Saturday, March 5, 2011

I'm Joining The Team!



I was honored when Vicki Dutcher, Blog Team Coordinator for Mark's Finest Papers, tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I would be a part of the weekly challenges there

Since today is my big debut,  I got to choose the challenge for this week.  :0)

My challenge:  using Bleached Images.  Here is a tutorial link at Splitcoaststampers to see how it's done. 

Here is my card with a Bleached Butterfly:


I used the new March release set, Just Dandy.  The butterfly image from it is just perfect for the bleaching technique.  I stamped it in Versamark on a scrap of Really Rust cardstock, then heat-embossed it with Rubber Stampede's Gold Embossing Powder.


For the bleaching part of the process, I laid my embossed butterfly scrap on several layers of paper towels.  I poured a small amount of regular household liquid bleach into a clean baby food container.  Using a children's fine tipped paint brush, I painted the bleach inside the embossed image.  It changed the rust cardstock to a beautiful, golden yellow.

You may have to do some trial and error with your cardstock color choices.  For instance, black turns muddy brown when painted with bleach.  Yuck.  Not what I wanted. 


Most of my supplies are from Mark's Finest Paper store, with a few exceptions.  I took a page from my "Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior" book to use as designer paper.  There was a time I enjoyed reading the proper way to do things...but now I don't care nearly as much.  :) 

Now go visit my other teammates' blogs to see what they've done with the bleach technique:


Hope you've gotten plenty of inspiration to try out this technique, and we can't wait to see what you do!  Just link up your card to Speedy The Cat's Challenge HERE by Friday, March 11th at 3 pm EST.
Thanks for joining me today.  I always appreciate your visits!

Colleen

Stamps:  Just Dandy by Mark's Finest Papers
Paper:  Basic Black/Soft Suede/Really Rust by Stampin' Up; designer papers and tobacco colored cardbase from MFP; page from old book
Ink:  Versamark
Punch:  Vine Trim double edge by Martha Stewart
Other:  chocolate pearls from Recollections, brad and satin ribbon from MFP

29 comments:

Ted said...

Colleen, this is absolutely stunning! :) I love the vintage look mixed with some modern tastes... great color choices too! :)

Ann Schach said...

Congrats, Colleen! That is wonderful! Beautiful card with a fun technique, too!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

OMG, congrats! This is so beautiful, love the look and I'm gonna go check out the tecnique, this is so great!

Marisa said...

Yeah!! You go girl :) A huge congrats. Great challenge and your card is gorgeous.

chilli pip said...

Well done on your debut card Colleen it is stunning.
The words have made me a bot peckish though!

Emily Keaton said...

Oh, this is stunning, Colleen! It's amazing to see what the bleach will do. Your butterfly turned out beautifully. Oh, and using some Miss Manners text is brilliant! What a lovely shabby chic creation. :)

Susan Raihala said...

Congratulations on joining the team, Colleen! Your card is gorgeous, and I especially love that decorative brad...it's perfect here!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Colleen- Congrats on joining the team! Great to have you aboard! Your card and butterfly is gorgeous. Yep, I agree that it is a perfect image for bleaching.

Carol said...

Colleen congratulations on your new design team appointment. How wonderful and so deserving. This card is magnificent. Your butterfly looks phenomenal. I know you will be a perfect addition to the team with your beautiful creations.

Bear Hugs,
Carol

Vicki Dutcher said...

Welcome to the Team! We are thrilled to have you with us! Your challenge was awesome and you did a fabulous job showing how gorgeous it can be! Can't wait to see what next week brings~~

Benzi said...

Congrats on your new assignment, Colleen! Love this awesome card. The colors are gorgeous and
a wonderful technique!

Tracey said...

WHOO HOO!!!!!!! Yay for my sista!!!! You are on FIRE girl!!! so well deserved...can't wait to see what you do here and in print :) Huga, T

Bev J. said...

Congrats Colleen on being made part of the team. Like your challenge and your card!

Virginia L. said...

Congrats on your BIG design team post! Love the intricate borders with this design and butterfly!! Absolutely gorgeous!

Joanne (jojot) said...

You debuted with a fabulous challenge...thanks for making me work outside of my comfort zone....I am the anti-technique junkie...so it is good for me to be pushed to try new things.....

Your creation is fabulous....love the colors and the design and, of course, your bleaching results.

Also....I am on my way to change my Speedy's roster on my sidebar to include you. Welcome aboard.

Harriet Skelly said...

Welcome Colleen - so glad to have you on the team! What a great challenge you put out there for us- pushed me to do a new to me technique! Your sample card is gorgeous!!

Jinny Newlin said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Colleen! Fantastic technique! And a HUGE congrats on your new gig! Woohoo!

Lynn McAuley said...

We are so thrilled to have your talent and creativity on the Mark's Finest Papers Team, Colleen!

I love this great challenge and will get a bleached creation posted shortly!!

Your design is gorgeous!! What an inspiration!!

Stella said...

Colleen first of all; congratulations. I know why they asked you:)....you're multi talented!!I love your take on the challenge and this technique is fun! I hope I can squeeze in some time for this challenge.
Your card is gorgeous!!!!

redwasher1 said...

Your card is totally awesome!! Great challenge!! Glad to have you with on us Speedy's and look forward to more of your wonderful cards.

Vicki Dutcher said...

I have a surprise for you over at my blog~~

Julie Day said...

Congratulations Colleen! Love the card and I'm a little late, but congrats on getting some cards picked up for the Go-to-Sketches Paper Crafts call, can't wait until that issue hits the stands! :)

~Tammy~ said...

Congrats Colleen! This is breathtaking and I must say you have a lot of patience! I envy your time and your talent! :-) You deserve all the good things coming your way!

Liz Williams said...

Welcome to MFP DT!! I look forward to enjoying your ideas. If I get some bleach, I will have to join in on the fun this week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Linda Callahan said...

Congrats on your DT selection! You will be a wonderful asset to the team! And what a debut - this is fabulous - like an oil painting on a wall!

Maria said...

Congrats on your new DT assignment, Colleen! It is well deserved! You are one sweet talented lady! Love the butterfly and the bleach technique. I hope to get some time and join the fun this week...take care!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Congrats on the new position! This is fabbby news:) Can't wait to see what you make--you are going to knock our socks off:)

Leslie Miller said...

You're a very busy lady these days, Colleen, and every creation has something different and interesting, as well as gorgeous going on! It's been a while since I did the bleaching technique. Love how you used it here!

Libby Hickson said...

Such wonderful news, Colleen! I love this card, absolutely stunning!

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