Saturday, September 25, 2010

Papertrey September blog hop challenge: Sharing the love

This card is all about THANKS. Thanks to all the crafters out there who gladly share their ideas, knowledge and experience with us just for the love of it.


Actually I found this quite a hard blog hop, just because it was a real challenge to pick something to focus on- I mean, everything I know about stamping I have learnt from a fellow stamper so it was kinda hard to narrow down! In the end I decided to go with my latest favourite PTI set and a technique that I haven't seen used around the traps so much lately, so hopefully it will be useful info for someone out there.

The idea is basically to use household bleach as an ink, but particularly on this card it was used inside the stamped outline to bleach out some of the cardstock, which makes it easier to add colour on top later. I think I learnt about this from a magazine quite a while back. It gives a striking effect on dark cardstock.


This shows the letters bleached on the left and unbleached on the right. I stamped the letters using Versafine and heat embossed them with clear powder- this makes it much easier to keep within the outline with both the bleach and the colour. I just used a fine paintbrush dipped in regular household bleach and coloured pencils with dimensional medium over the top (see photo below). The stitching is pure Nichole Heady (I always admire her use of stitching) and the simple use of bold patterned papers is inspired by Kristina Werner.


Thanks for hopping by, and thanks again for taking the time and effort to do tutorials, answer questions, share ideas and give encouragement. You know who you are.

22 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this. I will have to try that technique!

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  2. Wow! the sentiment looks great!

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  3. Wow! What an adorable card! I haven't seen the bleaching before. Thanks!

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  4. Love it! Bleaching is such a cool technique that I always forget about. Love the colors and great job with the stitching.

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  5. What a super fun and fabulous card! I haven't seen the bleach technique for a while - thanks for reminding me about it!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  6. Great technique, and I love your fun, colorful card!

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  7. This is sucha fun and cute card. Lx

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  8. What a fantastic idea!! Never heard about this before, but it's an idea I'll try for sure. Thanks!

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  9. Your card is so bright and cheerful. love the bleaching technique.

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  10. WOW! Great look and technique idea with the letters, Jen! Great looking card!

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  12. What a fun technique & fabulous card!!!

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  13. very cool! I haven't tried using bleach with stamps in AGES!! Yours looks terrific!

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  14. So colourful - so sweet and so happy! I love the way you've coloured in the writing - and the little birdie sitting on top of it all is darling!

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  15. thanks...love the idea. will have to check it out.

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  16. What a sweet card, and I had no idea to use bleach to get better color over a dark cs- thanks for that tip!!

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  17. LOVE your card, LOVE the colors! Very cute!

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  18. Totally cute card and I love the cool technique you've used Jen!

    Sheree xx

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  19. Great technique and such a happy card!!! Totally makes me smile!!

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  20. Oh my, the bleaching for the letters is cool but what I really love is that stitching - it's just perfect!!

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