Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Darkroom Door ATC Box and 2 Cards

Hello again! Today I have three more Darkroom Door projects to share. I had so much fun with the new Bright Blossoms Vol. 1 stamps. The flowers are gorgeous and the sentiments fit lots of different projects.

First I made an ATC box and eight little cards:

The Bright Blossoms stamps are just the right size for the Sizzix Eileen Hull Artist Trading Cards Box die. I die cut it from white mat board and stamped one of the flowers on the front and the second at the back, with Archival Jet Black ink. The flowers were watercoloured with Distress Ink. Smear two or three ink pads on your craft sheet, mist with a little bit of water and apply with a paint brush. The amount of water determines the darkness of the ink. I coloured the surrounding area the same way. The box was embellished with Bright Blossoms Wordstrips and die cut butterflies which were coloured with Viva Decor Inka Gold Platinum.

Here you can see the back of the box, with the second stamp in the set.

I stamped the sides and the lid with one sentiment from Bright Blossoms Vol 1, one from Bold Blossoms, and one from All Occasions. The little flowers come from Wildflowers Vol 1 and were stamped with Broken China.

The second side of the box, this is a Bright Blossoms sentiment.

The box is a little thank you gift to someone and contains eight cards that the recipient can give away to others. I might give it to my mom, because she will love these flowers. I made chunky cards, by using mat board instead of cardstock, for something a bit different. You can fit eight mat board cards into the box if you don't add bulky embellishments. I used an ATC die to cut the cards and a stamp positioner to make sure the flowers were stamped right in the centre of each card.

I wanted to make the flowers really bright and happy and used different Distress Inks to watercolour them and the borders around them. All the cards were embellished with a butterfly and a wordstrip. I picked words that worked together with the sentiment stamped on the back of each card.

To use up all the ink, I misted it a bit more, and smeared the backs of the cards into the left-over ink. When dry, I stamped sentiments on the cards, using all the sentiments in the set. I also added some texture by stamping the Stone background with one of the inks used to colour the backgrounds.

Supplies for the ATC box and cards:

Darkroom Door products:
Stamps: Bright Blossoms Vol. 1, Wildflowers Vol 1, Bold Blossoms, All Occasions, Stone Background
Paper products: Bright Blossoms Wordstrip
Paint: Viva Decor Inka Gold Platinum

Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles white mat board 6x13; cream cardstock
Dies: Sizzix: Artist Trading Card Box, Butterflies & Flower Vine, ATC & Corners
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass
Embellishments: pearls; lace trim

I also made two cards, which have a more vintage look:

Here I stamped the flower with Versamark ink on vellum and embossed with white powder. A bit of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink was sponged at the back of the flower, making it darker in the centre. The flower was layered on top of an old book paper, with the title showing at the top ('The Paper Palace'). I loved how it turned out.

The Bright Blossom flowers fit so well inside the Regal Frame. The frame was stamped with Archival Coffee ink on cream cardstock, cut out and inked a bit. A sentiment from Bright Blossoms was stamped on a tattered banner and stapled to the card.

As a background, I embossed a piece of cream cardstock and smeared Viva Inka Gold Old Silver on top of the embossed areas. It is hard to capture the shimmer on a photo, it looks really nice in real life. The die cut butterflies got the same treatment.

The second card:

I made a second version of the card too. Here the frame was embossed with Verdigris powder and the flower was stamped with Coffee ink on manila cardstock, which had been inked with Distress Stains. The frame was cut out and inked with Black Soot around the edges.

For the background, the Sheet Music stamp was stamped on vellum with Stazon Jet Black. I inked the vellum at the back with Gathered Twigs and distressed it around the edges. The sentiment was stamped on another piece of inked manila cardstock die cut into an oval. Love this sentiment.

The butterfly was die cut from cream cardstock, coloured with Viva Inka Gold Old Silver and stamped with the French Script stamp using Timber Brown Stazon. I placed foam dots under the wings to give it some dimension.

Thank you for looking!

Happy Stamping!!


Supplies for both cards:

Darkroom Door products:
Stamps: Bright Blossoms Vol 1, Sheet Music, French Script, Regal Frame
Paper products:
Paint: Viva Decor Inka Gold Old Silver

Surfaces: Ranger manila cardstock; Core'dinations Distress color-core cardstock; vellum; old book paper; cream cardstock
Dies: Sizzix: Butterflies & Vine, Tattered Banners, Sized OvalsMini Flourish, For the Record 2
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Fancy & Floral Frames
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Coffee; Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Black Soot; Versamark; Stazon: Jet Black, Timber Brown
Stain: Ranger Distress Stain: Tumbled Glass, Brushed Pewter, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap
Embossing powder: Ranger Seafoam White, Verdigris
Embellishments: pearls; lace trim


  1. Anna-Karin- another beautiful project- the watercoloring makes it very romantic and pretty. I love how you always decorate all the sides of your projects- that really makes it so interesting.

  2. Gorgeous ,lovethe box andthe ATc s ...great vintage feel to the card too! Trace. X

  3. Totally gorgeous! Love the watercolour effects. Kim

  4. Fabulous cards LOved the water colored flowers a lot !

  5. Wonderful ! Amazing work , Anna-Karin ! :-D

  6. Love those fabulously colourful ATCs... but as you might guess, it's the neutral palette that really wins my heart! They really are wonderful stamps, and this is a great showcase for them.
    Alison x

  7. Your cards are all so beautiful! I love the bright whimsical style you used for the boxed card set. The splashes of watercolour ink on the inside.
    And the way the stamp works so well with the vintage style too. I always love seeing a stamp used in different ways.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely work! :)

  8. wow, what amazing creations have you made. and so many. so beautiful done!!! perfect.

  9. beautiful!

    I have a question...found you from google! would you say the archival ink in coffee is as dark as the timber brown staz on? thanks!

  10. Such stunning ATC cards! The colorful flowers are fabulous. But the other favorite to stop me in my tracks is the vintage card with the framed flower stamped on vellum! SO Beautiful each and every one!


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