Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mod Squad Challenge - Bleaching with Color

Dear Ones~
This week over at the Mod Squad Challenge I am the host. I have chosen the Bleaching Technique as my challenge, but with a twist. After bleaching we need to color the image in.

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I have two different styles of bleaching for you today.
Here is my first example:

 This is one way to do the bleaching technique. Here I stamped the image and then using a paint brush I painted the flower and leaves with bleach. I dried the bleached image completely and then used Copic markers to color it in. The image I used is a retired GKD stamp set duo called Heart Blooms. I didn’t realize until after I had started posting this that the stamp is no longer available, but any of the Year of Flowers sets by Melanie Muenchinger would be perfect for this.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Innocent Pink and White Card Stock
GKD Heart Blooms Stamp
Stash Patterned Paper
Cheery Lynn Ribbon Die
Spellbinders Fancy Labels 3 Die
Copic Markers
GKD Buttons

And here's another way:
For this card I used the bleach as ink. I made an “ink pad” with some paper towel on a plate, and then poured the bleach directly onto the towel until it was juicy. The I just dipped the stamp in the bleach and stamped on the paper. The bleach doesn’t hurt the stamp – but to be certain you may want to rinse it under the tap when you’re done. After I dried the image with my heat tool I again used Copics to color it in. It’s really fun to see the bleached image appear as it dries with this technique. The image I used here is from the Gina K Designs stamp set The Wetlands.  

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Charcoal Brown, Fresh Asparagus and Ivory Card Stock
We R Memory Keepers Wild Flower Patterned Paper
GKD The Wetlands Stamp
GKD Fanciful Tags Stamp for Greeting
Ranger Copper Embossing Powder
GKD Burlap Ribbon
Copic Markers

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to head on over to The Mod Squad Challenge and play along. I can't wait to see your wonderful creations, and I adore your comments.



  1. You can't see me but I am bowing down, YOU are the Queen of Techniques! LOVE the look you got from bleaching on both of your cards! The colors really do change and POP! That flower is gorgeous! Love your pretty colors! And that wetlands stamp (which I have and not used this particular image as yet--but now I know how it should look!) is really fantastic! The dragonfly and cat tail look AMAZING! Well done!

  2. I agree with Donna, I am bowing now. You got this technique in aces and have me inspired to create. Thanks ever so much, you doll you.

  3. Both your cards are so gorgeous! I just love them and maybe I can find time to work up a card today.

  4. I am in agreement with sure can handle any technique and do it beautifully! Love both of these cards! Super job!!!

  5. Fabulous.I love how you got two completely different looks from the bleaching. i might have to give this a try. The cat tails looks so dimensional and a great masculine feel while the pink flowers are so pretty and feminine.

  6. Beautiful cards Judy! And so, so different!

  7. Oh My Goodness! These are wonderful and I love this technique. Not sure that I had heard of it. I must try it, but I am still wanting to try the background that you send to me with the diamond shapes. Never enough time. You, my dear, are the Queen of Technique.

  8. I agree with Barbara - Oh My Goodness! What stunning cards you have created here Judy. I am gobsmacked at their beauty. Two totally different cards but what a WOW! result you have here. Talent just oozed out of those fingers here. LOVE them.

  9. Both cards are gorgeous! I never seem to get the bleaching technique right, but you sure have mastered it