Essentials 3 ATC Swap Video Gallery

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Essentials 3 Rubber Stamp ATC swap has been completed and I've uploaded the video gallery to show off everyone's creations! Here's the video:


Hope you enjoy!


If you're interested in taking part in any of our swaps, check out the details in the sidebar on the left.

Wilderness Matchbox

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Our Guest Artist Michelle Loffler has created the cutest little altered matchbox using the Wilderness Collection, Venetian Papers and Photography Rubber Stamps. Check it out:





Darkroom Door Supplies used:

Wilderness Montage
Wilderness Wordstrips
Photography Rubber Stamps
Venetian Papers: Rialto (on the lid and outer sides), Ti Amo (for the inside base), San Marco (inside edges)

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.




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




Have a great day!

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?




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...




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:




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:




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!




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...




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:




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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Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hi stampers! Today we have some projects to share using the Alphabet Medley stamp set:




An alphabet set is always essential to your stamp collection - and this set has two alphabets in one! :) The larger alphabet measures approximately 18mm (0.7"). The smaller letters are approximately 9mm (0.35"). Here's a few things you can do with this set:

  • Create titles for scrapbook layouts with the larger alphabet
  • Stamp journaling for scrapbook layouts with the smaller alphabet
  • Create your own sentiments for greeting cards
  • Stamp gift tags with the recipients name
  • Create mail art - address your envelopes with these stamps!
  • Create words for ATC's, journals etc
  • Stamp dates - for layouts, birthdays, anniversaries.... any occasion!

These are only a few ideas... the good thing about having an alphabet set is it gives you options. Here's a couple of things I created with them:




I've used the Full Bloom Vol 2 paper on the card and have stamped 'Happy' with the large alphabet letters and 'birthday' with the smaller letters using Adirondack Butterscotch ink.


For the ATC - I've just created a number medley and mounted it onto the Robots Stripes paper.


If you're into mail art - here's a cool way to decorate your envelopes:




I've stamped the address using a combination of the large and small alphabet, then added some Butterflies. Sponged the envelope with Olive ink. Now it's ready for me to mail to myself, haha!

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Butterflies Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hi there stampers! Today we are sharing some ideas using the Butterflies stamp set:




There are 13 butterflies in this stamp set - all from photographs that I have taken of butterflies which gives these stamps such realistic detail. :) The hardest thing I found when I started using this stamp set was deciding which butterfly to use first! Then to decide a colour!! The options really are endless.


Here's a card I created:




Using Violet Versacolor ink onto light purple cardstock, then trimmed around the butterflies and bent their wings up a little to give a bit of depth to the image. Adhered them to the card from their bodies only. The quote is from the Wildflowers stamp set. Patterned paper is by Cosmo Cricket.




Here's an ATC:




For this one I simply stamped the butterflies onto the 7gypsies paper. You can still see the detail in the butterflies even over the text pattern. 'Spread your wings' is also from the Wildflowers stamp set.


These are just the tip of the iceberg of what these butterflies are capable of! I've also thought of some other ideas:

  • Create your own patterned paper by stamping lots of butterflies (large and small).
  • Stamp and emboss with a glitter or holographic embossing powder to give the butterflies some sparkle!
  • Add Stickles glitter glue to various parts of the stamped butterfly for bits of bling.
  • Ink the butterfly stamp with different inks or pen colours to create a multi-colour butterfly.
  • You could also spritz the stamp after inking (as above) to create a watercolour butterfly!
  • Stamp the butterflies in a resist ink and brayer or sponge a coloured ink over the top.


There's a couple of ideas to get you started!

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