Christmas Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today sharing some new Christmas card ideas using the Yuletide Greetings and Pine Cones Stamp Sets! These stamp sets can be used on their own or combined together to make some simple and classic card this Christmas. 



Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Inky Script Background Stamp onto a folded Kraft card using Vermillion Archival Ink. 
2. Stamp the Pine Leaves Frame Stamp onto white cardstock using Fern Green Archival Ink. 
3. Stamp a large sentiment from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set in the centre of the Pine Leaves Frame using Vermillion Archival Ink. Trim the image to the edge of the leaves and adhere to 13cm x 8.5cm red cardstock, leaving a larger border on the left side to wrap twine or ribbon around and tie at the front. 
4. Adhere entire panel to the front of the Kraft card. 

This card would also look great if the Pine Leaves Frame or the sentiment was stamped and embossed with a tinsel embossing powder to add some bling! 

This next card combines the Yuletide Greetings and the Pine Cones Stamp set together: 



Instructions: 
1. Stamp a pine leaf from the Pine Cones stamp set onto 13cm x 9cm white cardstock by placing the end of the stem at the top third of the cardstock. Stamp the leaf two times facing down and then rotate the stamp and stamp it facing upwards. Adhere this panel to 13.5cm x 9.5cm red cardstock. 
2. Stamp a sentiment from Yuletide Greetings stamp set onto white cardstock and trim to 9cm x 5cm and adhere to 9.5cm x 5.5cm red cardstock. Adhere this panel over the stamped pine leaf panel to cover the area where the stems finish. Use foam adhesive to give it some dimension. 
3. Adhere entire stamped piece to a folded white card. Add some pearl rhinestones to the top right and bottom left of the card. 
4. Stamp a smaller sentiment from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set inside the card using red ink. 



This last card uses only the Pine Cones Stamp Set and has a softer look with the use of Distress Inks. 




Instructions: 
1. Stamp a pinecone from the Pine Cones stamp set in the top left corner using brown Archival Ink onto mixed media cardstock. Stamp the pine cone so it looks like it is hanging down. 
2. Stamp a pine leaf from the same stamp set using Fern Green Archival Ink. Repeat as necessary to cover the edges of the card as you wish. 
3. Stamp a sentiment from the Pine Cones stamp set in the bottom right corner using Fern Green Archival ink. 
4. Using Distress Ink, lightly sponge around the edges of the cardstock to give the edges some shading. Use light colours of brown or green Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint etc) 
5. Trim red cardstock to 10cm x 5.5cm and adhere across the bottom third section. Adhere a green piece of cardstock on an angle to a folded Kraft card.  
6. Adhere stamped panel on an opposite angle to the green cardstock.
7. Add a small amount of Frosted Lace Stickles to some areas of the stamped pine cone to give it a little glimmer. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Pine Cones Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Pine Leaves Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Archival Inks: Vermillion, Fern Green, Coffee
Distress Inks: Brushed Corduroy 
Stickles: Frosted Lace
Pearl Rhinestones 
Twine
Ink Blending tool and foam 
Mixed Media Cardstock
Cardstock: Kraft, white, red, green

I hope this gives you a few ideas for your Christmas cards this year! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Majestic Mountains Christmas Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 29, 2018

Hi there, I'm Heather Telford and I am excited to be sharing some scenic cards today featuring mountains and trees from the new Majestic Mountains Rubber Stamp Set. I love tree stamps so I this set was a must for me. All my scenes are snowy because I am heading into winter soon here in Canada but I can see myself creating with these stamps year round.



Instructions: 
1. Splatter masking fluid over cold pressed watercolour paper. Let dry
2. Place torn post-it note mask across panel. Stamp mountain several times in weathered wood distress ink so the base of stamp overlaps the post-reit.
3. Paint sky in dusty concord and tumbled glass distress stains. Add small amount of mustard seed stain close to mountain edges. Dry panel.
4. Place another torn post it note across panel below base of mountains. Stamp trees in chipped sapphire distress ink so trunks of base of trees overlap post it note edge.
5. Blend stamped trees with water to make trees look more solid. 
6. Paint a line of weathered wood distress stain along base of trees to create a snow bank.
7. Paint diluted weathered wood stain into foreground of scene.
8. Remove masking fluid.
9. Stamp sentiment from Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set in chipped sapphire ink


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Majestic Mountains Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Chipped Sapphire
Distress Stains: weathered wood, dusty concord, tumbled glass, mustard seed
Masking fluid
Cold pressed watercolour paper


Instructions: 
1. Splatter masking fluid over hot pressed watercolour paper. Let dry
2. Partially ink mountain stamp in weathered wood distress stain so base is uneven. Stamp across lower half of panel
3. Stamp small tree repeatedly in front of mountains in memento olive grove ink including second generation stamping to fill the space.
4. Stamp large tree in memento olive grove ink overlapping small trees.
5. Paint sky in stormy sky distress stain taking care to paint to the edge of mountains and tree tops. Dry completely
6. Remove masking fluid
7. Add sentiment from Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set in versafine olympia green ink.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Majestic Mountains Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Memento ink olive grove
versafine olympia green ink  
Distress Stains: weathered wood, stormy sky
Masking fluid
Hot pressed watercolour paper


Instructions: 
1. Cut circle mask from frisket film and attach to hot pressed watercolour panel
2. Splatter masking fluid over panel. Let dry.
3. Paint water over whole panel.
4. Paint stormy sky distress stain over panel keeping colour darkest in the top half.
5. While panel is still damp stamp large tree from Majestic Mountains set in memento northern pine ink repeatedly over panel using first and second generation stamping for dark and lighter images.
6. Remove moon mask and stamp one more tree to overlap moon.
7. Dry completely then remove masking fluid.
8. Add sentiment from Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set in versafine olympia green ink


Supplies used
Darkroom Door Majestic Mountains Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Memento ink northern pine
Versafine olympia green  
Distress Stains: stormy sky
Masking fluid
Frisket film
hot pressed watercolour paper

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Heather

Vintage Style Pine Cone Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 26, 2018

Hi there! Autumn Clark with you today to share some holiday cards featuring the beautiful new Pine Cones Stamp Set.



These cards were all made by using a stamp platform and Distress Ink pads to repeatedly stamp in a variety of colors to achieve depth and variation in each image. Careful fussy cutting and layering builds dimension and blends the Robin and Pine Cones stamps into one focal grouping. Take a look at the details.


Here's a one minute video showing how to a framing effect with the Spanish Tile background stamp.


Instructions for the cards: 
1. Follow the video tutorial above to create backgrounds with the Spanish Tile background stamp. (Color Combos: 1. Antique Linen Distress Oxide, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  2. Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide, Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  3. Iced Spruce Distress Oxide, Pumice Stone Distress Ink, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.)  Tips: Tap heavily onto the edges of the stamp and lightly on the center.  Blot it away the center with a cloth, leaving a little ink remaining. If the center of your panel has too much color, spritz it with water and lift away the color with a cloth. Blending Distress Oxides with Distress Inks creates beautiful oxidized effects. For the second and third colors, don't cover the image entirely so you will get more variation.

2. Use a stamp platform to apply various colors of Distress Ink onto your Pine Cones stamp set and Robin eclectic stamp, spritzing lightly with water between impressions, changing color as needed to produce shadows. 

3. Fussy cut all images, including stamped sentiments from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set.  

4. Glue base images to background panel as shown, then attach Robin and sentiments with foam tape, tucking in a little bundle of thread beneath your birds.  




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Pine Cones Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Spanish Tile Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Eclectic Robin Stamp
Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs
Distress Oxides: Antique Line, Aged Mahogany, Iced Spruce
Stamp Positioner

I hope you're inspired to try repeat stamping and see what color combinations you can achieve today!

Autumn

Watercolour Nature Walk Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 22, 2018

Hi there, I'm Heather Telford and I am happy to be sharing some cards featuring the gorgeous new Nature Walk Stamp Set. The detail is amazing and the sentiment tiny and delicate. When I opened these I was definitely a happy stamper. I created my cards in an artsy style, sometimes adding sharp detail images and sometimes using looser watery images. I hope you enjoy my approach.



Instructions: 
• Splatter masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper panel. Let dry
• Spritz water generously over panel but it doesn't have to be fully wet.
• Stamp round topped wildflowers from Nature Walk set in bundled sage and iced spruce distress stains across two thirds of panel. Let dry
• Ink stamp with chipped sapphire, seedless preserves and dusty concord and stamped it several times across the panel. Let dry
• Rub off masking fluid.
• Stamp sentiment from Nature Walk in versamark on co-ordinating cardstock. Emboss in white powder. Pop up on watercolour panel
• Attach panel to white card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress stains: bundled sage, iced spruce, chipped sapphire, dusty concord, seedless preserves 
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Hot pressed watercolour paper
masking fluid


Instructions: 
• Splatter masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper panel. Let dry
• Spritz water generously over panel but it doesn't have to be fully wet.
• Spray crushed olive distress stain on glass mat or craft mat. Swipe wet panel through stain and tilt to move colour around.
• Spray  forest moss distress stain  on glass mat or craft mat.   Swipe corner of panel through stain.
• Ink wildflower stamp in rusty hinge distress stain and stamp onto wet panel. Let panel dry completely
• Stamp same wild flower stamp several times on dry panel in versafine clair shady lane ink.
• Rub off masking fluid.
• Mat panel in co-ordinating cardstock and stamp sentiment on same cardstock in versamark, emboss in white.
• Wrap natural twine around panel and attach to cream card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress stains: crushed olive, rusty hinge, forest moss
Versamark ink
Versafine clair shady lane ink
White embossing powder
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Rust coloured cardstock
natural twine
masking fluid


Instructions: 
• Splatter masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper panel. Let dry
• Spritz water generously over pane
• Drop aged mahogany and victorian velvet distress stain onto wet panel. Tilt panel to move colour across panel.
• With a paintbrush add antique linen distress stain to damp panel. Let dry.
• Stamp grasses in golden meadow versafine clair ink a little up from base of panel
• Stamp grasses in chianti versafine clair ink to cover base of panel and overlap previous stamping. Let dry
• Remove masking fluid
• Wrap twine around panel.
• Mat panel in co-ordinating cardstock and stamp sentiment on same cardstock in versamark, emboss in white.
• Attach panel to cream cardbase.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress stains: aged mahogany,  victorian velvet, antique linen
Versamark ink
Versafine clair golden meadow & chianti inks
White embossing powder
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Burgandy coloured cardstock
natural twine
masking fluid 

I hope you have enjoyed these cards! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Heather

Yuletide Greetings

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 18, 2018

Hello friends! Autumn Clark with you today to share some festive cards featuring the new Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set.  



Instructions:
1. Repeatedly stamp the Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp with Versamark ink onto a watercolor panel and emboss with silver, gold or white embossing powder.

2. Tap craft mat with Distress Oxide ink pad and spritz with water. Dip embossed panel into ink and dry. Repeat with second and third Distress Oxide color, drying between layers. (Color Combos: 1. Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch onto white embossing. 2. Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet onto gold embossing. 3. Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry onto silver embossing.)

3. Stamp sentiment from Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set in coordinating Distress Oxide pad using a stamp platform. Ink and press the image two or three times for vibrancy. Die cut sentiment.

4. Attach foam tape to layered card and adhere metallic thread in loopy bundles onto foam tape, then adhere die cut sentiment.

Here is a one minute video on the Distress Oxide inking process for you to enjoy.


Here's a look at each card individually:





Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp
Watercolour Cardstock 
Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Gold Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad

I hope these merry makes have sparked your creativity today!  

Autumn

New Release Spetember 2018

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!  


Watch Rachel share some ideas using the new Stamps Sets here! 





Our NEW Small Stencils are a great way to create sponged or inked background shapes for your projects! 



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Two ways to use the Grevilleas Stamp Set

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 07, 2018
Hi, it’s Heather Telford here today! I have a couple of grevillea cards to share with you using the Grevilleas Stamp Set

This first card shows how you can make a bright and bold card using embossing powders and Brush pigment powders. 



Instructions:
1. Stamp grevillea in versamark ink twice, foliage twice then emboss in silver embossing powder.
2. Sprinkle brilliant red brusho around the flower heads and prussian blue brusho round the perimeter of the panel.
3. Spritz with water, let brusho activate before adding any more. Add more water if necessary, tilt to make paint move.
4. Add more brusho powder or pick up wet paint from panel with paintbrush and move it to an empty area. Let dry
5. Stamp Mesh Texture Stamp four times on white card base with versamark ink (or use Mesh Background Stamp to fill card base), emboss in silver.
6. Stamp sentiment from Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp in versamark on red cardstock, emboss with silver powder.
7. Mat grevillea panel with red cardstock, attach to card base.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp
Inks: versamark
Ranger silver embossing powder
Brusho - brilliant red, prussian blue

The second card features a more true to life colour palette, using Distress Stains.


Instructions:
1. Paint a circle in wild honey distress stain on cold pressed watercolour paper. Let dry.
2. Paint scattered straw distress stain over whole panel. Let dry
3. Ink large grevillea flower in wild honey, ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade and forest moss distress stains. Spritz stamp then stamp on watercolour panel. Spritz stamp again and stamp a paler impression.
4. Repeat previous step to fill base of panel with flowers.
5. Ink foliage stamp with forest moss distress ink. Stamp and restamp for bold and paler images.
6. Stamp sentiment from Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp in rusty hinge distress ink.
7. Trim and attach panel to natural white card base


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamp
Distress Stains: Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss 
Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge 

Hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration! 

Heather

Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston Blog Hop

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Hello! Welcome to the Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston Blog hop! 



We are so excited that you are joining us in what will be a very creative and inspirational blog hop! 20 artists have joined together to bring you projects using Darkroom Door stamps and Karen Burniston metal dies. Over the course of the hop, you will see so many different ways to combine these awesome products together. There'll be videos and step by step tutorials so you can create the projects yourself too!  
 

This is the first stop on the blog hop. At the bottom of this post you will see the entire list of participating artists. All of the posts are now live, so you can now hop from blog to blog to see all of the creative projects in your own time. Be sure to leave comments along the way, as you'll go in the draw to win a prize from either Darkroom Door or Karen Burniston! The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! 


If you ever lose your way along the hop or need to find which artist is next, please come back here to see the list of blogs and the direct links. 

So let's share our first project! This is a tag book by Rachel Greig


This project uses the #1023 Tag Book Pop Up die along with the Fine Butterflies and Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamp sets and Torn Text Background Stamp

The Tag Book Pop Up Die is such a fun die to use to create fun interactive cards! I thought it would be great to show you how to create it too, so you can watch the full step by step tutorial here in this video. 


  

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Fine Butterflies, Fine Flowers Vol 1, Orchids
Darkroom Door Background Stamp: Torn Text
Darkroom Door Stamping Blocks
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage, Spiced Marmalade
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black, Watering Can
Waterbrush 

I hope you have enjoyed this first project! 

Here is the list of participating artists in the hop: (click on their name to go to their blog post)

Darkroom Door / Rachel Greig <--- YOU ARE HERE





Frances Byrne



Shelly Hickox



Mary Prasad



Fran Sabad


Kelly Booth


 

Helen Cryer


 
And we can't have a blog hop without a GIVEAWAY!!!!! (now closed) 

Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away a prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29th, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter! 

***WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT***

Congratulations to: 

Ann Barnes commented on Darkroom Door Blog:
What a wonderful collaboration, the KB dies are a great way to showcase the amazing stamps. This tag book turned out awesome, I love the rich colors. 

Joy Meadows Commented on Autumn Clark's Blog:

Beautiful creations! Love the bird stamp set so much and the colors you used for them are just so pretty. the tag pop up is gorgeous, too.


Ann & Joy, please email info@darkroomdoor.com with your mailing address to claim your prize! 

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Your next stop on the blog hop is the Karen Burniston blog

Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back here to the Darkroom Door blog for a complete list to all the blogs in the hop!

Hope you enjoy the creative inspiration! Thanks so much for joining us!

Travelers Notebook with Diary Dates Stamp Set

Darkroom Door - Monday, June 18, 2018
Hi there, it's Rachel Greig here today. I'd like to show you some ways to use the Diary Dates Rubber Stamp Set in your travelers notebooks or planners. 



This stamp set has the full set of months, days and numbers so you can keep a journal, whether it's on the road like a travelers notebook, or an every day journal of your every day life! The set also includes a To Do stamp so you can make lists, and a Week stamp if you'd like to do weekly journal entries. 


This is just the beginning of a page in my Webster's Pages travelers notebook where I have stamped the date onto the top of the page. See the stamped circle around the number? That is a stamp from the Watery Washes stamp set, it fits the numbers perfectly so you can add some colour behind them! 


Here's a completed page, this time using the day stamp as well as the dates and month stamps. You can mix and match the stamps however you please and make it work for your journal or planner. I've also stamped the leaves from the Leaves stamp set along the top left and bottom right sides of the pages. I love how stamps look in notebooks! 


I've also stamped more Watery Washes stamps around the edges of the pages to continue the colour theme around the page. The small line from the Watery Washes stamp set also fits underneath the month stamp, like an underline. So it's a great way to use both stamp sets together! 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Diary Dates Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Chrome Yellow
Websters Pages Travelers Notebook 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Rachel

Vintage Handwriting Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, June 15, 2018
Hello there friends, it's Rachel Greig here today with a simple vintage style card using the Handwriting Rubber Stamp Set



This set has a few different elements that can be used in a variety of ways: 

- Use the large handwriting stamp as a background, or press into some thick embossing powder or texture paste to create raised texture. 
- Stamp the pen and postmarks inside journals, planners and notebooks to add a vintage touch! 
- Create a border by stamping the pen repeatedly in different heights.
- Stamp onto envelopes and make your own mail art
- Curl the handwriting background so you only stamp a small section if you just want to add small details to your backgrounds or projects 

These are just a couple of ideas to get you started! Here's a card using all of the stamps in the set together: 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the large handwriting stamp onto light kraft cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink pad. Stamp the postmarks over the top using Archival Red Geranium ink pad. 
2. Sponge around the edges of the card stock with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere panel to folded black card. 
3. Stamp the calligraphy pen 3 times onto light kraft card stock. Trim around each pen and edge with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere to card as shown. Trim off any overhanging bits at the bottom. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Handwriting Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Pads: Jet Black, Red Geranium 
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Cardstock: Black, kraft

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Rachel