This is the second card showing how to use the large
flower image from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set
without having to colour it! I say that very loosely because
the flowers and leaves do need to be “painted”,
but for this technique with regular household bleach.
I was really pleased to see that the bleached area looks
like various shades of Soft Sea Foam! I started my
image by stamping it in Versamark and then heat
embossing it with Black Embossing Powder.
The heat embossing helps to keep the bleach within the
area it’s supposed to be in, but it isn’t a guarantee. It’s
just as easy to go over the edges as it is when
you’re colouring with any other medium.
I love this technique, not only because the effect is
absolutely amazing, but also because you never know
what colour the cardstock will change to! On today’s card
I did try something new, but I am definitely not
recommending it despite the fact it worked brilliantly!
As a one-off it’s probably fine, but if it’s done a multiple
amount of times, it will definitely damage your stamp! I
chose the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp
Set, and dipped the stamp surface onto the surface
of the bleach I had in a small bowl.
I stamped it, and then washed it under running water
immediately. When I went back to look at my bleached
sentiment it was just a blob, there had been
far too much bleach on the stamp!
For my second attempt, I took the brush I’d been using
to paint the bleach onto the flowers, and painted the
sentiment. As soon as I had stamped the sentiment, I
quickly went out to the bathroom to wash the stamp under
running water again. What you see on my card is the result!
I’m really pleased with the result, but as I said previously,
I can not recommend this because, although my stamp
appears to be fine, I don’t know if they’ll be any long term
effects! I’ll keep an eye on it and if I notice any problems,
you’ll be the first to know!
If you’d like to see a video showing how this technique is done, I
made this one about three years ago: No.65 – Bleach Technique.
That’s about it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.