Christmas, Darkroom Door, Tutorials

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #23

Today I’d like to share a pair of ATC’s with a Christmas theme. If you aren’t into ATC’s, these can be easily adapted to create Christmas tags or use them as a focal image for a card.

Both ATC’s feature older Christmas sets by Darkroom Door but I find myself still using them year after year – I’m sure you would as well!

Nov ATC D

This ATC uses the Noel rubber stamp set and a word from a Yuletide Wordstrip.  The image was created using an embossing powder resist technique. Usually I use clear embossing ink and clear powder but for this one I used white embossing powder instead. 

Once stamped and embossed, trim the image to size and sponge with blue Distress Ink.  A touch of Distress Glitter on the leaves adds a bit of sparkle. A red bow and words finish it off.

Nov ATC C

The Christmas Reindeer stamp set was used for this one – the sweet reindeer was stamped with red chalk ink for a solid, matt image and trimmed out closely.  The word comes from the same set.  The paper underneath is also Darkroom Door and is a great background for the image.  A sprinkling of rhinestones gives Rudolf some sparkle.

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29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #19

Merry Christmas 1

Today I’d like to show you a cool technique using Gelatos.  The background for this card was made by first stamping cardstock with Darkroom Door Music background using Versamark ink and embossing with clear powder.

Scribble some red Gelato over the image and either rub with a finger or spread colour with a wet paint brush. For this one I added a touch of gold Perfect Pearls to the water to create a lovely shimmery effect.

Merry Christmas 2

Stamp three small trees using Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas and green ink and trim closely.  Mount onto cardfront and add a tiny button as an accent.  A Merry Christmas greeting finishes it off.

Merry Christmas

Hope this sweet card makes up for missing a day. Oops…

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29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #16

RW Dec 13 Card 2 (1)

There is a huge range of ‘tree’ dies around now and this one by Tim Holtz is one of my favourites.  It is so easy to make a veritable forest of Christmas trees!

RW Dec 13 Card 2 (2)

Start the card by stamping some dictionary paper with the Darkroom Door Flourish background stamp using clear Versamark ink and emboss with clear powder.

Paint with Silks pearlescent paint in Love Struck.

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Diecut a pair of trees using Tim Holtz die and edge branches with glitter.

Add a greeting from Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas set, raised on some foam tape.

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29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #3

DRD Swap Dear Santa 11-11 (2)

Today I’d like to show you an ATC I made way back in 2011 for a Darkroom Door ATC swap – it seems so long ago! Rachel’s ATC swaps are still going and you can find all the details for them here.  This year the theme for the December ATC swap is blue & silver. I could almost make these again and fit right inSmile

I’ve often made a bunch of ATCs to give to the ladies in my craft group at Christmas – they are a perfect way of spreading a bit of Christmas cheer.

DRD Swap Dear Santa 11-11

This is a pretty simple ATC – Santa comes from a Darkroom Door set called Dear Santa Vol 1 and he is stamped with Ranger Archival black over a marbled background created with alcohol inks. A word on a tiny tag finishes it off.

DRD Swap Dear Santa 11-012

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29 Days of Christmas Inspiration #1

29 Days of Christmas Inspiration by Robyn Wood, Purple Salt, www.purplesalt.net

This was going to be 30 days of Christmas Inspiration but ok, so I’m a day late in starting – call it best laid plans. My plan is to share 29 days of Christmas inspiration – cards, ATC’s and whatever takes my fancy.

I was searching through my photo archive a while ago and realised how many different Christmas cards that I have made over the years. As many have never been shared here I thought it the perfect reason for my first blog series.  Some days I’ll share just a pic and others I’ll share instructions – but if you have any questions on how I did any of them, just ask!

RW Dec 13-25

Onto my first card – this one was created last Christmas for LuLu Art. I think it is an all-time favourite due to its shimmery coppery effect.  I created it as part of a bunch of cards for my December DT post and you can find the rest of them here.

RW Dec 13 Card 4 (1)

Stamp cardstock with Darkroom Door Music background stamp using Versamark clear ink and emboss with clear powder. Spritz stamped image with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal. Prepare a shimmery, sponging solution by adding a small amount of water to a few drops of Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink (Birdwing Copper). Sponge this mixture very lightly all over the sprayed image and allow to dry well.

Diecut the cardstock, add a layered greeting plus matching ribbon and assemble. This technique will give the effect of a vintage copper patina, perfectly set of by the dark turquoise card base and ribbon.

Pop back tomorrow for the next one!

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Scrap Around the World Blog September Challenge

During the month of September, Darkroom Door are sponsoring a prize on the Scrap Around the World blog and once again the design team have been invited to participate.  This time the challenge image was certainly challenging with no clearly related Darkroom Door products to feature – it really caused me to put my thinking cap on for something different!

SATW SEP 2014 MOOD BOARD AMY VOORTHUIS

This was the beautiful challenge image, put together by Amy Voorthuis.  I ended up being inspired to create two projects.

Hobbiton by Robyn Wood - www.purplesalt.net

I created this layout to feature a few photos from our recent visit to Hobbiton during a family holiday in New Zealand. The design was inspired by the books and brown/grey neutrals of the challenge image.  Hobbiton was an amazing place, so true to the imagery described in the books.  As a huge Tolkien fan in my teens it was fabulous to visit.  We took 340 photos during the morning of our visit and I printed 100 – only another 97 to scrap!

Hobbiton

This layout was started with a spattering of watery Distress paints to give some colour and texture to the black cardstock. The Paint Splats were ‘inked’ with picket fence Distress Paint then stamped all over the page. The ruled lines are from the Calendar set and tore around the edges, inked and then stamped with the Coffee Stain stamp.  I also ripped some text paper into smaller pieces and did the same thing to age them a bit. I’ve kept my Scratched Alphabet whole so it was a little painstaking to ink each letter with white Distress Paint but the effect was worth it.

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A coat of Distress Crackle added some instant texture and helped the letters stand out a bit. Before adhering the photos, I stamped the Stone background stamp in a few spots with black ink.  A quote from The Hobbit finished it off.

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Supplies

  • Darkroom Door stamps – Scratched Alphabet, Paint Splats & Calendar sets; Coffee Stain Eclectic stamp; Stone Background stamp
  • Ranger Archival ink – coffee & black
  • Distress Paint – pumice stone, iced spruce, vintage photo, walnut stain & picket fence
  • Ranger Distress Crackle – rock candy
  • Sharpie white paint pen

My next project is completely different!

Fairy Godmother - Robyn Wood - www.purplesalt.net

This page was inspired by the soft pinks and greys of the mood board, the idea of fairy tales & fairy godmothers & the fantasy of an inanimate object (the dress form) coming to life.

To start this page I scribbled with some pink toned Gelatos in a vague backwards L shape and spread the colour with white gesso. The gesso lightens the tone of the Gelato colour and adds some permanency to the water-soluble product. A touch of grey Gelato added another dimension to the background.

Fairy Godmother

Layers were built with patterned paper, paper doyleys, stamped tissue paper (French Script & scissors), fabric, buttons and other ephemera. The focal image was collaged from the stamped dress form (Dressmaker set) and a butterfly (Butterflies set) – it looked so sweet accented with tiny pearls!

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Supplies

  • Darkroom Door stamps – Dressmaker & Butterflies stamp sets; French Script Texture stamp.
  • Ranger Archival ink – black & watering can

Thanks for stopping by! You can see the full post on the Scrap Around the World blog here – it features projects from other Darkroom Door girls.