sweet Treats Vol 1 Stamp Sets and the Mini Mason Jar Eclectic Stamp


Suzz has been having a lot of fun creating little pieces of honeycomb with beeswax and adding them onto her cards to replicate real honeycomb! 


You can see how organic and textural it is having a little slice of beeswax on the card. Suzz has used stamps from the Buzzing Bees Stamp Set too. 


For this card Suzz created a sheet of vintage beeswax using the Honeycomb Background. It really is a fabulous effect! 


Here’s a look at the pieces of beeswax Suzz created for her cards. You can read all the step by step instructions on her blog here.  


As you can see, there are so many ways the Honeycomb Background can be used! If you’d like to see more projects using Background Stamps, check out the Pinterest Board!  


You can find our complete collection of Background Stamps on our website here


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Starry Night Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Starry Night Background Stamp!



This stamp is great for adding an overall star pattern to your backgrounds and can be used for a variety of occasions such as Christmas, Birthdays, Baby cards and more. It is also great for use in art journals, scrapbooks or pressed into clay and texture pastes. Let’s take a look at a few card ideas: 


For this card, Connie has embossed the Starry Night Background with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder to give it a glittery metallic shine! Connie also used the Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Stamp Set to stamp the tree and sentiment. 


Here is a another Christmas card idea, using the Starry Night Background as a subtle background this time by clear embossing the stamped image and then sponging inks over the top. Connie has also used the Bird Life and Season’s Greetings Stamp Sets. To read more about Connie’s cards, please visit her blog here.  

Next we have some colourful cards by Belinda:  


Belinda has used the Starry Night Background Stamp to create cards in a one-colour palette for different occasions. To create each background, Belinda placed the mask from the Star Stencil Set onto white cardstock and sponged ink over the top and stamped the Starry Night Background Stamp with the mask still in place. It’s a great way to use the stamp and stencil together! 

Here’s a look at the other cards Belinda has created in a similar way, just using different colours and stamps: 





It’s fun to see how different stamps can be combined together to make beautiful cards! To read about these cards and how Belinda created them, please visit her blog here.  


If you’d like to see more projects using this stamp and our other Background Stamps, check out the Pinterest Board!  


You can find our complete collection of Background Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 18, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp!



This looks like a bold stamp when shown in the packaging, but it can be used to create some soft and subtle effects too. It all depends on the ink and supplies you use! Which makes it a great stamp to have in your stash, as it can be used with watercolour, embossing powders and to create some fun cross hatch patterns. Let’s take a look at a few card and envelope ideas: 


First, here’s a look at how the Diagonal Stripes look when stamped and embossed. The stripes look amazing embossed in red embossing powder, making it great for Christmas cards! You could also emboss it on white card stock to make it look like a candy cane! The sentiment on this card is from the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set. 


Here is a another embossed background, this time using the Mint Chip Speckle Embossing Powder, which gives it a much more soft and subtle look, while still having texture from the embossing powder. The Birthday Sentiments Stamp was stamped in Viridian Archival ink, which matches perfectly with the Mint Embossing Powder! The small butterflies are from the Fine Butterflies Stamp Set


For an even softer look, try a watercolour technique. For this card, the Diagonal Stripes Background was inked up with Brown China and Dusty Concord Distress Markers, then spritz the stamp with water before stamping it onto mixed media card stock. It creates a watery look to the stripes which makes a beautiful background! Try this in different colour combinations! The other stamps used on this card are the Fine Flowers Stamp Set and Take Flight Small Stamp.


The Diagonal Stripes can also be used for mail art! Cut a piece of scrap card stock to use as a mask on your envelope so the stamp only stamps around the edges. Do this by measuring your envelope and cutting a piece of card stock that is about a centimetre smaller on all sides. Place this mask on the centre of the envelope so you can only see the edges showing. Ink up the stamp with red and blue markers and stamp onto the envelope. On this card, Rachel has misted the stamp with water before stamping to give it a watercolour look. 

If your envelope is larger than the stamp, you can use the same method as above, and stamp the left and top sides first, then repeat to do the bottom and right sides. Fill in any gaps with a water brush and ink or by masking and stamping additional times. 

Combine the Diagonal Stripes Background with the Merry Mail Stamp Set to create some fun Christmas envelopes! 


Another fun technique is to create a cross hatch background by stamping the Diagonal Stripes in two different directions with two different ink colours. The background for this card was created with Fossilized Amber and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks. The Great Friend Small Stamp was stamped with Archival Garden Patina, Sunflower and Fern Green inks which matched the background. 

As you can see, there are so many ways the Diagonal Stripes Background can be used! If you’d like to see more projects using Background Stamps, check out the Pinterest Board!  


You can find our complete collection of Background Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Watercoloured Yuletide Greetings

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Hi there! It’s Autumn Clark here today to share two Christmas cards using the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set and Spanish Tiles Background Stamp



These cards were inspired by meditative coloring. Using a variety of embossing powders and Distress Inks can yield numerous color combinations for your own card creations. 



Instructions:
1. Emboss the Spanish Tile Background Stamp in red and white embossing powder on two separate panels. 
2. Color the patterns with Fired Brick and Pine Needles Distress Inks using a water brush. Tip: Use the lighter color (red) first then work darker. 
3. Stamp sentiments from the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set into die cut panels in coordinating inks. 
4. Sponge die cut holly and berries with coordinating inks and layer as shown. 


These traditional colors put me in the festive spirit, but switching up the color palette and embellishments will help you customize your creations. I’m sure you will find coloring your Spanish Tile Background Stamp therapeutic and the result will be beautiful!


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Spanish Tiles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Embossing Powder: White & Red
Distress Inks: Fired Brisk, Pine Needles

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Autumn Clark

Pinstripe Background Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 03, 2018

Hi there, it’s Rachel Greig here today to share some ideas using the Pinstripe Background Stamp. This is a very delicate stamp design that can be used in a number of different ways. Here’s a few ideas: 


For this card I wanted a hint of sparkle and glitter, so I stamped the Pinstripe Background Stamp with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. It just gives a nice hint of glitter without being too dominant for the card. The sentiment is from the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set, stamped onto Kraft card stock with Vermillion Archival Ink. A couple of grunge board stars covered in Brilliance Gold ink finish it off! 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Pinstripe Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Distress Embossing Ink 
Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder 
Archival Ink: Vermillion 
Kraft & Red Cardstock
Brilliance Gold Ink Pad 

Another way to use the Pinstripe Background is for journaling: 


I’ve stamped the Pinstripe Background onto the right hand side page using Archival Jet Black ink to use as journaling lines to write onto. Makes it so easy to journal! The size of the lines are the same as the lines you’ll find in composition notebooks. So now you can create your own notebooks and journaling spaces in your journals! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Pinstripe Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterfly Script Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Botanical Script Stamp Set

Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Distress Markers 
Distress Crayons 
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo 

This next card shows how you can create a rainbow background using an embossing resist technique: 



You can read the full instructions for this card here https://www.darkroomdoor.com/blog/4-ways-with-quote-stamps. I’ve also  filmed a video to show you how it can be created using the Pinstripe Background Stamp. Watch here: 


The Pinstripe Background is one of those staple backgrounds that is useful for so many projects, I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Rachel

Spanish Tiles Background Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 09, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke de Clerck here. Today I have a few cards to share that I’ve made with the new Spanish Tiles Background Stamp.  Because Christmas is around the corner I decided to create Christmas cards. I’m always challenging myself to get the most out of my stamps. In my opinion many of the Darkroom Door Background Stamps look great on Christmas Cards and the new Spanish Tiles Background Stamp is no exception.



Instructions:
1. Cut 3 panels, size 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6”) out of Distress Specialty Stamping Paper. Stamp the Spanish Tiles Background Stamp on the panels using Chrome Yellow on the first one, Rose Madder on the second one and Ballet Slippers on the third one.  In order to end up with crisp prints I would recommend using your MISTI or other stamping platform.
2. Stamp 9 trees on scraps of white paper with one of the large trees from the Christmas Trees stamp set. 
I worked with the following inkpads/color combinations:

On the Chrome Yellow background: Archival Ink Cobalt, Chrome Yellow and Tea Rose


On the Rose Madder background: Archival Ink Rose Madder, Tiger Lily and Tea Rose 


On the Ballet Slippers background: Lawn Fawn Ink Ballet Slippers, Archival Ink Tiger Lily and Cornflower Blue

3. Fussy cut out each tree. Attach a strip of white paper at the bottom of each tree to create tree trunks.
4. Stamp a wish from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set on top of three of the trees using Archival Ink Jet Black.
5. Adhere the trees to the stamped backgrounds as shown, use 3D tape except for the tree in the middle.
6. Attach the panels to white top fold cards.


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Spanish Tiles Background Stamp on a card panel using Archival Ink Viridian. 
2. Stamp a Christmas wish from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set on top of the background using Versamark ink. Sprinkle WOW embossing powder Fuchsia Fusion on top. Tab off the excess powder and heat set with a heat tool. 
3. Apply Versamark ink to the edges of the card by tabbing directly with the inkpad to the edges. Heat emboss the edges the same way as described for the text
4. Finish the card off by adhering a few sequins and an embellishment.
5. Attach the panel to a white card.


Instructions:
1. Mask off the bottom of the card with a torn strip of masking paper.
2. Stamp a reindeer from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set using Versamark ink. Heat emboss the print with WOW embossing powder Opaque Bright White. 
3. Color the background with Distress Oxide Ink Worn Lipstick using a blending tool. Overstamp with the Spanish Tiles Background Stamp using Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon. Carefully wipe away the ink on the reindeer.
4. Remove the mask at the bottom and stamp a wish from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set with Archival Ink Jet Black directly on the card.
5. Stamp an inchie from the Christmas Inchies stamp set on a scrap of white paper with Archival Ink Jet Black.  Cut out and glue in place.
6. Attach the panel to a white top fold card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Spanish Tiles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Rose Madder, Tea Rose, Chrome Yellow, Cobalt, Cornflower Blue, Tiger Lily, Viridian
Lawn Fawn Inkpad: Ballet Slippers
Versamark Embossing Ink
Distress Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon
WOW embossing powders: Opaque Bright White, Fuchsia Fusion Regular WH11R
Ranger Distress Specialty Stamping Paper

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Inky Script Background Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here. Today I have 3 cards to share that I’ve made with the new Inky Script Background Stamp. I’m a big fan of the Darkroom Door Background Stamps. I’m using them on a regular base on my cards and other projects. This new Inky Script Background Stamp is a great addition to the collection! 


Instructions:
1. Ink up the big solid flower from the Full Bloom Vol 2 stamp with Distress Ink Twisted Citron. Spray water on top and make several prints on a watercolor panel.
2. Stamp the Inky Script Background Stamp on top using Archival Ink Jet Black.
3. Color the panel by spraying randomly with Dylusions Ink Spray Fresh Lime and Vibrant Turquoise.  Wipe off excess ink with a paper towel. Keep in mind to leave some white space at the edges.
4. Put the small Circles Stencil on top of the panel and spray water on top. The water will react with the ink. Blot off with a paper towel before removing the stencil.


5. Stamp a leaf from the Tropical Leaves stamp set on a scrap of white paper using Dylusions Paint Fresh Lime, Cut Grass and Vibrant Turquoise.
Cut out and adhere to the card using 3D tape. Attach a piece of white cord to the leaf.
6. Stamp a Birthday Wish from the Happy Birthday stamp set using white paint. Make splashes with white paint.
7. Attach the panel to a white top fold card.


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Inky Script Background Stamp on a watercolor card panel using Archival Ink Jet Black. 
2. Color the panel by spraying randomly with Dylusions Ink Spray Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue and Cut Grass. Wipe off excess ink with a paper towel. 
3. Cut a small strip of white paper and attach as shown. Stamp a wish from the Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamps on top using Archival Ink Jet Black.
4. Stamp the flower collage from the Art De Fleur Vol 2 stamp set on watercolor paper using Archival Ink Jet Black. Color the flower with Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron using a water brush. Cut out and adhere to the card using 3D tape.
5. Attach the panel to a top fold card. 


6. To finish the card off set a blue eyelet using the We R Memory


Instructions:
1. To create this one layer card ink up the big solid flower from the Full Bloom Vol 2 stamp with Distress Ink Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon. Spray water on top and make a print on a watercolor card panel. Use the MISTI and repeat adding layers until you’re happy with the result. Stamp 3 flowers on the panel. 
2. Make 3 masks for the flowers by stamping on masking paper and cutting the prints out. Put the masks on top of the green flowers
3. Overstamp with the Inky Script Background Stamp using Archival Ink Watering Can. Remove the masks.
4. Attach the panel to a white top fold card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door: Inky Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door: Tropical Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door: Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door: Art De Fleur Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door: Full Bloom Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door: Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamps
Darkroom Door: Small Stencil-Circles
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon
Dylusions Ink Spray: Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise, Cut Grass, London Blue
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise, Cut Grass
Ranger Watercolor Paper

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Adventure Awaits Layout and Card

Darkroom Door - Sunday, November 04, 2018

Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share a layout and a card created using the awesome new Arrows Background Stamp. I have used this versatile stamp in two ways; as a base to anchor my photo and embellishments on my layout and card and also to create matching arrow embellishments.



INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 8½” x 11¾”. Cut a piece of white cardstock measuring 8¼” x 11½” and stick down on the black cardstock piece.

2. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Arrows Background Stamp and apply to the layout.

3. Use the same ink with the ‘Find Your Way’ quote from the Discover Stamp Set and stamp repeatedly on the background letting the ink fade out as you stamp. Use a black paint pen or diluted black gesso to apply some splats over the background. 

4. On an extra piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the Arrows Background Stamp again along with the Filmstrip Border Stamp, negative strips from the Photography Stamp Set, the Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp and the layout title. Fussy cut all images and tear the edges of the Filmstrip Border. Add all elements to the layout.


Here’s a card made in a similar way: 


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 15cm x 22 cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10.5cm x 14.5cm. Apply the Arrows Background Stamp using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the black cardstock base.

3. On an extra piece of smooth white cardstock, use the Jet Black ink to stamp the Arrows Background Stamp again as well as the Compass Eclectic Stamp, the Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp, images from the Discover Stamp Set and the title. 

4. Fussy cut all images and add to the card front.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arrows Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Adventure Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Compass Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Discover Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink Black Soot

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Cheers

Belinda

Vintage VW Arrow Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 02, 2018

Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share a couple of vintage VW cards created using the awesome new Arrows Background Stamp. I love the pop of colour against the black and white background of the arrows. 



INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 15 x 22cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10.5 x 14.5cm. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, apply the Arrows Background to this piece. Dry the ink with a heat gun and then colour some of the arrow parts using a neon yellow coloured pencil. Stick this piece down on the card base.

3. Apply a couple of paint splats from the Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set with Neon Yellow Ink on the right hand side of the background. On a separate piece of white cardstock, apply a stamp from the Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set with the Neon Yellow Ink. Dry with a heat gun and then fussy cut. Stick down at the bottom of the card front. 

4. On an extra piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the VW Beetle Photo Stamp twice using the Jet Black ink. Dry with a heat gun before applying Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink using a blending tool to one of the Beetles. Fussy cut the inked Beetle as well as the lights and bumper from the extra Beetle. Glue the lights and bumper onto the inked Beetle and add to the card using 3D foam.

5. Stamp the sentiment as well as some stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set on the extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Dry with a heat gun before fussy cutting each element. Add all elements to the card front using 3D foam under the sentiment.


Here’s another card I created in the same manner but featuring the VW Kombi.



Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arrows Background Stamp
Darkroom Door VW Beetle Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Kombi Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Viridian
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Cracked Pistachio
Hero Arts Neon Ink Pad Neon Yellow
Typo Neon and Watercolour Colour Pencils

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Cheers

Belinda