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A Long Farewell to the Summer Mini Catalog

Summer, along with the Summer Mini Catalog, is coming to an end.  Sail Away and The Open Sea stamp sets became favorites this summer; sadly, they will not be available after tomorrow.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite samples:


Sail Away


The Open Sea-anchor dsp


The Open Sea-scored triangle

The Open Sea-embossed wood

Ah, summer – I do wish it would linger a little longer.  The kids go back to school on Thursday; therefore, I should have more time to concentrate on my blog entries! 

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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:

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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5.  Once dry, attach image to your card.

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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 



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My Workshop WOW at Milwaukee Regionals

I was truly honored to be a Workshop WOW presenter at Milwaukee Regionals this week.  My presentation focused on Stamping With Bleach.  I promised the attendees I would post instructions and samples on my blog.

I love to work with household products in my stamping.  I also love to stamp quick and easy cards.  Bleach stamping accomplishes both!  When you use bleach in your stamping, you are taking out the dye in your card stock. 

First things first – safety is important when stamping with bleach.   I do not recommend bleach stamping with pregnant ladies, young children, and those who have allergy or sensitivity issues.  If I am planning an event in my home and will be using bleach, I notify my stampers ahead of time.  If I want to showcase a bleach technique at a workshop, I will feature it as a demonstration not a make and take.  I’ll substitute water for the bleach but bring samples of each step so they see the bleaching results.  If you do take bleach along with you to a demonstration, make sure you store it in an opaque container that is tightly sealed. 

Please note:

  • Do not let bleach dry on your stamps.  Bleach can damage the rubber.  Clean your stamps immediately after you are finished.  I usually use a wet paper towel to clean the bleach residue off and then I will use my Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub to do a final clean and conditioning.
  • Clean off any other materials the bleach comes in contact with.
  • Once bleach reaches open air, its strength dramatically lessens.  You will need to add more bleach if you are stamping many pieces at once.
  • Bleach affects colors of card stock differently – you may even get variations with the same color but a different dye lot.

To use bleach as a stamp pad, you will need the following:

  • paper to protect work surface
  • some folded paper towels
  • a small container
  • household bleach
  • card stock
  • a clean and damp paper towel (to clean off stamps)
  • ventilated area

Protect your work surface with scrap paper.  Put the folded paper towels inside the small container.  Pour some bleach onto the folded paper towels.  Using a clean stamp, press stamp into the bleached towel.  Immediately stamp onto the card stock.  Lift off the card stock and set the card stock aside.  It will take a while for the bleach to interact with the card stock.  Be sure to let dry completely before using on your project.

CLEAN YOUR STAMPS IMMEDIATELY – DO NOT LET BLEACH DRY ON YOUR STAMPS.  I always use a wet paper towel to clean off the bleach first, and then I use my Stampin’ Mist and Scrub for a final clean and conditioning.

Here are some of my examples of using a bleach pad:          

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 To bleach with a spritzer,  you will need the following:

  • paper to protect work surface  (the new COLOR CATCHER would be great for this technique)
  • spritzer container
  • household bleach
  • card stock
  • ventilated area

Pour a small amount of bleach into a spritzer bottle.  Prepare your work area as above.  Spritz your card stock.  Set aside to dry. 


I’ll be inserting samples for this technique early next week.

To bleach with a Sponge Dauber,  you will need the following:

  • paper to protect work surface 
  • sponge dauber
  • small container
  • household bleach
  • card stock
  • ventilated area

Pour a small amount of bleach in a safe container.  With a clean sponge dauber, tap into the bleach and then pounce the dauber all over the card stock where you want to bleach.  Set aside to dry.   Once dry, you can even stamp inside the space you bleached!  If the bleach sits out a while, you will have a softer effect (see the Garden Whimsy sample).


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To accomplish the bleach brushing technique,  you will need the following:

  • paper to protect work surface 
  • paintbrush or AquaPainter
  • small container
  • household bleach
  • card stock
  • ventilated area

Pour a small amount of bleach in a container.  With a clean paintbrush or AquaPainter, dip into the bleach and lightly brush your tool over the card stock.  Variations in depth of bleaching depends on how much bleach you use and how long the bleach has sat out.  Set aside to dry.  You can stamp or emboss right on top of the bleached portion.  I love to tear the edges of the bleached section to highlight the bleaching effect.  You can also use two pieces of scrap paper, tear them, put them over card stock as a mask for part of the card stock, and then bleach in between the torn mask pieces.


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2010-milwaukee-regional-examples-bleach-brushedgold-embrace  Sorry for the bad picture – this is Brushed Gold card stock bleached out!

 I love to find different tools or items around my home to incorporate into my bleaching.  Here is one item I love to use with bleach:


It is a pencil topper Koosh Ball!  I can’t remember which of my three boys received it and for what I occasion, but I snatched it for myself.  It makes great background designs by just dipping it into an inkpad, but the design it leaves behind when you dip it in bleach is fabulous!   Use the same directions as sponge dauber bleaching, but dip the koosh ball into the bleach instead of the sponge dauber.

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Believe it or not, this is just a start to all the ways you can incorporate bleach in your stamping.  Since I only had 5 minutes to do the presentation, I had to stop there! 

Follow my blog for more bleach and other techniques!

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