Guest Artist - Lindsay Mason Part 2

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 25, 2012

Welcome to part 2 of Linsday's guest artist posts! Today we are sharing three more pieces of artwork from Lindsay, let's see what she's been up to...




Scatter Seeds of Friendship
I love watercolour stamping and these silhouette flower images are just perfect for this technique.

I used both Wildflowers Vol 1 and Friendship Flowers along with a selection of Marvy Le Plume pens, Glossy Accents and a 300gsm weight white card from Personal Impressions. Plus a few Distress inkpads of course!

I find that either a heavy weight, high quality card or a smooth water colour card are ideal to create a truly watercoloured effect.

Each flower stamp was coloured directly with three toning shades of pen, such as a pink, orange and coral, or a lilac, blue and purple. I then used yellows and greens on the stems before "huffing" on the surface (posh term for breathing!) and stamping onto a 5" square of card. I built up the flowers, leaving a clear area at the left for the sentiment.



The sentiment was coloured with several shades, huffed and stamped. I then added the dragonfly which I also stamped onto separate card, cutout and stuck to the base image along the body only. Glossy Accents gives a nice sheen to the body.

I next blended Distress inks around the card panel (Broken China and Peeled Paint in this case) to give a soft background.The grasses are simply created by using the edge of a piece of card dipped into watered down Peeled Paint ink on my craft sheet. I finished the panel by dipping a soft brush into watered down Distress inks and lightly tapping the handles to give little flecks of colour in the background.

The card itself has more flowers created the same way, but this time I used each inked image more than once to give a softer look to some of them. I blended Dried Marigold around the edges and then stamped the teeny butterfly in the corner, adding a second one over the top.

It was then just a case of adding the panel to the card - simple but I like the depth that this technique gives.


Here are some more projects...



Sewing Box
I can't speak too highly of the Dressmaker stamp set - really great images with a lovely vintage feel. I combined them here with the Measuring Tape background stamp which is huuuuge.....large enough to completely cover an A6 card blank.

For this project I used one 3" x 3" compartment from a Tim Holtz Configuration box as the starting point. I stamped the Measuring Tape image onto white card, using Distress inks to blend a mixture of neutral shades over the design. I cut pieces to cover the outer sides of the box.



For the top of the box I stamped two cotton reel ends. I rolled up a length of black card and attached the stamped circles to either end. Wrapping some cord around the reel completed the look and I stuck this to the lid using Glossy Accents. I stamped the Measuring Tape from the set, tinted it with ink and embossed one end as before then folded it up and attached to the lid.



I stamped the pattern piece image several times onto cream card using Tea Dye Distress ink for a soft look. These were cut to size to fit the insde back and sides of the box. I next used Tim Holtz Tissue Tape to cover each edge of the box which neatens the whole thing.

Once this initial work was done it was to enjoy decorating! I cut some individual strips from the Measuring Tape background and inked along the edges to define them. I applied glue stick adhesive to one end of each strip, dipped these into gold embossing powder and heat set them to represent the metal ends of a tape measure. These were then stuck randomly inside the box back and sides.



The various items I added to the interior were the wonderful scissors (just love this image!) which were stamped in black, coloured with a Marvy Le Plume pen and coated with Glossy Accents. Once dry, the scissors were pretty strong and I was able to angle them into one corner. The little thimble was done in the same way.



I squeezed some Distress Re Inker (Walnut Stain) a Tim Holtz Corked Vial adding Glossy Accents around the rim before replacing the cork to avoid spills and leaks later on. The Sewing Machine Oil image was stamped onto thin card, distressed with brown ink shades and then sprittzed with water to create speckles to further age the label which I stuck to the glass vial.

The bobbin image was stamped three times and each wrapped with threads before adding to the box. I also wrapped some loops of thread with tiny strips of Tissue Tape to represent skeins of thread and a couple of glass headed pins completed the interior.

I dyed some Vintage ribbon nicked the end and tore the strip in half for a frayed look. I stuck a length around the top edge of the box and used the second piece to tie a little bow which I stuck to the top left corner. I stamped the dress form using brown ink shades and trimmed the skirt frame away so that I could stick it to one front edge after tying another ribbon around the waist.

I really enjoy making pieces like this with lots of details and the Dressmaker set has just the right sized stamps to work well with a little box like this. I've not had this set for long, so am looking forward to making cards, tags and more individual pieces with these detailed stamps. Knowing that Darkroom Door stamps always give great detailed results saves so much time too, as I never have to re stamp anything!


Our final project for today is a gorgeous little baby tag...

Welcome to the World baby tag
The teddy bear in  Hello Baby vol 1 is worth buying this stamp set for on its own, let alone with all the other images and words in there. Whenever I've used the teddy on any of my demonstrations it always evokes "oohs and aahs".

This is a simple tag but would be lovely tied to a gift for a new baby. I cut my tag from good quality 300 gsm white card, then used Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick Distress inks to stamp a collage of the safety pins, hearts and words over the tag. I blended Victorian Velvet over the tag once I'd heat set the images to avoid smudging.

The teddy was stamped onto white card using Archival Jet black ink. I used Tea Dye Distress ink to shade him in. I added white highlights to his eyes and nose using a white gel pen followed by Glossy Accents to give dimension and shine to the features.

I coloured Tim Holtz Crinkle ribbon using Distress Stains and added a length of this through the tag. I poked two holes in the teddie's neck (ouch!) and threaded another length of the ribbon through, tying into a bow at the front. I stuck the ends down with double sided tape to make sure that they covered the original ribbon image on the stamp.

Once I'd stuck the teddy onto the tag with 3D foam, I stamped and added the Welcome to the World panel, again with 3D foam.

A really easy project which just allows the quality of the images to take centre stage.



Wow - aren't these projects amazing!! Thanks so much Lindsay for sharing your talents with us. I love how Linsday has made the background on the baby tag look like patterned paper - all just from a few small stamps!


We have more to share from Linsday tomorrow... she's been a busy girl I tell ya! I hope you'll join us again as there's loads to see tomorrow!

Until then, stay inky!

Calendar Stamp set ideas!

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 28, 2009

As another new year looms around the corner, it's a great time to start thinking about those 'calendar style' projects. So I thought I'd share some ideas using our Calendar Stamp set.




This set was one of our first stamp sets that we released in 2008 and it is still a very popular seller, especially at this time of year as everyone gets ready for their yearly projects! The set can be used in lots of different ways, from scrapbook pages, journal pages, homemade calendars, birthday books and diaries. Loads of uses!!


When you first purchase the set as a full unmounted sheet, you need to cut each month out individually. As for the date section, this can be cut in two different ways, depending on how you prefer to use it.


First option: Leave the numbers and lines together as one whole stamp. Like this:




Second option: Trim the numbers and lines separately. This is the option I prefer as it gives you more versatility in the stamp set, which I'll explain later. But here's what it looks like when you trim them apart: (keep the numbers in a full row like shown, otherwise they will be far too fiddly to work with.)




But first, let's look at the first option of having it all together as one stamp. You'll notice the numbers on the left are the right way up and the numbers on the right are upside down. When you stamp the first lot of numbers, don't ink the numbers on the right hand side. Just ink the left numbers and the lines. Then stamp.




Next, turn the stamp around so now the numbers 17-31 are the right way up. Ink those numbers and the lines, then stamp underneath your first set of numbers & lines.(you may need to mask the 1-16 numbers as they may still have ink on them)




If this is the only way you want to use this set, then having the numbers and lines together is an easy way to go. But! if you trim the numbers away from the lines...  you can use the stamps in more ways!

1. To stamp the numbers and lines together, just place the numbers next to the lines on the acrylic block and stamp the same as I mentioned above. When you're done, just take off the strip of 1-16 numbers and replace with 17-31 to stamp the next lot as required.




2. Having the line stamp separate means it can be used as a journaling block! Just take off the numbers off the acrylic block (if they were on there like in the photo above), and use the lines by themselves. Super easy to use on scrapbook layouts or to create your own notepaper or diary. Here's a layout where I've just used the lines as my journaling block:




3. Use the line stamp to create a grid. Simply stamp the lines horizontally, then turn the stamp 90 degrees and stamp vertically to create a criss cross effect. Godelieve did this to create a crossword puzzle effect, then stamped the numbers separately down the left hand side. Then added the month at the bottom. Great for specialising birthday cards:




4. Or just simply create a grid background with the lines: (Another card by Godelieve.)




5. Do a layout a month, using the Calendar set as the place to jot down notes of what you did each day. It fits perfectly to fit a 12x12 layout. Here's one I've created:




6. Create a birthday book! Check out this gorgeous book Godelieve created: (Can you tell she loves this stamp set?)






So there you have it... lots of ideas for the Calendar stamp set! I hope this has sparked some inspiration on how this stamp set can be used in your 2010 projects... remember, the new year is just around the corner! (yikes)


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Guest Artist - Melissa Phillips Part 4

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 25, 2009

And the fab projects from Melissa Phillips keep rolling in.... check out this gorgeous card!


Smell the Roses:




Stamps:  Journal
Montage:  Full Bloom
Paper:  White Roses Pearlescent
Wordstrips:  Full Bloom


Here's a close up:




Love how she's used the Journal stamp as a decorative piece! All of the elements look fabulous together here... thanks for sharing Melissa!!!!


There's more to come from Melissa too... so stay tuned for more!

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:




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


Here's another card:




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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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!

Guest Artist - Godelieve Tijskens Part 3

Darkroom Door - Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ready for some more of Godelieve's cards? Here they are!!

Thank You:
Stamps: DDRS007 Calendar, DDRS003 Full Bloom VOL1, DDRS004 Full Bloom VOL2
Inkpad: Versamark
Embossing powder

- Stamp a grid pattern on watercolored background (I used Talens Ecoline) with Versamark, heat emboss.  I used a mixture of different colors.
- Stamp the flowers and sentiment, heat emboss.
- Heat emboss the torn edges
- Assemble the card, use buttons to attach the flowers.


Enjoy Your Special Day:


Stamps: DDRS007 Calendar
Inkpad: Versafine Onyx Black
Black marker, QuicKutz photo corner, leather shoe lace, Brads

- Mask the numbers with tape, and ink only the lines of the calendar stamp. Stamp a grid pattern using Versafine Onyx black
- Write the greeting and color the black squares using a marker
- Mat on red cardstock and put a square brad in each black square
- Stamp the numbers down the left hand side and “September” with Versafine Onyx Black
- Assemble the card.  Use a QuicKutz photo corner and a piece of leather shoelace to embellish the card.


I just love how Godelieve has used the Calendar stamp set to make the crossword grid on this card! Very clever!! Tomorrow is the grand finale of Godelieve's projects.... so drop by again tomorrow for more inspiration! :)

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Guest Artist - Godelieve Tijskens Part 2

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Welcome to another incredible installment of Godelieve's art... I absolutely adore this project!

Birthday Calendar:


Stamps: DDRS007 Calendar, DDRS001 Venetian VOL1, DDRS004 Full Bloom VOL2, DDRS003 Full Bloom VOL1, DDRS005 Wildflower
Inkpads: Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk #Burnt Sienna
Watercolors (Talens Ecoline #Burnt Sienna)
Black cardstock
Bookbinding Glue
Metal ring

- Stamp on watercolored paper (I used Talens Ecoline ink #Burnt Sienna) with Versafine Onyx Black, heat embossed with clear embossing powder, and Colorbox Fluid Chalk #Burnt Sienna.
- Cut chipboard to size, color the edges with a black marker
- Use bookbinders glue to attach the stamped paper to the chipboard, outside and inside


- Stamp the calendar stamp (12x) with Versafine Onyx Black and cut each one in half, to create a long tall calendar.  Keep in mind that some months have 30 days, some have 31. 
- Decorate each page with subtle stamping, so you are still able to write names on it.  I used Colorbox Fluid chalk ink #Burnt Sienna, for a monochromatic look.
- Cut the 12 pages from black cardstock.  Glue down a stamped part on the front, and one on the back of each page. 
- To reinforce the holes on the top use circles, punched from watercolored paper.
- Stamp “January, February,...” on scraps of watercolored paper, and adhere to the front and back of each page.
- Use ribbon to decorate the metal ring.




There's more tomorrow! Woo hoo!

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Guest Artist - Godelieve Tijskens

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

4154_DD_blackwhiteName:  Godelieve Tijskens

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

Lives:  In Belgium (Flanders) with her husband Chris and youngest son Bert

Known for: Collecting paper, ink and rubber, but using it all the time too. Loves white  & vibrant colors, especially Ecoline inks

Blog, website or gallery:
Loves to:

  • be at home as much as she can with her family
  • connect with stamping friends around the world through blogs and forums
  • enjoy her garden and nature, taking photos of the flowers throughout the year
  • get up very early to get some quiet stamping time

Loves to create:  mostly cards, but also mini albums, boxes,... as long as there’s stamping involved

Favourite Darkroom Door product: Stamps, especially the flowers.  The small flourish in the Venetian Vol 1 is going to be used a lot too.

Have you ever been in a darkroom? No, but I would love to!

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  A lot of curiosity and interest in seeing the process from film roll to photos

Are you afraid of the dark?  Not when I’m inside the house.  It's quite easy to walk around in the dark when the family is asleep.  I will only leave the house for a  really, really good reason in the evening...  But I like the cosiness of long winter evenings.

Artist Trading Cards - Venice


Stamps: DDRS001 Venetian VOL 1
Wordstrips: DDWS002 Full Bloom
Ranger Distress Ink Peeled Paint & Tattered Rose
Versafine Onyx Black
Clear embossing powder

- Create a background using Ranger  Distress Ink Peeled Paint and Tattered Rose on  a non-stick craft sheet
- Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black emboss with clear embossing powder
- Stamp with Ranger Distress Ink Peeled Paint
- Distress the edges with Tim Holtz’ paper distresser
- Color “live laugh love” from Full bloom Wordstrips with Distress ink
- mat on black cardstock

Calendar Cards




Stamps: DDRS004 Full Bloom VOL 2DDRS007 CalendarDDRS003 Full Bloom VOL 1
Inkpads: Colorbox Fluid Chalk #Dark Moss, Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Embossing powder: Clear and Ranger Seafoam White

- Green background was made with Talens Ecoline ink.  Caligraphy ink would be a great alternative ink
- Stamp calendar with Versafine Onyx Black, emboss with clear embossing powder.
- Stamp flowers with Colorbox Fluid Chalk # Dark Moss.  Use the same ink to mark the date with a fingerprint.
- Stamp small flowers with Versamark  on vellum, heat emboss with Ranger seafoam white embossing powder.
- Attach the vellum flowers to a black strip, using brads.
- Assemble the card





Stamps: DDRS001 Venetian VOL1, DDRS007 Calendar
Wordstrips DDWS002 Full Bloom
Inkpads: Versafine Onyx Black & Vintage Sepia, Stazon White
Stapler, string, hole punch

- Stamp the calendar on brown cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black
- Stamp the Venetian light post and ticket with Versafine Vintage Sepia
- Stamp “October” with Stazon White on a strip of leather, use staples to attach to card
- Color “Happy Birthday” from the Wordstrip with Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
- Punch holes and use a piece of string to mark the date
- Assemble the card, use 3D foam tape at the left hand side.




Stamps: DDRS007 Calendar, DDRS001 Venetian VOL1
Wordstrip: Full Bloom DDWS002
Inkpads: Versafine Onyx black, Versamark, Distress Ink #Fired Brick
Embossingpowder: Detail Gold

- Stamp the calendar, light post and swirl with Versamark, gold emboss
- Mark the date with a fingerprint
- Stamp “December” with Versafine Onyx Black.
- Color “Warmest Wishes” from the Wordstrip with Distress Ink.
- Gold emboss the edges



Thanks Godelieve! Wow - these projects are amazing, don't you all agree? I love how she has used the Calendar stamps! And she hasn't stopped there... she still has many more to share, so please drop by again tomorrow to see more of Godelieve's fabulous creations!

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Guest Artist - Wendy Vecchi

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Wendy_PhotoName: Wendy Vecchi

Zodiac Sign:

in USA, on 5 acres we call Green Acres...just like the old TV show! Think of the blonde, half her brain missing & LOVED diamonds & get the picture! Rick is the goofy guy who is ALWAYS on the riding lawn mower. Include 2 horses & a few cats in the picture...

Known For:Hmmm...I guess flowers of all types. Chipboard...grungeboard...cardstock...flower stamps. I can put them on every project & never tire of them.

Blog, website or gallery:
Studio490 -

Loves to:
SHOP!! a little more...stamp...I'm pretty simple...

Loves to create:
anything that I can use stamps & vintage photo distress ink! And if I can include chipboard & grungeboard, then I'm REALLY happy. If I could choose only one thing...probably mini books.

Favourite Darkroom Door product:
RUBBER...for sure! Those wildflowers are to die for cool!

Have you ever been in a darkroom?
Sure...In the x-ray darkroom in surgery.

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?
  A HUGE suitcase so that when you were not looking, I'd sneak into your studio & load it up with ALL your stamps! HA! Lucky for you that you live FAR away from me! You're safe.

Are you afraid of the dark?
Not in my house or a hotel, but outside?? YIKES!! I HATE bugs & mice so I want to see them in advance & NOT be surprised! NEVER ever would I sleep outside in the dark.

Now onto Wendy's projects...

Tulip Card:

Darkroom Door Stamps: Full Bloom Vol 1
Distress Ink: Fired Brick, Peeled Paint
Other: Grid Stamp, Polka Dot Paper, Grungeboard


  • Make a card from green cardstock.
  • Stamp with the grid stamp.
  • Add a scrap of polka dot paper to the top.
  • Glue a piece of black “Just the Edge” from Bazzill to cover the seam.
  • Add a dot at each intersecting line, using a glaze pen, and stamp Happy Birthday.
  • Color the grungeboard brackets with fired brick distress ink & glue as shown.
  • Stamp the tulip twice on grunge board, cut out & color with fired brick distress ink (tulip) and peeled paint distress ink for the leaves.
  • Shape the grunge board by rolling the tulip & the leaves. Like magic, they stay in place.
  • Adhere the 2 tulips as shown to create dimension.
  • Pen stitch around the top of the card using a ..05 Precision pen from American Crafts.
  • Add a button accent to the tulip leaves.



Darkroom Door Stamps: Wildflowers
Distress Ink: Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint
Eyelets, Ribbon, Polka Dot Paper


  • Color the flowers with Faded jeans distress ink & the stems with peeled paint distress ink.
  • Hold the stamp level & spritz with water from a Mini Mister (Ranger). About 3 or 4 squirts should be good.
  • Stamp onto watercolor paper & immediately dry with a heat tool.
  • Sew a line around the edge of the watercolor paper with a sewing machine.
  • Add 2 black eyelets on either side of the stems & tie a black & white polka dot ribbon to accent the card.
  • Adhere to a green mat, then a black mat, then a green polka dot paper and finally to another black mat.
  • Add rhinestones to each flower to embellish.

Wendy has more stuff to share... so come back tomorrow to see more of Wendy's art!

Guest Artist - Linda Cain

Darkroom Door - Sunday, June 01, 2008
LindaCainName: Linda Cain

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Lives: Morton, small town in Central Illinois, USA

Known for:
Loving to collect junk from flea markets for collage...then hoarding the stuff in drawers!

Blog, website or gallery:

Loves to:

STAMP and getting inky!  But I like painting, too. Started as a watercolor artist.  And love taking photos. I took a few classes in photography to take shots of my garden.

Loves to create:
Anything using paint, wood, paper, canvas, wire...LOVE wire! And having a Studio Party with my grandkids. They all love to make art projects. I love to create my garden in the the rabbits can have a buffet in it!

Favourite Darkroom Door product:
The Doors Stamps!

Have you ever been in a darkroom?
Once....YEARS ago.

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?
Notebook to try to remember everything I learned there.

Are you afraid of the dark?
Nope, practice walking around in the dark after DH is asleep in case I ever become blind...just to see if I could do it. I really pretty good at it now.

Now onto the projects...

Tin Box:


* Darkroom Door Paper: Rialto, San Marco
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors
* Tim Holtz Grungeboard
* Tim Holtz Distress Ink
* Adirondack Paint Dabbers: Gold, Copper
* Collections word
* Other: wire, metal star etc

Linda says: This tin box was really fun. I started by gluing papers to the tin in layers. Different torn pieces at the top and bottom.  The keys were stamped on Grungeboard and Distress Ink was added to the front. Gold and Copper Paint Dabbers by Adirondack colored the backs. I used a piece of chipboard and brads with an antiqued star screwed into the top. It needed height! A layered up word on the front, and rusty wire stringing the keys completes the box.

Spread Your Wings:



* Darkroom Door Stamps: Wildflowers
* Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco
* Watercolour paper
* Tim Holtz Distress Inks
* Versafine Ink
* Black ribbon

Linda says: The card starts on 140lb. coldpress watercolor paper. I sprayed water on first, then used Distress Inks and applicators to swipe color across the page to represent a sunrise sky. The flowers and butterfly were stamped after the paper dried and layered onto black cardstock. I then stamped the pink Bazzill cardstock in Smoky Grey Versafine ink using the largest flower head around the edges. It was then layered onto the San Marco paper. Finally a ribbon was added as well as the layered up words.

Linda has created 5 projects that will be featured over the next 3 dayson the blog... so make sure you come back each day to see her amazingwork!