Friday, July 14, 2017

July Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we’re going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

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Now, on to the cards!

I REALLY enjoyed this technique - I just couldn't seem to stop once I started bleaching little scraps of card stock! By the time I ran out of different colors to try, my craft cave smelled like a laundry room, and the bleach actually seemed to be losing potency. Later I read that you have to be sure and use fresh bleach, and I'm thinking there's something to that. Here are the cards I made with my experiments. I had to make something with every single sample, including one that didn't really work out too well - I tried making a watercolor background, then stamping on it and bleaching color out, but the watercolor didn't seem to bleach as well as card stock. I also tried it on a bit of black card stock, but that didn't lighten either....might have done OK on a different brand, but I didn't try. I have no idea which company each scrap is from, but either Stampin' Up or Fun Stampers Journey. Most of them bleached just fine, and it was interesting seeing what color was going to emerge!

To start, I just smeared some bleach around with a cotton ball.
Then, when it dried, I stamped with one of my newest Fun Stampers Journey sets, Flower Swirls.
This gorgeous butterfly stamp is from FSJ's Bold Wings set.
I stamped the image with clear embossing ink on Cocoa Powder
card stock, heat embossed in black, then applied bleach with a
small brush. I almost added a hint of other color to the bleached
areas, but then decided to leave it alone. I'm glad I did.
These butterflies are from a retired FSJ bundle. I created a "stamp pad" of
folded paper towels soaked with bleach, and stamped the small
butterfly randomly on a leftover scrap of textured card stock, then
added die cut shapes to compliment the color that emerged.
Here's another using the bleach pad. This uses Dandelion Wishes
(except for the random dragonfly stamp that was floating around
my craft cave), and Must Have Sentiments. 
This card started out by flicking and splattering bleach onto a piece of
Cranberry Bliss card stock. The flowers are stamped on Banana Cream
with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored with Copics.
Memento is my go-to ink when using Copics.
I stamped Peacock Pride with clear embossing ink, then heat
embossed with black. That gave me all those little outlined
areas that were just perfect for painting with bleach and a
 little tiny brush. (The bleach kind of ate the brush...)
Here's another one, heat embossed in black, then bleach added
with a Q-tip (because my brush had been eaten...). I fussy cut
the flowers and mounted them on a piece of scrapbook paper
that's been in my stash for a REALLY long time!
Well, that's all for me this month. Now you’re off to visit with the Card A Day Challenge Team. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. (If you'd like to see a whole lot more ideas and samples using this technique, there are plenty on If you've never visited there, I highly recommend it.) See you next month with another technique!

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  1. They are all great and a lot of different looks. I like the idea of splashing, but not sure I have a good place to do that without getting it all over me too.

  2. What a beautiful array of cards you have shared with us. They are all great! Fun hopping with you!

  3. So much eye candy here! And such different designs. My favorites are that first card with the pink scribbles and that tone on tone sentiment is as sweet and delicious as bubblegum. And that retirement card . . . love the monochromatic. Beautiful works, and always awesome to hop with you.

  4. Great selection of cards!! Love the butterfly ones!! Smiles!!

  5. Wow Wilma, you really liked this technique and had a field day with it :-) These are beautiful cards you made and I can't pick a favorite. Love the butterfly with the circle behind it as much as the first one and the last and all in between. Great job and I loved hopping with you

  6. I love how the bleach makes the color pop on your cards!

  7. Wilma, your cards are amazing. You've managed to make a masterpiece out of all your samples. I think my favorite is the large butterfly that you were tempted to add color to. I think you made a good decision in leaving it. Thanks for hopping!

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  8. Really beautiful cards. Was all the cardstock you used from fsj? The bleach seemed to react well!

  9. You are officially the bleach queen, fabulous cards.

  10. Yes! Finding out what color is going to emerge is such fun! Your cards are wonderful - I especially love the dandelion one, and the Bold Wings butterfly one. Just gorgeous.

  11. They are all beautiful but the butterfly is my favorite. Great job!