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How to Trim Darkroom Door Stamp Sets

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).

Gorgeous handmade greeting card by Godelieve for Darkroom Door

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.

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How to Trim Your Darkroom Door Stamps...

Step 1
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.

Step 2
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.

Step 3
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!

Step 4
Next, peel off white backing paper and place stamp onto a clear acrylic block of a similar size.

Step 5
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.

Step 6
Store your stamp set in the handy storage case provided with each set.

Click here to see all stamps by Darkroom Door
Click here to see the Tim Scissors aka Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors

Example of trimmed stamps

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Easter Card Kit - Free Cardmaking Tutorial

A simple yet arty greeting card to make for Easter!

This card kit is made using the Thank You For Ordering gift I've been sending out to my wonderful customers each time they order.

I've made it available for sale here if you'd like one or three for yourself. Click here to view and buy.

Each kit includes the prefolded cream card base, one piece of shop bought scrapbook paper, three rectangles of unique prints, a length each of twine and ribbon, and prestamped images on smooth white card.

The stamps are from 'Candyfloss and Marshmallow, Some Bunny Loves You' by Design Objectives, DoCrafts.

sample of a finished Easter Card by Jenny James

To make the kit into a card like the one I created above, all you need to add is Distress ink, scissors and adhesive.

The first thing I did to make the kit was create some unique paper and cardstock to use for the backgrounds. To do this, I used printable canvas (you can also use Sticky Back Canvas), basic white cardstock in gloss and smooth, and plain copy paper. 

There are 2 ways to create unique printed paper. One is using Gelli Plates and the other is simply spritzing, painting and splattering using your favourite paints, ink sprays and stains. I used the Dylusions and Distress range of colours. The first batch of kits I sent out included Gelli prints as well.

Making unique paper and cardstock using Distress Inks, Paints, Stains and Dylusions Sprays

Every rectangle of paper and cardstock is different, giving you unique cards not found anywhere else!

Inked edges on the hand printed paper with the Distress Inks

Cut the shop bought scrapbook paper in half lengthways. Using a Mini Blending Tool and the Distress Ink Pads in Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed, blend ink on all the edges of the printed papers.

Hand cut stamped images from the Easter Card Kit

Cut out all the elements of the design using fine, sharp scissors or a craft knife (scalpel). I didn't use the basket, but cut out most of the tulips as shown in the photo. Trim the words into banners, one with ribbon ends and one with scrolls.

Distress Inks, blending tool and other bits of cardmaking

Shown above are the inks and papers, ready to be put together.

A rough of how the card is put together

I like to put together my card designs without adhesive so I can move them around until I'm happy.

the finished Easter Card from the kit

A closeup of the finished card. I used Ranger's Wondertape for adhering most of the card and the 3D tape for the areas lifted from the design.

That's it! Easy, wasn't it? I hope you enjoy making your own Easter card :) Whoever you give it to is sure to love it!

Have a Happy Creative Day!
:)
Jenny

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