be authentic

Hi friends! Happy Friday and Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a most awesome week! Our new challenge is live this morning over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #45- Anything Goes + Bleaching! I created an inspirational card using the bleaching technique along with heat embossing. Come on and play with us – don’t be afraid of using bleach on your project… it’s fun!


This is the third or fourth card I’ve created over the years featuring this awesome stamp and the bleaching technique. My inspiration always comes from a past project from seven or eight years ago when I hosted my first challenge while on the Blockheads Paper Arts design team. Blockheads is sadly out of business now, but my challenge featured the bleaching technique and I did a stepped-out tutorial on the blog. One wouldn’t ordinarily think of using bleach on a craft project, but when carefully used on dark cardstock, the results will amaze you! I went with a black card base here because I thought the shimmer papers would look awesome against the black.


I stamped the moth in Versamark and heat embossed it in black. Using a Fantastix brush point tip applicator, I very carefully ‘bleached’ all the parts of the moth inside the embossed areas. I let it air dry (which didn’t take very long) and then colored the moth with water-based markers and Clear Star shimmer pen. I cut the image with a stitched oval die and layered it onto three dotted rectangle die cuts in graduating sizes. I added black gemstones and a Tim Holtz sentiment sticker.


I embellished the inside panel with some leftover cardstock strips and added another sentiment sticker.


And here’s another peek… really loving how this turned out!


Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies: January Anything Goes
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge Blog: #1-2021
3. Classic Design Challenge: January 2021 #1 – Anything Goes
4. Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: #83 – January Anything Goes
5. Paperbabe Stamps: #134 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Black Onyx, Sweet Corn and Peach Bellini cardstock, DCWV Shimmer cardstock stack
Stamps: Blockhead Paper Arts Whimsical- Take Flight stamp
Ink: Versamark, Marvy Uchida water-based markers, Sakura Clear Star pen
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers die, Sizzix Dotted Rectangle dies, Yvonne Creations Trellis Frame die
Accessories:  Ranger fine detail Black embossing powder, household bleach in small dish, Fantastix brush point tip applicator, Tim Holtz Small Talk sentiment stickers, Darice black gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! And maybe you’ll try the bleaching technique? Whether you do or don’t, we can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Author: Leslie

I'm definitely what one could consider a crafting junkie! I love making cards, 3-D projects (especially paper shoes, mini albums and gift bags), mixed media projects, altering items, as well as occasional beading and making jewelry! Fortunately, hubby is very supportive! Life is good! :D

6 thoughts on “be authentic”

  1. What a fabulous card and technique! I’ve never tried bleach on a project before, sounds like fun although I can be a bit accident prone so I’ll need to be careful …lol 😀. The moth that you created looks so pretty! All the very best for 2021, I hope it’s a better year for everyone – Happy New Year! Hugs, Jo x

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  2. I’m late with my DT comment sorry. I have already said that this is a beautiful card, I don’t mind repeating that statement, it really is beautiful. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies this week. Good Luck and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Faith A DT

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