Jun 9, 2013

The Bleaching Technique.

I would recommend wearing a mask if you want to try out this technique, it can be a hazard to your health when the fumes are wafting around the place........ as I found out!

I chose a soft subtle Pink as my primary colour, as it relates a feminine and a romantic feel.
What you are viewing above is a print of a butterfly that was cut from a serviette and matt medium applied to meld it into the Bg, the Die cut has also been treated the same way, (before being cut).

You can use coloured card-stock for this technique as long as it does not have a White core, initially I tried the card-stock but I did not like the effect I was getting,
I made up my own Bg, with Distress Inks, using the wrinkle free method; swipe the inks side by side on to your mat and spritz with water, then colour up your chosen paper/card.

I added a touch (I did not use all this) of mowed Lawn once I dried off the Pinks.

I used the method of soaking a paper towel in Bleach to use as my stamp pad, and stamped my images onto my Bg- I realised after these numerous attempts that the stamp has to be very wet to create a good effect.

Once this was dry I over stamped in Vintage sepia,  and stitched a border.

I was aiming for a Vintage feel, so included different laces and a button.



Kim x said...

This is fabulous Susan. I love using bleach to paint and stamp with so I must go and check out these blogs. You have certainly inspired me.
hugs Kimx

Tammy said...

Beautiful card and wonderful results with bleach! The lack and netting you used is a perfect embellishment!

Barb said...

Wow! I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful I think this is, Sue! I love the colors of your amazing background and that framed butterfly is just gorgeous! Wonderful creativity!

Dawn Turley said...

You have done an awesome card Sue. I love seeing the process. I struggle getting a good impression when doing bleach stamping. This looks great.

Brenda Brown said...

Beautifully shabby Sue, the pink tones and lace provide the feminine touch and the bleaching technique has worked perfectly and looks even better with the over stamping. I love this piece.
Hope you are having a good weekend.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

The framed butterfly looks great on that gorgeous background Sue!

kind regards, Alie :-)

cheryl Baker said...

oh wow hun this is brilliant that background is just amazing and love the butterfly,lush hugs Cherylxxxxx

Mitra Pratt said...

Bleach I can handle, blogger not so much! So, looking at the post and it's perfectly set to post exactly when I went, but it makes ME hit the publish button....hmmmm! Well, it's up now!

I love how you made those flowers! Like I was telling Lisa, it never occurred to me to USE a stamp! I used a Q-tip. I want to try a stamp now though.

Love all the softness on this card and that gemstone button has my heart fluttery! So pretty!

Rosemary said...

absolutely GORGEOUS, sue!! I love how you created your bleached background and may have to give it a try! (I have tried the bleaching method on cardstock and met with little success.) all your finishing details are perfect, as they always are... another mini masterpiece!

butterfly said...

Wow! Your bleach stamping looks wonderful - that pink flower panel is absolutely stunning, background and all (and generally I'm really not that much of a pink person!)... Love the butterfly in his gorgeous frame too - definitely a big WOW from me!
Alison xx

Ira Huberts said...

Stunning looking background Sue, love the bleach effect, it's gorgeous! Great shabby chic stitches, they're perfect! Hugs, Ira xox

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What an intersting blog Susan, and what great techniques! I like your style very much and became new follower. Will visit often to get inspiration!Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for becoming follower in my blog - I am happy about !
xxx from another Susan-
Susi from Austria

Sandy said...


Meihsia Liu said...

Wow... Sue, this is such a brilliant technique and the result is fantastic! Love the beautiful background and your stitching. Totally fun! :)

Mary J said...

Oh I just love your backgrounds!! I gotta try this inkiness! Love how you framed that gorgeous butterfly and you always add texture so beautifully!

Lisa M said...

Pssst, guess who? Lol...it's been a week my friend, but now I'm here laying on my hammock in the backyard with cup of coffee,beautiful breeze, singing birds and your gorgeous creation!!!! I can tell by the plethora of positive feedback that this had hit a cord in all of us. What you've done to basically create everything handmade here and stamp with a negative producing medium, yet bringing it full center to hold it's own with such beauty is truly amazing. The double stamping is so incredible looking.
You have exceed all my expectations and placed a permanent smile on my face!!! It was worth thefumes, I truly believe!!!!
Hugs to you my friend,

Greta said...

Love, love, love!!! Oh wow--you are really back, my friend! Of course pink if my favorite & your use of bleaching is amazing! I've never done it over a background I inked, but now I've gotta try it! Pinning this gorgeous creation!

Robyn Oliver said...

Simply love your card Susan, thanks for sharing the bleaching technique...must try Cheers