28 August 2013

DARKROOM DOOR Travel Inchies

Darkroom Door recently released a new range of rubber stamps sets and I was lucky enough to receive the Travel Inchies. I couldn't resist a vintage/collage look when I settled down to make my samples and I have two cards to share with you. The first is all about my love of found objects, and I had fun raiding my collections for suitable items: a squashed bottle cap here, an old pen nib there. Oh, and lots of beeswax :-) For my second card I dug out my old, neglected watercolour pencils and did a little painting. I also simplified the embellishments - just a simple bird charm - and arranged travel-related wordstrips around the edges of the card......

Thanks for looking!

Darkroom Door products - DDRS121 Travel Inchies rubber stamp set, black alphastrips
Ink - Distress 
Paper - white, kraft
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - bottle top, pen nib, shell, postage stamps, vintage ribbon
Other - beeswax, heat tool, water mister bottle


1. Coat the Travel Inchies stamp with Distress inks (use a variety of colours). Mist the stamp with water and gently press it onto white paper. When the ink has dried cut fourteen inchies from the impression.
2. Arrange the inchies on torn kraft paper. Collage over the top with found and vintage objects.
3. Use alphastrips to create the 'explore' sentiment. Melt beeswax over the design with a heat tool.
4. Adhere the kraft paper to black card and then to the card base.


Darkroom Door products - DDRS121 Travel Inchies rubber stamp set, Prague Vol.2 wordstrips
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - K&Company, white
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - bird charm
Other - water colour pencils, paintbrush, water mister bottle, matches


1. Stamp the Travel Inchies on white paper using black ink. Watercolour the inchies and then douse the paper with water. Scrunch the paper into a ball, smooth it flat and set aside to dry.
2. Carefully scorch the stamped paper with matches before mounting on torn map paper.
3. Affix a bird charm with glue and attach the Prague wordstrips as shown.
4. Mount on folded card.

22 August 2013

Look Up

As you know, Father's Day is just a few short weeks away. The current issue of Cardmaking Stamping and Papercraft features a Father's Day card gallery and this is my contribution to that gallery. When making cards for men, my philosophy is you can't go wrong with a distressed vintage look. Here, I used several layers of patterned paper, torn and creased to convey age. The stamped pocket watch and paper clip continue the vintage theme, as does the brown/green colour scheme. I can't say the glittery gold mustache is strictly vintage but I couldn't resist a hint of sparkle. Sorry Dad!

Stamp - pocket watch or clock of your choice
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - Kaisercraft, kraft
Embellishments - Making Memories eyelets, Kaisercraft rhinestone, triangle clip, ribbon
Other - gold glitter glue, eyelet setting tool, hammer, hole punch

06 August 2013

Good Luck

Every once in a while I make a card without inking a single stamp. Gasp! Having confessed this, I must say I had a lot of fun putting this card together. The money reminds me of my childhood - playing shops with ragged paper notes and over-sized plastic coins with my best friend. I love miniature playing cards and have built a decent collection, so of course I had to use some of those. And a gaming-theme card wouldn't be complete without a few poker chips and dice. Perhaps this will give you a few ideas for a card of your own. Don't forget - Father's Day is fast approaching!

Card - kraft
Embellishments - miniature playing cards, dice, poker chips, paper play money, brads
Other - Dymo label maker and red tape, green felt, glue