Monday 5 December 2016

2016 #23 Bleached Flowers {by Kaz Hall}

2016 Topic 23: Bleach Techniques

Hi everyone Kaz here from, joining you this evening with a post about a Bleaching technique. I really like the effect that bleaching out colour gives, it allows you to add your own colours or my favourite way is to create a monochrome effect.

Step One: For this project I have used a specific black cardstock (this one is available from wilko’s kid section here in the UK) This card stock is black on both sides but if you cut into it, it has a white core in the middle. PLEASE NOTE, this technique will not work on solid black card, it needs that white core to get that cool bleach effect. 

Step Two: Ensure when using household bleach you are in a well ventilated room. Take a wet wipe and dip the wipe into a small dish of bleach. Making a circular motion apply the wipe to the cardstock, the bleach will remove some of the colour. Allow the card to dry completely.

Step three: You can see the bleached card stock along with that white core.

Step four: Apply perfect medium or versamark to your stamp, HP1602,and stamp onto the dry bleached card. Then take some black embossing powder and sprinkle over the stamped image, remove the excess embossing powder back into the jar.


Step five: Using a heat tool, heat the stamped image until the powder has melted, allow to cool. 

Step six: Pour a small amount of household bleach into a dish, now take a paintbrush and carefully paint the image exactly where you want the bleach to work. Leave it to dry for around 5 minutes.

Step seven: Take a wet wipe and carefully wipe/rub gently over the image where you painted the bleach, it will now expose that white core and give a bleached out look.

Step eight: Repeat the on the rest of your image until you are happy with the result.

To finish my project, I repeated the above process and added the moth from the stamp set. I masked off the stamped image and added splashes of Paperartsy fresco paints in China, Bougainvillea, Haystack, zucchini, Snowflake and Little Black Dress. I then added some stitching and some selected words, highlighted with the fresco paints.

This is a really cool technique, which gives a great look. You could also try and wipe over a stencil with a wet wipe/bleach to create some cool backgrounds or like I said before I like the monochrome look but you could experiment and go back in and add colour, just have a play and see which one works the best for you!

Kaz Hall

Thanks Kaz for sharing your process, the bleach adds wonderful highlights to those flowers and the moth, perfect on images that would otherwise be quite dark. Great tip about that cardstock too! ~Darcy

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Helen said...

that is one of my favourite stamps, Kaz. What a great look you achieved. Off to Wilko very soon!

Artmadnana said...

Not easy to find black card with a white core so that's a helpful tip Kaz. Love the fact you bleached over the card first to create that grey background. Such an effective technique. Your photos are brilliant and really add to your clear explanations. Love it.

Miriam said...

This is a gorgeous project Kaz. I love the bleached effect in this flower!

Kirsten said...

A gorgeous card. The bleached out flower looks great & I love the little splashes of colour.

Lauren Hatwell said...

LOVE that stamp set AND what you've done with it. Looks fantastic. Lx

Craftyfield said...

Interesting effect, I will need to visit Wilko when I get to one! Beautiful project!

Shelagh Metselaar said...

I just love this technique. Visit the craft dept in Wilkos when down visiting Mum, dont have one near here. Funnily enough, got my box of Paperartsy stamps out yesterday and have had two days of play - not as good as this by a long night shot, thiough!! ;~}

Shelagh Metselaar said...

That was supposed to read 'long shot though!'

Seth said...

Great technique and a gorgeous project. Great composition, love the stitching and the dark colors make a strong impact.

Lucy Edmondson said...

Really interesting and striking experiment and great result!

Lucy x

Julie Lee said...

I am loving these bleaching posts! Such fabulous and original projects and this one is superb, Kaz! Love it! xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Love your project Kaz. Great tip about the cardstock. Lovely project! Xx

Etsuko said...

Fantastic card!! Great bleaching result and lovely colours. xx

craftimamma said...

This is wonderful Kazakhstan. I love that Stamp and it worked beautifully for the bleach painting.

Lesley Xx

Unknown said...

Fab! 😊