Guest Artist - Jill Geraghty Groves

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 15, 2009
Jilly  Name: Jill Geraghty-Groves

Zodiac sign: Gemini

Lives: Brisbane

Known for: Hmmmm.... jury's still out on that one.


Loves to:Laugh, stay home and make art, take photos, be with my family and friends, eat chocolate!

Loves to create:
Anything and everything!  I love to find treasures and turn them into pieces of art!

Favourite Darkroom Door product: Wow - tough questions.  The entire Prague collection is divine...I could actually eat it!  I also adored the photochips and the filmstrips.

Let’s say you’ve been invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  Distress Inks, Embossing powders, burly young men (or vampires?) to hold Rachel back while I cleared the place LOL!




We're so excited to have Jill as our Guest Artist! Her work is so detailed, textural, inked up.... just wait till you see the projects she has to show! Here is the first one:


Wall Hangy Thingy (even love her names!)



Darkroom Door Prague Photochips
Darkroom Door Prague Wordstrips
Darkroom Door Essentials 4 Collection Enjoy Life Rubber Stamps
7 Gypsies Patterned paper
Ranger Distress Inks
Ranger Embossing Powder
Vintage Buttons
Wooden skewers










Here's some instructions from Jill:


  • Scrunch up delicious photochips and "weather" using Distress Ink, water and sandpaper.
  • On a strip of old calico, lay layers of distressed papers and dyed muslin (again Distress Inks and waterspray!) and place weathered photochips at regular intervals.
  • Using your sewing machine, attached photochips using a straight stitch, treating just like you would fabric.
  • Make a loop through the top of wallhanging and insert three or four skewers tied to together (or even a funky twig!).
  • If available, add some vintage buttons to enhance the character.
  • Hang on wall and make your room look gorgeous!!!


How awesome is this project?!!! My jaw hit the floor when I first saw this... absolutely adore it! Thanks so much Jill for sharing your talents with us!!


We'll be sharing more of Jill's projects over the next couple of weeks... so stay tuned!


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Prague Projects

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 07, 2009

Liesbeth Fidder from The Netherlands shared some projects with us that she created with the Prague Vol 1 and Vol 2 rubber stamps! Check them out:




Isn't this fabulous? I love how she created the frame with the large flourish stamp from the Prague Vol 1 stamp set!





Aren't they fabulous! Liesbeth has a great blog too... she has many other projects using Darkroom Door stamps on there, just scroll through her posts to see some of them. Thanks for sharing with us Liesbeth!

Prague Collection

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 24, 2009

Today I'm showing you the Prague paper products which include the Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips:








As you can probably tell by now, I love European cities, especially ones that have character like Prague. I'm so pleased to be able to share with you my favourite photographs from my time in Prague. The timeless black and white means they will co-ordinate with any project and you can alter the images in so many ways...


Here's a couple of samples:




I tinted the entire Prague Photochip using Antique Linen Distress Ink first, using a blending tool and foam. This gives the Photochip a real warmth - almost a sepia tone. You can do this with any of the Distress Inks, obviously the tint will differ depending on the colour used.


I then stamped 'enjoy the journey' from the Prague Vol 1 Stamp set using Jet Black archival ink. The corners were stamped with the small flourish from the same stamp set. Heat set the ink if it's still a bit wet, then adhere to black card. Wrap ribbons around the bottom and tie at the front. Adhere to a brown card. I've also lightly inked the card to show a little of the texture.

Here's an artist trading card:




For this I used one of the larger images from the Prague Montage. Simply wrapped the brown ribbon around the bottom and adhered to brown card, then onto a black ATC. Have you noticed we have introduced a BLACK Wordstrip for this collection? I just LOVE it!!! Not only the black, but also the size of the words. I've been wanting some really tiny words for ages, so finally I was able to incorporate some into this wordstrip. Perfect for ATC's!


Speaking of the small words on the Prague Wordstrips... here I've used them in bottlecaps:




To create the bottlecaps, punch out an image from the Prague Filmstrip using a 1" circle punch. Adhere inside the bottlecap using some Glossy Accents. trim a word from the Prague Wordstrip and adhere inside. Then fill the bottlecap with Glossy Accents and allow to dry!


One more card:




Simple card made with a Photochip and a section from the Prague Wordstrip. Did I mention how much I love the Prague Wordstrips???


Hope you like the ideas!

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Prague Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, July 23, 2009

Today we are sharing some projects using the Prague Vol 2 Rubber Stamps:




One thing I just LOVE about European cities are the cobblestoned streets and alleyways that lead you on amazing and wonderous adventures. I wanted to create a stamp that was like a pathway that leads you to.... anywhere! That is the basis for this stamp set. The bottom image is of a street in Prague, but really, it could be anywhere. So this set is rather generic and you could turn the scene into all sorts of places.


The circle in the top right is the Astrological Clock that is in the main square of Prague. It represents the 12 astrological signs of the zodiac. Pair this with the lamp post, small flourish and a few quotes and single words and you have a versatile stamp set.

Here's some ideas on how to use this stamp set:

  • Stamp the street scene in black ink on light cardstock and colour with Marvy Le Plume pens.
  • Stamp the street scene in other colours such as sepia or olive for a more rustic tone look.
  • Use the clock as a background stamp, or stamp and punch out to make it the centrepiece.
  • The four single words at the top of the set can be mixed and matched according to your needs.
  • The quotes are small enough to be used on ATC's yet large enough to be used as a sentiment on cards. They are a nice size so they can also be used with the street scene and not take up too much room.
  • Stamp the quotes as is, or trim into separate parts for more different uses. Use some of the words on their own.
  • Stamp the flourish repeatedly for a background.
  • This small flourish would also make great jewelry by stamping into UTEE or polymer clay.

Here's a card I created using this stamp set:




I stamped the street image onto white glossy cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. Then coloured the image using Marvy Le Plume pens.I used: 95 Celadon, 68 Daffodil Yellow, 81 Pale Mauve and a really great colour for the cobblestones is 38 OysterGrey. I then stamped the words onto white cardstock, mounted them onto light green cardstock and attached them to the stamped image. Mounted onto light blue card, tore the bottom edge. Then mounted onto light green, tore the bottome edge and adhered to a dark blue card.


Here's an artist trading card I completed:




For this I stamped the clock with Olive ink onto the background. To get the light impression I first stamped onto scrap paper then onto the background. This gave it a lighter shade. I did the same with the small flourish, but with Sepia ink. Then stamped the light post, but using the full amount of ink so it was darker. Stamped the quote, trimmed into three pieces, mounted onto brown cardstock and attached to the ATC.


Hope you like the ideas!


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Prague Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thank you to everyone who has left comments or sent emails about our new releases!! We are so excited that YOU love them just as much as us!!! Over the next ten days we will show you some projects created from each new stamp set and from the paper products.


So, let's begin with Prague Vol 1 Rubber Stamps:




Stew and I visited Prague in our blue Kombi van many years ago and spent a week walking through this amazing enchanted city. We loved every minute of it. The history, the old cobble stoned streets, the ornate buildings, the river, the castle, and of course the famous Charles Bridge.


This stamp set includes one of my most favourite photographs that I have ever taken. See the image of Charles Bridge at the bottom? The framed black and white original hangs right here in the Darkroom Door studio. We have been looking at it every day... and now you can stamp it every day!


Here's some ideas on how to use this stamp set:


  • Stamp the bridge scene in black ink on light cardstock and colour with Marvy Le Plume pens.
  • This stamp would also look great against a brayered colour background - like a sunset. You could also mask a moon in the sky!
  • Use the quotes and smaller words for layering. I always love to include the city definition, as it can be combined with the images to describe the actual location.
  • The flourish stamp has been created from elements of the gates at Prague Castle. This can be used as a decorative border, accent or corner element in your stamped artwork. I really want to try this with Distress Embossing Powders, I think the texture and details would be amazing!
  • The postage cancellation is from the postcards I sent home from Prague!
  • The little trio words are small enough to be punched out with a 1" circle punch, great for bottlecaps, or smaller artworks when you just need a few words. They could also be stamped separately if needed. That would be great for the really tiny mini tags.


Here's a card I created using this stamp set:




I stamped the Charles Bridge image onto white glossy cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. Then coloured the image using Marvy Le Plume pens. I used: 95 Celadon, 77 Pastel Peach, 68 Daffodil Yellow, 42 Cream Yellow and a really great colour for the cobblestones is 38 Oyster Grey. I then stamped the Prague definition, mounted it all onto dark red card, then onto the dark brown card. Simple, but effective!!

Here's an artist trading card I completed:




For this I just wanted to randomly stamp the different stamps onto a background. They work really well together, and I love the little trio words! I've just used Archival Jet Black, Olive and Sepia inks onto Fawn and Rosey Bazzill cardstock. Inked the edges, and adhered it to a black ATC.


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