I Am Creative Tag

Darkroom Door - Saturday, March 31, 2018

Hello, it is Anna-Karin here with you today sharing a tag made with the new I Am Creative Quote Stamp. This is such a fun quote and it fits me well since there is almost always a certain level of creative chaos on my desk. I actually often quite like it, since I tend to find interesting bits and pieces to use on projects, and some of them made their way onto this tag.



I wanted the sentiment to take up most of the space on the tag, but to be surrounded by odd bits and pieces and lots of textures and splatters. The background is actually made up by two tags, one of which I found in my scrap box from a project when I had made too much glittery sand and prepared a tag for the future with the left-overs. Glitter and paint had been mixed into Texture Paste to make it look like glittery sand. Sequins were pressed into the paste before it dried.


I started out doing a Distress Oxide background on another manila tag. Smear the oxides on a non-stick craft sheet, mist with water and press the tag into the ink. You can mist more water on the tag to blend the oxides. Dry with a heat tool and repeat until you are happy with the look. 


Emboss the I Am Creative stamp with Gun Metal powder on the tag.


Give the words a shadow with a marker. I used a Black Soot Distress Marker first, and then went over it again with a permanent marker. Stamp with the Dots Texture Stamp and Jet Black ink. Distress the edges and run the black ink pad over them. 


Next, stamp the background with the Splatter Texture Stamp and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide.


Ink the leaf that looks like a feather from the Tropical Leaves set with Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon and mist with water. Stamp and repeat until you have enough feathers.


The shadow makes the words stand out better from the background. As you can see, I worked quickly and didn’t worry about getting it perfect.


I cut fringes into the feathers to give them more dimension and texture. Adhere the two tags together and tie with a piece of dyed cheese cloth that I found on my desk. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door I Am Creative Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Rubber Stamps
Ranger: Manila Tags
Watercolor Paper
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Ranger Distress Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Embossing powder: Ranger Gunmetal
Ranger Distress Marker: Black Soot
Permanent black marker
Glitter: Ranger Tim Holtz: Distress Glitter Dust Vintage
Sequins: 28 Lilac Lane: Neutrals Sequin Mix
Ranger White Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Matte Medium
Ranger Distress Paint: Antique Linen

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to let the words be focal points on a project and to mix seemingly random bits and pieces together. Thank you so much for looking!

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

Part Of You Quote Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hi! Suzz Czosek here. Today I am sharing a few projects using the beautiful quote stamp Part of You

For my first card I incorporated the boat shed with the lovely sentiment. 



Instructions:

1. Stamp the Boat Shed Photo Stamp using a gray archival ink.
2. Color image using watercolor pencils an waterbrush.
3. Paint background using blue dye inks and waterbrush.
4. Dry background.
5. Stamp Part of You using black archival ink. Heat emboss with black embossing powder.
6. Assemble card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part of You Quote Stamp

Darkroom Door Boat Shed Photo Stamp 

Ranger Archival: Jet Black Ink, Watering Can 
Watercolor Pencils, 
Ranger Distress Ink: Broken China

For my next card I wanted to highlight the sentiment with a soft background texture. 


Instructions:

1. Spray the background of white cardstock with a light colored mist. 
2. Stamp the Part Of You Quote Stamp using black archival ink.
3. Place the small Butterfly Stencil over the sentiment and smear translucent embossing paste over the butterfly and slightly beyond the edges of the butterfly. I wanted uneven edges around the butterfly but keeping it close to the edge to allow the stucco effect to show on the card front.
4. Let dry completely.
5. Sponge distress ink over the embossed butterfly. Sponge around the edges to highlight the rough edges and the center of the butterfly.
6. Assemble card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part of You Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Butterflies
Ranger Distress Spray: Antique Linen
Ranger Distress Ink: Tattered Rose
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Translucent Embossing Paste

For my last project I wanted to play with a journal page using the sentiment.


Instructions: (Let dry between steps) 

1. Paint a swatch of white gesso in the center of a journal page. (Mine is part of an old ledger)
2. Add random stars using the small Starry Night stencil and crackle embossing paste. 
3. Spritz with Pink, Gold, and Antique Linen sprays to get the desired colors and spots as desired.
4. Stamp the Part Of You Quote Stamp using black archival ink.
5. Spray cheese cloth with gold spray.
6. Trace heart shape using watercolor pencils randomly across surface and around the sentiment.
7. Use waterbrush to soften the traced images.
8.Stamp script using gold ink randomly across surface. 
9. Using stick pins attach pieces of cheese cloth with baubles and charms. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part of You Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Starry Night
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Ranger Distress Spray: Antique Linen
Tattered Angels: Pink Coral, Gold Shimmer Spray
Ranger Archival Ink: Black
Watercolor Pencils
Waterbrush
White Gesso
Cheese Cloth
Idea-ology Tim Holtz Baubles & Charms

This lovely sentiment is so versatile and I can see using it for sympathy cards, journal pages and layouts remembering loved ones.

Suzz

Along the Way Quote Stamp Tags

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 26, 2018

Hi there, it's Helen Chilton here with you today, using the new Along the Way Quote Stamp to make a card and tag.  



I love Distress Oxides, especially using them with a stencilled or stamped gesso background on kraft card. The colours show up slightly differently on the gessoed areas. 

Stamp the leaf from the Fine Leaves stamp set in gesso onto kraft cardstock. When dry dip into Distress Oxides that have been rubbed onto a craft mat and spritzed. I used about 5 colours. Build up layers until you're happy.

Colour a panel of white card with some of the same Distress Oxides - I used Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade. Splat with water and blot. Stamp the quote in black over the top. Then add twiddly bits - brads, wired beads, fibres, doodling etc.


The next two projects use similar techniques. I like stamping repeatedly all over the cardstock to build up a background. Then use the same stamp as your focal point and it all ties in together. It's an especially useful technique if you only want to use one stamp.


Stamp the Along The Way Quote Stamp repeatedly onto a glossy cardstock panel in several different colours - I used VersaFine Clair inks, but you could also use Distress inks. Add black edging and scratchy lines with a credit card.

Use some of the same inks to colour a background panel of glossy card and stamp quote over the top. Add black edging.


You get an impression of the whole image with odd details (in this case words) jumping out at you.


Similar technique here, except colour the glossy card first and then stamp over in same colour inkpads not quite as many times as before. Die cut quote panel coloured with cotton wool balls to add texture.


Supplies List:
Darkroom Door Along the Way Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamps
Distress Oxide inkpads: Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Spiced marmalade, Peeled Paint
VersaFine Clair inkpads: Summertime, Warm Breeze, Golden Meadow, Purple Delight
Cardstock: glossy white, kraft
Gesso

Embellishments


Thanks for stopping by!

Helen

Cogs Border Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 23, 2018

Hi folks! Autumn Clark with you today to share a grungy journal page featuring the fabulous new Cogs Border Stamp. I decided to continue on in my cardboard junk journal for this project. The rough edged pages provide the perfect substrate for this theme.


Instructions:

To start I Mod Podged pages from an old book onto my lightly gessoed spread. When the adhesive was dry, I lifted the edges of the pages to give some texture and variation to the page, then covered the pages with a coat of watery gesso. 


I stamped the Cogs Border Stamp in Versafine ink, then partially covered the image with Baked Texture Embossing Powders in Ancient Amber, then Chunky Rust, then filled in any gaps with Allure Embossing Powder in Burnt Copper Leaves. This gives a great color variation to the image and a more authentic rusty metal feel.  


Next I applied my Vintage Photo Distress Oxide pad directly over the embossed cogs and spritzed with water. I allowed the ink to bleed up the page by tilting my journal upside down.  I dried then repeated with my Iced Spruce Distress Oxide pad.  


I applied various tissue tape over my background and sanded them to remove the sheen. Next I took some watercolor paper panels I had inked with various Distress Inks and made a bundle of pages, stamping Mr. Bright Idea Collage Stamp in mixed Sepia and Jet Black Archival Ink on the top page.  


I die cut a tab and stamped with the Adventure stamp from the Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set. I affixed with hex shaped brads.  


On the opposite page I stamped the Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp in Rust Chalk Ink and spritzed with water to let it bleed.  This color was more vibrant than my rust embossing, so I went back around the embossed cogs and partially stamped this image in the Rust Chalk Ink to help it coordinate.  


I partially stamped the Mesh Texture Stamp in Rust Chalk Ink repeatedly around my spread. I cut two tags from my inky paper and stamped the Gazette stamp on one tag and used the top tag for my journaling.  

I stamped the word Time from the Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set onto a scrap and adhered it to the top of my page with a tiny paper clip.  I tucked in some metal gears and bundled threads beneath my layers to add a final bit of texture.


Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Cogs Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Mr. Bright Idea Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gazette Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp
White Acrylic Gesso
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Sepia
Versafine Ink Pad
Distress Oxides: Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce
Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone
ColorBox Chalk Ink: Rust
Mod Podge
Baked Texture Embossing Powders: Ancient Amber, Chunky Rust
Allure Embossing Powder: Burnt Copper Leaves
Tim Holtz Tissue Tapes

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Autumn

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

Book List Planner Pages

Darkroom Door - Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a fun planner spread featuring the fabulous new Bookshelf Border Stamp. I wanted to create a page or two in my planner to keep track of all the books I read in a year and this stamp just added the perfect touch.


Instructions:

1. Choose two planner page inserts and stick together at the back using washi tape. Apply the Bookshelf Border Stamp across the bottom of the pages using Jet Black Archival Ink.

2. Apply the Torn Text Background Stamp around the edges of the pages using Watering Can Archival Ink. Doodle a border around the inside edge of this using a black journaling pen.


3. Apply Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink to a stamp from the Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with a little water and add to the top of the left hand page. Repeat for the other page. Use the ‘spotty’ stamp from this set to add some more colour around the pages.

4. Stamp some quotes from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set over the pages using Cracked Pistachio and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.


5. Stamp the title on smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink and the Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set. Fussy cut and add to the pages. Add some freehand borders around each letter/number using the black journaling pen.

6. Stamp a couple of quotes to add to the bottom of each page.


7. Add your books!


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Bookshelf Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Cracked Pistachio, Hickory Smoke

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own planner book list pages. I wonder how many books you will read this year?!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Artist Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here with you today sharing two cards using the new Artist Brushes and Artist Palette Stamp Sets! I have designed a lot of 'art supplies' stamps over the years and it seems stampers love them and keep requesting more! This time I wanted the stamps to be as large as possible, so they could be used as bold centrepieces for cards or on art journal pages, scrapbooks, mixed media pieces and more. 

I had a lot of fun designing these and now it's even more fun being able to use them! Here is my first card from the Artist Brushes set: 


Instructions: 
1. Choose 3 co-ordinating Archival ink pads (I chose Chrome Yellow, Fern Green and Aquamarine) and stamp the little brushstroke stamp repeatedly all over a piece of white card stock. I started with the Chrome Yellow ink and left some white spaces to allow me to stamp the other colours to fill in the gaps. Distress the edges with a paper distresser and adhere to a folded white card. 

2. Stamp the large paintbrush onto white card stock using Archival Jet Black ink. Lightly colour the handle of the brush with Antique Linen Distress Marker. Trim the brush image with scissors. Squeeze out some paint from Dina Wakley Media Lemon, Lime and Sky tubes of paint to make it look like the brush has been dipped in paint. Allow to dry, and adhere to the front of the card. 

3. Stamp the sentiment onto white card stock with Archival Jet Black ink and trim around the edges. Distress the edges with a paper distresser and adhere to the card with foam adhesive for a little dimension. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Artist Brushes Rubber Stamps
Archival Inks: Jet Black, Chrome Yellow, Fern Green and Aquamarine 
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Lime, Lemon, Sky

Next up is a card using the Artist Palette Stamp Set:



Instructions: 
1. Create a background using Distress Oxide inks on Specialty Stamping Paper. To do this, swipe the inks onto a non-stick craft sheet and ist with water. Place the paper into the ink and move around a little before lifting up. Allow to dry. Adhere to black card stock then onto a folded white card. 

2. Stamp the brushes in jar stamp onto white card stock with Archival Jet Black ink. Swipe some light colours of distress ink onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up the ink with an aquash brush to colour in the brushes on the image. Repeat until the entire image is coloured to your liking. Trim around the image with scissors and adhere to the card with foam adhesive. 

3. Stamp the sentiment onto white card stock with Archival Jet Black ink and trim around the edges. Adhere to black card stock then onto the card with foam adhesive for a little dimension. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Artist Palette Rubber Stamps
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxide Inks
Specialty Stamping Paper
Aquash water brush 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Rachel

Vine Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hello, it is Anna-Karin Evaldsson here today sharing an art journal page made with the new Vine Border Stamp. I love these big border stamps since they are full of potential for fun techniques. The stamps are 11.8 inches long, and are therefore perfect for scrapbooking layouts, or, as in my case, for art journaling. At the same time, they will work just as well for cardmaking and other smaller projects too. 


I wanted the ivy to take centre stage on my art journal page and decided to stamp it repeatedly to let it almost flow down the page from the top left. The page was done on a cotton-rag watercolour paper in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. The technique works best on watercolour paper, but you can try other surfaces too.


I worked on a page that I had previously coloured with Infusions Coloured Stains, for a soft watercolour background. You can also use watercolour paint or Distress Ink. If you use Infusions, mist lots of water on the page before and after sprinkling it with the Coloured Stains and dab off some of the colour with a paper towel.


Ink the Vine Stamp up with Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. Mist it repeatedly with water before stamping. Leave the stamp in place for a few seconds to give the ink time to transfer to the paper. Experiment with the amount of water. I tried to get some of the impressions more detailed and others more dissolved. Repeat until you are happy with the look.


When the ink is dry, you can add shadows and extra details with a Forest Moss Distress Marker.


Randomly stamp the French Script Texture Stamp here and there on the page with brown ink.


I really love this Wander quote and stamped it on natural sticky-back canvas. Cut out the words and ink the edges.


Glue the sentiment to the page with Matte Medium. As you can see, the stamping picks up the texture of the canvas.


A word from Gum Trees stamp set was also stamped on canvas, cut out and inked. The butterflies were die cut from another piece of blue Infusions coloured watercolour paper, just to give more life to the page.


I also splattered the page with a blue and a brown Dina Wakley Scribble Stick. The opaque colours contrast nicely with the watercolours. Just dip the Scribble Stick in water and flick a paint brush against the tip to create splatters.

Adding some details and shadows with a marker gives interest and dimension to the watercolour stamping. You can also dissolve the lines with water if you would like to, but I left them as they were.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Vine Border Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Wander Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamps
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Journal
Ranger Natural Sticky-Back Canvas
Canson watercolour paper
Ranger Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Ground Espresso
Ranger Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Palette
Ranger Distress Marker: Forest Moss
Ranger Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Coloured Stains: Paper Artsy Infusions: Golden Sands, A Bit Jaded
Sizzix Tim Holtz Dies: Tiny Shapes
Ranger Distress Matte Medium

The Vine Border stamp looks really nice with a watercolour stamping effect, but it also has amazing detail, which you will see if you stamp it without misting with water and / or with a different ink.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for looking.

Happy stamping!
Anna-Karin

Harry Potter Bookshelf Layout

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 12, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a layout featuring the fabulous new Bookshelf Border Stamp. This is just the coolest stamp for adding wonderful detail to layouts, cards, art journal pages and more. Here I have incorporated the stamped image as an anchor for the Open Book Frame Stamp as well as a silhouette photo of my son reading one of his Harry Potter books.


Instructions:
1. Crop a piece of black cardstock to 8½" x 11¾" to form the base of the layout.

2. Crop a piece of smooth white cardstock to 8¼" x 11½". Choose some Distress Oxides and squish the pads onto a heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz with water and then place the smooth white cardstock onto the colour. Remove (swiping it slightly through the ink) and dry with a heat gun. Repeat this process, drying after each inking, until you are happy with the result (or you have run out of ink!). Stick down on the black cardstock base.

3.Stamp a quote from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set over the background using one of the Distress Oxide inks that was used to create the background.

4. Stamp the Bookshelf Border Stamp onto a separate piece of smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut and stick down on the background.

5. Stamp the Open Book Frame Stamp on another piece of smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Stamp the Torn Text Background Stamp over the top using the same ink. Fussy cut and add to the layout along with some torn book paper (NOT from a Harry Potter book!) and some die cut/fussy cut images relating to the theme of the layout.

6. Stamp the title using the Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set and a co-ordinating Distress Oxide ink. Also stamp some stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set using co-ordinating Distress Oxide Inks. Fussy cut all images and add to the layout.

7. Add a stamped quill from the Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Bookshelf Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Open Book Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Oxide: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey


I hope you have fun playing with this stamp and creating some layouts for the bookworm in your life.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda
 

Seashells Border Stamp Art Journal

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 09, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door friends, Fiona Paltridge here with you again to share an art journal page I have created featuring the new Seashells Border Stamp. Last time I was sharing with you, I created a layout using the Polka Dot Circle stencil and right at the end of the video you saw me "cleaning off" my stencil into my art journal. Well this is the basis of my next creation. I often clean off my stencils and stamps into my journal and then when it comes time for me to create a little something i can open it up and already have some inspiration in a background.



And this was exactly that, I opened my journal and was immediately inspired to create an "Ocean" scene. The video below shows you how I went about this and created some textured stamping and some stamping with spray inks! The Darkroom Door stamps are of such high quality that they really don't mind if you try out something a little less conventional and if anyone is going to do something non conventional .... it'll be me. It's the best way to play!



Watch the video here: 
 
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Polka Dots
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Grunge Marks 
Darkroom Door Border Stamp: Seashells
Darkroom Door Acrylic Stamp Block: 315mmx65mm
Ranger Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Ranger Dylusions Spray
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Ranger Dylusions Art Journal - 8x8"
Modelling Paste or Heavy gesso
White card stock

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Fiona