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 - Melissa Phillips Part 6

Darkroom Door - Sunday, October 04, 2009

Here is another gorgeous creation from Melissa Phillips...


Beautiful You Card:




Photochips: Viva La Flora
Wordstrips: Viva La Flora


I love how Melissa has die cut the Photochip then embossed it with an embossing folder. Gives the image a little texture and detail! :) So elegant!


Thanks for sharing Melissa!!!

Guest Artist - Melissa Phillips

Darkroom Door - Sunday, September 20, 2009


Melissa Phillips

Zodiac sign: Cancer

Lives: in the beautiful high mountain desert of Southern Nevada, USA

Known for: My love of all things shabby... and then of course piling these beloved items on cards... buttons, vintage trims, layers of book print, vintage sheet music, glitter, acrylic paint, chipboard, and of course a bit of tea-stained twill as well.


Loves to:Bake, bake, bake, decorate, quilt, read, be a mama, be a wife, be at home...

Loves to create:
Handmade gifts... something freshly baked, packaged up pretty, with a matching card... my first love is cards of course, and mini albums or layouts with my sweet little bean are always a love of mine.

Favourite Darkroom Door product: I don't think I could ever choose, but I have fallen for the Wildflowers Vol 2, Journal and Yuletide Vol 2 stamp sets. 

Let’s say you’ve been invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  An empty suitcase... I'd have to take a bit of everything home with me... Darkroom Door photos are so beautiful and versatile... I'm hooked. 


We are so proud and honored to have Melissa join us as a Guest Artist! I'm a huge fan of her work and I'm so pleased she's had a play with Darkroom Door product. ... the projects are simply divine!!! We'll be sharing a bunch of projects over the next few days that Melissa has created... you'll be inspired for sure! Here's the first one...


Create Joy Card




Stamps:  Wildflowers Vol. 2
Montage:  Viva la Flora
Wordstrips: Viva la Flora
Tag: Buff Size 8


Isn't this card delicious! I love the texture and layering... Thanks Melissa!


We'll be featuring Melissa's projects for the rest of the month... hurrah! Be prepared to be inspired!!!!


Unlock the artist within!

Viva La Flora Swap Video

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Last month we hosted an Artist Trading Card Swap using the Viva La Flora Collection! We had participants from all over the world and as usual the ATC's were amazing!!!!


Here's a video to show you everyone's ATC's:



Thank to everyone who participated! It is always such a thrill to see what everyone creates :)

Unlock the artist within!

Daisy Note Holder

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our fabulous guest artist Godelieve Tijskens has an amazing project to share with you! Check it out:



She has decorated a note holder with the Daisies from the Viva La Flora Photochips. The Photochip has been inked and embossed to give it the white edge. The little quote 'enjoy every moment' is from the Viva La Flora Vol 1 stamp set, also stamped and embossed. Here are some more images:



Godelieve has stamped little butterflies on the note paper inside the box too using the Butterflies stamp set. How cute do they look :)






What a great project! I love the simplicity of it - and how elegant it all looks. And it would make great gifts too. Here are the supplies Godelieve has used:

Darkroom Door Photochips: Viva La Flora
Darkroom Door Stamps: Viva La Flora Vol 1, Butterflies
Tim Holtz :  Hinge Clips TH92692
Ranger :  Seafoam White embossing powder
Stampin'Up :  Gingham ribbon
Versamark Ink
Versafine Smokey Grey


Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 23, 2009

A quick card to share with you today!




Darkroom Door: Viva La Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamps (dandelion stamp)
Tim Holtz: Word Tag, hinge clip, mini fastener
Ranger: Alcohol inks, Archival Jet Black ink
Other: old text book paper, twine

Viva La Flora Collection

Darkroom Door - Saturday, February 21, 2009

Today we're looking at the paper products from the Viva La Flora Collection. They include the Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips.






I always love the classical beauty of black and white flowers and I wanted to bring that to life in a complete collection. These images are simple and elegant, with the option of using them as they are or by altering them into something a little different.

Here's some options for using these products:

  • Photochips are the perfect size for creating greeting cards. They are also a great size to add as an embellishment for scrapbook layouts. They can be punched, sanded, scratched, inked, stamped - so can be altered in many ways to suit your projects!
  • The Montage sheet has several different sized images that are suitable for gift cards, ATC's, jewellery, and miniature projects! They are made from the same stock as the Photochips, so can also be sanded, inked etc.
  • The Filmstrips and Wordstrips can be used as a complete strip on scrapbook layouts (they are 12" long) or can be cut into individual images or words for smaller sized projects. The Filmstrips can be used in slide mount frames. Or punch them out with a 1" circle punch and place inside a bottlecap or jewellery piece.

That's only the tip of the iceberg for ideas! Here's another idea:




This card uses the Lilies Photochip. I love the look of hand tinted black and white photographs, and you can achieve this on the Photochips by using colouring pens. I have used Marvy le Plume pens to colour the lilies. The Le Plume pens are so smooth and the colours are so soft and dreamy.


Here's one of the Montage images used to create a gift card. I have the same colour scheme going on here as I just used the left over scraps of cardstock and ribbon from the greeting card above. So simple and quick:




Last but not least - I have created a pendant using a Filmstrip image and Wordstrip word. I just trimmed them to size and adhered into the pendant (Nunn Design) using Glossy Accents.




It would also look nice if the Filmstrip & Wordstrip were inked in a nice Antique Linen Distress Ink to give them a more vintage look.

So there's some ideas for the paper products from Viva La Flora! I'm sure you guys have plenty more ideas of what you'd like to do.... so share away! Comment here with an idea, or simply tell us your favourite flower from the collection and we'll draw a winner who will receive the Viva La Flora Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips!

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Viva La Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 20, 2009

Today we are sharing projects using the Viva La Flora Vol 2 stamp set:



This stamp set also has a bit of everything in it. Collage style flowers, simple stemmed flowers, quotes, and two cute little flowers. Here's a card I have created with the Daisy collage stamp:



Inks used: Versacolor Ash Rose and Burgundy. I inked the centre with Ash Rose and the outside with the Burgundy to graduate the colour a bit. The centres of the flowers have a little Crystal Stickles on them to add a bit of bling :)


Here's a different technique with that same stamp:




This time I stamped with Brilliance Moonlight White ink onto white cardstock, then embossed with Frosted Crystal powder. I sponged Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick Distress Ink over the top to bring out the flowers and text background. The 'small beginnings' quote has been stamped with Jet Black ink onto Pink Paislee orange dot paper. (love papers like these!) 


Now time for an ATC:




I've used the Dandelion stamp and the little Memories & Moments words. A tip about the quotes and words in these stamp sets - stamp lightly! They are created with such an elegant fine quote, so you do not need to put much pressure on the stamp. Easy does it :)


The background was created with alcohol inks, Dandelion was stamped with Jet Black ink, and have added some German Scrap for decoration!


Some more ideas for this stamp set:

  • Brayer rainbow ink over the collage flower stamps for a colourful background.
  • Stamp the Collage Dahlia twice and cut out the Dahlia's on the second image and layer them with foam tape over the first image.
  • Stamp the little flowers over and over to create backgrounds.
  • Stamp the Dandelion or Daisy several times to create a garden of flowers. Try 'shadow stamping' (stamping several times without re-inking to form different depths of colour)

Then of course there's a multitude of different inks, embossing powders and other materials that would produce fabulous results too! The options are always endless!


Unlock the artist within!

Viva La Flora Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 19, 2009

Today we are sharing some projects using the Viva La Flora Vol 1 Rubber Stamps:




When I'm stamping, I love using stamps that are versatile. I love stamps that can be simply stamped with inks, layered on top of each other to create a card in minutes. I also love stamps that can be used with different techniques and materials. I think this stamp set covers it all! Here's a few tips for this set:

  • Stamp a solid flower in a light coloured ink, then stamp the corresponding detailed flower over the top in a darker ink. (if you want to use a stamp positioner, the flowers line up perfectly.)
  • The solid flowers can be used on their own. The detailed flowers can also be used on their own.
  • Stamp a detailed flower and colour in with pencils, pens, Twinkling H20's, Dimensional Pearls, paints, or any other colouring mediums!
  • Stamp a solid flower and emboss the detailed flower over the top in a contrasting embossing powder.
  • Press the detailed stamps into Polymer clay or UTEE.
  • Use a combination of large and small flowers on a project. They look great as a background for cards, layouts, invitations.... anything!
  • The quotes can be used in one line, or cut the words individually to layer them as you desire.

Here's a quick card and ATC I created using this stamp set:




I used Adirondack Light Cool Peri & Peach Bellini inks for the solid flowers and Archival Grape ink for the detailed Dahlia and Archival Tangerine for the detailed Gerbera. I love that the smaller version of the flowers look great for ATC's. Doing one of the larger flowers would also look stunning.