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! 

Arty Mosaic Collage Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 29, 2015
Hi there stampers! Today we have 5 inspiring projects using the Arty Mosaic Collage Stamp! This stamp has so many possibilities! The stamp has been designed in a way for you to experiment with the following stamping 

1. Stamp the image as is for a quick and easy design! 
2. Make a continuous pattern by stamping the image side by side or around the edges of the first impression. The squares will fit next to each other easily. 
3. Trim out strips of squares. If you look at the image at a slight angle, you can see the straight rows of squares. Just stamp and trim to use the rows individually! 
4. Create smaller 'diamond' shape patterns by trimming smaller sections of the stamp in any pattern or size you choose. 
5. Create arrows! Simply trim three squares in an arrow shape!

These are just some of the ways this stamp can be used. Let's take a look at some projects. First up, Rachel Greig has created a card by stamping the Arty Mosaic onto a painted background, then added a few extra pop up squares on top with 3D adhesive. 

1. I often have scrap background pieces left over from other projects or experiments. This background piece was a random left over from a painting session. I simply stamped the Arty Mosaic Collage Stamp over the top of the background using Archival Jet Black ink pad. I like to use Archival ink when stamping over paint as it will dry easily on top. 
2. Trim around the edge of the stamped image with scissors. Adhere to black cardstock. 
3. Stamp the French Script Background Stamp onto a folded kraft card base. Adhere black cardstock with stamped panel to the front. 
4. Stamp the Arty Mosaic Collage Stamp onto cream cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink. Cut out a few various squares and mount them over the corresponding square on the background, using 3D foam adhesive to raise it a little. 
5. Stamp words from the Creativity Word Block Stamp onto cream cardstock, trim and adhere to card with 3D foam adhesive. 

Teresa Abajo shows how the Arty Mosaic looks when used as a continuous pattern:

1. Using a stamp positioner tool, cover the entire front panel of this card with the Arty Mosaic image in black ink. Colour parts of it with Wilted Violet Distress Marker and a waterbrush. 
2. Pour a little pile of gold embossing powder into the bottom right hand corner of the panel and heat it from underneath until it is molten. 
3. Stamp the Compass Eclectic Stamp into the molten embossing powder. 
4. Stamp the words from Prague Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set, cut them into strips, then adhere them over the gold motif.

For a classic card, here's how it looks in black and white:

Stamp the image using Archival Jet Black, then shade some parts using Black Soot Distress Marker and a waterbrush.

Susie Campbell shares two great ideas on how the Arty Mosaic can be used as a background piece. 

Darkroom Door's Arty Mosaic collage stamp is so much fun to work with! I had a wonderful time experimenting with how it stamped on a waxed paper bag.
1.  Stamp Arty Mosaic Collage Stamp onto a waxed white paper bag (I stamped it on the matt side) and heat set it. Trim image to size.  Fold it in half lengthwise.  
2. Stamp map from Venetian Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set on light silver panel and the flourish from the same stamp set to the right hand side of map. Trim to size.
3. Stamp mask from Venetian Vol 2 set onto white panel and trim to size. Stamp mask once more onto a scrap of vintage paper that has a small amount of text. Cut away upper section of mask (the eye area) and layer onto mask panel.
4. Layer mask, paper doily, map panels onto a variety of sparkly silver papers with a cream card for the base. Add folded Arty Mosaic stamped panel below mask section.
5. Machine stitch mask and Arty Mosaic into place.
6. Add button, lace and stamped sentiment 'mere disguise' from Venetian Vol 2 set to complete work.

Susie has also created a canvas where she has used the Arty Mosaic as a subtle background. 

1. Paint two layers of gesso onto blank canvas board.  When dry add layers of warm white, titanium white and skin tone along with a dash of paynes grey. I painted with my fingers, but a brush may make less of a mess. I find it easier to control and blend the paint with fingers.
2. Stamp 'large Japanese script' on top right section of canvas from the Japanese Calligraphy Stamp Set. Then stamp 'Arty Mosaic' onto white tissue paper using beige ink and heat set. Cut apart the image into three sections and use clear gesso to affix to the left hand edge of canvas. Go gently as the paper is a little delicate. I roughed up some of the edges with my finger nail once it was down to give it a distressed look.
3. When dry, add a light layer of white paint over different sections of the canvas. Affix beaded lace scrap to lower right section of canvas using clear gesso.
4. Add floral Japanese fabric (paper would work too). I cut around some floral pieces and added it to the layering, using clear gesso to affix. You may like to blend the fabric in the lower section of the canvas by swiping coordinating stamping ink and dashes of white paint, heat setting as you go.
5. Stamp 'orchids' from Orchids Stamp Set using beige ink onto canvas and heat set. When dry, add a thin transparent layer of gesso over the blossoms - this will act as a placement guide when gluing tissue paper orchids in place. 
6. Stamp 'orchids' once more onto white tissue paper using beige ink. Heat set the ink, fussy cut around the blossoms and affix each matching blossom to image on canvas with clear gesso. I found I needed to add one more tissue paper blossom to help balance the work.
7. Stamp 'Geisha' from Kimono Vol 2 Stamp Set directly onto canvas with black ink (to help with placement of tissue paper image) and once it's dry, add a layer of white gesso over it. Stamp 'Geisha' onto tissue paper with black ink and fussy cut around image. Affix to work using clear gesso.
8. Stamp 'love script' onto small fabric scrap of silk and add to top right corner of work using clear gesso. Add any additional pearls to complete work.

Here's how the canvas looked mid way where you can see the Arty Mosaic as part of the background:

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Arty Mosaic Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Creativity Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door Compass Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Prague Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Venetian Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Kimono Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Japanese Calligraphy Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Orchids Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Marker: Black Soot, Wilted Violet
Versafine Ink: Toffee 
Versamagic Ink: Midnight black
Gesso: White and Clear
Aquash Water Brush
Paint: white titanium, warm white, skin tone and paynes grey
Various papers - silver, grey, cream, vintage encyclopedia, white, and waxed paper bag
Sewing machine with black thread
Doily, lace, button, small canvas board, beaded lace, Japanese floral fabric, white tissue paper, silk fabric scrap, pearl sticker
Hope you have enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by today!

Photographie Collage Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Hello! Today we are sharing cards and tags created with the Photographie Collage Stamp

First card was created by Rachel Greig:

1. Stamp Photographie Collage Stamp onto gloss cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Sponge over the top using Shabby Shutters and Stormy Sky Distress Inks. 
2. Stamp 'Look right here' and 'Click' from the Photography Rubber Stamp Set onto kraft cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink pad. Trim and ink around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 
3. Trim black cardstock to fit onto the front of an brown folded card. Adhere a torn strip of corrugated cardstock down the left side. Attach a filmstrip along the corrugated strip using a stapler. Adhere black panel to the front of a folded brown card. 
4. Adhere the stamped Photographie image to the card, tucking it under the filmstrip. 
5. Adhere the stamped words to finish the card. 

Liesbeth has created a card and a tag with a vintage style:

1. Stamp the Photographie Collage Stamp onto a piece of white paper with black ink, cut out and colour some areas with Vintage photo ink and some water using a fine brush. Sponge the edges with Vintage photo as well. 
2. Glue it onto a black piece of cardstock, just a little bigger. Take a bigger piece of white paper and stamp the 'Light Value' stamp from the Photography Rubber Stamp Set several times at the edges with Memories ink Sand and Distress ink Vintage photo. 
3. Sponge the edges using Vintage photo and black ink adhere the stamped image as shown. Mat onto a black card. 

1. Stamp the Photographie Collage Stamp onto a white piece of paper using Memories ink Cup O' Joe, cut out and sponge the edges with Distress ink Vintage photo and a bit of  black ink. 
2. Stamp it again on another scrap of white paper, with black ink this time and cut out the word Photographie and the camera. Sponge the word and camera using  Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 
3. Glue them onto the brown stamped image. Take a 8" inch tag, stamp the filmstrip from the Photography Rubber Stamp set at the edges and stamp the 'Light Value' stamp (from the same set) on the tag using Memories ink Sand. 
4. Sponge the edges of the tag with Vintage Photo and stamp the sentiment from Box Brownies Rubber Stamp set as shown, using black ink. Stick the image onto the tag and add a piece of thin rope. 

Belinda Spencer has created a really grungy vintage style of card with lots of distressing and layering.

1. Stamp the Scratches Background Stamp onto smooth white cardstock, cut to size, using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Rub in some Brushed Corduroy Tim Holtz Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Distress the edges and ink again with the Brushed Corduroy ink. Stick down on a black cardstock base.
2. Using the Jet Black ink, stamp the Photographie Collage Stamp three times onto smooth white cardstock. Also stamp the Film Frame Stamp once. Cut out all four pieces and apply the Brushed Corduroy ink using the ink blending tool. Distress the edges of the three Photographie images. Cut the Film Frame in half and layer all of the pieces together. Stick down on the card front.
3. Stamp the film frame and sentiments from the Photography Rubber Stamp Set onto scrap white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Also stamp ‘happy birthday’ from the Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set. Ink all pieces using the Brushed Corduroy ink. Ink the edges with Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Add to the card front. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Photographie Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Box Brownies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Film Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Stormy Sky
Size 10 Tags
Gloss Cardstock
StazOn ink: Jet black
Memories ink (Hero arts shadow ink), Cup O'Joe; Sand
Ink Blending tool 
Aquash brush
Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon

Thankyou so much for stopping by the blog and checking out our projects today. I hope it has inspired you to get grungy and inky too!

Inky Irises Collage Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 22, 2015
Hi there! Today we have 5 beautiful cards to share using the new Inky Irises Collage Stamp!

Godelieve Tijskens has created 3 cards with different techniques, showing how the stamp can be used in a variety of ways:

1. Create a background on a crafsheet, using Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade and water onto smooth watercolor paper.
2. Use gesso to stamp some white dots in the lower corner, with the Dots Texture stamp.
3. Stamp the Inked Irises using Archival Ink Jet Black.
4. Start colouring the flowers with pencils on top of the Distress Ink Background.
5. Compose the card and add a sentiment from the Happy Birthday stamp set.


1. Stamp the Inked Irises with Versamark ink on a piece of vellum.
2. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. Cut out.
3. Apply glue to the top edge of the image and adhere to a colorful background.  I used a monoprint from my stash, that was made with Acrylic paints by Dina Wakley and a stencil on a gelatine plate but you can also use patterned paper.
4. Assemble the card, finished off with some ribbon

1. On cold pressed watercolor paper, stamp the image using a light shade of Distress Ink, such as Antique Linen.
2. Use an acrylic block as a palette for watercolouring by pressing an inkpad onto the acrylic block. Then pick up the ink with a wet brush to color the image. Repeat with different colours of ink until you have finished.
3. The stamping underneath the image will turn almost invisible, so all you see is the watercoloured image.
4. Add splatters using the same inks.
5. Fold the card.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Inky Irises Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Distress Inkpads: Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean
Archival Inkpad: Jet Black
Acrylic Block
Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper: Canson
Colored Pencils
Gesso: Talens Amsterdam
Versamark Inkpad
Embossing Powder: WOW Opaque Bright White
Monoprint or Patterned Paper

Connie Mercer has created two stunning cards in earthy tones, I love Connie's use of colour to give the Irises a vintage feel!

1. Stamp two impressions of Inky Irises. Fussy cut the large Iris, shade with Archival Ink Butter Cup and Fern Green. Set aside. Shade the second impression with Archival Butter Cup Ink (the flower part).
2. Use the Chicken Wire Background to stamp over the second impression. It will give the effect that two flowers are behind the wire and one is in front of the wire.
3. Square up and mat on yellow cardstock then white cardstock. Adhere to card front.
4. Add punched corners. Stamp sentiment from the Wings Stamp Set and fussy cut. Adhere fussy cut Iris, sentiment and black rhinestones (top of iris). For a little shimmer go over Iris with Wink of Stella/clear.

1. Stamp the Fallen Leaves Background Stamp on white cardstock using three different inks. I used Archival Ink by Ranger.
2. Stamp around the edge with the Stitched Border Rubber Stamp set. Adhere to card.
3. Stamp Inky Irises Collage Stamp on white cardstock. Shade with Distress ink, using several different colors.
4. Stamp over the mail date stamp with Black Archival ink using the mail date stamp from the Correspondence set.
5. Square up and mount on card front. Stamps leaves using the three inks you chose for the background stamp and fussy cut.
6. Stamp sentiment from the Whimsical Words Rubber Stamp set and fussy cut. Punch two corners and attach to card front. Add leaves and sentiment.
7. For a little sparkle go over the leaves, sentiment and irises with Wink of Stella: clear.
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Inky Irises Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stitched Borders Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Whimsical Words Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Chicken Wire Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Fallen Leaves Background Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Buttercup, Fern Green
Cardstock: white, yellow, sage green.
Wink of Stella: Clear
Black rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Dear Daffodils with Copic Markers

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 15, 2015
Hello! It's Robyn here today sharing two cards I have created with the new Dear Daffodils Collage Stamp coloured with Copic Markers! 

I live in Brisbane, Australia and we tend to only see daffodils in a bright shade of yellow. Until I attended Floriade in Canberra, I never knew they came in other colour combos. A Google image search reveals a wide range of colour combinations are possible for daffodils with colours ranging from pale cream to deep apricot. So get creative when colouring your Dear Daffodils!

To create this floral pair, stamp Darkroom Door Dear Daffodils Collage stamp onto white cardstock using Momento black ink and colour with Copic markers. I used a selection of yellow, orange and apricot colours and a few different shading techniques for the petals. Try tip to tip blending and palette blending to get a nice graduation of colours. I used pale colours for the background but you could also try darker shades – just be careful when blending as the paler colours are a little more forgiving.

Trim the images closely and tie some twine around the bottom. Mat twice before attaching to card front, tearing the bottom edge of one of the layers for interest. For greetings, stamp a small sized one from the Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set and punch with a circle punch, layer with a slightly larger circle. Attach to card with foam tape. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Dear Daffodils Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Momento Ink: Tuxedo Black
Copic markers – BG32, BG11, G40, Y35, Y13, Y18, YR02 

Thanks for dropping by today! 

Watercolour Dear Daffodils Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hi stampers! It is Anna-Karin here today with a card using the new Dear Daffodils Collage Stamp. This is such a pretty stamp and can work for so many different occasions. 

I made a card in warm brown tones, with lots of texture. Normally, I would do spring type of cards with Daffodil images and this was a fun change. The flowers were watercoloured with Brusho crystals. I took a few step photos to show how it was created. 

Stamp the Dear Daffodils stamp on hot press (smooth) watercolour paper, with a waterproof ink. This is a detailed stamp, and it is easier to get a good impression on smooth than on textured paper.

Paint the flowers with clear water and sprinkle on a tiny bit of Yellow Ochre Brusho Crystals, you only need a few crystals. Spread the paint out with a paint brush. 

Paint the surrounding area with clean water and sprinkle Sandstone and Moss Green Crystals on top. Move the paint around with a paint brush. Again, you need just a few crystals to cover the whole card. 

Emboss a folded piece of kraft-core cardstock in the Happy Texture Textured Impressions Plus folder. The folder has a clever slot into which you can place the card, so that only the front is embossed. Emboss in a Big Shot Plus machine. 

The embossed background. If you don't have a Big Shot Plus machine, you can use any embossing folder and run it through twice to cover the whole card.

Die cut a Postage Stamp Frame from brown kraft-core cardstock, sand and ink. Also sand and ink the embossed cardstock background. 

The Dear Daffodils stamp is such fun to watercolour and I love the script pattern in the background. 

Stamp a sentiment from the All Occasions Rubber Stamp Set on a Tattered Curvy Banner and ink the edges. Add a few pearls to the card for a final touch. 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Dear Daffodils Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door All Occasions Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colours: Yellow Ochre, Moss Green, Sandstone
Tim Holtz Core'dinations Kraft-Core Cardstock
Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour paper
Sizzix Dies: Tim Holtz: Tattered Curvy Banners, Postage Stamp Frame
Sizzix Happy Texture Plus Embossing Folder

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Pretty Poppies Collage Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 09, 2015

Hi there stampers! We are so excited to be sharing our newest release of Collage Stamps with you this week! If you haven't yet seen the new stamps, jump over here to check them out! 

Today we have Anneke De Clerck and Godelieve Tijskens on our blog today sharing some beautiful projects with the new Pretty Poppies Collage Stamp

Here are two cards by Anneke:

1. Collage book text, ledger paper, patterned tissue paper to a card panel using gel medium. 
2. Brush a thin layer of gesso on top.
3. Apply small amounts of green, light blue and white paint with a plastic card.
4. Stamp the collage stamp and the text with Archival Ink Jet Black.
5. Stamp the collage stamp twice on stamping paper and cut out the largest poppy from each print.  Curl the petals slightly with a pencil, this adds dimension to the flowers. Attach the left poppy with regular glue and the right one with foam tape.
6. Colour the centres of the poppies with Distress Ink Twisted Citron and a water brush.
7. Make cross-stitches with embroidery floss.
8. Add orange paint dots randomly with a needle tip applicator.
9. Adhere the panel to a white square card.

This next card shows how it looks embossed in white:

1. Stamp the Pretty Poppies with Versamark Ink on smooth (hot pressed) watercolour paper. Heat emboss the print with Opaque Bright White embossing powder.
2. Colour the flowers and background with Distress Ink using a water brush.
3. Distress the edges of the panel with a paper distresser and draw lines around the panel with a metallic gel pen (gold).
4. Attach a strip of self-adhesive foil (gold) to a white card base.
5. Adhere the panel to the card with foam tape.

Godelieve has created two beautiful cards with a watercolouring technique to achieve two different looks:

1. The Pretty Poppies Collage Stamp was stamped with Archival Plum Ink pad. 
2. The image was watercolored with Distress inks Cracked Pistachio and Victorian Velvet
3. To create a resist I used a white crayon on the centre of the flowers and on the script.
4. The sentiment is from the Simply Circles stamp set, stamped with Archival ink and punched out using a 1" circle punch.

1. The Pretty Poppies stamp was stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black
2. The image was watercolored with Distress Inks Peacock Feathers, Festive Berries and Black Soot. 
3. A Distress Marker (Mowed Lawn) was used to color the stem and centre.
4. Before the panel was adhered to the white card, the front of the card was covered with the Pretty Poppies stamp using Distress Ink Peacock Feathers.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Pretty Poppies Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Pad: Plum, Jet Black
Royal Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Titanium White
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Tangerine, Sky, Lime
Golden Fluid Acrylics: Permanent Green Light
Distress Ink: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, Milled Lavender, Cracked Pistachio, Victorian Velvet, Peacock Feathers, Festive Berries, Black Soot
Distress Marker: Mowed Lawn
White Crayon
1" Circle Punch
Versamark Ink
WOW embossing powder: Opaque Bright White

Thank you for visiting the blog today! Wishing you all a creative weekend!

New Release: Collage Stamps and Texture Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 08, 2015
Introducing our NEW Collage Stamps and Texture Stamps! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist

New Collage Stamps

New Texture Stamps

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Palette Blending Technique with Patchwork Butterfly

Darkroom Door - Sunday, August 02, 2015
Hello, it’s Robyn Wood with you today sharing a card featuring the Darkroom Door Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp. I love how interesting this stamp is – it has snippets of many of the Background Stamps miniaturised as pattern for the wings.

For this card I used a palette blending technique to watercolour the butterfly with dye based stamp pads. I find this a handy technique to use when you want to get the colour just right and you don’t have markers that suit. I modelled my colour choices on the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly, it has a beautiful graduation of blues, yellows and greens on the wings plus a pop of red near the head.

1. Stamp Patchwork Butterfly using black ink onto white cardstock.
2. Add small amounts of Mustard Seed and Salty Ocean Distress Ink to a non-porous surface. I used a clear stamp block so you could see the colours but a non-stick craft mat works well. Pick up a bit of colour from each patch with the Aquash brush and use the block surface as a mixing palette to create a couple of different colours.

3. Colour the wings, adding a pop of red marker near the head and trim out closely.
4. Stamp notecard twice using French Script Texture stamp and Watering Can ink. Make the image disappear a little first by wiping the wet stamp with a baby wipe or tissue prior to stamping.

5. Stamp two corners with Coffee Stain Eclectic stamp using Weathered Wood ink.
6. Distress the edges of the journaling card and sponge with Weathered Wood ink.
7. Add two torn strips of washi tape to card base and affix journaling card. Affix coloured butterfly at an angle.
8. Stamp the words from Wildflower stamp set using black ink and affix to card. Add a bit of torn washi tape for interest.


• Any paper with a soft abstract pattern will work, just alter the ink colours to match.

• If the paper doesn’t have a line border – draw one in using a fine black pen.

• Use a damp paint brush if you don’t have an Aquash brush.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp

Darkroom Door Wildflower Stamp Set Vol 1

Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp
Ranger Archival ink: Jet Black, Watering Can
Ranger Distress Ink: Weathered Wood, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed
Red Marker
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Aquash Brush
Prima Epiphany Journaling Notecard
Washi tape, black card base

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed learning how I made this card. Don’t forget that we would love you to upload your own Darkroom Door projects to our new Darkroom Door Inspiration Facebook page.

Stitched Borders Rubber Stamp Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Hello there! Today we are sharing lots of fabulous project ideas using the Stitched Borders Rubber Stamp Set! This stamp set has 11 stitch designs that you can use as borders or to add some faux stitching to your projects! The length of each stitched border stamp is over 6" (150cm) in length, long enough to cover a usual card front in one go. These stamps would also work well in art journals! 

Teresa Abajo has created three projects to show the different stitches:

Stamp the XXX and Hearts stitched borders onto white cardstock with Archival Red Geranium ink pad. Mount onto black and red cardstock, then adhere to folded white card. Stamp the large open heart from the Hearts Stamp set onto white card and trim around the outside and the inside of the heart. Adhere over stamped stitches. Stamp 'Love' from the Hearts Stamp set onto white card using Archival Red Geranium ink pad and trim around the letters. Adhere over heart to complete. 

Stamp the block zig zag stitched border onto white cardstock using Archival Magenta Hue, Venetian Orange and Monarch Orange Ink pads. Stamp the straight stitch stamp in between using Archival Monarch Orange ink pad. Mount onto orange tag. Stamp sentiment from Happy Birthday Stamp set and adhere to tag. Adhere flowers and leaves. Thread ribbons and twine through top of tag to complete. 

Stamp Roses Photo Stamp onto white cardstock using Archival Watering Can ink pad. Adhere to pink cardstock. Wrap lace and silver mesh around the stamped image. Stamp the flower Stitched Border onto white cardstock using Watering Can ink. Trim and adhere to lace. Add small silver gems to the centre of the stitched flowers to add some bling! Add word from Bright Blossoms Word strip and adhere entire panel to folded white card.  

Connie Mercer has created some beautiful cards using the Stitched Borders Stamps:

Stamp Sewing Spools Background stamp on white cardstock using several different colors of ink. Trim out and stamp around the edges with the straight stitch from Stitched Borders set in black ink. Stamp out the Stitched Threads Frame in black ink and trim out. Make a mask of the frame and place it over the stamped frame. Add the different Stitched Borders using different color inks. Adhere to front of card. Add buttons and sentiment. Mount on matching pattern paper.

Stamp French Script Texture stamp on the pattern paper in two places. Use the straight Stitched Border stamp around the front of the card. Stamp out sentiment using 'love' from Simple Sayings Stamp set and 'you' from Thank You Stamp Set and adhere to front of card. The heart embellishment is by Tim Holtz/Sizzix. Stamp half scallops from the Stitched Borders set at the bottom of the card. Stamp out x's and use them as embellishments on the card. Stamp one heart in bottom corner. 

Susie Campbell has created a soft and pretty tag using a combination of real laces with the Stitched Borders Stamps:

Using one of my favourite colour palettes as the starting point, I gathered together a selection of ink pads, trims, lace, leather, beads, a button and thread that all tied in well with together. I used a piece of 'Mixed Media Cardstock' by Ranger as the base and stamped a selection of trims from the 'Stitched Borders' stamp set, leaving spaces to add ribbon, lace and threads later. There is a separate panel affixed to the top section of the card which features a punched border along it's edge. The card was then embellished with the trims, leather hearts, lace, pearl stickers, thread, a dated label and button. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Stitched Borders Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Thank You Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Sewing Spools Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Stitched Threads Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Roses Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Friends Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Wordstrip
Ranger Archival Ink
Ranger Mixed Media Cardstock
Aquash brush
Sizzix Hearts Die
Paper: Fancy Pants
Ribbons and Lace

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