Friday, July 14, 2017

Blog Hop-Bleaching Your Cards-Year of Techniques

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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We start with design team member, Gracie.

Bleach is so much fun...  I ruin clothes, I spill it on my craft table.  But it makes a cool effect on cards!  I used 2 colors of cardstock - dark blue and brown with totally different results.  I stamped hot air balloons using a Hampton Arts stamp set with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink and embossed with Whispers clear embossing powder.  I painted each of the balloons with bleach and let them dry.  They blue dried to be beige color and the brown to a yellow.  The baskets on the balloons show the original color.  I mounted them on some Grahpics 45 paper from the "Come Fly Away With Me" collection I touched up with blue and brown distress inks.  The sentiment is stamped with gold embossing powder and is from the same stamp set.  I added 3 bronze buttons and mounted the panel on a brown panel and placed it on a white cardstock card base.  I used foam dots to pop up the blue balloon for dimension.  Now go play with bleach! ~ Gracie 

Next we have Sue.

Closeup view

So, I was stuck because I didn’t have any bleach. I was trying to figure out if I could substitute bleach with something else. However, it’s pretty difficult to use a bleach technique, without bleach. So, I asked my neighbor and she gave me about a quarter of a cup of bleach. Yippee for neighbours!
I started by doing direct to paper with Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers and I added Distress Ink – Blueprint Sketch with an ink blending tool, along the edges of the panel. I heated the panel with my heat tool to help the drying process.  I then used an embossing buddy to ensure the panel was dry and that embossing powder wouldn’t adhere where it wasn’t supposed to. I used the small flower from Simon Says STAMP Look for the Miracles and stamped with the Blueprint Sketch distress ink and then covered with clear embossing powder. I tried to work quickly  (I didn’t want the distress ink to dry because the embossing powder wouldn’t adhere). Using a small paint brush, I dipped into the bleach and “painted” the petals of the flowers and let the bleach sit. I didn’t notice much of a change in colour right away. However, as the bleach dried, the colour was “bleached” out. I liked the look. I cut the panel on a bit of a diagonal. To finish the card, I added a thin silver strip and heat embossed with silver the sentiment from Simon Says STAMP Summer Garden on a strip of black cardstock.  - Sue

Now comes Tantalaya.

I used the hello lovely stamp set from Concord & 9th. After I heat embossed the image in black detail embossing powder then I took some of the house hold bleach and created this simple and yet beautiful card. Behind the sentiment is a piece of vellum that gives added interest. -Tantalaya 

Finally we have a set from Denise.

A closeup of the green card.

I took some of my card making supplies on vacation with me to make the panels for this technique.  Because I didn’t want to mess with liquid bleach, I used a bleach pen to add the bleach to the paper and then used a brush to pull it into all the area I wanted to bleach.  I had a limited supply of paper and cardstock with me, and found some cardstock worked better than others. In fact a couple really didn’t react at all or were really streaky, so I threw those away.  When I do this again, I will test the paper to see how it reacts before wasting the embossing. I used the same image of a very cool elephant head for all the cards from Unity Stamp Company called Huge Possibilities.  I used Versfine black ink and clear embossing powder. I used the bleach just within the image and it was interesting to see how it reacted on the different cardstock.  I had to go over the black three times to get it light enough to contrast. I made a set of cards using sentiments from CTMH, Just to Say and Altenew, Painted Greetings.  - Denise

Now you’re off to visit with Sandy. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!

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  1. What a treat for the eyes you've given us here. Beautiful, all of them. I so enjoy hopping with you.

  2. All of you have knocked it out of the park. Such different designs and looks. Great hopping with you.

  3. Really beautiful all the different styles!!!!

  4. Gracie and Denise, I love that you compared different colors of card stock. Beautiful cards, and nice to see the comparisons of bleach on different stock. Sue, your card is lovely. I like the diagonal accent. Your card is so pretty, Tantalaya. The stamp set you chose is perfect for this technique. Thanks, ladies, for the inspiration.

  5. Girls, wonderful card and the comparison of colors at the end great idea. Love the hot air balloons. It was a pleasure hopping with you ladies :-)

  6. Fabulous results, ladies! It's always a pleasure to visit the CADC blog and see the masterpieces you've all created. Thanks for hopping with us again this month.

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  7. You ladies always amaze me. Beautiful cards!

  8. Gracie, your colors came out so well to go with your paper. Sue, that technique really made a great pattern to use on your card. Tantalaya, I love your stamp and how well your black paper turned to that tan color. Thanks to the whole team, you always do such great work.

  9. Wow - there's some serious talent here! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow, y'all, they all turned out great! Denise, you are the 2nd person to suggest a gel pen. I will definitely be trying one out!