It's that time again when no doubt a handy little tip on putting together those last minute quick but very effective Christmas, winter Birthday and thank you cards comes in useful. ...And hopefully that's where I come in ...DA-DAAAAAAAAA! It's Jo and her magic paint brush! :0)
There are two ways of going about this really. Single cards or a masterboard. My top tip as a 'bleach beginner' would be to create a masterboard (a large sheet you can cut up to suit your cardmaking needs) as you really need to experiment with mark making to see what happens and then use 'the best bits'.
The whole process reminds me of those 'Magic Painting' books I had as a child, when you paint a 'blank' page with water and suddenly an image appears- only this is in reverse lol, your colour magically disappears .
1. First of all, cover your working area in old newspaper and a plastic sheet (aka bin bag). If working in a small room make sure you have some ventilation as some bleach can be a bit whiffy.
2. Cover a large sheet of white paper or card with a couple of Distress inks. Just turn over the pads and rub them all over the paper. Its that simple.
2. Fold a few sheets of kitchen paper/kitchen tissue into a 'wad', cut into quarters and place into an old bowl, creating a pad. Add bleach.
3. Begin to mark-make. This can be anything you like.... I used sequin waste as a stencil (interestingly, the bleach seeps underneath and instead of bleached dots you get a sequin waste impression)....
...you could stamp (remembering to clean your stamps afterwards)...
...paint directly onto the paper with the bleach...
...use crumpled tissue or paper to create a bleached away texture or splatter the bleach with a brush (please be careful when waving your bleach loaded brush around like a Harry Potter cast member with a wand...shouting EXPELLI-ARMUS doesn't get bleach marks off carpets or heal eyes!!)...
Whatever you decide on, this is where you come into your own and have a really good few minutes experimenting, seeing what works for you and what doesn't.
4. Decide on the section of your masterboard that you wish to use and glue and cut to fit your card. Using black STAZON ink (this doesn't disappear) stamp your image. I used Chilly the snowman by Stampotique. With your brush loaded with more bleach, paint over your stamped image. This removes any unwanted background colour, leaving you with a clean image.
5. Add your finishing touches- a word stamp, any extras, a touch of white glitter here and there and you're done!
I hope you find some time to try this out either before the holiday period or sometime in the new year. It's a really good exercise in loosening up and experimenting for those that are possibly a little nervous about freeing up their style or even just spending time away from all the Christmas/New Year chaos having a 'play'.
Below you can see a couple more of the pieces I put together using this masterboard, and I STILL have plenty left!
Please don't hesitate to contact me for any info re the above or for details on stamps used.
For ANOTHER card design using bleach, please visit my blog, although it's a sad post that I write.
And if I don't 'see' you there, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas/Holiday time. Make the most of it, don't wish it away.
Jo Capper-Sandon x