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Video: Coloring with Bleach + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome back! Today I am part of the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop… with a video showing how to color with bleach.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Combining bleach with stamping and inking has been around for years. In fact, I remember teaching classes at my local store showing how to paint/trace over stamped images with bleach on an inked background. However, I wanted to do something simple, so I decided to try “coloring” in heat embossed images.

For this first card, I inked up white cardstock with the new and yummy Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink. After clear heat embossing leaves from the new Essentials by Ellen Thankful stamp set, I painted them in with bleach. The bleach changes the bright blue background to soft pool. So pretty! I also added dots with the bleach.

I put my bleach in a waterbrush to contain the smell and mess. It works great.

For the next example, I started with a Peacock Feathers Distress Ink background and heat embossed leaves and flowers. The color changes to a sky blue when the bleach is lightly added in the images.

I kept the sentiments simple, using a glitter paper “celebrate” die cut backed with Stick It double sided adhesive. For the non-holiday cards, I heat embossing “so proud of you” on a black cardstock strip with matching silver glitter powder. For the holiday cards, I used gold glitter powder for “Christmas.”

For the holiday cards, I went with red and green. A background of red Barn Door Distress Ink turns a soft pink with bleach…

… and a background of Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn green turns a soft pool from bleach. I also added some red back into the berries for this last example.

There are many things you can do with this technique. It works with other inks besides Distress Ink, too!

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, today’s post is part of the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop. You can see all of the new fabulous products by my friend Julie Ebersole HERE. Julie always comes up with the most unique designs!

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Maureen Merritt. (If you want to start at the beginning, head to the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Today I am giving away the Essentials by Ellen Elf’d stamp set! (It is a cute one.) For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 8/11/15 telling me your favorite product in the new Essentials by Ellen release. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

By the way, there is also a Grand Giveaway in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom.

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thank you, Ellen Hutson, for the Essential by Ellen products to use in this hop!) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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852 thoughts on “Video: Coloring with Bleach + Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. After hopping around (hehe), I have two favorites now: The Halloween and the Elf’d sets.

    Love your cards, and I appreciate you giving us options and alternatives so many times.

  2. Very beautiful cards!! I love all the “essentials” but my favorite is mistletoe and holly stamps! So nice! Thank for the chance to win!

  3. Loving the elf stamps and dies! He reminds me of elves we had when my kids were little! Ah, sweet memories of the 70’s.

  4. I am going to be brave and do this technique. I honestly don’t like bleach at all. Your cards are so adorable though they are going to make me leave my comfort zone. Thanks Jennifer!
    I really like the Thankful stamp set in her new release it looks versatile.

  5. Hi! My name is Aubrey and I’m 11 years old. My favorite stamp set is probably the mistletoe and holly stamp set! It has really pretty stamps! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

  6. I love the elf’d set. My family always says, “Does someone need a hug?” Love the new release. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Your “bleached” cards are beautiful, Jennifer! Think I might have tried this technique long ago ~ guess I better try it again after seeing your results. Thanks for the chance to win Elf’d!

  8. I love the new Mistletoe and Holly stamps!!! And this technique is just awesome! I vaguely remember seeing it when I was new to stamping and not being brave enough to try it then, but now I can’t wait! Unfortunately its after midnight here so play time will have to wait for daylight. I have a water brush pen that is terrible for water techniques cause it sucks colored water up into the barrel as you paint, but it should be perfect for this technique! Thanks!

  9. My favorite is the “Thankful” one- I can see using the gourds and pumpkins for Halloween,Thanksgiving or an autumn birthday card and I think the different leaves would look fantastic on a Christmas card. I think this stamp set would be super “stretchy” because you could use it through two seasons. I also love the side-view flower- I think that would be my “signature” stamp!

  10. Jennifer, one of my favorite things about you and in your videos is how you always use the stamps in a wonderful variety of ways and also tell us how to create the looks even if we may not have the products used. You are the best. Love the bleaching, this is one technique I haven’t tried but will have to soon. Thanks for always sharing with us.

  11. Beautiful cards, I love the bleach technique! Great release as well; the mistletoe and holly is probably my favorite, lots of creating possibilities:)

  12. My favorite in this release is the Poinsettia, I love how you used to create that elegant red background. Thanks for the chance!

  13. My vote goes for the Halloween stamps in the release as I always have a soft spot for them. They are just so fun.

    The bleach technique looks very cool and using it to get the nice color contrast from just one ink color is quite appealing.

  14. Jennifer,

    Love Halloween and Christmas. My favorite stamps are “got candy?” and “mondo poinsettia”. Great to have dies too. Thanks again for sharing.

  15. This is a great technique, Jennifer… many thanks for sharing it!

    My favourite product from the new Ellen Hutson release is probably the Thankful stamp set. We don’t “do” Thanksgiving here in Australia but most of the stamps would work well for other purposes.

  16. Jennifer, you are one of my favorites! You are my go to person for tips and techniques. These new Ellen Hutson stamps are so cute. This will probably be the last year Cedric the elf comes to visit my grandson. I am going to have to get that set!

  17. I’d be scared to use bleach, I tend to put that stuff everywhere (unwanted places, like clothes) when it’s out of the laundry room!

  18. love the elf stamps and dies…..love this techique, gotta go and try it now with clorox pen i have sitting around…

  19. Love the colorful cards! Thanks for reminding me of this “old” technique I had forgotten about. My favorite stamp set is the mistletoe and holly, but the Thanksgiving one is nice also.

  20. These cards are so beautiful! I will definitely try this technique. Thanks so much for sharing. You r so brilliant!

  21. Hi all,
    I am fairly new to upscale-card-making, but have long admired the art. Shakers, Dies, Copics (still way out of my range).. it was a bit daunting at first. I have until recently been just a water color, pencil and oil pastel guy.. and origami of course, since I have been putting those creations on my mother’s days cards for years now πŸ™‚
    Anyway, I had been doing my research for quite a while: It pretty much consisted/still consists of making lists of what to buy next, trying to rationalize said list, and watching hours of youtube videos lol.. (mostly by you and Kristina and a few others). I have been trying to economically gather supplies; Dies are expensive, but I am glad that I found a few on sale and have tried to put them to use on my new sizzix (side note: when I asked staff to get it down off the shelf, they actually laughed. But I still walked out feeling like a champ b/c I finally got a die cutter and it opens up a whole new world of options.)
    *I AM that guy that rides the metro to then take a bus down to ACMoore or Joannes or Michaels a few times a month to use my 50% coupons.. one item at a time lol.. which I’m sure we have all done. (I have a city pass for work so the tranportation is free)
    Anyway, this is turning into a novel, so I like all the videos, they are very helpful and that is my funny comment about die cutters/machines/experiences !

    Anyway, I haven’t

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