Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy Sunday! Bleaching Fall Leaves

Here is a quick card, and little tutorial that I recently shared at our Cricuteers in Paradise swarm. Thanks to Gina K TV for the inspiration. In this piece, I used Marco Paper, and it is very important to test your paper first to see what the results will be! I tried several papers at home before I did the tutorial, and some bleached out all the way to white, some gave pretty colors, and some didn't accept the bleach at all. At the swarm (crop for Cricuts, if this is a new term for you!) we tried a variety of papers, and some there were also resistant to test first!.. anyway....
Use a line image stamp, Versamark ink, and detail embossing powder, like Sparkle N Sprinkle, to stamp your leaves. Then carefully brush in straight household bleach. It will leave a very pretty look inside the leaves, using the embossed edges as a stopper, or dam, to keep it from bleeding out of the lines. You can use a heat gun, carefully, to hurry the drying time, though it does dry pretty quickly.
I matted my red paper with black, then layered it over a designer paper, and the top layer is another Marco pearlized paper that has been embossed with a Cuttlebug Border folder. Add a couple of ribbons and some rhinestone gems, stamp a sentiment, and you're done!
I hope you will give bleaching a try! It's an old technique that's finding it's way around again.
Check back tomorrow for some exciting NEWS :)
Happy Crafting~

1 comment:

Chrissy said...

Love those leaves! Thanks for the tutorial.