Everything Is Possible Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, January 16, 2014
Hi guys, Connie here with a card using the "Possible" Quote stamp and the "Grid" Background stamp. 
I've used Archival Inks and the Instant Photo Frame by Sizzix. I only stamped half of the Grid Background stamp on the white cardstock. Then I layered the Instant Photo Frame over the grid. The quote was next and then I continued with embellishments to complete the card.
Love this quote!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by!

A little birdie told me...

Darkroom Door - Sunday, November 17, 2013



This week on the Sizzix blog I shared a card using the Sizzix Bow Ties Embossing Folder and Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol 2 stamp set. Here's the card:




Full instructions on how it was made can be found on this blog post.


Hope you enjoy!


Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sewing Machine Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Hello stampers! Today I (Anna-Karin) have a card to share with you made with the new Sewing Machine Eclectic stamp. I love the look of this vintage sewing machine and the stamp is so detailed.

I stamped the sewing machine on a die cut pocket, which was inked and stamped with the French Script stamp for more texture. Inside the pocket, I tucked a clothes pattern and a button card and a safety needle card, cut from patterned paper. The same patterned paper was used for the background. I also added a piece of vintage fabric to the background and stitched everything in place. The sentiment comes from the Home Sweet Home set.

The Measuring Tape background was stamped on a piece of cream cardstock and I cut one of the tape strips out and inked it with Peeled Paint. It looks pretty much like the real thing. It is a great stamp to combine with the Sewing Machine.

Buttons were die cut from grungeboard, painted silver, sanded, inked and coated with Glossy Accents. I used some tiny wooden spools too.

Thank you for looking!! Happy stamping!
Darkroom Door products:Stamps: Sewing Machine, Home Sweet Home, French Script, Measuring TapeOther products:Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crowed Attic paper stash, Grungeboard; Neenah Smooth Cream cardstock; clothes pattern; fabricDies: Sizzix: Seed Packet, Labels & ButtonsInk: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Frayed BurlapPaint: Adirondack: SilverEmbellishments: Maya Road Mini Wooden Spools

Lamp Post Pop Up Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 27, 2013
Hello everyone! Anna-Karin here with a card using the new Eclectic Lamp Post stamp. I have always liked old lamp posts and this one is gorgeous. Use it to build a little scene or, for example, for Christmas cards.
I decided to make a travel pop-up card.

This is the inside of the card, stamped with various Darkroom Door stamps. I love the images on the New York Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 sets and thought they fit well together with the lamp post - as does many of the stamps from the other city stamp sets and paper products. I used the new Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks on this card.

The lamp post takes centre stage on the suitcase pop-up. It was stamped with Jet Black ink and Wild Honey Distress Ink was used to make it shine. The suitcase was die cut a second time with the coordinating Suitcase die, from kraft-core cardstock. It was sanded and stamped with a script stamp from New York Vol. 2. The little ticket was stamped with a sentiment stamp from Nomad.

The bridge was stamped with Watering Can, which is a great alternative to using black ink. Various other stamps from the two New York sets were stamped on top. The background was inked with Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs.

The front part of the pop-up was stamped with a sentiment stamp from Nomad, again using the grey ink. The Brick Wall was stamped with Cornflower Blue, to make it look like the sentiment was graffiti on a wall. More stamping was done on top and I also added an arrow, a little tag and a bark butterfly.

This is the front of the card, with a door stamp from New York Vol. 2, stamped with the grey ink. The lamp post is repeated on the front too, as well as many of the stamps used on the inside.

This is a beautiful ornate vintage lamp post. I wish I could look out on one of these from my window. 

Thank you for looking! Happy Stamping!


Supplies:Darkroom Door products:Stamps: Lamp Post, Brick Wall, New York Vol. 1, New York Vol. 2, NomadOther products:Surfaces: Core'dinations Tim Holtz kraft-core cardstock; Neenah Smooth Cream CardstockDies: Sizzix: 3-D Suitcase, Suitcase, Mini Tickets, Horizontal A2 Card, Arrows, Banners, Chevrons & CloudsInk: Ranger Archival Ink: Cornflower Blue, Fern Green, Watering Can, Orange Blossom, Jet Black; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Wild HoneyEmbellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Elements tissue tape, Symphony tissue tape; Prima Natural Bark Butterflies

Photobooth Picture Wheel Card

Darkroom Door - Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hi everyone, Connie here with a fun and quick card project using Darkroom Door products and the Tim Holtz Picture Wheel by Sizzix.

So get your supplies in front of you ~ photo booth, word strip, French Script Background Stamp and the Sizzix die.  You'll need ink too:):).

First run your Sizzix die through your Big Shot machine using white cardstock.  Then ink around the edges with black ink, for shading.  I use one that is really dry so I get a good shade, not a dark line.
Select photo's (from photo booth sheet) with two people.  You will need 6.

 Then cut them apart, like I have shown in the photo.

Now for the fun part.  Use your Tim Holtz /Tiny Attacher ( best way) and staple them in the frame and then cut off the excess.

This is how the back will look.

And here is my finished card.  The size is  5" X 5" on Kraft cardstock. I stamped my patterned paper with the French Script Background Stamp.  Love that look!!!   

Be for you go, take a look at all the new stamps in the store here :):)
Thanks for dropping by!

Baroque Bold Blossoms Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 29, 2013

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a card idea using the Sizzix Baroque Die & Pillow Box with Labels Die with Darkroom Door stamps.


Here's how I made the card:

1. Create a green card base by trimming the cardstock to 240mm x 150mm and fold in half.
2. Ink the Darkroom Door French Script Background stamp using Venetian Orange Archival ink and stamp onto the top left and bottom right corners. Ink the Darkroom Door Flourish Background Stamp using the same ink pad and stamp onto the bottom left and top right corners. Sponge around the edge of the card using Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
3. Use white cardstock to cut one piece from the Sizzix Baroque die 656633. Ink the flower from Darkroom Door 'Bold Blossoms' stamp set using Distress Markers (Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door) and stamp onto the die cut cardstock. Squeeze some Viva Decor Transparent Gloss Gel onto the petals and allow to dry.
4. Sponge the edges of the die cut cardstock using Crushed Olive Distress Ink. Wrap bakers twine around the base of the cardstock and tie at the front. Adhere to card using foam adhesive.


5. Create some labels using the Sizzix Pillow Box with Labels die 658268. This die has three different sized labels on it so you can choose the one that suits your sentiment!
6. Sponge around the edges of the die cut label using Crushed Olive Distress Ink. Stamp the sentiment from Darkroom Door 'Orchids' stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to card using foam adhesive.


Hope you have enjoyed today's idea! Thanks for stopping by!


Simply Circles & Paper Rosettes - Sizzix & Darkroom Door

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 05, 2013

Hi there! Today I'm sharing more ideas using Darkroom Door stamps and Sizzix dies together. One of my favourite dies is the Sizzlits Paper Rosette. It's so easy to use and if you're looking for some extra texture and dimension for your project, this is the die to use! I think my favourite way to use it is to create flowers:

Here's how I made this card:

1. Trim Yellow cardstock to 12cm square. Ink up the Darkroom Door Postcards Background stamp using Venetian Orange Archival Ink and stamp only a small portion of the stamp onto the centre of the yellow cardstock.
2. Ink up the Darkroom Door Criss Cross Background stamp using Venetian Orange Archival ink and stamp randomly onto the yellow cardstock. 
3. Ink up the Darkroom Door French Script Background stamp using Olive Archival Ink and stamp randomly onto the yellow cardstock.
4. Stamp flower stems onto yellow cardstock using Darkroom Door 'Ribbons' stamp set using Olive Archival Ink pad. 
5. Sponge Peeled Paint Distress Ink around the edges of yellow cardstockand adhere to 13cm square piece of green cardstock. Tap Olive ArchivalInk onto the edges of the green cardstock to give it a textured look.Adhere panel to folded 14cm square cream card. 
6. Cut two flowers using the Paper Rosette Sizzlits die using orange cardstock. Fold into flowers and adhere to the card using a strong glue. I used Glossy Accents. 
7. Cut two Paper Rosette centres using white cardstock. Stamp 'Hi' and 'heart' from the Darkroom Door 'Simply Circles' stamp set using Venetian Orange Archival Ink. Adhere to the centre of the paper rosettes using glossy accents glue. 

It's such a quick and easy card to create with lots of dimension! Hope this has inspired you! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Ornamental Paris Card - Sizzix & Darkroom Door

Darkroom Door - Saturday, June 01, 2013


Hi everyone! Today I'd like to share a card using the Ornamental Movers and Shapers die with grungeboard and Darkroom Door stamps:


I love that you can cut thick pieces of grungeboard, chipboard, fabric and lots of other materials using this die.


 Here's how I made the card:

Arc De Triomphe
1. Fold a 210mm x 150mm piece of dark brown cardstock in half to form a horizontally opening card.
2. Die cut Grungeboard with Tim Holtz 'Ornamental' die. Sponge with Forest Moss and Stormy Sky Distress Ink. Stamp French Script Background Stamp over the top with Archival Jet Black inkpad.
3. Punch a hole on the left and right sides of the grungeboard using a Crop A Dile. Thread black ribbon through both holes.
4. Adhere Grungeboard to card using foam tape. Finish wrapping the ribbon around the inside of the card and tie on the right hand side of the card as shown.
5. Stamp Arc de Triomphe from the DDRS050 Champs Elysee stamp set onto Fawn Cardstock with Jet Black ink. Trim and sponge edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere to left side of grungeboard.
6. Stamp the little flower from the same set onto Fawn cardstock using Sepia ink three times. Trim around each flower and sponge the edges. Adhere to the grungeboard.
7. Stamp ‘Paris’ from the ‘Cafe de Paris’ stamp from the Champs Elysee stamp set using Jet Black ink. Distress the edges with a paper distresser and adhere to the grungeboard with foam adhesive. 


I hope you enjoyed today's inspiration!

Have a great weekend!


Sizzix & Darkroom Door

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Hi everyone! We're so excited to be joiningthe Sizzix UK blog each fortnight to share ideas on how Sizzix dies and embossing folderscan be combined with Darkroom Doorrubber stamps and paper products! I've been using Sizzix dies for over10 years now and continue to love them! So I'm looking forward to sharing ideas with youusing the both of them together!

One of my favourite dies is Styled Labels 656642.There's two different labels on this die, both perfect size for cardmaking! Many of Darkroom Door's quote stamps fit perfectly into thisdie, so naturally I tend to use this one a lot. Today I have two cardsto share showing how I stamp quotes onto the die...


1. Stamp 'Splatter Background DDBS009'onto folded blue card using Archival Sepia ink pad. Sponge around theedges of the card using the Sepia ink pad with an ink blending tool.
2. Cut the Styled Label from grungeboard. Stamp the quote from 'Artist DDRS027'stamp set onto the label using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Spongearound the edges of the grungeboard using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
3. Pierce a hole at the top and bottom of the label using an awl and insert two decorative brads.
4. Adhere grungeboard to front of card using foam adhesive to complete!

Here's a second card using the same die:


1. Stamp 'Mesh Background DDBS016'onto folded cream card using Archival Sepia ink pad. Lightly spongearound the edges of the card using the same ink with an ink blendingtool.
2. Tear a strip of kraft glassine paper and sew onto the bottom of thecard using a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. Crumple up the edgesof the paper to give it more texture.
3. Trim an image from the 'Wilderness Montage DDMN006' and ink around the edges with Archival Sepia ink. Adhere to left side of card as shown.
4. Cut the Styled Label from grungeboard. Stamp quote from 'Vintage Automobiles DDRS033'stamp set onto the label using Archival Sepia ink pad. Sponge the edgesof the grungeboard lightly with Sepia ink using an ink blending tool.
5. Pierce a hole at the left and right sides of the label using an awl and insert two decorative brads.
6. Adhere grungeboard to the card using foam adhesive to complete!

Hope you've enjoyed these cards and ideas! Now it's over to you... I'dlove to hear your feedback on what Sizzix dies you love! Please let meknow in the comments!

I'll look forward to sharing more ideas with you soon.

Thanks for stopping by!