Big Hugs

Hi everyone! Happy Easter and April Fool’s Day! Definitely a weird combination of holidays, lol! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #12 – Anything Goes + Bleaching! My inspiration for this card came from a past project from almost six 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. I had so much fun! 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 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. I cut the image with a stitched mini scalloped oval die which I layered onto a slightly larger oval die cut from peach cardstock. I cut one more even slightly larger oval die cut from the black cardstock on which I layered the stamped image off center.


My black card base and peach panels were cut from the Papertrey Ink A2 die set. I stamped a simple sentiment on the inside.


And one more look at that pretty bleached image…


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Black and Peach Bellini cardstock
Stamps: Blockheads Paper Arts Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set, My Favorite Things Lots of Hugs stamp set
Ink: Versamark, Marvy Uchida water-based markers, Sakura Stardust pen, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Oval STAX die, Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers dies, Papertrey Ink Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection
Accessories:  Ranger Fine Detail Black embossing powder, household bleach/small dish, Fantastix brush point tip applicator, Darice Foamies black foam

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project featuring the bleach technique and will link up with us this month! Remember, you do NOT need to play the technique twist to join our challenges – an ‘anything goes’ project will be fine if you are not inspired to play the twist! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

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