Today I’d like to share with you two pairs of projects that I have created using the Darkroom Door Abstract 08 stamp. The projects have a common thread of using the stamp with coloured Archival ink – I find it changes up the look of a design with a simple change of ink colour.
First up, I have two cards that were created using the Darkroom Door Abstract 08 stamp along with imagery from Darkroom Door 1920’s Chic stamp set. The simple colour scheme of red, black and white brings some elegance to the cards.
This pair of tags use the same idea of stamping with coloured ink and this time I’ve also added other elements from Darkroom Door Tall Flowers stamp set that have been stamped with coloured ink. The backgrounds were created with a mix of spray inks and acrylic paint and then some torn book paper. I added some words from the Darkroom Door Dream Big Sentiment stamp to give the tags a message.
Today I’d like to share with you a trio of cards I have created using the Darkroom Door Vintage Label Frame stamp. I have quite a collection of Frame Stamps from Darkroom Door and find they are designed to work beautifully with many other images in the collection. Each will accommodate a number of the Quote and Eclectic stamp images and they are great to layer with stamped images and ephemera as I have done for this trio of cards.
First off, I’d like to share this simple card featuring the Darkroom Door Vintage Label Frame stamp and images from the Home Sweet Home set. I stamped the quote and houses onto some neutral coloured patterned paper and fussy cut before layering over the Darkroom Door Vintage Label Frame stamp. A few brads, some extra patterned paper as layers and the card was complete.
I love to layer stamped elements over the edge of other pieces, and I’ve used that technique for this card. I had stamped the Darkroom Door Vintage Label Frame stamp over a background made using Distress & Distress Oxide Inks and tore one of the longer sides to give the card extra texture. The feathers come from Darkroom Door Feathers stamp set
and were stamped using Ranger Wendy Vecchi Make Art ink then fussy cut. A stamped and layered greeting from Darkroom Door Happy Birthday stamp set was a finishing touch.
There is something about butterflies mixed with shimmery backgrounds that brings out the happy. For this card, I stamped the Darkroom Door Vintage Label Frame image over a background created with Dylusions Shimmer Sprays. A trio of butterflies from Darkroom Door Fine Butterflies stamp set was stamped onto watercolour card using Ranger Archival black ink and coloured with Ecoline Markers. They layered beautifully with the frame stamp and a greeting from Darkroom Door Birthday Word Block stamp.
I’m just popping in with a pair of projects featuring the recent Darkroom Door rubber stamp release, this time I’ve been creating with Number Medley stamp set. I love the variety in this set, from printed sections to little snippets of hand-lettered numbers there are lots of options. This set will likely slot in nicely with many of the Darkroom Door sets you already own so I’ve decided to showcase it using two older stamp sets – Steampunk and Venetian Vol 2.
First up, let’s go adventuring! I created the background for this one by spreading my page randomly with texture paste and allowing it to dry. Then I applied a few colours of Faber-Castell Gelatos and smooshed them together to cover the background. The Gelatos spread easily and pick up the beautiful texture from the initial layer.
Next, I stamped over parts of the page using elements from the Darkroom Door Numbers Medley stamp set using Ranger Archival black ink. I also stamped a number of the elements from the Darkroom Door Steampunk and Number Medley stamp sets onto smooth white card.
I added a touch of colour to the adventure word, gentleman and balloon then fussy cut the stamped elements before adding to my page. Edging around the page with black Archival ink finished it off nicely.
I enjoy layering different elements to create a journal page and creating unique options using rubber stamps helps my vision for a page come together in a cohesive manner. Limiting options to a few colours and stamps helps the page to work together to tell your story.
For this page, I began by randomly painting my page with colours that played happily together such as pink, orange, blue and purple. I was careful to add the blue/purple sections after the orange parts had dried so I didn’t create mud!
Next, I went in search of some plain patterned paper that would match the colour palette and found some sheets of lovely old Basic Grey. I stamped the sheets randomly with images from the Darkroom Door Number Medley stamp set, then cut them into scalloped sections to use as a border.
A bit of watery ink gave them a lovely grungy look.
To complete the page, I stamped and coloured some images and the quote from the Darkroom Door Venetian Vol 2 stamp set. The scalloped borders and stamped images were then layered onto my page along with Tim Holtz Idea-ology pieces and some ornate trim. The page came together very quickly once all of the separate parts were prepared.
I have another set of projects to share from the recent Darkroom Door rubber stamp release, this time I’ve been creating with Abstract 07 Stamp. I really like the format of these stamps as it allows you to use them as a long strip to cover the edge of a journal page or across a card front but you can also bend it up to use just parts of the image as you hand stamp with it. I’ve used it both ways to create a set of projects to share with you.
First up is a cute card where I’ve curled the Darkroom Door Abstract 07 Stamp up a bit and stamped all over a cardstock panel in different coloured inks. Then, I took one of the colours and sponged the background to help incorporate all the different hues. I thought the chaotic collection of dots needed a bit of extra, so I added a sprinkling of tiny buttons. The card was finished off with some layering, a ribbon and a sentiment from Darkroom Door Warm Wishes stamp set.
For the next pair of cards, I stamped Darkroom Door Abstract 07 Stamp across a card panel using two different coloured inks.
I love the variety of Eclectic stamps created by Darkroom Door, they give so much scope for using them in different ways. For this card, I stamped the Darkroom Door Crayons Eclectic image a couple of times and cut the crayons apart to make colouring easier. Each was coloured separately and attached over the cardfront to create a fun, happy card.
Swapping around the ink colours and using a flower image from Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamp set gave this card a very different look.
A quote from Darkroom Door Botanical Script stamp set finishes the pair off nicely.
A simple mix of complementary colours always brings a pop to a handmade card and I’ve used that technique to create the colour scheme for this card.
I often make a bunch of backgrounds ahead of time and used a Distress Ink one for the blue panel in this card. The dotty panel was created by stamping with a variety of blue inks using the Darkroom Door Abstract 07 stamp. I had curled it up with my hands so that only a small portion of the image was in contact with the card. A layered flower image from Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms 2 stamp set and sentiment from the Darkroom Door Word Block stamp completes the card.
I’ve discovered that I love to create simple, minimal pages sometimes in my art journals. I’ve found it quite a meditative process, especially as I keep the colour palettes and techniques really simple.
For this final project using the Darkroom Door Abstract 07 stamp, I simply dripped runny paint across the top of a page in a Dylusions Dyalog Black Insert Journal and set it aside to dry. The colour needs to be quite opaque and pale for this to work. I stamped Darkroom Door Abstract 07 Stamp randomly over the top painted part of my page using an orange Distress Oxide ink. The Distress Oxide inks have a wonderful opacity that makes them visible over darker backgrounds.
A simple botanical shape sketched in white ink and quote from Darkroom Door Botanical Script stamp set finished the page. Nice and simple.
Darkroom Door Abstract 07 Stamp
Darkroom Door Warm Wishes stamp set
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 2 stamp set
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamp set
Darkroom Door Botanical Script stamp set
Darkroom Door Crayons Eclectic stamp
Darkroom Door Word Block stamp
Dylusions Dyalog Black Insert Journal
Ranger Distress & Distress Oxide Inks
Ranger Archival black ink
I hope you have enjoyed this little snippet of inspiration. Make sure you pop over to Darkroom Door to see the rest of the January 2020 release!
I have another trio of projects to share with you from the new Darkroom Door release, this time I’ve been creating with Dream Big Sentiment stamp.
These long stamps are a great size for running top to bottom over a card front as I’ve used below, but they also give you a bunch of themed sentiments to use on a variety of projects. Just stamp out the whole image and snip out the individual sentiment you are after. Don’t forget to tuck the rest of the strip away for next time you need a quick word or two.
I think this card covers a few different occasions – the recipient can almost do a ‘choose your own message’ from it. The background was created by stamping Darkroom Door Spanish Tiles background stamp over a dictionary page painted with acrylic paint. I used Distress Oxide ink for a lovely opaque effect.
Can you tell I love creating different backgrounds? This was a simple one – a few squirts of Dylusions Shimmer Spray over watercolour card and then I overlaid a piece of bubble wrap and set the card aside to dry. The bubble wrap left the most wonderful abstract pattern behind.
I think the range of sentiments on this stamp will give you lots of options for greeting cards, scrapbooking and art journaling. I trimmed out a positive message for this shimmery card.
I like being able to separate the words of a sentiment or quote stamp and put them into a different arrangement for art journal pages. This means they can become a greater feature on the page, as I have done here.
This page was created over a background painted in pale shades of grey and apricot acrylic paint, I found a couple of interesting succulent images in a magazine and thought they would look good with the sentiment I wanted to use. The little birdie is Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic – he looks so cute on the page with the plants!