Friday, 20 June 2014

'Bleach blocking'

The Take it, Make it Challenge over at Craft Stamper this month is all about Bleach Blocking. I thought I'd combine it with Artistic Stamper June challenge which has a Red theme.

I cut the foam to leave a square and a rectangle and got so carried away with the technique (see pg 28 July issue, Hels Sheridan) that although I liked what I had made...I was stuck as to what I was going to do next. It reminded me a little bit of Mondrians work at this stage with all the squares and just reminded me (I wouldn't dare to say it was remotely like his work). I came back to it after a few days and decided to go with pattern building with squares and circles. I've used Ellen Vargo stamps for the background in archival black and versafine crimson.

I then wanted to lift it, and embossing powder wouldn't do. I remembered I had some fab foil that I'd bought when I was inspired by a Birgit Koopsen post last year for Creative Jumpstart. 

I used another stamp from the EEV06 set and applied bonding powder to it, heated it and then applied the foil.

I'm hoping you can see the shine and reflection you get when the light hits it.

I used the Create stamp from The Artistic Stamper on another piece of of the bleach blocked card and mounted it on some black card on foam pads, I felt the lines coming off this word worked really well with the background. It was then mounted on a white card blank and I added a few black dots with a Posca pen. I hope you might be inspired to have a go at bleach's fun. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I really like your bleach blocking Ruth, and love the addition of the foils, gosh not used this for ages I had forgotten how good it looks. Like you I have done the background and it is on my desk wondering where to go to next! hopefully Mr Mojo will guide me before the deadline:) Mo x

  2. This is lovely Ruth,really vibrant and eye catching.

    Hope you are having a great weekend
    Donna x

  3. Love the bleach blocking in the background, Ruth! Thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It Challenge. ~ Renee xxx

  4. Wow, the red really pops using the bleach blocking technique!
    Thanks for joining in the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge.
    Dot x

  5. How cool is that, love your card Ruth and the colours work so well for this technique :-)
    Thank you so much for joining in with the Take it Make it challenge.
    Tracy xxx

  6. Gorgeous background, the colours look fabulous with the foiling. Thanks for sharing with us at the Take It Make It Challenge. Elizabeth x

  7. Love how you continued the block theme with the foiling, Ruth! Thanks for playing along with Take It Make It :)

  8. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Love the rich colour, is works so well with this technique, and the foil is a really nice touch. Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper TIMI challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

  9. Just love this card!
    Thanks so much
    Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge

  10. Oh this is too hard this month. . .This is fab, absolutely brilliant background, thank you for joining us in the Craft Stamper challenge. xx

  11. Love this, all the colours, texture and interest!! Thank you for playing along with this months challenge over at the Craft Stamper blog! xx

  12. Gorgeous full on colour, and the textures are fabulous too!

  13. Fabulous background and great card! Thank you for joining the challenge at Craft Stamper!

  14. Sorry I am so late commenting, but what a fabulous creation! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Challenge

  15. Well isn't this the perfect way to do bleach blocking! LOVE it Ruth. Jenny x


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