April 2012 Creative Challenge:  Stamping with Bleach

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

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:

stamping with bleach

Ronell's bleaching was much more subtle than my card sample. Did you use an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen for your card, Ronell?

I think 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.

So now you have two ways to use bleach on your card or scrapbook page images.

The cardstock I used was Stampin' Up's Pacific Point, So Saffron and Tangerine Tango (some of these colours are now retired, so do check out the colour refresh at Stampin' Up! by going to the catalogue and shopping link in the right hand column of this page) 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 from Stampin' Up!

Finally I enhanced my Tangerine Tango with ordinary household bleach application, and with some pearls.

See how the bleach turned the orange paper a shade of yellow?

stamping with bleach

Congratulations again, Ronell, for winning the April 2012 Creative Challenge.

I hope everyone reading 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 for publication. 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.

If you have any ideas for how to challenge fellow crafters, do let me know on the Contact Me page, and if you want to be notified about future challenges, do subscribe to my monthly newsletter, Paper Twists.

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