Sunday, September 1, 2013

Bleach Cards!

Hello!  I'm sorry I'm a day late posting these bleach cards.  I must say, this sure was a challenge for me!  I love the look of the technique, but like my friend Regina states on her blog, the fumes are really strong!  I think we all had fun doing this challenge, but not one we could do often because of the fumes!

So, let's get to the cards!  First up, we have Michelle's card.  This challenge was her idea.  Her card is beautiful, don't you think?  The bleached background is soft and subtle.  I really like how it seems to add texture, without adding texture!  It also gives the card a hint of sophistication.  The cut out border and popped up flowers are also beautiful touches.  I look at this card and it makes me feel like I'm walking into a beautiful blue jungle.  I love it!

The next three cards are by Regina.  She's amazing!  Check out her blog here.
 Look at all of these beautiful cards - each different and stunning.  I love the colors of this first card.  The bleached background makes the center images really pop!  The lace and stapled sentiment go perfectly with this card.  Love it, Regina!

Next is a wonderful Fall card.  The colors really do make you think of Fall.  I think it is really beautiful the way the bleach made the cardstock change to a golden color under the brown.  The stamped wheat bundle is perfect with this background.  Another great card, Regina!

And here is Regina's third card.  She used the same background image, but with a different colored cardstock, the look and feel of the card is totally different!  There is so much wonderfulness in this card!  Is that even a word???  Anyway, I love the tag, ribbon, twine, and brads that are thoughtfully placed around this card.  It has an antique feel in the background, yet a modern feel with the tag.  This card is brilliant, Regina!

Yay!  Look who is back to join us?  Debbie!!!!!  She made this adorable baby card.  Isn't the background adorable with the images bleached into the cardstock?  The images are so crisp, yet subtle because they are bleached.  I think this is just adorable.  The buggy main image is so cute with the heart - the background, bleached hearts tie right in!  This card makes me think of a baby in the buggy taking a nap and dreaming of the adorable images around the buggy.  Too, too cute, Debbie!

The next two cards are mine.  When Michelle came up with the challenge, I knew I wanted to try to create something that would look like Hawaiian batiks.  I pulled several colors of cardstock and stamped some of my Hawaiian turtle stamps all over.  I have a heavy hand and I think I used too much bleach on the Dusty Durango cardstock.  But, it does remind me of some of their fabrics.  I really liked the images on the Navy cardstock, so I wanted to use it with the Durango.  I used my color coach to see what colors would go with both and Old Olive was a suggestion.  Since the colors are more masculine anyway, I decided to tie them all together with ribbons and metal brads.  I don't love this card, but I think it shows the technique off well.
Since I had stamped on Baja Breeze cardstock, I wanted to use it as well.  I had just bought some Hawaiian turtle dies, so it was great timing.  I decided to run the Navy through using the dies and adhered them to the Baja cardstock.  To me, this looks like the Navy turtles are swimming in the ocean with images of other turtles.  It is plain and simple, but I like it!

Well, another month done!  Thank you Michelle, Regina, and Debbie.  I love your creations and can't wait to see what you all create next month! 
Thanks for looking and have a great day!


  1. WOW - a great effect
    And it's all so beautiful cards
    Greet and hug from Germany

  2. OMG!!!! You guys did great on this technique!!! I never could get a good contrast between my cardstock and the bleached image, even though I tried several colors (so I just gave up). I even went and bought new bleach, but it did not help. Oh well.... I love what you all did and I may try this technique again just to see what happens. Great job!!! Can't wait for next month....