New Release Spetember 2018

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!  


Watch Rachel share some ideas using the new Stamps Sets here! 





Our NEW Small Stencils are a great way to create sponged or inked background shapes for your projects! 



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Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston Blog Hop

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Hello! Welcome to the Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston Blog hop! 



We are so excited that you are joining us in what will be a very creative and inspirational blog hop! 20 artists have joined together to bring you projects using Darkroom Door stamps and Karen Burniston metal dies. Over the course of the hop, you will see so many different ways to combine these awesome products together. There'll be videos and step by step tutorials so you can create the projects yourself too!  
 

This is the first stop on the blog hop. At the bottom of this post you will see the entire list of participating artists. All of the posts are now live, so you can now hop from blog to blog to see all of the creative projects in your own time. Be sure to leave comments along the way, as you'll go in the draw to win a prize from either Darkroom Door or Karen Burniston! The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! 


If you ever lose your way along the hop or need to find which artist is next, please come back here to see the list of blogs and the direct links. 

So let's share our first project! This is a tag book by Rachel Greig


This project uses the #1023 Tag Book Pop Up die along with the Fine Butterflies and Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamp sets and Torn Text Background Stamp

The Tag Book Pop Up Die is such a fun die to use to create fun interactive cards! I thought it would be great to show you how to create it too, so you can watch the full step by step tutorial here in this video. 


  

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Fine Butterflies, Fine Flowers Vol 1, Orchids
Darkroom Door Background Stamp: Torn Text
Darkroom Door Stamping Blocks
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage, Spiced Marmalade
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black, Watering Can
Waterbrush 

I hope you have enjoyed this first project! 

Here is the list of participating artists in the hop: (click on their name to go to their blog post)

Darkroom Door / Rachel Greig <--- YOU ARE HERE





Frances Byrne



Shelly Hickox



Mary Prasad



Fran Sabad


Kelly Booth


 

Helen Cryer


 
And we can't have a blog hop without a GIVEAWAY!!!!! (now closed) 

Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away a prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29th, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter! 

***WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT***

Congratulations to: 

Ann Barnes commented on Darkroom Door Blog:
What a wonderful collaboration, the KB dies are a great way to showcase the amazing stamps. This tag book turned out awesome, I love the rich colors. 

Joy Meadows Commented on Autumn Clark's Blog:

Beautiful creations! Love the bird stamp set so much and the colors you used for them are just so pretty. the tag pop up is gorgeous, too.


Ann & Joy, please email info@darkroomdoor.com with your mailing address to claim your prize! 

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Your next stop on the blog hop is the Karen Burniston blog

Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back here to the Darkroom Door blog for a complete list to all the blogs in the hop!

Hope you enjoy the creative inspiration! Thanks so much for joining us!

Postmarks Background Stamp Cards Part 2

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 16, 2018

Hi, it’s Emilia Hsu here to share some more cards featuring Postmarks Background Stamp. If you missed my first post using this stamp, you can find it here.  

When making cards, I have a habit of taking step-by-step photos. Hope you find them helpful. 

Here is a simple card with blue houses from the Carved Houses stamp set:


 
Instructions:
1. Stamp Postmarks Background Stamp onto white cardstock using Archival Sky Blue inkpad. Sponge it around the edges with a blending tool.
2. Stamp some greetings from All Occasions in line using Archival Cobalt and Cornflower Blue inkpad.
3. Stamp Carved Houses onto the background by using the same blue inkpads. Each roof is cut apart from the house for easy inking. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door All Occasions Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Caravans Stamp Set
Archival Ink Pad: Sky Blue, Cobalt, Cornflower Blue

Here is a pink card with the very adorable caravan from the Carved Caravans Stamp Set:


Instructions:
1. Stamp Postmarks Background Stamp onto white cardstock using Archival Pink Peony inkpad. 
2. I found some postmarks stamps from other Darkroom Door sets and stamped them onto the background with Archival Rose Madder inkpad. Sponge the background around the edges with an blending tool.
3. Stamp the caravan from Carved Caravans and a stripe from Tribal Background Stamp on white stamping paper, cut out and adhere to the background. I separated Tribal Background Stamp into many stripes and put them in Storage Case so I could use one as a stand alone border stamp. 
4. Stamp some circles from Simply Circles and punch them out. Adhere them with foam onto the background


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Caravans Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tribal Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Stamp Set
Archival Ink Pad: Pink Peony, Rose Madder

Here is a greeting card with the New York Vol 1 stamp set: 


Instructions:
1. Stamp Postmarks Background Stamp onto white stamping paper using Archival Peat Moss inkpad. Stamp the hand written letter from Correspondence and the postmark from New York Vol 2 on the background. Sponge it around the edges with distress inkpad. 
2. Stamp the Statue of Liberty from New York Vol 1. stamp set. Cut it out and color it with distress ink and white pen. Adhere it onto the background with foam. 
3. Make “greetings from New York” wordings from these stamp sets.
4. Sponge the cardstock and stamp Postcards Texture Stamp randomly around the edges. Mount the background panel onto it. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Correspondence Stamp Set
Darkroom Door New York Vol 1 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door New York Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Postcards Texture Stamp
Archival Ink Pad: Peat Moss, Cobalt, Jet Black 

Here is a quote card with London bus


Instructions:
1. Sponge a white stamping paper with Distress Antique Linen. Fold up the Postmarks Background Stamp and use partial image as a stamp with various Distress inkpads 
2. Create a quote panel with Grid Background Stamp and Wander Quote Stamp. Tear the edges off and distress it a bit. Adhere it onto the background with foam
3. Stamp the street scene from London Vol 1. stamp set. Stamp a bus and cut it out. Adhere it onto the background with double-sided tape. 
4. Sponge the cardstock and stamp Scratches Texture Stamp randomly around the edges. Mount the background panel onto it.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wander Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door London Vol 1 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp
Distress Ink Pads

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

Emilia 

Postmarks Background Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 09, 2018

Hi, it’s Emilia Hsu here to share some cards featuring Postmarks Background Stamp. When making cards, I have a habit of taking step-by-step photos. Hope you find them helpful. 

Here is a card with a vintage airplane



Instructions:
1. Ink Postmarks Background Stamp randomly with Oxide Broken China and Frayed Burlap inkpad and stamp onto white stamping paper. 
2. Stamp the airplane from Vintage Planes and stamp the dialog bubbles from Robot Vol1. Cut them out and adhere foam on the back. 
3. Sponge the cardstock and stamp Scratches Texture Stamp randomly around the edges. Mount the background panel onto it. Stamp the sentence “spread your wings and fly” by using Archival Jet Black inkpad. 


Stamps used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Vintage Planes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Robot Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Oxide inks: Broken China, Frayed Burlap

Here is a card with a stack of suitcases from the Nomad Stamp Set: 


Instructions:
1. Firstly create your own postmark washi tape. Put the medical tape line by line on a backing paper from Cling Foam. Stamp Postmarks Background Stamp using Archival Acorn inkpad and heat set the tape with a heat gun. 
2. Tear up the tape and use them to cover the cardstock in different way. Stamp some postmarks with Archival Vermillion and sponge around the edges with distress inkpad 
3. Stamp the stack of suitcases from Nomad, cut it out and sponge it with a blending tool. Stamp and cut some wordings from Nomad. Mount these images with foam onto the cardstock. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Nomad Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Inks: Acorn, Vermillion 

Here is a card with the Classic Cars stamp set: 


Instructions:
1. Create the background by embossing Postmarks Background Stamp with white embossing powder and apply Oxide Aged Mahogny inkpad onto it. Wipe the ink off to reveal the white image. 
2. Stamp the car from Classic Cars. To color the car, create a masking and draw some hightlights with the white crayon. Sponge the car with Distress Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood inkpads. Cut it out and adhere it onto the background with foam.
3. Sponge the cardstock and stamp Chevron Texture Stamp randomly around the edges. Mount the background panel onto it and add some sentences from Classic Cars. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Chevron Texture Stamp
Archival Inks: Acorn, Vermillion 
Clear Embossing Powder
Distress Oxide Inks: Aged Mahogany
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood
White Crayon

Here is a card with the Bicycle Photo Stamp


Instructions:
1. Create the background by embossing Postmarks Background Stamp with gold embossing powder and apply Oxide Black Soot inkpad to cover it up. 
2. Stamp Bicycle Photo Stamp, sponge and distress the edges. Punch a stripe of vellum paper and adhere it to the bicycle panel. Mount the panel onto the background. 
3. Stamp Journey Word Block Stamp with Archival Potting Soil Inkpad and cut some words out. Adhere them below the bicycle panel. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Bicycle Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Journey Word Block Stamp
Gold Embossing Powder
Archival Inks: Jet Black, Potting Soil 

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

New Release Stamps and Stencils

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 09, 2017
We'd like to introduce 16 NEW Stamps & 12 New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist






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Snowflakes Cards and Ornament

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 31, 2016
Hi there, Suzz Czosek here today. I am sharing 3 different cards and an ornament that I have created using the Snowflakes Background Stamp! This stamp is so versatile and had me thinking of how I could bring winter to some of my favorite Darkroom Door stamp scenes. 

I'm in love with the new Wild Africa series and the Lion spoke to me. I created a card based on him in the winter.  I was very inspired by Aslan from Narnia in the C.S. Lewis series. 
 

 
Instructions: 
1. Stamp Reading sentiment from Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set onto white background using Jet Black Archival ink. 
2. Stamp the Snowflake Background over the stamped sentiment using Distress Embossing Ink. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. 
3. Sponge on Tumbled Glass Distress ink over Snowflakes and sentiment.  
4. Stamp Lion from Wild Africa Volume 2 Stamp Set in Jet Black Archival ink on tissue paper. 
5. Stamp street lights from Montmartre Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival ink on tissue paper. 
6. Apply collage medium to background and tear out street light and cut out lion and apply to background. Apply collage medium over top of tissue paper as well to seal the images. The images will tear once wet and are difficult to move so be careful when placing them on your background. The edges will not show of the tissue paper as the medium will seal them and make them clear. 
7. Mount background to black card base. 

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Snowflakes Background Stamp

Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Montmartre Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Distress Embossing Ink
Embossing Powder: Clear
Distress Collage Medium: Matte

I decided it would be fun to create a rustic card featuring the Old Truck with a snowy background. 
 
 
Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Woodgrain Background stamp with Vintage Photo Distress ink on white cardstock. 
2. Paint the Snowflakes stamp with white acrylic paint. Stamp over the Woodgrain background. Clean stamp with water to remove all paint. 
3. After the paint has dried, drag Vintage Photo Distress ink pad down across the stamped image and snowflakes to create more streaks of brown ink. Sponge and wipe off excess ink with ink blending tool and wipe. Repeat until you get the effect you desire with the snowflakes and the background. 
4.  Stamp Old Truck Photo Stamp using Jet Black ink on white cardstock. Cut out truck. 
5. Color truck with watercolor pencils and water brush. After dry sponge edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink. 
6. Dye piece of burlap with brown and gold dye inks and Distress Spray Stains. Let dry. 
7. Stamp words and postmark from Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set using Vintage Photo ink on white cardstock. Cut out.
8. Assemble card by layering background on white card base.  
9. Place burlap on background. Add twine in circle around burlap. Staple to the card. Add pop dots to truck and place on burlap. Accent with stars and postmark.  
10. Add sentiments with pop dots. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Snowflakes Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Woodgrain Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Old Truck Photo Stamp
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Ink Blending Tool
Watercolour Pencils
Aquash Brush 
Distress Spray Stain: Tarnished Brass, Vintage Photo

I love non-traditional colors for holiday cards as they add a fun and quirky twist to a card.  I decided to try out a coral holiday card using the Snowflakes Background Stamp with the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set. 
 
 
Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Snowflakes Background using Distress Embossing ink on white background. Heat emboss using Bridal Tinsel embossing powder which is an iridescent embossing powder. The embossing powder doesn't show up in the pictures as shimmering but it has a beautiful shimmer. 
 
Here is a picture of the same embossed background in a variety of colors to give you an idea of the variety of backgrounds you could create. 

 
2. Ink up reindeer stamp from the Christmas Reindeer set with silver ink. Leave stamp facing up with ink on it and kiss the stamp with the snowflake stamp to remove a touch of the silver ink from the reindeer stamp.  Then stamp the reindeer image on white cardstock.  
3. Cut out reindeer. Ink up stamped image with Distress Embossing Ink and emboss using Bridal Tinsel embossing powder. 
4. Tie tiny bell to reindeer. 
5. Stamp Believe sentiment using Hickory Smoke ink. Cut out and apply silver glitter around the edges.  
6. Die cut branches. Apply silver glitter. 
7. Assemble card. Mount background on white card base. Cut doily and place in corner. Attach silvery branches on the bottom. Pop dot reindeer and place on branches and doily. Attach sentiment. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Snowflakes Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Embossing Ink Pad
Embossing Powder: Bridal Tinsel

Distress Inks: Hickory Smoke
Distress Dry Glitter

I love creating ornaments for the holidays that I can attach to gifts or give as a gift. The Snowflakes Background Stamp had me thinking of a three dimensional snowflake. 
 
 
Instructions: 
1. Die cut 6 snowflakes from white cardstock.  
2. Decide what color you want your snowflake to be and sponge over the back of the snowflake with the color of choice. Heat set the color on the back before moving on. This will help when you go to assemble your snowflake. 
3. Stamp snowflake background on the fronts of the die cut snowflakes using Distress Embossing ink. Heat emboss with Bridal Tinsel embossing powder. (You can use clear embossing powder as well, the tinsel just adds a shimmer)
4. Apply the dye ink over your embossed snowflakes. You can either sponge on the dye ink or drag the ink pad directly over your snowflake and sponge over it to apply it evenly. Use a paper cloth to rub off excess on your stamped snowflakes. 


5. Score and fold snowflakes in half. Repeat on all snowflakes making sure the are aligned the same way when scoring them. 
6. Apply adhesive and start connecting the snowflakes together. Repeat until last snowflake is ready to go. 


7. Prepare string with charm. I put glue on my string and covered it in a fine glitter to add a shimmer to my string. You can use whatever you would like for hanging your ornament. Take the string and slide the charm on the string and then loop it in a circle and tie it with a double note and then lay the looped string in the centre of your snowflake before putting the last snowflake together. I used tape, glue stick and touches of tacky glue. Work with what seals best for your to put these together. You could also die cut adhesive sheets to use between the snowflakes. 
 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Snowflakes Background Stamp
Sizzix Tim Holtz Layered Snowflake Die
Distress Embossing Ink Pad
Embossing Powder: Bridal Tinsel

Distress Inks: Hickory Smoke
Distress Dry Glitter

Thanks for stopping by! 
 

Three Abstract Triangles Background Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, October 29, 2016
Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here. Today I have three cards to share that I’ve made with the new Abstract Triangles Background Stamp. I’m a big fan of the Darkroom Door Background Stamps and I’m sure I’ll add this new one to my list of favourites too! It’s a very versatile stamp. I used it for a flower card as well as for Christmas cards. 


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Abstract Triangles Background Stamp on a 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6”) watercolour paper panel using Distress Embossing Ink. Heat emboss the print with WOW embossing powder Opaque Bright White.
2.Paint a yellow line as shown with Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade using a water brush.
3. Colour the surface above the yellow line entirely with Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio. The embossing works as a resist.
4. Stamp the caravan and two small trees on scraps of paper with Archival Ink Jet Black and cut out. Tip: With large stamps  (background stamps) and solid stamps (the caravan) I’m always using my MISTI tool nowadays. The MISITI allows me to make as many prints as necessary for a crisp result. 
5. Add shading to the windows of the caravan using Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio.


6. Stamp the Abstract Triangles Background Stamp again using Distress Embossing Ink. Heat emboss with WOW embossing powder  Metallic Gold Rich. Cut a triangle/tree out of that print.
7.  Cut a tree trunk out of white paper. Assemble tree and trunk and decorate the tree with a strip of washi tape . Wrap black hemp cord around the tree, make a bow at the front. 
8. Glue the caravan, the tree and small trees to the panel as shown.
9. Stamp a Christmas wish to the bottom left corner.
10. Attach the stamped panel to a white card.

Here another card I created using the same technique.


It took me a while to colour the card bellow but it was definitely worth the effort, I love the effect ☺


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Abstract Triangles Background Stamp on a watercolour paper panel using Distress Embossing Ink. Heat emboss the print with WOW embossing powder Opaque Bright White. 
2. Colour the print as shown with different colours of Distress Ink using a small water brush. Leave some of the triangles blank.  Tip: embossed prints make colouring within the lines much easier.
3. Trim the print to a 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6”) panel.  Put one of the leftover strips aside to use as an embellishment.


4. Stamp one of the Carved Flowers with Distress Embossing Ink, heat emboss with WOW Embossing Powder White Puff Special and cut out.
5. Attach the flower to the card. Put pink scrappers floss and the leftover strip behind the flower.
6. Glue a bead to the flower centre
7. Attach the stamped panel to a white card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Abstract Triangles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Caravans Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Embossing Ink
Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Twisted Citron, Iced Spruce
Dina Wakley Media: printed paper tape
Crate Paper: Snow and Cocoa Christmas Pom Poms
WOW embossing powders: Opaque Bright White, White Puff Special, Metallic Gold Rich

Thanks for stopping by!

Tribal Background Stamp cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share two cards I have created using the awesome new Tribal Background Stamp.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of black cardstock 10.5cm x 30cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 14.5cm. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Tribal Background Stamp. Stamp on the white cardstock. Allow the ink to dry or give it a quick blast with a heat gun. Apply Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges with an ink blending tool. Stick down on the black cardstock base.
3. Use the Jet Black ink to stamp the giraffe from the Wild Africa Vol. 1 Stamp Set and three tags from the Tags Stamp Set on smooth white cardstock. Fussy cut each image. Punch holes in the ends of the tags. Arrange the tags and attach to the card front. Add the giraffe with 3D foam. Cut off the excess that overhangs the side of the card.


4. Stamp a number from the Big Numbers Stamp Set on white cardstock using Tree Branch Archival Ink. Fussy cut the number and add to the card with 3D foam. Stamp the sentiment from the Wild Africa set and cut out the word ‘wild’. Add to the card with 3D foam. Tie some ribbon on the tags.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Tribal Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tags Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Big Numbers Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Distress Ink Black Soot


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of green cardstock 16cm x 23cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to fit in a MISTI (or other stamp positioning system). Line up the Tribal Background stamp with the cardstock. Use Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pensto colour one line of pattern at a time to create a rainbow effect. Spritz very lightly with water before stamping on the cardstock. Once all lines of pattern have been stamped remove the cardstock from the MISTI and dry with a heat gun. Cut around the patterned background. Distress the edges and ink with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Stick down on the cardstock base.
3. Repeat this process with the zebra stamp from the Wild Africa Vol. 1 set to create a technicolour zebra. Dry with a heat gun before fussy cutting. Add to the background with 3D foam.
4. Stamp another line of pattern from the Tribal Background using the Faber Castell pens. Cut out the pattern strip and add to the base of the zebra with 3D foam.
5. Stamp some of the weeds from the Home Sweet home set using the Faber Castell pens. Fussy cut and add to the area around the zebra’s hooves.
6. Stamp the word ‘Wild’ from a sentiment in the Wild Africa Vol. 1 set using the pens. Add a chipboard speech bubble to the card. Glue the ‘wild’ word on top. Stamp the ‘Party Time!’ quote from the Party Time set using Jet Black ink. Cut out and glue onto the card on the extra Tribal strip.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Tribal Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Home Sweet home Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade
Misti Original
Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens

Thanks for stopping by! 

3 ways with Giraffe Background Stamp

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share three cards I have created using the fabulous new Giraffe Background Stamp and using a watercolour effect with Distress Inks.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 14.5cm. Apply Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress Inks onto the Giraffe Background Stamp to create an ombre effect. (ie. darkest colour at the top, lightest colour at the bottom). Spritz with a very light mist of water. Stamp on the cardstock. Use a wet paintbrush to ‘smooth out’ the stamped image. This also adds to the watercolour effect. Allow to dry.
2. Use an ink blending tool to apply the Wild Honey ink to this piece bringing it almost all the way in from the sides. Next apply the Rusty Hinge ink but not bringing it in quite as far. Finally apply the Brushed Corduroy ink just on the edges. Distress the edges and apply the Brushed Corduroy ink again.
3. Stamp the filmstrip from the Photography Rubber Stamp Set three times onto smooth white cardstock using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut all three images. Once the black ink is dry, apply some Rusty Hinge ink with the ink blending tool. Arrange the three filmstrips and staple together. Staple or tape them to the giraffe background piece.


4. On smooth white cardstock and using the Jet Black ink, stamp the giraffe, hoof prints and sentiments from the Wild Africa Vol. 1 Stamp Set as well as three stars from the Stars Stamp Set. Fussy cut all images. Add all images to the card with 3D foam as well as a coil of black wire thread or twine.
5. Cut a piece of black cardstock 15cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base. Attach the card front to the base.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Giraffe Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey

The giraffe seems to be a popular image for baby toys and clothing so I was inspired to create two cute baby cards. They were both created in the same way but using different inks for a girl and boy card.


Instructions: 
1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 14.5cm. Apply Picked Raspberry Tim Holtz Distress Ink to the Giraffe Background Stamp. Spritz lightly with water and stamp onto the cardstock. Use a wet paintbrush to blend the ink on the stamped images and to create a watercolour look.
2. Use the Picked Raspberry ink to stamp the giraffe, hearts and quotes onto smooth white cardstock. Allow the ink to dry and then fussy cut each image.
3. Punch a 2” circle from white cardstock and glue onto a crochet doily. Add to the card front.
4. Add all other images using 3D foam behind some to create extra dimension.
5. Cut another piece of white cardstock 15cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base. Attach the card front to the base.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Giraffe Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink Picked Raspberry

Here’s the baby boy version.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Giraffe Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink Broken China

Thanks for stopping by! 

Blended Distress Technique Video

Darkroom Door - Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here today with a tutorial showing how to use a blended distress technique with the Giraffe Background Stamp


I used three different Distress Inks on the Giraffe Background Stamp to create a more realistic colouring effect. To see the tutorial, please click on the image below: 


Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Giraffe Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Fine Aquash Brush
Mister Bottle
Background Stamping Block
Mixed Media Cardstock
A5 Kraft Cardstock
Kraft Tag #5
Crinkle Ribbon
Non-stick craft sheet

I hope you'll try this technique! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!