Open Sea ~ Another Bleaching Technique

Last month I introduced you to a fun bleaching technique you can use to “wash out” color around embossed images. Today I want to expand a bit on the bleaching technique and show you how you can “wash out” color and then add some stamped images. My style is very vintage and, as such, I simply love creating projects that have that worn look about them. And bleaching is a great way to capture that look! 

So let’s talk about how I achieved that look on this card.  I started with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock. Using a Q-tip dipped in a bit of bleach, I simply rubbed the Q-tip across the top part of the cardstock. I repeated this several times until I was satisfied with the amount of color I removed. I set this piece aside to dry thoroughly (use a heat gun to dry it quicker). Once the bleached area was dry, I stamped the Open Sea images directly onto the bleach using crumb cake and early espresso ink. I tore the top edge of the early espresso cardstock and distressed the sides with my Stampin’ Up! distressing tool. Then I simply added some scraps of designer paper, washi tape and a little sentiment to embellish it!

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