Friday, June 6, 2014

Craft Stamper Take It Make It June Challenge~'Bleach' Blocking

For the month of June the Take It Make It Challenge is Bleach Blocking.  Do not does not involve real bleach.  Whew!  Personally I am a disaster any time a bottle of bleach is involved.  This is done with inks and water so no one gets hurt.  I decided to do my blocking work on a piece of watercolor paper and then make a set of cards from that paper.  This is my first finished project, if you'd like to see how it was done I've provided a tutorial.

Here is the technique for the challenge:
'Bleach' Blocking 

Technique: Simple background technique using just water and Distress ink. Create a background using Distress inks, then 'take off' blocks of the ink using a wet (and clean!) blending tool. As the water will remove the ink, it looks bleached out, hence the name of the technique. This is just a background technique, so don't forget to add in the stamping element of the challenge as well!

I started with a large sheet of 140 lb watercolor paper.  I sprayed some Dylusions in blues and greens on the paper, more water, then let the colors run together.

Per the instructions I used a cosmetic sponge to remove the ink with water.  I flicked some droplets on the sheet for added texture.

I applied a little of Rangers Distress Ink in the Wild Honey color to the paper.  Allowed it to dry.  Then I cut a piece to make a card measuring 5" by 7" and started to stamp Dyan Reaveley's leaves on it.  I stamped more of the leaves on a scrap piece of the paper and cut them out to layer them on top of the stamping.  I pulled a piece out of my stash that had the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland stamped on it and that became my focal point.

I took an old credit card and dipped it in white paint to draw the vertical and horizontal lines on the panel.  A bit of white marker on the leaves and then I glued them to the card with pop dots for dimension.  The tiny rhinestone heart gives it a tiny pop of color.  Then the panel is attached to a blank white card.

I have enough to do another card similar to this which I'll show you at the half way point of the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge.  I hope you can go to the website and join in for this month's challenge.  Don't forget that there are prizes to be won.

Thanks for stopping by.  Take care, talk to you soon ~ Renee


  1. This is gorgeous Renee, love the background and contrast with the black leaves. And of course my Rabbit ;) Elizabeth xxx

  2. I now have visions of you in a brightly colored outfit with a variety of white blotches. You pose with a bottle of bleach in one hand. lol Your tutorials are always so easy to follow. Love them!

  3. Lovely card, awesome colors!

  4. Wonderful, I love that rabbit and the technique you used !
    Corrie x

  5. The colours are so lush, even when bleached out. You certainly embrace colour in the most wonderful way.

  6. Absolutely love this technique, Renee, and glad, for my sake, that it does not include "real" bleach! Great color choices, great stamp, great finish!

  7. Truly stunning Renee, beautiful vibrant and lush!!!
    Pssst I am a disaster waiting to happen with always ends up on my clothes,lol ;-)

  8. What an awesome technique Renee!! I will have to give this a go ! love the card- and that lil Rabbit- one of my favs! Hugs ")

  9. Sooo much to love about this Renee...The colours are so rich, and I love how the wild honey added extra pop to the colours. Can't wait to see the next one!!!
    Dot x

  10. Gorgeous card and background Renee, love this!! Mwah!