Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New Blockheads Technique Challenge-Bleaching

Hello Dreamers!
The March Technique Challenge at Blockheads Paper Arts is under way now and will run until March 21st.  Design Team Member, Leslie, came up with a Bleaching Technique to challenge us.  See Leslie's post here.   I made three projects with the Bleach Technique and will show you two of them today and the third next week.

I did a little testing before I started my projects.  The top sample is Mat Board (the kind used for framing).  The second is a cardstock that has a different color on each side.  The bleached end is on the right; the reverse side on the left.  The last sample is Navy textured cs.  I decide that I liked the results of all of the samples.    Since the Mat Board turned out so well, I thought it would look cool if I applied the bleach directly to some pale blue Mat Board.  And this is how that turned out.  Love it.

For  project number one, I used the pale blue Mat board for the background and the Navy CS for the main image.  And, I thought since I am using Mat Board, why not make wall hanging type projects?  So, that is what I did as you will see.

Materials list:
   Inspired By Nature
   Backgrounds and Borders (Script)
   Dragonfly Black Pigment - Color Box
   Stormy Sky Distress Ink - Ranger
Black Embossing Powder
Light Blue Mat Board
Navy Textured Cardstock
Sheer White wide ribbon
Frame-5 x 7 black
Clorox Bleach

Stamp the large flower from the Inspired by Nature stamp set with black pigment ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder.  I applied the bleach to the inner row of petals with a Q-Tip.  I let is set there and did not rub too much.  The CS kind of disintegrated from the bleach.  I decided not to color the bleached area because I liked the way it looked.

I cut out the flower and stamped the Script stamp with Storm Sky ink onto the bleached light blue Mat Board.   The ribbon was tied around this layer.  I layered this unit onto the second piece of bleached mat board.  I adhered them with Fabri-Tac glue.

I really like the way this turned out and it is going in my living room.  The frame can hang or stand and I think I will put in on one of the end tables.  (My living room is blue and white with yellow accents.)

For the second project, I went with the Brown Mat Board.  I used the same stamp set- Inspired By Nature.

Materials List:

   Inspired By Nature
   Dragonfly Black Pigment - Color Box
Terra Cotta, Pesto, Wild Plum, Raisin Adirondack - Ranger
Angel pink - Memento
Black Embossing Powder
Brown and Black Mat Board

I applied the bleach with a Q-Tip and the paper turned yellow.  I colored the bleached area with the  Markers.  I layered onto  black Mat Board, added lots of burlap and twine.  I went out in the yard and grab a small stick.  I used the stick as a hanger: glue six pieces of twine to back and tie the pieces around the stick- trim twine.

Now, let's see what you can come up with using the Bleach Technique.  To enter the challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate paste the HTML code to your post and Linkup on the Blackheads blog.   Can't wait to see your project!!
Have a great day!  Love Ya.


Sandra H said...

Wow Karen these are brilliant and what a great idea:)

Leslie Turner said...

OMG! I LOVE these! Both of them! That mat board is obviously really neat to work with - never thought of using it! Awesome work, girlfriend!! :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

It's a fun technique; I enjoyed doing my butterfly card! You've got some really special home decor here, Karen. I like the different ways you used the bleach, too; you are showing all sides to the technique.

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Wow Karen, these wall pieces are truly wonderful! Great job!

trisha too said...

Karen, these are all great--what a fun technique!


Stacey Dunning said...

Neat wall hanging with the branch. Sometimes we put so much work into our cards I feel they should be framed or hung!

Evelyn S. said...

I love blue, so I'm enthralled by the matboard creation. I'm learning much more about the bleach technique, too...since I just tend to use an aqua brush with bleach. I hadn't thought about painting with a broader brush. Beautiful work.

Chrissie said...

I love the effect you have achieved with the blue card... just stunning!