Wilderness Collection

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Today we're looking at the paper products from the Wilderness Collection which include the Wilderness Photochips, Wilderness Montage, Wilderness Filmstrips and Wordstrips.








I absolutely love landscape photography, especially in warm sepia tones. I also love traveling, hiking, adventure and exploring new and uncharted places! The photographs in this collection include areas such as Mt Kosciuszko, Mt Field, Blue Mountains just to name a few from Australia, along with Nepal, Belgium, Switzerland, Scotland, Thailand and more. It's a real mixture and can be used for so many different styles of projects.


Here's a few samples:




This card literally takes only a couple of minutes to make! Using the Photochip image with a Wordstrip underneath. Tip: Although it looks like the wordstrip is the full height of the card, I have only used two smaller sections which means there are no words underneath the Photochip. No point wasting words when you can't see them!

Here's a project using the Wilderness Montage:




I've used four of the middle sized images from the Montage to make a composite image for the card. I've added some texture by finding a little stick from the garden and have attached it with eyelets and twine. Added a couple of Wordstrip words and it's done!


The texture from the stick looks great and certainly adds to the overall 'feel' of the card:




Notice how I've been photographing all the projects in the wilderness too?


Also here's a tip for the Wordstrips. If you don't want them to be white, they can easily be coloured with inks. Just sponge your desired ink colour over the top of them. Distress Inks and other dye inks work really well. Here's a sample of what they can look like: (white original Wordstrip at the top, Olive green ink sponged on the left, Coffee & Sepia ink sponged on the right.)




So remember the Wordstrips can be altered to any colour you choose!


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Wilderness Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 23, 2009

Today we'd like to share some projects using the Wilderness Vol 2 stamp set:




I love this set. The two quotes on this set are some of my most favourites - and I love the detail in the forest image. It has been a busy weekend here, so I've only had time to do two samples today... here they are:




I've created a light background using Mushroom and Stonewash Alcohol inks onto white glossy cardstock. Then stamped the image with Archival Jet Black ink. Mounted it onto the card, stamped 'explore' and mounted it over the image to complete. The 'take a walk on the wild side' quote is also appropriate for this image!


Here's an ATC:




I stamped the leaf with Cranberry Adirondack ink several times without re-inking to give the shadow effect. The compass is stamped with Rust Adirondack ink and punched out with a 1 1/2" circle punch. (we always try to make our circle stamps fit a punch so it's easier to create with!) Then stamped the quote, trimmed into individual words and added to the left side of the ATC.

Here's some other ideas for both Wilderness Vol 1 & Vol 2 stamp sets:

  • Mix and match the quotes to the different images throughout both sets.
  • The trees from Vol 1 can be stamped several times in a row to create a longer border of trees.
  • Brayer sunset colours behind the silhouette images (trees & mountain range).
  • Colour the images with Marvy Le Plume pens (or other colouring mediums).
  • Stamp the forest image from Vol 2 set in white ink on a coloured background to create a wintery scene.

So there's just a couple of ideas to get you started! These stamp sets are great for making cards or projects for adventurers, travelers, explorers, men, women or anyone!


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Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 22, 2009

I'm so pleased to see that you're enjoying the projects and products! Thanks again for all the ideas and inspiration that you are bringing with your comments :)


Today we are moving on to the Wilderness Collection... firstly the Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamps:




The Wilderness Collection was born from my love of hiking, nature and wild places. The stamps in this set are very detailed with many possibilities for each one. Here's a couple of cards I've created with them:




The mountain image was stamped onto white glossy cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. The image was then coloured with Marvy Le Plume markers to give colour to the water and foliage. The quote was stamped with black ink, trimmed into separate strips and adhered over the bottom of the image. Added some fibres, mount the image and it's done! I have a huge stash of fibres that I have collected over the years and these stamps are the perfect reason to bring them out again! Just adds that textured 'wild' look!


Here's another card:




Using the wild trees stamp, it has been stamped with Sepia ink, then sponged the cardstock around all edges. Added some twine - again going for the more natural embellishments. I also think adding some twigs and small sticks would be great too. The quote was stamped in Sepia ink and sponged the edges. I also stamped the quote a second time on scrap cardstock and cut out the two words 'wild' and 'free' and added to the quote with foam tape just to emphasise those words a little more. It's a simple card, but so great for all those people who love earthy colours and love nature! I also think the wild trees stamp would look great embossed in one of the brown Distress Embossing powders! The texture would be fabulous. Something for me to try later.


Moving right along... here's an ATC:




This time I've used the smaller single tree branch stamp to go around the edge of the ATC in Olive ink. Stamped the quote in Sepia ink and trimmed them to be separate words. I've also added a waterfall image from the Wilderness Montage. (Loving those smaller images on the Montage sheets!!)


There's so much that can be done with this stamp set, especially combined with the Wilderness Vol 2 stamp set and other Wilderness images - but we'll move onto those over the next couple of days!


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Viva La Flora Collection

Darkroom Door - Saturday, February 21, 2009

Today we're looking at the paper products from the Viva La Flora Collection. They include the Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips.






I always love the classical beauty of black and white flowers and I wanted to bring that to life in a complete collection. These images are simple and elegant, with the option of using them as they are or by altering them into something a little different.

Here's some options for using these products:

  • Photochips are the perfect size for creating greeting cards. They are also a great size to add as an embellishment for scrapbook layouts. They can be punched, sanded, scratched, inked, stamped - so can be altered in many ways to suit your projects!
  • The Montage sheet has several different sized images that are suitable for gift cards, ATC's, jewellery, and miniature projects! They are made from the same stock as the Photochips, so can also be sanded, inked etc.
  • The Filmstrips and Wordstrips can be used as a complete strip on scrapbook layouts (they are 12" long) or can be cut into individual images or words for smaller sized projects. The Filmstrips can be used in slide mount frames. Or punch them out with a 1" circle punch and place inside a bottlecap or jewellery piece.

That's only the tip of the iceberg for ideas! Here's another idea:




This card uses the Lilies Photochip. I love the look of hand tinted black and white photographs, and you can achieve this on the Photochips by using colouring pens. I have used Marvy le Plume pens to colour the lilies. The Le Plume pens are so smooth and the colours are so soft and dreamy.


Here's one of the Montage images used to create a gift card. I have the same colour scheme going on here as I just used the left over scraps of cardstock and ribbon from the greeting card above. So simple and quick:




Last but not least - I have created a pendant using a Filmstrip image and Wordstrip word. I just trimmed them to size and adhered into the pendant (Nunn Design) using Glossy Accents.




It would also look nice if the Filmstrip & Wordstrip were inked in a nice Antique Linen Distress Ink to give them a more vintage look.

So there's some ideas for the paper products from Viva La Flora! I'm sure you guys have plenty more ideas of what you'd like to do.... so share away! Comment here with an idea, or simply tell us your favourite flower from the collection and we'll draw a winner who will receive the Viva La Flora Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips!

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Viva La Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 20, 2009

Today we are sharing projects using the Viva La Flora Vol 2 stamp set:



This stamp set also has a bit of everything in it. Collage style flowers, simple stemmed flowers, quotes, and two cute little flowers. Here's a card I have created with the Daisy collage stamp:



Inks used: Versacolor Ash Rose and Burgundy. I inked the centre with Ash Rose and the outside with the Burgundy to graduate the colour a bit. The centres of the flowers have a little Crystal Stickles on them to add a bit of bling :)


Here's a different technique with that same stamp:




This time I stamped with Brilliance Moonlight White ink onto white cardstock, then embossed with Frosted Crystal powder. I sponged Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick Distress Ink over the top to bring out the flowers and text background. The 'small beginnings' quote has been stamped with Jet Black ink onto Pink Paislee orange dot paper. (love papers like these!) 


Now time for an ATC:




I've used the Dandelion stamp and the little Memories & Moments words. A tip about the quotes and words in these stamp sets - stamp lightly! They are created with such an elegant fine quote, so you do not need to put much pressure on the stamp. Easy does it :)


The background was created with alcohol inks, Dandelion was stamped with Jet Black ink, and have added some German Scrap for decoration!


Some more ideas for this stamp set:

  • Brayer rainbow ink over the collage flower stamps for a colourful background.
  • Stamp the Collage Dahlia twice and cut out the Dahlia's on the second image and layer them with foam tape over the first image.
  • Stamp the little flowers over and over to create backgrounds.
  • Stamp the Dandelion or Daisy several times to create a garden of flowers. Try 'shadow stamping' (stamping several times without re-inking to form different depths of colour)

Then of course there's a multitude of different inks, embossing powders and other materials that would produce fabulous results too! The options are always endless!


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Viva La Flora Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 19, 2009

Today we are sharing some projects using the Viva La Flora Vol 1 Rubber Stamps:




When I'm stamping, I love using stamps that are versatile. I love stamps that can be simply stamped with inks, layered on top of each other to create a card in minutes. I also love stamps that can be used with different techniques and materials. I think this stamp set covers it all! Here's a few tips for this set:

  • Stamp a solid flower in a light coloured ink, then stamp the corresponding detailed flower over the top in a darker ink. (if you want to use a stamp positioner, the flowers line up perfectly.)
  • The solid flowers can be used on their own. The detailed flowers can also be used on their own.
  • Stamp a detailed flower and colour in with pencils, pens, Twinkling H20's, Dimensional Pearls, paints, or any other colouring mediums!
  • Stamp a solid flower and emboss the detailed flower over the top in a contrasting embossing powder.
  • Press the detailed stamps into Polymer clay or UTEE.
  • Use a combination of large and small flowers on a project. They look great as a background for cards, layouts, invitations.... anything!
  • The quotes can be used in one line, or cut the words individually to layer them as you desire.

Here's a quick card and ATC I created using this stamp set:




I used Adirondack Light Cool Peri & Peach Bellini inks for the solid flowers and Archival Grape ink for the detailed Dahlia and Archival Tangerine for the detailed Gerbera. I love that the smaller version of the flowers look great for ATC's. Doing one of the larger flowers would also look stunning.



Guest Artist - Lisa Pate Part 4

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 09, 2009

To finish off Lisa's week with us, she has created two layouts using the Robot Collection papers and embellishments! Check them out:





Darkroom Door Robot papers
Darkroom Door Robot Filmstrips
Darkroom Door Robot Wordstrips
Distress inks - aged photo
Sharpie Pen
Kaiser pearls
Basic Grey Chippie letters


Thanks for sharing your artwork with us this week Lisa!!! It has been truly inspiring :)

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Guest Artist - Lisa Pate Part 3

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 05, 2009

This is a mixed media album Lisa completed from her recent trip to London with the kids.

Lisa says:
I wanted something with lots of texture, I just pulled a heap of stuff I had been hoarding together and added Darkroom Door Stamps and wordstrips.


Materials List

Darkroom Door Ornate Elements Rubber Stamps 
Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
Distress inks - lots of colours
Websters Pages papers
denim off cuts
tissue paper
flannel fabric
kaiser bling and pearls
Sharpie pen







Fantastic Lisa!! Love how you've used the ornate background stamp on the circle embellishments on the cover, then carried it throughout the book!

Lisa has some more projects to share, so please drop by again soon to check them out!

Guest Artist - Lisa Pate Part 2

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Lisa has been busy with our Robot stamps! Check out these super cute bag tags...

School Bag Tags



Darkroom Door Robot Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Robot Stripes 12x12 Paper
Black Stazon
Maya Road Sheer Star Album ( pulled apart)
Jump Rings
Heat Gun
Shrink Plastic (I used rough and ready)
Making Memories Alphas

1.    Stamp two robot  images onto the rough side of the shrink plastic with black stazon ink


2.    Colour images with pencils


3.    Cut around images and punch a hole in the top


4.    use your heat gun to shrink the images ( it will curl up, just use a stamping block to squish it flat while still warm)


5.    Cut a piece of Darkroom Door Robot Stripes paper to fit the Maya Road Star and use a cropodile and eyelets to attach to the back.


6.    stamp a robot image on the star , and add childs name with the making memories alpha’s

7.    Finish with ribbons and the elastic through the top hole, use the jump rings to attach the shrunken robots to finish.


How cute are these!!! Thanks for sharing them with us Lisa - and hope your girls are enjoying them on their school bags :)

Please drop by again tomorrow to see more of Lisa's artwork!!

Guest Artist - Lisa Pate

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Lisa_PhotoName: Lisa Pate

Zodiac sign: Capricorn

Lives: in beautiful Cooranbong, NSW

Known for: A serious obsession with RED, not measuring anything, lots of layers in my work and loving a good chat and a laugh

Blog: www.lisapate.blogspot.com

Loves to:Do anything creative - stamp, scrapbook, sew.  Head up the Watagan mountins with my hubby and kiddies, swim the the ocean and drink red wine.

Loves to create:
anything and everything. Layouts, cards, and mini albums rate pretty high.

Favourite Darkroom Door product: The stamps - nothing like the crispness of stamping with RED rubber.

Have you ever been in a darkroom? Um, my bedroom is dark at night??  Does that count??

Let’s say you’ve been invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  My fave inks, a couple of blocks of chocolate and a sense of humour.

Are you afraid of the dark? Not anymore :)  I was petrified as a kid.

Beaded Album Cover


Gather your supplies

Darkroom Door Stamps – Trees
Black Ink (fabric ink or permanent ink)
Album to cover ( I used an American crafts 6 x 6 modern album)
Calico fabric
6 tea bags
Small sead beads of choice, needle and thread
Cotton Lace
Iron on Pellon
Stazon ink
White paint
Cropodile and eyelets
Sewing Machine

1.    In a bowl place the six tea bags and boiling water, add the fabric and let in sit in the solution to it reaches the colour you want.  Air dry and iron it flat. 


2.    Using either fabric or a permanent ink, stamp your fave tree image onto the fabric


3.    Iron on the pellon on the reverse side of the calico (a thin pellon is best).  Using the needle and thread sew beads as desired onto the tree.



4.    Sew the cotton lace around each side, and finish with some simple stitching to border the tree


5.    On a scrap of Acetate stamp your chosen quote with black stazon ink, on the reverse side swipe some white paint to help the works stand out. Using a cropadile set make the holes and set the eyelets to attach the piece as shown.




6.    Cut another piece of calico the same size and with right sides facing sew three sides together, leaving one end open (this will be the end that you slip over the album.  Turn the right way out.

7.    Slip the whole piece over the front of your album ( I used an American crafts 6 x 6 modern album) and finish with a wrap of ribbon and bow.


Fabulous Lisa! Love the texture :)

Please drop by again tomorrow to see more of Lisa's projects!!