Vintage Style Bookshelf + Video

This isn’t my first time stamping books with Darkroom Door stamps. This time I filmed the process so you could see how I made them look all old and vintagey!

The fun thing about the Darkroom Door ‘bookshelf’ stamp is its length (just under 12″) so I decided to wrap it around my cards for maximum effect. I worked on two cards at the same time giving them slightly different paint jobs and background finishing touches. Watch the video to see my process.

Because I inked the bookshelf stamp randomly the colours moved where they willed and left me with a mix of blues and browns. This second card has some extra scratches from the DD stamp of the same name.

The insides of the cards have random paint splotches here and there so I added paper inserts for a clean place to write a note. Now that I have made a wraparound card with this border stamp I might have to try it with the other DD one I own, ‘butterfly garden‘.

Thank you so much for your interest and discussion about the gel printing I shared last week. I really enjoyed the gel printing session which resulted in my last two videos and turning a few of the prints into cards and a journal page was very satisfying. Several of you mentioned wanting to get your gel plate out to try the techniques; I hope you do. I also hope you try this brown and blue vintage style on some of your own stamped projects. If you do be sure to let me know.


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13 Comments on “Vintage Style Bookshelf + Video”

  1. Carol Celeste says:

    gorgeous card!! thanks too for showing how you created this.

  2. Patricia Rowe says:

    Hi, Heather.
    I just love, love this. I probably read a book a day; of course when I can put aside stamping, cleaning, and exercise.
    The video should help me figure out why my vintage work does not come out as beautifully as yours. All this learning is quite exciting. Thank you for being a great part of the excitement.
    Tish Rowe

  3. em says:

    your work is aways so inspiring….want to try this…do wish it were easier to find the darkroom door stamps….I have a few and love them…

  4. Chrystal says:

    I like this card. It could be a male or female card. Is the DD stamp a newer one or and old one?

  5. Pat says:

    This long border style DD stamp with the wonderful row of books on a shelf is brilliant Heather, and taking across the full width of the card looks stunning. I love the watercolour look to it in shades of blue and brown, and the smooshed background with the added scratches on one of the cards and a fun coordinating sentiment finish them both in great style. This stamp is definitely on my wish list. x

  6. Bonnie says:

    Love the antique look of your bookshelves and you’ve found the perfect sentiment! I enjoyed watching your video and of course, now I want that book shelf stamp.

  7. nancystiz says:

    You are going to have us all scrambling for that book stamp after seeing your incredible video. Not only is this fabulous but it also looks fun to do! Sorry about the incomplete post above. Love these cards and the wonderful vintage look!

  8. Geri S says:

    Absolutely love these! Love the whole front and back coverage so now must see what I have that might work. Thanks for a great idea!

  9. Karen Jackson says:

    Thanks for the video Heather. I love this stamp. I own this one and the Bookworm set and have used them many times in the past. With Bookshelf I have always chosen the best 6 inches worth of image to make my card, and have never thought of using the whole image as a wrap around card. Guess what…I will in future! I love the colours you sued to make the vintage look. Genius!

  10. Loll says:

    Amazing cards Heather. You’ve enabled me … off to buy the book and scratches stamp. 🙂 Thank you!!

  11. Heidi says:

    Which background stamp did you use. The little lines.

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