Steampunk Inchies Rubber Stamp Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 31, 2015
Hello! One of the most popular styles of Darkroom Door stamps has been the 'Inchies' series, which includes Garden Inchies, Christmas Inchies, Travel Inchies, Seaside Inchies and now we have added a new set to this series called Steampunk Inchies

Teresa Abajo and Suzz Czosek have created some fantastic cards to show how these stamps can be used. 

Here are Teresa's cards:

Without cutting up the stamps into individual inchies, stamp the entire plate of Steampunk Inchies onto mint paper using Coffee Archival ink. Cut one 3x3 inchie arrangement and one 1 x 6 inchie arrangement for each of the cards. Mount these onto dark brown card.
For the square card, stamp the Torn Text Background stamp onto dark brown card using Aquatic Splash VersaMagic ink. Cut down to fit a 15 x 15cm kraft card and adhere. Stamp the Grid Background stamp onto mint paper with Coffee ink, sponge with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink, tear a strip and adhere to card. Add layers of corrugated cardboard and hessian, and then the mounted inchie images. Embellish with chipboard cogs and the word from the Steampunk stamp set. Spatter with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.

For the long tall card, stamp the cogs and word from the Steampunk Stamp Set using Coffee ink onto a 10 x 21cm kraft card. Stamp the Grid Background stamp onto mint paper with Coffee ink and sponge with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink. Adhere to card under a scrap of corrugated cardboard. Add rows of stitching with the sewing machine in between each image, and allow the threads to hang. Adhere this to the card and embellish with chipboard cogs.

Here are Suzz's cards:

Stamp Steampunk Inchies using brown ink on ivory cardstock. Repeat on second panel. Cut out photobooth image. Mount image on brown cardstock. Cut out words form Art De Fleur Wordstrips. Sponge edges of word and mount on brown cardstock. Die burlap panel with spray. Layer panel of Steampunk Inchies with burlap and panel of inchies and photobooth image on top. Attach words with embellishments.  

Stamp panel of Steampunk Inchies using Jet Black ink on white cardstock. Cut inchies out and mount on black cardstock. Stamp sentiment from Welcome Home Rubber Stamp Set onto white cardstock. Cut panel and mount on black cardstock. Attach inchies along right side of sentiment. Attach white panel to black cardstock. Attach inchies along left side. Assemble card. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Steampunk Inchies Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Welcome Home Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Photobooth
Darkroom Door Art De Fleur Wordstrip
Archival Ink: Coffee, Jet Black
Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy
Distress Stain: Tarnished Brass

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Tree Bark Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hi! Today we are sharing cards by Belinda Spencer and Robyn Wood using the new Tree Bark Background Stamp!

Belinda has created the first two cards here: 


1. Apply the Tree Bark Background Stamp onto a piece of smooth white cardstock cut to size using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink.

2. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink to the background in a circular area to create a focal point and frame around the embellishments. Spray with a little coloured mist and allow it to run down the background.

3. Stamp some leaves from the Leaves Rubber Stamp Set onto white cardstock using the Jet Black Ink. Dry with a heat gun. Apply the Vintage Photo ink over the top. Flick with water from your fingers and then dry again with the heat gun. Fussy cut the leaves.

4. Tear an image from the Wilderness Vol 2 Filmstrip and ink the edges with the Vintage Photo Ink.

5. Stamp a sentiment from the Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set using the Jet Black Ink. Cut out the individual words and ink the edges with Vintage Photo.

6. Next assemble the card. Add a coil of Ink Black Prima Wire Thread allowing it to tumble down the card and staple in place. Layer on the leaves, Filmstrip image and quote. Add the card front to a black cardstock base.

Here is another example of how I used this fabulous background stamp in the same style but with different images and colours.

This stamp is so useful for pairing with a variety of the Darkroom Door stamps such as Wilderness, Trees and the Home Sweet Home stamp sets. These next two cards by Robyn show how it can be used with the Garden Inchies and Trees Rubber Stamps:

Stamp Tree Bark background onto white cardstock using Coffee Archival Ink. Trim to suit card front and layer with dark green card. Select three images from the Garden Inchies stamp set and stamp onto white cardstock using Fern Green Archival Ink. Trim the squares closely. Tie some ribbon around the layered background and attach to card front. Affix Garden Inchie squares so that they are at angles to each other. Raise one with foam tape for extra interest.

Create the background by putting a small amount of Squeezed Lemonade and Tumbled Glass Distress Paint onto a non-stick craft mat. Spritz with water and drag some cardstock through it until you are happy with the marbled colour. Set aside to dry well. Stamp Tree Bark Background onto the marbled background using Fern Green Archival Ink. Trim to suit card front. Add a strip of gauze to the left hand side of the background and layer with some striped ribbon. Attach to card front.

Stamp large tree from the Trees rubber stamp set onto cream cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink and trim closely. Affix to black cardstock and re-trim the shape. Attach to card front. Trim two images from the Friends & Lovers Photobooth sheet. Distress the edges and ink using Coffee Archival Ink.  Attach to card front so that they are both at an angle. Attach the image at the back using double sided tape and the one at the front using foam tape.

Stamp greeting from the Trees set onto cream cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Add a button tied with twine to the left hand side of the wording and trim. Layer greeting with black cardstock and attach to card front using foam tape.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Tree Bark Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Garden Inchies Rubber Stamp set
Darkroom Door Wilderness Vol 2 Filmstrips
Darkroom Door Wilderness Montage
Darkroom Door Photobooth: Friends & Lovers
RANGER Archival Ink Jet Black, Coffee, Fern Green
Distress Ink: Old Paper, Vintage Photo
Distress Paint: Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass
TIM HOLTZ Idea-ology Mini Paper Clips

Thankyou so much for stopping by the blog today!

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Typewriter Collage Stamp Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 25, 2014

Hi! Belinda here today to share with you a card I created using the fabulous Typewriter Collage Stamp with lots of distressed and torn layers of book paper in keeping with the 'type' theme.


1. Swipe some gesso over a piece of book paper using a make-up wedge. Allow to dry completely.

2. Apply the Tyoewriter Collage Stamp onto the book paper using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink.

3. Tear around the image and ink the edges with Antique Linen Tim Holtz Dustress Ink. Crinkle the paper up a bit.

4. Layer the stamped piece onto to more pieces of gessoed book paper torn to size. Ink all pieces and crinkle slightly. Stick down onto the black cardstock base.

5. Stamp some leaves from the Leaves Rubber Stamp Set onto some scraps of book paper. Scrunch up a little and then staple together with a piece of Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon on top. Add a sentiment cut from a Wordstrip.

6. Place the Tim Holtz Schoolhouse Layering Stencil over parts of the card and apply some Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso using a make-up wedge.

7. Attach the leaf cluster to the bottom left hand side of the card.

8. Cut out an image from the Friends & Lovers Photobooth sheet. Sand around the edges and ink with Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Distress the edges and apply the Antique Linen ink again. Add to the top right hand side of the card. Staple on a couple of pieces of Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon and attach a Tim Holtz Hinge Clip.

9. Cut out a sentiment using random letters from various Wordstrips. Add a Tim Holtz Stencil Type letter and tie some twine onto the hinge clip.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Typewriter Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Friends & Lovers Photobooth
Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
Darkroom Door Prague Vol 2 Wordstrips

Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch

Ranger Black Gesso

Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Schoolhouse
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Filmstrip Ribbon, Stencil Type, Hinge Clips

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


Playing Quote Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 09, 2014
Hi everyone! It's Godelieve here today! Here are some cards I made with Darkroom Door's Playing Quote stamp. I love the quote and the handwriting font.

A colorful background on this card.

First I stamped the Pansies Photo Stamp with gesso. Left it to dry and colored the paper with Distress Stains. The gesso resists the stains. On the edges I used my Tonic Paper Distresser. I also pierced the edges.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door stamps: Playing Quote Stamp, Pansies Photo Stamp
Distress Stains
Archival ink - Jet Black
Tim Holtz Designer Ruler
Tonic Paper Distresser

Another tag, stamped with Darkroom Door's Playing Quote stamp.
I stamped with Archival Ink - Coffee and sponged with Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap and a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.

I added a Photobooth image from Darkroom Door, and stamped a little photo corner (from Darkroom Door's Noel Rubber Stamp Set) to fill the empty space.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door stamps: Playing Quote Stamp, Noel Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photobooth: Friends & Lovers
Inkpads: Ranger Archival - Coffee, Ranger Distress Stains, Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
TCW stencil: Quatrefoil
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Tonic Paper Distresser
Inkssentials kraft tag


On this card I combined the quote with Robot Vol 2 Filmstrips.
The quote was stamped with Archival ink on an acrylic background from my stash.
Supplies used:
Acrylic Paint
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Hope you enjoy these ideas!


Playing Quote Stamp

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Hi all!!
Today I have two projects to share using the fabulous NEW Playing Quote Stamp from DARKROOM DOOR. As soon as I saw the quote stamp I knew it would work perfectly with both the Playing Cards Stamp Set and the Music Collection.
So first up is a card I created combining the quote stamp with the Playing Cards Stamp Set.
I wanted to give the playing cards a really vintage look so I started by stamping them with Jet Black Archival Ink onto white cardstock. I then inked all over with Antique Linen Distress Ink and around the edges with Vintage Photo. For even more of an aged look I covered each card with a fairly thick coat of Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Clear Rock Candy. I couldn't resist tucking a cheeky little image from the Gentlemen Photobooth sheet in behind the playing cards. :-)
I also wanted to use the quote stamp with the Music Collection so I created this tag.
I used a large black tag as my base and covered with the piano image from the Music Journal patterned paper. I sanded the edges and inked with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. I stamped the Harlequin Background Stamp onto it using Plum Archival Ink. I then repeated this process with the piano tag from the Music Collection Montage and layered on top of the larger tag. The quote stamp was simply stamped on top using Jet Black Archival Ink. Finally I added some more images and words from the Music Collection.
Thanks for checking out my projects today.
Darkroom Door products used:
TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink:
TIM HOLTZ Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy 

Lamp Post Eclectic Stamp Ideas!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hi stampers! It's Godelieve here today using a beautiful new Lamp Post stamp from Darkroom Door. I love how stamping with Archival inks shows every detail of this stamp.


 On this card I stamped the Castle Photo Stamp with Archival ink, and covered it with vellum for a misty look. I machine stitched around the edges. I colored the Venetian Wordstrip with Distress Ink and attached it with 3D foam tape.


 The lamp post was stamped with Archival ink, and cut out. I used glue (bottom) and 3D tape (top) to attach the lamp posts in front of the castle.

I used:
Darkroom Door Stamps:  Castle Photo Stamp, Lamp Post Eclectic Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink #Jet Black
Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips

 My second project is a Christmas tag. I stamped the large tag from Darkroom Door's Tags set with Ranger Archival Ink #Coffee, cut it out and covered it with the Brick Wall Background Stamp. The lamp post was stamped with black ink and cut out also.


 I inked the tag and lamp post with these Distress Inks.


The Dear Santa Vol 1 Filmpstrips and Wordstrips got distressed edges before I attached them to the tag.

I used:
Darkroom Door stamps:  Tags, Brick Wall Background stamp,
Darkroom Door Filmstrips:  Dear Santa Vol 1
Darkroom Door Wordstrips:  Dear Santa
Ranger Archival Ink #Coffee
Ranger Distress Ink
Tonic Paper Distresser
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher


 On this card I stamped the Lamp Post with Archival Ink and used a crayon resist technique to ink the textured card.


I decorated the card with Hats Photobooth images, Venetian Wordstrips, ribbon and twine

I used: 
Darkroom Door Lamp Post Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Hats Photobooth 
Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
Ranger Distress Ink #Vintage Photo

Thanks for stopping by,


Box Brownies Tags & Chunky ATC

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 06, 2013
Hi, it's Liesbeth here! Love to play with the new Darkroom Door Box Brownies stamp set! The very vintage old look of the stamps is wonderful and I also love the texts on it!I made a chunky ATC and two tags:

For the chunky ATC, I took a wooden block (front 2,5 x 3,5 inch) and covered it with vintage papers (pages of old dictionaries and old maps) and I added a layer of gesso. I created an old look by using Distress paint and ink , both Vintage Photo. I stamped a background by using the ,Light Value' stamp from the set DDRS028 Photography with black ink. Onto a seperate piece of creme cardstock, I stamped the two small cameras (Box Brownies)  and the film frame from the Photography set and cut them out and sponged them with Vintage Photo ink. I cut out a picture from DDPB003 Friends & Lovers Photobooth and glued it behind the frame. I stamped some texts with dark red ink onto (used! ) tea bag paper and teared it out. I glued everyting on the block, and some lace and a small light bulb as well. I finished it with a metal tag on the top and four glass beads on the bottom.
Tags: I stamped DDBS025 Woodgrain-Background Stamp on two white tags and sponged them ,old', both by using Vintage Photo ink. I stamped the ,Light Value' (DDRS028 Photography) with dark red ink here and there and sponged the edges black. I stamped the two big Box Brownies and the tekst on a seperate piece of paper, cut them out and sponged them (Vintage Photo ink). I also stamped some texts onto the tags with black ink and added pieces of filmstrip ribbon (Tim Holtz) at the bottoms. I cut out a piece of DDFS024 Paris Vol. 4 -Filmstrip and DDPB003 Friends & Lovers-Photobooth and glued everything onto the tags. Finished with some red lace.

Box Brownies Card & Accordion Book

Darkroom Door - Sunday, September 01, 2013


Teresa here with some samples I made with the new Box Brownies set of stamps.It's a collection of images with a vintage photography theme, so a couple of vintage style projects were in order.

First up, a card:

I cut some circles out of scraps of brown cardstock, then stacked the negative pieces to make it look like the iris of a camera. Here's a close up so you can see what I mean:

Next up, I did what I often do with a set of new stamps - make a book. It gives me a really good chance to see how well the images work together. One of the larger cameras was the perfect size for the front of a little accordion book:

and the pages inside gave me a fantastic opportunity to add some Photobooth images from the various sheets Darkroom Door produces:

And just for fun, and to explore the versatility of such an iconic image, I pulled out my fluoro inks and my Alphabet Medley stamp set and went a bit Warhol for a party invitation:

I hope you've enjoyed this little tour around the new Box Brownie set of stamps!


Photobooth Mother's Day card

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 29, 2013


One of my favorite days is coming quickly, Mother's Day. This day means so much to me as each day I thank heaven above for the opportunity I have to be a mother and because I have had the opportunity to be loved by an amazing mother.  



I created this card using many of my favorite Darkroom Door supplies including the following:  the Ornate Elements, All Occasions, and  Dressmaker rubber stamp sets.  I have been inspired by the watercolor technique lately and wanted to give it a try, so for this card, I stamped using watermark ink, embossed in white, and then added color using ink and my water brush.  I loved trying this technique and will most definitely be using it more and more.


I added a photo from the Ladies Photobooth collage to the center of my stamped frame after roughing it up and bit to add age.


Just a few embellishments such as a Prima flower, Maya Road chipboard heart, and scrunched seam binding were added to finish it off.  It's always so enjoyable creating cards with someone special in mind.

Thanks for visiting.


Nomad Stamp Set projects by Liesbeth Fidder

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 04, 2013
Hi all! I had lots of fun making some projects with the Darkroom Door Nomad stamp set! Wonderful vintage travel related stamps, love them!!

For this big card I created a alcohol ink background onto glossy paper and stamped the big background stamp World Map withblack StazOn ink. I stamped some post stamps (Nomad) at the edges withblue StazOn . I made some accents with a Distress Marker , VintagePhoto.

I stamped the text, suitcase and letter onto a seperate piece ofcoloured glossy paper and cut them out. I sponged the edges black. I cutout a man from the Photobooth-Hats, and added everything onto the card.  

The shape of the suitcase stack is so wonderful to use for a smallnotebook, a nice present ! I stamped it onto cardstock with Memories inkArtprint Brown and cut it out. I also stamped it three times on thinpaper with very light ink (I used Adirondack Sandal) so the pages willbe writable, and just cut out three blank pages in the same shape. Istamped some of them with the World Map Background Stamp. I sponged the edges of thepages with Distress ink Vintage Photo.



I stamped the backsides with the big Nomad quote, punched three holesand interconnected the pages with jump rings. I finished the books withthe small cut out postmark and a piece of twine.


Thanks for looking !