Bleach: It’s not just for whites any more!

Well, I guess for this card, it is for whites!  

Bleached_fifth_ave I stamped the flowers on Creamy Caramel with StazOn, then bleached them, using an old blender pen to apply the bleach.  See the yellow stamens?  Or whatever the center thingies are? The bleach did that!  Everything I bleached on this piece of Creamy Caramel turned that pretty banana color.  I wanted the petals to be whiter, though, so first I used my watercolor pencils to color them (after the bleach dried, of course!), but that wasn't bold enough.  I squirted a little Whisper White craft refill onto an old Pringle's lid, then colored with a watercolor brush.  Just for fun, I embossed with clear powder after. 

I was really surprised that the bleach didn't bleach the outline.  I usually emboss the image which creates a little fence and protects the outline, but I just used StazOn this time (trusting Diana Gibbs not to let me down! – and she didn't!).  When I used Basic Black years and years ago, it just bleached out everything and I had little white-ish blobs all over the card stock.  Not pretty!  But StazOn works great.

The rest of the card is pretty simple – the card stock colors are Creamy Caramel, Barely Banana and Perfect Plum, and the brads are circle fire.  

Remember – if you're going to color the image after bleaching, be sure it's completely dry first.  A heat tool will speed up the process if you're not very patient.  Otherwise, the color will disappear!

Have an awesome day!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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2 Responses to Bleach: It’s not just for whites any more!

  1. Rachel says:

    Very pretty. I need to get my bleach out and try this technique again! Thanks.

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  2. Cate (Britbook70) says:

    I love the soft effect that this has given to the flowers. I am a little scared of the bleach technique as I am a complete ditz and would likely spill it over everything BUT the card!

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