Australia Day Blog Hop!

Darkroom Door - Saturday, January 26, 2013
Happy Australia Day!

To celebrate Australia Day, Scrapbooking Memories magazine is holding a blog hop to showcase some of their favourite Australian manufacturers in the craft industry! We are so excited to be involved!

Aussie Blog Hop

If you're new to our site... welcome! Here's a little introduction to what we do. Darkroom Door specialises in quality art rubber stamps and papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, altered art, mixed media and all other papercrafts. Our rubber stamps and paper products are proudly manufactured here in Australia.

Here is an overview of our rubber stamps:

One of our favourite craft shows that you can view on Australian TV channels is Scrap It TV. It's now in it's 5th year and showcases some fabulous Australian artists and ideas!

Here are a couple of segments that we filmed for the show:

Stamping With Viva Decor Ferro Texture Paste:

Decorated Mini Book with Rubber Stamps and Precious Metal Colour Paints:

Collage Stamping for Scrapbook Layouts:

Embossing Resist with Distress Stains:

Hope you enjoyed these videos and ideas!

To celebrate Australia Day - we have 5 Background Stamps to give away! Please leave a comment here on this blog post and tell us your current favourite stamping technique! For extra entries, share this blog post on twitter or Facebook and come back here to tell us you did so (just by leaving an extra comment!) We'll announce a winner on Tuesday 29th Jan 2013.

To continue the blog hop, jump on over to Flourish With A Bling!

If you've missed any of the blog hop, or want to start at the beginning, here's a list of all the manufacturers who are a part of the hop:

  1. Studio Flergs 
  2. Kaisercraft 
  3. D-Lish Scraps 
  4. Imaginarium Designs 
  5. Digi-licious Designs  
  6. Purple Pumpkin 
  7. Manor House Creations  
  8. The Trinket Track 
  9. Fynmark 
  10. Charm’s Creations 
  11. Words Or Whatever 
  12. Feature Art 
  13. Darkroom Door - you are here!
  14. Flourish with a Bling 

A big thanks to Scrapbooking Memories magazine for hosting this blog hop!

Wishing you all a Happy Australia Day!

Art De Fleur Card Set

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 18, 2013

One of my favourite ways to colour in stamped images is using Marvy Le Plume II markers. They have such a wide range of colours, but the ones I love using the most are the soft subtle colours as they just 'tint' the image. Here's a card set that I created using both stamp sets from the Art De Fleur Collection:





The flower stamps were stamped onto white gloss card using Archival Jet Black ink. Wait until the ink is fully dry, then colour in each image with the Marvy Le Plume II markers. So easy and it looks stunning!

These cards were published in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine. You can find the full instructions in Vol 16 No 10.

- Rachel

Garden Inchies Box & Pendant - Craft Stamper Magazine

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 09, 2013

A few months ago Craft Stamper Magazine featured the Darkroom Door Garden Inchies stamp set in their Stampers Challenge section in their June 2012 issue. I contributed two projects to the article. One was a decorated box:


The box is one of those paper mache boxes found at Spotlight or general craft stores. I sponged it over with Inka Gold Lava Green and added some highlights on the edges with Copper Inka Gold.


The metal corners were also highlighted with Copper Inka Gold to bring out the detail.


The Garden Inchies were stamped onto a background I created using alcohol inks. So easy and fun to do!

I also created a pendant using a couple of Scrabble tiles. Just stamped the Inchies onto the back using Staz On ink, then coloured in with Adirondack Pigment pens. Cover with a sealer such as Mod Podge and let it dry. Add the clasp once it's all dry.


For more information on these projects and to see what the other artists created, check out a back issue of the magazine!

Thanks for stopping by!

- Rachel

Handmade and Craft Stamper articles...

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, December 06, 2011



Handmade magazine Vol 29 No 8 features an article on creating country style Christmas cards using the Noel and Yuletide Vol 2 stamp sets. Here's a peek at the cards:


Full details can be found in the magazine!

Also, Liesbeth Fidder has created an AMAZING article for Craft Stamper magazine using the London stamp sets and Distress Stains. You can find it in the January 2012 issue. One of her cards is featured on the front (in the right hand corner).


Please check these issues out for some great inspiration!!

Flower card article in Handmade magazine

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 09, 2011


I received a copy of the latest Handmade magazine issue Vol 28 No 12 in the mail yesterday, which features an series of cards I created using the Friendship Flowers and Wildflowers Vol 1 stamp sets, along with Venetian and Full Bloom Wordstrips.One of the cards appears on the cover too :)


Full details on how I created these cards can be found in the magazine, which is currently available at newsagents and stores.

Art De Fleur Card Article

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I am so excited to have a sert of cards published in Vol 16 No 10 issue of Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine! I used the Art de Fleur stamp sets along with some vintage doilies and trims. Here's a sneak peek at the cards:


Full details, including step by step instructions on how to tint these images with coloured markers can be found in the magazine!

And happy Australia Day to all my fellow Aussies for the 26th!

Stampers Sampler Oct/Nov 2010

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 05, 2010


In the latest issue of Stampers Sampler, artist Tracy Evans from England has used our Christmas Reindeer stamp set as a part of her Christmas mini book (as seen here on the cover. The 'Believe' stamp shown in the label holder is a part of the Christmas Reindeer stamp set.)

It's a fabulous project, and congrats to Tracy for making the front cover of this issue!

Got buttons?

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The latest Handmade magazine Vol 28 No 2 just landed on my doorstep and inside it you'll find a set of cards created by yours truly. If you're like me, you may just have a stash of buttons that are just waiting to be used in some crazy creation! My stash includes all sorts of vintage buttons that I've picked up at op shops or inherited from my Grandma or bought from scrapbook or craft stores.

So... I mixed up a few buttons with some stems from our Wildflowers stamp set to create flowers. I've also used the Plaid Blackground stamp with light ink colours for the backgrounds. The sentiments are from the All Occasions stamp set.

Here's a peek at the cards:


Full instructions can be found in the magazine. Here's the cover to look for in the shops:


Hope this may inspire you to use up some of the buttons in your stash! (I know you have them ;) If you do create something using buttons and Darkroom Door stamps, please upload them to the Darkroom Door Flickr group. We'd love to see them!

Latest Magazine Articles

Darkroom Door - Sunday, January 17, 2010

The latest Handmade magazine Vol 27 No 7 features our little Robot girl on the front cover!


It's rare for Handmade mag to feature cards on their covers, so it was over the moon when I saw this! I created a set of cards using the Robot Montage, Wordstrips, Robot Stripe paper and Robot Vol 2 Rubber Stamps. Here's a look at the cards:


Full instructions on making these cards can be found in the magazine. It's still on newstands now, but I think the next issue is due out soon, so be quick if you'd like to grab a copy!!

I also came across this the other day... it's the Nov 2009 issue of Craft Stamper, a fabulous UK stamping mag. It features our Trees stamps on the front cover! The article features all of the four Trees stamps and was created by Rachel Jackson. Beautiful work!!!


This magazine is always packed with loads of cool techniques. It can be a little hard to find here in Aust, but definitely worth tracking down. For anyone who lives on the Central Coast NSW, the newsagent at Erina Fair (across from Coles) stocks it.

Hope you're all having a crafty weekend!!!