Sunday, March 4, 2012

Bleach Butterfly

This is my second post for today.  Please scroll down one post for the 
'Inspired by a Catalog Page' card.

Hello everyone!

Blockheads is sponsoring a Bleach Technique challenge right now and if you submit your creation URL by March 21st, 2012, you could win a $25 gift certificate to the Blockheads store!   The winner will be selected by our Design Team.

I did my bleaching on an image from the amazing stamp set called Nature Medallions.
Love this set!  (by the way, did you see my Valentine card made with one of these images?)  


On gray cardstock, I stamped the butterfly-in-medallion image with Versamark ink, sprinkled on silver embossing powder, and hit it with the heat tool.  When the embossing was cool, I used a small paintbrush to paint on bleach straight from the bottle (good old-fashioned Clorox).  


The bleached areas turned a buttery yellow; so pretty!  Then I colored in some of the areas with watercolor pencils and used a circle die cut to cut out the image.

I used some old gathered lace ribbon and adhered it behind the circle with Scor-Tape, then mounted on the card base with dimensional foam stickers.  

The base is Blush Blossom cardstock that was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder from the 'Love's In The Air' Collection, then the edges were sponged with Tattered Rose ink.


The ribbon is from the scrap bag, and just happened to fit the colors perfectly.  :)  Love when that happens.  I sewed a vintage button to the center of the bow.  A couple of Rock Fern Punches add interest to the bow, as well as a pearl/rhinestone stick pin.

Thanks for the super comments you've all left for me lately!  I love to read each and every one, and they brighten my days.  :)



Stamps: Nature Medallions - Blockheads Paper Arts
Paper: Blush Blossom, Basic Gray - SU
Ink: Versamark Embossing ink - Tsukineko; Tattered Rose Distress - Ranger
Fibers: gathered lace; pink satin ribbon
Other: bleach; pearls - Recollections; vintage button; thread; watercolor pencils - Derwent; Big Shot; circle die - Spellbinders; heat tool - SU; silver embossing powder - SU; Rock Fern Punch - EK Success; Love's In The Air embossing folder - Cuttlebug; stick pin - Jenni Bowlin Studio
Dimensions: 5" square

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now this is fun too. I have not done the bleach technique before but it looks like fun. I don't do bleach well I tend to get it on things I would rather not get it on. So what if are socks are dingy! Nobody should be looking up our pant legs anyway! Can you use a bleach pen? Well, I have one stuck between the refrigerator and the cabinet which the basset managed to knock it down there. I had used one on the sink at one time and had bought another.

Chris R. from Iowa

Maria said...

Oh, so lovely! You created a gorgeous card with the bleach technique! I tried this technique one time. I must try it again! Beautiful embossed butterfly, ribbon, and vintage button! Take care, hugs!!:-))

Marisa said...

Beautifully embossed image and a lovely card.

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

Beautiful Colleen! Love the soft pretty pink, the lace, the embossing, and that gorgeous medallion! I forgot about bleaching! It adds a richness to the center!

~Tammy~ said...

This is so beautiful Colleen! Love the beautiful pastel pink ribbon...so smooth and silky and your bleach technique is amazing! Well done!

Bonnie said...

This is an amazing technique. I love the outcome, but always shy away from bleach. I can't count the number of things I've ruined with a drop of bleach misplaced. LOL, It scares me. Your card is beautiful, Colleen!

Marlena M. said...

I've never done the bleach technique before. Your card is beautiful, Colleen! I love the doily! Oh, and I love your new word CASly too. ;)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY! I love how this turned out--so elegant! And with BLEACH! Fab color combo--love the ribbon/brad embellie! LOVE the embossing and everything about this card! LOVE:)

Linda R said...

WOW!! Now that sounds like a fun technique. Your card is so pretty..

Hugs, Linda

Emily Keaton said...

I've seen you used bleach before and am always amazed by your results, Colleen. This card is no exception! Truly beautiful, and I love your ruffled lace around the center medallion you made. :)

Kelly Griglione said...

How fun to see what the bleached color will be - wouldn't have guessed yellow! Neat technique!

E.T. said...

such a pretty card Colleen. Love the colour. The bleaching technique sounds fun.

Annette said...

wow this card is so stunning...Love how you embossed the image and how the color shines through the background...this card is amazing..love it

Chunyuan said...

what a fun technique. I have to try it. Love your beautiful card. I saw your card in the magazine. Love your different styles.

Karen McAlpine said...

Love the peach! How cool that the gray turned a yellowish color!

Benzi said...

Ah, a wonderful technique and it made such a gorgeous card...with your help, of course. :-) That pink satin ribbon is yummy and soooo perfect. Love your card!

Leslie Turner said...

Very, very pretty, Colleen! That pink is so sweet! Love the ruffled lace!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Gorgeous card Colleen. That a neat technique. Lovely images and colors. The embellishments are so pretty!

yyam said...

Wow! This is really beautiful. I must try out this fabulous technique. Love the pretty little details you've added to complete your gorgeous creation too! :)

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Beautiful cards Colleen! The silver embossed images look fabulous! So elegant looking!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Absolutely beautiful Colleen, the colours are so yummy! Great job!

Stella said...

Well hun I almost fainted....this is one of your best cards ever and I'm smitten. So subtle and elegant. It's a style that I love and you do this so well. Lovely to look at; wonderful job.
Have a lovely day!
XX

Ellen said...

Wow! I know you always have such pretty cards, but when the picture of this card came up I was stunned. It is so soft and romantic with the light color and lace. I will have to try that technique when I get some spare time!!
hugs,
Ellen

Andrea Ewen said...

Stunning! So soft, delicate and elegant! Great technique too, I'll have to try it out!

Chrissie said...

This looks so pretty!
Chrissie

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