Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Edwardian Ladies - Darkroom Door

The Edwardian Ladies collage stamp by Darkroom Door is a delight to work with!  I stamped the image directly onto a white shipping tag with Versafine Onxy Black ink, heat set it and then coloured the image with Distress Makers and an Aquash brush to create a watercolour effect.  Then it was simply a matter of adding lovely layers of vintage paper, fabrics, lace, washi tape and some gorgeous velvet flowers.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Henry & Harriet - Darkroom Door

I've been having a great time with Henry & Harriet (a new Darkroom Door collage stamp) at my house this week!  I've had some TAP (transfer artist paper) by Lesley Riley tucked away for quite sometime and thought it was time to have a play with it.  I stamped Henry and Harriet onto a piece of TAP and then ironed it onto some sage green raw silk.  I was really impressed with how much detail was transferred.  The piece then evolved into a necklace as I stitched and added layers of fabric, lace, paper and found objects.

I was very blessed to be able to attend the Craft Fair in Perth a few weeks ago and some of the fabrics I purchased were wrapped around these lovely tags.  They are definitely worth recycling as they are really sturdy, but still able to be put through my sewing machine.  I roughly covered the tag with gesso and then set to work stamping and layering fabric, paper, found objects and stitching.

I think the Darkroom Door stamping sets, Love Letters Vol 1 and Vol 2 were the perfect compliment to Henry and Harriet, especially the sentiment... 'LOVE does not consist in gazing at each other, but looking together in the same direction.'

Monday, 3 June 2013

Shadow 6 Up Frame - Darkroom Door

Oooohhh, Darkroom Door's Shadow 6 Up frame stamp is so much fun to work with!  For this first card, I roughly inked up the stamp, missing small sections of the rubber, and then stamped in onto textured card to give a more weathered look.  I then punched a square hole into one section of the frame to create a window.

I added a number of stamped images from Darkroom Door's stamp sets:  Seashells and Seaside Vol 2 and embellished the work with vintage buttons, a pearl, a shell, thread, lace, washi tape and a section cut from an old map. I used 3D mounting tape on my work, adding a section of map under the window and affixed it to black card.

London was the next theme in mind as I continued to play with the Shadow 6 Up frame.  This time I stamped the compass (Sail Away), pattern (Ornate Elements) and postcard (Champs Elysee) images onto three sections of the stamp and then inked the remaining blocks to create a mix of patterned and solid blocks.  You need to be pretty organised and work fairly quickly so that the ink doesn't dry out!

The card was then embellished with images from London Vol 1 filmstrip and London montage.  I stamped the United Kingdom section of the World Map background stamp onto the back of a Scrabble tile and Trafalgar Square label (London Vol 1 stamp set).  The number from the small tag is from the Ornate Elements stamp set.  A few other treasure were added to complete this card:  silk fabric, eyelets, game spinner, vintage text, a wooden jigsaw piece and pen nibs.

Darkroom Door's Shadow 6 Up frame stamp is extremely versatile and great one to add to your collection!  I really love it!