Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Bleached Flowers

Hello, Crafters.

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.



  1. Another great idea Jan, I assume you had your bleach inside an Aqua painter or something of that sort. What colour card stock did you start with Jan? Is it Balmy Blue? TFS :O) XXX

    1. Hi, Lorraine. I used an empty Aqaupainter and dipped it into a little bowl of bleach. The blue is Pacific Point. It never fails to fascinate me watching the colour changing! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.