Friday, July 14, 2017

July 2017 - A Year of Card Making Techniques - Bleaching Your 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:

Our  amazing sponsor this month is Debbie Bonczek of Close to My Heart.  (Hey that's me!)  

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And the awesome prize this month is:

 This super cute stamp set, ad the mini stapler pictured below!

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So first, my 'disclaimer"!  I've tried this technique before and very much like this time, I had mixed results.  Let me start by saying that I make scrapbook pages.  When I purchase paper to scrapbook, I have leftover scraps, which I bag up for several montha at a time.  At some point, those scraps end up in a box in cut pieces that are sized as "card friendly", and eventually they end up on cards.  So I rarely know the type of cardstock on my scraps, and different brands of cardstock react differently to ink.  That's my disclaimer.

So here are the tools I used . . . 

There is a piece of plastic canvas, an embossing folder, a brush, a dauber, a stencil, an acrylic block and an acrylic stamp.  And using bleach, I created all the panels below: 

#1 - Black cardstock - I laid the plastic canvas on it and used the brush to put the bleach on.  The bleached areas turned a bit of a green tone. 
#2 - Red carstock - I used the dauber and the stencil. 
#3 - I used the acrylic block and used the ink smooshing technique, only with bleach instead of ink.  The color variation did not thrill me. 
#4 - The stamp, which I daubed bleach on, and then stamped light blue cardstock.  I think this one was my favorite piece.
#5 - Black cardstock . . . ink smooshing . . . this one turned tan (and very quickly).
#6 - Bleach brushed onto the embossing folder . . . the least amount of change.  I even brushed bleach down the cardstock.  (Whatever!)

And here are my cards . . .

For the yellow one, I merely stamped with back pigment ink and embossed, leaving an empty spot for a sentiment. 

For the blue piece that refused to change it's color (maybe a hint of change in a few spots), I used an embossing folder with bleach on it.  I then dabbed bleach onto those raised circles.  I then pained bleach downward on the card.  Not a lot of luck on this one. 

The stripes in the inlaid die were created using pieces of scrap cardstock.  And watch at some point, because I will use the striped "Thank You" on another project one day (just not today). 

For that black/brown ink smoosh piece, I stamped and cut little dogs out of part of it, and used part as a border on the card.  This card is matchy-matchy! 

Those little pups are adorable. 

Now . . . important to note!  Black cardstock above bleached to brown.  Black cardstock in the project below bleached more to a greenish-gray.  So for the black mesh piece, I created a little thank you card for my mom, who sent my new puppy a few toys.  

Dogs love mail. Check out that beard!  As Schnauzer peeps say, "Fear the beard."

My favorite bleach piece . . . the light blue . . . added some of the stamps from the same set used with the bleach, and a nice blue ink.  It's my favorite because of the way it reacted. 

 I do love those bleach images. 

And then my favorite card, just because it's fun . . . two monsters . . . one monster displays words of amazing awesome wowsers, and another monster crashes through the card . . . so there are monster eyes in the dark . . .

And there is some dimension to this card where there are monster eyes in the dark . . .

Inside and out . . . check out the action wobble monster who crashed thru my card.   That's the crasher! 

He's a blurry, wobbling fool!

Now you’re off to visit with Ronda's Paper Creations. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!

And, I hope you can find some time to create. 

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:  

Supplies Used - Thinking of You
Stamps:  Simply Stated and Wild Garden Stamp Sets (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); Scraps of Yellow and Black Cardstock
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Marigold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Thank You Inlaid Die
Stamps:  Still Smiling (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah); Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  Beads Embossing Folder (Carabelle Studios); Thank You Card Set Dies (Sizzix); Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart)

Supplies Used - Ruff Day
Stamps:  Four-Legged Friends Stamp Set (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart); Gold Shimmer Trim (Close To My Heart); Four-Legged Friends Die Set (My Favorite Things); Bone Button
Supplies Used - Favorite Human
Stamps:  Four-Legged Friends Stamp Set (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart); Snow Marker (Marvy); Four-Legged Friends Die Set (My Favorite Things)

Supplies Used - Worry Less; Giggle More
Stamps:  Giggles and Medallio Mix-ups  (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs); Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper:  Solar White (Neenah) and Scraps of Cardstock (blue)
Accessories:  Cobalt Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Blue Shimmer Trim (Close To My Heart); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Supplies Used - Wowzers Monster Card
Stamps:  monsters2celebrate (The Stamps of Life)
Ink: Versamark and Versafine Black Onyx
Paper:  Scraps of Cardstock
Accessories:  monsters2stamp Dies (The Stamps of Life); White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts); Silly Eyes; Color Box Stencil; Action Wobble


  1. What a treat! Your cards are wonderful, every one of them! Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

  2. Great cards, loved the different techniques!! Smiles!!

  3. I love how many things you used. Thanks for showing all the results which turned out great.

  4. I can't decide which one I like best! These all came out so cute. Love the way you made little spotted pups out of some of the smooched bleached card stock. Such a unique idea.

  5. Wonderful cards Debbie and great ideas on how to use the bleach in multiple ways. Thank you for hopping with us and thank you so much for being this months sponsor. Someone will be a happy winner this month :-)

  6. I love all your cards! The googly eyes look like they moved, lol, great placement!

  7. Wow! Your cards are all seriously awesome. I love the idea of using the embossing folder. I might try that sometime if I get brave enough to venture into the world of bleach again. Thanks so much for hopping with us.

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  8. Wow, you did a lot of cards and they are all great, but like you , the blue one is my favorite!

  9. Great variety, you did awesome with this hop.

  10. Love all of your cards! Really like that you showed us the paper with just the bleach (with the different applications) and then your finished product - thank you!

  11. I think they are all great! My favorite is the mesh and my second fav is the yellow - I love how subtle it is! Thanks for all the examples ad inspiration!