Bleaching Images onto your
Chances are pretty good that you have some bleach in your house
somewhere. However, laundry isn't the only good use for
bleach. You can use it to create beautiful images on your
cards as well. This tutorial is going to show you how.
for this project:
Card Base & Envelope
- Layering paper
- Dark brown ink
- Stamp images
- Sentiment stamp
- Paper Towels
- Small container (an empty baby wipe container, or a bowl
Note: you can use the regular liquid bleach or a bleach pen like I've
used here. They both give the same result!
first thing you want to do is make yourself a nice little bleach
stamping pad. I have a small baby wipes container I like to
use just for bleaching. Fold up your paper towels so they fit
in your container and are a few layers thick (because they will
probably tear a little as you work).
Once you have a little 'pad' of paper towels, wet them down with the
your image around on the bleach pad to get it good and wet.
It's hard to tell if you got it all, since the bleach doesn't
show up like ink does, so just tap and move it around a bunch.
the stamp on your cardstock and press down for a few seconds to give
the bleach a chance to soak in.
This image (and the birds below) came from a Stampin' Up! set, but you
can find lots and lots of great images to use for this technique.
See, it's starting to lighten up as it dries.
the image is drying, go rinse the bleach off your stamp before you
forget. It shouldn't hurt your image, but it may leave some
yucky white residue if it dries.
That looks so pretty, doesn't it?
I will mention that depending on the type and color of cardstock you
are working with, you may have different color results. I
bleached a piece of dark green cardstock the other day where the image
turned turquoise. It was not exactly the effect I intended
(can you say clashing colors?) so I changed up my project.
Definitely test a small piece of cardstock before you commit,
that way you can adjust as needed.
Now take your small pieces of layering cardstock and tear a tiny bit
off the top of each one. This is going to create a nice sandy
effect for this particular project, but it's a nice effect in general
if you're not doing a beach scene.
Here are the torn pieces together. There is no science to
paper tearing, just grab small bits at a time, tearing the piece you
are removing towards you. This creates a nice tear because
the piece you are keeping has a ragged edge.
Grab another image stamp and ink it up.
the image on the smaller, front piece of torn cardstock.
Hello little birdies!
we're going to adhere the layers. For this project I'm using
the Tombo glue. I love this stuff - it sticks like nothing
else! Just remember if you are using this product - a little
bit goes a long way!
Here are the torn layers glued together. And below you will
see them adhered to the bleached cardstock.
Ink up your sentiment stamp and place it on the cardstock.
This is where I decided to put mine.
add a little bit of adhesive to the cardstock and stick it on your card
Love it! So easy and yet what a wonderful effect!
And here it is after I added a few more embellishments.
Now go forth and bleach!