Autumn Impressions Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hi, it's Godelieve here. Autumn has arrived at the northern hemisphere, and it inspired me to create a spread in my art journal, using the Fallen Leaves Background, Carved Leaves Stamp Set and Robin Eclectic stamp.

To do the background:
- I used gesso with the Bubble layering stencil from Tim Holtz.  
- Left this to dry and painted the sky with diluted Distress Paints in blue and red.
- I sponged the grass and the edges of the pages with Distress Inks

I stamped the Fallen Leaves Background twice with Archival Ink Jet Black, colored with Distress Paints.  

I have used these to cut the circles for the trees, the torn strips at the bottom of the pages, and to cut single leaves

I stamped the bird on tissue paper, and adhered it to the page using matt gel medium
I stamped the Carved Leaves using Watering Can Archival Ink and cut them out.  I also cut the trunks from brown cardstock. I glued everything in place to create an Autumn scene.
I removed the Fallen Leaves stamp from the stamping block, inked it with grey Archival ink and stamped onto the pages here and there.  I added words, using Tim Holtz seasonal Chitchat stickers and Darkroom Door Alphastrips.  I finished off the pages with some doodling.
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fallen Leaves Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Dooor Robin Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Cream Alphastrips
Distress Paints: Salty Ocean, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint
Archival Inkpads: Jet Black, Watering Can
Distress Inkpads: Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Brushed Corduroy
Tim Holtz Seasonal Chitchat Stickers
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Bubble
Gel Medium Matt

Thanks for visiting Darkroom Door Blog today!


Create Magic Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Hi! Belinda here today to share with you my latest art journal page combining the gorgeous new Star Texture Stamp with Viva La Flora images using a layering technique.

I love the freedom of creating an art journal page. When I begin, I never really know what it is going to look like in the end. It is all about playing with mediums and building up layers to hopefully finish with a page rich in colour and texture. My current art journal is an altered Little Golden Book. I have primed the pages with a couple of coats of white gesso. On top of this I like to add colour using various mediums. For this page I used Faber Castell Gelatos, Distress Inks and Glimmermists. Once my colours are right I then like to start layering the stamps. I applied the Star Texture Stamp mostly around the edges of the page using Aquamarine and Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Next I added some images from The Viva La Flora Montage. I always like to torture these images a little by sanding and distressing the edges. I love that the quality of this product means it can handle it really well. Once the images were in place, I then added a few more stamped words as well as sentiments from the Viva La Flora Wordstrip.

Supplies used:
DDTS001 Star Texture Stamp
DDRS027 Artist Rubber Stamp Set
DDMN005 Viva La Flora Montage
DDWS005 Viva La Flora Wordstrip

DDAS001 Alpha 1 Alphastrip
RANGER Archival Ink: Aquamarine, Jet Black
RANGER Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my project today. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for some more inspiration from the Creative Team.


Sewing Machine Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 26, 2013

I love this Sewing Machine Eclectic stamp! My Mum has a sewing machine just like it. I went full on shabby-chic vintage with this one - pastel pinks and greens, lace, pins. You name it, it found its way onto the card :-) I think half the fun of making a card is rummaging through your supplies, finding the perfect embellishments and special one-off items to complement the design. Or is that just me?!

Darkroom Door products - DDES005 Sewing Machine, Brown Alphastrips
Ink - Brilliance 
Paper - K&Company
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - safety pin, dress pin, fabric, buttons, lace, mulberry paper flower
Other - sewing needle, embroidery thread



1. Stamp the Sewing Machine on white card using pink ink. Round the corners and affix to patterned paper.
2. Embellish with scraps of fabric, pins and assorted buttons stitched in place. Adhere to the card front.
3. Attach a small piece of lace and a button to a mulberry flower and stitch it to the card.
4. Create the 'sew much fun' sentiment with brown alphastrips.

Thanks for looking!

Fancy Flourish Eclectic Stamp Ideas!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Hi all!! 
Belinda here today with two projects featuring the absolutely gorgeous Fancy Flourish Eclectic Stamp. This is just the prettiest flourish and is the perfect accompaniment to flowers. I can also picture the flourish with a beautiful heart shape layered on top too. Here, however, I have used it with flowers cut from the Bright Blossoms Photochips.
I created a background for my flower and flourishes by applying the Gazette Background Stamp to smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. I then swiped on some Transparent Red Viva D├ęcor Croco Crackling Colour and allowed to dry. Once dry I rubbed in some Wild Honey Distress Ink around the edges and sprayed over some Vintage Pink Glimmermist and Georgia Peach Heidi Swapp Color Shine.
I cut a flower from the Bright Blossoms Photochips and heavily sanded the edges before rubbing in some Tattered Rose Distress Ink.
For the flourish, I first swiped some gesso over book paper and let dry. I stamped the flourish onto the book paper using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink and dried with a heat gun. Next I coloured in the flourish using Tim Holtz Distress Markers.
The butterflies were stanped onto Ranger Gloss Paper, coloured with Distress Markers and then lightly spritzed with Glimmermist.
Here's card #2.
Darkroom Door products used:
TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink:
- Spun Sugar
- Spiced Marmalade
- Dried Marigold
Thankyou so much for stopping by the blog today. Be sure to come back again for heaps more fabulous inspiration from the team.

Carved Birds Canvas by Hels Sheridan

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 05, 2013
...ooooh, tis exciting!  It's Hels here and I have just received my latest batch of brand new stamp designs from Darkroom Door and I am in lurves!  Todays post features one of a two volume set of quirky little birdies called Carved Birds Vol. 2 and they have been designed by my teamie Godelieve Tijskens... click HERE for her blog where you can see some fabby things she has made with her new rubber babies.  I regularly get asked about Darkroom Door stamps so HERE is a linky to the store... oh how I wish it was that easy to pop over to Aus... I neeeed to visit there, it is on the old bucket list you know :O))


Anyways, on with my creation using the cute l'il Carved Birds.  I started out with a plain 5" x 7" canvas and applied some Distress Paints; Broken China, Bundled Sage and Antique Linen... applying them direct to the canvas using the dabber top and then blending the colours through with my favourite applicator... my finger!   Next up I lightly spritzed the paints with water so they moved gently together and then zapped the canvas with a heat tool.  I wanted to add some darker colour to the canvas so chose Peeled Paint and squidged some across the top of the canvas, stood it upright and spritzed water down onto the paint so it dripped down the canvas... another zap with a heat tool and it was nicely blended and dried.   I added some Studio 490 Black Embossing Paste through a stencil and heat set it - I love the way it bubbled a bit to give more texture.  I then decided the background was a bit boring so I added some lines in Antique Linen and Black Soot Distress Paint and then popped some circles over them.  Still looking a bit bland I decided to splatter the same colour paints onto the canvas for a more distressy look.

My birds were stamped using Jet Black Archival onto Grungeboard and then coloured with Distress Markers to add some colour.  I cut a branch using the Sizzix Alterations Branch Tree die, again using Grungeboard... and then coloured with Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain.  The sentiment is made up of letters from the Darkroom Door Alphas 2 Wordstrips - the Wordstrips are brilliant for adding sentiments... loooove them lots!  Finally I added a two tone border around the edges of the canvas and then smudges of Treasure Gold onto the texture paste for a smidge of bling.  And there you have it!  I also made a card which I will show you next week :O)


I am really excited about the new release of stamps and I have some great ideas buzzing in my head for my next projects... they will be coming up in a couple of weeks time.  I shall away now, as ever, thanks for looking... have a fabby day!! TTFN

Hels x

Organising your Darkroom Door stash!

Darkroom Door - Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hi everyone, it's Connie here! I wanted to share how I organize my Darkroom Door stash. See the photo above? I decided this was not very organized.  It was taking me to long to find what I needed.  This is my work cart for Darkroom Door.   Everything Darkroom Door goes in here except my stamps~

I took all of the paper goods ~Photo Chips, Montage, Photo Booth and clipped the sections together with a binder ring.   So love this and easy to access.

I did the same thing for the word, alpha and film strips.  No more going through every strip to find the one I need.  When I use part of one, I tape it back to the original strip and put it back on the binder ring.

Keeps  every section together~

The Photo Chips the same thing~

So this is my work bin now~ love it!!!

 I keep my collage, word, frame and background stamps in a binder.  I got these at the office supply store.  The sleeves are plastic and are 5 x 7.  This really works great for me.

Just wanted to share this with you.  A great way to organize your stamps and Darkroom Door paper products.

Carved Flowers stamp set projects by Godelieve Tijskens

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today I'm sharing some projects I've made with the Carved Flowers stamp set:

This is a stamp set that I designed for Darkroom Door. You can read more about the process on how I designed these stamps here.

My first project is a spread in my Art Journal, I call it Dream Garden:


 A Dream Garden in my art journal, stamped with the Carved Flowers set from Darkroom Door.


The Carved Flowers are stamped with Distress Inks and cut out.  I drew the stamens with a Distress Marker.


I used gel medium to glue a bunch of tiny Prima flowers to the pages.


The pages are painted with acrylic paint.


I added texture by pressing a ball of crumpled paper into the wet paint.


Next layer is done with gesso and a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.
Then I stamped Darkroom Door's French Script Background with Archival Ink.

The small spiral stamp is one of my hand carved stamps.


The stems are hand cut.  
To finish off the pages I added a title, made with Wordstrips and Alpha Strips.

Darkroom Door products I used:
Carved Flowers Rubber Stamps,  French Script Background Stamp
Venetian Wordstrips (Dream), Alpha White Alpha Strips

Next are some tags I have made:


The tags are colored with Distress Inks on a craftsheet.  On the "Enjoy" tag I used Rusty Hinge and Picked Raspberry.  I stamped the Stone Background with Distress Ink too.


I stamped the flowers with Ranger Archival ink #Jet Black.  To make the stems a bit longer, I used the stamp upside down.  I love that the stamps come in two sizes in this set.  I used them both here.
Other stamps on this tag are from the Photography set, Enjoy Life and Ornate Elements.

 On this second tag I did the background with Barn Door and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks, and stamped the Criss Cross Background:


I used the large and small flower stamp from the set.  I also used the stamp upside down to make the stem a bit longer on the tall flower.  Very easy, I even didn't use a stamp positioner.
Other stamps I used are from the Ornate Elements set, Notre Dame and Montmartre. To finish off the tag I used QuicKutz Photo Corners and a scap of corrugated cardboard.

Darkroom Door stamps:

Next I have some cards, all made with the Carved Flowers stamps.


The words from the Art De Fleur Vol 2 set and the flower are stamped with Ranger Archival ink.
I watercolored the flower with Distress Inks.  Then I masked the flower to stamp the background with the Dots and Scratches Background stamps.
Ranger Distress Ink #Fired Brick and Crushed Olive were used to watercolor the flower, and to stamp and ink the background.


On this card I stamped the large flower with French Ultramarine Archival ink, overstamped with the Damask Background stamp and doodle with a black pen. Words on the tiny tags are from the All Occasions stamp set. The flower is stamped with Ranger Archival Ink #French Ultramarine.



To stamp these flowers I swiped the inkpads on a craftsheet, sprayed water, and used this to ink up my stamp.  It gave the stamped flower a watercolored look.  Then I overstamped with Black Archival ink.


The background was stamped with Distress Inks and the Harlequin and French Script background stamps.
"Smile" is cut from the Bright Blosssoms Wordstrips.


Here I used the small flowers from the Carved Flowers set, a Ribbon stamp and words from the All Occasions set. I used Ranger Archival Inks: Vermillion and Saffron


Lots of ideas using the Carved Flowers stamps!
Thanks for looking!

Orchids Rubber Stamps project ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 06, 2012

Hi everyone! We have some great ideas for you today using the Orchids Stamp set:


Lets' take a look at some project ideas. First up we have a hexagon booklet by Godelieve:


Details from Godelieve:

I stamped the orchids with StazOn #Stone Gray.  I love how crisp the red rubber stamps are! Then I covered the images roughly with torn paper to stamp the dots around them. I used my ink blending tools and Distress inkpads #Evergreen Bough  Scattered Straw to color the paper.


I attached a tiny tag with a sentiment from the Orchids stamps set.


After binding the booklet, I glued the word "Orchids" onto the front cover, using letters from the green Alphastrips.


The orchids are colored with Distress Markers.
Pages are cut from matching cardstock.



Here's a look at the final book:


Godelieve has also created a series of cards with matching envelopes using a stunning black and white theme:



Details from Godelieve:
These are quick and easy black and white cards, using the Orchids Rubber Stamps. I stamped with Archival Ink #Jet Black and combined the Orchids with Background stamps.
I added matching envelopes.


And... one last card to share...this time from Rachel:


Details from Rachel:
I thought the Orchids stamps would look fantastic when using the Brushless Watercolour technique - so I inked up the flower using Marvy Le Plume II Pens (#46 Crimson Lake, #96 Jungle Green, #68 Daffodil Yellow) then spritzed it with water before stamping onto white cardstock. It gives the flower a nice soft watercolour look. I used the #96 Jungle Green Marvy Pen to ink up the sentiment and the French Script Background also. Added some  bakers twine and a tag to finish it off!

Hope you've enjoyed these projects using the Orchids stamps - as you can see these stamps are very versatile with lots of different ways you can use them! There's 4 different types of orchids along with 10 different sentiments in the set!

Happy stamping!

New York Scrapbook Layouts

Darkroom Door - Saturday, August 18, 2012

Thanks to all who left comments on yesterdays post! It's so great hearing from you and reading about what you love about New York City! It definitely is a vibrant place - I love being there and cannot wait to go back!

We have some scrapbook layouts to share with you today from Connie Mercer. Connie has created so many wonderful layouts using the New York Collection. If you missed the first lot, you can see them all here. Connie has shown how versatile the New York Collection is by using the stamps and products not only for layouts about traveling to NYC, but she has also themed some of her layouts about dreams, hopes, and all that you can wish for - after all, New York is all about opportunites and living the life to the fullest!

Let's take a look at her layouts:









Aren't they fabulous! Click here to see products from the entire New York Collection.

Now... drum roll... we have some winners to annouce! All winners were randomly picked. Congratulations to the following ladies who will receive the New York Montage, Photochips, Filmstrips and Wordstrips:

Sharon Ling said...

Stunning collection again!
Start spreading the news,
I'm buying today, I want to be a part of it, New York, New York,
Those Darkroom Door stamps
They are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York, New York
Via Adelaide!

I love everything about New York, the feel of the city, the vibe and most of all now you have made us feel a part of it, New York New York!

Adelaide said... I Love the stamps and so love what you gals have done with them...I've never just taken off into the city but have flown in and out of there so many times I can't even count...hmmm, this certainly makes me want to take a trip!
Margaret A. Cook said... I looove this New York range! I was lucky enough to go there in 2007 & the memories tey bring back, thank you Darkroom Door-I'm really enthused about making some great NYC cards now!

If you're a winner - please email us your snail mail address to: and we'll get your prize shipped out to you! Thanks again for commenting on the blog - we love hearing from you!

New York Rubber Stamps - Cards and Layouts

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 13, 2012

We have some exciting things to share with you this week! Creative Team member Godelieve Tijskens and Guest Artist Connie Mercer have been creating up a storm using the stamps from the New York Collection.

DDRS093_Stamps_NewYork_Vol1 DDRS094_Stamps_NewYork_Vol2

Let's take a look at what they've created...

Godelieve has created two cards using New York Vol 1 stamp set. These cards were then made into an accordion book. We'll share the whole book in a few days in a separate blog post - trust me, it's worth the wait - it is gorgeous!!! Consider these cards as a little teaser :)


Godelieve has combined the Statue of Liberty stamp with New York Vol 1 Filmstrips, Postcards Background Stamps and the New York Wordstrip.

Here's card #2:


Godelieve has also used the Alphabet Medley stamps, Weathered Stripes Background and New York Wordstrip.

Now we have some layouts by Connie Mercer using both rubber stamps and paper products from the New York Collection:



Connie has also used Alphastrips in her titles.



Here's one last layout celebrating the quirky things about NYC:


Connie has combined the stamps with the New York Vol 2 Filmstrips and New York Wordstrip.


I'm sure you'll all agree with me that these are fabulous creations and ideas on how you can incorporate the New York Collection into your own artwork! We'll share Godelieve's full accordion book on Wednesday so be sure to come back and check it out!!