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A Different Take on Bleaching

By: Chris Herrmann, Artistic Guide

Finished card size: 4.25"  x  5.5"

This is a technique that I created quite a while ago. It was during the "Bleach" phase and as usual, I wanted to do something different so I started experimenting and this is the technique I came up with.

Enjoy Life's Moments (Hero Arts)
Shell group (Another Stamp Company)
Seafoam Green Card  4.25" x  5.5"  cut from 8.5" x 11" card stock (unknown)
Small piece of Black card stock (unknown)
Small piece of flat white card stock (unknown)
Clear Embossing Ink Pad
Adirondack Dye Ink Pad, asssorted  colors(Ranger Industries)
Black Embossing Powder (Ranger Industries)
HeatIt Craft Tool (Ranger Industries)
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive( Art Institute)
Waterbrush  Pen filled with bleach( try to get the splashless bleach, it is thicker and works better)
Sponge cut into several pieces


  1. Stamp and emboss shells  on white card stock.
  2. Start with lightest color ink and apply to stamped image using a small piece of sponge. Continue adding colors going from lightest to darkest using a different sponge for each color. If you get a color where you don't want it, it can easily be removed with the bleach pen.
  3. Once all colors are added start removing the color with the bleach pen. If you take too much color off  just wait for it to dry then go back to step one and add color again. Make sure the bleach is dry or you will ruin your ink pad.
  4. Cut out stamped image.
  5. Stamp and emboss words on small piece of seafoam green card stock.
  6. Cut black card stock to use as background for shells and for the words.
  7. Assemble pieces and glue to card. Tada!  Your card is complete.

Here are a few more cards I have done. All stamps are from Another Stamp Company.


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  1. Love the way you used the bleach to remove the color. Very artistic and elegant. And, I especially love the Asian and Southwest designs.