Christmas Post Collage Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 30, 2015

Hi stampers! With only around 6 weeks until Christmas, it's time to start thinking about Christmas cards! Today we are sharing some great ideas using the Christmas Post Collage Stamp

Belinda Spencer has created two cards with a layered and distressed look.

1. Apply the Woodgrain Background Stamp to a piece of smooth white cardstock, cut to size, using Potting Soil Ranger Archival Ink. Rub in some Gathered Twigs Tim Holtz Distress Ink around the edges using an ink blending tool. Distress the edges and ink with the Gathered Twigs ink. Stick down on a kraft cardstock base.
2. Cut another piece of white cardstock slightly smaller than the first. Apply the Shadow 6 Up Frame Stamp using Red Geranium Ranger Archival Ink in the centre of this piece. Distress the edges and ink with Festive Berries Tim Holtz Distress Ink.
3. Apply the Christmas Post Collage Stamp three times onto some scrap white cardstock. Stamp it twice with the Potting Soil ink and once with the Red Geranium ink. Cut out all six squares from one of the brown stamped sets. Distress the edges of each square and ink with the Gathered Twigs ink. Stick down on the red Shadow 6 Up frame.
4. Fussy cut some images from the red stamped squares and glue over the top of the brown images on the card front. Cut out the 25 Dec circle from the second lot of brown images stamped and stick down on the card front.
5. Add a coil of red and white twine around the circular image on the card and staple in place. Now the card front can be stuck down on the Woodgrain piece.
6. Stamp the Brushed Stars Background Stamp onto a scrap of white cardstock using the Red Geranium ink. Cut out three of the stars and add to the card using 3D foam.
7. Stamp the 'Merry' from the Merry Christmas Rubber Stamp Set onto white cardstock using the Red Geranium ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam.

Here's another example Belinda created using just two of the squares from the Christmas Post Collage Stamp.

Suzz Czosek has created a soft sweet card with glitter:

1. Stamp image using Ranger Archival Watering Can on white cardstock.
2. Color image using watercolor pencils and waterbrush.
3. Distress edges of stamped image with distressing tool.
4. Stamp snowflakes on white cardbase using Watering Can ink.
5. Accent main panel with buttons, pearls, sequins, twine and glitter.
6. Assemble card.

Godelieve Tijskens has created a tag using the Christmas Post Collage Stamp: 

1. Cut a tag out of kraft cardstock.  Mine is handcut, size is 18 x 9 cm
2. Stamp the image with Archival Ink Potting Soil
3. Use colored pencils to color the image
4. Add texture by using a stencil and Distress Ink Frayed Burlap.
5. Ink the edges with the same Distress Ink
6. On the bottom of the tag I used my good old paper crimper
7. The tag was finished off with stickles on the ornaments, a punched circle as a tag topper, twine and a narrow strip of green cardstock 

Rachel Greig has used the stamp with Distress Markers:

1. Stamp Christmas Post Collage Stamp onto gloss cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink pad. Allow to dry. 
2. Colour the stamped image with Distress Markers. I have coloured directly onto the cardstock, but if you want a softer touch, use a waterbrush to blend the colours. 
3. Mount stamped image onto red and green cardstock. 
4. Stamp the pine leaf from Dear Santa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp set around the edges of a folded kraft card using Archival Olive ink pad. 
5. Mount the stamped image to the front of the card using 3D foam adhesive. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Christmas Post Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Shadow 6 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Brushed Stars Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Woodgrain Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Merry Christmas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Dear Santa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Postcard Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Snowflakes Eclectic Stamp
Archival Ink: Potting Soil, Red Geranium, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Festive Berries, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap
Distress Markers
Aquash Brush
Ranger Stickles
Paper Distresser
Kraft Cardstock
Gloss Gardstock
Tim Holtz Stencil: Dot Fade
Coloured Pencils
Circle Punch

We hope this kick starts your Christmas inspiration! Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Yuletide ATC Swap Gallery!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ohhh, we're into the single digits now! Today we have the Yuletide Artist Trading Card Swap Gallery to share with you... the music is lively... so be warned! Turn it up loud for some festive cheer!



Thanks to everyone who took part in the swap! We loved seeing all the different creations and all the different Santas! We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated in the ATC swaps throughout the year! Your enthusiasm to swap with each other and your never ending creativity is an inspiration to us all. Thank you so much for taking part and sharing your creations with us :) We look forward to hosting more ATC swaps in 2010!


If you're interested in taking part in any of our ATC Swaps, the list of upcoming themes and deadlines is in the sidebar. You can also see the swap details here.


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Countdown to Christmas - 23 days to go!

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 03, 2009

We're super busy here in the studio... so it's only a quick project for today! I've created some little gift cards using the Yuletide Montage sheet:




Darkroom Door Yuletide Montage
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set DDRS020
Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 2 Wordstrips
Green ribbon
Red & Green cardstock
1" circle punch
Archival Crimson Inkpad

Here's how you can make them...

Card on left:
1. Fold 15cm x 9.5cm red cardstock to create small gift card.
2. Adhere 10cm green ribbon to the front of card. Trim edges into a point as shown.
3. Trim large image from Yuletide Montage. Adhere to card.
4. Trim words from Yuletide Vol 2 Wordstrips. Adhere to bottom of Montage image.

Card on right:
1. Fold 15cm x 9.5cm red cardstock to create small gift card.
2. Trim panel of 4 small images from Yuletide Montage. Mount onto green cardstock. Adhere to front of card.
3. Stamp 'Peace, Love, Joy' postmark from Christmas Reindeer DDRS020 stamp set onto green cardstock. Punch out with 1" circle punch. Adhere to centre of card using foam adhesive.


How's that! Easy peasy. These would be cute hung around a bottle of wine or for your wrapped gifts!

See you again tomorrow with another project... and I hope you're all creating stuff to upload to the Darkroom Door Flickr group!! Remember... there's PRIZES!!!

Countdown to Christmas - 24 days to go!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Today's project is brought to us by Godelieve Tijskens (StampingMathilda). She has created the cutest gift bag:








Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Yuletide Photochips
Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Mini Merchandising Tag
Glassine envelopes
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Belgian Chocolate! (yum yum)




Wouldn't these gift bags be fabulous for little gifts for friends, teachers and colleagues? Or if you are having a sit down meal for Christmas, these would look great as place settings for each person. They could be filled with all sorts of goodies... little toys, games, cards, lollies, cookies, crackers, bon bons...


Godelieve has also created an Avent Calendar with lots of Darkroom Door stamps and images. She'll be posting a picture every day on her blog until Christmas. Check out the first day here!


Thanks for sharing Godelieve!!!


We've also noticed the Darkroom Door Flickr group has had some new Christmas projects added! We love seeing what you're all creating, so don't forget to upload your Darkroom Door Christmas creations to the Flickr group... we'll give away the first prize next Tuesday!


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Countdown to Christmas - 25 days to go! Plus there's a challenge and giveaway!

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Today is the 1st December... only 25 days until Father Christmas arrives in our house! So we thought we'd have a little countdown by sharing a Christmas project each day until the 25th Decmeber! Woot woot! There's nothing like doing a bit of Christmas craft to get into the festive spirit! I have a few projects from other artisians to share with you along the way too, so it's gonna be great!!

Most projects will be using the Yuletide Collection, but we may throw in a few Christmas Reindeer's or other festive projects created with other Darkroom Door supplies... who knows what we'll create!


Plus, we want to see what you're all creating with Darkroom Door goodies too! I think I smell a giveaway!!! Upload your Christmas creations to the Darkroom Door Flickr group and we'll draw a winner each Tuesday between now and Christmas to win a prize! I don't know what the prizes will be yet, but I'll rummage through the products and see what I can come up with.


In the meantime, check out our first creation:




Darkroom Door Yuletide Montage DDMN008
Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 1 Wordstrips DDWS009
Fiskars Lacy Days of Summer Border Punch
Maraschino, Ivy & White cardstock


Here's how you can create it:
  1. Fold 21cm x 15cm red cardstock to create a card.
  2. Trim white cardstock to 15cm x 8cm. Punch the Fiskars 'Lacy Days of Summer' border along both long edges. Adhere to top of red card.
  3. Trim small image strip from the Yuletide Montage. Adhere to 15xm x 3.5cm Ivy green cardstock. Attach to card as shown.
  4. Trim word from Yuletide Vol 1 Wordstrips. Mount onto Ivy green cardstock and adhere to bottom right corner of card.


The Montage sheets are so versatile - they can be used as a strip like this card or the images can be cut individually.

I'll be back tomorrow with another creation. In the meantime, we hope you'll start adding your Christmas creations to the Darkroom Door Flickr group


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Guest Artist - Melissa Phillips Part 5

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 28, 2009

Okay... get ready for Christmas! Here's some gorgeous tags created by Melissa Phillips...


Season's Greetings Tags:




Stamps:  Yuletide Vol. 2
Wordstrips:  Yuletide
Tags: White Size 8


I just LOVE these!! Melissa has used the Size 8 tags as the base - simply folded in half to create a little gift card. Then embellished with the Seasons Greetings stamp, buttons, ribbon and Wordstrips! So cute!!! All you need now is the brown wrapping paper or a paper bag for the gift and you're set!

Guest Artist - Melissa Phillips Part 3

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

We have another project to share from Melissa Phillips...


Noel card:





Stamps:  Yuletide Vol. 2
Wordstrips:  Yuletide Vol. 1
Tag:  Buff Size 8


Honestly, I think we should ask Melissa to share a project every day forever... don't you agree? Her art is amazing... have I mentioned how much I love the layers and texture? Yes, I think I have ;) It's gorgeous. Imagine receiving a card like this for Christmas... I'd leave it on display for months!


Thanks for sharing your talents with us Melissa!


And for all the readers... Melissa still has more projects to share... so stay tuned!


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Yuletide Collection

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 27, 2009

Today we are sharing projects using the Yuletide paper products which include the Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips:





When I was dreaming up this collection, I wanted to do a series of photos that were mainly red & white with a hint of green here and there. I wanted to create a collection that could be used for scrapbook layouts, Christmas Cards, gift tags, tree ornaments... the list goes on! I'm so happy with how everything looks together!


Here's a couple of samples:




When you want to send handmade cards but don't want to spend too much time making them, then use Photochips! This card is so quick to make. Simply adhere the Photochip to light green cardstock, tie red ribbon around the right hand side and attach to a dark green folded card. Trim a word off the Wordstrip and adhere to light green cardstock. Attach to the card to complete! Doesn't get easier or quicker than that!! You'd have all your Christmas cards made in no time at all :)


Here's another card:




For this I used one of the larger images from the Yuletide Montage. I trimmed the light green cardstock long enough to allow some of the white sheer ribbon to wrap around the bottom. Adhered the light green cardstock to red cardstock. Attach the Montage image and wrap the sheer ribbon around the bottom. Trim a word off the Yuletide Vol 2 Wordstrip and attach to the ribbon. Adhere entire piece to white cardstock, then onto a folded green card.


Here's some other ideas for this whole Yuletide Collection:


  • Any of the products can be used as accents or embellishments on scrapboook layouts. 
  • The Filmstrips and Wordstrips are a full 12" strip, so they can be used as an entire border on a layout. There is one vertical and one horizontal Filmstrip so you can have a border that goes up and down, or left to right on your layout.
  • Trim the Filmstrip into singular images for smaller accents on tags etc.
  • The tiny Montage images look fabulous on gift tags on your Christmas gifts!
  • Create Christmas tree ornaments with the Filmstrips by creating bottlecap accents. You can see the Prague ones here. Just drill a hole in the edge of the bottlecap, thread some ribbon through it to hang from a tree!
  • You can also create more tree ornaments by trimming two of the same sized Montage images and sticking them back to back so there is an image on both sides. Punch a hole at the top and thread some ribbon through to hang from the tree.


Hope you like the ideas!

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Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Sunday, July 26, 2009

Today we are sharing projects using the Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamps:




Judging by the amount of pre-orders we have for this stamp set - you must like it already! I'm with you on that, I love this set. There's collage, quotes, pine leaf, and some ornaments which can be used in so many ways. The collage stamps can be so versatile. You can just stamp them as is onto cardstock, or you can layer them and use different colours, depending on how detailed you want to go. I love the pine leaf too, so great for adding a bit of nature into your creations! And the ornaments.... oh I love those! I'll talk more about them in a moment though.


Firstly, here's a card I created using the Santa Claus stamp:




I stamped the Santa image into fawn cardstock with Sepia ink. Then mounted it onto green cardstock. Stamped the pine leaf randomly over the red folded card background using Olive ink. Adhered the mounted Santa image to the front. Stamped 'Believe', mounted it onto green cardstock and attached it to the card. Done! 

Here's a card showing the hanging ornaments:




First stamp one of the quotes in Olive cardstock. Then you know where you can stamp the ornaments. I simply stamped them in Crimson and alternated them in height. Once they're stamped, draw the line through the top loop to show they are actually hanging! These stamps would look fabulous embossed in a glitter embossing powder too. Or covered in a light layer of Stickles. 

Hope you like the ideas!


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Yuletide Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's time to introduce the Yuletide Collection! Let's begin with Yuletide Vol 1 Rubber Stamps:




We've had LOTS of requests for a Christmas themed collection, and I was keen to comply! Usually Christmas cards are made in large quantities, so I wanted to design stamps that were easy to use and still versatile so you can do more complex creations if needed. This first set concentrates mainly on trees and stars, with a holly sprig too. 

Here's some ideas on how to use this stamp set:


  • Stamp the tall tree a few times without reinking to get a shaded effect that looks like a forest. 
  • The smallest star fits perfectly on top of the tall tree. Stamp in gold or silver to make it a Christmas tree!
  • The forest of trees look great stamped on a landscape style card and also stamped again if you want a longer or larger forest.
  • The stars can be stamped to create a whole background, stamped and trimmed then adhered to cards with foam tape to make them stand out, stamped on gift tags... endless possibilities!
  • Combine all three stars together to form a star cluster.
  • Ink the holly with red and green ink or pens to make it look more realistic.
  • The quotes can be mixed and matched. We have included the '&' symbol so you can create things like 'Merry Christmas & Happy New Year' or "Love & Hope'


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




I stamped the tall tree onto cream cardstock using Olive ink, then stamped to the left and right without re-inking. I stamped the small star in gold ink at the top of the middle tree. Stamped a quote onto cream card using Olive ink then inked all sides with gold ink. Mounted both pieces onto gold cardstock, then onto the green folded card to complete! 


Here's another card:




Fo rthis card I stamped Merry Christmas & Happy New Year onto cream cardstock. The holly was inked up using Marvy Le Plume pens: 15 Olive Green and 46 Crimson Lake. I coloured the leaves green and the berries red. Then stamped around the edges of the card. By stamping the quote first, you then know how much room you have for the holly. You can see I stamped twice in some areas without re-inking just to give a bit more depth to the holly branches.


I want to show you the stars too, so here's an ATC:




I stamped the background with the flourish stamp from Ornate Elements stamp set using Olive ink. I stamped it first onto scrap paper, then onto the green card so it was just a 'hint' of a pattern. The stars were stamped onto cream cardstock using Crimson ink. I trimmed around them and adhered the large star directly to the ATC, then the smaller star over the top with foam adhesive. Stamped '25th December' onto a strip of red using Olive ink.


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