Monday, August 29, 2011

Heigh Ho...Heigh Ho.....

It's back to work I go....  *sigh*
Today I head back to school to start getting ready for the "real" first day of school which is next Tuesday for students.  I know...quit whining!  I'm very blessed to have the summers off.  I've just really gotten SO much accomplished this summer and our family has lots of changes in store this coming school year. We'll get it all sorted out and the schedules will all fall into place.  But for now....I have a very COOL project to share with you today!
I've experimented with stamping with bleach before and now I remember why I love it.  It is SO beautiful AND it's incredibly easy.  I have several project in mind using this technique and I'll be adding color using Stampin' Pastels on some of them too so stay tuned!

I wanted to show you this project first though so you can see what you can achieve using some gorgeous SU! stamps and white paper towel soaked with bleach (I had mine on a disposable plate).  Instead of "inking" up your stamp with ink you just "ink" it up on the paper towel with bleach....sort of a "bleach stamp pad".

The card stock I used as the base is "Early Espresso"...a deep, chocolatey brown.  Now just that color alone is yummy but check out what happens when you stamp an image with just straight bleach....

See that gorgeous, yellow color that you end up with???  How cool is THAT??   Just with bleach!!  I stamped on the candle "band" heavier than on the card to show the different looks you can get.  Here's are a couple of close ups of the candle....

I added torn strips of "So Saffron" card stock on the top and bottom of the band and then sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink.  The tag is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla card stock and then I layered it on a small piece of Cajun Craze card stock for a "pop" of fall color.
Here's the card for a look at a lighter application....


It's always so much fun to try new (or in this case...old) techniques and see what you come up with.  You never know what treasures await you.  I've used LOTS of different brands of card stock and I will honestly tell you that there is NO other card stock better than what Stampin' Up! has.  The colors are gorgeous, it's the perfect weight and the projects you can make are endless.  Plus...all the ink, ribbons and accessories are color coordinated so you don't have to search and search for the perfect match...it's already done for you.  LOVE that!

The stamp set I used looks familiar I'm sure.  I told you in an earlier post that it's one of my favorites and you're sure to see many more projects this fall made with it.  
It's called French Foliage - 120845 Wood Mount and 121166 Clear Mount.
  This set, the card stock and the Linen Thread used in this project can be found at my Online Store
Also, don't forget that there are only 2 days left to take advantage of the special on the Designer Series Paper - Buy 3 Get 1 FREE.  That special ends on August 31st.
Have a wonderful Monday!


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