Bleach Stamping Tutorial

Today I am doing a bleach stamping tutorial over at  SpeedyTV  !  This is a fun  and simple technique and something you most likely won't have to buy supplies for! Click over to speedy and a after trying the technique enter you card and you may win Free Stamps!!


These are two great techniques especially for new Stampers, there is nothing complicated and you most likely have everything you to need already to try this out!

You are going to make two separate card for this project, but you can use the same stamps!

Here is a picture of the completed project, I like to have an idea of what I  am getting into before I get into it!    More than 50% of crafter are visual learners and have a much easier time with directions if they can see the whole picture first!  I know I sure am that way!!!

The card in Aqua is the  “High Lighted” card and the one in Browns and Blacks is the “Low Lighted” card

Here is a list of supplies:  Card stock for the card bases and card stock for layers and stamping.

I am not listing a specific recipe for these cards, I will leave your finished idea up to your creativity.  You may even just want to try this on scrap first

You will need regular household bleach, a Versamark  ink pad or a white pigment ink pad. White embossing powder, a heat tool and.  Dye based marker, adhesive, ribbon or anything else you might fancy to embellish the card.  I made my cards in a kind of a make it as you play kind of thing, you can do that or you can use a card Sketch.  Just remember to have fun while you are creating!

I prefer lots of layers giving the card nice heavy feel to it.  I also used embossing folders and an embossed front panel to give these very simple cards a touch of elegance.

For my Stamps I chose one pretty butter fly from the Marks’ Finest Papers and Stamps Set ‘Daffodil Delight’. For my ‘ High lighted card I choose a vibrant cold and for the ‘Low lighted Card I choose black.  It would be a good idea to try out your bleach on a piece of scrap, you just never know what the color will fade to!!

Cut a piece of card stock that you will be using for your stamped focal point, in my example  it is the butterfly panels. Using the white or pigment ink, stamp your  image on the card stock dust with the white embossing powder.  Tap of excess and emboss with heat tool.  You can do all your embossing at one time.

We will look at the low light first:

After heat embossing, carefully paint with bleach inside the raised area.

Give it a few minutes, or use the heat tool for a few seconds:

Isn’t that great??  I used Versa Mark ink pad on these , next time I will use white pigment ink for a more solid look in the embossing.  So much of rubber stamp art is experimenting and improvising, This really keeps things spontaneous and interesting!

Next for the ‘Highlighting:

You are simply going to fill in the non embossed space with a dye based marker!!  Keep a baby wipe or damp paper towel hand, that way if you mark on the white embossed area, you can just wipe it off!


So basically all you are doing is heat embossing two separate panels, bleach painting on one and on the other, filling in the design with dye based marker.

Here are the finished cards:


No Sentiment , I often will make a card without the sentiment and then just add one later when I prepare to give it, or put the sentiment on the inside.


Once you get the hang of it, these work up quickly and are a lot of fun!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give it a try!

Have a great day, Ginny M


Katie Wenger said…
nice tutorial...your cards are's get working with your tutorial. Thanks for sharing
Davi said…
I love this tutorial Ginny! Your cards are beautiful! Thanks for all the inspirations:)
Anne said…
These are really always! I love your wood grain EF so well with the butterflies...who'd have thought?!!! I shall have to persevere with this technique as I have tried in the past and my card hasn't bleached out....:O) Sorry I haven't been blog hopping for a while...sooooo behind with everything but I have been looking at your creations...such stunning work you do! what a gift!
Big hugs dear Sister!
Stampsnob said…
Cards are beauteous Your blog is lovely...Lis
Jan Castle said…
Lovely cards...such inspiration!!! Now where is my bleach!
Paper Hugs,
Lagene said…
Lovely cards, thanks for a great tutorial this week!
Pat Garvin said…
This was a great tutorial. Love your cards
Pam said…
You have done a beautiful job with these tutorials!
Jane said…
I had a fun time doing this tutorial. Thanks for sharing it! Your cards are gorgeous!!!

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