Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston Blog Hop

Welcome to the blog hop of Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston!

Darkroom Door have teamed up with Karen Burniston to bring you an epic blog hop this week. It is sure to be inspiration overload as you hop along and join in the fun! Make sure you read to the end to find out how you can win some free product. A huge thanks to Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston for organising the hop and inviting me to play, its been huge fun to participate.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you can join the hop by following the list at the end of my post. Each blog involved is listed and linked so you can ‘hop’ from one to the next easily, you don’t need to come back here, just follow from the post next on my list.

For my projects, I chose to use the Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop-Up #1011 & Word Set 1 – Greetings #1002 die sets. Using a pop-up die makes the process of designing a pop-up card so easy! No measuring or fiddling, the hard work is all done for you. I love how the little birdie pops up as you open the card – makes a nice surprise for the recipient.

I paired the dies with the new Darkroom Door Garden Birds & Grid Texture stamps to create an asymmetric gatefold card. The patterned paper used for the front panels was a little plain so I added a bit of texture using the Darkroom Door Grid Texture stamp and Rose Madder Archival ink.

I love colouring images and the new Darkroom Door Garden Birds are great to colour with Ecoline markers. The teensy hearts from the Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop-up add a cute finishing touch to the one on the card front;)

Check out how fine the detail is around the label die! Although I’ve known about Karen Burniston dies and their wonderful quality for ages, having some to create with was new to me. I enjoyed the opportunity to use them – they cut so beautifully and are really well designed.

I decided to do a second project and create a mixed media style tag. This time I’ve paired the large label die from Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop-up along with the ‘Hello’ from Word Set 1 – Greetings with the new Darkroom Door Butterfly Note Eclectic stamp.

First up I created a background with texture paste & Darkroom Door Large Mesh stencil then smooshed Gelatos over it for a rich layer of colour.

The Butterfly Note stamp was inked with Distress Oxide inks – firstly with Antique Linen and then I went around the edges and parts of the centre with Candied Apple. I followed a fan-type pattern to give the impression of markings on the butterfly wings. I quite like how the effect looked when stamped and the wetness of the Distress Oxide inks gives you a little time to get the pattern right.

Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away a prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter! Obviously, the more comments you leave the better your odds of winning.

Darkroom Door / Rachel Greig
Karen Burniston & Tanya Kostynuk
Belinda Spencer
Summer Hills-Painter
Teresa Abajo
Karen Aicken
Anneke De Clerck
Frances Byrne
Godelieve Tijskens
Shelly Hickox
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Mary Prasad
Robyn Wood  <—– YOU ARE HERE
Fran Sabad
Connie Mercer
Kelly Booth
Autumn Clark
Helen Cryer
Kymona Tracey










81 thoughts on “Darkroom Door & Karen Burniston Blog Hop

  1. Thanks for the inspiration! I love how you combined the single bird pop up with the asymmetrical opening. Beautiful coloring too…

  2. Super sweet bird card! Love that the bird pops out, what a wonderful surprise upon opening. Your tag is gorgeous. Amazing texture and color.

  3. Your sweet bird card is adorable. Great idea to use the pop-up with a gate fold card. Hops are always filled with such great inspiration.

  4. Great how the bird pops out at you when the cards open, didn’t expect it to, very pretty & tons of tiny detail & texture on your tag. Gorgeous.x

  5. I’m fond of birds with Ecoline markers, they are so beautiful! and the tag mixed media, all that I like, I will bring out my gelatos and this stencil! thanks for the inspiration, it’s beautiful. My big regret, do not often find these stamps in France .. they are so beautiful!

  6. After this hop, I may have to break down and buy some of Karen’s innovative dies! They really help create fabulous makes, as evidenced by your wonderful card and tag. Love the card, am head over heals for the tag! Thank you!

  7. Wow, such a beautiful card and tag, lovely colours and stamping, love the birdies, and the paste background on the tag ! Enny

  8. Wow, your card and tag are absolutely stunning, such beautiful colours, love the birdies and the tag background with paste ! Enny

  9. Love the bird stamps, asymmetrical gatefold design and a reminder to get out my gelatos, I haven’t used them in awhile! Thanks for all the inspiration and I agree the Karen Burniston’s dies take all the headache and frustration out of creating such fun interactive cards!

  10. Sweet card and tag! Love the set of bird stamps, and pop-up cards are always a fun surprise!

  11. I agree! I love working with Karen Burniston dies too! These stamp set look pretty neat too. Your cards are lovely. Keep up the good work!

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