Scrap-N-Crop Retreat Photos - Malaysia

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 22, 2009

Hi everyone! We're back from our trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I taught at the Scrap-N-Crop Art Retreat! To sum it up in a few words - very hot and very fun!! All of the ladies were so much fun and really got into the different techniques that we used in all of the classes. Here's a photo of the Royal Selangor Club (the black and white building on the left) where the retreat was held:

 

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And opposite the club was the clock tower of the supreme court:

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The retreat was held in the Presidents Room:

 

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And here's a few pictures of the classes:

 

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Notice the nice white Malaysian tablecloths? They weren't white for long!!!! haha. I think Distress Ink added a nice touch to them!

 

Here's the stamping table before it was attacked by the students:

 

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I don't have an 'after' photo of the stamping table, but rest assured, it didn't look this neat and tidy!! Too much fun happens at this table, that's for sure.

 

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Everyone was presented with an award at the end of the retreat:

 

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And here's a group shot of the Saturday students. I even taught 9 year old twins!

 

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A big thanks to Val and Penelope from Scrap-N-Crop for organising such a great retreat and for asking me to teach. I had so much fun meeting everyone and sharing all the products, techniques and ideas!!! Thank you to all of the students for your enthusiasm, karaoke, inspiration and friendship! I had a fabulous time and hope to see all of you again sometime.

 

For more photos, visit the Scrap-N-Crop blog here.

Off to Malaysia

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stewart & I leave for Malaysia in the morning to teach at the Scrap-N-Crop art retreat this Friday and Saturday! I'm so excited! I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone at the retreat and to do a little sightseeing (and shopping!!) afterwards.

Here's one of the projects that I'll be teaching...

 

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Lots of Distress Ink, Darkroom Door rubber stamps and fun for this one!!!

Stew & I may not be able to get to a computer while we are away, but will update you upon our return! Please also note that any orders, emails or queries will be attended to when we get back into the studio.

 

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Altered Artist Trading Card Binders

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 01, 2009

If you're an avid ATC (artist trading card) creator and swapper, you'll need something to store them in! Here are two ideas on how to alter an Ecoboard Binder (found at your stationery store). They are made from recycled products so are completely environmentally friendly... and completely art friendly too as they can be completely altered any way you wish!! Completely!

 

Here are some examples of how they can be altered:

 

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The binder on the left was altered by me (aka Rachel). The one on the right was altered by Sarah Schwerin. Check out the texture Sarah has created on her binder. Just fabulous!! Here is a closer look:

 

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Here are the instructions on how she altered it:

Materials:
- Tissue Paper
- Gel Medium (or you can use mod podge or similar).
- Acrylic paint
- Metallic rub ons
- Fixative
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)
- Grungeboard letters
- Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powders

 

Method:
* First I tore the tissue paper into large-ish pieces (about 5x7" roughly, or bigger) and crinkled them up.
* Then I coated the surface of the binder with Gel Medium - you should work in sections as it can dry pretty fast.
* Next, I unfolded the tissue paper, and stuck it onto the gel medium, leaving the crinkles in the paper.
* Repeat until the whole binder is covered and you have the look you want. Trim any excess from around the edges.
* Wait until dry (leave it out in the sun for a while to speed it up) and then coat with acrylic paint. (I used burnt umber).
* You will probably need a 2nd layer, so coat again once first layer is dry.
* Once dry, it's time to highlight the texture! I used metallic rub ons, but you could use a small amount of metallic paint on your finger. Swipe metallic rub ons over the wrinkles using your finger. I used a few different colours to get the look I was after. I also sanded it as well to take off some of the shine so it looked more like leather.
* I also swiped over the wrinkles using TH Distress ink (Walnut stain) to make it slightly darker in some areas.
* Basically you just keep going until you have the look you want.
* Spray the entire binder cover with a few coats of fixative, so that the metallic rub ons etc don't come off onto your hands when you hold it.
* I painted the inside with Burnt Umber acrylic paint.
* For the grungeboard letters, I painted them with metallic paint, inked them with TH Distress Ink (Walnut stain) and then added random spots of TH Distress embossing powder (walnut stain) for a rough texture similar to rust. You can try this technique with different colours - it looks awesome no matter which colours you choose!

 

Thanks so much Sarah for sharing this with us! It looks (and feels) fabulous!

 

Here's a close us of my binder:

 

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Here's how I altered mine:

Materials:
- Lettuce Adirondack Color Wash
- Gold Perfect pearls
- Mini Mister
- Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley stamps
- Archival Sepia ink
- 7gypsies gaffer tape

 

Method:
* Spray entire binder with Lettuce Color Wash. I sprayed directly onto the binder then wiped the colour wash all over to even it out. Depending on the strength of colour you're looking for, you may need a few coats or you could use a few different colours for a different effect.
* Add small spoonful of Perfect Pearls into a Mini Mister. Add a little water and shake to combine.
* Spray over the entire binder. The Perfect Pearls has a fixative already in the powder, so it fixes to the project once dry. There is no need to spray any fixative over the perfect pearls.
* Stamp 'Artist Trading Cards' onto the front using Alphabet Medley stamps in sepia ink.
* Sponge the edges of the binder with sepia ink.
* Add 7 gypsies gaffer tape to the spine.

 

That's it! Hope you like it :) Here's a glimpse of the inside of my binder. It holds all of our Darkroom Door ATC Swaps.

 

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I hope this has given you a couple of ideas on how to store your ATC's creatively!

 

Rachel

Simplify

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 23, 2009

A quick card to share with you today!

 

Simplify

 

Supplies:
Darkroom Door: Viva La Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamps (dandelion stamp)
Tim Holtz: Word Tag, hinge clip, mini fastener
Ranger: Alcohol inks, Archival Jet Black ink
Other: old text book paper, twine

SIA Trade Show 2009

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 03, 2009

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Well we're home from the SIA Trade Show that was held in Sydney this week... and it was awesome! We had such a great time catching up with our current and new customers and showing off our new collections. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth, took our classes or did our make and takes. It was a LOT of fun!!

 

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We shot a little video which Stew will finish soon. I was also asked to do a small segment for the scrapbooking show (Channel 72 I think?) on Foxtel. It will air sometime around August. Just enough time for me to get over the slip ups I did!! LOL.

 

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I want to thank our guest artists whose projects were shown on the booth. They really made the booth look fabulous!! We also showed some of the cards and ATC's from the swaps we have hosted - and everyone loved looking through those also. Many people are now keen to participate in some of the swaps - so that will be great!

 

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And of course I took a *few* photos of the booth... you can see the entire gallery here.

3D Butterfly Frame

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 02, 2009

Sarah Schwerin has created this gorgeous butterfly frame using the Butterflies stamp set to create all the butterlfies, and the Wildflowers stamp set for the quote.

 

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Is this not the most adorable thing you've ever seen? Check out the detail and depth of the butterflies:

 

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Have a great day!

Floral Watercolour Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 20, 2009

Here's a couple of cards that I created while I was in New Zealand teaching at the Pounawea Retreat for Wilma Sharp and Hasting Rubber Stamps. These are from the Brushless Watercolour class. I sprayed a LOT of water on the stamps for this particular demo, so the ink colours have really blended. I like the effect. I like that these stamps can give you a lot of detail when stamped normal (without water) or they can look like real solid blooms when stamped like this:

 

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Stamps: Full Bloom Vol 1 (flower) and Full Bloom Vol 2 (quote).
Inks: Adirondack Meadow, Butterscotch, Red Pepper.

 

Here's another card:

 

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Stamps: Wildflower (Flower), Full Bloom Vol 2 (quote)
Inks: Adirondack Meadow, Butterscotch, Red Pepper.

 

I've updated my photography blog with photos and stories from NZ. You can check it out here. I had a lot of fun with everyone at the retreat - thanks to everyone who took my classes :)

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Filmstrips Swap Gallery!

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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The Filmstrips Swap has been completed and all of the swappers are starting to receive their return parcels! I am so excited about this swap - the diversity and range of ideas and styles was amazing. I just LOVED what everyone created!!

Click here to view the gallery!


Thanks to everyone who participated! I am always so inspired by your artwork and really appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our swaps. I'm eager to start another swap soon... so watch this space!

Photography Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Saturday, February 28, 2009
Today we are sharing projects using the Photography stamp set! It's about time we did a photography themed set don't you think?

 

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This set shows off some of my camera collection and along with some words to create some fun in your projects!! I'm still in Artist Trading Card mode from yesterday, so I've created a couple of ATC's to show off the stamps a little...

 

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See the stamp on the bottom left of the stamp tin? That's a vintage light meter guide and great to use for a collage background. I've stamped this on the background of this ATC using Butterscotch ink, then the Filmstrip border along the right side with Olive ink. Attached the photo (which I had spare from a previous project. It already had the Filmstrip frame printed on there, but you could stamp your own with the Filmstrip Frame from the stamp set.) Then stamped the quote with Olive ink, trimmed into smaller strips, inked the edges and attached to the ATC as shown.

 

I think it's fun to include your own photos onto ATC's too! Who said photos are just for scrapbooking ;)

 

Here's another one:

 

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For this one I used a strip of photos from an Index print. (You know those prints you get from the photo lab when they process a bunch of photos for you?) I've added the date of the photos into the 'Date Taken' stamp, also stamped Mug Shot. I have changed the direction of the arrow on the 'Look right here' stamp by masking the arrow from the first stamp impression, then only stamped the arrow next to the words in the direction I wanted it to point. See... versatile :) All of these stamps are really suited for scrapbooking too.

 

Here's my third sample:

 

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I stamped the box brownie with black ink and coloured with Marvy Markers. Then stamped the words randomly around the camera. I stamped a couple twice without re-inking to have different shades.

 

So there's a couple of ideas to get your creative brains ticking!

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Artist Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 27, 2009

Today we are sharing projects using the Artist rubber stamp set!

 

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Oh yum, I love this set :) There's lots of elements on here that can be used in so many different ways (that's the recurring theme in all of our stamp sets - we try to make them as versatile as possible!) First of all there's the Artist Trading Card back. Fits an ATC perfectly of course. Other stamps like the quote, 9square art stamp, and the smaller words will fit onto an ATC but can also be used to decorate larger projects such as cards, journals, altered books, layouts... you name it.

 

Here's some samples to show you how they look...

 

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The ATC on the left uses the 9 square Art stamp. I've embossed it with black embossing powder, then coloured with markers. You could also use Twinkling H2O's for a shimmery effect. The squares could also be cut out individually, in rows of three, or you could also raise some of the squares to give a bit of depth to particular images. Lots of fun to be had! I've photographed the back of an ATC using the Artist Trading Card stamp too.

 

Here's some of the other stamps in use:

 

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For the ATC on the left, I've stamped the quote with black ink then embossed with Hologram embossing powder, giving it a real shimmer! I stamped around the quote with the splatter stamp. The red gaffer tape is by 7gypsies.

 

The ATC on the right: I stamped the splatter stamp in blue to cover the complete background, then stamped 'create art', the paintbrush and calligraphy pen in black and embossed with Hologram EP. Inked the edges with Cobalt ink and simply mounted onto black cardstock. I imagine the pen and paintbrush stamp would also look great stamped in different colours. Or in black ink on a white background and coloured in with different colours too. Again... lots of options!

 

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