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Hi Honey Bees! It’s Lisa here from Happy Paper & Ink to share my newest card created by painting with bleach. If you haven’t played around with bleach, keep reading to learn more!

First I gathered my Distress Inks and cardstock. For this project I used Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olives and Seedless Preserves.


Next I took the Shabby Shutters and covered the cardstock.


Once the cardstock was covered, I took my Distress Sponge and covered the edges in Crushed Olive to darken the edges just a bit. Make sure to let this dry before you begin the next step!


Then I grabbed my Honey Bee Stamps Sweet as Honey set and stamped the flower image using the Crushed Olive Distress Ink. These inks stay a little wet and if you work quickly you can emboss with them. I stamped three to four images, then embossed until I finished embossing the entire background.



Once the background was complete, I grabbed the bleach and a paint brush. This is where the fun begins!!


I filled in each petal of the flower by painting them with the bleach. The result you get will depend on how much bleach you use. Here is one petal just using a small amount of bleach/water combination.


Here is the same petal that I went back and painted over using just straight bleach on the paint brush.


I prefer to use the paint brush so I can control the amount of bleach I put on each petal. Some of the petals I dabbed bleach off before applying it, some have a bleach/water mixture and the rest are straight bleach! To finish the card off, I stamped my love from the same Sweet as Honey set using Seedless Preserves and inked the edges of the card using the coordinating Distress Inks used to stamp.


It is easy to see in the finished card how the different amounts of bleach change the colors. I found this technique on one of Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube videos. I hope you enjoyed this & get inspired to try something new.

Happy Sunday!


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