Distress Paint Mail Art

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 01, 2014

Hi stampers! It's Rachel here today with some mail art to share with you using a variety of Darkroom Door stamps with Distress Paints.



Here's how I created it:

1. Ink up the Damask Background Stamp with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. Roll the background stamp over various sections of the black envelope so you only get a portion of the stamp touching the envelope. This gives it a more random look.

2. Repeat the above technique, this time using French Script Background Stamp with Picket Fence Distress Paint, stamping alongside the Damask background areas.

3. Stamp the Paris Postmark (from Montmartre Rubber Stamps Set) randomly over the envelope using Picket Fence Distress Paint.

4. Swipe Brushed Pewter Distress Paint around the edges of the envelope to give it a little border.

5. Stamp the large Tag from the Tags Rubber Stamps Set onto kraft cardstock using Archival Jet Black Ink. Trim around the edges.

6. Stamp the paperclip from Mail Art Rubber Stamps Set a couple of times in the top left corner of the tag. Stamp 'To' (Mail Art Rubber Stamps) onto the tag. Adhere the tag to the front of the envelope.


It's now ready for addressing and sending off in the mail!


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Damask Background Stamp

Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp

Darkroom Door Montmartre Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door Tags Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door Mail Art Rubber Stamps

Distress Paint: Brushed Pewter, Picket Fence

Black envelope

Kraft cardstock


Hope this has inspired you to send out some mail art!


Tags stamp set ideas!

Darkroom Door - Saturday, October 08, 2011


Today we'd like to share some ideas using the Tags stamp set! There's 8 different tag sizes in this set, along with a To and From if you'd like to use them for gift tags. But there are SO many ways to use these tags, let's take a look...

They can be used on scrapbook pages:


We're so excited to share some projects created by Guest Artist Connie Mercer!

From Connie: On this one I stamp two large tags out in brown ink and then adhered them together at both ends.  I folded the tags in half and made a closure for the tag {which I will use as a journal space} with two buttons and some twine.  The layout shows in closed and I also sent a picture of it opened.



They can be used on cards and for gift tags:


 From Connie: My idea on this was to make something that would be useful and a cool gift ( especially around the Holidays).  I made a card using the Dear Santa montage, word strip, and the tag stamp set.  Inside the card I used a large safety pin, as the holder of the small gift tags, and attached them to it.  This is a great teacher's gift!


They can be used for mail art:


They can be used as larger gift tags or decorations:


So... there's just a few different ideas! Here's some other things I'd like to share about the Tags stamp set:

* Each circle tag fits a circle punch, so you don't need to cut around it. The small tag fits a 1" circle punch, the medium tag fits a 1 1/2" circle punch and the larger tag fits a 1 5/8" circle punch. All of these punches that are pictured here are by EK Success and they are what I used to punch out these circles.


* The inside circles on the shipping tags also fit smaller circle hand punches, so you can easily make them into 'real' tags. The small shipping tag fits a 1/8" punch, a 1/4" punch fits the middle shipping tag and a 3/8" punch fits the largest shipping tag. If you change the punches and use larger ones, you can create circles like in the mail art sample above.

I hope this gives you some ideas on what we had in mind for these Tags stamps! They really are so versatile, they're a real staple stamp set to have in your collection :)

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Mail Art Video

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 23, 2011

As you know, I absolutely LOVE mail art... so you can imagine how excited I was to find this next video! It's by RachO113 and she has used the Correspondence and Mail Art stamps sets to create some amazing pieces of.,.. you guessed it... mail art! It's so fun to watch. Check it out:


Absolutely love it!

Christmas Mail Art

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 09, 2010

Sarah has created some fun mail art with our Christmas stamps to send out her Christmas greetings this year! Check them out:






Stamps: Yuletide Vol 2 & Christmas Reindeer.

Sarah has some more details about how she created the envelopes on her blog.

Love seeing decorated envelopes!!  Any type of mail art is always fun, hope this inspires you to ink up your envies this year!

Off to Tassie!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Today we're flying down to Tassie to teach some workshops at Kylie's Card Craft this Saturday and Sunday. Since it's school holidays here, we thought we'd take the whole crew to have some fun in the mountains before the weekend. So first stop is Cradle Mountain. They've been getting some snow this week, so it'll be interesting to see what the weather's up to when we arrive.

Looking forward to giving the camera a good work out too!

While we're away the blog will still be updated with lots of different projects, so make sure you keep checking it out. We received this gorgeous piece of mail recently from Karen Daley who had won the Old Truck stamp from one of our blog giveaways. She created this stunning card using that stamp:


Not only that, check out the envelope she mailed it in:


She's used the Mail Art stamp set to decorate the envelope... don't you love it! I squealed when I saw it in the post box!!! Love fun mail!

And check out the little critter on the back of the envelope... love this snail!


Thanks so much Karen for this fabulous piece of mail art and for the card :) It really made my day!

Hope you all have a fabulous week! I'll look forward to telling all about the trip when I return.

SIA Mail Art - Part 3

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, July 06, 2010

And finally but certainly not least - the last few pieces of mail art to show you that we received for our booth at the SIA Trade Show...

Created by Sarah Fawcett:


Created by Helen Ross (Lorna Blue Studio):


Created by Carol Lee:


Created by J Van Stam:


Created by Shirley Henry:



Created by Vicky Fernando:



Created by Mim:


Created by Michelle Loffler:



Aren't they all fabulous? And not just these, but all of the mail art pieces we received? I'm so thankful that you all took the time to stamp something up to send in to us! I absolutely LOVE mail art and have them all here on our display shelves at DD HQ. I really treasure them! Thanks again :)

SIA Mail Art - Part 2

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 05, 2010

Here's some more of the fabulous mail art that found it's way into our mail box back in May for the SIA Trade show! So fun to receive these and show them off :)

Created by Michelle Loffler:



Created by Vicky Fernando:


Created by Mim:


Created by Jenene Evans:


Created by Kim:


Created by Mim:


Created by Vicky Fernando:



Created by Shirley Henry:




All created with Darkroom Door rubber stamps! Aren't you all so very clever!!!

But wait there's more!!! I'll share the last pieces tomorrow :)

SIA Mail Art - Part 1

Darkroom Door - Saturday, July 03, 2010

Remember all the fabulous mail art you all sent in for our booth at the SIA Trade Show? Since the show, all of the mail art has been hanging here at DD HQ... and I admire it every day! I love it!!

I thought you'd like to see some close ups of each piece, so I'll upload them to the blog over a few blog posts so you can admire it all too!

Here's the first few pieces..

Created by Tracey Strong:


Created by Vicky Fernando:


Created by Helen Ross (Lorna Blue Studio):


Created by Hillie:


Created by Robyn Wood:


Created by Mim:


Created by Ros Crichton:


Created by Robyn Wood:


Aren't they amazing!!! I love them, and I love how the stamps and postmarks and creases all just add to the mail art charm :) 

All of the mail art was created using Darkroom Door stamps. Love how Vicky even trimmed the Darkroom Door logo from a Filmstrip product to use on her envelope! Clever :)

I'll share more of the mail art next week!

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!

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!

Unlock the artist within!