Stamps Craft 1

In Stamps Craft 1, we try Stamping then Painting with Bleach

The first in this series, Stamps Craft 1,  is about stamping with bleach. I first saw the technique on SplitCoastStampers and since it turned out so well, I thought I would share it with you.

"Definition of Bleach:
the whiteness that results from removing the color from something;"
~Wordnet


Learning new techniques and methods of using our images is so interesting, not to mention economical. You can use your rubber and acrylic or polypropylene stamps to get all sorts of different effects and not wind up making the same images with the same tools or mediums over and over again. One of the various mediums I use with stamps is bleach.

Stamps craft 1, stamping art, stamping with bleach


Here's What You Will Need to Stamp then Paint with Bleach:

  • A larger, more intricate image stamp
  • Versamark Ink pad and some clear embossing powder
  • A heat tool
  • Ordinary household bleach (about half a teaspoon)
  • A small paintbrush
  • Coloured Cardstock, punches and embellishments of your choice

Here's What To Do:

  • First, stamp your image in Versamark on cardstock. You will be lightening the cardstock with bleach, so choose a nice colour that you will like even when it is faded. SOme cradstocks turn different colors when bleached, so you may be in for a surprise with the results. Try a bit of cardstock with the bleach first before committing to your final image. 
  • By the way, white cardstock won't work in this case, though you could experiment with it and see what effects you can get with the bleach. I chose a bright pink here so I would be sure to at least wind up with a lighter colour where I bleached it, if not a completely different colour.

Stamps craft 1, stamping art, stamping with bleach

  • Now cover the image with clear embossing powder and heat set it.

    Stamps craft 1, stamping art, stamping with bleach
  • Next carefully pour a small amount of bleach into a bleach-safe container such as a small glass dish you do not use for serving food and dip your paintbrush into it. Carefully dab it on your embossed image until you have lightened it to your satisfaction
  • Stamps craft 1, stamping art, stamping with bleach
    Stamps craft 1, stamping art, stamping with bleach
  • To make the candles sparkle in this case, I used some Kindy Glitz on them but you could use a glue stick and Dazzling Diamonds from Stampin' Up! or some try some Dazzling Detail.
  • Stamps craft 1, stamping art, stamping with bleach

    After you have your main image the way you want it, continue using your stamps craft skills to complete your card. Here's what I did to finish my own card

    I hope you enjoyed the first in the series of techniques for stamping. Continue to Stamps Craft 2 if you would like to try another technique now.

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