April 2012 Creative Challenge

For the April 2012 Creative Challenge, I challenged you to make three cards OR a scrapbook page using the following recipe:

  • Use the Stamping with Bleach technique. Your cards or scrapbook page could be about any subject but you had to use bleaching and stamps on your cards
  • Use the colours blue, orange and yellow in your cards. You could also use white, black and Crumb Cake if you wished
  • Dye or bleach some ribbon or baker's twine to use on your cards somewhere
  • Have fun!

Entries closed at midnight on 30th April 2012. Now maybe it was the thought of making three cards that stopped many of you entering, but Ronell (thank you, Ronell!) sent me a lovely African Bleached Pots card:

April 2012 creative challenge, stamping with bleach, card making, stamping art

Ronell's bleaching was much more subtle than my card sample. Did you use an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen for your card, Ronell? You would get a much more subtle effect that way and have more accuracy and control over what was bleached. Cleverly done!

How I Made my April 2012 Creative Challenge Sample

I used a cotton bud to apply my bleach to my own flowers. This resulted in a larger and less defined area being bleached compared to Ronell's entry.

The cardstock I used was Stampin' Up's Pacific Point, So Saffron and Tangerine Tango and there was  Beyond the Garden designer series paper (NLA) on my card too.

I dyed the Baker's Twine with the three required colours by sponging and dragging white Twine through the three different coloured ink pads, a section at a time.

My images were mounted on Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock.

Finally I enhanced my Tangerine Tango with bleach and some pearls. See how the bleach turned the orange paper a shade of yellow?

April 2012 creative challenge, stamping with bleach, card making, stamping art

I hope you will join in on some of the PaperCraftCentral Creative Challenges and stretch your paper crafting skills. You can also go back over the older challenges and send in an entry.

I will always consider your entry for publication on PaperCraftCentral.com

And if you need a little more inspiration, here is a tutorial from SplitCoastStampers showing the bleach being used as a stamping medium. This technique does not hurt your stamp rubber if you clean the bleach off and condition your stamping rubber straight after use. I use Stampin' Mist from Stampin' Up! for that.

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