First Class Typewriter Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 29, 2014

Hello, it's Susie here. I've been having fun playing with Typewriter Collage Stamp. Having a secretarial background in my distant working life, I can relate well to this stamp!

1. Stamp Typewriter collage stamp on the bottom left corner of a piece of watercolour paper (smooth side). Add scripted text images from both the Correspondence and Vintage Office stamp sets with red and grey ink.
2. Stamp postmark stamp (Correspondence) twice, in red ink.
3. Stamp the three rubber stamp images and ink well (Vintage Office) with black ink and 'First Class' label with red ink on white card. Trim to size.
4. Layer sections of vintage text around the Typewriter collage image. Add two mini paper clips to the edge of work.
5. Stamp scripted text on edges of a separate page of vintage text and affix collage work to this.
6. Embellish with stamped images, vintage postage stamp, punched vintage text and a pen nib.
7. Finally, mount onto folded watercolour card.


A simple colour palette can help tie elements together. Using neutral colours (white, taupe and grey) with a splash of red helps to make focal images really pop.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Typewriter Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Vintage Office Rubber Stamps
Ink Pads: Red Brick (VersaMagic), Onyx Black and Smokey Gray (VersaFine)
Watercolour paper, vintage novel and postage stamp
Tim Holtz pen nibs and mini paper clips

Thanks for visiting Darkroom Door today!

3D Patchwork Butterfly Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hi, Connie here with a 3D card using the Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp. This is a very cool technique that makes the design really pop off the front of the card. 

1. These are the sizes I worked with, 5" x 3 1/2" , 4" x 2 1/2", 3" X 1 1/2" . Cut all three sizes out of cardstock or pattern paper.
2. Stack them together on top of each other, putting the smallest in the middle on top.
3. Take a small piece of adhesive and place it in the middle on the back of each piece of cardstock to keep the stack together. This means the stack doesn't move while I stamp the image.
4. Stamp the image on top of the stack. The stamp will stamp onto all three panels.
5. Take the stack apart and matt each section with cardstock.
6. Put the stack together again and you will be pleasantly surprised at the image.  It looks 3D.
7. Mist with brown spray mist. 
8. Add embellishments and sentiment.
9. Adhere card front to card.
Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door All Occasions Rubber Stamps
Ranger Archival Ink
Trims, flowers, stick pin
Jillibean Soup pattern paper
Thanks for stopping by!

Typewriter Collage Stamp Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 25, 2014

Hi! Belinda here today to share with you a card I created using the fabulous Typewriter Collage Stamp with lots of distressed and torn layers of book paper in keeping with the 'type' theme.


1. Swipe some gesso over a piece of book paper using a make-up wedge. Allow to dry completely.

2. Apply the Tyoewriter Collage Stamp onto the book paper using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink.

3. Tear around the image and ink the edges with Antique Linen Tim Holtz Dustress Ink. Crinkle the paper up a bit.

4. Layer the stamped piece onto to more pieces of gessoed book paper torn to size. Ink all pieces and crinkle slightly. Stick down onto the black cardstock base.

5. Stamp some leaves from the Leaves Rubber Stamp Set onto some scraps of book paper. Scrunch up a little and then staple together with a piece of Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon on top. Add a sentiment cut from a Wordstrip.

6. Place the Tim Holtz Schoolhouse Layering Stencil over parts of the card and apply some Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso using a make-up wedge.

7. Attach the leaf cluster to the bottom left hand side of the card.

8. Cut out an image from the Friends & Lovers Photobooth sheet. Sand around the edges and ink with Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Distress the edges and apply the Antique Linen ink again. Add to the top right hand side of the card. Staple on a couple of pieces of Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon and attach a Tim Holtz Hinge Clip.

9. Cut out a sentiment using random letters from various Wordstrips. Add a Tim Holtz Stencil Type letter and tie some twine onto the hinge clip.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Typewriter Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Friends & Lovers Photobooth
Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
Darkroom Door Prague Vol 2 Wordstrips

Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch

Ranger Black Gesso

Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Schoolhouse
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Filmstrip Ribbon, Stencil Type, Hinge Clips

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my card today. Don't forget to check back tomorrow for some more inspiration from the Creative Team.


Patchwork Butterfly Canvas

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 15, 2014

Hello, it’s Robyn joining you on the blog today to show you a canvas project using the Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp. I love butterfly stamps and Darkroom Door has me in heaven with the variety that were already available but I think this one will be my all time favourite!

I’d like to show you how to create a small canvas using some different collage and painting techniques as well as give you an idea on how to use Viva Decor Croco Crackling Colour. You could easily alter the design of this canvas for use on a card or scrapbook page.

1. Tear dictionary paper into strips about 3cm wide and adhere strips to canvas. Paint a watery layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the dictionary paper to give a white wash effect but allow some of the wording to show through.  Dry thoroughly.

2. Add a small amount of Squeezed Lemonade Distress Paint to the middle section of the canvas and spread well with a wet brush. Add a little Evergreen Bough Distress Paint to the edges. Use a wet brush to blend the green with the yellow paint in the centre and also paint a wash of colour on the sides of the canvas. Take care not to obscure the dictionary wording too much.

3. Sponge edges of canvas with Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers.

4. Using the Artistcellar Sea Foam stencil and Archival Aquamarine ink, sponge parts of the stencil over the canvas. Ink edges with a little Archival Deep Purple ink.

5. Ink Darkroom Door French Script background stamp with Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire and stamp parts of the image randomly over the canvas.

6. Smear some Orange Croco Colour across the canvas, about 3cm up from the bottom edge.My smear is about 5cm wide and runs roughly horizontal across the canvas.

7. Sponge a small manilla tag with Squeezed Lemonade & Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. Stamp in Archival Black with ‘wheresoever you go . . . ’ image from the Darkroom Door Wings stamp set.  Adhere to canvas as shown.

8. Paint chipboard floral flourish and flower pieces using Precious Metal Colour - Orange Yellow, Pink, Olive. Adhere to canvas and accent flowers with adhesive pearls.

9. Stamp Patchwork Butterfly using Momento Black ink onto Copic Blending Cardstock. I coloured the image using the Copic colours listed below but you can use any combination or other markers. 

10. Trim out the butterfly and add some wire for antennae.

11. Attach butterfly by adding glue to just the middle section so that the wings can be bent up a little for some extra dimension.


• Allow each stage of painting to dry well before starting the next. Croco Crackling Colour is best left a full 24 hours before continuing.

• To Copic colour the butterfly – use BV13 on the outside dark part of the wings and tips and add a little BV13 in parts to darken the purples.  Add BG09 to a few sections of the wings. Colour the ‘veins’ of the wings with a light touch of BG09. The rest of the wings were coloured with a combination of YG07, YG13 & BG09 using a palette blending technique. Colour the wings quickly and work on each side alternately, keeping the Copic cardstock well saturated for even blending effects.

• I find wet glue works best in this type of project.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp

Artistcellar Sea Foam stencil
Momento Ink – Tuxedo Black
Copic Blending Cardstock
Ranger Distress Paint – Evergreen Bough, Squeezed Lemonade, Picket Fence
Ranger Distress Ink – Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Archival Ink – Aquamarine, Deep Purple
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Viva Decor Precious Metal Colour – Orange Yellow, Pink, Olive
Viva Decor Croco Crackling Colour – Orange
Copic markers – BV08, BV13, BG09, YG07, YG13
5” x 7” Canvas
Chipboard floral flourish
Dictionary paper
Manilla tag, adhesive pearls, wire

I really hope you enjoyed this project! It is a little time consuming so if you work in stages the canvas will come together nicely. I’d love to see a picture via the Darkroom Door Facebook page if you happen to make something similar.

Until next time,

Create Art

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 11, 2014

Hi, Connie here with a card using the Create Art Collage Stamp and Paint Splats Stamps Set stamped on watercolor paper.

1. Spritz the watercolor paper with water and stamp the Create Art Collage Stamp.
2. Using the PAINT SPLATS Rubber Stamps, use a contrasting ink color and stamp some splats randomly over the CREATE ART stamped image.
3. Mat your card base and stamp random splats and drips on the mat.
4. Stitch a small paint brush to the CREATE ART front.
5. Adhere mat and watercolor front to the base of the card.
6. Mat again using white cardstock to the backside only. The stamped tag goes between these two layers.
7. The sentiment is from the Full Bloom Wordstrips.
8. Add a few pearls.
9. Sign and deliver :):)

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Create Art Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Full Bloom Wordstrip
Ranger ink
Pattern paper

Thanks for stopping by today!

Emulsion Frame Fathers Day Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, August 09, 2014

Hello stampers! It is Anna-Karin here today with two cards made with the Emulsion Frame Stamp.

First up is a Father's Day card, also using the new Steam Locomotive Collage Stamp. You can of course use a different sentiment if you want to and, for example, make it into a birthday card instead. The train was stamped with black ink on smooth cardstock and coloured with Distress Ink.

The Emulsion Frame was the perfect size for the collage stamp and I decided to emboss it on top of the train with white embossing powder. This forms a really great frame for the collage stamp and makes it stand out more. The sentiment was stamped on a Curvy Tattered Banner die cut. There is an old book page behind the train. 

For the background, I used a Prima patterned paper and stamped it with the Map Background stamp and Tree Bark Archival Ink.
On the second card, I used the Emulsion Frame to frame a Quote stamp.  We had this particular saying on a wall in my Primary School and I always like it. The frame was stamped with black ink on a ticket die cut, which was inked with Distress Inks. I stamped the sentiment with Watering Can ink. Some dots were white embossed with the Dots Texture stamp and I distressed the edges of the ticket.
The Mini Prize Ribbon was die cut from mat board twice, using only the circle from the second die cut. After inking, it was stamped with the Music Background stamp and coated with Glossy Accents.
The background was stamped with the Brick Wall stamp, using Watering Can ink, and inked with yellow and orange Distress Inks.
Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Emulsion Frame Stamp

Darkroom Door All Occasions Stamp Set
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Steam Locomotive Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Music Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Playing Quote Stamp
Surfaces: Ranger Manila Cardstock; Neenah Smooth Cream cardstock; Prima Vintage Vanity A4
Dies: Sizzix: Tattered Curvy Banners, Big Ticket, Mini Trophy & Prize Ribbon
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can, Tree Bark, Potting Soil; Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs,  Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Barn Door, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade
Embossing powder: Ranger Seafoam White
Embellishments: Darkroom Door: Montage Robot; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Symphony Tissue Tape, Mirrored Stars; twine

Thank you for stopping by today! Happy Stamping!

Create Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hi! Belinda here today to share with you my latest art journal page featuring the fabulous Create Art Collage Stamp, which I have stamped and coloured with Distress Markers.

I first began this page as an example of how to use Faber-Castell Gelatos and mists in a class I was teaching so the coloured base was already there. The colours were quite dark and I wanted the stamped image to really stand out so I swiped some gesso over the central area of the page using an old credit card. I gave it a couple of coats for good measure. Next I stamped the Create Art image onto the dry gesso using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. I coloured it in with various Tim Holtz Distress Markers and then misted it with water. I lifted the top of the page and sprayed a little more water in various places to make the colours run as you can see in this close-up.

Once dry, I applied various other stamps around the edges of the page to give the border more interest. Lastly, I flicked over some Tattered Angels Glimmermist to create a few more splatters of colour.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Create Art Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Artist Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brush Strokes Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black / Aquamarine
Ranger Distress Ink Seedless Preserves
Ranger Distress Markers

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my art journal page today. I hope you feel inspired to play in your own art journal. Don't forget to check back tomorrow for some more inspiration from the Creative Team.


Bleached Steam Locomotive Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 28, 2014

Hi , it's Liesbeth again. Here's a card using the new beautiful Darkroom Door Steam Locomotive Collage Stamp!

I first stamped the Locomotive stamp  onto white cardstock using Memories ink Cup-O-Joe end cut it out. I pressed my  Distress (Vintage Photo)  ink pad onto the craft sheet, spritzed water and sweeped the paper through the ink to create a very vintage look. I bleached the men and some accents by using a water brush filled with bleach. I stamped some gears (Steampunk stamp set) with black ink and sponged the edges black as well. Onto another, bigger piece of paper I stamped several Steampunk stamps. I used Sand, Vintage Photo and black ink. Onto a separate piece I stamped the text 'New York Central' and cut it out. I sponged every piece with Vintage photo to make it look aged. I glued the Locomotive onto the background and added the text by using two metal brads. I finished with créme and brown cardstock.
Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Steam Locomotive Collage Stamp

Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set

Memories ink: Cup-O-Joe; Sand
StazOn ink: Jet Black
Distress ink: Vintage Photo
White, créme and dark brown cardstock
2 brads

Thanks for looking, hope to see you next time soon !

Typewriter Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 07, 2014
Hi, it's Liesbeth here with a card using the new beautiful Typewriter Collage Stamp!


I first stamped the Typewriter Collage Stamp onto white cardstock using StazOn ink Jet Black and cut it out. I pressed my Distress ink pads (Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn,Shaded Lilac) onto the craft sheet, spritzed with water and sweeped the stamped paper and a die cut through the ink to create the background colours. I bleached the typewriter and some accents by using a water brush filled with bleach. I teared out a piece of an old book page and sponged it with Distress ink Vintage Photo to create an old look. Glued everything onto a piece of black cardstock and a brown card as shown and cut out the top area in a round shape. Cut the text from the Wordstrip Prague Vol. 1, sponged a little with brown and green Distress ink and added it by using foam tape. To finish the  card, I attached some metal embellishments.
Supplies Used:
DDCS015 Typewriter Collage Stamp
DDWS007 Prague Vol 1 Wordstrip
StazOn ink: Jet Black
Distress ink: Vintage Photo; Mowed Lawn; Shaded Lilac
White, black and dark brown cardstock
Metal embellishments
3d foam tape

Hope you like it , see you soon!

The Sewing Bee

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 04, 2014
Hello, Lynne here today with a box I altered using the fabulous new Sewing Collage Stamp.

Apply gesso to papier mache box before applying paint.

Lightly apply Memento ink with a baby wipe.  Heat set.

Working on one area at a time:- Stamp Sewing Collage onto tissue paper with Memento ink, heat set with heat gun then apply the stamped tissue paper to the box with Gel Medium. Repeat this process until the sides of the box are covered.

For the lid:- Stamp the Sewing Collage once onto tissue paper applying to the lid with Gel Medium. Leave to dry.

Sponge Distress Ink onto the box.  Heat set before applying Indigoblu Slap It On to seal the box.

Apply paint to four vintage Bingo counters and a touch of Distress Ink.  Adhere to the bottom of the box with Gel Medium.

Sew a vintage button to lace before adhering the lace to the rim of the lid.


When applying the stamped tissue paper be generous with your application of Gel Medium.

Apply two coats of the Slap It On to make the box more durable.

I painted the bottom of the box but left the interior unpainted as I liked the contrast of the Kraft style appearance of the papier mache.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Sewing Collage Stamp
Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Memento Rich Cocoa
Martha Sewart Paint – Putty
Gel Medium
Indigoblu Slap It On
Heat gun
Extras:- papier mache box, white tissue paper, vintage button, lace and vintage Bingo counters
Until next time, thank you for your visit to the Darkroom Door Blog.