Monday, January 16, 2012

Stamping with....bleach!

Hi, Amber here today to show you how to stamp a little differently. Instead of ink we will be using bleach! It will give you the look of somewhere between emboss resist and batik.

 First, you'll need to create a bleach stamp pad of sorts. I took 3 layers of paper towel and placed them in a plastic bowl. Then pour just enough bleach to dampen the towels, but not so much that there is puddling.

See, just wet enough:

I grabbed 3 Glimmer Mists in a red, orange, and yellow. Start with your lightest color and spray that on white cardstock.
Once dry spray the orange mist. If you're impatient like me then use your heat gun to speed up the process!
 And lastly, the darkest color.
If you don't like the big splotches where the color may have dripped you can blend it out with a sponge to even out the spray.

Once all the spray is dried it's time to stamp. I took the flower from the For Every Woman set to create the background. First I stamped in clear Versamark just to protect the stamp. I wasn't really sure what the bleach would do. So safety first! Place the stamp in the Versamark and then into the bleach. Randomly stamp on your paper, re-bleaching each time. Pressing too firmly in the bleach will cause a more watercolored effect like the first flower on the left. Gently pressing won't put as much bleach on the stamp and give a cleaner, more detailed image. Now as soon as you are done go rinse all the bleach off your stamp!
Ok, now your cool paper is ready to use! I wrapped black twine around it and matted it onto the Smitten paper from EP Yours Truly 6x6 pad. Then I attached it to my kraft card base.
Then I just punched out a label shape from the BG 6x6 Kraft pad and stamped my sentiment from the Bold Sentiments I set. 
There you have your own unique patterned paper! I'd love to see what you create with this method so please share. And don't forget to check out some more of the DT creations below.

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