I have some special cards to share with you today. For this months Technique Class we played with bleach! Yes, regular bleach like you use in your laundry room. For one card I put the bleach in my handy dandy aqua painter. It does ot hurt the aqua painter, just make sure that you clean it out after class.
Here is the card we made usig the aqua painter. First we embossed the flower with our copper embossing powder. After that we just painted in the embossed image with the bleach filled aqua painter. Interesting point is that crumb cake turns a beautiful yellow color when bleached.
After the blech dries, (or I heat it to finish it up with my heat tool), we used our watercolor pencils to color in the tangerine tango portion of the flower. You can see the different looks you can get depending on where you add the pencil. The yellow that is showing is the color left after bleaching. We used the wild wasabi marker to color in the stems. I added the leaves to give it a little more interest and dimension.
I have learned a sweet time saver trick from one of my newest Demonstrators, Lisa W., (who calls herself a paper monkey, as she LOVES stamping and helping me get organized!). Here’s a picture of how I put the little leaves on:
I placed all those tiny leaves directly onto my roll of mini glue dots. That way they didn’t “disappear” on my desk! So, after attaching them on the roll I used my paper piercing tool to place them on the card. It really did save a lot of time and frustration!
Now, for the second card using my laundry bleach:
For the above card, I placed a few layers of paper towel on a plate, then poured bleach over them. Make sure that you don’t flood the plate with bleach. You want the paper towel wet but not sloppy wet. (Hope that makes sense to you all!). Then you use that set up as an ink pad. You just press your stamp into the bleached paper towels and stamp onto your card stock. We used the Delicate Details stamp set to bleach out this beautiful accent. I think it would be fun to use this technique on a number of different colors of card stock just to see what color they turn. The basic grey turns a vanilla color. (However, on one piece it turned a light green. Must have been from a different package.) Make sure that you clean your stamp after using the bleach!!
The last card is the easiest card you will ever make. I wanted to use the stamp set Vertical Garden. It’s designed to use with the Vertical Garden Kit. But, clearly, it works well on our cards also. We have such beautiful designer paper and this is the perfect card to show off that DSP.
I LOVE that this stamp set is two steps. First I stamped the hello and then stamped the shadow hello. It’s very light in the picture, but I used one of my favortie colors, smoky slate for the shadow.
One last card and I will be done bending your ear! On this card I used the delicate doilies from the Occasions Catalog, the vanilla side. The image is stamped on very vanilla but the card base is whisper white. I LOVE to use vanilla and white together!
There you go! What do you think? Let me know…..