Jolly Jonquils Spring Notecards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hi there, it’s Rachel Greig here today sharing some beautiful spring themed cards using the Jolly Jonquils Collage Stamp. This stamp has so many wonderful details that you can create quick and yet stunning cards in a flash! I use two different ways to colour the stamp, while keeping some white space in the image to keep it fresh and bright. 



Instructions: 
1. For this card I began by placing the stamp on a stamp positioner tool. Spritz the stamp lightly with water and colour the stamp with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks. Use different colours as desired. Mist the stamp again lightly and stamp onto specialty stamping paper. Allow to dry. The stamped image will be a watercolour effect. 
2. Wipe the stamp clean, and then ink up with Archival Jet Black ink. Stamp over the watercolour stamping. The black ink will bring back all the details of the image, and the watercolour stamping will give you colours underneath. If you’d like to add more colour, simply use a waterbrush to spread the colour out or pick up more colour from the Scribble Sticks and colour in the image. 
3. Trim image around the border and adhere to green card stock. I used a Sizzix Deckle Edge die for the green card stock to give that nice deckle edged look. 
4. Adhere stamped panel to a folded white card to complete! 


For this next card, I have used Distress Markers to colour only parts of the image: 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp Jolly Jonquils Collage Stamp onto specialty stamping paper with Archival Jet Black ink. Allow to dry. 
2. Colour in the jonquils using Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress Markers. Colour in the postmarks using Scattered Straw and Dried Marigold Distress Markers. Colour around some of the swirls around the border too. 
3. Die cut the image with Sizzix Deckle Edge Die. Wrap yellow sheer ribbon around the bottom and tie in a bow. 
4. Adhere yellow mesh to a folded white card, then adhere the stamped panel to the front using foam adhesive. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Jolly Jonquils Collage Stamp
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks Set 1
Distress Markers: Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold 
Archival Jet Black Ink 
Sizzix Deckle Edge Dies 
Stamping Positioner 

As you can see, you can make simple and beautiful cards with the Jolly Jonquils Collage Stamp! Try it with our other Collage Stamps too!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Pretty Pastel Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Hi there, it’s Rachel Greig here today to share two cards using the Flower Girl and Flower Boy Collage Stamps. 



I wanted to create soft pastel colours, similar to old fashioned photo tinting, so I have coloured the images with light colours of Distress Markers and Zig Brush Markers. There are so many elements in the design of these stamps, so it’s easy to build a beautiful colour palette using different colours for the various different elements of the images. 



Instructions: 
1. Stamp Flower Girl Collage Stamp onto Specialty Stamping Paper using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Allow to dry. 
2. Colour image using pastel colours of Distress Markers or Zig Brush Markers. Choose different colours for the different areas of the image. If you don’t have any pastel markers, swipe a darker coloured marker onto a palette surface and use a water brush to colour the image, which will dilute the colour and create a watercolour effect. 
3. Die cut a piece of black cardstock using the Sizzix Deckle Edge die. Adhere the stamped image on top. 
4. Adhere to a folded blue/grey card base to complete! 


Here’s another card done the same way, this time using the Flower Boy Collage Stamp: 


I’ve used both yellow and orange pastel markers in the background so it gave it a bit more interest, rather than just having a flat colour. If you wanted more shading, keep adding layers of colouring until you are happy with the result. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Flower Girl Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Flower Boy Collage Stamp
Specialty Stamping Paper
Distress Markers
Zig Brush Markers
Sizzix Deckle Edge Dies 

These cards are quick to make and with such detailed stamps, the cards still have a lot of interesting elements to look at! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Timeless Tulips Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Hi! Suzz Czosek here with some beautiful spring tulips just for you!  

I was making my own spring garden with the lovely Collage Stamps - Timeless Tulips. I made a series of cards with varying colors and layers. 

For my first inspiration I used a lovely pink with some layers to highlight the beauty of the images.  

 

1. Stamp Timeless Tulips Collage Stamp with black ink on white cardstock. Repeat.  
2. Paint flowers on both images with distress oxide ink. 
3. Cut flowers out from one image after dry. 
4. Ink up craft mat with pink ink and spritz with water.  
5. Lay stamped image onto pink ink and pick up spots of color over background. 
6. Stamp butterfly with black ink on white cardstock. Paint with ink. 
7. Cut out butterfly. 
8. Attach background image to layer of white cardstock. Distress edges. 
9. Assemble layers. 
10. Attach flower pieces at bottom of petal to card front. 
11. Stamp sentiment and cut out. Attach to card front.  


Next I created a similar card stamped in a lovely muted blue violet. 


1. Stamp the Timeless Tulips Collage Stamp on white cardstock using Blue Violet ink. Repeat. 
2. Stamp Butterfly Garden Collage Stamp on white cardstock using Blue Violet ink. 
3. Colour the butterflies and flowers with a hint of pink. Color the stems with green. (I used watercolor pencils) 
4. Cut out one set of flowers and the butterflies.
5. Attach tiny pearls to center of butterflies bodies. 
6. Attach stamped image to two layers of white cardstock and attach to front of the card. 
7. Attach butterflies and flower petals to front of card. 
8. Stamp sentiment with black ink and attach to card front. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Timeless Tulips 
Darkroom Door Sentiments Stamp: Sympathy
Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Butterfly Garden 
Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Blue violet
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink: Worn Lipstic
Pearl Accents

I was thinking about masking my flowers and ended up cutting out a set of tulips. They were so lovely that I used them on another card with a hint of script in the background. 


1. Stamp Timeless Tulips using brown ink on white cardstock. 
2. Colour with pink and orange and green accents.  
3. Cut out flowers. 
4. Ink up flowers with versamark or embossing ink. Heat emboss with Vintage Beeswax. 
5. Stamp French Script using brown ink on white cardstock. 
6. Attach flowers over stamped script. 
7. Cut front panel. 
8. Layer front panel on white cardstock and attach to cardbase. 
9. Stamp sentiment using brown ink onto main panel. 
10. Attach twists of twine to front image.  

Supplies used:  
Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Timeless Tulips 
Darkroom Door Texture Stamp: French Script 
Darkroom Door Sentiments Stamp: Sympathy 
Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil 
Seth Apter Vintage BeesWax Embossing 
Versamark Embossing Ink 

Well that Vintage Beeswax gave such a lovely effect I decided to do a whole image embossed with the soft aging. 


1. Stamp Timeless Tulips Collage Stamp using black ink on white cardstock. 
2. Ink up the entire image with embossing ink (Versamark) 
3. Cover with Beeswax embossing powder. Heat emboss.  Repeat the process. (2 layers of beeswax) 
4. Cut image to size. 
5. Mat image on white cardstock and then on a black card base. 
6. Color image with alcohol markers. 
7. Add highlights with a white gel pen. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Timeless Tulips 
Darkroom Door Sentiments Stamp: Sympathy 
Seth Apter - Vintage Beeswax Embossing Powder 
Copic Markers 
White Gel Pen 
Versamark Embossing Ink 

I hope this has you feeling spring is in the air! 

Suzz

Flower Boy Collage Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, April 07, 2019

Hello wonderful people! Teresa Abajo here with a couple of cards I made using the new Flower Boy Collage Stamp.

The image of the boy in the foreground over the interesting background gave me the idea of making a shaker card:



Instructions
1. Stamp the Flower Boy image twice onto cream cardstock using a waterproof ink.
2. Use Distress Inks and a waterbrush to colour the images.
3. Fussy cut the boy and flowers from one of the coloured images inside the frame. Adhere acetate to the back of this and put foam mounting tape on the back making a complete 'fence' without any holes where the shaker components can leak out.
4. With this image face down, place the shaker components in the space created by the foam mounting tape fence, taking care not to overfill.
5. Remove the release paper from the foam mounting tape and place the other coloured image down, lining up the stamped images as best you can.
6. Tie some twine around the card front and add a stamped tag with a Happy Birthday sentiment.
7. Adhere this card front to a folded cream card.


Supplies
Darkroom Door Flower Boy Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Tags Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
StazOn ink Timber Brown
Distess Inks - lots of colours!
Acetate
Shaker components - eg sequins, small glass pebbles, seed beads, Flower Soft, coarse glitter etc
Twine
Cardstock - cream
A6 folded cream card


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Flower Boy image onto kraft cardstock using black ink. Stamp again onto some old book page.
2. Tear a strip of the old book page (include the boy's face in this) and adhere it to the kraft piece taking care to match up the image.
3. Apply small amounts of PVA glue to the area with the flowers and sprinkle with Flower Soft. Allow to dry.
4. Stamp the Plaid Background stamp onto cream cardstock using brown ink. Trim to 10 x 14.3 cm and adhere to a folded cream card.
5. Cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper to 9 x 13.3 cm and adhere to card front. Adhere the stamped kraft piece over this.
6. Adhere scraps of lace and ric rac to the card front. Stamp the sentiment from the All Occasions stamp set in brown ink onto some cream cardstock. Trim to size and adhere to card front with foam mounting tape.

Supplies:
Darkroom Door Flower Boy Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door All Occasions Stamp Set
Cardstock - kraft, cream
Patterned paper
Archival ink - Jet Black, Tree Branch
Old book page
Flower Soft Summer Mix
PVA glue
A6 cream folded card 
Lace, ric rac

Thanks for stopping in today - wishing you a crafty day!

Teresa

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

Arty Triangles Origami Animals

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 24, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a tag and two cards featuring the fabulous new Small Stencil Arty Triangles. My projects today also feature some fun origami creatures created using the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp.




Instructions:

1. Take a size 12 giant manilla tag and use an ink blending tool to apply various Distress Oxides in the colours of your choice. Here I have used a combination of Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers.

2. Apply the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink in various places around the tag. Dry the ink with a heat gun. Place the Arty Triangles Small Stencil over the stamped triangles and apply Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink using the ink blending tool. Add more stencilled triangles around the tag using the Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock feathers inks lightly. Flick some water over the tag to create a water stained effect. Dry with a heat gun.

3. Place the Arty Circles Small Stencil on the tag and apply white gesso over a few of the circles to create air bubbles. Wash your stencil straight away so the gesso doesn’t dry. Dry the stencil and then place back over the top of the gessoed circles. Use a fine black journaling pen to draw outlines around the air bubbles.

4. Use the air bubbles stamp from the Under The Sea Rubber Stamp Set and the Jet Black ink to stamp more air bubbles. Colour them white using a white paint pen such as a Uni Posca Pen.

5. Stamp a quote from the Seaside Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set repeatedly over the tag using the Jet Black ink.

6. Stamp the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp on some extra smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Apply double-sided tape to the back of the stamped images to make it easier to stick them down later. Fussy cut each individual triangle and then play around with them to create an origami fish shape. Draw in an eye. Stick them down on some extra white cardstock and then cut out. Add to the tag using 3D foam.


7. Stamp a seahorse and a couple of fish from the Under The Sea Rubber Stamp set using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the tag using 3D foam.

8. Stamp the sentiment on extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Cut out, ink the edges with Peacock Feathers ink and add to the tag. Finish by adding some sequins and water droplets using Glossy Accents or Nuvo Crystal Drops.


Here are two cards I have created in the same style:





Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Friends Quote Stamp

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own projects using this fabulous stencil. Why not have a go at creating your own origami animals too. I wonder what you will come up with. Don’t forget to share your beautiful creations in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Group on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Arty Circles Stencilled Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 20, 2018
Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share 2 cards featuring the new Arty Circles stencil. On the first card I used the stencil to create a playful background. On the second card I combined the Arty Circles stencil with the matching Arty Circles Collage Stamp. 



Instructions


1. Put the Arty Circles Stencil on top of a card panel. Hold in place using tape. Apply Distress Oxide Inks through the stencil using a blending tool. Pick a different colour for each circle. Mask off the surrounding circles using post it notes.

2. Outline the circles with a white pen. 

3. Stamp the bird on a scrap of cardstock using Archival Ink Jet Black. Cut out and adhere to the card.

4. Stamp a sentiment from the Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamps in the right upper corner. 

5. Attach the card panel to a double card. Decorate with a small strip of orange washi tape.


Instructions

1. Ink up the Arty Circles Collage Stamp with Versamark ink and stamp on a cream-colored card panel. Heat emboss the print using WOW embossing powder Opaque Bright White. 

2. Put the Arty Circles Stencil on top of the stamped print and sponge through the stencil with Distress Oxide inks as described above. Leave the stencil in place and carefully remove the ink that landed on the embossed areas.

3. Die cut each word from the sentiment 5 x out of cream-colored cardstock. Glue the layers on top of each other. 

4. Attach the card panel to a double card and glue the 3D sentiment in place.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Arty Circles
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamps
Darkroom Door Eclectic Stamp Robin
Distress Oxide Inks: Carved Pumpkin, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Cracked Pistachio, Tattered Rose, Squeezed Lemonade, Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Versamark Ink
WOW embossing powder: Opaque Bright White
Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits: Celebrate

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Arty Triangles Small Stencil Card Set

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a sweet card set featuring the fabulous new Arty Triangles Small Stencil. My cards today demonstrate how perfectly the stencil works with the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp and how easy they are to use together.



Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of white cardstock measuring 14cm x 21cm. Fold in half to create the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 13.5cm. On a heat resistant craft sheet, press down some Distress Inks in various colours. Here I have used Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey. Spritz the inks with water and then place your cardstock on top. Remove from the craft sheet swiping it a little as you remove the piece. Dry with a heat gun and reapply to the craft sheet until you are happy with the depth of colour and layers. Dry with a heat gun.

3. Apply the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp to this piece using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Dry the ink with the heat gun. Place the Arty Triangles Small Stencil over the top making sure to line up perfectly. Secure in place with a little washi tape. Use an ink blending tool to apply Picked Raspberry ink over the top. Reapply until you are happy with the depth of colour. Remove the stencil. Stick this piece on the card base.

4. Use a 2” circle punch to punch a circle from smooth white cardstock. Apply the sheet music stamp from the Melody Rubber Stamp Set over the top using the Jet Black Ink. Dry with a heat gun. Ink the circle using the same inks as the card front in Step 2. Stick down on a bought paper doily or cut one yourself using a punch or die. Stick down on the card front.

5. Stamp a heart from the Hearts Rubber Stamp Set on smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black Ink. Fussy cut and add to the punched circle using 3D foam.

6. Stamp a cute bird from the Carved Birds Rubber Stamp Set using the Wild Honey ink. Fussy cut and add tail feathers using embroidery thread. Stamp the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp on smooth white cardstock again. Ink the triangles with the Picked Raspberry again using the stencil. Fussy cut a triangle to add to the carved bird as a wing. Stick the bird on the card front using 3D foam.

7. Stamp a balloon from the Party Time Rubber Stamp Set onto the extra cardstock using the Picked Raspberry and Jet Black inks. Also stamp the music note from the Melody set. Fussy cut both and add to the card. Stamp the sentiment from the Party Time stamp set using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam.


Here’s another two cards I have created in the same style:




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Melody Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own projects using this fabulous stencil. Don’t forget to share your beautiful creations in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Group on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Belinda

New Release May 2018

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 16, 2018
We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!  


Our NEW Sentiment Stamps are a strip of different sentiments that can be used as an entire strip or you can cut each sentiment into individual stamps! The choice is yours! The different sizes of sentiments give you lots of options for fitting them onto your cards and tags. 

Sentiment stamps measure approximately 178mm x 36mm (7" x 1.4")  




Our NEW Small Stencils can be used on their own to create quirky fun backgrounds and they also conveniently match the Collage Stamps with the same name. Simply stamp the Collage Stamp first and place the stencil over the top to sponge ink through the stencil. It's a great way to colour the stamped image quickly and easily!


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