26 June 2013

Old New York

I'm very fortunate to have two projects in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft this month! First up is a set of New York-themed cards. I used gorgeous Darkroom Door stamps and paper products to make this group. I started with a masterboard - that is, I stamped all the images from the set on a 12 x 12 sheet of kraft card, sponged the card with Distress ink and sprayed it with water, then set it aside to dry. The masterboard tore into six good size pieces, two of which I set aside for a rainy day :-) Next I burnt and distressed the New York photochips, made little street signs out of cocktail picks, and stamped my timber hearts and stars. So, what do think? Fancy a stroll down the streets of old New York?

Stamps - Darkroom Door DDRS093 New York Vol.1 stamp set
Ink - StazOn jet black, Distress vintage photo
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - Core'dinations, kraft
Embellishments - Darkroom Door New York photochips, Darkroom Door New York wordstrips, cocktail picks, star and heart timber shapes,
Other - water mister bottle

21 June 2013

DARKROOM DOOR Pressed Flowers

Have you checked out the new Pressed Flowers collage stamp from Darkroom Door. Isn't it great?! I've made two projects with this stamp - a pair of gift boxes and a sympathy card. To save a little work (and frustration!) I used matchboxes, which are the perfect size for small gifts like jewellery. They're super easy to make and really look the part.

The sympathy card is an idea that came to me as soon as I saw the stamp; the flowers just seemed to suit the theme. It's hard to know how far to take a sympathy design, so I kept it simple with ribbon and a couple of postage stamps.

I hope these projects inspire a few of your own ;-)

Darkroom Door products - DDCS011 Pressed Flowers collage stamp
Ink - Brilliance pearlescent orchid, Versa Magic pixie dust
Paper - Marbig 60gsm brown
Embellishments - Typo tape, Heidi Swapp silk flowers, ribbon, beads
Other - large matchboxes


1. Stamp the Pressed Flowers stamp four times on brown paper using two shades of pink ink. Cut out.
2. Remove the inserts from the matchboxes and cover the outsides with the stamped paper. Cover the inserts with plain brown paper and seal the ends with decorative tape.
3. Tie ribbon around each box and attach bead drops.
4. Fold a yellow silk flower into quarters and glue it to the box to finish.


Darkroom Door products - DDCS011 Pressed Flowers collage stamp, Full Bloom wordstrips
Ink - Brilliance cosmic copper
Paper - page torn from an old book
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - ribbon, postage stamps


1. Stamp the Pressed Flowers on a torn book page using copper ink. Affix the page to the card front using double-sided tape.
2. Attach a strip of brown ribbon and a matching bow to the card. Cut out the sentiment from the Full Bloom wordstrips and affix as shown.
3. Finish with postage stamps.

12 June 2013


I had a lot of fun making these samples with the new Darkroom Door shadow frame stamp! My first idea involved stamping the frame with blue ink, then over-stamping it with white and silver to create a background suitable for my little robots. My second project is a pair of abstract tags. Here I got a bit messy, drenching the stamp with ink and water to create a confetti-like frame which I then stamped with cute sentiments like 'fun' and 'smile'. I hope these cards give you some ideas for this very versatile stamp :-)

Darkroom Door products - DDFR010 Shadow 3 Up frame stamp, DDRS015 Robot Vol.2 stamp set, Robot montage
Ink - Brilliance moonlight white, Brilliance platinum planet, Versa Magic Aegean blue
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - washers, bolt, aluminium tape
Other - glue


1. Stamp the Shadow 3 Up frame three times on the card front using blue ink. When the ink is dry over-stamp the frame with the arrow and stars from the Robot Vol.2 set using white and silver ink.
2. Stick a torn piece of aluminium tape to the card and then a Robot image and word from the montage sheet.
3. Glue the washers and bolt to the card to finish.


Darkroom Door products - DDFR010 Shadow 3 Up frame stamp, DDRS089 Whimsical Words stamp set
Ink - Distress, Brilliance graphite black
Card - Bazzill
Paper - Kaisercraft
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon, string, assorted beads, hole punch, water mister


1. Ink the Shadow 3 Up frame stamp with Distress inks and mist generously with water so the colours run together. Press gently onto the textured side of the card. When dry, trim to size.
2. Crumple the card into a tight ball, smooth in out flat and mount it on sturdy card. Trim to size.
3. Stamp words from the Whimsical Words set using black ink.
4. Affix the stamped card to torn patterned paper. Punch a hole through the tag and tie with ribbon and beads threaded onto string.

04 June 2013


Hi again! I've been playing with the new Wooden frame stamp from Darkroom Door. I've made two projects to share with you - a card and a small hanging ornament which I think would look super tied to a present or even hung from a hook in your studio.

Darkroom Door products - DDFR009 Wooden frame stamp, DDRS025 Butterflies stamp set, DDBS004 Dots background stamp, Sydney photochips, Bright Blossoms wordstrips
Ink - StazOn timber brown, Versa Mark
Paper - assorted
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - ribbon
Other - balsa wood, craft knife


1. Stamp the Wooden frame on a piece of balsa wood using brown ink. Cut out the four sides individually with a craft knife. Ink the corner edges and reassemble the frame with glue.
2. Stamp the card front with the Dots background stamp. Overlap the impressions to create a unique pattern.
3. Affix a Sydney photochip to the back of the frame and attach it to the card.
4. Stamp the Butterflies on scraps of patterned paper. Cut out and attach to the frame.
6. Finish with a ribbon bow and a Bright Blossoms wordstrip.


Darkroom Door products - DDFR009 Wooden frame stamp, Bright Blossoms photochips, Bright Blossoms wordstrips
Ink - StazOn timber brown
Embellishments - ribbon, picture frame hanger, yellow seed beads
Other - balsa wood, craft knife, glue


1. Stamp the Wooden frame twice on balsa wood using brown ink. Cut out the sides of the frames individually. Ink the corner edges and reassemble with glue.
2. Carefully trim about 2mm from the inside edge of one of the frames. Adhere the trimmed frame to the larger one.
3. Affix a Bright Blossom photochip to the back of the frame. Fill the centre of the flower with glue and cover with seed beads.
4. Attach a ribbon bow and a Bright Blossoms wordstrip as shown.
5. Glue a small picture frame hanger to the back of the frame and cover with patterned paper to finish.