I had so, so much fun making this card. I just giggled all the way through it. I made it in response to a Splitcoast challenge (here) and to a request by my upline’s upline (yeah, gotta obey her) to share a demonstration from the Houston Regionals using bleach.
Can you see it? I couldn’t resist. This is Texas after all. I had to include a can of snuff in the pocket.
Even though this is a knock-off of the Houston demonstration, I still consulted this web site, Color Combo, for the colors. If you want to try this bleach/aqua painter technique, here are the ingredients to make this card. Don’t get mad at me, I got a bit carried away.
- Card stock: Brocade Blue, Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Old Olive, and Sahara Sand
- Stamps: Pocket fun.
- Background stamps: Linen on the Brocade Blue pieces, Paisley on the Ruby Red, and Aida Cloth on the Summer Sun piece.
- Tools: Color Spritzer, Cutter Kit for distressing edges, stylus, Tool Kit for paper piercing and eyelet setting, art sponge
- Markers: Night of Navy with Spritzer; Signo White Gel Pen and Basic Black for frog’s eyes
- Inks: VersaMark or Ruby Red, Basic Black, Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Summer Sun, Whisper White Craft
- Accessories: Metallic eyelets, circle chipboard piece
To make the denim pocket I first used the Linen background stamp with Brocade Blue ink on the Brocade Blue card stock. Then I used the Color Spritzer tool with a Night of Navy marker and then again with an aqua painter filled with household bleach. If you’ve never used the spritzer tool, here’s some help.
The Color Spritzer is one of my absolutely favorite tools. It can turn any Stampin’ Up! marker into an airbrush, but It can be tricky. First you have to make sure the marker is placed right up to the tip of the tool at a 45 degree angle. Your little splatters of ink can be affected by how close to the paper you are and how hard you press the air chamber. Amy of Prairie Paper & Ink fame put together these pictures for you.
It’s a little hard for me to capture, but with (A) I held the spritzer tool very close to the paper. At (B) I held it farther away. You’ll definitely want to practice on some scrap paper. After I airbrushed Night of Navy onto my Brocade Blue/Linen piece I changed the marker in the spritzer tool for the aqua pen filled with bleach. A couple of important tips:
- Remove the Spritzer tool’s inner chamber to get the aqua painter to fit in the tool.
- You can’t see the bleach results immediately because the paper lightens only after the bleach begins to dry. If you feel like you bleached your paper too much, you can spritz it more with your Night of Navy marker.
- When you’re finished making this card, empty the bleach out of the aqua pen. There are rumors that bleach will explode when exposed to light. Yeah, not good for your aqua painter.
- After emptying the bleach out of your aqua painter, be sure to clean your brush tip well so bleach doesn’t affect your next project.
As you airbrush your paper with bleach and it begins to dry, it will look something like this.
Loves, you just made your own, custom, designer paper! You rock! Then, you can stamp your blue paper with the pocket from Pocket Fun using Night of Navy ink. I cut it out with a good 1/8" margin around the image because I also wanted to distress the edges with the Cutter Kit to make it look a little like a torn pocket.
Okay, now the really fun part. We need some snuff. I just put a small round chipboard piece under my pocket and traced it with my stylus (dry embossed it), hugging the chipboard piece very closely. I then swiped the raised edges just a little bit with the white craft ink and an art sponge.
You can finish your pocket with some silver eyelets and a little Sahara Sand tag.
Now we need a frog. He’s made by just stamping the Pocket Fun frog image on Old Olive paper, but, to get those really bright eyes, I colored in the eyes with the White Signo pen. Looks kind of weird in the process, but after the white pen ink dries you can add back the pupils with the black marker. (I wish I could give you the name of the woman who demonstrated this project in Houston, because this was her suggestion for the frog, a great suggestion.)
The rest of this card is pretty easy.
- If you haven’t already, stamp the Brocade Blue card base with the Linen background stamp in Brocade Blue ink.
- Stamp the 2" by 5 1/2" Summer Sun card stock with the Aidi background stamp with Summer Sun ink and back it with 2 1/8" by 5 1/2" Night of Navy card stock.
- Stamp a 3" by 3 1/2" piece of Ruby Red with the Paisley background stamp in Ruby Red ink to make it look a little like a cowboy bandanna. You could ink it instead with VersaMark for a lighter, more subtle tone-on-tone look. Then I used the mat pack/paper piercer to put faux stitching around the Ruby Red piece and slapped on my pocket/frog ensemble.
Was it as fun for you as it was for me? Okay, the only thing that would make this card more fun would be to give it to a have a hunky, snuff-carrying cowboy. ‘Snuff said.