Great Friend Small Stamp Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Sunday, October 27, 2019

Hi there! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Today we’d like to share some card ideas using the Great Friend Small Stamp! This is a fun sized sentiment, perfect for tags and cards.: 



Here’s a few different ways it can be used:


Rachel has stamped the Great Friend stamp with Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber Distress Archival Inks, and stamped a small tag with the Flower Garden Background Stamp using Potting Soil Archival Ink. Added these to a spotted Kraft card using foam adhesive for some dimension. A fun way to layer up the card! 

Here are some more ideas by Godelieve: 


Godelieve has sponged Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks over the Heart Stencil to create the background. Then stamped the Great Friend Small Stamp in Archival Jet Black ink over the top. The Torn Text Texture Stamp was used around the edges. To see more details about this card, visit Godelieve’s blog here.  


For this card, Godelieve has created a one layer card using the Small Circles & Carved Flowers Stencils, then stamping the Great Friend Small Stamp over the top. It looks fabulous and is a great way to make quick cards! Read more about this card here. 

Connie has some cards to share too: 


Connie has used the Circle Stencil on the background and stamped the Great Friend Small Stamp over the top. Another great way to use the stencils with these Small Stamps!  


For these cards, Connie used the flower head to create a background pattern by masking off the stems and stamping the petals all over the card stock. Then stamped the sentiment over the top. For the card on the right, Connie layered up the flower to highlight it and create more depth. Beautiful cards!! You can read more about these cards on Connie’s blog here.


These are just a few ideas to show how this stamp can be used! If you’d like to see more Small Stamp projects, check out our Small Stamps Pinterest Board!  


You can find all of the Small Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Bauble Set Small Stencil Ideas

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Hi there! Today we are sharing lots of different ways to use the new Bauble Stencil Set!  



This stencil set consists of a Christmas bauble shape and a ribbon, which can be used together to create a hanging bauble with a ribbon on top. The stencil set also includes the shaped masks too which can be used to draw around, sponge around and use in many other ways. 

Here’s a few card ideas using this stencil set: 


This first card by Rachel Greig shows how you can sponge Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the bauble stencil onto a plain white card front to create some quick and easy Christmas cards! To add the ribbon, tap Distress Embossing Ink through the ribbon stencil area and then heat emboss the wet ink with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. This creates a beautiful metallic ribbon for the bauble! To finish the card, simply draw the string with a black fine marker and stamp the sentiment from Stitched Christmas Stamp Set in Archival Jet Black ink

Here are some more card ideas by Suzz Czosek: 


Suzz has sponged gold ink through the bauble stencil, then stamped the script from the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set through the stencil and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Suzz used the same gold embossing to create the ribbon for the top of the bauble, and created this in a separate piece of card stock so it could be cut out and added to add more layers. It’s a beautiful effect! 


Here is a similar card, this time adding the streamers from the Festive Ornaments Stamp Set onto the card front. Very festive!! 


For this card, Suzz used the Snowflakes Background Stamp to stamp inside the bauble and added a real ribbon to the top. The card front was also splattered with gold ink spray to add some more colour! Suzz also stamped one of the vertical sentiments from the Festive Ornaments Stamp Set and added it to the side of the card. It looks wonderful!! 


If you’d like to really make your baubles shine, here’s a fun way to do that! Simply press embossing ink or VersaMark ink inside the bauble to ink up the bauble shape and emboss with Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder! Repeat until you have covered the card stock how you want it. Add some real pieces of red twine or string. The sentiment is from the Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Stamp Set


Here is a similar version, however this time the Snowflakes Background Stamp was stamped inside the baubles and embossed with Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder. Then Suzz placed the bauble mask over the baubles to stamp the script stamp from the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set

These are some beautiful card ideas from Suzz and ones you can create in bulk if needed! To read the full detailed instruction for each card, please visit Suzz’s blog here.  


If you’d like to see more ideas using our Small Stencil Sets, please check out the Stencils Pinterest Board.  


You can also find all of our Stencils here.  


Happy creating!

Short Rectangle Set Small Stencil Ideas

Darkroom Door - Saturday, September 07, 2019

Hi there! Today we are sharing lots of different ways to use the new Short Rectangle Stencil Set! This stencil set consists of a rectangle shape stencil with the matching solid shape - which is shorter than our original Rectangle Set Stencil. 



This shorter version is a great size for US size card bases and for creating a more art gallery style format on your cards where you can have the same border on the top and left and right sides, but having a larger area at the bottom which is often how many photographs or artwork pieces are framed.   

There’s also lots of other ways to use this stencil and we’d like to share a few ideas from Godelieve Tijskens! 



For these cards, Godelieve has used the Short Rectangle Stencil to create a frame for the Beautiful Blooms stamps, by tracing around the stencil and drawing a frame. It looks wonderful! You can read the full tutorial here.  

 

For this card Godelieve has used the Short Rectangle Set Stencil to create a patchwork background by sponging different Distress Oxide Inks through the stencil until the background was covered. It’s a great way to add different colours to create a base for your card. To read more about this card, visit Godelieve’s blog here.  




This is another example of creating a patchwork background, but this time it’s in an art journal! Godelieve has used the Dina Wakley Media journal and sponged different coloured inks to cover the entire background. Then she has used the stencil to mask the area and then stamp and stencil inside using other Darkroom Door stamps. 


It’s a great way to create a patchwork art journal page! Read more on Godelieve's blog here.  


If you’d like to see more ideas using our Small Stencil Sets, please check out the Stencils Pinterest Board.  


You can also find all of our Stencils here.  


Happy creating!

Hexagon Set Small Stencil Ideas

Darkroom Door - Sunday, August 11, 2019

Hi there! Today we are sharing lots of different ways to use the new Hexagon Stencil Set! This stencil set consists of a hexagon shape stencil with the matching solid shape. 

 

There are lots of different ways you can use this stencil set. Here’s a some ideas from Anneke De Clerck: 


Anneke has created a patchwork background by sponging Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints through the stencil. Doesn’t it create a colourful background! Anneke has used the Fine Leaves Stamps over the top and a sentiment from Simple Sayings Vol 1 Stamp Set. Read more about it here.


Here’s another patchwork style background, but this time Anneke has stamped different Background Stamps through the stencil to create a variety of patterns. You can read how it was done here.



Next is a sweet journal cover using the Inky Script Background Stamp through the Hexagon Stencil. It adds a nice touch to the front of the notebook! 


It gives a lovely texture! Read more here.  



Anneke sponged Distress Ink through the stencil to create three coloured shapes, then cut them out to make a nice background for her card! The colour really pops with the black and white stamping on top! Read more on Anneke’s blog here.  



This is a journal page by Godelieve Tijskens where she has traced around the hexagon stencil and then sponged ink inside using a gradient effect. Texture Stamps were stamped inside to add some pattern. You can read more on Godelieve’s blog here.  


If you’d like to see more ideas using our Small Stencil Sets, please check out the Stencils Pinterest Board. You can also find all of our Stencils here


Happy creating!

Diamond Set Small Stencil Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 22, 2019

Hi there! Today we are sharing two ways to use the new Diamond Stencil Set! This stencil set consists of a diamond shape stencil with the matching solid shape. 

 

There are lots of different ways you can use this stencil set. Here’s a card idea from Godelieve Tijskens: 


Godelieve has sponged ink through the stencil using different Distress Oxide Inks and has created a repeating pattern. She has then used white and black pens to outline the diamond shapes to give them more definition. It’s a stunning way to create a background! 


Godelieve has also used the Typewriter and Pencils Eclectic Stamps, Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp and Calendar Stamp Set. You can read Godelieve’s full tutorial on her blog here.


This card was created by Rachel Greig and it uses the solid diamond stencil (the loose diamond part of the stencil set). Rachel has brushed black paint onto the stencil and pressed it onto the card front to use the stencil shape as a ’stamp’. It’s a great way to create a painterly shape where you’d like a shape, but are happy with it not being a solid full shape. The painterly effect makes it unique! This technique would work well with any of the shape stencil sets! 

Rachel then finished the card using stamps from the Artist Brushes Stamp Set

If you’d like to see more ideas using our Small Stencil Sets, please check out the Stencils Pinterest Board. You can also find all of our Stencils here


Happy creating!

Heart Stencil Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 05, 2019

Hi there! We have lot of project ideas to share with you today using the new Heart Stencil Set! This stencil set consists of a heart shape stencil with the matching solid shape that can be used as a mask. You can sponge or draw inside the heart or around the mask shape to create some interesting effects.  

 

Here’s a couple of card ideas from Godelieve Tijskens: 


In this first card Godelieve has sponged ink through the stencil and stamped over the top with the Thank You Small Stamp. You can read the full tutorial here



In this second card of Godelieve’s, she has sponged ink in the stencil then stitched around the edge! What a great idea! See more here.  



For this card, Godelieve used the heart mask by placing it on white cardstock and sponging ink around the edges. Isn’t it beautiful!! See how this card was created here.   


Suzz Czosek has also been busy with this stencil set and has lots of ideas to share! Take a look: 


The Heart Stencil is a perfect backdrop for the Part Of You Quote Stamp. See how the stencil fits perfectly over the ‘heart of you’ words? 


For this card Suzz sponged inside the Heart Stencil and kept the stencil in place to use it to mask the outside area so when she stamped the Robin Eclectic Stamp, it stayed within the heart. 


This is a clever play on words, highlighting the word ART in the heart. Suzz has done this in different ways for the next few cards: 




This next card is similar in design, but now uses the Love Word Block Stamp as a highlight within the heart Stencil. As you can see, it can be paired up with lots of different stamps and stencils! 

 

You can read all about Suzz’s cards on her blog here.  


I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas using the Heart Stencil Set! If you’d like to see more ideas using our Small Stencil Sets, please check out the Stencils Pinterest Board. You can also find all of our Stencils here.  


Happy creating! 

Large Carved Leaves Stencil Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 01, 2019

Hi there! Today we would like to share a few ideas using the Large Carved Leaves Stencil



This stencil was designed by Godelieve Tijskens, aka StampingMathilda. It was first released as a set of stamps and now we have it in a Small Stencil and a Large Stencil. The small stencil is great for cards and smaller projects, while the Large Stencil is perfect for art journal pages and larger cards and projects. 

Here’s a few ideas showing the Large Stencil in use: 


This art journal page by Rachel Greig shows how to use the stencil with Texture Paste. You can create some really grungy effects! Once the texture paste had dried, it was painted over with Dina Wakley Media paint and Glazing Medium


You can also dab embossing ink through the stencil and heat emboss with embossing powders, like Rachel has done here. It creates a really glossy raised effect and stands out on the page! 


These cards by Godelieve Tijskens show how you can sponge ink through the stencil and stamp through the stencil to create patterns. See details on Godelieve’s blog here.  




This card by Anneke De Clerck shows how it can be used as a subtle image in the background of a card. See more details on this project here.  


These are just a few ideas! If you’d like to see more stencil projects, check out our Stencil Pinterest board!  


You can also see some ideas using the Small Carved Leaves stencil here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Card making with the Oval Stencil Set

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hi Stampers! It is Godelieve Tijskens here, sharing some cards I made with the Oval Stencil Set. I love that this stencil comes as a set and you can use both parts or just one part of the stencil. Here’s a look at the 4 cards I have created: 



Let’s take a closer look at each card and how I created them. 


Instructions:

1. On this card I used the stencil set as stamps to create a coloured background. I inked the stencils with Distress Oxide inks using mini ink blending tools, then misted water and pressed the stencils onto the smooth watercolour paper. 


2. Rusty Hinge and Brushed Corduroy Distress Oxide Inks were used on the oval mask, Chipped Saphhire and Weathered Wood on the stencil.
3. The same inks were used to stamp the Grid texture over the oval and the Swirls Texture around the oval.
4. The Butterfly was stamped with Weathered Wood and cut out.
5. The small flower is from an early, but timeless stamp set:  Full Bloom Vol 2.  I stamped it with Rusty Hinge.  
6. I have cut the flowers out, used a stylus to shape them and glued an enamel dot to the center.
7. The saying is from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set, stamped with Chipped Sapphire and cut out.
8. The pieces were glued in place, and the paper distresser was used on the edges of the panel before I glued it onto a white folded card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Oval Set
Darkroom Door Texture Stamps: Grid, Swirls
Darkroom Door Eclectic Stamp: Butterfly Note
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Simple Sayings Vol 2, Full Bloom Vol 2
Distress Oxide Inkpads: Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge, Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire
Tonic Paper Distresser
Echo Park Enamel Dots
Mini Ink Blending Tools

Next I made two cards, using the same technique, but different stamps and colours. 


Instructions:

1. To stamp the Roses Photo Stamp in an oval shape, I have covered the stamp with the Oval stencil to ink it up with Archival Ink Vibrant Fuchsia.


2. This way the stamped image gets a soft edge.
3. The same Archival Ink was used for the Torn Text Background stamp.  


4. I covered the stamped roses with the oval mask and used tape on the 4 corners of the cardstock to keep it in place in the Misti, before I stamped the background. Love how the soft edge and the halo work as a frame around the roses. 
5. The cardstock was cut to size, the corners rounded and the edges inked with Archival Ink Garden Patina.
6. I chose a stamp from the Hearts stamp set, stamped it with Garden Patina and cut it out.  
7. Words are from the Hearts and Simple Sayings Vol 1 stamp set, also stamped with Garden Patina, and cut out.
8. I glued the cut out pieces in place and attached an enamel dot to the heart.
9. The panel was adhered to a white folded card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Oval Set
Darkroom Door Photo Stamp: Roses

Darkroom Door Background Stamp: Torn Text

Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Hearts, Simple Sayings Vol 1 
Archival Inkpads: Vibrant Fuchsia, Garden Patina
Echo Park Enamel Dots


On the second card I used the Country Cottage Photo Stamp and the Spanish Tiles Background stamp with Archival Ink Tree Branch. The words are from the Home Sweet Home stamp set. This panel was glued onto a kraft folded card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Oval Set
Darkroom Door Photo Stamp: Country Cottage
Darkroom Door Background Stamp: Spanish Tiles
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Home Sweet Home
Archival Inkpad: Tree Branch

Lastly I have made a matching card and bookmark.


Instructions:

1. On a 15 x 15cm piece of smooth watercolor paper I sponged with Distress Oxide Scattered Straw to get a light background.


2. I used the Oval stencil with several Distress Oxide inkpads and Texture stamps to sponge and to stamp, layer after layer.
3. I also used the Abstract Triangles background stamp. 
4. When I was happy with the result the paper was cut to card size.   
5. I stamped the Happy quote with black Archival ink and glued the panel onto a white folded card.

The left over piece was perfect for a bookmark.  A stamp from the Art De Fleur Vol 1 set was used here with black Archival ink.
I rounded the corners and glued the stamped piece onto white cardstock. To finish off the bookmark I used ribbon and twine.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Oval Set
Distress Oxide Inkpads: Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Broken China, Worn lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Tattered Rose
Darkroom Door Texture Stamps: Chevron, Weathered Stripes, Checkered, Circles, Triangles, Dots
Darkroom Door Background Stamp: Abstract Triangles
Darkroom Door Quote Stamp: Happy
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Art De Fleur Vol 1
Archival Inkpad: Jet Black
Mini Ink Blending Tools

Thank you very much for visiting the blog today. 

Godelieve

Dots Wrapped Journal Cover

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 20, 2019

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share a wrapped journal I made featuring the Large Dots Stencil. I’ve applied modeling paste through the stencil to decorate the cover of my journal. I love how the 3D dots turned out after adding a few layers of paint and glaze.



Instructions
1. Die cut a journal cover out of 300 gsm watercolour paper using the Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal die. After running the die + paper through your die cutting machine you end up with a ready-made cover, fold marks and binding holes included.
2. Add a coat of gesso to both sides of the cover. 
3. Put the Large Stencil – Dots on top of the cover and apply modeling paste through the stencil with a palette knife. Avoid the parts where the fold marks are. Let dry. 


4. Paint the cover with shades of pink and orange paint using a flat brush.
5. Mix Golden Fluid Acrylics Paynes Gray with Golden Glazing Liquid (equal parts) and add a layer of that glaze on top of the paint. Wait a few minutes and wipe away most of the glaze with baby wipes. Repeat this step using white paint. The glazing makes the dots stand out more because the blue and white paint gets into the nooks and crannies of the modeling paste.
6. Stamp on the areas where the fold marks are with parts of the Inky Script Background Stamp and StazOn Ink Cherry Pink. Repeat randomly on the dots.
7. Paint the reverse side of the cover with a few layers of pink paint. 


8. Stamp the tulip twice on watercolour paper and cut out. Color with Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry using a water brush and adhere to the front cover.


9. For the inserts cut 20 pages out of mixed media paper, size 19.5 x 11 cm. Fold each page in half and nested 5 pages into each other to make 4 signatures.


10. The binding can be done in different ways. I used pink elastic cord that I’ve woven through the holes. I ended up with 4 strips of elastic cord at the inside to hold the inserts in place.


11. This is how the binding looks like along the spine.


12. Wrap pink elastic cord around the book to close it. Attach a pompon to the cord with a jump ring.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil: Dots
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 1 Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry
Archival Ink: Jet Black
StazOn Ink: Cherry Pink
Golden: Modeling Paste
Golden: Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Golden Fluid Acrylics: Paynes Gray, Titanium White
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Blushing, Fuchsia
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Pixie Dust
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Persian Rose
Dylusions Paint: Tangerine Dream
Sizzix: Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal Die

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Carved Flowers Large Stencil Journal Pages

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 17, 2019

Hello everyone, it’s Robyn Wood with you today sharing some projects using the new Carved Flowers Large Stencil. The Carved Flowers stamp set is one of my favourites, so it is wonderful to see the shapes reproduced as a stencil. I think this one will get a lot of use in my art journals so let’s have a look at a couple of my ideas for using it:



I enjoy the play of contrast with stark black images on busy, colourful art journal backgrounds. The large Carved Flowers stencil makes a page come together so easily and for this project I have started with a blue toned pre-done page in a Dylusions Dyalog Insert Book.

Instructions:
1. Add some colour to the background using a Gel Press and the large Crackle stencil with acrylic paints in red, orange & yellow.
2. Cover the background with a watery wash of pale blue paint to give a translucent layer of colour. 
3. Stencil the spread with two stems from the large Carved Flowers stencil and black paint.
4. Add three patches of black to the edges of the spread, while the paint is still wet carve some patterns into the paint using a wooden skewer. Allow to dry well.
5. Sketch over the stencilled flowers using a white gel pen. Make the lines scratchy and imperfect.
6.  To finish the page, add a word from the Wilderness Word Block Stamp which has been stamped onto white card using black Archival ink.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Crackle Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Wilderness Word Block Stamp
Archival ink: Jet Black
Gel Plate
Brayer
Acrylic paint in red, yellow, orange, blue & black
White gel pen


The large Carved Flowers stencil also looks fantastic stencilled in flower colours. This time I’ve created a background on a canvas page in the Dina Wakley’s Media journal by stencilling the Journey stencil with texture paste and giving it some colour with the new & totally delicious Distress Oxide spray inks.

Instructions:
1. Stencil parts of the page with texture paste using Journey stencil. Smudge some of the page with extra texture page for a grungy effect. Allow to dry well.
2. Spray page with a little water and then Distress Oxide spray inks. The water will allow the inks to move on the page. An extra spritz to parts of the page will bring out the ‘oxide’ effect. Allow to dry well.
3. Carefully stencil a single flower over one side of the page using large Carved Flower stencil and acrylic paint. The flower will be stencilled right over the top of the textured surface.
4. Enhance one of the words from the background to act as a page feature by sketching around it with a black Stabilo pencil.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Journey Medium Stencil
Distress Oxide spray inks: Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon & Faded Jeans
Acrylic paint in pink, yellow & green
Black Stabilo pencil
Texture paste


There is something about the quote I have used on this page that just makes me smile! It pairs beautifully with the happy looking flower. Once again, I have used the Dina Wakley Media journal, this time onto watercolour paper.

Instructions:
1. Stencil random pattern over the page using the Gel Plate and the Circles stencil with warm colours of acrylic paint (yellow, orange, red, pink).
2. Stencil further layers of pattern using Polka Dots and Mesh stencils, either by traditional sponging or the Gel Plate. Use similar colours of acrylic paint. The aim is to make the background messy but with layers of pattern distinct.
3. Choose an area of the page for the Carved Flowers stencil and trace the large open flower using a fine black permanent pen. The image will look best if slightly overhanging the edge of the page.
4. Paint out the background around the stencilled shape using black paint.
5. Stencil a few random diamond shapes in the top, left hand corner of the page using large Diamonds stencil and gesso. Allow to dry.
6. Add some sketchy lines around the shapes using a white gel pen.
7. Add extra diamonds to the bottom, right hand corner using the Diamonds stencil and white gel pen. Add a few doodled lines to embellish.
8. Stamp Happy quote onto white card using black Archival ink and fussy cut closely around wording.
9. Add words to page, slightly overlapping flower stem. Give the page a little personality by tilting the words slightly.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Circles Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Mesh Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp
Archival ink: Jet Black
Black, permanent pen
Gel Plate
Brayer
Acrylic paint in red, pink, yellow, orange & black
White gesso 
White gel pen

I hope you enjoy some creative play recreating these projects, until next time!

Robyn