Rubber Stamping Technique by Leslie Turner
Instructions by Leslie
I am very pleased and honored to be hosting this month's
Blockheads Technique Challenge! My challenge to you
is to use the Bleaching Technique on your project!
Stamps Used: Whimsical
Moth, Take Flight from the Faerie
Wings stamp set.
The gorgeous moth stamp is from the Blockheads
Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set. Start by stamping
your image with Versamark on dark cardstock. Apply
embossing powder, tapping off the excess and returning
it to the container. I used black cardstock with
black embossing powder for my sample.
Using your heat tool, emboss the image being careful
not to burn the embossing powder. I let my heat
tool "warm up" for about 30 seconds
before hitting my project. It's best to wave it
back and forth instead of concentrating steadily
on one area.
Now comes the fun! Using household bleach in
a small dish and a small applicator, start bleaching
the open areas of your image. I used Tsusineko
Fantastix brush point tip applicators for my project.
The size of your image and open areas will dictate
the size of the applicator you'll want to use.
You also want to be careful not to get the applicator
too wet or the bleach will run beyond the embossed
lines of the outer perimeter of your image. But
if this does happen, you may be able to save it
(like I did) by just dabbing the tiny bleached
areas with a black marker to cover them up.
This is what the end result of my bleaching looked
like. You will notice a couple tiny bleached areas
outside the embossed lines on the moth's head
and end of the thorax, which I touched up with
a black marker as noted above. All was not lost!
Now comes more fun! You're ready to color this
bleached image, and it's totally amazing watching
the image come to life on the dark background!
I used Marvy Uchida brush markers, which are water-based,
and the colors on my image were brilliant! Be
careful not to bear down too hard while you're
coloring. The water-based ink will soak right
into the bleached cardstock. You will not want
to use Copic markers because they are alcohol-based
and could degrade the embossing.
finished the image by hitting all of the colored
areas with a Sakura clear stardust pen! Wow! The
results are stunning!
The moth definition I used on the inside of the
card is also from the Blockheads Whimsical-Take
Flight stamp set.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! C'mon, what are
you waiting for?! I can't wait to see what you
create! Happy bleaching and happy crafting! ;)
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