We released some new stamps today over at Darkroom Door. There are six new Background Stamps and we've also introduced a new range called Word Block Stamps. These are perfectly sized to fit onto the front of a card for easy stamping. But there are so many other ways they can be used too: gift wrap, invitations, scrapbooking... I can't wait to try them out in lots of ways!
In a couple of weeks time I'll be heading up to Brisbane to teach workshops at the Scrapbook Expo held in southbank. This is one of those events that is just buzzing with excitement and inspiration. So many great artists teaching fabulous workshops, so many great stall holders with all the latest goodies for sale (yes, including the newest Darkroom Door stuff!) I'm so looking forward to catching up with everyone and sharing these projects and ideas with you all!
Create a beautiful vintage 'accordion' book using Darkroom Door's new Love Letters Collection and vintage trims by Craft Queen. Here, you learn how to combine rubber stamps and vintage imagery, as well as how to use the new Distress Ink Stains for fabulous backgrounds. These techniques can also be applied to any other papercraft project.
Create a series of fun cards with the new 'Sweet Treats' Collection by Darkroom Door and ribbons by Craft Queen. You will learn how to colour photographic rubber stamps with markers, tint ribbons with new Distress Ink Stains and use Perfect Pearl Mists, as well as discover various uses for Background Rubber Stamps, Photochips and Filmstrips to create sweet homemade cards. These techniques can also be applied to any other papercraft project.
Go back in time and create a series of cards and Artist Trading Cards using the new Steampunk and 1920s Chic stamp sets from Darkroom Door. We'll also use vintage ribbons and trims by Craft Queen and Idea-ology elements by Tim Holtz. Learn background techniques with Distress Stains, how to do collage and layer different stamping elements to create stylish, fun projects!
This was one of my favourite collections to photograph... because we had all those yummy things to eat afterwards! Can't let them go to waste that's for sure!!
It was quite amusing purchasing all of the goodies. I swear the shop assistant must have thought I was on some sort of sugar binge (and perhaps she was right!) I mean, 8 packets of Smarties? Big round lollipops. Three bags of licorice all sorts?
The licorice allsorts stamp is one of my favourites from the Sweet Treats collection. So striking with the contrast between black and white!
Who's keen for ice cream?
Photographing the ice cream was hilarious... it melts so quickly, so you've got to be quick to get the scoops in the right place and shoot it before it's a slippery mess. I had my kids on hand to eat them afterwards (yes we went through about 4 or 5 cones before getting the right shot). The kids couldn't believe it, they were in heaven as I kept handing them ice cream after ice cream! Can you imagine? "Quick eat this!" There weren't any arguements from the kids, especially as it was homemade strawberry and vanilla ice cream, their favourites. (not homemade from me though)
Photographing the cupcakes was another highlight! I had two dozen specially made for the shoot. One dozen vanilla with strawberry icing, one dozen chocolate with chocolate icing. They were the most delicious cupcakes I'd ever tasted! So rich in taste!
Once I'd photographed them, I then created polaroid transfers for the final image to give them that beautiful dreamy look. Here's the Montage sheet which shows most of the images:
So... the Sweet Treats Collection is a celebration of all those yummy treats we all love! To see all the other images, check out the full collection here.
What's your favourite treat? Do you cook your own special goodies? If anyone has any yummy recipes they'd love to share, please put a link in the comments too! :)
Today the Darkroom Door blog is showcasing lots of projects from the Darkroom Door Creative Team using the Love Letters paper products, such as Photochips, Filmstrips, Montage and Wordstrips. Here's the cards I created:
For more info on these cards and to see all the other fabulous creations from the Creative Team, check out the blog post here.