Guest Artist - Gillian Hamilton Part 3

Darkroom Door - Saturday, January 17, 2009

Continuing on with our guest artist Gillian Hamilton, here's another fabulous journal! Feast your eyes on this one!


Moleskin Journal ~ Dance like no one is watching


Darkroom Door supplies:
12x12 Paper ~ Legato, Allegro, San Marco
Rubber Stamps ~ DDRS012 Chorus, DDRS011 Melody, DDRS019 Ornate Elements

other requirements
Moleskin Journal, collections Elements Chipboard House, Versafine Onyx Black ink pad, Black ribbon, Vintage Lace, Antique Mother of Pearl Button, Black thread, sewing machine, Glue Stick, PVA Glue, Black Stranded Embroidery Thread, Double sided tape


Method of construction ~ house

  • Using a Glue Stick completely cover the chipboard house with glue
    stick glue side down onto the wrong side of Allegro Printed Paper (on the 'unpatterned' part of the paper) Roll over with your Brayer (or rolling pin) this really helps the glue work better at holding the paper and gets rid of any glue lumps or air bubbles.
    Trim the edges with a pair of scissors, and file excess off with a large nail file
  • Mask the 'house' part of the chipboard house with a piece of scrap paper, leaving only the roof section exposed, Ink the Large Flourish stamp from DDRS019 with black ink and stamp the 'roof' section of the house.
  • Ink the Lady from DDRS011 with black in and stamp on the 'house' section (she makes the most elegant corner)
    Stamp the 'Dance like no one is watching' Stamp from DDRS011 onto a scrap from your Allegro Printed paper,  hand trim with scissors and ink in the black ink.
  • Adhere it to the house using a glue stick, cover with a clean piece of scrap paper and brayer the piece you have just glued on.
  • Ink up the small flourish from DDRS012 and stamp Repeatedly down the opposite side of the house to the lady and along the bottom edge until you meet up with the bottom of the lady stamp.
    Stamping over the edge of the 'Dance like no one is watching' piece.
    This is a fabulous stamp, for this purpose, make sure you reink it each time you stamp with it so the pattern remains consistant in colour.
  • Ink the outside edge of the house in Black ink
  • Using PVA glue, lightly glue some German Scrap Small Scallope border inbetween the roof and the house section.
  • Using your sewing machine, stitch with black thread around the inside edge of the house.
  • Take a beautiful button that you love, Glue it in place using a small amount of PVA glue
    Using a sewing awl or large bodkin needle, and using the button holes as a guide poke the holes so you can sew the button on.  I know the button has been glued on already, but it really looks so much nicer if you take the 2 minutes to sew it on as well.
  • Put the house to the side for the moment.


Covering the Journal

  • Take Your Moleskin Journal or something similar.
  • We are just going to be adhering the paper to the top, Using your glue stick, cover the entire top of the journal with glue, and also the spine.
  • Put the journal glueside down onto the back of the Legato printed paper (make sure you have the paper the right way up!) Rub it with your hand, to make sure you have no lumps or creases.
  • Rub the back side of the journal now with the glue stick, remember to check that the spine has glue too.... and carefully flip the journal over so that both sides are now covered with paper. roughly trim the excess paper off.
  • Using your brayer, give the journal a rub over, so that the glue works well on the cover.
  • Not too close to the spine however, because we don't want to crease it.
  • AVOID opening the cover too much while the glue is drying.
  • Take a 8cm strip of San Marco Printed Paper, using your glue stick completely cover the back of it and adhere it to the journal as shown. trim the excess off
  • Using some double sided tape, tape some flat 4cm wide lace onto the San marco Paper.
  • Then using more double sided tape adhere some Black ribbon onto the top of the lace (covering where the double sided tape is, so you can't see it) Allowing enough length for tying your bow at the side of your journal.
  • Stitch a little of the way along the length of the ribbon on the front and back of the journal just to hold it securely.
  • Then Stitch along the sides of the journal just where the San Marco Paper is both on the front and back.
  • Using PVA Glue, Adhere the house to the Journal, and weigh it down with some heavy books to set the glue and make sure it attaches nicely.
  • Tie your bow at the side of the journal.



Fantastic Gillian! You're rockin' those stamps and papers!!

Please drop by again tomorrow to see Gillian's final project :)

Guest Artist - Gillian Hamilton Part 2

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 16, 2009

Ready for some more arty goodness? Today Gillian is sharing an Artist Trading Card with us...

ATC ~ Live laugh Love


Darkroom Door Supplies
 12x12 Paper ~ Legato, San Marco, Allegro
Rubber Stamps ~ DDRS019 Ornate Elements
Photobooth Ladies
Wordstrips ~ Venetian

other requirements
 Vintage Buttons, Vintage Lace, German Scrap Small scallope border, page torn from old book, Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad, Black Thread, Sewing Machine, Glue stick,

Method of construction

  • Cut a piece of Allegro Printed Paper to 3 1/2 x 2 1/2" ATC size.
  • Stamp it with Large Flourish stamp from DDRS019 set using black ink
  • Tear a strip of Legato about 1.5 cm x the width of the ATC ink the edges
  • Using glue stick, Adhere to the top edge
  • Tear a piece of old paper from a book approx 2.5 x 3cm  adhere to the left hand side as per ATC
  • Tear a piece of San Marco 3 or 4cm to go on the bottom of the ATC, ink the edges and  adhere with the glue stick



Once you are happy with your Collaged background

  • Trim a photobooth Image, sand the edges to make it look worn then lightly ink with black ink.
  • Fray a piece of vintage lace a little bigger than the photobooth image
  • Using Double sided tape, layer the lace and image onto the ATC, and stitch on the inside edge using your machine using black thread.
  • Cut 'Live Laugh Love' from the wordstrip and distress it with Ink and add to the bottom left hand corner of the ATC
  • Glue some buttons onto your ATC and then hand stitch them on
  • lightly glue a strip of German Scrap onto the top edge of the ATC
  • Cut a Backing piece of Cardstock for your ATC and use Double sided tape to hold it together.
  • Using your sewing machine, stitch around the inside edge of the ATC, this will hold all the layers together and give your piece a Finished Look.
  • Sign and Date Your ATC & send it to a friend :)


Stunning Gillian! Love the texture.

Please drop by again tomorrow - Gillian has another journal to share with us!

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Guest Artist - Gillian Hamilton

Darkroom Door - Thursday, January 15, 2009

GillianName: Gillian Hamilton

Zodiac sign: Libra

Lives: Port Macquarie NSW Australia

Known for: My Faith, Love of family, Collector of many things, History Buff, silly sense of humour!

Etsy Store:

Loves to: Pack a picnic and hop in the car with my family and just drive till we find somewhere nice to stop, no phone, no emails, no time restraints ~ it's Just us together!

Loves to create:
on a daily basis, I have this driving passion inside me that has to be released!
It doesn't matter really if it's a Stamping project, a piece of jewellery, sitting with my daughter making something with her or even cooking a delicious casserole.As long as I can enjoy the process of creating in one of it's many forms, I feel very satisfied :)

Favourite Darkroom Door product: Rubber Stamps

Have you ever been in a darkroom? Yes, I used to work in an Art and Craft Supply shop in my Home town of Inverell NSW.  Which had a Darkroom because my Boss was a Photographer.
I used to take Passport Photo's for our customers, we used a fabulous 4 lens Polaroid Camera, which took 4 photo's at once, and we'd duck into the darkroom and wait for the photo's to develop and trim them, it was kind of 'mysterious' to the customers, as we'd take their photo with this rather odd looking camera, then disappear into the darkroom and come back out in a few minutes with their 4 little photo's, this was in days before Digital Camera's.

Let’s say you’ve been invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  Chocolate :)

Are you afraid of the dark? Only if I don't have my husband with me :)

Moleskin Journal ~ Remember to Take Time to Laugh


Darkroom Door Materials:
 12x12 Paper ~ San Marco, Legato, Allegro, Music Gazette, Ti Amo
Rubber Stamps ~ DDRS011 Melody, DDRS019 Ornate Elements
Wordstrips ~ Venetian
Gentlemen Photobooth

other requirements
moleskin journal, collections elements chipboard house, black ribbon, rusty pickle alphabet brads, vintage optical lens, brass crown, walnut ink, versafine onyx black ink pad, Glue stick, PVA glue, E6000 glue, sinamay ribbon, sewing machine and black thread

Method of construction ~ house

  • Using a glue stick, cover the house with glue
  • Tear printed paper making sure it doesn't have a white edge and adhere to the house.
  • I used Music Gazette for the main part of the house, a small strip of San Marco near the roof,  Ti Amo & Legato on the roof.
  • I also put a little piece of sinamay ribbon amongst the paper near the roof (just to add a bit fo dimension)
  • Once you are happy with your Collaged Background, use a brayer or rolling pin on your piece, this helps adhese the paper together.
  • Cut a piece of the sinamay a little wider than the house, and cut off one of the sewn edges to avoid bulk later on.  Position it at the bottom of the house with the sewn edge that is remaining on the bottom edge of the house.  fold the edges over to the back of the house and tape down with double sided tape.
  • Tear another piece of San Marco about 3cm wide (with NO white edges), apply glue using the glue stick to the back of this piece and adhere over the 'cut edge' of the sinamay and the Music Gazette paper.
  • Stitch down the edges of the San Marco paper if you would like in random fashion (this is optional.) You can also stitch the edges of the other layers if you like.
  • Tie a piece of black ribbon around the house on top of the San Marco paper making the knot at the front for embellishment.
  • Stitch around the inside edge of the house, and ink the edges with black ink.
  • Take your 'Frame' Stamp from the DDRS019 set, and stamp with black ink onto a clear part on Allegro Printed Paper.  Stamp the 'Take time to Laugh' stamp from the DDRS011 set into the centre of the frame.
  • Trim around the outside edge of the frame you have just stamped and using your glue stick, adhere it to a piece of chipboard or heavy cardstock.  Trim around the edge and ink the edges.
  • Usinge PVA glue, glue the frame over the top of the ribbon on the house.
  • Antique the word 'Remember' using Walnut Ink.  Adhere it to the house and attach the alphabet brads.
  • Trim around the Photobooth image so that it sits under the optical lens (you could use a small scrapbooking embellishment frame) glue the image onto the house using PVA glue and then the Lens using E6000 glue or another strong adhesive like liquid nails.  Attach the crown.
  • Ink around the outside edge of the house.
  • Set it aside for the moment.



Covering the Journal

  • Take Your Moleskin Journal or something similar.
  • We are just going to be adhering the paper to the top, Using your glue stick, cover the entire top of the journal with glue, and also the spine.
  • Put the journal glueside down onto the back of the printed paper (make sure you have the paper the right way up!) Rub it with your hand, to make sure you have no lumps or creases.
  • Rub the back side of the journal now with the glue stick, remember to check that the spine has glue too.... and carefully flip the journal over so that both sides are now covered with paper. roughly trim the excess paper off.
  • Using your brayer, give the journal a rub over, so that the glue works well on the cover.
  • Not too close to the spine however, because we don't want to crease it.
  • AVOID opening the cover too much while the glue is drying.
  • when dry, lay the house onto the journal and position some ribbon where the ribbon is on your house. we want to make a tie to fasten the journal, and it looks great if it lines up with the ribbon already on your house.
  • Put the house aside once more.
  • using double sided tape attach the ribbon on the front and back, leaving enough length to tie a bow to close the journal when it is finish.
  • Stitch around the inside edge of the top, side and bottom of the journal on the front and back (this is optional, but it will hold your ribbon in place and it will also keep the paper from lifting at the also adds a nice 'finishing touch'.  Ink around the outside edge of the journal with black ink.
  • Using PVA Glue, Attach your house to the Journal, Lining up the ribbon on the house to the Tying Ribbon.  Weigh down while the glue dries with a couple of heavy books.
  • and you are done :)



Fantastic project Gillian!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. For all the blog readers out there, Gillian has been busy and we have about 4 days worth of arty goodness to share, so please remember to keep coming back to check out what she's been up to!! Pure art I tell you! Yum yum!

Until tomorrow...

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Ho Ho Ho... Santa has arrived!

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 25, 2008


Firstly, I'd like to wish everyone who is celebrating Christmas today a very happy and merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful time with family and friends.

And secondly I'd like to thank everyone who participated in our Christmas Competition! I wasn't sure how the comp would go, but had hoped we'd get a 'few' entries, and had hoped that some people were using our Christmas Reindeer stamps to create their Christmas cards this year :) To receive such gorgeous creations not only in our email inbox, but our real snail mail mailbox felt like it was Christmas every day for us!!! I just LOVE all of the cards that were made and shared using the Christmas Reindeer set. Thank you to each of you who shared your artwork with us and all the readers of this blog!

Are you getting fidgety wondering who the winners are? Ha... it's like being a kid waiting for Santa to arrive!

Well, we think everyone deserves a prize, but the three names that were drawn out of Santa's Hat are:

1. Ava G
2. Kristine Collins
3. Robyn Wood

Please email us your contact details and the stamp set that you'd like to receive and we'll organise your prize! (note: we'll be spending some time with family over the next couple of days, so your prize won't be sent out until after the new year)

Thanks everyone for a fabulous 2008! From all of us here at Darkroom Door we'd like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and can't wait to show you what we have in store for 2009!

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Stewart & Rachel

Christmas Reindeer - Project #26

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Check out this adorable card created by Teresa Abajo for our Christmas Comp...




I used White Bazzill with an edge cardstock for the card base, and Basic Grey patterned paper from the Wassail range for the card front.  I cut the patterned paper to size and sponged some Brushed corduroy ink on the edges.

I stamped both reindeer (one with Timber Brown StazOn, the other with Stampin’ Up Whisper White), and cut around each leaving an even edge around the image.  I stamped the Merry Christmas and punched it out with my Marvy scalloped oval punch.  I punched a larger scalloped oval from some brown paper, and stuck the ovals together with some gauze in between.

I cut a strip of striped paper, pleated it unevenly, and stuck it to the card front with a piece of thin ribbon on top.   I tied a little bit of ribbon onto one reindeer’s neck.  I stamped the stars in the top left hand corner, and some of the wavy lines in Adirondack Cranberry ink. I arranged all the elements on the front of the card, and glued them down.  I left the edges of all the elements unglued to add dimension.




Just gorgeous Teresa!! Thanks for sharing!

Ok, it's only a couple of sleeps now until Christmas... the excitement is building around here! Of course Christmas is a time for family and friends... but it's also about gift giving! What is the best present you'll be giving someone this Christmas? Please leave a comment and share :)

Christmas Reindeer - Project #19

Darkroom Door - Saturday, December 20, 2008

Entries for the Christmas Competition are coming in thick and fast now! I have lots of eye candy to show you between now and Christmas, so please keep checking the blog regularly!


Here's an absolute gorgeous entry from Kristine Collins! I love the colours used in this!




Kristine says:
This reindeer stamp is so cute. I stamped in black staz on, making sure not to ink it too much as I wanted a hollow centre. I then inked it with green distress ink and matted the stamped image twice - once with Basic Grey Wassail and then with white bazzill to make it stand out on the card. I then punched a decorative border with a Fiskars punch and attached a strip to the card, inking the edges. I positioned the reindeer on top, stamped some of the wavy patterns in red and then positioned around the reindeer. Added some Prima flowers and a sheer red ribbon tied in a bow as well. I then placed some Kaisercraft rhinestone circles around the embellishment feature to add a little sparkle. Finally I placed one of those little stars up in the top left - it looks a little like the Reindeer is looking at it. :)


Thanks Kristine!

Christmas Reindeer - Project #16

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 19, 2008

Vicky Fernando has been busy... here is an Artist Trading Card using the Christmas Reindeer stamp set for our Christmas Competition!




Vicky says:
I did the background by painting a thin wash of acrylic paints onto watercolour paper, & after leaving it overnight to dry, I stuck that to cardstock. I then used some Versamark ink & the "Believe, Faith, Hope..." stamp from the Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer set to stamp my background, using some Pearlex powder to give it a lovely (but hard to see in the photo) shimmery look. I added some lace, & used the Pink Paislee Pixee Stix in Berry Blue which is meant to be glitter, but which looks more like coloured sugar. I then stamped the reindeer & the word Joy using Stazon ink (Royal Purple), trimmed them both & stuck them in place using double sided foam tape, & added some Kindy Glitz for the finishing touch.

This looks fantastic Vicky! Thanks for sharing!

Calendar Stamp Set

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm just interrupting our Christmas Competition for a moment as I wanted to share with you some ideas using our our Calendar Stamp set!  2009 is just around the corner and there's lots of ways you can use these stamps to help document your year.




The layout below shows how the stamp set looks on a 12x12 layout. There is space to write what happened for each day, and the photographs are a mixture of the events from that month. This idea could also be used for a pregnancy album, baby's first year album, school achievements during the year, travel diary, or many many other themes!




You could also create this wonderful birthday book for an off the page project. Our Guest Artist Godelieve created this for us, full details can be found here.




I hope that gives you some ideas on how to use the Calendar Stamp set along with some ideas on how you can record your life and activities for the year!

Christmas Reindeer - Project #13

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 15, 2008

Sharing another project with you that I've created with the Christmas Reindeer stamp set...




I made a bunch of these cards last week to send out to our retail stockists for Christmas. Here are the instructions:

  • Ink up the word script stamp with Crimson ink. Stamp it once onto a scrap piece of paper, then stamp again without re-inking onto the green background cardstock. Repeat three times to cover the entire green cardstock. (By stamping the stamp off once onto scrap paper, it gives a lighter impression when you stamp on the green cardstock, therefore it creates only a hint of pattern and allows us to use other stamps over the top)
  • Stamp the reindeer in Olive ink.
  • Stamp the 25 Dec in the top left corner, and the Carte Postale in the bottom right corner with Crimson ink.
  • Randomly stamp the stars in various spots on the background.
  • Attach rhinestones or glitter to the tips of the reindeer antlers. In this card I have used Kaiser Rhinestones. I've also created cards with Ranger Stickles and allowed them to dry. Both look great!
  • Before adhering the panel onto the white card, stamp the postage cancellation in the top right corner as shown. Attach the stamped reindeer panel to the card. (I also did cards where the cancellation was stamped over the reindeer background. Both methods work well)
  • Stamp the round postage mark onto green cardstock with Crimson ink. Punch out with a 1" circle punch. Attach to a red 1 1/4" circle. Adhere to the card with foam adhesive.

Here's a close up of the rhinestones: (click on image for larger view)




We have received more entries for our Christmas Competition too - so we will share those with you soon!! For those who still wish to enter - you have 5 days to get your entries in :) Woo hoo! Not long now until Christmas!!!! Who's ready?!

Christmas Reindeer - Project #12

Darkroom Door - Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thank you for all of your comments yesterday about your favourite thing about Christmas! A winner has been picked out from Santa's Hat and has been announced in that post here!


So... back onto more Christmas Reindeer stamp projects...




Here's another card from the article in For Keeps Creative Paperissue #72. The background colours were created with Distress Inks. The green background was stamped with the little words stamp fromthe Christmas Reindeerset. This is another stamp that can be used over and over to create onewhole background! The antlers from the reindeer were stamped around the red tag to create the look of holly branches. Smaller words were then stamped and attached with foam adhesive.

 Check out the magazine for full detailed instructions!