Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Back to the "Bleach"!

Here are the cards we made at my Back to the "Bleach" Technique Class last week:

If you've never tried using bleach with your stamps, it's really not as scary as it sounds. You can create a stamp pad by pouring some bleach onto several layers of paper towels (on a plate or tray). After stamping, just clean your stamps as usual.

You can also use bleach like watercolors--with a paint brush or the tip of an Aquapainter. Just be careful with the bleach. It is very caustic, so if you put it in the reservoir of the Aquapainter, be sure to empty it as soon as you're finished using it. If you leave bleach in the reservoir, it will eat away at the sponge inside the Aquapainter (this is a tip from experience).

Here are some close ups of the cards:

The stars were stamped with bleach and the head of the eagle was colored in with bleach (heat embossing the image first).

We used the See You Around wheel rolled over the bleach "ink" pad to create the background.

The shells were stamped with bleach, let dry and then stamped over using Bordering Blue classic ink. The key to this technique is to let the bleach dry completely. If it's not dry, the bleach will effect the ink color--which is a whole new look.

As you can see from these cards, bleach reacts differently to different card stock colors. Bleach on the Pacific Point card stock left a greenish hue--similar to Kiwi Kiss. On Kraft, bleach created a So Saffron color. Give it a try and have fun seeing what colors emerge!
Don't forget, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to order the products on the Last Chance List. All of these card were made using retiring stamps. If you'd like to place an order, go to my website and SHOP NOW!
Happy Stampin!

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