New Release Rubber Stamp Sets, Line Art Stamps, Frame Stamps and Stencils

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

We'd like to introduce 12 NEW Stamps & 4 New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist! 

We have created 4 new Frame Stamps with matching stencils! These Frame Stamps can be used with the stencils to create beautiful sponged or coloured boxes for stamping into! Combine them with our rubber stamp sets and the options are endless!

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Cherry Apple & Strawberry Ladies

Darkroom Door - Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hello, Lynne here today sharing cards featuring two of the Line Art stamps along with one of the Texture Stamps.

For both cards I had some fun dipping into paints to colour the Line Art ladies and also creating washes of colour for the backgrounds.

The instructions apply to both cards.

1. The pots of Twinkling H20s need to be misted with water to wake them up.  Make this your first step as you can start your stamping preparations while they wake themselves up!
2. Tear Hot Press watercolour paper to required size. Ink up Line Art stamp with Jet Black Staz-on. 
3. Paint the stamped image with a fine detail watercolour brush. Leave to dry or heat set with heat gun before selecting a larger watercolour brush to paint washes of colour for the background. Work loosely, allowing the paint to drip down the panel but be careful, you do not want the washes to touch your painted lady. Heat set.
4. Tear muslin into small strips. Paint with Twinkling H20s. Leave to dry.
5. Stamp Texture Stamp Splatters with Staz-on. For Strawberry Lady also stamp Splatters with Distress Ink.  Randomly stamp Scratches.  Adhere painted muslin strips with Gel Medium, leave to dry before swiping Gesso with old credit card.
6. Adhere watercolour panel to cardbase and finally swipe Distress Paint Black Soot onto edges.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Cherry Apple Lady Line Art Stamp

Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Staz-on Jet Black
Twinkling H20s
Distress Ink: Worn Lipstick
Distress Paint: Black Soot
Golden Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Watercolour paper 
Watercolour brushes
Heat gun

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Until next time,

Pina & Genevieve Fabric Dolls

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hello, it's Susie here. Today I'm sharing two cloth dolls I've created using two of the Line Art Stamp Ladies and Transfer Artist Paper (TAP).

Here's Pina, the explorer of the tropics!

1. Stamp 'Tropical Lady' onto TAP and transfer onto fabric following the manufacturer's instructions.
2. Stamp 'Explore' collage stamp onto TAP paper and colour the image. I used Tim Holtz Distress markers, scribbling the colour onto plastic and then 'picking up' the colour with an Aquash brush. Iron this image onto a panel of fabric too.
3. Stamp the word, 'Explore' directly onto fabric using Alphabet Medley stamp set.
4. Cut the front panel of fabric for the 'body'. I layered fabrics and the stamped panels together to work out the height of doll. Once you've cut out the shape, stitch the panels onto the fabric and embellish.
5. Sew two tubes of fabric and stuff to create 'arms' for the doll. I wrapped a piece of coordinating fabric to one of the arms.
6. Sew the arms and front and back of the dolls body together, leaving the bottom of doll open. Stuff the doll with toy stuffing. Sew and oval shaped panel to the bottom of doll to help it to 'stand'.

Note: When using TAP, stamp images with be reversed. This can be problematic when using text-based stamps.

When using TAP, it's a good idea to experiment with some small images first to get an idea of how long you need to iron.

When using watercolours on TAP, try to keep it as 'dry' as possible, so as not to damage the coating on the paper.  Again, it's good to experiment with some small samples first.

Now, say 'Hello', to Genevieve!

She was created in much the same way as Pina. However, her central fabric panel has direct to fabric stamping with the sewing images from the 'Dressmaker' stamp set.  To create this panel I stamped the 'Emulsion' frame onto fabric using a teal coloured ink and then added the sewing images as well as the Criss Cross and Star texture stamps.

Genevieve's face was stamped onto TAP and coloured with the same Tim Holtz Distress marker technique as mentioned above. I've found transferring onto silk fabric the easiest so far. It's very quick!

Genevieve's 'arm' are panels of lace sewn directly onto the body.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Crafty Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Explore Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Dressmaker Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Emulsion Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Star Texture Stamp
TAP – Transfer Artist Paper by Lesley Riley
Distress Markers
Aquash Brush

Thanks for visiting the blog today!  I hope I've inspired some of you to experiment more with stamping and transferring images onto fabric!


Mixed Media Strawberry Lady

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a card which combines my love of mixed media and the Darkroom Door Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp. Mixed media is the use of different media types onto the one project. In this one I have used Inktense watercolour pencils, acrylic paint, Pan Pastels and a collage technique. Anything goes with mixed media, so long as you remember a few basic rules of what is water soluble and which media work happily together you are set.

If you look closely at my card, you will see that I was lucky with the dictionary paper I used – it was a sheet from the S section and the word ‘strawberry’ fell in just the right spot!  Here is how I created my luscious Strawberry Lady:

1. Glue dictionary sheet onto a piece of cardstock using Multi Medium and allow to dry well.
2.  Stamp with Strawberry Lady Line Art stamp using black Archival ink. Use a fine pen to give the lady shoulders.
3. Add colour to her face using Ecru Dye-na-flow paint and a small paintbrush.  Allow to dry.
4. Colour the rest of the image using Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.  Work by laying down two tones of colour for each area and then blending with an Aquawash brush.  For the strawberries I used pale yellow for the catch lights, and two tones of red for the rest.  Same idea for her hair, flowers and greenery. The two tones will blend together with the waterbrush and add a lovely graduation in colours.
image 346 5. Give the lady luscious red lips, blue eyes, some purple eyeshadow and a touch of pale red/pink for some blush.
6.Finish the lady by adding dots of white Sharpie paint pen for catch lights in her eyes and a touch to her lips.  If you are lucky to have a ‘word’ obvious in the dictionary paper – go around it with a line of Sharpie as well.
7.Trim the image to size to suit card front and sponge with blue toned Pan Pastels.  Give a light spray of fixative so that the colour won't rub off.

8. Mount onto a pale turquoise cardstock using double sided tape and then onto a darker turquoise card front with foam tape. A piece of pattered paper that tones with card colours can be used for added interest.
9. Stamp the Birthday Darkroom Door Word Block stamp using black pigment ink and emboss with clear powder. Trim out a suitable word and mount onto card front.

I tend to use watercolour pencils one section/colour at a time. I coloured the whole image for this project to make it easier to photograph where I put each colour.

Some substitutions – Inktense are watercolour pencils which are permanent once dry but any watercolours will work; Pan Pastels – papercraft chalks will work or you can sponge the background with Distress Ink; Dye-na-flow – a free flow paint but watered down skin colour acrylic paint will work; White Paint Pen - white paint or liquid paper will work; fixative – a light spray of aerosol hairspray will work but it won’t be archival.

Supplies Used
Darkroom Door Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Birthday Word Block Stamp
Ranger Archival ink – Jet Black
Ranger Multi Medium – Matte
Aquawash brush
Black pigment ink & clear embossing powder
Sharpie White Paint Pen
Jacquard Dye-na-flow - Ecru
Derwent Inktense pencils in reds, browns, greens, purple, blue, orange, yellow
Pan Pastels – Turquoise, Phthalo Blue & sponges
Dictionary paper
Fine black pen with permanent ink

I’d love you to give this mixed media lady a try and invite you to share your project to the Darkroom Door Inspiration Facebook Group if you do.  She is lots of fun to create, especially if you need to experiment with new supplies or work out the substitutions.  

Until next time

Wild and free Leafy Lady

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 16, 2015
Hello, Lynne here today sharing a card where I have used the Leafy Lady Line Art Stamp and two of the new Texture Stamps.

1. Onto a Kraft card base repeatedly stamp the Splatter Texture Stamp with Staz-on. Next, apply copper acrylic paint to the stamp and repeatedly stamp onto the card base.

2. Repeatedly stamp the Flourish Texture Stamp onto a panel of wax paper. Scrunch the paper to create texture.

3. Stamp Leafy Lady onto mulberry paper (I had a beautiful piece flecked with silver and gold). Tear around image before layering, along with the stamped wax paper and torn pieces of handmade paper, onto the Kraft cardbase.  

4. Stamp sentiment from Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamp set onto tissue paper twice. Tear around words. Adhere wild and free to wooden piece. Attach to card with raffia and jute twine bow. Adhere second wild onto cardbase. 

5. Finally embellish card with burlap, crochet lace, wooden button and bark butterfly.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Leafy Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamps
Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamps Set
Staz-on Ink Pad: Timber Brown
EcoGreen craft acrylic paint Pure Copper
Idea-ology Mini Fasteners
Golden Gel Medium
Prima Bark Butterfly Icon

Happy Stamping!

Jungle Flower Lady Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hi Suzz here!
It's a jungle out there is the theme for my card using the beautiful Flower Lady Line Art Stamps.

I had created this pretty background with a mix of neutral shades of paint on a gelli plate.  I picked it up onto white cardstock which became the base for my card.
1. Stamp flower lady using black archival ink on white tissue paper. 
2. Stamp flower lady multiple times on tissue paper using black archival ink. Cut out bunches of flowers.
3. Stamp Beauty Quote Stamp using brown ink over background.
4. Decoupage flowers and lady onto painted background.  Let dry.
5. Color using watercolor pencils and water brush.
6. Highlight with white gel pen.
7. Assemble card.
I love how she looks different depending on what surface you stamp her on and the colors used. She is versatile and beautiful. 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Flower Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Beauty Quote Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Coffee
Gelli Plate
Watercolour pencils
White Gel Pen
Happy inking!

Line Art Ladies Banner

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hi, it's Godelieve today, sharing a banner that's made with some Line Art Stamps. I chose to do my project in neutral colors and gave it a distressed look.

First I applied a layer of gesso on kraft papers from packaging, using an old credit card. I did all the stamping with StazOn ink.
I combined the Flower Lady with words from the Full Bloom Vol 2 set, the Wilderness Vol 1 set, and the Flourish Texture stamp. I also stamped some more flowers to cut them out. I added white accents to the flowers using a pencil, before stapling them on. This piece was finished off with twine, gauze and staples. I attached a twig from our garden to the top.
The Tropical Lady was combined with stamps from the Photography stamp set and the 1920's Chic set. I also used the Flourish Texture Stamp here. This piece was finished off with machine stitching, gauze, staples, Tim Holtz Roses Trimmings and buttons and a twig at the top. 
The Crafty Lady Stamp was combined with a favorite quote from the Stamper set and words from the Artist set. More stitching here and Tim's Roses Trimmings, staples, twine and the twig at the top.
The folds, creases and torn paper add to the distressed look. I attached the pieces to long piece of twine, to create a banner.
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Flower Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Tropical Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Crafty Lady Line Art Stamp

Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door 1920's Chic Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Artist Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Stamper Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp
Gesso:Talens Amsterdam
Inkpad:StazOn Saddle Brown
Tim Holtz Roses Trimmings
Twine, twigs, gauze, buttons, sewing machine, Tiny Attacher
Thank you for visiting Darkroom Door Blog today!

Scrapbooking with Line Art and Texture Stamps!

Darkroom Door - Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hi, Connie here with a couple of scrapbooking layouts and a card, using the new Line Art Stamps by Darkroom Door. The beautiful faces of the Line Art girls inspired this layout.

I stamped the faces on white cardstock, using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and then framed them out with the Polaroid Frame Stamp. The Flourish Texture Stamp is stamped on the corners of the Polaroid Frame. The background was created using the Weathered Stripes and World Map Background stamps.
This next layout is using the Leafy lady stamp with chalks.  I stamped the image on paper and used the chalks to color her. After she was complete, I sprayed the image with a Fixatif  (so the chalk wouldn't move or smear).  I then fussy cut her out and added her to my page.  I stamped directly on the page and repeated the process for the chalking.

I have one last project, a card. I used the same technique as I described above - chalks! They are so fun and forgiving :)
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Leafy Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Tropical Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Flower Lady Line Art Stamp

Darkroom Door Polaroid Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Creativity Word Block Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio,  Beige cardstock, Kraft cardstock, Webster's pages, Authentique,
Stickers: October Afternoon, American Crafts
Other: twine, rhinestones, button, old text paper, Curtsey Boutique, Fixatif (Krylon)
Thanks for stopping by!

Crafty Lady Journey

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hi Suzz here! I have been happily playing with the new Line Art Stamps release. Today I am featuring the Crafty Lady Line Art Stamp.

My inspiration was to color her with a soft shades of gray and a fun mix of orange and purple. When I finished I layered the Journey Word Block Stamp in the background in a soft shade of gray.

After I had colored her she reminded me of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I decided to use the words from the Journey stamp Magical Adventure and added a few sequins to finish the card.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Crafty Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Journey Word Block Stamp

Happy Inking!

Tropical Lady - Line Art Stamp

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Hello stampers! Today we are sharing projects using the new Tropical Lady Line Art Stamp!



DDLA006 Tropical Lady


Dawn Lewis coloured her with Copic markers in the sample above, bringing her tropical name to life!


Belinda Spencer has used Copic Markers to colour Tropical Lady in this card:


Joy Taylor has created a classic card by simply stamping black on white and adding a splash of colour using the Paint Splats Rubber Stamps:

Joy has also used Copics to colour up the Tropical Lady:

Lucrecia de Silva, the artist who illustrated these fabulous designs also shares a card using her Tropical Lady:


These are just some of the possibilities using this fabulous stamp! We will continue to share more projects on the blog using all of the Line Art Stamps so please subscribe to our blog RSS feed so don't miss any of the inspiration!


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