Bleached Out Images

by Beate Johns

Use household bleach to add highlights to embossed images.


  • Bleach
  • Plastic or glass container to hold bleach
  • Watercolor brush
  • Detailed image stamp (Craft Secrets Clear Art Stamps Rose used here)
  • Distress Ink, or other ink suitable for embossing
  • Embossing powder
  • Embossing heat tool
  • Colored cardstock


  1. Step 1

    Ink stamp and stamp the image on colored cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Pour embossing powder over the image. Tap off excess. Clear embossing powder was used here to create a soft image. Any color of embossing powder would work.

  3. Step 3

    Use an embossing heat tool to heat the embossing powder until it melts.

  4. Step 4

    Add bleach to a glass or plastic container and dip the watercolor brush into it.

  5. Apply bleach to image.

  6. Step 5

    Continue to add bleach to the image until the entire image is bleached out.

    Let dry or use the heat tool to speed up the drying process.

  7. Step 6 (Optional)

    Color your image with a color medium of your choice.

  8. Copic Markers were used for this sample.

    When using Copic Markers only use clear embossing powder.

  9. Step 7

    Finish your project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Bleached Out Images. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Clorox pen turned my dark gray paper a very pale blue. The same paper was turned yellow by pure Clorox on a Q-tip, and pink by diluting the clorox with water. Clorox on black paper turned it several shades of brown, depending on how dilute I made the clorox. The colors are so soft and elegant, I'm hooked on this technique.

Thanks much for the video.
Bahb  |  Tue May 14, 2013 at 2:39 AM
Would this bleach action work on heavyweight card stock parchment paper?
Dottie McFadden  |  Thu Mar 9, 2017 at 2:45 PM

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