Friday, August 6, 2010

Harlequin Background Stamp.

The Darkroom Door Creative Team have been busy again, this time playing with the Harlequin Background Stamp:

Here's a quick peek at the card I made, where I have used the Harlequin Background Stamp to jazz up  some plain chipboard letters:

As usual, the examples from the other girls on the team are awesome - and so varied! It's great that we all have such different styles - just goes to show how versatile the Darkroom Door products really are. :)

Check out all the Harlequin Background Stamp ideas from the Design team here.

Oh, and have you seen the sneak peek of the new Seaside Collection?

Stay tuned for the full reveal on Monday August 9th!


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gothic Arches - Part 3.

Today I'm here to share the next three Gothic Arches that I have completed for my Inkurable Stampers 2010 Gothic Arch Challenge! (See the others here and here).

Gothic Arch Challenge #6 - MEN!

My arch features a printed image of the composer "Verdi" that you can download for free from Stampington & Co here.

My background was created by stamping a Darkroom Door music stamp with black ink onto a handmade paper background. I stamped a green pepper press buildings stamp across the middle of the background with black ink.

I adhered a strip of silver German Scrap Border across the bottom of the buildings, and then adhered the photo of Verdi to the arch.

I tore some old music paper and adhered it across the bottom of the arch. I then stamped the name "Verdi" across the arch using the Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley stamps, and heat embossed with Silver Embossing powder. I then coloured the sheet music with distress inks and Glimmermist.

The silver around the edges of the arch is a combination of silver embossing powder, and silver Krylon pen.

Gothic Arch Challenge #7 - WOMEN!

I have used a vintage nude image as the focal point of my arch. (Please let me know if the nudity offends you, and I will censor her).

I created the background using a mixture of Glimmermist and Radiant Rain dabber paint over which I sprinkled "Verdegris" and "Copper" embossing powders and heat set.

I then stamped a Tim Holtz flourish a couple of times on the background and heat embossed with copper embossing powder. I inked around the edges with dark brown ink.

I adhered lace across the bottom of the arch using Gel medium, then I adhered the lady to the arch over the lace. I then attached some bronze coloured German Scrap Border to the bottom.

The letters are wooden (ScrapFX) and I coloured them using Glimmermist.

Gothic Arch Challenge #8 - CHILDREN!

My background was created using distress inks and the Wrinkle free distress technique.

I stamped a Heidi Swapp Damask stamp in the middle and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then inked over it with a sponge dauber using Walnut Stain distress ink to make it stand out more from the background.

I tore a piece of gothic script book paper, inked around the edges, and attached it to my arch.

The Fairy image was printed, cut out, and attached to the centre of the arch. To finish, I added some orange Kaisercraft Rhinestones to the Damask image. I also added a gold corner sticker to the top of the arch, and a line of gold Krylon pen at the bottom of the arch.

If you'd like to join in the fun of our year long Gothic Arch challenge, check out the details here.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Coming Soon........

Are you as excited as I am??!

Stay tuned to the Darkroom Door blog for the full reveal on Monday 9th August.


French Script Background Stamp.

Myself and the rest of the girls on the Darkroom Door Creative Team have been playing with the French Script Background Stamp:

Isn't it just lovely? All the Darkroom Door Background Stamps measure 6.1" x 4.3" which means they are big enough to cover a whole 6x4" card front! This particular script stamp was designed so that you can cover a whole horizontal card in one go, however when you want to cover a whole vertical card, all you do is stamp once at the top, then again underneath, which is MUCH easier than trying to line up the words by stamping side by side. Too clever!

For my example, I chose to use the stamp as a background to my card:

I stamped the stamp in purple ink on a green background, then inked around the edges with the same colour.

I used ribbon, lace, hessian, a piece of dictionary definition patterned paper, brads, an ornate metal ribbon slide, and an image from the Darkroom Door "Hats" Photobooth sheet as embellishments on my card. Here is a close up:

The other CT Girls have used their stamp in lots of different ways - pop on over to the DD Blog to check them out! This stamp is a definite must have in your stash, and the CT will show you lots of different ways to use it!



Monday, August 2, 2010

Art de Fleur Gift Card and Bag Set.

Back in May I taught a class at Erina Scrapbook Store where we used Kaisercraft papers and images from the Darkroom Door Art de Fleur Montage sheet to create a cute little gift card, envelope, and bag set:

The basic idea was from a tutorial at Spiltcoast Stampers, but I changed the dimensions of my project so I could have 4x4" gift cards, and I added matching envelopes.

You can see more photos, and details about how I made this set, on the Darkroom Door blog here.

If you are interested in attending any of my classes, check out the class schedules at Erina Scrapbook Store here. I'd love to see you there!