Wednesday, September 13, 2023


Today I am using the Pumpkin Bouquet from the Rustic Crate Bundle. I am sharing two cards that use the Bleached Images Technique in two different ways.

For the first card I stamped the image with VersaMark Ink on Pecan Pie cardstock and then heat embossed it with Black Embossing Powder.  Regular Household Bleach was then brushed over the image and set aside to dry.  The bleach removed the Pecan Pie color from the cardstock which left me with the "creamy white" image as shown.

For the second card, I used Black Pigment ink to stamp the image, again on Pecan Pie cardstock.  This time I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The end result is the same for both methods so use whatever type of products you have.

After bleaching the 2nd image in the same manner as the first, I colored the image with Stampin' Write Markers.  Normally, my go-to coloring medium is Stampin' Blends, but I found that the colors were not as bright when I used Blends as they were when I used Stampin' Write Markers.  Perhaps the alcohol ink in Stampin' Blends reacts differently with the bleach.

I have a Learning with Friends video on YouTube if you would like to learn more about using each of these bleaching methods.  This video gives you several tips and helpful hints on how to use the Bleached Image Technique.  It will also show you a couple of additional cards that I made using this technique.

Here is a close-up photo of the image on the second card colored with Stampin' Write Markers.

Which do you like the best?  The bleached only image or the colored image?

Each card has a unique layout and uses different Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The first card uses DSP from the Fresh as a Daisy Collection and the All About Autumn Collection.  This All About Autumn DSP is definitely one of my current favorites.  Both sides are gorgeous!  

For the second card with the colored image, I used the Glorious Gingham DSP as I wanted to compliment the colored image not detract from it.

For more information on each of the designer series paper collections, you can click on the images in the Product List below.

To decorate the inside of my cards, I used a simple matted strip of the same DSP as was used on the card front.

Here is the card with the Pecan Pie Glorious Gingham DSP.  The Pumpkin Pie matting gives it a pop of color.

If you would like detailed tutorials for today's cards, please use the links below to download free copies.

Bleached Only Image Card Tutorial

Bleached and Colored Image Card Tutorial

Product List

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