Crafting Before Housework – Bleach Technique

I love having my Tuesday class ladies over for a number of reasons but one of the crazier reasons is that they ‘inspire’ me to give my house a good clean before they arrive.  Housework is never a top priority of mine.  I really would rather be crafting! {And often do!}

Crafting comes before housework in the dictionary - as it should! Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

For one of this month’s class projects, I wanted to show the ladies the awesome technique of using bleach to remove colour from your cardstock – which creates a great marbled effect.  I do see the irony in buying bleach for crafting rather than cleaning… but I’m running with it!

These were my sample cards using Cherry Cobbler, Blackberry Bliss & Island Indigo.  The beautiful big Swallowtail shows this technique off beautifully.

Bleach technique using Swallowtail stamp. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Bleach technique using Swallowtail stamp. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Bleach technique using Swallowtail stamp. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

This technique works better for some colours than others.  My favourite is the Island Indigo – the colour mix you end up with is very special.

During the class we also tried Wisteria Wonder (it actually looked stunning – Helen is working hard at changing my so-so position on Wisteria Wonder), Night of Navy (excellent contrast) and Hello Honey (just a subtle change).

You should try this at home.  The instructions are here from the first time I tried it out as part of an online challenge.

Your most basic bleach works the best but make sure you’re crafting in a well ventilated area!  Now I remember why I don’t clean much!!!  Kelly x

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