Welcome to the August 2020 Technique Blog Hop! I’m excited to be a part of this fun collaboration with fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. This month’s theme is Stamping With Bleach. Keep reading to see my project below, then make sure to hop over to the other blogs to check out more great projects featuring the Stamping With Bleach technique.
Stamping With Bleach Technique
The Stamping With Bleach Technique is just like it sounds, you stamp your images with bleach. To do this, you need to make an “ink pad” with folded paper towels and soak it with bleach. The nature of the bleach causes the color to “disappear” from the colored cardstock where the image was stamped. This technique works best with an image that has a outline/sketched look (solid images may turn out kind of splotchy).
It is very important to work with caution when using bleach. When reading up about this technique, I learned that you want to use rubber stamps and not photopolymer stamps. And, to help protect your rubber stamps, ink it up with clear VersaMark ink first, then press into the bleach “ink pad” and stamp on colored cardstock. Be sure to clean your stamps right away when done stamping with bleach.
To make the bleach “ink pad,” fold a few paper towels together to make a thick pad. Place it in a shallow container (I used an old baby wipe container) and slowly pour some bleach onto the paper towels. You want to pour just enough to saturate the paper towels and not have a lot of standing liquid.
Using the large sunflower image from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, ink up the stamp with VersaMark, then press onto the bleach “ink pad.” Stamp the image onto a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of colored cardstock so a little bit of the image goes off the cardstock (make sure to have something underneath to protect your table surface). Don’t forget to clean off your stamp!
One of the fun things about this technique is seeing how the bleach reacts with different colors of cardstock. I used the 2019-2021 In Colors (Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, and Purple Posy). You can see that a few have more of a white image, and two ended up with more of a yellowish image.
Once the bleach image has dried, you can assemble the card. Make the card base by cutting a 11″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, scored and folded at 5-1/2″ on the long side. Adhere the stamped layer to the card front.
Stamp the sentiment on a 1″ x 3-5/8″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using the same ink color as the colored cardstock. In the case of Purple Posy, since there is no ink pad available you will need to use the Stampin’ Write Marker. Another option would be to use the Highland Heather ink pad and stamp once on scrap paper then stamp on the 1″ strip without reinking (this results in a similar shade to Purple Posy, though not an exact match).
Punch the left end of the sentiment piece with the Banners Pick A Punch. Adhere this piece to the card using Dimensionals. Add five sequins of the matching color from the Woven Threads Sequin Assortment. I like to use the Take Your Pick Tool to help grab a sequin and press it on to a glue dot, then adhere it to the card.
Here is a closer look at each color card.
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s fun to see how the bleach reacts with different colors of cardstock. What color(s) would you try with the Stamping With Bleach Technique?
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