Square Stencil Set Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 31, 2018

Hi folks! Teresa here, and I have some cards I have created using the new Square Stencil set.

We are well and truly in the grips of the 'silly season' so it's wonderful to come across a product that is practical, time saving and easy to use. I have used the stencil part of the set to create a focal point for a couple of different images and sentiments, and then I have used it to create a colour blocking background. 

Here's how I made these samples:



1. Holding the stencil down firmly, sponge some Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink through it onto a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of white cardstock. While it is still in place, stamp the star cluster from the Christmas Reindeer set repeatedly using the same ink.
2. Remove the stencil, dry the ink with a heat gun, apply an antistatic pad over the area then stamp the word 'cheer' using the same ink. (Distress Oxide stays wet and embosses beautifully!). Sprinkle copper embossing powder over the word and melt with a heat gun.
3. Stamp the bauble and emboss again with copper embossing powder, then fussy cut. Sponge Pumice Stone and Tattered Rose Distress inks over the bauble and tie a silver twine bow at the top. Use foam tape to adhere to the card front.
4. Adhere the card front to a folded white card, then embellish with clear diamentes.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Square set
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Season's Greetings Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Fine Baubles Rubber Stamps
Distress Oxide ink: Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose
Ranger Copper embossing powder
Silver twine
Clear adhesive diamentes


1. Holding the stencil down firmly, sponge some Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink through it onto a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of white card. While it is still in place, sponge just the edges with some Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink.
2. Remove the stencil and spatter some water droplets over the inked area. Allow to sit for a few seconds then blot with a tissue.
3. Stamp the daisy from the Viva la Flora Vol 2 set using black Archival ink. 
4. Add a Tim Holtz Big Chat sticker and a diamente, then adhere this over some woodgrain patterned paper using foam tape. Adhere to the front of a folded white card.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Square set
Darkroom Door Viva la Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Distress Oxide ink: Tea Dye, Hickory Smoke
Archival Jet Black ink
Tim Holtz Big Chat sticker
Clear adhesive diamente
Kaisercraft Woodgrain patterned paper


1. Holding the stencil down firmly, sponge Mustard Seed Distress Oxide ink to create some solid blocks of colour.  Dry the ink well with a heat gun and wipe the stencil clean.
2. Repeat the process with Festive Berries and Mermaid Lagoon ink, overlapping some of the sqaures and leaving some areas white.
3. Trim this piece down to 10 x 14.3 cm, then stamp 2019 using the Big Numbers stamp set using black Archival ink.
4. Stamp the sentiment using the stamp from the All Occcasions set using Distress Embossing ink, and sprinkle with white embossing powder. Melt with a heat gun, trim to size and adhere to card front using foam tape.
5. Apply small pieces of striped washi tape then adhere card front to a folded white card using foam tape.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Square set
Darkroom Door Big Numbers Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door All Occasions Rubber stamps
Distress Oxide ink: Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Mermaid Lagoon
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Embossing Ink
Ranger Fine Detail White embossing powder
Striped washi tape

Thanks for joining us! I hope you have gleaned some ideas to use with the Square stencil set. I look forward to exploring the options with the template part of the set - the square from the centre - to create frames and outlines on some future projects.

Season's greetings and Happy New Year!

Teresa

Reflection Stamping With Stencils

Darkroom Door - Sunday, December 09, 2018

Hi there! Miss Jane here, today I’m sharing a reflection stamping tutorial using the new small Rectangle Stencil Set with the Nature Walk Stamp Set. Creating this card and getting a perfect reflection was a breeze thanks to the rectangle frame stencil. I also used the inner piece as a stamp to get the reflective image, I loved how sturdy it was to use too!



Steps:


1. Place the rectangle frame stencil in the top section of white card, sponge Distress Oxide salty ocean ink at the top and Distress Oxide lucky clover ink at the bottom, blending them together in the centre.


2. Dab a wet paintbrush over a few areas in the top portion, let it sit for a few seconds then dab the water off using a clean cloth. This removes the top layer of the sponged ink to create clouds.



3. Remove the rectangle frame stencil and secure it below the sponged area so it slightly overlaps the bottom of the sponged area. Sponge Distress Oxide blueprint sketch ink in the top 1/3rd section then fill in the remaining area using the Distress Oxide salty ocean ink.


4. Dab a wet paintbrush over a few areas in the top portion, let it sit for a few seconds then dab the water off using a clean cloth. Try to match up the areas from the top portion, to give the illusion that the clouds are reflecting on the water.


5. Place the rectangle frame stencil over the top area and stamp the Nature Walk field of flowers at the bottom using Distress Oxide black soot ink, sponge along the bottom with the same ink to fill in any gaps.



6. Position the rectangle frame stencil over the bottom section. Stamp the field of flowers image directly on the inner rectangle stencil using Memento tuxedo ink, flip it over and place it at the top of the bottom sponged area in alignment with the top stamped image to create the reflection. Press all over the inked inner rectangle piece to transfer the ink.


7. Sponge the centre with more black ink if needed. 


8. Draw a few lines just below the centre to look like water ripples using a white pencil. Stamp a Nature Walk sentiment in bottom right-hand corner using black ink.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Rectangle Stencil Set
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Black Soot, Lucky Clover, Blueprint Sketch 
Ink Blending Tool & Foam
Paint Brush 
White Pencil 

Have a go and see what reflections you can come up with.

Happy creating!
Miss Jane

Circle Stencil Set Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 23, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share some quick and easy cards I made with the new Small Stencil - Circle Set. This set contains a stencil and a mask and I had a great time playing with both!

On the first card I used the stencil. To create the sets of cards I worked with the mask and on the final card I used both the stencil and the mask. The possibilities are endless.



Instructions

1. Put the stencil on top of a top fold card. Hold in place with tape. Stamp a small bird from the Garden Birds set in the circle with black ink. Stamp the bird on masking paper as well, cut out and adhere that mask on top of the bird on the card.


2. Apply Distress Ink Tumbled Glass through the stencil using a blending tool. Colour the entire circle. Leave the stencil in place.

3. Stamp branches in the circle using Archival Ink Leaf Green. Stamp stars using Stazon Ink Teal Blue.

4. Remove the bird mask and the stencil. Draw ‘strings’ using a black fineliner.

5. Stamp a wish from the Yuletide Greetings set at the bottom of the card.


Instructions

1. Put the stencil on top of a top fold card. Hold in place with tape.

2. Apply Distress Oxide Ink Worn Lipstick through the stencil using a blending tool. Leave the stencil in place while stamping through it with the Inky Script Background Stamp and Distress Oxide Ink Ripe Persimmon. Remove the stencil. Repeat on a second card using Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon.

3.  Stamp a wish from the Yuletide Greetings set at the bottom of each card.


4. Stamp two small trees from the Stitched Christmas set with black ink, cut out and adhere using 3D dots.


Instructions

1. Put the mask on top of a card. Hold in place with one hand while colouring the background with Distress Oxide Ink using a blending tool. On this set of cards I used the following colours: Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage and Tattered Rose. Carefully remove the mask.


2. Stamp a Christmas wish from the Yuletide Greetings set in the middle of each circle using Archival Ink Jet Black.

3. Make multiple prints with the smallest leave from the Carved Leaves Vol 1 set using Distress Oxide Ink Peeled Paint and cut out.

4. Stamp three small flowers from the String Sentiments set on white paper and cut out. Decorate the centres of the flowers by adding a dot with a paint marker.


5. Attach leaves and flowers on the cards as shown.

Here’s another idea, this time for a birthday card:


Instructions: 

1. Put the mask on top of a card panel. Overstamp with the Inky Script Background Stamp using Distress Oxide Ink Ripe Persimmon.

2. Remove the mask. Put the stencil on top of the print after drying. Stamp a flower from the Fine Flowers Vol 2 through the stencil in the white circle

3. Stamp a birthday wish on a scrap of white paper. Cut into a banner and glue in place.

4. Adhere the panel to a white card,

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil – Circle Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Garden Birds Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door String Sentiments Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black & Leaf Green
Stazon Ink: Teal Blue
Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass
Distress Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Bundled Sage, Tattered Rose, Peeled Paint

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Watercolour Rectangle Stencil Background

Stewart Yule - Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hi there, Jane Clark here showing you can easy way to create a beautiful watercolour background using the Rectangle Stencil.



Instructions: 
1. Dab Distress Oxides inks - Salty Ocean, Broken China and Blueprint Sketch on the inner rectangle stencil piece, spray it with water, enough so it starts to pool. Working quickly - flip it over and place it ink down on watercolour card. Press all over it, let the pools of watery ink seep out the edges slightly to create little pockets of colour. Dry completely with a heat gun or overnight.
2. Secure the rectangle frame stencil over the dried watercolour background using Washi or low tack tape.  
3. Ink the Nature Walk tall flower image with Distress Oxide salty ocean, press a finger dauber in Distress Oxide wilted violet ink and dab this over the ink salty ocean ink, this will create a varigated coloured image. Stamp it on the right-hand side as shown.
4. Stamp the writing from the Correspondence Stamp Set using Wilted Violet ink. Stamp the Watery Washes small dots using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink at the bottom as pictured.
5. Stamp 'Enjoy Nature' in the top left-hand corner using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and layer the piece on folded stream blue card.


I love that the small rectangle stencil has an inner and outer section, this means my stamped images will fit perfectly over my watercolour background.  I also love how sturdy they are, they don't lift easily while sponging and they're easy to clean too!


Have a go today!

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Stencil: Rectangle Set
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set 
Darkroom Door Correspondence Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Salty Ocean, Broken China, Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch
Watercolour Cardstock 
Water Spritzer

Happy creating!

Miss Jane

Shape stencil cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today sharing a series of cards using the new shape stencils! These stencils include the positive and negative shapes for you to create backgrounds and fun designs with ease!

One of the easiest ways to use these stencils is by sponging ink through the shape to create a focal area for your card. 


Instructions:
1. Secure a piece of white cardstock to your craft mat using a piece of washi tape. Lay the shaped stencil over the top and secure down with washi tape too. 
2. Choose a few colours of Distress Inks in the same shade of colour, ranging from light to dark. Starting with the lights colour, sponge inside the shaped area using an ink blending tool. Cover the entire shape with this colour. 
3. Change the foam on your blending tool to the next Distress Ink colour and sponge the ink around the edges, blending it with the first ink colour. Continue to do this with all of the Distress Ink colours you’d like to use, going from the lightest to darkest. 
4. Place the Ferns stencil over the shape stencil and sponge through one of the Ferns using the darkest Distress Ink colour in your background. Repeat so you have two ferns stencilled within the shaped area. 
5. Lift ff the stencils and it will reveal your stencilled shape! 
6. Adhere panel to folded Kraft card and attach a stamped label from the Happy Birthday stamp set. 

Here are some more cards and samples using the other shapes: 




To see how I have created this effect, you can watch this video: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Circle Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Oval Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Square Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Rectangle Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Small Ferns Stencil 
Mini Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Mini Ink Blending Tool 
Mini Ink Blending Foam


Thanks for stopping by! 

Rachel

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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Boxes 6up Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hi there! It’s Teresa Abajohere today to share two cards using the Boxes 6 Up Frame Stamp and matching stencil.



Instructions: 
1. Stamp the island silhouette from the Tropical Island stamp set using Archival ink. I used a MISTI stamp positioning tool because I planned to stamp this image again over the top of all the sponging in the last step.
2. Tape the edges a piece of white cardstock down to a craft sheet with painter's tape, then tape the Boxes 6 Up stencil over this to prevent any movement.
3. Sponge some Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink in the area you want a moon to appear. Use a circle punch or die to cut a circle from a Post It Note and place it over the moon.
4. Sponge some Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink over the Post It Note and the rest of the image, keeping an area under the moon a little lighter to look like moonlight reflecting on the water.
5. With the stencil still in place, spatter some water droplets over the sponged ink then blot with paper towel. Remove the stencil and dry well.
6. Apply a spray fixative or Distress Micro Glaze over the image, then replace this piece into the MISTI and stamp the island silhouette image again in black ink. This ensures a sharp, well-defined image.
7. Stamp the sentiment over the moon and emboss with clear embossing powder. Trim the edges to neaten and adhere to the front of a white card over some kraft cardstock.
8. Stamp some of the leaves from the Tropical Leaves stamp set using Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Inks. Fussy cut and adhere to the card. Add a raffia bow.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Small Stencil Boxes 6 Up 
Darkroom Door Tropical Island Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink: Antique Linen, Faded Jeans, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Archival ink: Jet Black


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Boxes 6 Up Frame stamp onto a piece of white card using Archival ink. Tape this down to a craft sheet using painter's tape.
2. Align the Boxes 6 Up stencil over the stamped image and tape down with painter's tape to prevent movement.
3. Sponge through the stencil with Old Paper, Bundled Sage and Forest Moss inks, creating a gradient in each square.
4. Stamp the wildflower images onto the sponged areas with the stencil still in place. It may be necessary to press the stamp down a little harder than usual to ensure the ink gets right up to the edge of the stencil.
5. Remove the stencil and trim the edges of this piece. Mount onto copper, then sage green cardstock, then adhere to the front of a card.
6. Stamp the sentiment onto sage green cardstock and emboss with copper embossing powder. Adhere to card front with foam tape and embellish with flowers.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Boxes 6 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Boxes 6 Up
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Saying Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink: Old Paper, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss
Archival ink: Jet Black

Hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by! 

Teresa

Ferns Stencils Ideas and Video

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Hi there! Rachel Greig here today with a video showing some ideas and techniques using the Ferns Stencils! It is such a versatile stencil that can be used with ink sprays, paints, texture pastes and more! 

Take a look at the video here: 

 


Here are some of the projects from our contributing artists that we share in the video:











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Have a creative day! 

Circles Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share cards featuring the Circles Texture Stamp. As soon as I saw this awesome stamp I knew I had to create something seaside related! I’ve also created another card with a garden bird theme! 



Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 13.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 13cm. Apply the Circles Background Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the card front.

3. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 9cm x 12cm. Apply the Circles Texture Stamp using embossing ink. Heat set with white embossing powder.

4. Press the Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides onto a heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz with water and place the embossed cardstock piece onto the surface. Drag a little as you pull the piece away. Dry with a heat gun and repeat this process until you are happy with the coverage. Flick a little water over the surface and dry with the heat gun again. Stick down on the card front.

5. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp the starfish from the Seashells set on an extra piece of smooth white cardstock. Fussy cut and add to the card front.

6. On the extra piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the Arty Circles Collage Stamp using the Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide. Add double-sided tape to the back and then cut out 4 of the circles. Also stamp the star circle from the Simply Circles set using the same ink. Cut out and add all circles to the card.

7. Heat emboss a stamp from the Seaside Inchies set. Repeat Step 4 with this piece. Add to the card using 3D foam along with some messy embroidery thread. Add some sequins and ‘water droplets’ using Nuvo Crystal Drops. Stamp a sentiment and add to the card.


Here’s another card created using the same techniques:



Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Circles Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Seashells Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Seaside Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Embossing Powder Super Fine White Detail
Distress Oxide: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers
Distress Embossing Ink
NUVO Crystal Drops
Sequins
Embroidery thread

Here is another card where I have used the stamp to create some interest on my background and to differentiate the sky from the ground.


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 13.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 13cm. Apply the Circles Background Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the card front

3. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 9cm x 12cm. Take a piece of scrap printer paper (or other thin paper) and mask off the bottom quarter of this piece. Apply the Circles Texture Stamp using Paradise Teal Archival Ink slightly overlapping the scrap paper. Remove the scrap paper to reveal a flat base to the stamped image. Now place the printer paper over the top section of the piece to mask off the ‘sky’ portion. Apply the Splatter Background Stamp using Tree Branch Archival Ink. Allow the ink to dry or dry with a heat gun.

4. Replace the scrap printer paper to mask off the ‘ground’ area. Place the Arty Circles Small Stencil over the ‘sky’ area and apply Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Repeat this process for the ‘ground’ section using the Arty Triangles Small Stencil and Antique Linen Distress Ink. Use a black journaling pen to add a messy freehand border around the edge.

5. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp a house from the Carved Houses set, a bird from the Garden Birds set and some leaves from the Fine Leaves set on extra smooth white cardstock. Also stamp the music note and the quote from the Melody set. Fussy cut all images. Apply Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to the bird using an ink blending tool. Add all images to the card front along with some messy embroidery thread.

Here are two more cards using the same method: 



Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Circles Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Garden Birds Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Houses Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Melody Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Small Stencil
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Paradise Teal, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Cheers

Belinda

Sunshine Stencil Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, September 01, 2018
Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today sharing two quick and easy cards using the Small Sunshine Stencil


Instructions: 
1. Place the small Sunshine Stencil onto white cardstock. The card I’m using here has a texture through it, but you could use regular flat white card stock too. Sponge Wild Honey Distress Ink in the centre of the stencil where the ‘sun’ is and gently sponge outwards. 
2. Change foams on your blending tool and now sponge Spiced Marmalade on the edges of where the Wild Honey ink ended. Go a little further out, then change sponges again to sponge Ripe Persimmon to the edge of the stencil. Using these 3 colours will give you a nice graduation of colour, like a real sun. 
3. Trim the stencilled background and adhere to a folded white card. 
4. Stamp Hello Summer and the single palm tree from the Tropical Island Stamp Set onto white cardstock. Stamp two more palm trees. Trim out all of the stamped pieces with scissors. Adhere to the card using foam adhesive to give it some dimension. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Sunshine Stencil 
Darkroom Door Tropical Island Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Ink Blending Tool & Foam
Stamping Block



For this card, I used Marabu acrylic sprays and sprayed them through the stencil onto the cardstock. These sprays are fabulous to use and are permanent when dry, so you can layer more colours on top without it interring with the colours underneath. On this card I used the Lemon and Orange colours. Wait for it to dry, then stamped the Along The Way Quote Stamp over the top using Archival Jet Black ink. Tear the edges and sponge around the torn areas using Distress inks to give the edge some nice shading. Adhere to a folded cream card to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Sunshine Stencil 
Darkroom Door Along The Way Quote Stamp
Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Marabu Acrylic Sprays: Lemon, Orange
Ink Blending Tool & Foam
Stamping Block

I hope these cards inspire you to create some quick cards using stencils with inks and sprays! It’s a lot of fun! 

Thanks for stoping by today! 

Rachel