Saturday, 10 November 2018

Merry Christmas

Todays card is for week two at Just us Girls and its using bleach on your card.


When I first saw the challenge I knew I wanted to use a very old wooden stamp with swirls and holly but I wasn't prepared for how frustrating it was going to be.  I masked off a strip and coloured with Festive Berries distress ink and then the fun began.  Firstly I wet the stamp with a good spritz of bleach, dabbed off the excess and stamped onto the panel.  Now I've discovered if you spritz with too much bleach you loose the definition of the stamp and if you remove too much you get nothing at all.  After many,  many attempts I finally achieved the bleached effect I was after, thank goodness!

The card looked a little too bland so I added a Prima poinsettia flower with some greenery just to lift it.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts, stamped and then embossed with clear sparkle.





14 comments:

  1. Hi Claire, a very pretty Christmas card for your stash, love the bleach effect with the swirly stamp. Have a wonderful weekend.. Megan

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  2. Even though it may have taken one too many tries, the end result is wonderful! I love the look of the swirled bleached panel with that gorgeous poinsettia and leaves! Well done!

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  3. Stunning Christmas card! I have a swirl similar to that that I have never used! Thanks for the inspiration Claire! So happy you didn't give up on your card as it is so lovely!

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  4. My 'too many tries' wound up with me not joining in the challenge; just couldn't get anything to work right! I admire your perseverance; your flourishes are gorgeous! Perfect backdrop for your lovely poinsettia! Once again, an inspired, inspiring card!
    ~carol

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  5. Love your card and that bleach effect - that swirl was perfect for this! So happy to have you guesting this month!!!

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  6. Ooh, this is wonderful, not a technique I have ever tried but clearly one that you have mastered!! The poinsettia adds just the right amount of bling xx

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  7. What a beautiful card - very cool technique! Love that poinsettia!

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  8. Simply awesome bleaching Claire. Gorgeous card and that poinsettia is stunning.

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  9. So glad that you were persistent with this technique because your end result is so beautiful! Great effect with the bleach on the inked panel.

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  10. I'm glad you stuck with it, Claire. Your card is such a beautiful classic design.

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  11. Major success with bleach! Beautiful card

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