Friday, July 14, 2017

A Year Of Card Techniques–Bleached Cards

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we’re going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 23, 2017 on this blog, so be sure to check here on Sunday the 23rd to see if you are the lucky winner.

Since I’m the first stop on this hop, let’s get started!  But don’t forget to continue on with the hop once you are done here so that you don't miss out on increasing your chance of winning by commenting on  each blog.

Good golly, I’m not going to lie to you, I found this technique one of the hardest I’ve ever tried.   It took me a while to find my groove, but once I did, I think I managed to pull off some half decent cards.

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Making sure I was in a well ventilated area, I poured some bleach into a small cup, selected a paintbrush, and went to work. 



I kept the first card fairly simple.  I stamped the daisies onto my dark blue cardstock with VersaMark ink.  Then I added some black embossing powder and heat set it.  I did this to try and keep the bleach confined to each area.  The embossing powder on the top left flower kind of clumped a little because I forgot to rub my Embossing Magic pillow over the cardstock before stamping.

I painted each petal with the bleach and watched the color start to fade.  I had to be careful not to go crazy with the amount of bleach I used because it would saturate the paper too much causing it to tear.   I found it intriguing to watch how the bleach reacted with different colors of paper. 


Once I had finished up with the bleach, and after it had dried thoroughly, I added some color with a Zig Clean Clear Color Brush and some water.  I finished it off by adding some twine and a sentiment.

Let It Snow_bleachedcards_ocmMy 2nd card is a little ‘ode to Christmas in July.   I have had the Stampin’ Up set “Snow Much Fun” for years and I’ve never used so I decided this was as good a time as any.  I stamped the snowman onto some red cardstock with some VersaMark ink and embossed it with black embossing powder.  I painted the snowman’s body, face, and snowball with the bleach and was happy to see it turning white (or at least some shade of white).  I colored the hat, scarf, nose, and boots with Copics.  I printed off some patterned blue digital paper to layer on top of the card base as well as a colorful snowflake digital paper which I adhered behind the image.  I added some snowflake brads and a sentiment to finish it off. 

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My last card is my favorite!  I decided to use the bleach in a different way this time and I love the way it turned out.   I’m going to share more details on this card in a separate post so if you want to find out how I achieved this look, please visit me here again on Sunday.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the cards I shared today.  Now you’re off to visit with Claudia, but don’t forget to comment first for a chance to win our awesome prize!  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!

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  1. Cool cards. You last card using stamps to apply the bleach turned out well. I tried to do that once, but it didn't turn out nearly as well.

  2. I am in love with those flowers. Such a beautiful card. An that snowman . . . that red cardstock cooperated so nicely. My red did not (my snowman would have been a shade of orange). Great cards, and always great to hop with you.

  3. They all turned out beautifully, Sharon. But that last one is my favorite, too! If I ever wanted to work with bleach again, WHICH I DON'T,I would definitely try this. Always a pleasure hopping with you, my friend.

  4. Love the first card!! Great idea for snowman!! Fabulous job!!

  5. Hi, Sharon - love your cards, and I'll be waiting to find out how you made the last one. Great idea to use a snowman with this technique.

  6. I love your cards Sharon. I do like what you did with the sunflowers, great idea to go over the bleached area with color again. The others are wonderful too but I too love the last one the most. It was great hopping with you :-)

  7. Beautiful cards! My favorite is the snowman card!

  8. Your cards are all beautiful but I am going to patiently wait until Sunday to see the technique you use on the third one! I love it!

  9. Great cards for a challenging technique, lol.

  10. I really liked all of your cards but I'm like you, the last one is my favorite. It is so different & turned out really soft & quite pretty. I have used bleach on cards before & you never really know what it will look like until it dries. Great job on all the cards.

  11. Great challenge! It's been a long time since I used bleach on a card - I think it might just be time to go buy a bleach pen again!

  12. Very cool cards - I love these xxxx

  13. Very, very pretty! I love the background!

  14. Very cool. I love the technique!! Thank you for sharing

  15. Hard to devide on a favorite, I like them all. Leaning towards the flowers


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