Sunshine Stencil Art Journal & Gel Printing Video

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 13, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing an art journal page using the large Sunshine Stencil. One of the things I also love to do with stencils is play around with gel printing to see what effects can be achieved with just the one stencil. I created a video of my experiments which you will see below. First, let's look at the art journal page: 



This spread was created in my Dina Wakley Media journal. If you've not seen this journal before, it has different surfaces throughout the journal which make it an interesting feature as you flip through the pages. I'm working on a canvas material on the left and watercolour paper on the right. 


I adhered two tags to the canvas side using Multi Medium. The tags were created by sponging Distress Inks and then stamping the images over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. I created custom colours of satin seam binding ribbon by colouring it with Distress Stains. 


For the watercolour page I started by scraping some Gesso over the page before adhering some old books page strips randomly over the page. Next I scraped some Cut Grass Dylusions paint in a few areas and let dry before adhering some more book pages and sheet music strips. To match the colours of the tags, I placed the Large Sunshine stencil over the page and spritzed with Dylusions Tangerine Dream Shimmer Spray. It is a richly coloured spray with lots of shimmer! You can see where the shimmer has resisted the gesso a little bit which I think gives an interesting effect as it creates different shade of colour with the shimmer spray. To finish off, I wrote in between the sun rays with a black pen. 


I also wanted to test the stencil with gel printing to see what different effects you could get by using different colours and layers of paint. It was fun to play and create these prints! You can watch the video here: 



Here are some of the prints I created with the Sunshine Stencil: 








Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Large Sunshine Stencil 
Darkroom Door Friendship Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks
Dina Wakley Media Paints
Dylusions Shimmer Spray: Tangerine Dream
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
Dina Wakley Media Journal 
Dylusions Paint: Cut Grass
Gel printing plate

I hope this inspires you to try out some stencils in your journal and for gel printing! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Starry Night Stencil Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hi there, it's Rachel Greig here today sharing an art journal page using the large Starry Night Stencil along with a variety of Darkroom Door Stamps. I'm used a double page of the cotton watercolour pages in a Dina Wakley Media journal.

 

Instructions: 
1. Cover the pages lightly with white gesso. 
2. Brayer Lime and Lemon Dina Wakley Media paint onto a circle gel plate and make several prints across the width of the pages, making them overlap at some areas. 
3. Squeeze some Sky Dina Wakley Media paint onto a palette and spritz with water to make a diluted wash. Lightly paint over the page outside of the gel printed circles. 
4. Using some of the leftover Sky paint, mix a little with Texture Paste and scrape through the large Starry Night stencil over the blue painted areas. Allow to dry. 


5. Draw around the gel printed circles with a black Scribble Stick. Use a waterbrush to blend some areas. 
6. Stamp the Lady Lace Collage Stamp onto white card stock and trim the lady image out and adhere to one of the circles as shown. 
7. Stamp two butterflies from the Butterflies stamp set with different ink pads. Trim and adhere to two more circles. 
8. Stamp the sentiments from Butterfly Script stamp sets onto white tissue paper using Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to the remaining circles using gel medium. The tissue will virtually disappear after the gel medium has dried so it will look like you have stamped straight onto the page. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Starry Night Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Lady Lace Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterfly Script Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dina Wakley Media Journal
Dina Wakley Media Paints: Lemon, Lime, Sky
Gel Medium 
Texture Paste Opaque
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks Set 1 

Tissue paper 
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Be You Art Journal Video

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here today to share an art journal process video using Darkroom Door stencils and other fun supplies in a Dina Wakley Media journal! I've often been asked to show how I do a journal page from start to finish, so I have filmed the whole process so you can watch and create along with me! 

Here's a few close ups of the journal page: 

 

This is the first page in a Dina Wakley Media journal. It has such a fabulous texture is a great surface to work on! I have used the Small Butterflies and Small Wildflowers stencils as the main design feature. 


I've also added some collage for more layers and texture. 


To watch the full process video and create along with me, click on the video here: 


Here's the completed project: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Wildflowers stencil 
Darkroom Door Small Butterflies Stencil 
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Dina Wakley Media Journal 
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks Set 2
Dina Wakley Media White Gesso
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Peacock, Sedona, Olive, Buff 
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml
Ranger Medium Brayer
Texture Paste Opaque
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium 
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black, Leaf Green 

I look forward to sharing more art journal process videos with you in the future! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Butterflies Stencil Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 08, 2018

Hello! Autumn Clark with you today to share a couple of encouragement cards using the new Butterflies Small Stencil. I’ve enjoyed using different mediums with these stencils to create unique layering effects.


Instructions:

To start, I dipped a watercolor panel in a variety of Distress Inks to create a grungy background.

Next I used the open stencil and sponged a mix of Vintage Photo and Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.

Then I spritzed the sponged butterfly and let the inks bleed down the page.

I lined up the image and taped the stencil down, then added the detail stencil back in place. I applied modeling paste through the stencil. As the paste dries, it will lift some of the sponged ink and tint the paste.


I added a few strips of tissue tape to frame my sentiment from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 Stamp Set, which I stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto scrap inky paper. I stamped circles from the Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set and the Butterfly Eclectic Stamp in Watering Can Archival Ink randomly along the background.


Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Butterflies Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Butterfly Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set 
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap
Distress Oxides: Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce
Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Tissue Tape
Archival Ink: Watering Can

For the second card I used followed the same techniques with light and springy colors. 


Instructions:

I dipped a watercolor panel in a variety of Distress Inks to create a light watercolor background.

I sponged Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide through the open stencil.

Next, I lined up the image and taped the stencil down, then added the detail stencil back in place. I applied modeling paste through the stencil. When the paste was dry, I sponged it with Antique Linen Distress Oxide for contrast.


I stamped the Butterfly Eclectic Stamp at the top of my panel, then used the second detail butterfly from the small stencil set to do a monoprint. To do this, I applied Evergreen Bough Distress Ink directly to the stencil and spritzed it with water, then used it as a stamp. This gave me three different butterfly images to fill my card.

I added a few strips of tissue tape to frame my sentiment from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 Stamp Set, which I stamped in in Evergreen Bough Distress Ink onto scrap inky paper.


Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Butterflies Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Butterfly Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Pumice Stone, Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen
Distress Oxides: Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough
Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Tissue Tape


I hope you’re inspired to play with this gorgeous stencil! Thanks for dropping by today! 

Autumn

Boxes 12 Up

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Hi there! It's Liesbeth Fidder here today to share two cards using the Boxes 12up Frame Stamp and matching stencil. I am showing two different ways you can use it. Here is the first card: 



Instructions: 
I stamped the Boxes 12 up Frame Stamp with black ink on a piece of white cardstock. Using the matching stencil, I sponged with Distress inks Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral and Aged Mahogany through the stencil into the boxes. I stamped (through the stencil) the Compass Eclectic Stamp and Flourish Texture Stamp using the same colours of Distress ink. With a 1 inch punch, I punched out 12 squares out of sticky masking paper and masked the squeres. I stamped the French Script Background Stamp several times with black ink. I removed the masks. On a seperate piece of white paper I stamped the text 'The journey is the reward' from the Journey Word Block Stamp and the globe from the Steampunk Squares Collage Stamp and cut them out. I glued the words on a small piece of black paper and added it onto the card with glue. I finished this card with black, yellow and dark red cardstock.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Stencil 
Darkroom Door Compass Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Journey Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door Steampunk Squares Collage Stamp
Distress Inks: Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany
Archival Ink: Jet Black
1" square punch

Here is my next card: 


Instructions: 
First I stamped the Boxes 12 up Frame Stamp onto white cardstock with black ink. Using the stencil, I laid it off centre to the stamped squares and sponged the card with Distress inks Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Wild Honey. I sponged it part by part and started every time in a corner, and I moved the stencil until the background was completely covered with the stencil. I sponged one corner of each square with a bit of Chipped Sapphire, using the stencil. After that I masked the squares with masking paper and stamped the images from Seashells and Sail Away stamp sets. I finished with some highlights using a white gel pen. I glued it onto a white card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Stencil 
Darkroom Door Seashells Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Sail Away Rubber Stamps
Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon, Wild Honey, Chipped Sapphire
White gel pen

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

Liesbeth 

Polka Dots Stencil Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 05, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share some projects featuring the new small Polka Dots stencil. This stencil has a very beautiful and interesting design. It’s different from other dots stencils because of the beautiful extra lines inside the dots.

Below I’m sharing 3 techniques using the small Polka Dots stencil to create backgrounds for cards. But of course you can use parts of the stencil in combination with paint to create layers on your cards or art journal pages as well.

On the first card I’ve used the ‘stamping with a stencil’ technique. The result is a reverse print of the stencil. Love the outcome!


Instructions
1. Ink up the Polka Dots stencil with Distress Oxides Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin and Abandoned Coral. Stamp with the inkpads directly on the stencil. Spray water on top with a mini mister and put a watercolour card panel on top. Rub over the panel with your hands and wait a few seconds before removing it to let the ink soak into the paper.

2. Stamp randomly with the Alphabet Texture Stamp using Archival Ink Jet Black. 

3. Stamp a flower from the Etched Flowers set on a paper scrap using Distress Oxides Worn Lipstick and Carved Pumpkin. Cut out and decorate with machine stitches.  Stamp a birthday wish from the Happy Birthday set to the bottom corner. Fold 2 tabs from painted ribbon and attach tabs and flower to the card with 3D tape.

To create the background of the second card I used the new Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray by Ranger. The Resist Spray is a textured spray that dries clear and is water resistant.


Instructions
1. Work on a protected area because the spray is very difficult to remove from f.i. a craft sheet.  As Tim Holtz recommends I made a spray box from a cardboard box. The upright sides of the box prevent the spray from flying all around and damaging things on your worktable. Put a panel of watercolour paper in the box, lay the stencil on top and spray through the stencil with the resist spray. Rinse the stencil immediately with water. 

Let the sprayed layer dry, it only takes a few minutes.


2. Spray Distress Spray Stains Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron on top.  Move the panel to blend the colours. Let dry.

3. Stamp a flower from the Fine Flowers Vol 2 set on a scrap of watercolour paper. Colour the print with Distress Ink Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon using a water brush. Cut out. Stamp the flower one more time - straight onto the background - in order to retain all the details of the stamped image.  Glue the coloured flower on top of this print.

4. Finish the card off with a sentiment from the Simple Sayings stamp set. 

On the following cards I used the Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium ‘Crazing’ by Ranger. This medium is a crackle gel and dries translucent with a subtle crackle matte finish. 


Instructions
1. Apply Crazing Medium through the Polka Dots stencil using a palette knife. Let air-dry.


2. Scribble on the background with various colours of Distress Crayons. Use a wet brush or your finger to blend the colours. 

3. Stamp the birds on white stamping paper, cut out and adhere to the background.

4. Punch 2 circles out of paper scraps and make a small hole in each circle using a Crop-a -Dile. Stamp a birthday wish from the Happy Birthday set on the pink circle.

5. Wrap black thread around the card and attach the circles as shown.

To make this final card create the same background as for the previous card using different colours of Distress Crayons.


1. Stamp the car and text with Archival Ink Jet Black on white stamping paper and cut out. Colour the back window of the car with Distress Ink Weathered Wood using a water brush. Stamp the leaves from the Carved Leaves Vol 2 using Distress Oxides and cut out. 

2. Wrap black thread around the card and assemble as shown.

Supplies used
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Polka Dots
Darkroom Door Etched Flowers Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Alphabet Texture Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxides: Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin
Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon
Distress Crayons: Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon
Distress Spray Stains: Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon
Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Crazing  
Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray 


Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Starry Night Stencil Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, March 03, 2018

Hi, Godelieve Tijskens here, sharing 2 cards I made using the Small Starry Night Stencil.
 



On the first card I used the stencil to create a starry background.
 

I have chosen Carved Pumpkin and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide inks to sponge a background onto smooth watercolor paper.  I applied several layers to get intense colors. I used my heat tool to dry the ink completely before the next step.
 

I switched colors to sponge the stars through the Small Starry Night stencil using mini ink blending tools.
 

To cut the tag I used a Sizzix die.  
 

Words and brushes from the Artist Palette stamp set were stamped with black Archival ink onto the tag. I inked the edges with black ink and attached black ribbon and twine to the top. The starry background was glued onto a white card. To put the tag in place I used 3D foam tape.
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Starry Night
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Artist Palette
Distress Oxide Inkpads: Carved Pumpkin, Evergreen Bough
Archival Inkpad: Jet Black
Mini Ink Blending Tools
Sizzix Die: Tim Holtz Alterations Tag & Tie
 
On this next card I used the stencil to create a starry sky. 

 
First I applied light modeling paste using the small Mesh stencil and a plastic card. I avoided the top left corner, for the stars. After the paste had dried I applied a coat of gesso. I painted this piece with Dylusions Paints Chopped Pesto and Periwinkle Blue.

While the paint was still wet I have put the Small Starry Night stencil in place and used a baby wipe to lift the paint in the top left corner through the stencil. Gesso makes it easy to lift the paint.
 
The car and words from the Classic Cars set were stamped with black Archival ink. I heat embossed these with clear embossing powder.  Archival ink can be embossed if you work quickly. The car was cut out, and adhered to the background with 3D foamtape. The panel got a black mat, and was glued onto a white card.
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencils: Starry Night, Mesh
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Classic Cars
Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Gesso
Dylusions Paints: Periwinkle Blue, Chopped Pesto
Archival Inkpad: Jet Black
Clear embossing powder
Baby wipes 
 
I hope you enjoyed my ideas! Thanks for stopping by.

Godelieve

Gel Printed Mail Art Envelope Video

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here with you today to share a fun gel printed mail art envelope using stencils, stamps and Dina Wakley Media Paint! It's so much more fun to send and receive decorated envelopes for your card or other mail items! 

I've created a full video tutorial so you can watch how it all come together. But first, here's a look at the front and back of the envelope: 

 


And some close ups: 


To see how I have created it, watch the video here: 


Hope this inspires you to create some fun envelopes to send out to your friends and family! If you do, we'd love to see your creations! Please join us in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Group where you can share your creations with other like minded crafters :) 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Butterflies Stencil
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Tags, Stitched Borders, Mail Art, Sydney Vol 2 
Ranger Gel Plates - 3 Pack Assorted
Dina Wakley Paints: Buff, Olive, Peacock, Sedona 
Medium Brayer
Archival Inks: Jet Black, Leaf Green 
Plain Envelope

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Starry Night Large Stencil Layout

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 05, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a layout featuring the fabulous new Starry Night Large Stencil. This is such a fun stencil perfect for so many different projects and co-ordinates so well with the Stars Rubber Stamp Set. Today I am demonstrating how to create a grungy background using this versatile stencil.



Instructions:

1. Spritz your background cardstock with water. You need the cardstock to be quite wet. (Note: With wet cardstock comes warping. There's not really any way to avoid the warping but it should straighten up when stored in your album.) Shake up the Black Marble Dylusions Ink Spray, remove the top and apply the colour with a large soft wet paintbrush. Experiment with dropping the colour on the layout with the paintbrush and watching how it spreads on the wet surface. Use the paintbrush to move the colour around. You can also lift up the layout to move the colour around and let it run down the page. It's all just playing! Set aside to dry. (I used a heat gun to dry mine which added to the warp effect. It's best to let it dry naturally)


2. Place the stencil over the background. Apply texture paste over the stencil using a palette knife. Concentrate the texture paste over the inked area. You don't need to cover the whole stencil. Allow to dry for a sharper image or dry with a heat gun for extra texture caused by bubbling when you heat the paste. Use silver paint or a silver paint pen to colour the stars silver. Flick some of the silver paint as well as the Black Marble Spray over the background. Leave to dry. Add some subtle stamping to the background.


3. Stamp a small piece of white cardstock with the Brushed Stars Background Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink to create a frame for under your photo. Stamp some images from various Darkroom Door stamps that are relevant for your photo.  Stamp a bunch of stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set to co-ordinate with the stencilled background. Fussy cut all images.


4. Stamp your title using the Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set. Fussy cut each letter. 


5. Add all images as well as a baker's twine circle and your
photo.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil – Starry Night
Darkroom Door Brushed Stars Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Sydney Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Australian Animals Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Dylusions Ink Spray Black Marble
Distress Ink Black Soot
Amsterdam Acrylic Ink Silver
Golden Light Molding Paste
Uni Posca Pen White

I hope you love this stencil as much as I do. It really is perfect for so many projects from layouts to art journal pages, cards, tags and canvases. What will you create with your stencil?

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Golden Sunshine Stencil Layout

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 04, 2018

Hello crafty people! Teresa Abajo here with a layout I made using the new large Sunshine stencil:



Although this is a large stencil, it can be used for smaller areas - see the top left hand corner of the layout for example. I have used Distress Oxide ink for sponging through this stencil because they are lovely and creamy and blend well, but you could use other ink or even acrylic paint.

Instructions:

1. Holding the stencil down well so that it doesn't move, sponge Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink through it onto an 11.5 x 11.5 inch sheet of white cardstock.

2. Without moving the stencil, sponge Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink over the centre third of the Antique Linen sun rays. It shouldn't take too much effort to get these inks to blend, but reapply Antique Linen back over the top of the Iced Spruce if required. Repeat this process in a smaller area at the top left hand side of the sheet.

3. Apply both Antique Linen and Iced Spruce inks to the Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp and stamp onto white cardstock. Sprinkle some gold embossing powder over the wet ink - you're after a patchy effect so don't over the entire image with embossing powder. Heat the embossing powder until it melts. Fussy cut the butterfly

4. Apply Versamark ink to some cotton gauze, sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat until melted. Adhere the butterfly over the gauze and trim leaving a border. Adhere this to the centre of the Sunshine stencil.

5. Sponge some Antique Linen and some Iced Spruce onto a piece of white cardstock. Dry well then stamp the word Smile from the Whimsical Words Stamp Set and emboss with gold embossing powder. Fussy cut this word and adhere to the butterfly over a photo.

6. Stamp one of the flowers from the Whimsical Words Stamp Set four times using Antique Linen and Iced Spruce inks. Sprinkle with gold embossing powder, heat until melted then fussy cut. Adhere these around the layout to decorate.


7. Stamp the lines from the Calendar Stamp Set using Antique Linen and Iced Spruce inks, sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat until melted. Add some gold gauze, a fussy cut flower and some journaling.

8. Adhere gold pearls around the layout to embellish.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Sunshine
Darkroom Door Collage Stamp - Patchwork Butterfly
Darkroom Door Stamp Set - Whimsical Words

Darkroom Door Stamp Set - Calendar
Distress Oxide ink - Antique Linen, Iced Spruce
Cotton gauze
Gold embossing powder
Versamark ink
Gold adhesive pearls

I plan on incorporating this stencil into some art journal pages and other art works, and I look forward to seeing what you do with it too. Upload your work online and use the hashtag #darkroomdoorstencils so others can find it! Thanks for looking.

Teresa