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Old 09-11-2006, 05:36 PM   #1  
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Hi!

I saw a card earlier that used Bleaching as a technique. (I forgot which gallery I saw it in.) It was VERY cool, though. I looked under Resources and don't see anything on it.

Can someone give me some tips on how to do this technique?

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Old 09-11-2006, 06:19 PM   #2  
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Bleaching, very fun and very easy.
I put a few paper towels on a plate. I pour a little bleach on them.
I use it instead of an ink pad.
Afterwards I clean the stamps right away with stampin' mist to protect the rubber.
It is fun and you always get a surprise. Like sometimes blue paper will turn white, sometimes purple, you just never know....
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:53 PM   #3  
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you can also bleach without the bleach using a Castaway Ink Pad
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You can also emboss your image then use a paint brush to paint the bleach inside the lines. You can then either leave it bleached out or color in with pencils, chalk or markers. Here's one I colored after bleaching with markers:

http://splitcoaststampers.com/galler...0&ppuser=45000
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:53 PM   #5  
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You could also put bleach (diluted with water, I think 50/50 works) in an aquapainter. You can only use that aquapainter for bleach if you do this. What I sometimes do is use diluted bleach (again 50/50), in a plastic container (margarine container) and use an old dried out blending pen and just dip and color the image. But I usually emboss the image before doing it this way or with the aquapainter.
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Diane -

I recently did a card using the bleach and I did sort of a "reverse" direct to paper by dragging the cardstock through the paper towels and then drying each side right away - I got a pretty cool backgorund look from it!
Also, I've heard that soated paper doesnt really work great with the bleach, so you may want to try a few scraps of the paper you want to use!

Here's my Bleach card!

have fun trying it!!
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OMG! Im sorry I meant Coated paper.. should try using the spell check more often!
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Old 09-11-2006, 09:19 PM   #8  
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Alex, your black/copper card is beautiful!!! How did you do that?
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I've written a few things on Bleaching:

http://seitlerstamps.blogspot.com/20...th-bleach.html
http://seitlerstamps.blogspot.com/20...ng-bleach.html
http://seitlerstamps.blogspot.com/20...tle-hands.html

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Another thing that works well is an actual bleach pen meant for clothing. You can use a bit more precision.
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Alex, your black/copper card is beautiful!!! How did you do that?
Thank you Sunny!!

It was super easy - I did the background the way I posted it on this thread, and then I stamped the flower with the bleach, and because I didnt get a nice neat image, I went back and re-stamped the flower with versamark and embossed it! It was kind of a happy accident (and it's also not completely lined up, but oh well!)

Thanks for looking!
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Someone on the board, who attended the White Marsh Shoebox Swap in August, showed me a great technique for bleaching. I've tried a couple different ways and this gives the best results in my opinion.

Squirt some gel bleach into a small container. Apply to stamp using a foam craft brush. Clean everything thoroughly when done.

This is great, because you can see how much bleach is on the stamp and be sure it's not too little or too much.

Sorry I don't remember the stampers name or user id or I would be sure to give her proper credit. If you happen to read this, speak up and get the credit.
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A couple more tips.

1) Don't use a brush with natural bristles they will get eaten by the bleach.

2) Also use fresh bleach it seems to work better. If you leave it in a clear container it seems that it loses it's potency.

Also as a personal anectdote. I've washed my aquapainter out throughly between using bleach and normal water and it's been fine.
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I ruined my favorite navy blue t-shirt last month when I did the laundry and splashed it with bleach. I think I'm going to try this technique on my shirt, for what do I have to lose!! Thanks for the hope and inspiration!
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Someone on the board, who attended the White Marsh Shoebox Swap in August, showed me a great technique for bleaching. I've tried a couple different ways and this gives the best results in my opinion.

Squirt some gel bleach into a small container. Apply to stamp using a foam craft brush. Clean everything thoroughly when done.

This is great, because you can see how much bleach is on the stamp and be sure it's not too little or too much.

Sorry I don't remember the stampers name or user id or I would be sure to give her proper credit. If you happen to read this, speak up and get the credit.
This doesn't hurt the stamp? I am so afraid of bleach!
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I've used this technique quite often and it hasn't hurt my stamps at all. Just make sure you clean the stamp right away. I'm anxious to try it using the bleach pen - that sounds like a great way to control the amount you end up using.
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I've used this technique quite often and it hasn't hurt my stamps at all. Just make sure you clean the stamp right away. I'm anxious to try it using the bleach pen - that sounds like a great way to control the amount you end up using.
Me too! I bought a new bleach pen today at Wallyworld.
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Embossing on plain old construction paper then using bleach to "color" in the embossed lines also looks really cool. Be careful though, it seems to absorb faster than the cardstock.
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I like using Clorox Ultra (it's thicker) and a piece of felt in an old, flat-bottomed tupperware container. I don't have to worry about the felt tearing or wadding like a paper towel can. When I am finished, I just rinse and dry the felt to save for next time.
Also, remember to refresh your bleach every 10-15 minutes if you are using it for an event or something that it is being used over a period of time. Bleach looses its potency and its ability to remove color after awhile (unless you are looking for less fade).
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