A Year of Card Techniques-Bleaching Your Card

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we’re going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

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Now to my projects:

For my first card, I used the Bloom with Hope stamp by Stampin’ Up on Early Espresso card stock.  I stamped with Tsukineko’s VersaFink Ink in Onyx Black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I applied bleach inside the embossed lines.

With Sympathy 2 wm 1

Next, I used the Artistically Asian set by Stampin’ Up.  Here I used a bleach soaked paper towel as my stamp pad and then stamped directly on the Real Red card stock.

Asian Sympathy wm 1

Back to heat embossing again, this time on Brushed Silver card stock.  I brushed the bleach on the snowman and all the areas colored in red, green and orange.  I really didn’t have to bleach the areas I was going to color, but the color showed up better because of it.

For All to Hear wm 1

Aside from the Brushed Silver card stock,  every color card stock to which I applied bleach turned yellow.  I don’t know if that’s peculiar to Stampin’ Up or if all papers react that way; but I plan to never work with bleach again, so I will never know. 

In the following weeks I hope to share more details for each card, but for now you’re off to visit with the talented Wilma’s blog.

I hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!






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21 Responses to “A Year of Card Techniques-Bleaching Your Card”

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  1. Denise Sayers says:

    They all turned out great. I did wonder if it would work on some silver paper I have, but I didn’t try that, maybe in the future because I do have a bleach pen to use up, lol.

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Thanks, Denise. I read somewhere that the beach ate through an aqua painter sitting in a drawer, so be careful where you store it, LOL

      • Denise Sayers says:

        Since it is the bleach pen that Clorox makes (really to be used on clothes) I assume it is in a container that it won’t eat through, but I will be careful.

        • Kim&Katy says:

          Oh I missed that part…I was thinking aqua painter. What a clever idea using an actual bleach pen…I might have actually enjoyed this technique if I used that, LOL

  2. Debbie says:

    So much to love about your cards, and wow . . . the Stampin’ Up cardstock reacted so well. That snowman card is positively adorable. Love it. Great hopping with you.

  3. Jodie Park says:

    Great cards!! Love the snowman idea!! Smiles!!

  4. Wilma says:

    Wow – I never would have thought of trying bleach on brushed silver card stock. And I love how that snowman turned out! Your Asian-inspired card is elegant – I’d like to try that. Thanks so much, Kim.

  5. Claudia Henderson says:

    Kim my friend, you surprised me again. Love the cards you made …the sunflowers are great but I love the snowman. Who knew he was silver before :-).I too had issues with the papers and colors that bleached out, if the paper even reacted to the bleach…I guess we have to do a lot of testing before we start with a project. Great cards and like always it was great hopping with you

  6. Love your cards, friend. The first one is stunning! It just makes the daisies pop right off the page. Beautiful. The other two are great as well. The snowman is adorable. I used the same stamp set but the other snowman so great minds think alike. But we knew that about us didn’t we 😉

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  7. Wow, great cards. I don’t know what it is about StampinUp cardstock but I think the bleach reacts the best to it.

    • Kim&Katy says:

      It did! I was surprised, though, that no matter the color of the card stock, the bleach turned it yellow.

  8. Sandy says:

    Lovely cards, and nice precision.

  9. SusanME says:

    Love your cards! Especially the Asian inspired one – simply beautiful (pun intended 😉)!

    • Kim&Katy says:

      I have trouble with simple cards, but I do like how this one turned out. Thanks for your comment.

  10. Gracie says:

    Ohhhh, the sympathy card is my favorite! They are all beautiful!

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