Sunday, February 1, 2009

Stamp Club

This month's stamp club technique was stamping with bleach. Several things to keep in mind when doing this:

1. The bleach will show up differently on different colored paper; we stamped on pink and it showed up white, but had the paper been orange, it would have shown up yellow. So, it would be wise to test the stamp before you begin (unless you like surprises :).

2. The bleach will take a bit longer to dry than regular ink. We stamped the pink paper, then set it aside and worked on the rest of the card before attaching the pink paper to the card based.

3. You will need to clean your stamp very well before using it on a regular ink pad again, otherwise you risk getting bleach on the ink pad. My stamping lady recommended scrubbing the stamp with an actual stamp cleaner (as opposed to just water), and then testing the stamp on a piece of scratch paper.

The effect is unique, and we would have created more "bleach" cards if not for the stench! Many of us were getting headaches from the little bowl of bleach we were dipping the stamp into, but if you're looking for something different to try, it's neat. (And if you look closely at the elephant's toenails, I colored them pink!)

The other card we made that night featured more traditional Valentine's colors - and glitter! Yea :) The red paper strip in the middle is torn on both top and bottom edges, and then bent slightly to add dimension. The glitter is crystal effects from Stampin' Up, as are all of the other products seen.

All designs come from Michelle Webster, Stampin' Up Demonstrator.


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