Bleaching Colored Card Stock

At the Senior Center classes this year, we have been playing with different ways to add color to colored card stock, so this month I taught them how bleaching colored card stock affects the pigments in them. We stamped the images from Hand-penned Petals with Memento black ink onto Soft Succulent card stock, then colored the images with a paintbrush and bleach.

Hand-penned card with bleached images

I showed them different card stock samples that I had applied beach to, as each card stock reacted differently. Some bleached to a lighter color, some to almost white, and in the case of the Soft Succulent, it bleached to a yellow color. It didn’t take much bleach and it dried fairly quickly. After that you can then apply a different ink on top. In this sample, we colored over the flowers with Calypso Coral marker, and the leaves with Soft Succulent.

I first saw this technique from Australian demonstrator, Kylie Bertucci. Check out her youtube video here. She is always a hoot to watch.

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