Dots Wrapped Journal Cover

Stewart Yule - Monday, May 20, 2019

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share a wrapped journal I made featuring the Large Dots Stencil. I’ve applied modeling paste through the stencil to decorate the cover of my journal. I love how the 3D dots turned out after adding a few layers of paint and glaze.

1. Die cut a journal cover out of 300 gsm watercolour paper using the Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal die. After running the die + paper through your die cutting machine you end up with a ready-made cover, fold marks and binding holes included.
2. Add a coat of gesso to both sides of the cover. 
3. Put the Large Stencil – Dots on top of the cover and apply modeling paste through the stencil with a palette knife. Avoid the parts where the fold marks are. Let dry. 

4. Paint the cover with shades of pink and orange paint using a flat brush.
5. Mix Golden Fluid Acrylics Paynes Gray with Golden Glazing Liquid (equal parts) and add a layer of that glaze on top of the paint. Wait a few minutes and wipe away most of the glaze with baby wipes. Repeat this step using white paint. The glazing makes the dots stand out more because the blue and white paint gets into the nooks and crannies of the modeling paste.
6. Stamp on the areas where the fold marks are with parts of the Inky Script Background Stamp and StazOn Ink Cherry Pink. Repeat randomly on the dots.
7. Paint the reverse side of the cover with a few layers of pink paint. 

8. Stamp the tulip twice on watercolour paper and cut out. Color with Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry using a water brush and adhere to the front cover.

9. For the inserts cut 20 pages out of mixed media paper, size 19.5 x 11 cm. Fold each page in half and nested 5 pages into each other to make 4 signatures.

10. The binding can be done in different ways. I used pink elastic cord that I’ve woven through the holes. I ended up with 4 strips of elastic cord at the inside to hold the inserts in place.

11. This is how the binding looks like along the spine.

12. Wrap pink elastic cord around the book to close it. Attach a pompon to the cord with a jump ring.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil: Dots
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 1 Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry
Archival Ink: Jet Black
StazOn Ink: Cherry Pink
Golden: Modeling Paste
Golden: Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Golden Fluid Acrylics: Paynes Gray, Titanium White
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Blushing, Fuchsia
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Pixie Dust
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Persian Rose
Dylusions Paint: Tangerine Dream
Sizzix: Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal Die

Thanks for stopping by!


Carved Flowers Large Stencil Journal Pages

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 17, 2019

Hello everyone, it’s Robyn Wood with you today sharing some projects using the new Carved Flowers Large Stencil. The Carved Flowers stamp set is one of my favourites, so it is wonderful to see the shapes reproduced as a stencil. I think this one will get a lot of use in my art journals so let’s have a look at a couple of my ideas for using it:

I enjoy the play of contrast with stark black images on busy, colourful art journal backgrounds. The large Carved Flowers stencil makes a page come together so easily and for this project I have started with a blue toned pre-done page in a Dylusions Dyalog Insert Book.

1. Add some colour to the background using a Gel Press and the large Crackle stencil with acrylic paints in red, orange & yellow.
2. Cover the background with a watery wash of pale blue paint to give a translucent layer of colour. 
3. Stencil the spread with two stems from the large Carved Flowers stencil and black paint.
4. Add three patches of black to the edges of the spread, while the paint is still wet carve some patterns into the paint using a wooden skewer. Allow to dry well.
5. Sketch over the stencilled flowers using a white gel pen. Make the lines scratchy and imperfect.
6.  To finish the page, add a word from the Wilderness Word Block Stamp which has been stamped onto white card using black Archival ink.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Crackle Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Wilderness Word Block Stamp
Archival ink: Jet Black
Gel Plate
Acrylic paint in red, yellow, orange, blue & black
White gel pen

The large Carved Flowers stencil also looks fantastic stencilled in flower colours. This time I’ve created a background on a canvas page in the Dina Wakley’s Media journal by stencilling the Journey stencil with texture paste and giving it some colour with the new & totally delicious Distress Oxide spray inks.

1. Stencil parts of the page with texture paste using Journey stencil. Smudge some of the page with extra texture page for a grungy effect. Allow to dry well.
2. Spray page with a little water and then Distress Oxide spray inks. The water will allow the inks to move on the page. An extra spritz to parts of the page will bring out the ‘oxide’ effect. Allow to dry well.
3. Carefully stencil a single flower over one side of the page using large Carved Flower stencil and acrylic paint. The flower will be stencilled right over the top of the textured surface.
4. Enhance one of the words from the background to act as a page feature by sketching around it with a black Stabilo pencil.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Journey Medium Stencil
Distress Oxide spray inks: Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon & Faded Jeans
Acrylic paint in pink, yellow & green
Black Stabilo pencil
Texture paste

There is something about the quote I have used on this page that just makes me smile! It pairs beautifully with the happy looking flower. Once again, I have used the Dina Wakley Media journal, this time onto watercolour paper.

1. Stencil random pattern over the page using the Gel Plate and the Circles stencil with warm colours of acrylic paint (yellow, orange, red, pink).
2. Stencil further layers of pattern using Polka Dots and Mesh stencils, either by traditional sponging or the Gel Plate. Use similar colours of acrylic paint. The aim is to make the background messy but with layers of pattern distinct.
3. Choose an area of the page for the Carved Flowers stencil and trace the large open flower using a fine black permanent pen. The image will look best if slightly overhanging the edge of the page.
4. Paint out the background around the stencilled shape using black paint.
5. Stencil a few random diamond shapes in the top, left hand corner of the page using large Diamonds stencil and gesso. Allow to dry.
6. Add some sketchy lines around the shapes using a white gel pen.
7. Add extra diamonds to the bottom, right hand corner using the Diamonds stencil and white gel pen. Add a few doodled lines to embellish.
8. Stamp Happy quote onto white card using black Archival ink and fussy cut closely around wording.
9. Add words to page, slightly overlapping flower stem. Give the page a little personality by tilting the words slightly.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Circles Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Mesh Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp
Archival ink: Jet Black
Black, permanent pen
Gel Plate
Acrylic paint in red, pink, yellow, orange & black
White gesso 
White gel pen

I hope you enjoy some creative play recreating these projects, until next time!


Gel Printing with Large Dots Stencil

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here with you today to share a book and a card I made with the new Large Dots Stencil. I’m very happy with my collection of large Darkroom Door stencils. Because of their size the stencils are perfect to use on larger projects such as gel prints, art journal pages and book covers but as you can see below the prints look nice on cards as well.

My first project is a 20 x 20 cm spiral bound book I made. I decorated the covers with gel prints. Here is a mini tutorial on how to create those gel prints.

1. Start by applying stripes of fuchsia, pink and green paint to a large gel printing plate with a brayer. Put the Large Circles Stencil on top and pull a few prints for future use. What remains on the plate after removing the stencil is what we need. 

2. When this first layer is touch dry, add stripes of blue, lime and pink paint to the gel printing plate with a brayer.  Clean the brayer in between by rolling it over white paper. That paper will be used to decorate the reverse of the covers.

3. Put the Large Dots Stencil on top of the paint on the gel print and cover with a sheet of paper. Roll over the paper with a brayer to make stencil marks into the paint.

4. Remove the stencil and pull a print and a ghost print. The first print will be used on the book. Repeat all steps to make a second/similar print.

5. For the front and back cover cut two 20 x 20 cm pieces out of cardboard. Adhere the gel prints to the front of the covers and the paper with leftover paint to the reverse using double-sided tape, trim to size. Cover the grey edges of the cardboard with white paint.

6. For the inside pages cut 25 sheets of mixed media paper, size 20 x20 cm.

7. Decorate the front cover by stamping randomly with the Inky Script Background Stamp and the Grid Texture Stamp using Distress Oxide Ink Twisted Citron and Broken China. 

Put the Large Carved Flowers Stencil on top of the front cover and sponge through it with white paint. Repeat with green, lime, pink and fuchsia paint. Because I worked on a busy background and wanted the colors to be vivid I did the stencilling with white paint first. This white layer makes a perfect undercoat for the colors. 

8. Make holes into the covers and inside pages using the Zutter Bind-it-All.

9. Bind the book by adding white wire. 

10. Decorate with a piece of white cord and 2 pompons.

Here’s a card also using the Large Dots Stencil: 

1. Apply lime and fuchsia paint randomly to a sheet of paper using a brayer.  Cut a 10.5 x 20 cm card panel out of that paper to use as a background for the card.

2. Sponge a big leaf on top using the Large Carved Leaves Stencil and lime paint.

3. Stamp text randomly using StazOn Ink Cherry Pink.

4. Sponge dots randomly using the Large Dots Stencil and white paint.

5. Put the Large Dots Stencil on top of white paper. Sponge paint through it to create pink dots. Overstamp with a lady from the 1920s Chic Stamp Set. Stamp the lady on white paper as well. Apply the paper piecing technique to add a dotted dress and bag to the black and white print. Adhere to the card.

6. Stamp a birthday wish from the Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamps Set using Archival Ink Jet Black. Highlight the wish by adding black thread and a button. 

7. Adhere the panel to a tall double card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Large Stencil Dots
Darkroom Door Large Stencil Circles
Darkroom Door Large Stencil Carved Flowers
Darkroom Door Large Stencil Carved Leaves
Darkroom Door 1920s Chic Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Grid Texture Stamp
Distress Oxide Inks: Twisted Citron, Broken China
Archival Ink: Jet Black
StazOn Ink: Cherry Pink
Distress Paint: Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Blah Mange
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Titanium White, Persian Rose, Yellowish Green
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Fuchsia
Mixed Media paper
1 1/4” O-Wire for Bind-it-All

Thanks for stopping by!


Double Stencil Technique Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Hi there, it’s Rachel Greig here! Today I’d like to share two cards using a double stencil technique, where you use the same stencil in two ways on the same piece of card stock! It’s a fun technique and can be used in lots of different colour combinations to create a variety of backgrounds! 


I’ve used the small Dots and Diamonds stencils on these cards to show how the same technique can be used with different stencils. 

1. Tap the small Dots Stencil with Fossilized Amber and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink pad in random areas to cover most of the stencil. Spritz the stencil with water and press the stencil onto mixed media cardstock to make a print. Lift off the stencil and allow the card stock to dry. Clean the stencil.
2. Place the stencil over the background and line up the holes of the stencil with the open dots on the background where there was no ink. Sponge Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink through the stencil using an ink blending tool and foam. Lift off the stencil and you will see the Abandoned Coral dots inside the yellow/blue/green inked area! It doesn’t matter if the dots don’t line up perfectly, a bit of white background space adds more depth to the overall background. 
3. Use a paper distressed to distress the edges of the background and adhere to a folded Kraft card base with foam adhesive. 
4. Stamp two leaves from the Fine Leaves Stamp Set onto mixed media cardstock and watercolour with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink. Trim around each leaf and adhere two to the card as shown. 
5. Stamp the Anniversary Sentiments Stamp onto metallic shimmer paper and trim to fit the length of the card. Adhere to the card using foam adhesive. 

For this next card I used the Diamonds stencil and the Friendship Sentiments Stamp to create a similar looking card with the same techniques: 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Dots Stencil 
Darkroom Door Small Diamonds Stencil 
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Anniversary Sentiments Stamp
Darkroom Door Friendship Sentiments Stamp
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber 
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
125ml Spritzer Bottle 
Mixed Media Card stock 
A5 Kraft Card stock 
Paper Distresser 

This technique would work with lots of different stencils! I hope you’ll give it a try! 

Thanks for stopping by today 


Using Stickles With Stencils

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 05, 2019

Hi there, it’s Rachel Greig here! Today I’d like to share two cards showing you how to use Stickles through stencils. Stickles is a glitter glue that dries dimensionally and with a lot of glittery shine! It’s a fun way to add glitter to your cards!

I’ve used a simple and classic design for these cards as I wanted the Stickles to really stand out and be the feature for these cards. The minimal black and white stamping of the flowers adds a nice touch without taking away from the gold stencilling. 

1. Trim white card stock to 13.5cm x 9cm. Lay onto craft sheet and place the Small Diamonds Stencil over the top. Use a bit of washi tape at the top and bottom of the stencil to keep it in place. 
2. Squeeze out some Gold Stickles onto a plastic palette or craft sheet. Using a palette knife, pick up some of the Stickles and gently swipe it over the stencil. Keep doing this until you have filled the areas of the stencil you want to fill. Even though the stencil covers the entire card, I only wanted to have the left hand side filled with Stickles. I left a jagged edge on where it finishes on the right hand side so it finished organically. 
3. Gently lift off the stencil and allow the Stickles to dry completely. 
4. Stamp a sentiment from the Tall Flowers Stamp Set onto the right side of the card stock using Archival Jet Black ink. 
5. Stamp a flower from the Tall Flowers Stamp Set onto white card stock and trim out with scissors. Adhere to the centre of the card as shown. 
6. Mount entire panel onto black card stock and then onto a folded white card base using foam adhesive. 

For this next card, I used the same technique, however instead of using Stickles down the left side of the stencil, I went from the top left corner to the bottom right corner, using the Small Dots Stencil 

I’ve used a different flower from the Tall Flowers Stamp Set along with one of the smaller sentiments that fit inside the open white area. The Tall Flowers Stamp Set has lots of different sentiments and flowers, so you can create lots of different designs using the same style and technique. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Dots Stencil 
Darkroom Door Small Diamonds Stencil 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Gold Stickles 
Archival Jet Black Ink Pad 
Palette Knife 

I hope you’ll give this idea a go! There are lots of different coloured Stickles you can try! 

Have a great day! 


Creativity Stencil Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hi folks! It’s Teresa Abajo here today, sharing two cards using the Creativity Medium Stencil

For the first card, I used embossing ink through the stencil and some of the new Mixed Media embossing powder in Bone:

The embossing acts as a resist, and I watered down some black and grey acrylic paints to wash over it before adding splashes of bright colours of paint. I then stamped some brushes from the Artist Brushes Stamp Set, embossed them with clear powder, and cut them out. I added some more bright paint to these before tying them together and attaching them to the stencil background:

I then mounted this piece to some cardstock in coordinating colours, then onto a kraft card base. This makes for a fun, arty, messy card, intended for an equally fun, arty and messy friend!

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Medium Stencil: Creativity
Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Set: Artist Brushes
Ranger Mixed Media Powder: Bone
Embossing powder: Clear
Distress Embossing Ink
Acrylic paints: various colours
Archival ink: Jet Black
Black twine

Here's another card using the Creativity Stencil, this time over a watercolour background:

I used Ecoline markers and water to create my colours, and added them one by one to some watercolour paper. I made sure there was plenty of water so the colours would swirl and blend organically. I then added some gold using some Gansai Tambi paint, and allowed that to swirl before drying off with a heat gun.

I then mixed some purple Ecoline marker with some embossing paste, and spread it through the stencil over the background. I then sprinkled some gold embossing paste over one word I wanted to highlight before melting the powder with a heat gun.

I left it all to dry for a day or two before trimming and mounting onto coordinating cardstock, then onto a card front.

I might keep this one for myself and find a frame for it - I think I'd like it on my wall :)

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Medium Stencil: Creativity
Embossing Paste
Ecoline Markers: various colours
Gansai Tambi paint: Starry set
Embossing powder: gold

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! 


Creativity Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hello stampers! It's Teresa Abajo here with an art journal page I put together with the new Creativity Stencil and Large Carved Flowers Stencil.

1. Apply acrylic paint to a page with a palette knife or scraping tool. I have used Cherry Pie and Tangerine Dream Dylusions paints.

2. Apply small amounts of Pomegranate Seed paint here and there with a baby wipe or your hand. Dry these layers of paint well.

3. Apply a small patch of After Midnight paint to the top left hand corner of the page.

4. Working quickly before it dries, place the stencil over the top and remove some of the blue paint with a baby wipe.

5. Dipping the same baby wipe into a little After Midnight paint, move the stencil to the lower right hand corner of the page and dab the paint through the stencil.

6. Scrape a layer of modeling paste through the Large Carved Flowers stencil. Allow to dry well.

7. Add spatters of White Linen paint to the page, then stamp the words from Prague Vol 2 stamp set repeatedly with Cobalt ink. Stamp the drip from the Paint Splats stamp set using Cobalt ink at the top left, and stamp the Flourish Background stamp around the page randomly using Tattered Rose Distress Oxide ink. Finally, stamp the word 'enjoy' from the Whimsical Words stamp set and add some doodling with a white gel pen. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Medium Stencil: Creativity
Darkroom Door Large Stencil: Carved Flowers
Darkroom Door Prague Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Flourish Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Whimsical Words Stamp Set
Dylusions Paint: Cherry Pie, Tangerine Daydreams, Pomegranate Seed, After Midnight, White Linen
Modeling paste
Archival ink: Cobalt
Distress Oxide ink: Tattered Rose
White gel pen

I hope you have fun with these new stencils!


Awesome Stencil Art Journal and Card

Darkroom Door - Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hello, It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share two art journal pages and a large card I created featuring the gorgeous new Awesome Medium Stencil. Here I have used the whole stencil as the background of one art journal page and the card while on the other art journal page I have used sections of the stencil spread across two pages.


1. Create a background in your art journal using acrylic paints. Add some book paper or tissue wrap using a matte gel medium. Swipe some white gesso over the top using a palette knife.

2. Add some gorgeous flowers to the background using the Carved Flowers Large Stencil and acrylic paints. Scribble around the edges using a fine white paint pen. Also add some stencilling using the Polka Dots Small Stencil and white gesso.

3. Next use heavy black gesso to stencil some ‘awesome’ words across the two page spread using the Awesome Medium Stencil.

4. Add some stamping using Jet Black Archival Ink and the Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set. Add some extra stamped words using the Mail Art Rubber Stamp Set.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Medium Stencil: Awesome
Darkroom Door Large Stencil: Carved Flowers
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Polka Dots
Darkroom Door Mail Art Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Acrylic paints
Gesso – white and black


1. Use a gel press and acrylic paints to add a lovely background for your art journal page. Add some stencilling using the Diamonds Large Stencil and white gesso. Add some doodling using a fine white paint pen.

2. Add the Awesome Medium Stencil to the page and secure in place using washi tape. Apply heavy black gesso over the stencil using a latex make-up wedge. Allow the paint to dry completely. Add some doodling to the words using the paint pen.

3. Add some stamping around the edges using the Criss Cross Texture Stamp and Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set with Jet Black Archival Ink.

4. Stamp some butterflies and stars on matching background paper using the Jet Black ink. I used a kraft art journal and therefore stamped my images on a page torn from the journal so that the paper matched. Fussy cut the images and add to the page along with some vintage ladies.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Medium Stencil: Awesome
Darkroom Door Large Stencil: Diamonds
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Gesso – white and black
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestors


1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 9” x 12”. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Apply Distress Oxides to the card front using an ink blending tool. Here I have used a combination of Cracked Pistachio, Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey and Worn Lipstick. 

3. Place the Awesome Medium Stencil over the card front and secure in place with washi tape. Apply heavy black gesso over the stencil. Remove the stencil and wash immediately. Allow the stencilled card front to dry completely and then doodle on the lettering using a fine white paint pen.

4. Apply black gesso over the stencil again but this time on a piece of extra smooth white cardstock. Allow the stencilled cardstock to dry completely. Cut out the words that you wish to highlight on your card front. Apply doodling to them also with the white paint pen. Add to the card front using 3D foam.

5. Stamp some stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set on the extra cardstock. Cut out and add to the card. Stamp ‘you are’ using the Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp set. Cut out and add to the card front with 3D foam also.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Medium Stencil: Awesome
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Oxide Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own beautiful projects using this fabulous new stencil.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.


Journey Stencil Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 19, 2019

Hello, its Robyn Wood joining you today to share some projects using the new Journey medium size stencil. Text stencils are always a firm favourite for use in my art journals but this time I thought I’d like to show you how they can also be used for card making. These designs will work with each of the new word block style text stencils:

1. Stencil a watercolour card panel with texture paste using the Journey stencil. Allow to dry well.

2. Lightly colour over texture using Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks or watercolours in shades of blue and green. Use a wet brush to push the colour around until you are happy. Allow to dry.
3. Add a spatter effect using the darkest colour and a wet brush and set aside to dry. 
4. Stamp three butterflies from Butterflies stamp set onto watercolour card using black Archival ink. 
5. Colour images with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks or watercolour and allow to dry. Trim closely.
6. Stamp a word from the Wellbeing Word Block stamp, trim closely and mat with aqua card stock.
7. Layer panel with butterflies, pearls, gemstones, cotton and word. A small stapler may be used to affix cotton strands. Arrange in a rough circular pattern so the butterflies look like them might be flying away. Attach butterflies at the centres so the wings can lift from the surface of the card.
8. Mount panel with pale aqua card and then add to dark teal card base.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Journey Stencil
Darkroom Door Butterflies Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wellbeing Word Block Stamp 
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Texture Paste & spatula
Gemstones & pearls

This card came together so easily, sponging and then stencilling text using tone on tone gives a great effect. The card design can easily be changed up to landscape orientation using any of the medium sized text stencils.

1. Mask off a portion of a cream card base using tape or post its. You need an open space of approx. 7cm wide. I have torn the edges of the tape to give a lovely rough edge.
2. Sponge the open area lightly. I have used yellow and orange coloured inks which will allow a darker colour to be stencilled on top. 

3. Stencil over the area using Journey stencil and a darker colour. Manoeuvre the stencil so that a single word can become prominent, in this case I have used ‘dream’. Remove mask.
4. Stamp a number of flowers from Tropical Flowers stamp set onto watercolour card using black Archival ink. 
5. Place a small amount of Distress Ink in flower colours onto a non-stick craft mat. Colour flowers by picking up colour with a wet brush. Allow to dry and fussy cut. Give some of the flowers a little dimension by bending with your fingers.
6. Cluster flowers over the lower edge of the sponged/stencilled area. Attach some of the flowers by just the centres so the petals can lift from the surface of the card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Journey Stencil
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Stamp Set
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Ink: yellow, orange, dark red

1. Stencil an oval shape onto the centre of a white card base using small Oval stencil and pale brown Distress Inks.
2. Leave stencil in place and over-stamp with two stems from the Nature Walk stamp set using black Archival ink.

3. Place oval mask from Oval stencil over the coloured/stamped area and stencil with Journey stencil using Distress Oxide Inks. Allow the inks to blend slightly over the stencil for a variegated effect. The Distress Oxide inks give a lovely opaque effect but Distress Inks can also be used.
4. Use a fine, black, permanent pen to give a wriggly, zig-zag line around where the stencilling meets. This will make the centre panel pop a little.
5. Stamp a quote from stamp set onto white card using black, Archival ink. Trim closely and mat with green card. Affix to card front with foam tape.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Journey Stencil
Darkroom Door Oval Stencil Set 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Inks: pale browns
Distress Oxide Inks: green & brown
Fine, black, permanent pen

I hope these projects have inspired you to get creative!


Wellbeing Booklet

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hi there! It’s Godelieve Tijskens here today to share another project using the Wellbeing Stencil

This time it is a little booklet made out of an A4 sheet of paper. I love making these booklets. 

These booklets fit in an envelope and can be sent instead of a card.

The paper was saved after a gel printing session, it was used to clean my brayer. Folds and a cut make it easy to turn it into a booklet.

I chose single words from the Wellbeing stencil to sponge with Garden Patina Archival Ink, masking the surrounding words with sticky notes. With the stencil still in place I outlined the words with a fine pencil. On the dark parts I used a white pencil around the letters to make them stand out.

I filled the pages with stamps from several Darkroom Door sets to go with the words from the Wellbeing stencil.

A butterfly and a caravan were stamped on another sheet of contrasting colored paper, cut out and glued in place.

Before I glued the pages together I sponged the dots. The large Dots stencil is big enough to cover the entire A4 paper, so it makes it easy to sponge.

I glued the pages together, but left 1 side open. I made a tag to put inside this pocket. So there is room for some handwriting.   

Supplies I used:
Darkroom Door Medium Stencil: Wellbeing
Darkroom Door Large Stencil: Dots
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Enjoy The Ride, Wings, Carved Caravans, Trees, Love Birds
Darkroom Door Quote Stamp: Try
Ranger Archival Inkpad: Garden Patina 
White Pencil

Thanks so much for stopping by today!