24th-25th February 2017, I shall be on the Stampin’ Up! Stand at the
Make It Show, in Farnborough. There will be five of of us, and we will
take it in turns in running the Make-n-Take table, and also the Demonstration table.
I have chosen to demo the Beautiful You Stamp Set as well as our new
Watercolour Pencils. I’m currently working on as many different
ideas for the stamp set, as possible. Yesterday I
was experimenting with the bleach technique which never fails to
fascinate me. I decided to use each of the three images and chose three
similar colours – Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum.
Please remember bleach is very toxic, and should only be used in a well-ventilated room. Do not breathe in the fumes
took six pieces of cardstock, two in each colour, and wiped one piece
of each colour with my Embossing Buddy. I inked each stamp with
Versamark in turn, and stamped each on one of the pieces of cardstock. Then I
sprinkled the images with black embossing powder and heat set them.
repeated the process using White Embossing Powder, making sure I kept the image on the same colour cardstock as the black embossed images. Please note we
no longer sell black embossing powder.
The two ways I know of painting with bleach are either neat or diluted. For the black embossed images I used an
Aqua Painter that I keep just for bleaching and filled it with tap water.
I also put a small amount of bleach in a ceramic dish.
I squeezed the
brush gently to make sure the brush head was wet, dipped it in the bleach
and painted inside the black embossed lines. The bleach did the rest of
I finished all three images and put them to one side to dry
while I worked on the white embossed images. I washed the brush head I had just been using to make sure I didn’t leave any bleach
I took my other Aqua Painter that I save for bleaching and used
the bleach neat. I don’t like bleaching like this because diluted bleach
works brilliantly and therefore renders this method redundant.
today’s card I chose to use the elegant lady on the Perfect Plum
Cardstock (CS). The colour of the bleached image was very close to
Blushing Bride. I took one of our doilies and went over it with a Sponge Brayer and Blushing Bride Ink. I put it to one side to dry
while I die cut the image using the Stitched Shapes Oval Die no 4.
I took a
piece of Perfect Plum CS and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from
the Confetti Celebration Stamp Set in Versamark and heat emnbossed
using black embossing powder.
I used my Aqua Painter with water to bleach
inside the letters. The bleaching this time created a bluey colour as
opposed to the Blushing Bride of the lady!
I don’t know why the two came
up differently. I can only imagine the the pieces of cardstock were
from different batches but this is one of the beauties of this
technique…….you never know what colour you’re going to get!
card base is Perfect Plum CS with a layer of Blushing Bride CS and a top
layer of Perfect Plum CS. I dry embossed the top layer using the
Falling Petals Embossing Folder.
I adhered the top two layers together
and adhered a piece of Blushing Bride 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon around
the lower part and adhered the two ends at the back using SNAIL.
cut the sentiment using the Stitched Shapes Oval Die no 2 and adhered
it over the ribbon with Dimensionals on the top and bottom but
not at the ends.
Then I used Tombow to adhere the doily in position and used
Dimensionals to put the image in the centre of the doily.
the Blushing Bride CS card insert, I heat embossed a partial image of
the lady with black embossing powder and bleached the image. I gave it a
little while to dry before I adhered it to the card base.
last photograph shows the white embossed image, which has bleached the
same as the black image but looks difference because it has a white
outline as opposed to black – without a doubt the black
is by far the best! Do you agree?
If you’re in the Farnborough area on 24-25.02.17, or you’re looking for a great day out, come to see the Make It Show, and visit the Stampin’ Up! stand. Come and say hello. It’d be lovely to meet you!
Until tomorrow, happy crafting.
Ina Nelson says
I love these cards and the bleaching technique is one I am going to do today. I do prefer the black embossing powder.
Hi, Ina. I totally agree – the white looks too anaemic! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.
Beautiful work Jan and great idea of using the different embossing inks. Who would have thought they would look so different. Love the way the sentiment came out a different colour. This will be interesting to see how it works when we try it.
Agree, black embossed looks more impressive.
Good luck with the show at Farnborough.
Hi, VeeCee. I liked how the sentiment varied from letter to letter! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.
A question, sorry forgot to ask when I posted just now.
How do you number your oval layering dies so that you don't get confused with the sizes of the different outlines?
Hi, VeeCee. I number the smallest no.1 and the biggest no.8 – the smaller the number the smaller the die. The problem with the Layering Dies is that they are in two pile, so you have to count no.1 in this pile and no. 2 in that pile, back to the first pile for no 3. It means you finish one pile that has nos. 2,4,6,8 in it and the other one has nos. 1,3,5,7 in it. Hope that makes sense! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.
Many thanks for that Jan. Simply system and I think…..why did I not think of that 🙂
Glad you like the idea, Veecee. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.