Some Artist Trading Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 23, 2009

Here's a couple of ATC's I created this week:




Darkroom Door Venetian Vol 2 Rubber stamps (Map background)
Darkroom Door Venetian Vol 2 Filmstrip
Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrip
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket, Arrow, Brad






Darkroom Door Viva La Flora Vol 2 Rubber stamps
Darkroom Door Viva La Flora Wordstrips
Tim Holtz Idea-oligy Mini Clip
Adirondack Inkpad Mountain Lake


Thanks for looking!


- Rachel

Guest Artist - Godelieve Tijskens

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

4154_DD_blackwhiteName:  Godelieve Tijskens

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

Lives:  In Belgium (Flanders) with her husband Chris and youngest son Bert

Known for: Collecting paper, ink and rubber, but using it all the time too. Loves white  & vibrant colors, especially Ecoline inks

Blog, website or gallery:
Loves to:

  • be at home as much as she can with her family
  • connect with stamping friends around the world through blogs and forums
  • enjoy her garden and nature, taking photos of the flowers throughout the year
  • get up very early to get some quiet stamping time

Loves to create:  mostly cards, but also mini albums, boxes,... as long as there’s stamping involved

Favourite Darkroom Door product: Stamps, especially the flowers.  The small flourish in the Venetian Vol 1 is going to be used a lot too.

Have you ever been in a darkroom? No, but I would love to!

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  A lot of curiosity and interest in seeing the process from film roll to photos

Are you afraid of the dark?  Not when I’m inside the house.  It's quite easy to walk around in the dark when the family is asleep.  I will only leave the house for a  really, really good reason in the evening...  But I like the cosiness of long winter evenings.

Artist Trading Cards - Venice


Stamps: DDRS001 Venetian VOL 1
Wordstrips: DDWS002 Full Bloom
Ranger Distress Ink Peeled Paint & Tattered Rose
Versafine Onyx Black
Clear embossing powder

- Create a background using Ranger  Distress Ink Peeled Paint and Tattered Rose on  a non-stick craft sheet
- Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black emboss with clear embossing powder
- Stamp with Ranger Distress Ink Peeled Paint
- Distress the edges with Tim Holtz’ paper distresser
- Color “live laugh love” from Full bloom Wordstrips with Distress ink
- mat on black cardstock

Calendar Cards




Stamps: DDRS004 Full Bloom VOL 2DDRS007 CalendarDDRS003 Full Bloom VOL 1
Inkpads: Colorbox Fluid Chalk #Dark Moss, Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Embossing powder: Clear and Ranger Seafoam White

- Green background was made with Talens Ecoline ink.  Caligraphy ink would be a great alternative ink
- Stamp calendar with Versafine Onyx Black, emboss with clear embossing powder.
- Stamp flowers with Colorbox Fluid Chalk # Dark Moss.  Use the same ink to mark the date with a fingerprint.
- Stamp small flowers with Versamark  on vellum, heat emboss with Ranger seafoam white embossing powder.
- Attach the vellum flowers to a black strip, using brads.
- Assemble the card





Stamps: DDRS001 Venetian VOL1, DDRS007 Calendar
Wordstrips DDWS002 Full Bloom
Inkpads: Versafine Onyx Black & Vintage Sepia, Stazon White
Stapler, string, hole punch

- Stamp the calendar on brown cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black
- Stamp the Venetian light post and ticket with Versafine Vintage Sepia
- Stamp “October” with Stazon White on a strip of leather, use staples to attach to card
- Color “Happy Birthday” from the Wordstrip with Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
- Punch holes and use a piece of string to mark the date
- Assemble the card, use 3D foam tape at the left hand side.




Stamps: DDRS007 Calendar, DDRS001 Venetian VOL1
Wordstrip: Full Bloom DDWS002
Inkpads: Versafine Onyx black, Versamark, Distress Ink #Fired Brick
Embossingpowder: Detail Gold

- Stamp the calendar, light post and swirl with Versamark, gold emboss
- Mark the date with a fingerprint
- Stamp “December” with Versafine Onyx Black.
- Color “Warmest Wishes” from the Wordstrip with Distress Ink.
- Gold emboss the edges



Thanks Godelieve! Wow - these projects are amazing, don't you all agree? I love how she has used the Calendar stamps! And she hasn't stopped there... she still has many more to share, so please drop by again tomorrow to see more of Godelieve's fabulous creations!

Unlock the artist within!

Artist Trading Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, June 27, 2008

Hi everyone!

I thought I'd share with you a set of 3 artist trading cards that I completed for the Tarisota June gallery. They feature Darkroom Door Venetian Filmstrips and Venetian Wordstrips.

Rachel_34194Other supplies:
Collections Paper
Collections Chipboard Houses
Delish Designs Stamps
Black & White Trims

To create:
* Trim black cardstock to 3.5" x 2.5" to create the ATC backs. Attach Collections paper on the front.
* I've inked up the chipboard houses with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and stamped the edge of the label stamps over the top. The Venetian Filmstrip images were cut to fit under the chipboard. Attach to the ATC.
* Trim words from the Venetian Wordstrip and mount onto black cardstock. Attach to ATC where desired.
* Add trims to complete!



Hope you enjoy!



Guest Artist - Linda Cain Part 3

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Here is our final piece from Linda Cain...

Venetian ATC:


* Darkroom Door Montage: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors
* Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco, Ti Amo

Linda says: This wonderful little piece was almost complete before I started! The Venetian collage papers worked great when cutout for this ATC. Ti Amo and San Marco papers for the background and the key stamp and hinge from the Doors collection pulled it together. I layered up the word and added 2 silver coin studs and it's done!

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Linda for being our guest artist this week! Your artwork is very inspirational - and we especially love seeing the 3D art that you have created!! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us all!

Guest Artist - Michelle Loffler Part 3

Darkroom Door - Saturday, May 17, 2008

Here are the final 3 ATC's created by the talented Michelle Loffler!

Live, Laugh:
* Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco
* Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian Vol 1, Doors
* Darkroom Door Wordstrips: Venetian
* Collections: Chipboard Houses

Using two 'Collections' houses, randomly stamp using Stazon and Venetian Vol1 stamps. Edge with 'fired brick'. Cut out photobooth girls and distress their edges by sanding. Adhere to houses as shown. On a scrap of kraft card, stamp the lock and door knocker in 'fired brick'. Cut out and mount to the tops of the houses using foam tape. Adhere words as shown. Mount houses on San Marco paper cut to ATC size.

Postcard from Venezia:

* Darkroom Door Photochip: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies, Gentlemen
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian Vol 1

Cut Photochip slightly shy 3.5 x 2.5" and sand edges. Mat on black cardstock. Cut out Photobooths and roughly sand edges; adhere to bottom of Photochip. Using Stazon stamp postage cancellation on the top of the Photochip. Stamp a contrasting colour onto some kraft cardstock and cut out the circle. Using foam tape, adhere on top of the one already stamped to create a 3D effect.

The Door:
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors, Venetian Vol 1

Using Stazon, stamp the door onto transparency. Adhere transparency onto vintage dictionary paper. Cut out the transparency/dictionary and mat onto 2.5 x 3.5" kraft cardstock leaving a border effect. Stamp the "things unknown" stamp onto craft cardstock using Tim Holtz  Distress "old paper". Stamp banner stamp over the top using "fired brick". Cut out the banner and adhere to top of transparency using foam tape. Stamp another "things unknown" stamp onto craft in black, cut out the words "the door" and mat on black cardstock. Mount on banner using foam tape. Stamp both keys on black cardstock with gold ink. Cut out and fix with a brad.

And if you think that was enough eye candy.... check out all 9 ATC's together:

Amazing! Don't you just LOVE them! I love the texture and layering, and the combination of elements in all of them. Thank you SO much Michelle for sharing your fabulous talents with us! 

Please drop by tomorrow for our final project by Michelle and we'll also announce the winner of the Darkroom Door goodie pack! So here's your last chance to enter. Leave a comment here to be in the draw! Tell us which is your favourite ATC, or what you'd like to create with some Darkroom Door goodies, or about your travels to Venice, or anything!

Hope you are all having a creative weekend!

Guest Artist - Michelle Loffler Part 2

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 16, 2008

Here are 3 more inspiring ATC's from the wonderful Michelle Loffler:

Things Unknown:

* Darkroom Door Montage: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors

Stamp two "things unknown" words on kraft cardstock using Stazon and Tim Holtz 'fired brick'. Cut out strips of each. Edge black cardstock with white ink. Mount alternating strips of words as shown. Cut out door montage and sand the edges. Position below the words. Stamp a key, cut out and mount using foam tape.


* Darkroom Door Filmstrips: Venetian Vol 2
* Darkroom Door Wordstrips: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian Vol 1
* Darkroom Door Paper: Esplori, Rialto, Ti Amo

Using Esplori paper, cut ATC 2.5 x 3.5". With the Venetian Vol1 stamps, randomly stamp using Tim Holtz 'fired brick'. Place strips of Rialto paper across the top and bottom of the ATC. Ink all edges in 'fired brick'. Mount "adventure" word on another strip of Rialto, cut out and adhere as shown. Stamp the "Venezia" in black as shown. Mat filmstrip onto white card, then onto Ti Amo leaving a wide border, then again onto white card. Adhere as shown. Using a corner rounder punch, punch the top left and bottom right corners of the ATC.

Every Intention:

* Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco, Rialto
* Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
* Darkroom Door Photochips: Full Bloom

Sand edges of San Marco paper. In Word type the saying, print and cut out strips. Dab 'old paper' inkpad over the saying to age it. Cut out rose chip and photobooth - sand all edges. Place strip of Rialto along the bottom. Fix all pieces in place.

Don't forget to leave a comment to go into the draw for the goodie pack!! :)

Guest Artist - Michelle Loffler

Darkroom Door - Thursday, May 15, 2008

Michelle_photoName: Michelle Loffler

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Lives: Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Known for:
Love of all creatures great and small, being behind the camera, being a coffee snob :)

Blog, website or gallery:   
None, but she is often published in Stamping & Papercraft magazine! 

Loves to:

Go on family outings, relax in the sunshine, watch primetime TV, shopping, Agility training with my dog and going on holidays!

Loves to create:
ATCs and beyond the page projects. I love collage, vintage and arty and I have a huge digital collection of vintage photos and ephemera I hope to one day use! I spend more time collecting than I do creating!

Favourite Darkroom Door product:
Oh that's easy .. the Photobooths !!!
I also love the San Marco paper - just gorgeous.
I love the way the collections co-ordinate, it makes pulling together projects fast and easy.

Have you ever been in a darkroom?
I have once for school but can't really recall. I didn't pay much attention at school it's no surprise I can't remember the details of the darkroom visit.

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?
Well for a start, the attention I was lacking in school. I'd bring my own camera, a list of questions, some munchies and lots of excitement. I would be like a sponge because there would be so much to take in.

Are you afraid of the dark?
Only of the pitch dark, you know the kind of dark when you are out camping and you get up in the middle of the night and cant see a foot in front of you? That's scary!

Michelle has created a set of 9 ATC's and a card. We'll feature all of them over the next few days, so please remember to come back each day to see her fabulous work! Here's the first 3 ATC's:

Wise Shopper:

* Darkroom Door Paper: Ti Amo, Rialto
* Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors

Stamp door ATC on Ti Amo paper. Cut to 2.5 x 3.5" and sand edges. Cut out Photoboth image and create a frame by cutting out strips of Rialto paper. Ink edges of frame. Fix in place. Using clipart, print a shoe and cut out. Fix in place.

Explore Venice:

* Darkroom Door Filmstrips: Venetian 02
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian 01
* Darkroom Door Montage: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco, Esplori

Cut San Marco paper 2.5 x 3.5" and sand edges. Stamp banner onto Esplori paper and cut out. Stamp the word 'explore' onto the banner. Adhere on an angle as shown, trimming the left edge as needed. Stamp the lightpost on white paper using Stazon. Colour using watercolour pencils. Cut out and adhere to ATC. Cut out Venice words with curved corners, ink edges. Cut out filmstrip, sand edges and adhere to ATC.


* Darkroom Door Paper: Esplori, San Marco
* Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
* Darkroom Door Wordstrips: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian 01

Using Esplori paper, cut ATC 2.5 x 3.5". Cut two thin strips of San Marco paper and place along the top and bottom of the ATC to give a border effect. Stamp postage cancellation stamp at the top of the ATC. Adhere a length of sheer black ribbon along the left hand side of the card. Cut a rough square of black mesh and a square of natural mesh and adhere to the centre of the card. Stamp the "visita al campanile" stamp on a piece of Ti Amo paper. Cut out and mount onto San Marco paper leaving a border effect. Adhere to top of the mesh. Cut out Photobooth girl and adhere as shown using foam tape. Cut out random words and distress using Tim Holtz "old paper" "fired brick" and Stazon for edging. Adhere to ATC as shown by slipping underneath the mesh.

Giveaway! Giveaway! Giveaway!
Leave a comment here to be in the draw for a Darkroom Door goodie pack worth $25! Includessome of the products that Michelle has used here including Photobooth Ladies & Gentlemen, Venetian Montage, Venetian Filmstrips and Venetian Photochips. We'll draw a winner on Sunday! All comments that are posted over the next few days will be entered into the draw. Good luck!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see more of Michelle's ATC collection!

Venetian Vol 2 card

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 28, 2008
Here's a sample card using the masked lady from the Venetian Vol 2 rubber stamp set.




How to:
1. Stamp scroll onto teal cardstock and attach to Juneberry card.
2. Stamp the masked lady onto white gloss card using Jet Black Archival ink. Heat set with heat tool.
3. Colour the image using Adirondack Dimensional Pearls (watered down).
4. Mount onto black cardstock and attach to the card.
5. Stamp quote onto white cardstock, trim, and mount onto black cardstock. Attach to the card using foam tape.


Thanks for stopping by today! 




Darkroom Door Designer - Rachel Greig

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

RachName: Rachel Greig


Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


Lives: Central Coast, NSW Australia


Known for: adventure, taking risks, encouraging others to take risks, photography, and having a laugh. Oh, and for designing Darkroom Door product!


Blog, website or gallery: Rachel Greig Photography, Darkroom Door


Loves to: make a mess! And chocolate slice. YUM!


Loves to create: Anything – cards, layouts, books, ATCs etc. I’d love to get into more altered art and jewelry too. My style is anything from simple and quick to more elaborate arty projects.


Favourite Darkroom Door product: No specific favourites, love them all for their own reasons. However, when I discover a new way of using a product that I didn’t think of when I was designing it, I do tend to have a soft spot for that product for a while ☺ I feel like giving it a little gold star!


Have you ever been in a darkroom? Yes, every night when I turn out the lights to go to sleep. ;) But really, yes, much of my life has been spent in darkrooms. I eat my carrots. I see well in the dark. 


Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you? A very good sense of humour!


Are you afraid of the dark?  Yes, and I still freak myself out when I’m in the darkroom (honest!) If I need to take the rubbish bins out when it’s dark, I think about what could jump out from the trees beside our house. My imagination gets the better of me sometimes.


How did Darkroom Door begin? I used my own still life and travel photos in my creations and artworks. I thought others may like to use the photos too, so I began the Filmstrips range a few years ago. I then went on to design some paper and rubber stamps that are distributed through Stamp-It Australia. My ideas have continued to grow and expand, so I needed a new business to be the platform and consolidation of our collections. So Darkroom Door began. Why the name? I am at my creative best in the darkroom. When I go through my darkroom door, I know I enter a world that is unlike the outside. It’s dark, it’s creative, it’s magic. You just never know what magic will happen behind that door. I want you to experience that too. I want to share it with you. I want you to unlock the artist within!


And onto the artwork... although I don't do a lot of layouts these days, I have created a couple of quick ones using a few different products... here they are:




Supplies used: Venetian San Marco paper, Esplori paper, Venetian Wordstrips.




Supplies used: Venetian San Marco paper, Ti Amo paper, Venetian Vol 2 Filmstrips, Journal stamps.




Supplies used: Darkroom Door Blush paper, Journal stamps, Ranger Archival inks (Olive, Grape, Tangerine, Carnation), Stamp-It Chipboard letters.




Supplies used: Darkroom Door Meadow paper, Full Bloom Quartet Vol 2 paper, Making Memories rub ons, Tim Holtz Chronicles foam stamps, Adirondack Snow Cap paint dabber.


Thanks for looking - hope you enjoyed it!



Stamp Camp Photochip Challenge!

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 31, 2008

I've just spent a fun weekend in Staveley, New Zealand teaching at the 2bStamping Stamp Camp! On the Friday night all the ladies were given a challenge pack from Doreen (owner of 2bStamping) which included a Venetian Photochip image, some Venetian Wordstrips, and then a selection of black and white card stock and ribbons. Everyone was challenged to create a card of some sort using anything from the challenge pack, and the card had to remain black and white. There was a flurry of activity and ideas being thrown around as the challenge was being done! I was so impressed with all the ideas and creations, and especially loved looking at all the different ways they used the Photochips! There were lots of prizes and stamps being given away too - which I hope you all enjoy!


The ladies were happy to share their art here on the blog too, so please enjoy a selection of these wonderful cards from the 2bStamping Stamp Camp Challenge:





Aren't they wonderful cards!! Such a great assortment of ideas! Thank you to everyone for sharing your creativity and taking part in the challenge, and for also making my weekend so memorable. I had a fabulous time, and hope to see you all again someday!

Here's a couple of group shots of everyone from the camp:



Thanks to each and everyone of you for a great weekend!