Stamping With Bleach

by Beate Johns

Use household bleach to stamp images on colored cardstock.


  • Bleach

  • Paper towel

  • Plastic container or coated paper plate

  • Stamp

  • Colored cardstock


  1. Step 1

    Prepare a make shift bleach pad by folding a paper towel and placing it on a coated paper plate or plastic container.

    Add enough bleach to the paper towel to make it moist, but not dripping wet.

  2. Step 2

    Press stamp lightly on bleach pad

  3. Step 3

    Stamp image on colored cardstock. Every colored cardstock will change to a different color when bleached, and even the same color may yield different results at different times.

  4. Step 4

    Let dry. It will take several minutes for the bleach to finish its process. You can use your heat tool to speed it up.

  5. Step 5

    Finish your card.



  1. Make it your focal point
    Bleach your main image instead of a background.

Your Turn

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

Won't the bleach be bad for your stamps...I know you would clean them right away and then condition them but I would be scared it would dry them out...??? I love the look though...especially the main image. Thanks. LT
Linda Theriault  |  Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 5:53 AM
The bleach will not harm our stamps, or do we do something to get the bleach off?
thank you Patti
Patricia Foco (Patti)  |  Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 7:14 AM
Merci il est super ce tuto!! Bises. Nadine
lamanuelle  |  Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM
Clorox has a thicker bleach that's supposed to be splash-proof. Has anyone used it instead of the more watery density?
Nanaverm  |  Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 12:47 PM
I think using the bleach is a great idea. I have to try it right away.
thank you so very much
marlene geiger  |  Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 1:21 PM
Your card is simply beautiful as always, Beate...thank you for sharing with we just clean the bleach off the stamp with water or must we do something else??
Denise Trottier
Denise Trottier  |  Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 3:11 PM
Lina, Patti and Denise,
I have used this technique quite a few times. It never harmed the stamps I used. I clean them on a Stampin' Scrubber with a stamp cleaner.

I was a bit nervous using a clear stamp for this technique (for the video), but it still looks the same several days after I used it with bleach and cleaned it.
beate  |  Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 9:02 AM
I enjoyed you short video on stamping with bleach. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to trying this in several different ways.
Lydia Hallum  |  Wed May 9, 2012 at 8:09 AM
Love this technique. So cool.
Cindy Groh  |  Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

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