Buzzing Bees Stamp Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 12, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Buzzing Bees Stamp Set! This set includes bees, flowers, honeycomb and some punt sentiments that are fun to use for your cards and projects!  



Let’s take a look at how these stamps can be used: 


For this card, Rachel stamped the sentiment onto card stock and punched out with a 2” circle punch. The bees were stamped and trimmed with scissors. The Honeycomb Background Stamp was stamped with Buttercup Archival Ink and sprayed over the top lightly with Pure Sunshine Dylusions Ink Spray and Shimmer Spray


Connie has also combined the Buzzing Bees Stamp Set with the Honeycomb Background Stamp. Here is her second card:


Connie has also used the Carved Leaves Stamp Set to add some extra foliage. You can read more about Connie’s cards here.  


Anna-Karin has created a beautiful art journal page using the Buzzing Bees Stamp Set! Look at all that texture! Read the full tutorial here



Godelieve has created a sweet card by stamping with Distress Markers. Read more about this card here.  



This next project by Godelieve shows how you can use the Buzzing Bees Stamp Set with photos in a planner! It’s a stunning project and works so well with the photograph of Godelieve’s insect hotel in her garden! What a great idea!


Here’s a closer look so you can see all the little stamped bees. You can read more about this project here.  



This next project by Godelieve is in a black and white theme and includes a tag inside a card.  


A fun way to add an interactive element to your card! Read more about how this was created here.  



Belinda has created a couple of colourful cards using the Buzzing Bees Stamp Set with the Watery Washes Stamp Set and Boxes 6up Frame Stamp! They are great to mix with the Buzzing Bees!


Belinda used Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Inks to create the fabulous colours on her cards! They work so well with these stamps!! 


Here’s an art journal page from Belinda using the Buzzing Bees with an assortment of other stamps! Its great how stamps can be combined together to create a fun page like this! You can read more about this art journal page and Belinda’s cards on her blog here.  



Suzz Czosek has created a beautiful series of cards and ATC’s using a white and Kraft palette. It’s a stunning combination! Take a look at her other projects: 






Suzz has such a great flair for using splattered to give that final touch too! You can read about Suzz’s cards here.   


If you’d like to see more projects from this stamp set, check out the Pinterest Board!   


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Hand Knitted Stamp Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 23, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Hand Knitted Stamp Set! This set includes some fun sentiments that can be used on cards or tags on your hand knitted items!  



Let’s take a look at how these stamps can be used: 


This card by Rachel uses the ball of wool stamps on the card front to create a background. The basket of wool stamp was stamped onto specialty stamping paper and coloured in with Distress Markers. 


Connie has used the knitting needle stamp to create a border for her card! A clever idea!! The wool was stamped in different shades of blue and green to create the background, while the sentiments were stamped onto circles and matted with card stock before adhering to the card. 


Some of the stamps fit perfectly onto tags which means you can add them to gifts or your hand knitted projects! 


Connie has created a tag using the basket of wool stamp and coloured it with markers. To read more about Connie’s projects, please visit her blog here.  



Godelieve has created a cute card by combining the Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamp with the basket if wool stamp! The images were coloured with pencils. Read more about this card here.  



This next card by Godelieve shows how you can create an interactive sentiment using two sentiments stamped onto circles and have it opening to see the second sentiment: 


Godelieve also used the Knitting Background Stamp for the background, along with a Tim Holtz Paperdoll. It makes a great card! You can read more about this card here.   


Anneke has created a colourful tag to tie to your projects using the Hand Knitted By stamp along with the knitting needles and wool stamp. Here’s a closer look at the sentiment: 


There’s space on the tag to write your name. Read more about how Anneke created this tag here.  



Here’s another colourful project from Anneke where she has used the Knitting Background and the basket of wool stamp using colourful inks! Anneke has added some buttons to her card too, a great way to use up some of your left over buttons! Read more about this card here.   



Another great way to use the Hand Knitted Stamp Set is to create gift bags! Anneke has used the Close Knit sentiment along with the small needle and wool stamp and layered it up with the Roses Photo Stamp and Inky Script Background Stamp. What a fun way to give a friend a gift (full of wool and knitting supplies perhaps?) To see how Anneke created this gift bag, please visit her blog here.  

As you can see, there are so many ways the Hand Knitted Stamp Set can be used! 

If you’d like to see more projects from this stamp set, check out the Pinterest Board!   


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Merry Mail Stamp Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Merry Mail Stamp Set! This is such a fun stamp set to use for your Christmas projects! It has been designed so you can decorate your envelopes and parcel that go through the mail, but the stamps also look great to make cards, tags and gift wrap with a postage theme! 



Let’s take a look at how these stamps can be used: 


These decorated envelopes by Rachel show how the Merry Mail stamps can be used to create some mail art! Rachel also used the Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp to create the air mail edges. 


Anneke has created a fun card by stamping different stamps in different ink colours to cover the card front! It’s a great design! Here’s an envelope to go with it: 


Anneke has used the Plaid Background Stamp  to cover most of the envelope then decorated more with the Merry Mail Set. To read more details, please visit Anneke’s blog here.  

Next we have a great way to create gift wrap!   



Anneke has created banners to put on her handmade gift bags and stamped the banner with Christmas Script Texture Stamp. Anneke then decorated some round circles with the Merry Mail Stamp Set. Here’s a closer look:  


Such a great way to create gift wrap! See more details on how they were made here.  



Connie has also created some great projects using the Merry Mail set! These tags would look great hanging from the tree or used on Christmas gifts! They also look great as a display in your home just like Connie has photographed them here. 


Connie has also created a card, using the Circle Set Stencil to create a circle in the background and a sentiment from the Season’s Greetings Stamp Set



Connie has also created a couple of matching envelopes to send the cards in! To read more about Connie’s projects, please visit her blog here.  



Suzz has created a wonderful series of tags and envelopes with the Merry Mail Set. This first tag shows how you can use a light grey ink, like the Archival Shadow Grey ink pad to make a light background of stamped images. Then stamp over the top with a bold red ink. 


For this tag, Suzz used the Star Set Stencil with gold paint and stamped over the top in red ink. 


This is a fun twist on colours by using green and pink inks. Such a great tag! 

Suzz has also created some fun envelopes, incorporating the Star Set Stencil and Starry Night Stencil into some of them. Each one would be a delight to see in your mail box! 





Lastly, here are some ideas for gift cards using the Merry Mail Stamps in the background and embossing over the top with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder


Suzz has used the Christmas Reindeer Stamps over the top of the Shadow Grey stamping. 


For this last card, Suzz has used a sentiment from the Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Stamp Set. To see more details on all of Suzz’s projects, please visit her blog here

As you can see, there are so many ways the Merry Mail Stamp Set can be used! We hope there will be lots of decorated envelopes going through the postal system this year!!

If you’d like to see more projects from this stamp set, check out the Pinterest Board!   


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Festive Ornaments Stamp Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hi there stampers! The festive season is almost upon us and we’d like to share some card ideas using the Festive Ornaments Stamp Set! This set includes 4 detailed long ornaments along with lots of vertical sentiments that can be used to create cards and projects in many different ways.! 



Let’s take a look at how these stamps can be used: 


The ornaments in this stamp set are vintage style glass ornaments and have a lot of detail! The best way to show this details is by stamping with an Archival Ink, which is what Suzz has used on this card. Suzz then added little bits of glitter to each bauble to give it a bit of shimmer.  



In this set we have lots of vertical sentiments which are great for using on the edges of your cards, but here’s another great way to use them - by making a complete background! Suzz has stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment all over the base card to create a text pattern. It looks fabulous! Suzz then stamped the reindeer from the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set to add over the top.  



For this card Suzz has repeated the same ornament in Plum Archival Ink. The sentiments are from the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set. It’s a stunning card! To see more details about all of Suzz’s cards, please visit her blog here.  


Here’s a quick card by Rachel where she has stamped the ornaments in Vermillion Archival Ink and added the curly ribbon at the top. The sentiment on the side shows how you can use up your thin strips of card stock with the vertical sentiments in this set!  

As you can see, there are so many ways the Festive Ornaments Stamp Set can be used! If you’d like to see more projects from this stamp set, check out the Pinterest Board!   


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Bird Houses Stamp Set Project Ideas + Video

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Bird Houses Stamp Set! This set was designed by Godelieve Tijskens and includes 4 different styles of bird houses, which can be used on their own or combined with the Bird Life and Garden Birds Stamp Sets



Let’s take a look at how these stamps can be used: 


This is a tag where Godelieve uses the Woodgrain Texture Stamp to add some texture to the bird house! Very clever!! Godelieve shares a full tutorial on her blog here.  



Here is a Christmas version! This would be great to use on gifts or to hang from your Christmas Tree. See more details here.  



The Bird Houses set includes a pole stamp so you can stand the houses on a pole. Another way to use the poles is to create a fence! Godelieve has used the poles on this card with the Chicken Wire Background Stamp to create a fence :) The other stamps used in this card are Carved Birds Vol 1  & Vol 2, Gardening Vol 2 and a sentiment from the Bright Blossoms Vol 1 stamp set. See more details on Godelieve’s blog here.  

Next we have some ideas from Connie Mercer.  



Connie has combined the Bird Houses with the Fallen Leaves Background Stamp to create a real garden feel! It looks fantastic!! Connie has also used the Film Frame Stamp and Thank You Sentiments Stamp



For these cards, Connie has created a background using the Bird Houses and then one of the Bird Houses as the focal image of the card. A clever way to create continuity in the card design!! 


Connie has created some rustic gift tags that are great to use on presents and gifts!! Connie says the trick is to stamp the bird house on the fold of the yardstick and trim around the image so then it opens to a small card :) 

To read house Connie created all of her projects, please visit her blog here.  


 

Here’s a card by Godelieve where she has combined the Bird Houses with the Bird Life Stamp Set and Abstract 01 Stamp. Godelieve coloured the images with pencils. You can read more about it on her blog here.  




The Bird Houses also look great in art journals! This is a fabulous page by Godelieve where she has used all 4 bird houses against a colourful stencilled and stamped background. Read about it here.  


We also have a video to share from Vicky Papaioannou where she uses the Bird Houses in an art journal page. It’s a beautiful tutorial! Watch here


As you can see, there are so many ways the Bird Houses Stamp Set can be used! If you’d like to see more projects from this stamp set, check out the Pinterest Board!   


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Bird Life Stamp Set Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Bird Life Stamp Set! This set was designed by Godelieve Tijskens and includes a bird house, bird bath, nest, branches and 3 cute little birds that can be used together in so many ways! 



Let’s take a look at how these stamps can be used: 


This is a little booklet created by Godelieve using just one sheet of paper. Since there are so many stamps in the Bird Life set, you can make lots of little scenes to decorate the pages! Godelieve shares a full tutorial on her blog here.    



This card shows how the little birds fit into the bird bath stamp. The background was stencilled using the Short Rectangle, Butterflies, Arty Circles and Wellbeing stencils! See more details here.   


This card shows how you can stamp the branches a few times to make a complete tree! The little birds look great sitting on the branches! See more details on Godelieve’s blog here


Next we have 4 ideas from Suzz Czosek.  


Suzz has combined the Book Stack Photo Stamp with the birds! It’s a great combination and they look so sweet sitting on the different books! 


For this one Suzz used the Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp and French Script & Chicken Wire Texture Stamps to create a background. Then stamps the branches and bird and layered them on top. Its a beautiful card! 


These are some sweet placards for a table setting at a dinner party! Such a great idea! 


Suzz has created a wire for the little birds to sit on and created a bookmark! Another great idea! You can read more about Suzz’s projects on her blog here.  


Next we have some fabulous cards by Connie Mercer: 



Connie has created a set of cards combining lots of the stamps to use to create backgrounds and then as a main feature image for the cards. Aren’t they pretty! 


Connie has also created an art journal page and combined the Bird Life stamps with the Friends Quote Stamp! She has created a hanging bird box with the bird house stamp in that set too by trimming off the post. 


Our final project to share is a scrapbook page where Connie has used photos of birds splashing around in a bird bath! Perfect stamps to use for this layout! 

You can read all about Connie’s projects on her blog here.   


As you can see, there are so many ways the Bird Life Stamp Set can be used! If you’d like to see more projects from this stamp set, check out the Pinterest Board!   


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Meditation Stamp Set Card Ideas

Stewart Yule - Monday, July 29, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Meditation Stamp Set! This set was designed by Rachel Greig and includes 2 meditation figures, a small and large lotus flower and lots of words and sentiments that can be used together in so many ways! 



Let’s take a look at how these stamps can be used: 

 

This card by Rachel Greig shows how the figure stamp looks when stamped onto a subtle painted background and layered onto a brighter painted tag. The small lotus flower stamp was stamped onto the book page using a light brown ink. The Scratches Background Stamp was used for the card base to give it a textured look. 

Here are some fabulous cards by Robyn Wood:  


Robyn has stamped the large lotus stamp with Distress Oxide Ink and has used one of the sentiments from the same stamp set.  



For these cards, Robyn has used different sentiments to show how the images can be used for lots of different occasions too. 


Blue is such a calming colour and is perfect to use for these stamps too. Robyn created a few more using this colour scheme to create a set. 



This last card was stamped with Distress Oxide ink then Robyn spritzed the image with water to move the ink around a little to create a watercolour look. 

You can read all about Robyn's cards on her blog here.  


As you can see, there are so many ways the Meditation Stamp Set can be used! If you’d like to see more projects from this stamp set, check out the Pinterest Board!   


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Beautiful Blooms Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Beautiful Blooms Stamp Set! This set was designed by Rachel Greig and includes 4 detailed flower images and 3 sentiments that can be used together in so many ways! 



Our Creative Team had a lot of fun with this set and we have lots to share with you! Let’s start with some projects by Godelieve Tijskens. 


For these cards, Godelieve has used the Short Rectangle Stencil to create a frame for the blooms. You can read the full tutorial here.   



Godelieve has a series called Sunday Scraps, where every Sunday she will create a card out of scraps on her craft table. This card uses strips of cardstock and gel printed pieces and she has stamped the Beautiful Bloom over the top in black ink. See more here.   



This card is a wonderful pop of colour! Godelieve has used different inks to stamp the Beautiful Blooms, then stamped the Birthday Small Stamp and Candles Eclectic Stamp over the top! You can read the full tutorial here.


Godelieve also has a Black & White series on her blog where she creates projects simply in black & white! This is a simple yet stunning tag where the Spanish Tiles Background Stamp is used around the edges of the bloom. Read more here.

Next we have some fabulous projects by Anneke De Clerck:  
 

Anneke has stamped the open bloom several times using Distress Oxide Inks, then masked the blooms to stamp the Checkered Background Stamp over the top. 


This card uses the Arty Triangles Background Stamp in the background. So stunning! Read the full tutorial here.


This set of tags show how striking the flowers stamp over coloured backgrounds! See more photos and details on Anneke’s blog here.  



Here’s a beautiful card showing how the Beautiful Blooms look when stamped with Wendy Vecchi Blendable Make Art Ink Pads. The colours are beautiful! Read more here.

We also have some lovely cards by Connie Mercer:  



Connie has used the Creativity Medium Stencil to sponge a soft background - it looks perfect with the blooms! 


For this card Connie used the Chicken Wire Background Stamp and the Bottles Stamp Set


Connie used the Carved Leaves Vol 1 Stamp Set to create leaves underneath the stamped blooms. Doesn’t it look fabulous!! You can read all about Connie’s cards on her blog here.

As you can see, there are so many ways the Beautiful Blooms Stamp Set can be used! If you’d like to see more projects from this stamp set, check out the Pinterest Board!   


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Quick Stamped & Stenciled Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 18, 2019

Hi there, it’s Rachel Greig here with you today to share some cards using the latest stamp and stencil release! It’s fun to see how the different stamps and stencils can be used together. Here’s a look at the cards: 



I started by stamping the Portrait Inchies Stamp Set onto Mixed Media Cardstock using Archival Plum Ink, then shaded around the edges slightly using an ink blending tool with the same ink. I then stamped the Friendship Sentiments Stamp onto Mixed Media Cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink and trimmed out a few sentiments individually to use on the card. That’s one thing I love about the Sentiments Stamps, they can be so versatile this way! I sponged Archival Plum ink around the edges of each sentiment to make to blend in with the background and adhered them to the card using foam adhesive. Mount the stamped panel to plum yardstick and wrap some twine around the base. Adhere to a folded Kraft card base to complete. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Friendship Sentiments Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Plum 
Mini Ink Blending Tool 


The Tall Flowers Stamp Set is perfect for using with a watercolouring technique! I inked the stamp with Sunflower, Poppy and Red Geranium Make Art Ink Pads for the petals and Fern Green Make Art Ink Pad for the stem, then misted the stamp lightly with water before stamping it onto watercolour card stock. If you’d like to blend the inks even further, use a water brush to blend and move the inks around on the card stock until you achieve the watercolour effect you desire. Repeat this using different stamps from the Tall Flowers Stamp Set until you have created a little garden of flowers. Stamp the long Happy Birthday sentiment from the same stamp set onto light green card stock and trim to fit on the left side of the flowers. Distress all the edges with a paper distresser. Mount onto dark green card stock and distress the edges, before wrapping twine around the bottom. Adhere to a folded Kraft card base to complete. 



While I had the inks out from the last card, I created a similar designed card using the small Carved Leaves Stencil with the same Sunflower, Poppy and Reg Geranium inks. First I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Tall Flowers Stamp set down the left side of the cardstock and masked off the sentiment before sponging ink through the stencil on the right side of the sentiment. I alternated the leaves and ink colours to create a collection of leaves. This stencil is very intricate, so be slow and gentle with your sponging to get the most accurate results. I also sponged a small strip of colour down the left side of the sentiment using Poppy ink pad, and masking off the sentiment. Adhere the finished panel onto black cardstock and wraps twine around the left side before adhering to a folded Kraft card base. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil 
Make Art Inks: Sunflower, Poppy, Red Geranium, Fern Green 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Water Spritzer Bottle 125ml 
Paper Distresser 



I stared this card by stamping the World Map Background Stamp onto beige card stock using Archival Jet Black ink. Using the small Sunshine stencil, I sponged Sunflower and Poppy Make Art Inks through the stencil to create a sun burst. Wrap a torn piece of material around the base to add some texture. Stamp a car from the Classic Cars Vol 2 stamp set onto hot press watercolour paper using Archival Jet Black ink and colour in the car using the Poppy and Red Geranium Make Art Ink Pads and a water brush. Use Pumice Stone Distress Ink for the tyres and metal areas. Trim out the car and adhere to the card using foam adhesive. Stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set and trim. Sponge Pumice Stone ink around the edges before adhering them to the card with foam adhesive. Adhere entire stamped panel to a folded black card to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Sunshine Stencil 
Make Art Inks: Sunflower, Poppy, Red Geranium
Distress Ink: Pumice Stone 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Paper Distresser 

These new stamps are available now from the Darkroom Door website or check out the store locator for a retailer near you. 

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

Rachel

Portrait Inchies Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 08, 2019

Hi crafty folk! It's Teresa Abajo here with a couple of cards I made using the new Portrait Inchies Stamp Set. Before I show you those however, I wanted to address the dilemma these Inchies stamp set present to some of us - to cut or not to cut? I usually like to keep them as one complete sheet so they can be used as a background stamp or if I need only a few images I can still just ink up a smaller section and trim out the stamped images after they have been stamped. To stamp a full sheet you will need either a large block or a stamping tool that takes this large size. 

However if you prefer them to be in smaller stamps, here is a compromise, if you cut them out by hand, this adds little curves and angles that can be used to put the stamp back together like a jig saw puzzle. Which means you can use them as a full background, a horizontal strip, a vertical strip and as individual images, depending on how you cut them. Another option is to cut the sheet in half (horizontally in the middle), so you have two stamps the same size as the Photo Stamps. So the choice is yours!  

Now onto the cards:

This first one uses the set as a complete background for a large (A5) card:



Instructions:
1. Stamp the entire stamp onto some white card using grey ink. Trim to size then mount onto pink cardstock.
2. Stamp one of the images again, and colour it using your preferred medium (I used acrylic paint and some Distress Inks).
3. Cut this image out and adhere it over one of the grey ones on the card front. Embellish with flowers.
4. Stamp the words using black ink, trim into a strip and mount it onto black then pink cardstock. Adhere to card front with foam tape.
5. Adhere the card front to a folded white card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet medley Stamp Set
Archival ink: Watering Can, Jet Black
Acrylic paints
Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose
Cardstock: pink, black, white
Flowers
A5 folded white card

This second card uses a 3 x 3 panel of the inchie images. You can either cut the stamp up into this arrangement, or stamp it and then cut the cardstock.


Instructions:
1. Spritz some Milled Lavender Distress Spray Ink onto a craft sheet and swipe some cream cardstock through it. Cut in half.
2. Spritz some Old Paper Distress Spray Ink onto a craft sheet and swipe one half of the cream cardstock through it. Dry well.
3. Stamp the Inchies onto this piece using black ink. Trim to size.
4. On the other piece of cream cardstock, stamp the Spanish Tiles Background Stamp in the bottom left hand corner using Milled Lavender Distress ink. Stamp the French Script Background using Old Paper Distress Ink. Adhere a strip of old dictionary page down the centre of the card front. Adhere this to a folded cream card.
5. Stamp the Postcards Texture Stamp onto a 9.5cm sqaure of cream cardstock using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Adhere to card front.
6. Stamp the quote from 1920's Chic Stamp Set using brown ink and adhere to card front.
7. Adhere the 3 x 3 Inchie panel to the card front using foam tape. Embellish with pearls and flowers.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Spanish Tiles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Postcards Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door 1920's Chic Stamp Set
Distress Spray Ink: Milled Lavender, Old Paper
Distress Ink: Milled Lavender, Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Old dictionary page
Adhesive pearls
Flowers
Cream cardstock
A6 folded cream card

Thanks for joining me today!

Teresa