Friday 13 June 2014

Have you tried Bleach Blocking yet ....... ?

Morning everyone,

Happy Friday!  I'm actually sat on a ferry, crossing the Irish Sea when this post goes live, so fingers crossed that the weather's ok.  I don't do bumpy water!!!
As of this afternoon, this is where I shall be spending the next 7 days ..... relaxing, hopefully in the sunshine, with the whole family on holiday together ........ that hasn't happened in a while!

Pear Tree Cottage

As it's the second Friday in the month, it's time to remind you all that the latest Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge is well under way ..... have you had a go at the Bleach Blocking technique yet?  If not there's a whole new collection of  inspiration pieces from the DT over on the Challenge Blog .... go on why not give it a go!
As always there's a great prize up for grabs ..... this month our sponsors are the fabulous IndigoBlu!

Plus the winner also gets their work published in Craft Stamper magazine too!!

The challenge is all about Bleach Blocking ..... creating interesting backgrounds using Distress Inks, blending foam, and good old clean water to get that bleached out look.

Here's what I came up with .....

You can see I've created the look of a wall behind the flowers.  The colours have come out quite pale but I think it comes across ok.

I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock to fit on the front of a 6x6 square cardblank .... allowing for an extra layer to be added behind (the pink layer).
I then coloured the card using Distress inks ..... Antique Linen, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw and a touch of Aged Mahogany around the edges.   I took a piece of blending foam and cut it in half, before soaking it with water.  I then 'bleached out' the brickwork design all over the inked card

I stamped the grasses across the bottom using a green Archival ink ........  how pretty are these

They are actually from a new IndigoBlu stamp plate that's available, at the moment, exclusively from Craft Stamper magazine.  They're part of the gift you receive when you subscribe .... how good is that!?  Your favourite craft mag delivered to your door each month and gorgeous, new IndigoBlu stamps to add to your collection ...... thrown in!!!  Sounds good to me ...... I renewed my subscription as you can see!

The cute little tulips were made using the new Penny Black die ..... Dainty.  I've cut the die twice from green cardstock, then cut the flower heads again from pink and yellow cardstock.  They've then been layered up to add a bit of dimension, and attached over the stamped grasses.  They've even got drops of morning dew on them .... well actually it's Glossy Accents that's supposed to look like dew!!!

The words are one of my favourite stamps from Tim Holtz, stamped on a piece of white card inked using the same colours of Distress as I used for the background

A bit of matting and layering to finish it off, then it's been attached to the card to look as though it's hanging on the wall.

No bleach blocking on the inside, just the grasses again.

I've kept things CAS.  A touch of Distress ink in one corner, and I've taken away some of the colour by using the good old water flicking technique (another way to get the bleached look) before I stamped over the top

Are you feeling inspired yet?  It is quite a fun technique to do ..... and remember .... there's that fab prize for the winner.

You have until midnight on Wednesday 25th June to get your entries in, and the winner will be announced on the blog on Friday 27th.  Go on .... get bleaching! 

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend.  I'm looking forward to a week of good food, nice wine and great company.
Good luck in the challenge.



Redanne said...

How lovely to be spending 7 days in that lovely Cotswold cottage and the family must make it extra special too - hope you have a wonderful time. Love your card, the background does look really effective. Anne xx :)

Viv said...

Great card Linda, love your stamping and the bleach technique.Hope the ferry crossing was calm ( I had a few rough crossings to Ireland in the past too). The cottage looks so lovely, enjoy your holiday :) Viv xx

Jenny Marples said...

A lovely summery card and a great use of this technique Linda. Wishing you a safe and smooth journey. Jenny x

Tracy said...

Gorgeous burst of summer card Linda...that cottage is adoreable!!!