Create Art Palette Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a colourful, arty themed card using the Darkroom Door Create Art Collage Stamp. Over the past year I have been learning to draw and paint so I have a tub of paint brushes just like this one constantly on my desk. My messy paint palette gave me the perfect inspiration for this card.

The Darkroom Door Collage Stamps are great to use and very versatile. If you aren’t much of a ‘colourer’, just stamp the image onto a smudgy, random, colourful background and you will be good to go.

1. Create a card front measuring approximately 14cm x 14cm. Add some colour to the front by smearing with Distress paint.

2. Create a ‘paint palette’ shape approx 8cm square using white cardstock. You can either free draw the shape or use a Google image search to find a suitable clipart image to use.

3. Add splotches of paint around the edge of the palette and allow to dry. Adhere to card front.

4. Stamp Create Art Collage stamp using Archival black ink. Sponge centre of image using Distress Squeezed Lemonade ink. Sponge Distress Tumbled Glass around the edge of the image, taking care not to add too much colour to the side with the paint tubes.

5. Drip a few drops of water over the sponged parts and allow to dry. This will add to the arty, splotchy feel of the card.

6. Colour the brushes, paint tubes and paint jug using various colours of Smooch Inks.

7. Adhere brush collage to card front.



• When smearing paint over the card front, add colours carefully so that they don’t blend and go muddy.

• Smooch Inks are pearlescent and will give a shimmer to your card but you can use whatever medium you like to colour the brushes – Distress Markers will work well.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Create Art Collage Stamp
Ranger Distress Ink – Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass plus various other colours
Ranger Archival Black ink
Smooch inks – various colours

This card would be great for the arty person in your life and altering the colours would make it suitable for any age. I hope you enjoyed learning how to make it!

Until next time,


Lady Lace Tag and Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, June 13, 2014
Hello stampers! Anna-Karin here today with a card and a tag made with the new Lady Lace Collage Stamp.

This is such a lovely stamp and the collage stamps are perfect for quick projects, since they cover quite a bit of paper and immediately become the focal point. Here I stamped it with Archival Jet Black on a tag die cut from white cardstock. The image was coloured with Pan Pastels, aiming for a soft look. I also used the pastels to colour the edges of the tag.

Smear Black Soot Distress Ink on your craft sheet, mist once with water and pick up with a paint brush. Tap the handle of the paint brush to splatter ink on the tag, for a great distressed look. The tag was finished with tissue tape and a tassel die cut from patterned paper. To continue the music theme, I stamped the Sheet Music Background Stamp on the strip of paper wrapped around the top of the tassel.

I also made a card, using similar techniques. Lady Lace was stamped on white cardstock and again coloured with Pan Pastels and splattered with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. It was mounted on a piece of crumbled up Kraft Glassine paper and a ledger patterned paper which was first stamped with the French Script Texture stamp and the Coffee Stain stamp.

I stamped a sentiment from Gum Trees on a die cut banner. For an embellishment, I made an accordion flower using a Sizzix die.

Supplies Used:

Lady Lace Collage Stamp

Sheet Music Background Stamp

Gum Trees Stamp Set

French Script Texture Stamp

Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp

Surfaces: Neenah Smooth Solar White cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Mini 8 x 8 paper stash, Kraft Glassine paper; Tim Holtz Core’dinations Color-Core Cardstock; Graphic 45 Secret Garden 6 x 6 paper pad; Prima ledger paper
Dies: Sizzix: Tag & Bookplates, Paper Tassel, flowers

Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black

Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Black Soot

Pastels: Pan Pastels
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Chit Chat stickers, Symphony Tissue Tape, Black & Cream Trimmings; lace trim

Thank you for stopping by today! Happy Stamping!

Floral Texture Patchwork Butterfly Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Hi, Connie here with a card made from the new Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp and the Floral Texture Stamp.  I loved how these stamps complimented each other in this card design.
1. The images were stamped on a sheet of watercolor paper that had a wash of light brown color on it.


2. The images were stamped with Ranger Archival Ink (Fern Green, Potting Soil).


3. The Butterfly was colored in with LuminArte' H2O's.


4. The edges of the watercolor paper were torn to make a rectangle.


5. The rectangle was matted on cardstock and then to the front of the card.


6. Seam binding ribbon was added along with the sentiment.  The ribbon was colored with the H2O's (teal)


7. Acrylic white paint was splashed on the front with a toothbrush (thin out the paint).

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Love Birds Stamp Set (sentiment)
Darkroom Door Floral Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi)
LuminArte' H2O's
Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabber
Thanks for stopping by!

Create Art with Distress Inks

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Goodly Morning folks . . .  Hels here today with a card I made using the delicious new Create Art Collage Stamp. I am lucky because I get to play with lots of different Darkroom Door stamps and I know I shouldn’t have favourites . . . but . . . this is deffo one of them.  The style and the collage within the design is just perfect – as ever it is very detailed and the stamp picks up all those little details making it so versatile.

I have used a few different techniques to make this little card.  Starting out with the basic stamping – I used Jet Black Archival ink, the beauty of using this oil based permanent ink means that I could use Distress Ink and a waterbrush to colour the images and the original image won’t run.  I started off by blending Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs over the image to give it a bit of a base colour.  I then used several different Distress Ink colours including Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Mowed Lawn, each time I squidged the pad onto my craft sheet and used a waterbrush to collect ink and then paint in the little bottles and brush tips. The cute bottle that the brushes are all sitting in needed a bit of colour so I used Tumbled Glass, shading the bottle darker at the edges of it. The easiest way to shade when colouring in with a Distress Ink is to layer your colour on, dry it with a heat tool and then layer some more on. That way you don’t get the card too wet and you aren’t continually blending out the colours you have painted on.

I wanted to add a little extra depth to the card so I grabbed the oh-so-versatile Creativity Word Block stamp and stamped using Jet Black Archival Ink onto cream card. I then immediately covered the image with Ranger’s Antiquities Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder and heat set it. The photo doesn’t really show up the texture of the embossing powder on the words, believe me, it is there . . . very tactile and also it is matte finish. To add a little bit of gloss to the card, I used Glossy Accents to highlight the word *art*.  Simple matting onto black card and then onto the card base finished my card off.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Create Art
Darkroom Door Word Block Stamp: Creativity
Distress Ink
Archival Ink Jet Black
Frosted Crystal Antiquities Embossing Powder
Glossy Accents.

That’s all from me for today . . .  thanks for looking!


Resist Watercolour Patchwork Butterfly

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 25, 2014
Hello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a male themed card using the Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp. The techniques I’d like to share are how to use a white crayon as a resist to create the background and also how to combine Distress Inks and an Aquawash brush for a watercolour effect. Both techniques are really simple but will add some variety to your card making skills.

1. Stamp Patchwork Butterfly using Archival Black ink.

2. Scribble some Distress Markers onto a Non-stick Craft Mat and use the Aquawash brush to pick up colour and paint onto image. The Aquawash brush gives a soft, watercolour type effect. Trim out image.

3. Stamp Circles Background stamp using Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and add some white crayon to random parts of the image. The crayon will act as a resist for the next step.

4. Sponge the background with Distress Ink in Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Rusty Hinge. The areas with the crayon will stay white.

5. Layer Circles background with black and mount onto a dark blue card front.

6. Add some textured trim across the card front.

7. Adhere butterfly using foam tape on just the centre and bend the wings upwards a little for some movement.

8. Trim out some words from your favourite Wordstrips and add to the wings.


• If you can’t see where you have drawn the white crayon – hold your cardstock at an angel to the light and it will be easier to see.

• You can substitute Distress Inkpads for the markers to colour the butterfly.


Darkroom Door Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp
Ranger Archival Black ink
Ranger Distress Ink – Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Rusty Hinge
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Distress Markers - Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Evergreen Bough
Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mat
Aquawash brush/paintbrush
White crayon
Wordstrips - Venetian

I hope you enjoyed learning how I made this card and the two techniques I have shared. The crayon resist technique can be used on all types of images.

Until next time,


Thank You Typewriter Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, May 08, 2014
Hi, Suzz here with a card using the Typewriter Collage Stamp! This card was created as a thank you note for an Administrative Assistant who helps out in the office all the time.

1. Stamp the Typewriter Collage Stamp using Ranger Archival Ink Watering Can onto white cardstock. I stamped it a second time using Ranger Archival Black ink on white cardstock.


2. Cut out the typewriter and postage stamp from the black ink images. Tear the edges of the gray stamped image.


3. I then used watercolor pencils to highlight the stamped images. I found a few paper clips and inked them up with StazOn ink to add a patina of black.


4. I smeared blue dye ink onto my craft mat and added spritzes of water to get a nice soft blue and dragged a piece of white cardstock into the blue ink. I let that dry and cut it to fit the front of the card. I placed my torn main image onto the blue background. I then attached the telephone and postage stamp using pop dots.  


5. Cut the Thank You from the Full Bloom Wordstrips and attach to the card. I added a few finishing touches with twine, staples and my inky paper clips on my card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Typewriter
Darkroom Door Wordstrips: Full Bloom
Archival Ink: Watering Can, Jet Black
Watercolour pencils
Staz On Black Ink
Blue Dye ink
Paper clips, twine, staples

Happy Inking,

Lady Lace Collage Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Hello, Lynne here today sharing two cards featuring one of the new collage stamps, Lady Lace Collage Stamp.


1. Stamp the Floral Texture Stamp with second and third generation using London Fog ink pad.


2. Stamp French Script Texture Stamp the same as for Step 1 but only down the left and right edges.


3. Flick watersoluble black crayon onto the cardbase.


4. With brayer ink up Lace Lady Collage Stamp with Tuxedo Black ink and stamp onto tissue paper. Adhere, with Gel Medium to vintage French book page. Leave to dry.


5. Tear around the image and ink with Black Soot.


6. Ink up only the lace design and stamp onto margin of vintage book page. Fussy cut.


7. Stamp French Script with Tuxedo Black onto margin of vintage book page. Ink edges.


8. Layer the Lady Lace image, fussy cut lace and French Script onto cardbase.


9. Stamp Paris postal mark.  Cut out and adhere to Lady Lace image.


10. Stamp Elegant, again on the margin of vintage book page.  Ink edges.  Adhere to cardbase.


11. Embellish the card with Tissue Tape scraps, jute bow and pearl stickers.

Here's my second card:

1. Stamp the French Script Texture Stamp with second and third generation using London Fog ink pad.

2. Flick watersoluble black crayon onto the cardbase followed with Distress Ink Black Soot on the edges.

3. With brayer ink up Lace Lady Collage Stamp with Tuxedo Black ink and stamp onto tissue paper. Adhere, with Gel Medium to vintage French book page. Leave to dry.

4. Once dry tear around the image and ink with Black Soot.

5. Ink up text and lace elements on the stamp. Stamp onto margin of vintage French book text.

6. Stamp Graceful, Paris postal mark and French Script Texture Stamp onto the margins of vintage book text.

7. Assemble all stamped elements to cardbase embellishing the card with lace, pearl stickers and grey paper flower.


1. For large detailed stamps a brayer is a useful tool.

2. When using vintage book text always retain any unused blank margins as they are perfect for stamping words, etc.


Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Lady Lace
Darkroom Door Texture Stamp: French Script, Floral
Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps: Corsetry, Montmartre
Distress Ink Black Soot
Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog
Caran d’ache watersoluble black crayon
Speedball brayer
Gel Medium
Extras:- white tissue paper, watercolour brush, pearl stickers, grey paper flower, lace, vintage French book text and 7”x5” cardbase

Thank you for your visit to the Darkroom Door Blog.


Style Is Eternal Sewing Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Hello, it's Godelieve here. Today I want to share a card I made with the gorgeous Sewing Collage Stamp. Love this stamp, the sewing machine looks exactly like my Mum's. Brings back memories of my Mum, making clothes for us when we were kids.
I stamped the Sewing Collage Stamp with Archival Ink Potting Soil, a nice brown ink. To color it in I used several Distress inks and a brush, an acrylic block was my palette. The fabric behind the stamped piece was cut with pinking shears. I added a lady and words from the 1920's Chic stamp set.
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps: 1920's Chic Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Collage Stamp: Sewing Collage Stamp
Archival Ink: Potting Soil
Distress Ink pads in several colors
Thanks for visiting Darkroom Door Blog today!

Steam Locomotive Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 05, 2014
Goodly Morning, tis Hels here again with a card using a brand new collage stamp: Steam Locomotive. This stamp is right up my *track* as I used to drive trains for a living, so anything that is train or railway oriented is going to be a hit with me.

The collage design of the Steam Loco stamp has lots of intricate details and I especially love that there are men up on the locomotive itself, it gives the viewer some kind of idea how big these steaming beasts were, also they add a touch of realism to the design. As the stamp is so intricate I didn’t want to overdo the colouring, so I plumped for Distress Ink and a waterbrush to colour in. The stamped was inked with Jet Black Archival ink and stamped onto cream card. I used a base of Old Paper Distress Ink to add some age to the card and then used Forest Moss Distress Ink, squidged onto my craft sheet, to paint in the engine and tender. I noticed that it was a Great Western Railway loco, hence the green, as they were always green. Once that was coloured I used a light application of Vintage Photo to the chimney and bell as they would have been brass and I didn’t want to add a metallic into the vintage look.

Once I had the stamped image coloured, I set about collecting some travel themed papers, using Tim Holtz Destinations papers, making little mats for the main image to sit on. I also grabbed the large clock as it says “grand central” on it – not quite a British Railways image but it is a station after all so I used artistic licence. I cut a couple of straps from Grungepaper, coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and scruffed up a bit and then attached to the card using brads.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Steam Locomotive Collage Stamp
Distress Inks: Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Old Paper, Forest Moss
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Tim Holtz Destination Papers

That’s all from me for now, I hope you like my interpretation of one of my new favourite stamps. Thanks for looking . . . TTFN

Vellum Patchwork Butterfly

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Hi, it's Godelieve here. Today's card was made with the gorgeous Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp on vellum.



1. I stamped the Patchwork Butterfly with Versamark ink onto vellum, and heat embossed the image with white embossing powder.

2. I have cut out the butterfly and stapled it onto corrugated cardboard using Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.
3. The tiny label was cut from the Full Bloom Wordstrips, and attached with a piece of twine.
4. I glued and stapled the corrugated cardboard onto a green sprayed background from my stash.




Extra tip: The butterfly can be colored at the back with Distress Markers before attaching it to the background.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Wordstrips: Full Bloom
Versamark Inkpad
Wow embossing powder: Opaque Bright White
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher


Thanks for visiting!