Sunday, 9 June 2013

BLEACHING - A Quick Tutorial

Hi everyone, Barbara here again,  with my very first tutorial for Papermill Direct, just thought I'd share it on here may drag on a bit, so I'd suggest you grab a cuppa before you start reading! ;-)
I know lots of you will already know about bleaching techniques, but for the newer crafters, I hope you find this informative.....

Ink a piece of white hammered card with distress inks or distress stains..... I've used stains.
Cut out a 5" x 5" square with a die.

Make a bleach-pad with a few bits of folded kitchen roll and bleach. Choose your stamp and randomly stamp over the inked card with the bleach.
 Have a well ventilated room and clean your stamp immediately!
On this card I've used a new butterfly design from  

With a smaller square die, cut out the centre of the stamped card.

Mount both pieces onto black card.

Mount the small square onto the large one, with foam tape, matching the design.

 I have dyed some silk binding with the stain, and printed a little sentiment onto a scrap of inked card.

Stamp and cut-out 2 butterflies then position them on the corresponding bleached image.     Mount the whole piece onto a base card.                                                                          
Here is another finished sample to show how much the bleach 'lifts' ;-)

Sentiment & butterflies from the lovely Lynnda Worsnop of Oak House Studio

Phew, that's it.....I do hope you'll give bleaching a try, it's really very easy.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Without Change, There Would Be No Butterflies.......

.......and what a sad World it would be!

Hello everyone, welcome back.
Barbara here today showing a new card made with the fabulous, brand new stamps from Lynnda at Oak House Studio. I have more to share, so keep checking back over the coming week or so.

 I've started with a piece of white card which has been inked with Spray Inks from the Colour Chemistry range 

I randomly stamped the small butterfly with household bleach then overstamped with a dark red inkpad HERE

The butterflies and lovely sentiment stamps are available HERE

I inked up a small piece of acetate with alcohol ink to colour-match, then cut out 2 butterflies as 'vague, whispy' embellies....I didn't want anything to detract from the lovely butterfly stamp.
 I matted it all onto a piece of craft card and then again onto a brown card base.
No ribbons, pearls or anything else.....don't think they're needed.
What do you think??
Have you ever stamped with bleach??
It would be great if you could leave a comment, to let us know you've visited.
Catch you all soon,
Barbara xx