Color Wash Faux Bleach

by Sherry Cheever

Create a faux bleached look by spraying Color Wash sprays over embossed images.


  • Silhouette Image Stamp

  • White Shipping Tag (alternative – White Cardstock)

  • Ranger Adirondack Stream, Red Pepper and Butterscotch Color Wash (alternatives to Color Wash sprays: Glimmer Mist, Alcohol inks, Liquid RIT Dye)

  • Embossing Ink

  • Clear Embossing Powder

  • Craft Iron

  • Paper Towel

  • Non-Stick Craft Sheet (optional)

  • White Printer Paper


  1. Step 1

    Stamp silhouette images on tag with emboss ink.

    Pour clear embossing powder over image, tap off excess, and emboss with heat tool.

  2. Step 2

    Place embossed tag on paper towel and spray with various colors of Adirondack Color Wash.

  3. Step 3

    Place wet ink tag between printer paper and iron with craft iron set on highest setting (no steam).

  4. Iron tag until the embossed image appears on printer paper and the embossing powder is absorbed into the printer paper.

    Note: if paper sticks, re-heat areas with iron.

  5. Step 4

    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 Color Wash Faux Bleach. 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.

Sherry - once again, a winner. I, too, have trouble with the bleach method, but this is ever so much better. Thanks.
Carol Winters  |  Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 8:26 AM
Wow, another great technique I can't wait to try.
ozcat  |  Sat Oct 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM
Can you tell me the name of the craft iron you used and where you bought it?
Bev J  |  Thu Aug 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM
Bev that's a Clover craft iron, but it was discontinued a few years ago. If I were to buy a new one today, I would look for a travel iron that didn't have any steam holes on the bottom or one used for encaustic wax.
Sherry Cheever  |  Thu Aug 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM
This was Very Well Explained and stayed on point with the process! I totally enjoyed the presentation as much as learning this new technique! "Well taught!" Thanks so very much! Warmly, Donna
Donna  |  Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

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