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

Large Butterfly Stencil Layout

Darkroom Door - Saturday, February 03, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda here with you today to share a layout featuring the fabulous new Large Butterflies Stencil. I absolutely love the size of the large butterflies in this stencil and wanted to show how you can incorporate a beautiful set of wings on a scrapbook layout.


Instructions:
1. Use a couple of pieces of washi tape to secure the Large Butterfly Stencil in place on a piece of smooth white cardstock. Use an ink blending tool to apply Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink over the stencil taking care to hold the stencil in place securely. Flick a little water over the top to react with the oxide ink.



2. Fit the outer stencil over the inner butterfly stencil to make sure it is in the right place. Now remove the first stencil. Use a black journaling pen to draw around the edge of the stencil to create an outline. Remove the outer stencil. Fussy cut the butterfly. Add more doodling with the journaling pen.

3. Create the background of your layout by spritzing it with water first. Squish the Distress Oxide ink onto a craft sheet and use a large soft wet paintbrush to pick up the colour and apply to the wet cardstock. Allow the colour to spread across the layout spritzing with more water to manipulate it. Dry with a heat gun. Flick a little more colour over the background and dry again. Swipe an extra piece of white cardstock through the remaining ink on the craft sheet so that there is no wastage and also to use in Step 7.

4. Place the Starry Night Large Stencil over the background and swipe some texture paste down the centre of the stencil using a palette knife. Set aside to dry. Use a white paint pen to highlight some of the stars. Stamp a sentiment several times over the background using the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.


5. Fussy cut a suitable photo to create a silhouette image. Remove the antennae from the butterfly prepared in Step One. Attach the antennae to the back of the photo head. Add the photo to the butterfly wings using 3D foam.

6. Add some messy pink thread on the layout background. Stick the butterfly person onto the background using 3D foam securing the thread in place.

7. Ensure the extra piece of cardstock that was swiped through the oxide ink is completely dry. Stamp some butterflies from the Butterflies Rubber stamp Set on this piece using embossing ink. Heat set with a fine white embossing powder. Fussy cut the butterflies and add to the layout.

8. Stamp some 'weeds' from the Seashells Rubber Stamp Set using the same Distress Oxide ink. Fussy cut and add to the layout around the feet of the photo.


9. Create a title from the Alphabet Medley and Scratched Alphabet Rubber Stamp Sets Fussy cut and add to the layout along with some co-ordinating sequins.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Large Stencil – Starry Night
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Seashells Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Sweet Treats Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Scratched Alphabet Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick
Distress Embossing Ink
Embossing Powder Fine White Detail
Embroidery thread
Sequins

I hope you have fallen in love with this stencil as much as I have. Have fun giving your own silhouette person some beautiful butterfly wings.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Starry Night Large Stencil Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 02, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share an art journal page featuring the fabulous new Starry Night Large Stencil. Here I have used the stencil in two different ways to create, funnily enough, a  rainy 'starry night'.


Instructions:

1. I began this page by placing the stencil over the black cardstock in my journal after I had used it for another project. The stencil was covered in texture paste that I didn't want to waste so I used a sponge to push the rest of the texture paste onto the page. In doing so it has created just a hint of texture rather than full on dimension. This is perfect if you want to try to reduce bulkiness in your journal. Dry the texture paste with a heat gun or allow to dry.

2. Use a sponge to apply white gesso over the top. Not too thick as you don't want to lose the beautiful texture of the stars. Allow to dry.

3. Lift the journal up so that it is on an angle to allow for dripping in this next stage. Spritz along the top of the page using a black ink spray such as Dylusions Black Marble and let it run down to the bottom of the page. You may need to add a little spritz of water or two to really get the ink running and to soften it a little. Reapply the ink until you are happy with the depth of colour and the look of the drips. Leave to dry thoroughly.


4. Next repeat Step 3 using a silver acrylic ink (or diluted silver paint). Allow to dry again.

5. Stamp the beautiful Bare Tree Eclectic Stamp onto a piece of smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut the tree and glue onto the bottom of the page in the centre. Stamp and fussy cut some stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set too to use in Step 7.


6. Place the stencil over the page again and apply white gesso over a scattering of the stars using a sponge for a subtle effect. Remove the stencil and clean immediately. Once the gesso on the page is dry, use a white paint pen to highlight a few of the stars.

7. Apply the quote stamp on a piece of tissue paper using the Jet Black ink. Tear the edge and stick down on the right hand side of the page. Add some torn text tissue paper followed by a thin strip of patterned paper to strategically hide all of the visible tape. Add the stars fussy cut in Step 5.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Starry Night
Darkroom Door Dance Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Bare Tree Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Dylusions Ink Spray Black Marble
Amsterdam Acrylic Ink Silver
Golden Light Molding Paste
Liquitex Gesso
Uni Posca Pen White

I hope you are feeling inspired by my project featuring this fun new stencil to give it a try yourself. Make sure you share your beautiful projects in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Group on Facebook so we can leave some love.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Polka Dots stencil Scrapbook Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door friends, Fiona Paltridge here with you today. I am so honored to have been asked by Rachel to be a guest artist and share with you the fun I have had creating with the new release stencils! 

I was so excited to try the new large Polka Dots stencil. I got straight to it! I could see right away, as soon as I unpacked it that it would work really well on a gel press plate so that's where I started the fun. 



You can watch my video below to see how this page came together and the many ways this stencil can be utilized in your creations. 

 



Supplies List:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil Polka Dots
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Stamp Set
Ranger Dina Wakley Paints: Blushing, Turquoise, Sky, Lime, White and Lemon
Ranger Dylusions Spray: London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise and Fresh Lime
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Ranger Distress Ink: Soot Black
Heavy gesso
12x12 white card stock
assorted papers
Gel Press plate size 8x10"

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to give this stencil a go and fall in love with it as much as I have. It's unique design adds a fabulous option to my ever growing stencil stash. I mean a girl can never have too many stencils!

Butterflies Stencil Art Journal Pages

Darkroom Door - Monday, January 29, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a couple of art journal spreads featuring the fabulous new Large Butterflies Stencil. I have created two very different art journal spreads to show you how versatile this two stage stencil is. It is such an easy and fun stencil set to use that I can see myself filling my whole journal with butterflies!


Instructions:

1. Create a colour base in your journal using gesso and acrylic paints. Allow to dry completely.


2. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Numbers Border Stamp. Stamp across the centre of both pages. Dry with a heat gun.

3. Place the outer stencil on the pages and sponge on some black gesso to fill the whole butterfly. Allow to dry. Stamp some small butterflies from the Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set as well as tiny stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set using the Jet Black ink.

4. Place both the outer and inner stencil back on the page over the black painted butterfly base. Secure with washi tape and mask off any other areas to avoid getting paint in the wrong places. Use a sponge to apply a thicker acrylic paint such as Prima Art Alchemy Impasto Paint. The heavier paint helps to avoid any paint bleeding under the stencil. Allow the paint to dry. Outline the butterfly using a white paint pen to make it really pop from the background.


5. Add some fun pink stars using the Large Starry Night Stencil with the same pink paint as used for the butterfly. Dilute a little of the paint with water and flick across the pages. Allow to dry before adding some white flicks of colour with the paint pen.

6. Finally stamp your sentiment onto white cardstock. Fussy cut and ink the edges with Picked raspberry Distress Ink. Stick down on the art journal pages.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Large Stencil – Starry Night
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Numbers Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Creativity Quote Stamp
Distress Ink Picked Raspberry
Archival Ink Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise
White Gesso
Black Gesso
Prima Art Alchemy Impasto Paint: Green Apple, Jade, Raspberry Pink
Sharpie White Paint Pen


Instructions:
1. Create a colour base in your journal using gesso and acrylic paints. Allow to dry completely.

2. Place the outer stencil on the left hand side and fill in the whole butterfly using the same acrylic paints. Allow to dry.

3. Next nest the inner stencil in the outer one. Secure with washi tape or hold steady with your hands. Apply Black gesso over the stencil using a sponge. Allow to dry.

4. On a separate page in your journal spray Dylusions Black Marble Spray over the same butterfly stencil. Remove the stencil and carefully flip over onto the second page of the 'Follow Your Heart' spread. Place a sheet of scrap paper over the top and smooth over the stencil. Remove the stencil and allow the ink to drip down the page.

5. Spray some of the Dylusions spray onto a craft sheet and gently press a Paint Splat stamp into it swishing around a little to ensure the stamp is covered. Apply to the page and allow the ink to drip. Repeat until you are satisfied with the amount of drippage on your pages.


6. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 using the Small Butterflies Stencil. Allow to dry.

7. Apply stamps from the Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set to the butterflies bodies using Jet Black Archival Ink. Dry with a heat gun. Use a white paint pen to highlight the words and/or shapes and doodle some messy rings around the stamped images.

8. Dilute some of the acrylic paints used on the background and flick some colour across the spread. Also use a soft wet paintbrush to add some drippage in the paint colours. Allow to dry.

9. Stamp the sentiment onto smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and stick down on the art journal pages.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Follow Your Heart Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Jane Davenport Acrylic Paints
UNI Posca Pen White

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

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Boxes Frame Stamp & Stencil Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing 3 cards using the new Boxes series of Frame Stamp and Stencils! These stamp and stencil combo makes ink blending so easy! 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Mixed Boxes Frame Stamp onto white yardstick using Archival Jet Black ink. Lay the matching stencil over the stamped image and place some washi tape on the sides to keep the stencil in place. 
2. Using Distress Ink and an ink blending tool, sponge the ink over the stamped image, leaving some areas white. Change colours of ink and fill in the white areas until the entire piece is sponged with ink. For this card I used Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. 
3. Stamp inside the boxes using different stamps from the Wings stamp set. You can leave the stencil in place for this step, however if you are using larger stamps, sometimes it can be harder to press down onto the stencil to get a complete image, so it can better to use post it notes to mask the area if needed rather than using the stencil. 
4. Remove the washi tape and lift off the stencil.
5. Adhere some textured mesh onto a white folded card. Adhere the stamped panel to the front to complete. 

Here are some more cards using the Boxes 12up and Boxes 6up Frame Stamps and Stencils: 



As you can see, you can create cards for all sorts of occasions using a variety of stamp sets! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 6up Frame Stamp

Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Stencil
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Stencil
Darkroom Door Boxes 6up Stencil 

Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Under The Sea Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol 1 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol 2 Stamp Set
Distress Inks
Archival Jet Black ink

Thanks for stopping by! 

New Release January 2018

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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






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Mixed Up Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hi, it's Liesbeth Fidder here today with two cards using the Mixed Boxes Frame Stamp and Mixed Boxes Stencil


For the first card, I used the stamp and stencil together, like Rachel showed us on Facebook Live. If you haven't seen it, you can watch here. 


I masked the rectangles and stamped the images from the Tour Eiffel, Montmartre and Notre Dame stamp sets using black StazOn ink (the best option if you use bleach) and I bleached the buildings and other imaged  here and there with some chlorine and a small synthetic brush. The white accents in the word 'Paris' is made with a white gel pen.

This next card was made a little different:


First I stamped the Mixed Boxes Frame Stamp with black ink. After that I used the stencil... but not at the same place. I put the stencil a little bit to the right and to the top so it was slightly off centre. Then I sponged the rectangles using Distress inks Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire. After that I did the same on the other side, so I put the stencil a little bit to the left and bottom of the card, and sponged with the same colours. 


I masked every rectangle and stamped the different laces from the Lace stamp set and the text. I highlighted the text with a white marker.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Stencil 
Darkroom Door Tour Eiffel Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Montmartre Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Notre Dame Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Lace Stamp Set
Staz On Jet Black
Distress Inks
White marker

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Liesbeth


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