Monday, February 8, 2010

BSS-Monday Challenge-A Bleach Job!!!

Good Monday Morning. And welcome in to the Buffalo Stamps and STuff Monday Challenge. Today's challenge is an old technique, but I hadn't done it in a long time so I thought we would revisit it. I used bleach (yep, the regular laundry chlorox stuff) to remove color from the paper instead of coloring the image. On the first card with the butterfly, I stamped the image (Inkadinkado) with Versafine ink and embossed with clear EP. Then, using a very small paint brush and some bleach I had put in a small glass jar, I just "colored" in with the bleach. Drying with the heat gun speeds up the process, but you don't want to go over your embossing too many times or it will burn it. You never know what you're going to get. If you go over it a second time, it lightens it further.
On the second card, I stamped with clear ink and embossed with a red and gold combo EP.
This image is by Hero Arts.
On the gold card, I again stamped in black and embossed with clear EP. I went over some of the leaves a second time to make some lighter for contrast. This image is by Great Impressions.
On the final card, I stamped the image (Penny Black) with black ink and embossed in clear EP.
I'm really liking the effect the bleach leaves and I especially like how the butterfly turned out.
Hope you have a chance to try this technique. Thanks for stopping by. Until tomorrow.


theneon said...

I love bleaching cards -- and you are right -- you never quite know what you will get. Have you tried lightly splattering the bleach on a plain piece of cardstock for an interesting background? I also like to bleach out embossed flowers and then color them back in. The ones you have shown us here are great!

theneon said...

I see you've won the Audrey Award-- Congratulations Sue! I'm jealous -- I'd love to win that one!

Riet said...

What a beautiful cards Sue.

Hugs Riet.xx

cbee said...

Your cards are really wonderful!
Hugs, Caro

Chelsea said...

Hi Sue, I have never tried stamping with bleach before! Your cards are fantastic...that is so great! I love learning new technique every time I visit your blog. Thank you so much! ~Chelsea

Debbie Pamment said...

WOW Sue - some stunning results. I've seen this technique around but never used it - thanx for the inspiration.

Kristie Maynard said...

This is a great technique! I'm so glad you posted this as I should revisit this technique too! Thanks!

Julie Ann said...

Oh my gosh- I am just in love with that butterfly!! What an awesome technique!

froebelsternchen said...

OMG what elegance?????

Great... they are absolutely elegant Sue!!! Love them all!

xxx Susi

scrapperjulia said...

You did such a great job with this technique, Sue! I am impressed with your delicate work on these cards! We have about 10 inches of snow on the ground now! Stay warm, my friend!