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I have been a Stampin' Up Demonstrator for almost two years now, and when I signed up it was just for the starter kit and discount on products........ I never imagined it would snowball into being a business like it has. I am a new Mummy to my little boy, Isaac, who is almost four months old now. I am spending my maternity leave enjoying watch him grow up, becoming his own little person, and also trying to build my business up. Stampin' Up! have amazing products and I would love to share my crafting passion with as many people as possible. I am always putting through orders, so if you need anything, or just want some information or advise, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you want to try before you buy, then check out my classes and get booked on.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Paper Players Challenge # 53 - Growing Green

Good Morning!

I decided to try out a few different techniques while making this card for the Paper Players Challenge this week.  Yet another sketch challenge - it seems to be the week for sketches!

I went with a Very Vanilla card base, and then cut some Soft Suede and Melon Mambo pieces of card.
I thought the Growing Green stamp set would lend itself very well to using with bleach - yes, you heard right, bleach!  
You have to be very careful when doing this and work pretty swiftly.  I put some folded up kitchen towel on a small plate and poured on some bleach so it saturates the kitchen towel.  Press your stamp into the kitchen towel and stamp immediately onto the card.  Depending on the colour card you use, you get different colours coming through where the bleach hits the card.  You must press down firmly, and then keep going until the card is covered with the desired image.  Wash the stamp right away!  Be careful not to spill any of the bleach as well :o)

This effect on Soft Suede gives a lovely golden brown colour, whilst on the Melon Mambo is came through almost white.

I then stamped some of the images with Versamark onto Water Colour Paper.  I added white embossing powder and heat set this with my heat gun.  I used my Aqua Painter to then colour the flowers in with Melon Mambo ink.  These were cut out and mounted onto the card front with Dimensionals.  The sentiment is from Afterthoughts (Level 1 Hostess) stamped in Soft Suede.

Rather a mixed bag card, but I actually really like it.  Half way through making it, that was in dispute, but it turned out better than I thought.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.........
If you would be interested in learning how to do these techniques, or if you've fallen in love with the Growing Green stamp set, then contact me HERE

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Very Vanilla / Soft Suede / Melon Mambo / Water Colour Paper
Stamps / Ink - Growing Green / Afterthoughts (Level 1 Hostess) / Soft Suede / Melon Mambo / Versmark
Embellishments - None
Tools - White Embossing Powder / Bleach / Paper Snips / Dimensionals / Snail / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist / Stamp-a-ma-jig


  1. Julie! What a pretty technique!! Love the effect it makes! Thanks for playing this week with the Paper Players!

  2. Hi Julie,
    I need to try this technique, it is awesome! Thank you for joining us at the Paper Players.

  3. Julie...I really love this card and love the bleaching technique with this stamp set...awesome card!!!!

  4. Fabulous card - I haven't done bleaching for sooo long - you have inspired me. X

  5. Hi Julie,
    What an amazing and beautiful result with the bleach technique. I love the variations of color and your fabulous stamping. Creative and lovely take on the challenge, so glad you joined us at The Paper Players this week!

  6. Hi Julie! I've always wanted to try the bleach technique and haven't been brave enough! ;-) Love how you've used it here and so glad you could join us at The Paper Players this week!

  7. What a fantastic card, Julie! Thanks for explaining that technique. I'll have to give it a go. Thanks for playing along with the Paper Players this week!

  8. Beautiful card, Julie! What a fabulous technique to use! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players this week!

  9. Very cool card---great technique! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

  10. Julie, this is a great stamp set to use with the bleaching technique. Wow! I really like the effect on Soft Suede. Very pretty card! Thanks so much for joining us at the Paper Players this week! :)