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!

Christmas Reindeer Postcards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft magazine recently featured an article showing a set of 4 Christmas postcards I created using the Christmas Reindeer rubber stamp set! Here's a photo from the article:




The article is in Vol 15 No 5. I've used the Christmas Reindeer, Ornate Elements and Melody stamp sets.


Here's some images of each postcard:










The back of the postcards look like this:




Ready for you to write your Christmas message! I hope this has inspired you to send out some Christmas mail art this year!

Scrap It TV - Crayon Resist Stamping

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 18, 2009

Here's the final segment that I filmed for Series 2 of Scrap It TV which is shown on the Aurora Foxtel Channel 183 here in Australia. I love sharing the techniques with you!


This segment shows the Crayon Resist Technique. I love this technique!!! I've shared some Crayon resist projects on here before and many of you have wondered how you achieve that look. So here's a demo... You can see the full segment here:


Supplies used:


Rubber Stamps: Garden Greetings
Inkpads: Adirondack Caramel, Raisin, Meadow; Archival Jet Black


Hope you enjoy!


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


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!!

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 #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!

Christmas Reindeer - Project #3

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 04, 2008

Here's our first entry into our Christmas competition! This is a gift card holder created by Sarah Schwerin.... enjoy!










Sarah has even supplied detailed instructions on how to create it:




* White Bazzill cardstock
* Plain white cardstock (un-textured)
* Red Stazon Ink
* Christmas Reindeer stamps from Darkroom Door
* Kaisercraft rhinestone
* Thin silver ribbon
* Adhesive



* Cut white bazzill cardstock to 3" x 9.5".

* On the smooth side, score a line at 4" and 8", and fold using photo as a guide.

* Adhere the small flap at the bottom to the inside of the card using only a strip of double sided tape down the left and right hand edges, creating a pocket. Set aside.

* Cut plain cardstock to 2.75" x 3.75" and ink around the edges with red ink using a sponge dauber. Stamp Christmas text on the bottom 3rd of the cardstock using red ink. Using the same ink, stamp flying reindeer in the middle making sure that all the text is below his legs. Stamp single christmas star in top left hand corner, and adhere a kaisercraft rhinestone to the centre. Affix finished piece to the front of your card holder, leaving a thin border on all 4 sides.

*  2.75" x 1.25" and ink around the edges with red ink using a sponge dauber. Stamp "Merry Christmas" in red ink and when dry, affix to the front of the inside pocket leaving a thin border on all 4 sides.

* Insert gift voucher inside the pocket.

* Tie a thin piece of silver ribbon around the bottom of the entire card holder to hold closed.

Thanks Sarah!!! I need to give some gift cards over Christmas, so I'm pretty sure I'll be creating a few of these :):)

Remember, if you'd like to share your Christmas Reindeer creations and be in the draw to win some free stamps, we'd love to hear from you! Click here for full details.

Christmas Reindeer - Project #2

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Here's another card from the article in For Keeps Creative Paper issue #72. The background colours were created with Distress Inks. The red background was then stamped with the two little star stamps from the Christmas Reindeer set. I love little stamps that can be used over and over to create one whole pattern! Value for money - that's what I call it :)

 Check out the magazine for full instructions!