Rainbow Craft

by Beate Johns

Stamp an image with bleach and reveal a colorful background.


  • Two or more pigment inks

  • Darker dye ink

  • Brayer

  • Household bleach

  • Sponge brush or disposable plate with paper towel

  • Sponges

  • Neutral cardstock

  • Stamp


  1. Step 1

    Apply one color of pigment ink with a sponge (here, Certainly Celery).

  2. Step 2

    Apply the next color of pigment ink (here, Lavender Lace). Make sure the entire piece of cardstock is covered. Let dry, or use a heat tool to set the ink.

  3. Step 3

    Apply darker dye ink over entire cardstock with a brayer.

    Eggplant Envy was used here, as Basic Black does not work. Apply several coats to cover all color. Let dry again.

  4. Step 4

    Apply bleach to the stamp with a foam brush.

    Tip: A makeshift bleach pad can be made by folding a paper towel and placing it on a disposable plate. Add a little bit of bleach, and use that to apply bleach to the stamp.

  5. Step 5

    Stamp the bleached image on the brayered cardstock.

  6. Step 6

    Let dry and finish the project.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Rainbow Craft. 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.

Hi Love the affect the bleach does. Just wondering does the bleach damage the stamps.
Shaaron Currie  |  Thu Jul 10, 2008 at 10:18 PM
Won't the bleach dissolve the sponge? I've found that true with some kitchen sponges. And how does bleach affect clear stamps?
Nance  |  Wed Jul 13, 2016 at 12:25 PM
I also was wondering the same thing as Shaaron about the effects of the bleach on the rubber.
Elizabeth Poliseno  |  Wed Jul 13, 2016 at 9:48 PM

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