Saturday, May 31, 2008

More Bleaching

Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! Australia This is the second card we made for my Bleach technique class. This time, instead of stamping with bleach, we stamped and embossed an image, and bleached out sections of it, and then watercoloured the bleached areas. It looks really effective on dark cardstock. Here, I've used Elegant Eggplant, embossed an image from "oh So Lovely" using Versamark and black powder. Then I 'painted' the flowers and stems with bleach. You can use an old paintbrush (find one with nylon bristles, as the bleach will eat away at natural bristles), but I prefer to use an Aquapainter filled with bleach. The bleach is less smelly that way, and you are less likely to spill any on your clothes. I've designated an Aquapainter for bleach (i.e. written BLEACH on it in big letters!), but I rinse it out after use and store it empty.
The image starts to bleach out before your eyes, but wait until it's completely dry before you start to watercolour it. I watercoloured with an Aquapianter (without bleach in it!) and Ink taken from the Inkpad lids (Purely Pomegranate for the flower and Always Artichoke for the stem). I also used a cotton-bud (Q-tip) dipped into bleach and ran it around the edges of the Eggplant piece.
The background for this card has been done using the background block in this set (see it on p17). I've stamped onto Pale Plum cardstock in Purely Pomegranate ink, and just stamped repeatedly in one direction, and then turned my cardstock 90 degrees and stamped repeatedly in the other direction. I then sponged around the edges in Pomegranate ink.
You may have noticed I've been going eyelet-crazy lately. I'm setting eyelets everywhere. The crop-a-dile just makes it so easy! Here, the shiny black eyelets echo the black embossed image, and add a touch of class, I think. The little tag is just a small oval punch, with the edges sponged, and another eyelet set in it.


  1. Mmmmm I really like this one Marelle! I love those colours together and as I haven't tried bleaching yet I might just give this one a go. Thanks!

  2. This looks amazing, love the black embossing too very effective. I think I will have to have a go at bleaching.



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