October 28, 2011

Coloring with Bleach Technique!

Good morning blog readers! Phew, the announcement of possible snow for Saturday has been changed. I am so not ready for the white stuff. It has been chilly enough for it this past week though. Good stampin' weather!

Today I bring you the "Coloring With Bleach Technique":

What did I color with bleach? All of the petals to each flower. How did I do that? Follow these steps:
  1. Stamp image using VersaMark Ink.
  2. Sprinkle Black Embossing Powder on the stamped image.
  3. Set with your Heat Tool.
  4. Color in the parts of the image you want bleached-out. For this step I used a small Dixie Cup with a little bit of bleach and dipped with an old Blender Pen I set aside just for bleaching. I even added a label to my Blender Pen that says "bleach pen" on it. Pick up some bleach from the cup and color!
  5. Let dry completely. You will see the color from the cardstock start to fade right before your eyes. If you want to speed up the process, use your Heat Tool to dry the bleaching.
  6. Decorate your card as usual.
The embossed image keeps the bleach from bleeding "outside the lines".

I also used my Spritzer Tool to add some speckles to my background with the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
  • Cardstock: Old Olive, So Saffron , Crumb Cake 
  • Inks: VersaMark, Basic Black, Basic Black & Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker
  • Accessories: Old Olive Scallop Dots Ribbon, Pearl Jewels (I turned them black with a Black Permanent Marker)
  • Tools: Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Color Spritzer Tool, Blender Pen
  • Misc: Bleach


  1. This is lovely, Deb. We used the bleaching technique on a snowman at Christmas Stamp Camp last weekend - it's almost like magic!

  2. Love your card. Thanks for sharing the technique; I've wanted to try that for some time and your info was very helpful.

  3. I've done lots with bleach, but never with an old blender pen. That's a fabulous idea I am going to try. Love the card it's GORGEOUS. Smiles, Elizabeth

  4. I have heard about this technique but have never tried it...your card is wonderful and using one of my favorite sets! TFS...

  5. Beautiful card. Thanks for reminding me about coloring with bleach.

  6. I really want to try this technique, but I'm terrified. Bleach is my worst enemy. I'd definitely need to put down a tarp and wear old clothes. :) It is a beautiful card and you did an amazing job with it!

  7. Beautiful card and great idea using an old blender pen!

  8. Beautiful, Debbie! I have used this technique before, and it is fun!


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