Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Dreaming of Aquamarine Tides

It's Variations Week at Sweet Pea Stamps, where each of the Design Team posst a creation using the same stamp. I love seeing how everyone creates such different projects from the same starting point. :)
This month the stamp we've all used is Dreaming of Aquamarine Tides by Katerina Koukiotis. I've had this rubber stamp in my stash for a while and it was a nice change for me to play with rubber stamping instead of digi stamping and so I decided to do something a bit different and use a technique that's not really suited to digi stamps - painting with bleach:
I first of all used Dylusions spray inks to colour a piece of white card and then stamped the image onto it using Versafine ink and heat embossed it using a fine black embossing powder. I then used plain old household bleach and painted over the areas where I wanted to remove the colour - I bleached out her face, neck and hands, leaving colour on her lips, fingernails and around her eyes and also on the seashell.
I love this technique because the results are always different - different inks react differently to the bleach so the colour you get on the bleached areas is always random.
I liked the contrast of the black outline against the vibrant colours on this card so I decided to carry that through on the card itself. I swiped the edges of the image with more black ink and heat embossed it and chose a paper that seemed to fit well with both the colours and the theme of the image.
I inked the edges of the paper and cut decorative corners and layered flowers with my Cameo, inked them and heat embossed with black powder for a glossy finish.
You can buy this stamp from the Sweet Pea Stamps store either as a single stamp or as part of a sheet of 4 gorgeous stamps by Katerina Koukiotis. And don't forget that until Friday there is 15% off all rubber stamps (including overstock/sale items) at Sweet Pea Stamps. :)
I'm entering this card into a couple of challenges:


Sharon said...

Oh so very pretty!! Love all of the colors. And that image is great. Thank you so very much for playing with us at Paper Playtime!!!! :)

Penny said...

Love the finished product of your bleaching technique. You created such an artistic piece! Love the image, the colors, and your fab embellies! Thank you for sharing this with us at TTCRD. Hope to see you again soon! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Wendy said...

Oh this is so cool. Love how your card turned out. Thanks for joining us this week at Tuesday Alchemy~Wendy, DT

Sandra said...

I am totally impressed with how this turned out! I have heard about this technique but have never tried it. Perhaps I will take some time out to do that one day. You have obviously perfected the technique, gorgeous creation and thank you for sharing with us at TTCRD.

JayBe said...

A great card, Ali - love how you bleached out the skintones on your image and fab embossed flowers. Thanx for joining in at Make my Monday.
Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

Broni said...

I love how the bleaching gave such a marbled look. Beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along in the Timeless Tuesday challenge with us!

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