Darkroom Door New Release ~ Carved Bird Stamps

I’ve just received a box of fabulous new releases from Darkroom Door in Australia, including the Darkroom Door Carved Bird Stamps. Design Team member Godlieve Tijskens designed them. I’ve used the Carved Birds with several background stamps: Brick Wall, Triangles, Measuring Tape, and 12-Up Shadow. 

Be the Early Bird - Art Journal with Dylusions Ink Sprays & Darkroom Door Stamps - Marjie Kemper

I began in my large Dylusions journal (Ranger) by spraying Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Ink Sprays on the right-hand page and then shutting the book tightly so the left page would absorb the excess.  Highlighted links are affiliate links, which means I’ll earn a few cents on the purchase if you buy items from these links. Your purchase price is not affected in any way.

“Auditioning” a stamp

I stamped all the birds onto clear packaging paper so I could move them around on the page before deciding where they would eventually end up.  This prevents committing to the page before being certain of placement.

Darkroom Door Carved Bird Stamps tutorial - Marjie Kemper

Using tags also sprayed with Dylusions, I made a perch for each bird using the background stamps. Stencils and a bit more stamping finished up the page. Here’s how it looked before the perches and birds came into play.

Art journal background - Dylusions Ink Sprays - Marjie Kemper

Oh yes, and I had to bring in this Tim Holtz clock mask from my stash.  All the sorting/reorganizing I’ve been doing lately has led me to re-discover some forgotten favorites:

Applying ink through a mask - art journaling - Marjie Kemper

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  1. These birds are adorable! Love your spread Marjie!!

  2. Your colours and your birds are beautiful! Happy and inspiring work.

  3. What lovely birds! your journal pages are gorgeous, such vibrant colors, beautiful.
    xx Monique

  4. The bird stamps are ADORABLE! Great tips in this post Marjie!

  5. The mask is so perfect and I do like the use of the tags and the way the birds are perched, such fun

  6. Gorgeous pages, Marjie! Love those carved bird stamps! Your pages are as always bold, bright and beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  7. Vivid, exciting colours and composition, and those carved birds are enchanting. Great pages, Marjie!
    Alison x

  8. I love these little fat birdies. And I love the idea of stamping onto clear and deciding where to arrange them……GREAT idea!

  9. Wow… Marjie, this journal is totally awesome! I love the vibrant colors on the background. Those stamped bird images are all so cute! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  10. Carmen Lucero says:

    great idea for stamping on acrylic to test where images go! Thanks for the inspiration – love your journal page!

  11. Those birds are so funky cool and again wonderful use of stencils. Great pages, Marjie! Love this!

  12. Just love both the color and humor in this, Marjie!!

  13. Hi Marjie! I have finally got around to signing up to receive your blog posts after watching you on You Tube and following you on pinterest for what seems like ages …. I love your vibrant work ….. And I am so glad to be here, reading your process and being even more inspired. I am currently using a journal that eats up the dylusions colours and am looking forward to the arrival of a moleskin journal in the hopes that my colours might begin to approximate the beautiful array you put on the page! Thank you for all the inspiration!!

  14. Wow, a wonderful spread, your pages are fantastic. The images are perfect for the bright backgrounds.

  15. Lovely bright colours and nice, new stamps. Valerie

  16. Marjie…your art journal pages are so cool! Love the colors and the design. And…that sentiment! Well, it’s great and perfect with stamped bird images! Love it! I also love your stenciled and sprayed backgrounds. The polka dots are awesome. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

  17. Beautiful background Marjie and just love those quirky birds. You are going to be a busy bee next month! Hugs, Anne x

  18. Well, I just can’t get over how adorable these birds are. Great page using them and all your deep colors. Beautiess.

  19. You really captured that “sunrise” feeling in this wonderfully whimsical journal page, Marjie! I love the way the light colors sort of break through the dark ones, and the way the upper part of the page resembles light breaking through the clouds. Such a great sense of joy and daybreak. I agree, the clock was the perfect image to pair with this cheeky sentiment. The tag buildings are just so much fun. The arrows take my eye right to the sentiment….masterfully done.

  20. This week I saw the new bird stamps from Godelieve on her blog…they are so cute!!! And you’ve made great pages with them, Marjie!

  21. This page is so terrific Marjie! Gorgeous colours, blended so wonderful together. Those stamps are fabulous!

  22. A fabulous background, the colours blend together beautifully and I love your clear acetate trick for positioning the birds.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  23. FABULOUS spread in your journal Marjie! Amazing background, great quote! Clever use of the acetate to place the birds. Love it!

  24. This is gorgeous!! LOVING the colors, the circles and the birdies!!!!

  25. The birds are just adorable, no wonder you wanted to use them. Great pages Marjie, love the tag perches. xox

  26. Love these journal pages Marjie….vibrant colours and the DD stamps are great….quirky

    TFS and crafty hugs
    Annie x

  27. What fabulous new stamp, great journal spread with fab colours!

  28. Great journal pages. So colorful and fun! Stamping the birds on plastic is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing it. And thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! ~Michelle

  29. For me you will forever be the queen of stencilling and I love how you’ve put this one together Marjie. Great birds too. Will have to look out for them. Hugs, Jenny x

  30. Fabulous colours Marjie. I love the design with the birds too. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxxx

  31. Amazing!! :))