Roses Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Today we are sharing a card created by Godelieve using the Full Bloom Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set.




The subtle Plaid Background, with the Blue/Beige hues of the Roses... just stunning!


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Plaid Background
Full Bloom Vol 1 Stamps
Tim Holtz Paper Distresser


  • The plaid background was stamped with Colorbox pigment ink.
  • I stamped the roses on top of the background with Memories Black, and colored them with pencils, using the same colors as the cardstock.
  • I used Tim Holtz paper distresser on the edges
  • Card was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
  • A blue strip is glued on the bottom part of the card, I stamped Happy Birthday from Full Bloom Vol 2.
  • Tied ribbon around the card.


Have a creative day! 

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!

Guest Artist - Melissa Phillips Part 2

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 21, 2009

Not only am I loving the cards that Melissa Phillips has created with our product, but am loving how they are photographed too! Check this one out:


Live life card:






Stamps:  Wildflowers Vol. 2
Filmstrips:  Full Bloom


Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing Melissa!

Scrap It TV - Watercolour Stamping

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Here's another segment that I filmed for Scrap It TV which is shown on the Aurora Foxtel Channel 183 here in Australia.


This segment shows one of my favourite techniques: Watercolour Stamping. You can see the full segment here:



Supplies used:
Rubber Stamps: Full Bloom Vol 2, Full Bloom Vol 1


Hope you enjoy!

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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Distress Ink Sampler

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A few days ago I went to create a set of ATC's using Distress Inks for the background. I was going to just choose two or three colours of ink, and then create the same coloured background for 9 ATC's, and send them out to 9 different people.


 However, it's school holidays and when the kids saw the Distress Inks on the table, they knew it was time to pounce! They're like bees to honey when anything inky comes out and they KNOW these inks are a lot of fun. So instead of me choosing the inks, I asked them to choose the ink colours. For each ATC background Ethan chose one ink, Zoë chose the other. So the combinations were pretty random and often not ones I had tried before. I'm really impressed with the results!




Top Row (left to right):
1. Dusty Concord (need re-inking) & Peeled Paint (also needs re-inking!) I use this combo quite often, but never seen it this light. However the kids were also doing the water spritzing and they like to spritz a LOT! The whole kitchen gets a spritz. Even inside their mouth! funny kids.
2. Aged Mahogony & Vintage Photo
3. Brushed Corduroy & Worn Lipstick

Middle Row (left to right):
1. Faded Jeans & Mustard Seed
2. Dusty Concord & Spiced Marmalade
3. Mustard Seed & Pine Needles. I have to say, I have rarely used these two inks, and never together, and I really loved how it turned out.

Bottom Row (left to right):
1. Peeled Paint & Vintage Photo
2. Broken China & Dusty Concord
3. Peeled Paint & Spiced Marmalade


All edges on the ATC's were sponged lightly with Vintage Photo too.


Stamps used: Full Bloom Vol 1 (flower), and Wildflower (word)


Hope this may inspire you to get out the Distress Inks and try a few new combinations!

Guest Artist - Godelieve Tijskens Part 4

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 18, 2008

And welcome to the grand finale project from Godelieve!

Book of tags:


Stamps: DDR004 Full Bloom VOL 2, DDRS003 Full Bloom VOL1, DDRS005 Wildflower, DDRS001 Venetian VOL1, DDRS007 Calendar
Montage: DDMN002 Full Bloom
Ranger Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany
Ranger Distress Embossing powder: Aged Mahogany
Ribbon, Buttons, Photos, Bind-it-All

- Cut 2 tags from the Full Bloom Montage, to use as covers for this book of tags.  Be sure to cut a front and back.
- Ink the edges with Distress Ink Aged Mahogany
- Cut pages, the same size as the tags.  I cut long strips and folded them after stamping
- Color the pages with Distress Ink Aged Mahogany using a blending tool and foam
- Attach a photo to each page, and decorate with stamping.  I used the same Distress Ink to do the stamping.
- Stamp “January, February,...” on each page.
- Stamp a quote on the cover, heat emboss with Distress Embossing Powder Aged Mahogany
- Use the Bind-it-all to punch the holes and attach the rings.
- Use ribbon and buttons as a closure.





We'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Godelieve for sharing her artwork with us. It has been pure eye candy and so inspirational! We appreciate all the effort you have taken to share all of this with us. I'm sure all of you blog readers have enjoyed it as much as we have here at Darkroom Door :) Three cheers for Godelieve! Hip Hip Hooray!

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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 - Wendy Vecchi Part 2

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Here is the grand finale of Wendy's projects...

Butterfly Tag:


Darkroom Door Materials:
Stamps: Full Bloom Vol 1, Wildflowers


  • Tear the bottom off a tag.
  • Color the tag using vintage photo distress ink, using the blending tool.
  • Stamp the left side of the tag with the houndstooth border stamp (Stampers Anonymous) with jet black Archival ink.
  • Stamp the saying (Darkroom Door) on the bottom right, using black ink.
  • Stamp the flower (Darkroom Door) twice and stamp 2 butterflies (Darkroom Door) on grunge board & cut out and shape.
  • Ink the flower with faded jeans distress ink, on the front & the back. Ink the butterflies with vintage photo distress ink on the front & back.
  • Stamp the butterflies as shown & adhere the grunge board butterflies on top of the stamped images.
  • Cut a thin strip of grunge board to make the stem color with peeled paint distress ink and add glaze pen accent dots.
  • Stamp scrolls as shown.
  • Layer the flower as shown & glue to the left side of the tag.
  • Add dots with the glaze pen, pen stitch around the edges with a .05 Precision pen (American Crafts).
  • Add a vintage button to the center of the flower & a metal dot to the end of the stem.
  • A gingham bow adds the finishing touch.



A HUGE thanks to Wendy for being our Guest Artist this week! I've always admired what she has created with Stamps, Distress Inks & Grungeboard, so we are very excited to share some of her art on here. For more eye candy, go and visit her blog!

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!