Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Bushel of Thanks

An odd little card I know. Don't ask why I made a fall card before spring has even arrived. I wanted to participate in this week's Mark's Finest Paper challenge but this week it's to do a technique with bleach. I haven't kept bleach in the house in years. Anything that was used as a nerve gas in WWII is not welcome in my house with my kids! So I went to Splitcoaststampers and found this great faux bleach technique where I embossed the white card stock with clear embossing powder and then sprayed my paper with Eucalyptus Walnut Ink. While it was still wet, I sandwiched the paper between to pieces of scrap and ironed it on high until it was dry and the embossing powder melted off. The background was a very pretty, green with slight variations in tone and depth. I just wish my leaves weren't quite so even. Truly random stamping is very hard.

I loved the background so much I didn't want to cover it up so I just cut some apples. A baby fell asleep in the room with the printer so I had to hand write my sentiment. I may change that later. I think this would make a great card for a guy even with the red bling in the corner. It's especially great for me since I'm always trying to thank my colleagues for their support.

Edited: I did change the hand printed sentiment since I had made spelling error. That's what I get for making cards on very little sleep. Thank you to my Anonymous commentor for pointing it out. Had a good laugh at what my anonymous commentor wrote. Please do be sure to read it below. While it's true that bleach can include chlorine, not all bleach products do. Yes, chlorine can be used as a disinfectant in hospitals, schools and doctor's offices. However, all these places are frequented by very high number of usually sick people every day. Is my anonymous commentor trying to say that bleach is perfectly safe (and in which case I would direct him or her to read the label) or that my house has as many germs as a hospital and needs and industrial grade cleaner? Hmmm. Either way, it does not change it's historical use or the fact that I don't want it anywhere near little hands. Who would have thought that bleach would be such a controversial topic?

Additional Challenges this Card Meets:

Papertake Weekly - Something Old (The leaf stamp is a retired SU one from at least 4 years ago.)
Creative Card Crew - No Flowers
My Time to Craft - Jewels
Tuesday Throwdown - Use Your Scraps (No new papers were harmed in the making of this card.)


  1. A sleeping baby is a GREAT reason to hand-write your sentiment! Love your faux bleach technique. THanks so much for joining Speedy's Friends for our 'challenging' challenge!

  2. Fantastic job with the bleach technique - I may have to try this myself! I'm so glad you were able to join use for our "jewels" challenge this week at My Time To Craft. Dee

  3. Oh fabulous job with the bleach! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

  4. love those leaves....totally cool.....thanks for joining Speedy's Friends this week

  5. Nice faux technique. Thanks for playing along with Speedy's Friends.

  6. FYI- the word is bushel, not bussel. Also, bleach is chlorine, which is used in swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. Many schools, doctors offices and hospitals use bleach as a disinfectant.

  7. Beautiful job on the bleaching. Thanks for sharing with us at TT this week.

  8. WOW! This turned out awesome!!!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Speedy's Friends.

  9. How cute. I love our card.

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.