Monday, June 5

Going Masculine with Darkroom Door!

Hello Monday, my friends! This week we are showcasing a wonderful stamp company from "Down Under" - Darkroom Door! Our theme for the week is Masculine, and I took the opportunity to make a Father's Day card for my artist husband. 

Please welcome Anne Redfern of Redanne this month as our guest designer! I know you are going to enjoy the beautiful work she does! Welcome Anne!!

I started off with watercolor paper, and wiped the fossilized amber and spiced marmalade onto my craft sheet, spritzed it with water and laid the paper down on it. Repeat until you get the design you want, then dry it. 

Next step, I did the same with the broken china.

Then, I went in with the Harlequin stencil and walnut stain and using a mini blender, added it into random areas.

I used the MISTI to stamp my images, both on the canvas tag and the watercolor paper. I added color to the images in the same way that I did the background. I think my most difficult step was trying to figure out how I wanted to lay them out! Using a black archival pen, I doodled a bit around the diamond shapes.

I love this saying, and it fits perfectly for my artist husband, since he is always in a better mood when he is painting or drawing, LOL!

I am ready for Father's Day, just need to get the sons to sign it!

I hope you've enjoyed my masculine card, it really was quick and easy, and if you haven't tried those distress oxide inks yet, I encourage you to play with them! Please join us in the fun with this week's challenge. One lucky person will win a $50 voucher to go on a spending spree with our friends at Simon Says Stamp!



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Be sure to head on over to the challenge to see what everyone is creating with Darkroom Door this week!


  1. Fabulous card Maura :-) I am sure your hubby will love this! :-) I love the background and the colours and paint and brushes theme are awesome! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Such a beautiful arty card Maura! I love how you highlighted the harlequin pattern, it really makes the pattern 'pop' against the wonderful Oxide background you created (love that mix of colours). I am wishing I had that DD brushes set of stamps now.... It is wonderful to be working alongside you during June, thank you for your lovely words of welcome! Anne xx

  3. I love the color combination you used in your background, Maura. I love the combination of stamps you used too. Perfect!

    Cathie ♥

  4. Sweet and lovely. I see you had much fun with Oxides, who wouldn't, right? Love the smooth bakground and the stamping. Hugs, Marzena

  5. Love it, Maura! The background is so fun and the sentiment is perfect :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. I absolutely love what you did with distress oxide!!! Marvellous my friend xx

  7. This is beautiful! And I love how you personalized it for your hubs! I am intrigued that he's an artist, too! It makes me think that your house must be basically incredible beyond description! It makes me smile to think of such a talented couple and I'm sure he'll treasure this card!

  8. Beautiful card, Maura. Great background and I love those paintbrush stamps.

  9. The placement of the various elements is perfect (your eyes know what your heart feels). I especially admire the background--I'm struggling a bit with the oxides but beginning to think the secret may be using watercolor paper. Thanks for the step-outs!

  10. This card is perfect Maura! Love everything about it...I'm sure your Husband will love it!
    Hugs xxx

  11. Love your gorgeous card! Maura. The background colors are fantastic! Love the great sentiment, too. :)

  12. What a gorgeous card, Maura and the colours you've used on the background is works so well with the stamps and the theme! Your husband is going to love this... <3

  13. love the background you created Maura and the addition of the brushes and paint images make it perfect for your artist in the family...DAD is going to love it....hugs kath xxx

  14. This is gorgeous Maura! I love the background, paint brushes and tubes of paint.

  15. FAbric tag is a wonderful detail, love it so much! Distress oxides are fabulous and you use them to create a fab background! Great work! barbara


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