Art and Craft News / Darkroom Door
I love Darkroom Door stamps! There are so many ways to use them - as backgrounds of cards, featured in journals, added to a mixed media canvas, used on a scrapbook page - anything at all.
The quality of these stamps is superb. Every image is easy to ink up and prints beautifully every time, just as designed - not squashed or missing fine details like some clear stamps do (for me).
I may appear a bit biased as I sell them, but I do love them (which is WHY I choose to sell them).
The gorgeous green card above is by Godelieve Tijskens of Stamping Mathilda, talented artist and designer for Darkroom Door. Big thank yous go to Godelieve and Rachel Grieg for the use of this image :)
The only thing I've heard is tricky is trimming around each image or word. While the quotes, background and eclectic stamps by Darkroom Door are ready to use straight out of the packet (apart from taking off the paper backing), the stamp sets require a little preparation before use.
How to Trim Your Darkroom Door Stamps...
I prefer to use my Tim Scissors (Tim Holtz Tonic Serrated Scissors). They are sharp and strong, great for the stretchy rubber - plus the serrated blades grip the rubber as you cut, allowing you to cut closely with precision.
Leave the paper backing on and with the image or stamp facing you, cut carefully around all the elements or just the element you require.
The excess I find quite useful as it can be cut into shapes like squares, triangles, circles, polygons and anything else - shapes are great to use either featured (with doodling) or in backgrounds. Let your imagination be your guide!
Next, peel off white backing paper and place stamp onto a clear acrylic block of a similar size.
Colour the image with Distress markers, ink, stains, paints or press into texture paste or gesso. Be sure to wash straight away so the pastes don't dry onto the stamp.
Store your stamp set in the handy storage case provided with each set.