Tree Bark Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hi! Today we are sharing cards by Belinda Spencer and Robyn Wood using the new Tree Bark Background Stamp!

Belinda has created the first two cards here: 


1. Apply the Tree Bark Background Stamp onto a piece of smooth white cardstock cut to size using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink.

2. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink to the background in a circular area to create a focal point and frame around the embellishments. Spray with a little coloured mist and allow it to run down the background.

3. Stamp some leaves from the Leaves Rubber Stamp Set onto white cardstock using the Jet Black Ink. Dry with a heat gun. Apply the Vintage Photo ink over the top. Flick with water from your fingers and then dry again with the heat gun. Fussy cut the leaves.

4. Tear an image from the Wilderness Vol 2 Filmstrip and ink the edges with the Vintage Photo Ink.

5. Stamp a sentiment from the Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set using the Jet Black Ink. Cut out the individual words and ink the edges with Vintage Photo.

6. Next assemble the card. Add a coil of Ink Black Prima Wire Thread allowing it to tumble down the card and staple in place. Layer on the leaves, Filmstrip image and quote. Add the card front to a black cardstock base.

Here is another example of how I used this fabulous background stamp in the same style but with different images and colours.

This stamp is so useful for pairing with a variety of the Darkroom Door stamps such as Wilderness, Trees and the Home Sweet Home stamp sets. These next two cards by Robyn show how it can be used with the Garden Inchies and Trees Rubber Stamps:

Stamp Tree Bark background onto white cardstock using Coffee Archival Ink. Trim to suit card front and layer with dark green card. Select three images from the Garden Inchies stamp set and stamp onto white cardstock using Fern Green Archival Ink. Trim the squares closely. Tie some ribbon around the layered background and attach to card front. Affix Garden Inchie squares so that they are at angles to each other. Raise one with foam tape for extra interest.

Create the background by putting a small amount of Squeezed Lemonade and Tumbled Glass Distress Paint onto a non-stick craft mat. Spritz with water and drag some cardstock through it until you are happy with the marbled colour. Set aside to dry well. Stamp Tree Bark Background onto the marbled background using Fern Green Archival Ink. Trim to suit card front. Add a strip of gauze to the left hand side of the background and layer with some striped ribbon. Attach to card front.

Stamp large tree from the Trees rubber stamp set onto cream cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink and trim closely. Affix to black cardstock and re-trim the shape. Attach to card front. Trim two images from the Friends & Lovers Photobooth sheet. Distress the edges and ink using Coffee Archival Ink.  Attach to card front so that they are both at an angle. Attach the image at the back using double sided tape and the one at the front using foam tape.

Stamp greeting from the Trees set onto cream cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Add a button tied with twine to the left hand side of the wording and trim. Layer greeting with black cardstock and attach to card front using foam tape.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Tree Bark Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Garden Inchies Rubber Stamp set
Darkroom Door Wilderness Vol 2 Filmstrips
Darkroom Door Wilderness Montage
Darkroom Door Photobooth: Friends & Lovers
RANGER Archival Ink Jet Black, Coffee, Fern Green
Distress Ink: Old Paper, Vintage Photo
Distress Paint: Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass
TIM HOLTZ Idea-ology Mini Paper Clips

Thankyou so much for stopping by the blog today!

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Ferns Photo Stamp Tags

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 07, 2013
Hi stampers! Sephi here with a project featuring the beautiful Ferns Photo Stamp. As you can see from the photo below, I've made a trio of tags to demonstrate the ways you can use this stamp to create three unique backgrounds. The first tag is embossed, the second faux watercolour, and the third is a soft chalkboard effect.


1. Stamp the Ferns on white card using Versa Mark ink. Sprinkle with embossing powder and melt with a heat gun. Trim around the image and round the corners.
2. Cut a circle from a Wilderness photochip and affix to the tag. Cut a wordstrip into three pieces and affix also.
3. Punch a hole through the tag and tie with ribbon. Finish with a large dragonfly charm.



1. Stamp the Ferns on yellow card using several shades of Distress ink. Spritz with water and set aside to dry. Trim around the image and round the corners.
2. Affix a Wilderness filmstrip and wordstrip to the tag.
3. Punch a hole through the tag and tie with ribbon. Finish with a gold butterfly charm.



1. Smear white ink over burgundy card. Stamp the Ferns using pale pink ink. Trim around the image and round the corners.
2. Cut Wilderness images from the montage sheet and affix to the tag, along with a Wilderness wordstrip.
3. Punch a hole through the tag and tie with ribbon. Finish with several small leaf charms.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Ferns Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Wilderness Filmstrips & Photochips
Ink - Versa Mark, Brilliance Moonlight White, VersaMagic Pixie Dust,
Distress spiced marmalade, Distress peeled paint, Distress fired brick
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - charms, ribbon
Other - verdigris embossing powder, heat tool, hole punch

I hope you enjoy playing with the Ferns as much as I have :-)

Wild Things Quote Stamp

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 11, 2013

Hi everyone! It's Sephi here! As you can see from the card below I went a little "wild" with the Wild Things Quote stamp! A friend of mine lived in South Africa for a year and when she came home she brought some lovely fabric, beads and charms for me to play with. I'd been saving them for the right project and I think this is it - they suit the Wild Things quote perfectly!



My second sample is an ATC that I made with images from the Wildnernessmontage sheet. If you've never stamped on acetate, give it a go! It'seasy and looks great too.


Darkroom Door products - DDQS004 Wild Things 
Wilderness Montage

Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Other - acetate, sewing needle, thread

1. Affix the Wildnerness images to the ATC base (2.5 x 3.5 inches).
2. Stamp the Wild Things quote on acetate using black ink. Lay it over the ATC and stitch it in place. Trim the edges.


Wilderness Card Set

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 26, 2009

A couple of months ago I had a set of cards published in Simply Cards magazine (both UK and Australian editions) using the Wilderness Photochips, Wilderness Vol 1 & Vol 2 Stamp sets. Here's a look at the cards:














Full instructions can be found in Simply Cards Issue 18 (Australian edition) and Issue 60 (UK edition). 


Hope you enjoy!






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Guest Artist - Jill Geraghty Groves Part 2

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jill has been busy again... and this project blew me away! Check it out:




Darkroom Door Wilderness Montage
Darkroom Door Wilderness Filmstrips & Wordstrip
Muslin, ribbons, buttons, old papers...




Jill says:

I made this to celebrate the freedom and exhilaration of glorious nature!!!  All of the Filmstrips were heavily distressed using Distress Inks and soaking in water. When they were dry, I further sanded them to give them even more of a weathered look. I adore them!


Starting by layering distressed ( seeing a pattern here lol!) tags, I have machine stitched layers of tags and photos then chose some of the gorgeous wordstrips that inspire me to see the beauty in nature.


I have then dyed some muslin (dyed again with Distress Inks) and randomly stitched layers of muslin, flowers, leftover papers and ribbons, each toned in earthy colours.


To finish off I have added vintage buttons and then hand stitched glass beads and moss coloured thread.










Isn't this divine!!! I just want to run my fingers gently over the top to feel all that exquisite texture!


Thanks Jill!!!

Wilderness ATC Swap Video Gallery

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Wilderness ATC swap has been completed and I've finally been able to upload the video gallery to show off everyone's creations! Such great work again! Here's the video:



Hope you enjoy!


If you're interested in taking part in any of our ATC swaps, check out the full list in the sidebar on the left. We'd love for you to join us in the fun!

Wilderness Matchbox

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Our Guest Artist Michelle Loffler has created the cutest little altered matchbox using the Wilderness Collection, Venetian Papers and Photography Rubber Stamps. Check it out:





Darkroom Door Supplies used:

Wilderness Montage
Wilderness Wordstrips
Photography Rubber Stamps
Venetian Papers: Rialto (on the lid and outer sides), Ti Amo (for the inside base), San Marco (inside edges)

Wilderness Collection

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Today we're looking at the paper products from the Wilderness Collection which include the Wilderness Photochips, Wilderness Montage, Wilderness Filmstrips and Wordstrips.








I absolutely love landscape photography, especially in warm sepia tones. I also love traveling, hiking, adventure and exploring new and uncharted places! The photographs in this collection include areas such as Mt Kosciuszko, Mt Field, Blue Mountains just to name a few from Australia, along with Nepal, Belgium, Switzerland, Scotland, Thailand and more. It's a real mixture and can be used for so many different styles of projects.


Here's a few samples:




This card literally takes only a couple of minutes to make! Using the Photochip image with a Wordstrip underneath. Tip: Although it looks like the wordstrip is the full height of the card, I have only used two smaller sections which means there are no words underneath the Photochip. No point wasting words when you can't see them!

Here's a project using the Wilderness Montage:




I've used four of the middle sized images from the Montage to make a composite image for the card. I've added some texture by finding a little stick from the garden and have attached it with eyelets and twine. Added a couple of Wordstrip words and it's done!


The texture from the stick looks great and certainly adds to the overall 'feel' of the card:




Notice how I've been photographing all the projects in the wilderness too?


Also here's a tip for the Wordstrips. If you don't want them to be white, they can easily be coloured with inks. Just sponge your desired ink colour over the top of them. Distress Inks and other dye inks work really well. Here's a sample of what they can look like: (white original Wordstrip at the top, Olive green ink sponged on the left, Coffee & Sepia ink sponged on the right.)




So remember the Wordstrips can be altered to any colour you choose!


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Wilderness Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 23, 2009

Today we'd like to share some projects using the Wilderness Vol 2 stamp set:




I love this set. The two quotes on this set are some of my most favourites - and I love the detail in the forest image. It has been a busy weekend here, so I've only had time to do two samples today... here they are:




I've created a light background using Mushroom and Stonewash Alcohol inks onto white glossy cardstock. Then stamped the image with Archival Jet Black ink. Mounted it onto the card, stamped 'explore' and mounted it over the image to complete. The 'take a walk on the wild side' quote is also appropriate for this image!


Here's an ATC:




I stamped the leaf with Cranberry Adirondack ink several times without re-inking to give the shadow effect. The compass is stamped with Rust Adirondack ink and punched out with a 1 1/2" circle punch. (we always try to make our circle stamps fit a punch so it's easier to create with!) Then stamped the quote, trimmed into individual words and added to the left side of the ATC.

Here's some other ideas for both Wilderness Vol 1 & Vol 2 stamp sets:

  • Mix and match the quotes to the different images throughout both sets.
  • The trees from Vol 1 can be stamped several times in a row to create a longer border of trees.
  • Brayer sunset colours behind the silhouette images (trees & mountain range).
  • Colour the images with Marvy Le Plume pens (or other colouring mediums).
  • Stamp the forest image from Vol 2 set in white ink on a coloured background to create a wintery scene.

So there's just a couple of ideas to get you started! These stamp sets are great for making cards or projects for adventurers, travelers, explorers, men, women or anyone!


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Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 22, 2009

I'm so pleased to see that you're enjoying the projects and products! Thanks again for all the ideas and inspiration that you are bringing with your comments :)


Today we are moving on to the Wilderness Collection... firstly the Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamps:




The Wilderness Collection was born from my love of hiking, nature and wild places. The stamps in this set are very detailed with many possibilities for each one. Here's a couple of cards I've created with them:




The mountain image was stamped onto white glossy cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. The image was then coloured with Marvy Le Plume markers to give colour to the water and foliage. The quote was stamped with black ink, trimmed into separate strips and adhered over the bottom of the image. Added some fibres, mount the image and it's done! I have a huge stash of fibres that I have collected over the years and these stamps are the perfect reason to bring them out again! Just adds that textured 'wild' look!


Here's another card:




Using the wild trees stamp, it has been stamped with Sepia ink, then sponged the cardstock around all edges. Added some twine - again going for the more natural embellishments. I also think adding some twigs and small sticks would be great too. The quote was stamped in Sepia ink and sponged the edges. I also stamped the quote a second time on scrap cardstock and cut out the two words 'wild' and 'free' and added to the quote with foam tape just to emphasise those words a little more. It's a simple card, but so great for all those people who love earthy colours and love nature! I also think the wild trees stamp would look great embossed in one of the brown Distress Embossing powders! The texture would be fabulous. Something for me to try later.


Moving right along... here's an ATC:




This time I've used the smaller single tree branch stamp to go around the edge of the ATC in Olive ink. Stamped the quote in Sepia ink and trimmed them to be separate words. I've also added a waterfall image from the Wilderness Montage. (Loving those smaller images on the Montage sheets!!)


There's so much that can be done with this stamp set, especially combined with the Wilderness Vol 2 stamp set and other Wilderness images - but we'll move onto those over the next couple of days!


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