Friday, September 21, 2012

Gently Bleached

Although it has been cooling down a bit here in Houston, we are still solidly in the upper 80's. . . not exactly ideal fall weather, but better than it has been.  :-)  But it does still feel a little like fall, although I think that is mostly because the kids are back in school. 
Anyway, this is a card we made last year at a club meeting.  It uses the set Gently Falling from the main catalog and bleach instead of a stamp pad.  To do the bleach technique, take a paper towel and fold it onto a little plate or dish and then gently pour a bit of bleach on the paper towel.  'Ink' your stamp by gently pressing it on the wet paper towel and then stamp as you usually would.  It takes a minute for the bleach to work it's magic, so be patient as the image 'appears'. 
Notes:  Make sure your clothes and work surface are covered.  I haven't had any bleach accidents yet, but I try to always be prepared, just in case.  :-)  Also, bleach is light sensitive.  Meaning, that once it is exposed to light, over time it breaks down and becomes less effective.  If you are stamping multiple projects at once, you may notice after awhile that the bleach doesn't seem to be working as well.  That just means it is time for a new paper towel and new bleach. 
The finished card size is 3" by 6".  The sentiment is from the Tiny Tags set and is punched out with the Jewelry Tag punch
Stamps:  Gently Falling, Tiny Tags
Ink:  bleach, Early Espresso
Paper:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, and Confetti White
Accessories:  Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Jewelry Tag Punch, Hemp Twine, Mini Clothes Pin, Cutter Kit, dimensionals


Amanda Mertz said...

So pretty! Love the bleach technique but never do it...too paranoid! LOL! It looks wonderful with the Gently Falling set! TFS!

Kym said...

Beautiful card. I love the colors and the layout.

The Country Rose said...

This is great! The bleached leaves are so pretty!