a bleached leaf!

Welcome to my crafty blog. I’m a bit late posting this tonight – it’s been a busy old day! I wanted to try out a technique I picked up at an online class I did earlier this week with Joanne James – using bleach to change the colour of card stock.

I started with a piece of navy card that I cut to form a 6×6 card blank. I took Claritystamp’s square aperture stencil, laid it against the card front on a soft mat, and ran an bone folder around the square to give me an embossed frame.

I then stamped one of the leaves from Clarity’s ‘funky foliage’ set in black Archival ink against the bottom corner of the frame (I ran a piece of masking tape along the embossed frame so that the leaf sat exactly on it.) I used a paintbrush to brush bleach across the leaf – it changed the navy card to a coppery brown, which was just perfect for an autumn leaf.

Having seen the colour of the leaf, I decided to heat emboss it with WOW’s rose gold powder, which really set off the colour of the bleached card. Fortunately, I’d left the stamp on my stamping platform so it was easy to over the original image.

I finished by heat embossing the sentiment in the rose gold, and decided it didn’t need anything else!

Thanks for dropping in, and apologies for the quality of the photos – I had trouble getting my daylight lamp sat properly without casting a shadow. I’m going to share this card over at a couple of blog challenges – AAA cards have got leaves as the optional twist on their theme of ‘up to one third’ of the card to have pattern on it, and Addicted to CAS have also gone with ‘leaf’. Must be that time of year…!

8 thoughts on “a bleached leaf!

  1. Oh wow Deborah! How stunning is your card. Love the navy and rose gold together and who would have thought bleach would turn the blue to brown. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

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  2. Love that you are experimenting with this technique Deborah – that copper colour is perfect against the navy and the heat embossing a beautiful finishing touch.

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  3. What an interesting technique, Deborah – I’m going to have to try this! But it’s not just the technique that makes this card so interesting. The location of the leaf sitting right on the blind-embossed frame is unexpected but brilliant! Then the rose gold heat embossing is beautiful with the dark blue cardstock. Thank you for sharing it with us at Addicted to CAS. xoxo Fran

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