We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Having a peachy bleachy time!

Another get together, and we thought we would try the bleach technique. We found that thicker bleach is better than the thin stuff, and make sure room is well ventilated, and wear an apron!

On this card, both pieces have been coloured using Distress Inks.  We also tried Distress Stains, which was OK, but I prefer the control you have with Distress Inks.  This also works on coloured cardstock, but the bleached areas will not necessarily go white, for instance, black card seems to bleach to light brown.  A case of try it and see!

For stamping, prepare a pad of kitchen roll in a box lid or foil tray, and pour bleach onto it, spreading it around,so that it soaks into the pad.  Use this as the "ink" pad, by tapping your stamp onto it. Used here is one of my favourite script stamps for backgrounds. The second layer is a collage stamp, stamped with Stazon (which won't react with the bleach) then bleach applied to certain areas with a paintbrush.

I liked this technique, as it is simple, cheap, but effective.

Finished off the card with some wonky stitching, and a die-cut butterfly.


  1. What a lovely butterfly die. Love the colours on the card even though it isn't blue ! Stamp is nice too.

  2. This is a beautiful card. Really effective technique and I love the colours that you have used. Lina x