Watercolour Grevilleas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here with you today to share a fun watercolour card using the Grevilleas Stamp Set. I really enjoyed designing this set and finding just the right grevillea plants to photograph to turn them into stamps. I've included 4 different Grevilleas at different stages of their maturity, so you have lots of options of combining them together in your projects! 

I thought it would be fun to create a watercolour card using the new Make Art Blendable Ink Pads by Wendy Vecchi. 

1. Choose the largest grevillea stamp from the set and ink up with Poppy and Red Geranium Blendable Ink pads. Spritz the stamp with water and stamp onto white watercolour card stock. Allow to dry. 
2. Stamp two of the other grevillea stamps either side, using only Sunflower and Poppy Blendable inks, spritz with water before stamping onto the cardstock. Allow to dry. 
3. Stamp up the smaller leaf onto light cream card stock with Fern Green Archival Ink. Fussy cut around the leaves and adhere the end to the base of the grevillea flowers. 

4. Stamp the sentiment from the Thank You Sentiment Stamps onto white watercolour cardstock and die cut with a small tag die. Put some green and orange ribbons through the end and tie in a bow. Adhere tag over the leaves with foam adhesive. 
5. Adhere entire panel to a folded green card to finish! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Thank You Sentiment Stamps
Blendable Ink Pads: Poppy, Sunflower, Red Geranium 
Archival Ink Pad: Fern Leaf, Jet Black 
Watercolour Card Stock 
Water Spritzer Bottle 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 


Painted Garden Birds

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 21, 2018
Hi, it is Godelieve Tijskens today with some projects I made using the new Garden Birds Rubber Stamp Set. So happy to see my drawings turned into Darkroom Door red rubber stamps. Inspiration came from the birds in our garden. I like to watch them through the kitchen window, and grab my camera for a quick shot whenever I have the chance.

Before I cut new stamps apart I always stamp the complete sheet several times. I used one of those for my first project. 

Here I used Archival Ink Peat Moss to stamp the birds.

I used Distress Paints and Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint to colour the birds.

I masked the birds to add stamping ‘behind’ the birds. The masks were created from post-it notes. Simply stamp the birds onto a post-it note and cut around the image to create your masks. Place the masks over the matching bird to protect the birds while you stamp over the top with other stamps. 

The lines are from the Calendar stamp set. And I added smaller stamps from several other sets, listed below. I removed the masks and added splatters using paint and a very wet brush.

The strip at the right was colored on a craft sheet, using the same paints that were used to color the birds. I taped the paper together at the back. To finish the piece off I stamped the Friends quote, but replaced ‘friends’ by ‘birds’ using the Alphabet Medley stamp set. I have cut the quote into strips to glue them in place. The whole panel was adhered to cardboard, leaving a narrow border. The Journal Clips by Dina Wakley make it able to use it as a wall hanging.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Garden Birds, Calendar, Ornate Elements, Hello Baby Vol 1, Home Sweet Home, Alphabet Medley
Darkroom Door Quote Stamp: Friends
Archival Inkpad: Peat Moss
Distress Paints: Cracked Pistachio, Forest Moss, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint: Ruby
Dina Wakley Media Journal Clips

The Film Frame stamp, the bird and the leaves on this card were stamped with black Archival ink and cut out.

I watercolored the bird and leaves (and some flowers that I didn’t use now) with Distress Paints and Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint. I arranged the pieces onto light yellow cardstock. 

Using Distress Paint I coloured the edges and a spot where the sentiment was going to be stamped. The panel was glued onto a white card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Garden Birds, Fine Leaves, Simple Sayings Vol 2
Darkroom Door Frame Stamp: Film
Distress Paints: Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint: Night

I really enjoyed creating with these stamps!

Thank you Rachel and Stewart for turning my drawings into red rubber stamps.  I love the quality of Darkroom Door stamps.

Thank you all for visiting Darkroom Door blog today!


New Release May 2018

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 16, 2018
We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!  

Our NEW Sentiment Stamps are a strip of different sentiments that can be used as an entire strip or you can cut each sentiment into individual stamps! The choice is yours! The different sizes of sentiments give you lots of options for fitting them onto your cards and tags. 

Sentiment stamps measure approximately 178mm x 36mm (7" x 1.4")  

Our NEW Small Stencils can be used on their own to create quirky fun backgrounds and they also conveniently match the Collage Stamps with the same name. Simply stamp the Collage Stamp first and place the stencil over the top to sponge ink through the stencil. It's a great way to colour the stamped image quickly and easily!

Watch Rachel introduce these great new products on Facebook Live! 

We will be sharing projects on the blog using these fabulous new stamps so please add our RSS feed to your blog reader so you don't miss a thing! 

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Watercolour Butterflies Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 23, 2018

Hello, I'm Heather Telford and I have a couple of cards to share with you today made with the beautiful Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set. I piled on the colour for the first card and kept it minimal for the second. 

Before I cut the stamps apart into thirteen separate butterflies I stamped the whole panel a few times, including once in versamark which I then embossed with clear powder. I taped down my watercolour paper panel and shook some prussian blue, yellow, rose red and orange brusho into the wells of a palette then added a few drops of water to each well. I painted the brusho over the embossing, dried it then repeated the process several times to build up depth of colour. After completing the painting I dropped some water over the panel, let it sit then dabbed it up with a paper towel. The result is pale odd shaped watermarks. I also splattered some white gesso over the panel to break up the background colour a bit.

I completed the card by popping up a blue banner with an embossed sentiment from the 'Thank you" set. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Butterflies Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Thank You Stamp Set
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Blue cardstock
Versamark ink
Clear embossing powder
White embossing powder
Prussian blue, yellow, rose red and orange brusho 
White gesso
Dimensional tape

To create the minimal second design I once again used hot pressed watercolour paper, this time with zig clean color real brush pens. I had cut all the butterflies out by the time I made this card so I was able to line three of them up evenly with a stamping platform then ink them with  light green, cobalt blue, blue and olive green pens. I spritzed the stamps lightly so the ink would blend on the stamps.
I popped up another little embossed banner, this time featuring a stamp from the 'Happy Birthday' set. 

Darkroom Door Butterflies Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Green cardstock
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Llight green, cobalt blue, blue, olive green zig clean color real brush pens 
Dimensional tape
Thanks for joining me today. Do you go for the bold splashes of colour all over the first card or the clean and simple style of the second?


Artist Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here with you today sharing two cards using the new Artist Brushes and Artist Palette Stamp Sets! I have designed a lot of 'art supplies' stamps over the years and it seems stampers love them and keep requesting more! This time I wanted the stamps to be as large as possible, so they could be used as bold centrepieces for cards or on art journal pages, scrapbooks, mixed media pieces and more. 

I had a lot of fun designing these and now it's even more fun being able to use them! Here is my first card from the Artist Brushes set: 

1. Choose 3 co-ordinating Archival ink pads (I chose Chrome Yellow, Fern Green and Aquamarine) and stamp the little brushstroke stamp repeatedly all over a piece of white card stock. I started with the Chrome Yellow ink and left some white spaces to allow me to stamp the other colours to fill in the gaps. Distress the edges with a paper distresser and adhere to a folded white card. 

2. Stamp the large paintbrush onto white card stock using Archival Jet Black ink. Lightly colour the handle of the brush with Antique Linen Distress Marker. Trim the brush image with scissors. Squeeze out some paint from Dina Wakley Media Lemon, Lime and Sky tubes of paint to make it look like the brush has been dipped in paint. Allow to dry, and adhere to the front of the card. 

3. Stamp the sentiment onto white card stock with Archival Jet Black ink and trim around the edges. Distress the edges with a paper distresser and adhere to the card with foam adhesive for a little dimension. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Artist Brushes Rubber Stamps
Archival Inks: Jet Black, Chrome Yellow, Fern Green and Aquamarine 
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Lime, Lemon, Sky

Next up is a card using the Artist Palette Stamp Set:

1. Create a background using Distress Oxide inks on Specialty Stamping Paper. To do this, swipe the inks onto a non-stick craft sheet and ist with water. Place the paper into the ink and move around a little before lifting up. Allow to dry. Adhere to black card stock then onto a folded white card. 

2. Stamp the brushes in jar stamp onto white card stock with Archival Jet Black ink. Swipe some light colours of distress ink onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up the ink with an aquash brush to colour in the brushes on the image. Repeat until the entire image is coloured to your liking. Trim around the image with scissors and adhere to the card with foam adhesive. 

3. Stamp the sentiment onto white card stock with Archival Jet Black ink and trim around the edges. Adhere to black card stock then onto the card with foam adhesive for a little dimension. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Artist Palette Rubber Stamps
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxide Inks
Specialty Stamping Paper
Aquash water brush 

Thanks for stopping by today! 


Gel Printed Mail Art Envelope Video

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here with you today to share a fun gel printed mail art envelope using stencils, stamps and Dina Wakley Media Paint! It's so much more fun to send and receive decorated envelopes for your card or other mail items! 

I've created a full video tutorial so you can watch how it all come together. But first, here's a look at the front and back of the envelope: 


And some close ups: 

To see how I have created it, watch the video here: 

Hope this inspires you to create some fun envelopes to send out to your friends and family! If you do, we'd love to see your creations! Please join us in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Group where you can share your creations with other like minded crafters :) 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Butterflies Stencil
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Tags, Stitched Borders, Mail Art, Sydney Vol 2 
Ranger Gel Plates - 3 Pack Assorted
Dina Wakley Paints: Buff, Olive, Peacock, Sedona 
Medium Brayer
Archival Inks: Jet Black, Leaf Green 
Plain Envelope

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Artist Palette Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hi, it is Godelieve Tijskens today, sharing two projects using the Artist Palette Rubber Stamp Set. I think we all need this set!

On my first card I combined stamps from the Artist Palette set with the small Sunshine Stencil. Here's how I made it:

- Create a background on smooth watercolor paper using Distress Paints and water on a craft sheet. I chose bright yellows. Let dry.

- Sponge the bottom part of the background through the small Sunshine stencil. Archival ink works great on acrylic paint. Ink the edges. The blue ink I used turned green on the yellow background.

- Stamp the palette on smooth cardstock using Archival Ink Shadow Grey and cut out. Stamp the brushes once more, using black ink and cut them out. 

- Make a tiny cut in the palette for the black brushes, and put them in place. Color the brushes with Distress Markers

- Add dots of Enamel Accents to the palette

- Stamp the quote with black ink, and cut apart

- Stamp the large word "ART" from the set onto the palette, to replace "art" from the quote

- Arrange the elements on the background and glue everything in place

- Glue the finished panel onto green cardstock, and then onto a white card.

Supplies I used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Artist Palette
Distress Paints: Wild Honey, Mustard Seed
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Sunshine
Archival Inkpads: Shadow Grey, Jet Black, Forget-Me-Not
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Distress Markers
Enamel Accents: Classic Cherry, Cheese Puff, Lemon Twist, Electric Lime, Caribbean Coast, Blue Ribbon, Pink Gumball, White, Black

My second project is a triptych. But the panels could be used separately to create 3 cards. Here's how I made it:

- Score the black cardstock to create a trifold

- Cut 3 pieces of smooth white cardstock to size

- Color the panels, using Distress Paints and ink blending tools

- Stamp the paint tubes, jar and palette with Archival inks. Use several colors to ink the "paint" 

- Add color to the paint tubes, by sponging the same Archival inks through a mask. Cut the tubes out

- Yellow panel: Stamp the lines from the Calendar set using black Archival ink, and "ART" at the top of the panel

- Cut a circle from white cardstock, large enough to stamp the quote on it with black ink. Glue the circle and paint tube in place and adhere the panel to the black card

- Blue panel: Choose a stamp from the Brush Strokes set to stamp the background 

- Glue the jar and paint tubes in place 

- Stamp "create" from the Simply Circles set using Dandelion Archival ink and "ART" with black ink. Cut these out and glue them in place on the blue panel

- Red panel: Stamp the Splatter Background stamp onto the sponged background using Archival ink.

- Glue the paint tubes and palette in place and add some Grunge Marks in black.

Supplies I used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Artist Palette, Calendar, Simply Circles, Brush Strokes, Grunge Marks
Darkroom Door Background Stamp: Splatter
Distress Inkpads: Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Candied Apple, Broken China
Archival Inkpads: Jet Black, Dandelion, Leaf Green, Carnation Red, Manganese Blue
Ink Blending Tools
Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits: Stitched Circles

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Artist Brushes Art Journal and Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 12, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke de Clerck here today to share some projects featuring the brand new Artist Brushes Rubber Stamps. In my opinion these beautiful artsy stamps can be used in many ways. I made an art journal spread in my large Dylusions journal and a set of cards using the beautiful brushes from the set. I also created a pattern on a card with only one small stamp from the set.

1. Add a coat of gesso to both pages first. Put the Large Circles Stencil on top of one page and apply light modeling paste through it using a palette knife. Repeat on the other page. Do not put any paste on the edges. Let dry completely.

2. Color the circles with lime paint and let dry. Apply a mixture of cobalt teal paint and glazing liquid to both pages. Wait for 2 minutes and remove most of the glaze layer using baby wipes. Repeat this step using raw umber paint. The glaze gets into all the nooks and crannies, love the effect on the texture paste. 

3. Stamp text to the edges using Distress Oxides Broken China and Cracked Pistachio.

4. Stamp a collection of brushes on white paper with Archival Ink Jet Black and cut out. Color the handles using Distress Ink Weathered Wood and Iced Spruce. Color the bristles using lime and cobalt teal paint. Add details with a white pen. Stamp the Mason Jar Frame Stamp on gesso-ed book text and cut out. Stamp with the Alphabet Texture stamp on top of the jar using Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio. Make a spit in the lid using a cutter and slide the brushes through it as shown.

5. Stamp 2 mini jars on gesso-ed book text, cut out and color randomly with diluted lime and cobalt teal paint. Stamp the words ‘lime’ and ‘teal’ on small tags using stamps from the Alphabet Medley stamp set. Adhere to the jars using hemp cord. 

6. Stamp the Sweet Bloom Line Art Stamp 3 X on gesso-ed book text and cut out. Glue flowers and jars in place as shown. 

1. Stamp 3 backgrounds with the Polka Dots, Checkered and Plaid Background stamp using light blue, lime and pink paint. 

2. Stamp the large brush from the Artist Brushes set 3 X on white paper and cut out. Color the handles with Distress Ink Weathered Wood and Iced Spruce. Color the bristles using pink, light blue and lime paint. Add details with a white pen. Wrap hemp cord around the brushes and glue them in place.

3. Overstamp the background with text from the Artist Brushes set and marks from the Grunge Marks set using Archival Ink Jet Black.

4. Finish the cards off with sculpture flowers and scraps of painted ribbon.


Create a background with the brush strokes stamp from the Artist Brushes set using various colors of Distress Oxide inks. Overstamp with a quote from the Artist Brushes set using Archival Ink Jet Black.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door: Artist Brushes Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door: Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door: Grunge Marks Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door: Alphabet Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door: Mason Jar Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door: Mini Mason Jar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door: Sweet Bloom Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door: Plaid, Checkered, Polka Dots Background Stamp
Darkroom Door: Large Stencil – Circles
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime
Golden Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Teal, Raw Umber
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Mermaid, Candy Floss
Golden: Light Modeling Paste, Gesso, Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxides: Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron
Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Iced Spruce

Thanks for stopping by!


Botanical Script Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hi, I'm Heather Telford and I am happy to be sharing here on the Darkroom Door blog today. I have chosen one of the floral stamps from the new Botanical Script Rubber Stamp Set and coloured it in a couple of different ways. 

1.Stamp flower from Botanical Script set on hot pressed watercolour paper in vintage photo ink. With a small damp watercolour paint brush blend the ink from the outline of the petals into each petal one at a time. 
2 .Press some abandoned coral distress ink on your craft mat. While each petal is wet pick up some abandoned coral ink and drop it into the petal. Blend and with brush and add extra ink in the areas you want darker. Dry petals.
3. Paint the centre of the flower with water to intensify the vintage photo ink. When dry paint the middle with black soot ink.
4. Paint over the leaves and lace with water to intensify the colour.
5. Mat panel with co-ordinating brown cardstock and wrap some linen thread around panel.
6. Attach finished panel to a natural coloured card base.

Supplies used
Darkroom Door Botanical Script Stamp Set
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Vintage photo distress ink
Abandoned coral distress ink
Black soot distress ink
Linen thread

1. Stamp whole flower stamp from Botanical script set on hot pressed watercolour paper in versafine smokey grey ink. Stamp the flower again on a scrap of the same paper making sure to include all the flower; the rest of the image will not be needed.
2. On larger panel stamp sentiment stamp from same set below floral image in versafine smokey grey ink.
3. Paint the flower on the larger panel in broken china distress stain. Let dry. Paint petals of second flower one by one with broken china distress stain and add mermaid lagoon distress stain to darken the petals and add definition. Layer colour until it is intense.
4. Dry panel then paint liquid metal 'Metallic Sky' over the petals.
5. Paint centre of flower with 'wink of luna' black marker taking care to leave centre pattern white.
6. Cut out the painted flower and pop it up over flower on larger panel. Mat panel with co-ordinating cardstock and attach to natural coloured card base.

Supplies used
Darkroom Door Botanical Script Stamp Set
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Versafine smokey grey ink
broken china distress stain
mermaid lagoon distress stain
black wink of luna marker
Ken Oliver Metallic Sky liquid metal 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Butterfly Script ATC's and Decoration

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 09, 2018

Hi, it's Helen Chilton here working with the lovely Butterfly Script stamp set. The images are just the right size for ATCs so that's what I created first.

1. Stamp the images in Archival black on glossy card and colour with Distress inkpads. 
2. Cut to size and layer onto kraft cardstock. Add stitching (wobbly in my case!) and white highlighting.

4. Stamp the background in the Distress colours with the butterfly stamp and then overstamp one of the quotes in black. I've added three lines of stitching here.
5. Stamp and colour extra butterflies to all ATC's give dimension.
6. Add white doodling to the text for fun.

For my second project I converted what was a Christmas decoration into a little butterfly house.

1. Paint your house inside and out whatever colours you choose and stamp, cut and colour some butterflies - I used coloured pencils. 
2. Cut a piece for the background and stamp with one of the scripts in Distress inkpads. Add text in black.

3. Assemble house and add details: embossing on the edges, glitter on the butterflies.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Butterfly Script Rubber Stamp Set
Archival inkpad: Jet Black
Distress Inkpads
White Marker
Coloured pencils
Stickles: Star Dust
Sewing machine

Thanks so much for stopping by today!