Welcome to the blog of Jane Hignite, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Coloring with Bleach

Welcome to the first 2011 VC Rocks Bloghop…you've most likely arrived here from Veronica Miller's blog .  If you want to start at the beginning of the blog hop, you can start here – www.vcrocks.blogspot.com .

The theme of this blog hop is COLORING.  If you know me very well, you know I love quick and easy results in cardmaking.  I also love to use bleach in my stamping as it makes the house smell clean and fools the husband and kiddies that mom cleaned all day instead of stamped all day.

One of my favorite stamp sets in the new Summer Mini Catalog is Sail Away.  This is a perfect stamp set for coloring with bleach!

First off, here are the supplies you'll need for the technique:

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Supplies

I am heat embossing the image first (you could also use StazOn instead).  I've got my handy dandy heat embossing reflector (a piece of cardboard covered in aluminum foil), my SU heat gun, black embossing powder, embossing buddy, VersaMark, stamp, bleach (bleach should be "fresh"), nonpourous bowl, and bleach applicator (cheap paintbrush).

Whenever you are working with bleach, be careful for your health and safety.  Work in a ventilated area and protect your eyes, clothing, and stamping station.  If you are pregnant, I highly suggest you take bleach stamping off your to-do list until after your baby blessing has arrived!

Coloring with Bleach Tutorial – Sail Away Card

1.  Heat emboss the sailboat image.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Not Applied

I used Not Quite Navy card stock which was already run through my Big Shot and the Scallop Circle #2 die.  I ran my embossing buddy over it first and then heat set the black embossing powder.

2.  Take cap off bleach and pour a small amount of bleach in the cap from the bleach bottle.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Supplies B

3.  Apply bleach using paintbrush or other applicator tool to the portion of the embossed image you want "colored":

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleached Image A

You should immediately see some color change.  If you don't, your bleach may be too old or not "fresh" enough.

Coloring with bleach actually is taking AWAY color from the card stock.  Different card stock, even different card stock lots, will produce varying results.  I suggest trying to bleach on a small piece of scrap card stock before finalizing your selection or coordinating colors for the card design.

4.  Finish the bleaching and set aside to dry.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleached Image B

5.  Once dry, attach image to your card.

2011 VC Rocks Blog Hop May Bleach Card Finished

I hope you bookmark my site or subscribe to my blog.  I've got some fabulous new programs I'm unveiling in the coming weeks.  You can also find me on my Facebook page – Stamp With Jane

What is VC Rocks…and why do I love it??  VC Rocks is an online community where members share their love of stamping before, during, and after the Stampin' Up! convention.  If you can't go (or even if you can) to convention, you can get your "stampin' mojo fix" with challenges, swaps, and discussions!  I have "met' many fabulous stamping demos and nondemos through this group.

Thanks for stopping by, and now your next stop is Carolyn Sharkas' blog 



Share This Post

23 People have left comments on this post

May 14, 2011 - 01:05:44

Love the card. Thanks for sharing how you do bleaching. I have to give this a try.

May 14, 2011 - 01:05:11

Neat technique.  I will have to give it a try.  Thanks for sharing

May 14, 2011 - 01:05:35
carolyn s said:

Jane, this is such a lovely yet masculine card.  I just love stamping and painting with bleach.  Will have to try it again soon. 
Thanks so much for sharing.

May 14, 2011 - 01:05:39
Shari said:

Nice, Jane!  As always!

May 14, 2011 - 04:05:45
Patrice H said:

Thanks for joining our 1st Blog Hop.Your post is really great and your tech instructions are perfect. What a great way to show off that stamp!

May 14, 2011 - 05:05:50
Carey Rogers said:

I always forget about this fun technique.  Thanks for the great card and the tutorial.  I didn't buy this stamp set but I am thinking it needs to be in my stamp cabinet.
Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy

May 14, 2011 - 06:05:09
Tory B said:

Love your card.  I'd love to try bleach but the smell bothers my DH's asthma.

May 14, 2011 - 07:05:17
Susan Hackney said:

great technique!

May 14, 2011 - 08:05:55

I'm with you, Jane – I love this technique — but forget to use it until I see a beautiful card like yours, that is!   I need to get that stamp set too!  Thanx for sharing – hugs, Sassy Shirley

May 14, 2011 - 09:05:13

Great tutorial and love the technique.  Your card is awesome.

May 14, 2011 - 09:05:25

This is a really fun technique… always fun to see what colors the card stock bleaches out to before turning completely white… really fun when you're bleaching embossed leaves!  It's been fun to be on the tour with you!
Sharon F.

May 15, 2011 - 12:05:26
Stace said:

Nice job.  I am trying hard not to buy too much from the summer mini & you are making it harder & harder 🙂

May 15, 2011 - 12:05:10
Darlene L said:

Love your bleach cleaning theory–I'm going to use that one!  Your project is great.  TFS!

May 15, 2011 - 02:05:22
Brandy said:

Jane, I love this card, I don't use bleach nearly enough, this is great!

May 15, 2011 - 02:05:25
Jamie Adcock said:

I've never done the bleaching technique.  You make it look so easy!  Guess I need to try it out now!

May 15, 2011 - 07:05:47

WOW! I forgot about using bleach…TFS!

May 15, 2011 - 12:05:46
Lorita Edwards said:

Great job! Thanks for sharing the technique

May 15, 2011 - 02:05:48
Elizabeth K. said:

That is so great!  You make this look so easy, I have got to try it.

May 15, 2011 - 05:05:28
Debbie Flattum said:

Love the bleach coloring technique. I need to use it more often. Thanks for sharing.

May 15, 2011 - 09:05:08
Marsha W said:

One of my first SU classes I went to used the bleaching technique with the little hedgehogs.  I loved it!  
Thanks for bringing back a fun memory.
Marsha W.

May 15, 2011 - 10:05:58
sharon L said:

Thank you for the bleaching tutorial.  When I have seen your blog I have always enjoyed it so today I subscribed.

May 16, 2011 - 05:05:00
Mary S said:

Well, I've done actual stamping with bleach – pour some bleach on a paper towel and use it as your stamp pad – wash the stamp thuroughly directly after stamping! It worked ok – but I love this idea and how it turned out! A bonus that you are risking ruining your stamp if you dont' get it cleaned in time…. Thanks for sharing!

May 30, 2011 - 05:05:29
Brenda H said:

Lovely card jane — I enjoy working with bleach, too.  TFS