Herringbone Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, July 02, 2015
Hello! We are sharing projects created with the new Herringbone Background Stamp here on the blog today! These cards will come together quickly which means that you can easily make a bunch for different occasions or to bundle as a gift for someone special.
First card today by Rachel Greig shows how to use it with Hero Arts paint daubers:

Ink the stamp completely using Yellow Hero Arts paint dauber. Lightly dab onto the stamp in random areas with an orange paint dauber, then with a red paint dauber. Stamp onto white cardstock. The paints will mix together a bit and give a watercolour painterly effect. Die cut white cardstock using Sizzix Sassy Labels & Stitched Frames label die and stamp with a sentiment from the Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set using Vermillion Archival Ink pad. Wrap red ribbon around stamped Herringbone panel and adhere to folded red card. Add stamped label onto card with foam adhesive. 

Robyn Wood has created some great cards using the Herringbone Background Stamp:

For this card, stamp Herringbone Background onto white cardstock using Rose Madder Archival Ink. Layer with purple cardstock and attach to card front. Select a section of three horizontal images from the Art De Fleur Vol 2 Filmstrip and trim to fit across the card front. Trim a greeting from the Sweet Treats Wordstrip and ink around the edges using a marker or ink pad. Affix to card front using foam tape.

Stamp Herringbone Background onto white cardstock using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Trim to suit card front and sponge around the edges with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Place a strip of cardstock, then ribbon along the lower edge of the stamped image. Affix to pale green card front. Trim out an image from the Sweet Treats Montage sheet and distress the edges. I used a sanding block for a different effect. Add to card front so that the image sits at an angle and use foam tape for height. Trim a greeting from the Sweet Treats Wordstrip and add to card front.

This next card uses an embossing resist technique: 

Stamp Herringbone background onto white cardstock using Versamark ink and heat emboss with clear powder. Sponge with Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks using an ink blending tool. The embossing will resist the ink and give a variegated effect to the background. Wipe background with a tissue to remove any ink left on the embossed areas. Trim background panel to fit a white card front and layer with green cardstock. Stamp greeting from Bright Blossoms stamp set with Graphite Black Brilliance ink and emboss with clear powder. Trim wording closely and cut a V in the end for a flag type effect. Sponge the edges of the greeting with Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink and adhere to card front. Add a paper flower and accent with a button.

For our last card, Robyn has stamped the Herringbone Background onto a marbled backgrounds, it adds instant interest to the image.

Create a background by adding a small amount of Squeezed Lemonade, Barn Door and Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint onto a non-stick craft mat. Spritz with water to make the paint runny and drag some cardstock through the paint to create a marbled background. Allow to dry well. 

Stamp Darkroom Door Herringbone Background stamp using Archival black ink. Trim to approx. 9 x 12 cm. Create a bit of interest by cutting the bottom edge of the pattern to give a zig-zag effect. Layer onto a 13 cm square of orange card and tie with red grosgrain ribbon. Mount the piece onto a 14 cm square yellow card front. Stamp the word ‘hello’ with the Darkroom Door Scratched Alphabet stamp set using Jet Black Archival ink and trim out closely. Affix to card front so that the word just overlaps the red ribbon.

Try this: The background technique gives a wonderful, random effect. Create a bunch of backgrounds at the same time to save mess and it will mean you have a nice stack on hand for future projects. Try spritzing the paint with glittery spray ink of similar tones for a different effect.

Supplies Used: Darkroom Door Herringbone Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Scratched Alphabet Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Art De Fleur Vol 2 Filmstrip
Darkroom Door Sweet Treats Montage
Darkroom Door Sweet Treats Wordstrip
Distress Paint - Squeezed Lemonade, Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon
Archival Ink: Rose Madder, Jet Black, Vermillion
Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Non-stick Craft Mat
Hero Arts Paint Daubers
Sizzix Sassy Labels & Stitched Frames Dies #658793
Versamark clear ink
Clear embossing powder
Tsukineko Brilliance Ink: Graphite Black

Thanks for stopping by today!

Clocks Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Hi stampers! Today we are sharing some projects using the new Clocks Background Stamp! This stamp has layers of different sized clocks that can be stamped as a complete background, or you can also punch out or trim some of the complete clocks from the artwork. Very versatile stamp! 

This first card by Rachel Greig shows how it looks stamped as a complete background:

Stamp Clocks Background Stamp onto kraft cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink pad. Sponge around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere to folded black card. Stamp quote from Tick Tock Rubber Stamp Set onto kraft cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink pad. Emboss a piece of black cardstock with a script embossing folder and distress the edges with a paper distresser. Adhere the stamped quote to the embossed cardstock and mount onto card using foam adhesive. 

Connie Mercer has created a colorful card with the Clocks Background Stamp: 

Stamp the Clocks Background Stamp on white cardstock with a combination of Jet Black and Vermillion Archival inks. Stamp leaves from the Carved Leaves Rubber Stamp Set in green ink and cut it out.  Stamp the sentiment from Simple Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set and cut it out. Sponge around edges of stamped images with light brown ink. Embellish with Die-cut of clock (Tim Holtz) and clock button. Add twine and sentiment to complete! 

Robyn Wood has created a few cards to share with us today:

Stamp Clocks background onto white card using Archival Jet Black ink. Trim to suit a black card front. Sponge edges with Fired Brick Distress ink. Tie with red ribbon and mount onto card front. Stamp quote from Etched Flowers stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink and trim closely. Sponge edges with Fired Brick Distress ink and layer with black card stock. Attach to card front with foam tape.

Stamp Clocks background onto white card using Archival Jet Black ink. Draw over some areas of the background using a white crayon. Lightly spritz background with Peacock Feathers Distress Spray and allow to dry. The wax from the crayon will resist the spray ink so that some areas will remain white. Wipe lightly with a tissue to remove any residual spray from the crayon. Layer background with dark purple cardstock and mount onto card front. Stamp wording and a small car from the Vintage Automobiles set onto white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Trim and layer with dark purple cardstock. Affix wording to card front with double sided tape. Layer vintage car with a larger piece of black cardstock using foam tape, leaving room for the next step. Tear the bottom edge and affix some buttons so that they sit in a jumbled line underneath the car image. Affix a folded piece of ribbon to the upper left edge. 

Stamp Clocks background onto white card using Archival Jet Black ink. Sponge card using Squeezed Lemonade and Crushed Olive Distress Inks. Leave some areas a lighter colour for interest. Trim background to approx. 14.5 x 10.5 cm and round the corners on one of the long edges. Luckily the pattern of the background works however it is orientated so there is no right way up. Sponge edges with Soot Distress Ink. Trim out a piece of patterned paper with similar tones and an abstract pattern. Sponge with Crushed Olive Distress Ink and round the bottom corners. Trim out two images from the Prague Montage sheet and distress the edges. Affix to patterned paper piece and tie the top of the paper with some ribbon. Affix to Clocks background. Prepare a green card front measuring 15cm square by sponging edges with Crushed Olive Distress Ink. Stamp randomly along the top and bottom of the card with Mesh Texture stamp using Crushed Olive Distress Ink. Affix a strip of lace to the bottom edge of the card front and place the assembled clocks piece over the top Add a word trimmed from the Prague Vol 2 Wordstrips mounted with foam tape.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Clocks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Tick Tock Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Etched Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Prague Montage
Darkroom Door Prague Vol 2 Wordstrips
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Vermillion
Ranger Distress Ink: Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Olive, Black Soot
Ranger Distress Spray Stain: Peacock Feathers
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
White Crayon

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Christmas Cheer

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a jumpstart on Christmas cards. This is a fun vintage Christmas card using basic stamping techniques, along with the Postcards Background Stamp, Scratches Texture Stamp and the Dear Santa Montage.  I hope you enjoy!

To create this card:
1.  Cut red cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", and pattern paper slightly smaller, then machine stitch the two layers together.  
2.  Next, stamp "Post Card" with Ruby Red ink onto kraft cardstock, then using the "Scratches" stamp ink with Coffee Bean, Vivid ink over the entire post card, stamping first on scratch paper to remove some of the ink.  
3.  Layer post card onto natural quilters batting and machine stitch the layers together.  After sewing, cut out the image using pinking shears. Distress the edges using Vintage Photo distressing ink.  Wrap ribbon around the card and tie at the end.  Adhere to card front as shown.
4.  Next, die cut holly leaves and berries from green and red kraft-core cardstock, then sand the edges and ink using Vintage Photo distressing ink.  
5.  Adhere "Dear Santa" montage image along with holly branches and berries as shown, then adhere a small metal sentiment at the bottom.
6.  Adhere the entire card front to pre-cut and score heavyweight white cardstock using 3-D glue dots. 

The scratches add a lovely "vintage" aged-look.

For a fun tip:  Add layered elements to your card giving it extra dimension.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Postcards Background Stamp

Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Dear Santa Montage
Vintage Photo Distress ink
Ink Blending tool

Sanding block

Ruby red archival ink
Coffee Bean ink by Vivid
Holly Branch die set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Natural quilters batting
metal sentiment strip by Tim Holtz 
ribbon by Tim Holtz
white, kraft and red heavyweight cardstock
pattern paper, "Believe" by Authentique Paper
3-D glue dots
hot glue
a good permanent tape adhesive
sewing machine

I hope my card inspires you!

Have a great day,

Weathered Stripes Texture Beach Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 08, 2014

Hi! Belinda here today to share two cards with a beach theme created using the brand new Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp.


1. Apply the Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp onto smooth white cardstock using Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink. Heat set with Stampendous Aged Aqua Embossing Enamel.

2. Spray with Tattered Angels Kraft Glimmermist. Flick some water over the top and dry with a heat gun. Add a few more splatters of the Kraft Glimmermist as well as Fall Breeze. Allow to dry. Flick some white splatters over the top also. I used a Posca Pen as I have found that it gives the most vibrant white splatters.

3. Distress and ink this piece and then mount on some corrugated kraft cardstock with some gesso painted haphazardly over the top. Tear it a little here and there and distress the edges.

4. Stamp a seashell or starfish from the Seashells Rubber Stamp Set onto a piece of transparency using Cornflower Blue Ranger Archival Ink. Cut out and staple onto the Weathered Stripes piece.

5. Tear around an image from the Seaside Montage. Ink the edges with Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink and glue onto your card front.

6. Add your embellishments and mount onto your card base.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Seashells Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Seaside Montage
Darkroom Door Seaside Wordstrips

RANGER Archival Ink Cornflower Blue
TIM HOLTZ Distress Embossing Ink
TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink Antique Linen

Thankyou so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my cards today. I hope they inspire you to get creative with your Texture Stamps too.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for some more inspiration from the Creative Team.


Postcards from Prague

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hello, it’s Robyn with you today to share a vintage style card featuring the new Postcard Frame Stamp. Something I really love about Darkroom Door stamps is the thought and effort that goes into designing the stamps so that different images are compatible across the range. I was very pleased to find that one of my older sets, Prague Vol 1 fits perfectly within the Postcard frame.


1. Stamp Postcard Frame stamp onto white card using Coffee Archival ink. Overstamp with the street scene from Prague Vol 1 stamp set using the same ink.

2. Trim postcard and distress the edges. Give the scene some colour with sponged Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass and Walnut Stain. Flick with a few drops of water to distress further.

3. Cut a square of craft cardstock 13 cm x 13 cm and sponge lightly with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

4. Stamp using Frayed Burlap Distress ink with the Scratches background stamp.

5. Gently sponge the paper doyleys with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and attach to craft square.

6. Doodle around the edges with a fine black pen to give a stitched effect and then layer onto a black card front measuring 14 cm x 14cm.

7. Affix Postcard image at an angle.

8. Trim out approx. five images from the Prague Montage sheet and distress the edges.

9. Sponge parts of the images with Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire, Walnut Stain and Frayed Burlap.  Flick with a bit of water to give the impression of age (or perhaps tears?)

10. Attach montage images together to form a loose arrangement, giving the impression of a pile of photographs. Tie with string and a button and affix to card front.

11. Trim out some words from your favourite Wordstrips, I used ones from Venetian. Distress edges and sponge in a similar fashion to the montage images. Affix to card front.


Take care to line up the Postcard image and overstamped street scene – otherwise you will have a gap on either side.
Layer montage images to check arrangement before actually gluing together.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Postcard Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Prague Vol 1 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Prague Montage
Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
Ranger Archival Ink – Coffee
Ranger Distress Ink – Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Distressing Tool
Fine black pen, small paper doyleys, string, button

I can only imagine the postcards which might be sent home during a trip to Prague, it is such a beautiful city and full of history and beauty. I hope you enjoyed learning how I put this card together, don’t forget that we have a few other stamps which will work in a similar way with the Postcard Frame Stamp, you could also try the following sets – Venetian Vol 1, Wilderness Vol 1 and Wilderness Vol 2 and Notre Dame to name a few. Until next time,

Flowers For My Love

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hello, Lynne here today sharing a card where I used the new Floral Texture Stamp. On this card I used the Texture Stamp in two ways. Firstly, to create a background for my collage and secondly, stamped onto a piece of cotton fabric.

1. Stamp the Floral Texture Stamp with Blush Rose ink onto cardbase. Trim the top and bottom edges of the cardbase with lace and ric rac.

2. Stamp Floral Texture Stamp onto a fragment of cotton with Blush Rose. Fray the edges.

3. Apply Distress Paint to Love Letters image. Gather the stamped fabric, lace, found papers from around the home and a fragment of floral fabric and create a collage.

4. Ink up Je T’aime from the Word Block – Love, with Tuexdo Black. Apply Distress Paint to the edges then adhere to the top edge of the Love Letters image.

5. Finally embellish the card with more lace, stained seam binding, flowers, bakers twine and flat back pearls.

Whenever possible I re-cycle cotton from around the home. The plain cotton curtain backing is a wonderful source. Remember, you can easily stain cotton so it doesn’t matter if the cotton is showing signs of age!

Darkroom Door Floral Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Love Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door Love Letters Montage
ColorBox Chalk Ink: Blush Rose
Distress Paint Tattered Rose
Memento Tuxedo Black
Extras: lace, ric rac, flat back pearls, seam binding, bakers twine, cotton fabric, found papers and Prima flowers.

Thank you for visiting the Darkroom Door Blog.



Star Texture Happy Birthday Tag

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 25, 2014
Hi! Belinda here today to share with you a sweet birthday tag I have created using the new Star Texture Stamp and featuring heat embossing and layering techniques.

I created this card with my daughter in mind who will be turning 9 in May. Already!! Here's how I created it:

1. I began by covering a manilla tag in white cardstock. I applied the Star Texture Stamp around the edges of the tag using Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink and then heat set with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.

2. I rubbed in Victorian Velvet Tim Holtz Distress Ink using an ink blending tool and then added the Star Texture Stamp around the sides again using Cornflower Blue Ranger Archival Ink.

3. I added some Glimmermist and Color Shine over the top and allowed to dry completely. To create the white edges, I simply applied gesso lightly with a make-up wedge.

4. I added some images and words from the Sweet Treats range and finally stamped a number 9 using the Big Numbers stamp.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Star Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Big Numbers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Sweet Treats Montage
Darkroom Door Sweet Treats Wordstrips
Ranger Archival Ink Cornflower Blue
Ranger Distress Ink Victorian Velvet

Ranger Distress Embossing Ink


Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my project today. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for some more inspiration from the Creative Team.


Create Magic Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Hi! Belinda here today to share with you my latest art journal page combining the gorgeous new Star Texture Stamp with Viva La Flora images using a layering technique.

I love the freedom of creating an art journal page. When I begin, I never really know what it is going to look like in the end. It is all about playing with mediums and building up layers to hopefully finish with a page rich in colour and texture. My current art journal is an altered Little Golden Book. I have primed the pages with a couple of coats of white gesso. On top of this I like to add colour using various mediums. For this page I used Faber Castell Gelatos, Distress Inks and Glimmermists. Once my colours are right I then like to start layering the stamps. I applied the Star Texture Stamp mostly around the edges of the page using Aquamarine and Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Next I added some images from The Viva La Flora Montage. I always like to torture these images a little by sanding and distressing the edges. I love that the quality of this product means it can handle it really well. Once the images were in place, I then added a few more stamped words as well as sentiments from the Viva La Flora Wordstrip.

Supplies used:
DDTS001 Star Texture Stamp
DDRS027 Artist Rubber Stamp Set
DDMN005 Viva La Flora Montage
DDWS005 Viva La Flora Wordstrip

DDAS001 Alpha 1 Alphastrip
RANGER Archival Ink: Aquamarine, Jet Black
RANGER Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my project today. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for some more inspiration from the Creative Team.


The Streets Of Paris - French Script Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 28, 2014
Hello, Lynne here today. I was so eager to play with the recently released French Script Texture Stamp that I set to work using the Texture Stamp as a simple backdrop for a collage style card. Using the Texture Stamp in its simplest of forms, I stamped it only once directly onto the cardbase. 


Ink up French Script Texture Stamp with London Fog ink. Layer an image from Paris Montage and word from Paris Wordstrips with a mixture of textures consisting of lace, corrugated cardboard, French book text and wax paper. Edge some of the pieces with Black Soot Distress Ink. Attach ribbon scrap with Tiny Attacher.Embellish dried flower with flat back pearl sticker layered to the card with fragments of black lace. Finally add torn pieces of Tissue Tape to top and bottom edges of cardbase.

I dried this blossom some time ago. I don’t concern myself if the blossoms become tired looking, I think it adds to their fragility which to my eyes add to its beauty. It is fun to dry your own garden flowers. Keep all manner of papers from around the home to use in your art. You will be amazed at how much you can amass in very little time.

Texture Stamp – French Script
Wordstrips – Paris Vol 2
Montage – Paris

Memento London Fog
Distress Paint Black Soot
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Extras:- black and white lace, flat back pearl, pressed flower, scraps of:- ribbon, corrugated cardboard and found papers from around the home.

Until next time, many thanks for visiting the Darkroom Door Blog today.


Venetian Watercolour Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 27, 2014
Hello everyone!

It’s Robyn here sharing my first project on the Darkroom Door blog. Today, I’d like to share a card using images from the first collection released by Darkroom Door – The Venetian Collection. I have been playing with images and techniques while working on my February ATC swap and remembered that these stamps would have been amongst the first Darkroom Door ones that I purchased so they seemed like the ‘right’ ones to use for my first project!

1. Stamp the Venezia map image from Darkroom Door Venetian Vol 2 Stamp Set using black pigment ink onto cream cardstock and emboss.

2.  Add a touch of white crayon over the ‘Venezia’ word. This will work as a resist for the colouring step.

3. Colour the image. I used watercolours but you can also use Distress inks and a water brush. The raised embossing will help you stay in the lines.

4. Trim image closely and distress the edge, sponge lightly with Ranger Distress Peacock Feathers.

5. Mount onto brown cardstock, leave one end a little longer and tear the edge.

6. Add some brads to the top right hand corner of the brown layer. Mount at an angle onto a dark turquoise card front.

7. Trim an image from the Darkroom Door Venetian Montage sheet.

8. Give some colour to the black & white image using Ranger Distress Markers.

Hint – test your colouring on an off cut of the Montage sheet. I found it helpful to apply a little of the Distress Marker and then smudge it with a finger tip to give a lighter colour.

9. Trim Montage image closely and distress the edge, sponge lightly with black ink.  

10. Mount onto card front with foam tape.


Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Venetian Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Venetian Montage
Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black ink pad
Clear embossing powder & heat gun
Watercolours or Ranger Distress Ink pads in Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Wild Honey, Gathered Twigs
Sponging tool
Ranger Distress Markers in Barn Door, Old Paper, Weathered Wood & Antique Linen
Tonic Paper Distresser

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today, I’m looking forward to bringing you lots of inspiration!