Arty Triangles Small Stencil Card Set

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a sweet card set featuring the fabulous new Arty Triangles Small Stencil. My cards today demonstrate how perfectly the stencil works with the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp and how easy they are to use together.



Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of white cardstock measuring 14cm x 21cm. Fold in half to create the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 13.5cm. On a heat resistant craft sheet, press down some Distress Inks in various colours. Here I have used Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey. Spritz the inks with water and then place your cardstock on top. Remove from the craft sheet swiping it a little as you remove the piece. Dry with a heat gun and reapply to the craft sheet until you are happy with the depth of colour and layers. Dry with a heat gun.

3. Apply the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp to this piece using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Dry the ink with the heat gun. Place the Arty Triangles Small Stencil over the top making sure to line up perfectly. Secure in place with a little washi tape. Use an ink blending tool to apply Picked Raspberry ink over the top. Reapply until you are happy with the depth of colour. Remove the stencil. Stick this piece on the card base.

4. Use a 2” circle punch to punch a circle from smooth white cardstock. Apply the sheet music stamp from the Melody Rubber Stamp Set over the top using the Jet Black Ink. Dry with a heat gun. Ink the circle using the same inks as the card front in Step 2. Stick down on a bought paper doily or cut one yourself using a punch or die. Stick down on the card front.

5. Stamp a heart from the Hearts Rubber Stamp Set on smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black Ink. Fussy cut and add to the punched circle using 3D foam.

6. Stamp a cute bird from the Carved Birds Rubber Stamp Set using the Wild Honey ink. Fussy cut and add tail feathers using embroidery thread. Stamp the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp on smooth white cardstock again. Ink the triangles with the Picked Raspberry again using the stencil. Fussy cut a triangle to add to the carved bird as a wing. Stick the bird on the card front using 3D foam.

7. Stamp a balloon from the Party Time Rubber Stamp Set onto the extra cardstock using the Picked Raspberry and Jet Black inks. Also stamp the music note from the Melody set. Fussy cut both and add to the card. Stamp the sentiment from the Party Time stamp set using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam.


Here’s another two cards I have created in the same style:




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Melody Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own projects using this fabulous stencil. Don’t forget to share your beautiful creations in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Group on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Belinda

Stuffed Garden Birds

Darkroom Door - Monday, June 11, 2018
Hi, it's Godelieve Tijskens here today with another project using the Garden Birds Rubber Stamp Set. This time I have created some stuffed birds that you could use as an ornament to hang in your home or even on a Christmas tree. 



To create these cute stuffed birds I recycled a piece of brown packaging paper. Here they are sitting together on a branch.


I applied gesso here and there to the packaging paper using a plastic card. I Sponged Archival Ink Aquamarine through the small Circles stencil. The birds were stamped with black Archival ink.


I machine stitched two layers together, leaving a small opening to stuff the birds with fiberfill. I closed the opening and cut the birds out.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Garden Birds
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Circles
Gesso
Archival Inkpads: Jet Black, Aquamarine
Fiberfill
Sewing Machine

They are so fun to make! Thanks again for stopping by.

Godelieve

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!


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Butterflies & Books Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 13, 2018
Hello Darkroom Door fans! It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share an art journal page featuring the fabulous new Small Stencil Butterflies. The idea for this art journal spread began with me wanting to use the butterfly stencil as wings for a cute vintage girl die-cut. I then needed to ground her by sitting her on something and the book stack was the perfect size. I then began flicking through an old Smash album I had in my stash and came across a bookshelf page. Perfect! That then made me think about all of the amazing books full of everything you can imagine and more in a library which pretty much gave me free reign to use as many stamps as I liked!



Instructions:
1. Place the Butterflies Small (outer) Stencil over a piece of smooth white cardstock. Tape the stencil in place with a little washi tape to secure if you need to. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. 

2. Now add the inner stencil and secure with washi tape. Using the ink blending tool again, apply Spiced Marmalade and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. Remove the inner stencil.

3. Lightly trace around the edge of the outer stencil. Remove the stencil and fussy cut the butterfly. Ink the edges with the Spiced marmalade ink. Add to the back of the die-cut girl.

4. Use a stamping platform to firstly stamp the stacked books using Tree Branch Archival Ink onto smooth white cardstock. Then use Faber-Castell Pitt Artist ‘Big Brush’ Pens to colour the spines of the individual books and re-stamp.

5. Ink the pages of your art journal using the same inks as for the butterfly wings. 

6. Add some stamping to the background pages using the Alphabet Background Stamp and Jet Black Archival Ink. For this project I used the stamp without an acrylic block. I inked the stamp haphazardly and lifted the edges of it so that I wouldn’t get full contact. This gives a more random stamping effect.

7. Apply various stamps of your choosing on smooth white cardstock using the same Jet Black ink. Ink with the Brushed Corduroy ink, fussy cut and add all images to the page. Add some quote stamps too.




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Alphabet Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bold Blossoms Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Office Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen “Big Brush”: 118 Scarlet Red, 133 Magenta, 146 Sky Blue, 178 Nougat, 199 Black

I hope you are feeling inspired by my project featuring this fun new stencil to give it a try yourself. I absolutely love how well all of the various Darkroom Door products co-ordinate with each other. It makes it so easy and so fun to create art journal spreads as well as any other project you can think of.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Enjoy Life Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today to share an art journal page using gel printed backgrounds in my Dina Wakley Media journal. This journal has different surfaces to work on and this spread uses a watercolour page and a canvas page. 


 

To create the background on the left side (the watercolour surface), I spritzed the large Polka Dots stencil with Spiced Marmalade Dylusions ink spray before placing it onto a large gel plate face down so the ink went onto the gel plate. Then I squeezed out some Lime Dina Wakley Media paint and brayered over the entire surface so the lime would go into the open circle areas. Lift off the stencil and then place the gel plate directly onto the watercolour page to make the print. The print will show the orange and the green colours. 



On the right side (the canvas surface) I used the round gel plate to create three circle prints with the same Lime paint. Draw around them with a black Scribble Stick. Stamp inside the circles using quotes from the Enjoy Life and Amsterdam Vol 2 stamp sets using Archival Jet Black ink. 



Back onto the left side, I adhered some painted torn sheet music to the page using Gel Medium. The tag was created using the crayon resist technique using the French Script Background Stamp and the Wings stamp set with Distress Inks. Tie some ribbon at the top of the tag and adhere to the journal page. To finish the page I hand wrote some text at the top and bottom of the sheet music. 




Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Large Polka Dots Stencil 
Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Enjoy Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Amsterdam Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Gel Plate 9"x11" 
Round Gel Plate
Dylusions Ink Spray: Spiced Marmalade
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Lime
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Scribble Sticks Set 1
Distress Inks
White Crayon 
Dina Wakley Media Journal 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Sunshine Stencil Art Journal & Gel Printing Video

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 13, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing an art journal page using the large Sunshine Stencil. One of the things I also love to do with stencils is play around with gel printing to see what effects can be achieved with just the one stencil. I created a video of my experiments which you will see below. First, let's look at the art journal page: 



This spread was created in my Dina Wakley Media journal. If you've not seen this journal before, it has different surfaces throughout the journal which make it an interesting feature as you flip through the pages. I'm working on a canvas material on the left and watercolour paper on the right. 


I adhered two tags to the canvas side using Multi Medium. The tags were created by sponging Distress Inks and then stamping the images over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. I created custom colours of satin seam binding ribbon by colouring it with Distress Stains. 


For the watercolour page I started by scraping some Gesso over the page before adhering some old books page strips randomly over the page. Next I scraped some Cut Grass Dylusions paint in a few areas and let dry before adhering some more book pages and sheet music strips. To match the colours of the tags, I placed the Large Sunshine stencil over the page and spritzed with Dylusions Tangerine Dream Shimmer Spray. It is a richly coloured spray with lots of shimmer! You can see where the shimmer has resisted the gesso a little bit which I think gives an interesting effect as it creates different shade of colour with the shimmer spray. To finish off, I wrote in between the sun rays with a black pen. 


I also wanted to test the stencil with gel printing to see what different effects you could get by using different colours and layers of paint. It was fun to play and create these prints! You can watch the video here: 



Here are some of the prints I created with the Sunshine Stencil: 








Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Large Sunshine Stencil 
Darkroom Door Friendship Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks
Dina Wakley Media Paints
Dylusions Shimmer Spray: Tangerine Dream
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
Dina Wakley Media Journal 
Dylusions Paint: Cut Grass
Gel printing plate

I hope this inspires you to try out some stencils in your journal and for gel printing! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Starry Night Stencil Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hi there, it's Rachel Greig here today sharing an art journal page using the large Starry Night Stencil along with a variety of Darkroom Door Stamps. I'm used a double page of the cotton watercolour pages in a Dina Wakley Media journal.

 

Instructions: 
1. Cover the pages lightly with white gesso. 
2. Brayer Lime and Lemon Dina Wakley Media paint onto a circle gel plate and make several prints across the width of the pages, making them overlap at some areas. 
3. Squeeze some Sky Dina Wakley Media paint onto a palette and spritz with water to make a diluted wash. Lightly paint over the page outside of the gel printed circles. 
4. Using some of the leftover Sky paint, mix a little with Texture Paste and scrape through the large Starry Night stencil over the blue painted areas. Allow to dry. 


5. Draw around the gel printed circles with a black Scribble Stick. Use a waterbrush to blend some areas. 
6. Stamp the Lady Lace Collage Stamp onto white card stock and trim the lady image out and adhere to one of the circles as shown. 
7. Stamp two butterflies from the Butterflies stamp set with different ink pads. Trim and adhere to two more circles. 
8. Stamp the sentiments from Butterfly Script stamp sets onto white tissue paper using Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to the remaining circles using gel medium. The tissue will virtually disappear after the gel medium has dried so it will look like you have stamped straight onto the page. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Starry Night Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Lady Lace Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterfly Script Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dina Wakley Media Journal
Dina Wakley Media Paints: Lemon, Lime, Sky
Gel Medium 
Texture Paste Opaque
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks Set 1 

Tissue paper 
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Be You Art Journal Video

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here today to share an art journal process video using Darkroom Door stencils and other fun supplies in a Dina Wakley Media journal! I've often been asked to show how I do a journal page from start to finish, so I have filmed the whole process so you can watch and create along with me! 

Here's a few close ups of the journal page: 

 

This is the first page in a Dina Wakley Media journal. It has such a fabulous texture is a great surface to work on! I have used the Small Butterflies and Small Wildflowers stencils as the main design feature. 


I've also added some collage for more layers and texture. 


To watch the full process video and create along with me, click on the video here: 


Here's the completed project: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Wildflowers stencil 
Darkroom Door Small Butterflies Stencil 
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Dina Wakley Media Journal 
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks Set 2
Dina Wakley Media White Gesso
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Peacock, Sedona, Olive, Buff 
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml
Ranger Medium Brayer
Texture Paste Opaque
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium 
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black, Leaf Green 

I look forward to sharing more art journal process videos with you in the future! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Butterflies Stencil Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 08, 2018

Hello! Autumn Clark with you today to share a couple of encouragement cards using the new Butterflies Small Stencil. I’ve enjoyed using different mediums with these stencils to create unique layering effects.


Instructions:

To start, I dipped a watercolor panel in a variety of Distress Inks to create a grungy background.

Next I used the open stencil and sponged a mix of Vintage Photo and Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.

Then I spritzed the sponged butterfly and let the inks bleed down the page.

I lined up the image and taped the stencil down, then added the detail stencil back in place. I applied modeling paste through the stencil. As the paste dries, it will lift some of the sponged ink and tint the paste.


I added a few strips of tissue tape to frame my sentiment from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 Stamp Set, which I stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto scrap inky paper. I stamped circles from the Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set and the Butterfly Eclectic Stamp in Watering Can Archival Ink randomly along the background.


Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Butterflies Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Butterfly Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set 
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap
Distress Oxides: Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce
Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Tissue Tape
Archival Ink: Watering Can

For the second card I used followed the same techniques with light and springy colors. 


Instructions:

I dipped a watercolor panel in a variety of Distress Inks to create a light watercolor background.

I sponged Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide through the open stencil.

Next, I lined up the image and taped the stencil down, then added the detail stencil back in place. I applied modeling paste through the stencil. When the paste was dry, I sponged it with Antique Linen Distress Oxide for contrast.


I stamped the Butterfly Eclectic Stamp at the top of my panel, then used the second detail butterfly from the small stencil set to do a monoprint. To do this, I applied Evergreen Bough Distress Ink directly to the stencil and spritzed it with water, then used it as a stamp. This gave me three different butterfly images to fill my card.

I added a few strips of tissue tape to frame my sentiment from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 Stamp Set, which I stamped in in Evergreen Bough Distress Ink onto scrap inky paper.


Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Butterflies Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Butterfly Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Pumice Stone, Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen
Distress Oxides: Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough
Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Tissue Tape


I hope you’re inspired to play with this gorgeous stencil! Thanks for dropping by today! 

Autumn

Boxes 12 Up

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Hi there! It's Liesbeth Fidder here today to share two cards using the Boxes 12up Frame Stamp and matching stencil. I am showing two different ways you can use it. Here is the first card: 



Instructions: 
I stamped the Boxes 12 up Frame Stamp with black ink on a piece of white cardstock. Using the matching stencil, I sponged with Distress inks Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral and Aged Mahogany through the stencil into the boxes. I stamped (through the stencil) the Compass Eclectic Stamp and Flourish Texture Stamp using the same colours of Distress ink. With a 1 inch punch, I punched out 12 squares out of sticky masking paper and masked the squeres. I stamped the French Script Background Stamp several times with black ink. I removed the masks. On a seperate piece of white paper I stamped the text 'The journey is the reward' from the Journey Word Block Stamp and the globe from the Steampunk Squares Collage Stamp and cut them out. I glued the words on a small piece of black paper and added it onto the card with glue. I finished this card with black, yellow and dark red cardstock.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Stencil 
Darkroom Door Compass Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Journey Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door Steampunk Squares Collage Stamp
Distress Inks: Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany
Archival Ink: Jet Black
1" square punch

Here is my next card: 


Instructions: 
First I stamped the Boxes 12 up Frame Stamp onto white cardstock with black ink. Using the stencil, I laid it off centre to the stamped squares and sponged the card with Distress inks Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Wild Honey. I sponged it part by part and started every time in a corner, and I moved the stencil until the background was completely covered with the stencil. I sponged one corner of each square with a bit of Chipped Sapphire, using the stencil. After that I masked the squares with masking paper and stamped the images from Seashells and Sail Away stamp sets. I finished with some highlights using a white gel pen. I glued it onto a white card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Stencil 
Darkroom Door Seashells Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Sail Away Rubber Stamps
Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon, Wild Honey, Chipped Sapphire
White gel pen

I hope you like these ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Liesbeth