Christmas Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today sharing some new Christmas card ideas using the Yuletide Greetings and Pine Cones Stamp Sets! These stamp sets can be used on their own or combined together to make some simple and classic card this Christmas. 



Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Inky Script Background Stamp onto a folded Kraft card using Vermillion Archival Ink. 
2. Stamp the Pine Leaves Frame Stamp onto white cardstock using Fern Green Archival Ink. 
3. Stamp a large sentiment from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set in the centre of the Pine Leaves Frame using Vermillion Archival Ink. Trim the image to the edge of the leaves and adhere to 13cm x 8.5cm red cardstock, leaving a larger border on the left side to wrap twine or ribbon around and tie at the front. 
4. Adhere entire panel to the front of the Kraft card. 

This card would also look great if the Pine Leaves Frame or the sentiment was stamped and embossed with a tinsel embossing powder to add some bling! 

This next card combines the Yuletide Greetings and the Pine Cones Stamp set together: 



Instructions: 
1. Stamp a pine leaf from the Pine Cones stamp set onto 13cm x 9cm white cardstock by placing the end of the stem at the top third of the cardstock. Stamp the leaf two times facing down and then rotate the stamp and stamp it facing upwards. Adhere this panel to 13.5cm x 9.5cm red cardstock. 
2. Stamp a sentiment from Yuletide Greetings stamp set onto white cardstock and trim to 9cm x 5cm and adhere to 9.5cm x 5.5cm red cardstock. Adhere this panel over the stamped pine leaf panel to cover the area where the stems finish. Use foam adhesive to give it some dimension. 
3. Adhere entire stamped piece to a folded white card. Add some pearl rhinestones to the top right and bottom left of the card. 
4. Stamp a smaller sentiment from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set inside the card using red ink. 



This last card uses only the Pine Cones Stamp Set and has a softer look with the use of Distress Inks. 




Instructions: 
1. Stamp a pinecone from the Pine Cones stamp set in the top left corner using brown Archival Ink onto mixed media cardstock. Stamp the pine cone so it looks like it is hanging down. 
2. Stamp a pine leaf from the same stamp set using Fern Green Archival Ink. Repeat as necessary to cover the edges of the card as you wish. 
3. Stamp a sentiment from the Pine Cones stamp set in the bottom right corner using Fern Green Archival ink. 
4. Using Distress Ink, lightly sponge around the edges of the cardstock to give the edges some shading. Use light colours of brown or green Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint etc) 
5. Trim red cardstock to 10cm x 5.5cm and adhere across the bottom third section. Adhere a green piece of cardstock on an angle to a folded Kraft card.  
6. Adhere stamped panel on an opposite angle to the green cardstock.
7. Add a small amount of Frosted Lace Stickles to some areas of the stamped pine cone to give it a little glimmer. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Pine Cones Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Pine Leaves Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Archival Inks: Vermillion, Fern Green, Coffee
Distress Inks: Brushed Corduroy 
Stickles: Frosted Lace
Pearl Rhinestones 
Twine
Ink Blending tool and foam 
Mixed Media Cardstock
Cardstock: Kraft, white, red, green

I hope this gives you a few ideas for your Christmas cards this year! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Spiral Notebook Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 12, 2018

Hi stampers, it is Godelieve Tijskens today, sharing cards with the Spiral Notebook Frame Stamp. There are many possibilities with this stamp, let me show you a few ideas: 



I always love the layered look you can get on a card using the masking technique. The Spiral Notebook stamp works very well with this technique. If you never used masking before, maybe this is the perfect stamp to try it. It looks complicated to do, but is very easy. 


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Spiral Notebook stamp at an angle on the bottom of a white folded card, using black Archival ink. Cover the stamped image with a post-it note to stamp the second above the first one. Cover this print too with a mask to stamp the notebook a third time.
2. Remove the masks. The images appear 'behind' each other.
3. Decorate the first notebook cover with flower stamps. Scribble with Distress Markers onto the Nature Walk stamps to ink them up. Use a stamp platform to be able to re-stamp to build up the colors.  
4. Start with the light colours. Use darker colors where you want them: at the base of the flowers, tip of the leaves, one side of the stem, … Keep adding color until you are happy with the result.
5. While the masks are still in place, sponge a bit of color around the flowers, using Distress Oxide ink and a mini ink blending tool.


6. To decorate the second notebook place a mask on top of the first one. 
7. Ink another stamp from the Nature Walk set with Distress Markers.  I used 3 shades of green here.  
8. Stamp the Grid Texture stamp on this notebook, using Archival Ink Shadow Grey
9. Mask again to stamp and sponge on the third notebook.


10. Mask all notebooks and use the Plaid Texture stamp with a bright Archival inkpad to stamp around the notebooks.
11. To finish off the card, add shadow around the notebooks, using a pencil and add words from the Nature Walk set. 


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Spiral Notebook Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grid Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Plaid Texture Stamp
Archival Inkpads: Jet Black, Shadow Grey, Dandelion
Distress Oxide Inkpad: Broken China
Distress Inkpad: Antique Linen

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This next idea uses gel printing. 


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Spiral Notebook over a gel print.  I used a gel print from my stash, it was made with acrylic paints and the Large Circles Stencil.
2. Cut the stamped notebook out, ignoring the binding rings, you can cut these off.
3. Decorate the cover with the 'Being Creative' quote stamp and the pen from the Artist stamp set.  Glue a few paper strips behind the cover and add a paper clip.
4. Stamp the Spiral Notebook again on matching cardstock.
5. Glue the gel print notebook in place, lining up the binding rings, and adhere the panel to a cream folded card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Spiral Notebook Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Artist Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Large Stencil: Circles

Archival Inkpad: Jet Black


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This last card shows how to create an open notebook:


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Spiral Notebook stamp onto white cardstock using black Archival Ink.


2. To stamp the left page you can use a stamp positioner.  I used my Misti with a sheet of acetate.  
3. The Spiral Notebook was first stamped onto the acetate.


4. Now I was able to slide the white cardstock under the acetate to the right spot, so the binding rings would line up.
5. I removed the acetate and stamped the Spiral Notebook again.
6. To stamp the lines I used the Calendar stamp with Archival Ink Shadow Grey.
7. Red, yellow and blue Distress Inks were used to sponge the rainbow colors.  You get orange and green where the colors overlap
8. The 'Look for Stars' quote was stamped at the left page using black Archival ink
9. On the right page I used several stamps from the Stars set.  They are stamped onto white cardstock using black Archival Ink and cut out.
10. The Spiral Notebook was cut to size, and glued onto a folded card. 


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Spiral Notebook Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Stars Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Calendar Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Look for Stars Quote Stamp
Archival Inkpads: Jet Black, Shadow Grey
Distress Inkpads: Candied Apple, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed
Mini Ink Blending Tools
Stamp Positioner

I hope you enjoyed seeing some possibilities with this stamp, and thanks for dropping by today.

Godelieve

Spanish Tiles Background Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 09, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke de Clerck here. Today I have a few cards to share that I’ve made with the new Spanish Tiles Background Stamp.  Because Christmas is around the corner I decided to create Christmas cards. I’m always challenging myself to get the most out of my stamps. In my opinion many of the Darkroom Door Background Stamps look great on Christmas Cards and the new Spanish Tiles Background Stamp is no exception.



Instructions:
1. Cut 3 panels, size 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6”) out of Distress Specialty Stamping Paper. Stamp the Spanish Tiles Background Stamp on the panels using Chrome Yellow on the first one, Rose Madder on the second one and Ballet Slippers on the third one.  In order to end up with crisp prints I would recommend using your MISTI or other stamping platform.
2. Stamp 9 trees on scraps of white paper with one of the large trees from the Christmas Trees stamp set. 
I worked with the following inkpads/color combinations:

On the Chrome Yellow background: Archival Ink Cobalt, Chrome Yellow and Tea Rose


On the Rose Madder background: Archival Ink Rose Madder, Tiger Lily and Tea Rose 


On the Ballet Slippers background: Lawn Fawn Ink Ballet Slippers, Archival Ink Tiger Lily and Cornflower Blue

3. Fussy cut out each tree. Attach a strip of white paper at the bottom of each tree to create tree trunks.
4. Stamp a wish from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set on top of three of the trees using Archival Ink Jet Black.
5. Adhere the trees to the stamped backgrounds as shown, use 3D tape except for the tree in the middle.
6. Attach the panels to white top fold cards.


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Spanish Tiles Background Stamp on a card panel using Archival Ink Viridian. 
2. Stamp a Christmas wish from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set on top of the background using Versamark ink. Sprinkle WOW embossing powder Fuchsia Fusion on top. Tab off the excess powder and heat set with a heat tool. 
3. Apply Versamark ink to the edges of the card by tabbing directly with the inkpad to the edges. Heat emboss the edges the same way as described for the text
4. Finish the card off by adhering a few sequins and an embellishment.
5. Attach the panel to a white card.


Instructions:
1. Mask off the bottom of the card with a torn strip of masking paper.
2. Stamp a reindeer from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set using Versamark ink. Heat emboss the print with WOW embossing powder Opaque Bright White. 
3. Color the background with Distress Oxide Ink Worn Lipstick using a blending tool. Overstamp with the Spanish Tiles Background Stamp using Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon. Carefully wipe away the ink on the reindeer.
4. Remove the mask at the bottom and stamp a wish from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set with Archival Ink Jet Black directly on the card.
5. Stamp an inchie from the Christmas Inchies stamp set on a scrap of white paper with Archival Ink Jet Black.  Cut out and glue in place.
6. Attach the panel to a white top fold card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Spanish Tiles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Rose Madder, Tea Rose, Chrome Yellow, Cobalt, Cornflower Blue, Tiger Lily, Viridian
Lawn Fawn Inkpad: Ballet Slippers
Versamark Embossing Ink
Distress Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon
WOW embossing powders: Opaque Bright White, Fuchsia Fusion Regular WH11R
Ranger Distress Specialty Stamping Paper

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Inky Script Background Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here. Today I have 3 cards to share that I’ve made with the new Inky Script Background Stamp. I’m a big fan of the Darkroom Door Background Stamps. I’m using them on a regular base on my cards and other projects. This new Inky Script Background Stamp is a great addition to the collection! 


Instructions:
1. Ink up the big solid flower from the Full Bloom Vol 2 stamp with Distress Ink Twisted Citron. Spray water on top and make several prints on a watercolor panel.
2. Stamp the Inky Script Background Stamp on top using Archival Ink Jet Black.
3. Color the panel by spraying randomly with Dylusions Ink Spray Fresh Lime and Vibrant Turquoise.  Wipe off excess ink with a paper towel. Keep in mind to leave some white space at the edges.
4. Put the small Circles Stencil on top of the panel and spray water on top. The water will react with the ink. Blot off with a paper towel before removing the stencil.


5. Stamp a leaf from the Tropical Leaves stamp set on a scrap of white paper using Dylusions Paint Fresh Lime, Cut Grass and Vibrant Turquoise.
Cut out and adhere to the card using 3D tape. Attach a piece of white cord to the leaf.
6. Stamp a Birthday Wish from the Happy Birthday stamp set using white paint. Make splashes with white paint.
7. Attach the panel to a white top fold card.


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Inky Script Background Stamp on a watercolor card panel using Archival Ink Jet Black. 
2. Color the panel by spraying randomly with Dylusions Ink Spray Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue and Cut Grass. Wipe off excess ink with a paper towel. 
3. Cut a small strip of white paper and attach as shown. Stamp a wish from the Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamps on top using Archival Ink Jet Black.
4. Stamp the flower collage from the Art De Fleur Vol 2 stamp set on watercolor paper using Archival Ink Jet Black. Color the flower with Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron using a water brush. Cut out and adhere to the card using 3D tape.
5. Attach the panel to a top fold card. 


6. To finish the card off set a blue eyelet using the We R Memory


Instructions:
1. To create this one layer card ink up the big solid flower from the Full Bloom Vol 2 stamp with Distress Ink Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon. Spray water on top and make a print on a watercolor card panel. Use the MISTI and repeat adding layers until you’re happy with the result. Stamp 3 flowers on the panel. 
2. Make 3 masks for the flowers by stamping on masking paper and cutting the prints out. Put the masks on top of the green flowers
3. Overstamp with the Inky Script Background Stamp using Archival Ink Watering Can. Remove the masks.
4. Attach the panel to a white top fold card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door: Inky Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door: Tropical Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door: Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door: Art De Fleur Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door: Full Bloom Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door: Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamps
Darkroom Door: Small Stencil-Circles
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon
Dylusions Ink Spray: Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise, Cut Grass, London Blue
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise, Cut Grass
Ranger Watercolor Paper

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Adventure Awaits Layout and Card

Darkroom Door - Sunday, November 04, 2018

Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share a layout and a card created using the awesome new Arrows Background Stamp. I have used this versatile stamp in two ways; as a base to anchor my photo and embellishments on my layout and card and also to create matching arrow embellishments.



INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 8½” x 11¾”. Cut a piece of white cardstock measuring 8¼” x 11½” and stick down on the black cardstock piece.

2. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Arrows Background Stamp and apply to the layout.

3. Use the same ink with the ‘Find Your Way’ quote from the Discover Stamp Set and stamp repeatedly on the background letting the ink fade out as you stamp. Use a black paint pen or diluted black gesso to apply some splats over the background. 

4. On an extra piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the Arrows Background Stamp again along with the Filmstrip Border Stamp, negative strips from the Photography Stamp Set, the Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp and the layout title. Fussy cut all images and tear the edges of the Filmstrip Border. Add all elements to the layout.


Here’s a card made in a similar way: 


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 15cm x 22 cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10.5cm x 14.5cm. Apply the Arrows Background Stamp using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the black cardstock base.

3. On an extra piece of smooth white cardstock, use the Jet Black ink to stamp the Arrows Background Stamp again as well as the Compass Eclectic Stamp, the Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp, images from the Discover Stamp Set and the title. 

4. Fussy cut all images and add to the card front.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arrows Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Adventure Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Compass Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Discover Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink Black Soot

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Cheers

Belinda

Vintage VW Arrow Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 02, 2018

Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share a couple of vintage VW cards created using the awesome new Arrows Background Stamp. I love the pop of colour against the black and white background of the arrows. 



INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 15 x 22cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10.5 x 14.5cm. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, apply the Arrows Background to this piece. Dry the ink with a heat gun and then colour some of the arrow parts using a neon yellow coloured pencil. Stick this piece down on the card base.

3. Apply a couple of paint splats from the Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set with Neon Yellow Ink on the right hand side of the background. On a separate piece of white cardstock, apply a stamp from the Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set with the Neon Yellow Ink. Dry with a heat gun and then fussy cut. Stick down at the bottom of the card front. 

4. On an extra piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the VW Beetle Photo Stamp twice using the Jet Black ink. Dry with a heat gun before applying Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink using a blending tool to one of the Beetles. Fussy cut the inked Beetle as well as the lights and bumper from the extra Beetle. Glue the lights and bumper onto the inked Beetle and add to the card using 3D foam.

5. Stamp the sentiment as well as some stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set on the extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Dry with a heat gun before fussy cutting each element. Add all elements to the card front using 3D foam under the sentiment.


Here’s another card I created in the same manner but featuring the VW Kombi.



Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arrows Background Stamp
Darkroom Door VW Beetle Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Kombi Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Viridian
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Cracked Pistachio
Hero Arts Neon Ink Pad Neon Yellow
Typo Neon and Watercolour Colour Pencils

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Cheers

Belinda