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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Just Us Girls # 343

Hi friends, I have a very rainy Sunday here, so I don't have to feel guilty about playing inside!
Today I am joining JUGS again, I saw that they were asking for vellum as that seems to be the trend these days.  And oddly enough I have three cards that I used vellum!  Just a coincidence too!
I first saw this technique called Watercolor Bleaching by Kelly over at her blog.
I thought I would give it a try with some random stamps from the SOA called Enchanted Garden by Sugar Pea Designs.  I white embossed all my flowers and leaves, then I used four distress inks and blended them all over and over again.  I started with wild honey at the bottom and worked my way up, then I used abandoned coral, fired brick and worn lipstick. 
The bleaching happens (without bleach!) by using water on a brush and then dabbing it off .  Because distress inks react to water, it pulls the color out and makes it look like it was bleached out.

My sentiment is from PTI called Bold & Beautiful and it was stamped and embossed with white on vellum.  I also splattered water drops from my paintbrush, and I wanted some white drops too, so I used a pin and my pearl acrylic paint to make some small white dots.

The last thing I did was use copics to go around the outline of the stamps being careful to not touch the embossed outline with my copic pen.
Heart Hugs, friends!


  1. Beautiful card, you have really captured the technique that Kelly did. I tried it too, so much fun. I love the colors you chose, and the way you have incorporated the vellum with the greeting. Great take on the challenge, thanks so much for playing along this week at Just Us Girls!!

  2. I am so in love with this card Colleen! I adore Kelly and all of her fun videos too! You my friend have done an exceptional job! Love-Love-Love it! So glad you joined us once again over at Just Us Girls! Hope your weather improves this week! HUGS!

  3. Wow! This one was a lot of work but well worth the final product! I love the bright color and bold sentiment!

  4. Love, love, LOVE this card Colleen! What a great way to use a lot of those flower and leaf stamps from the SOA, and absolutely love that bleach technique (with no bleach!)...definitely going to have to try that one out! Beautiful, beautiful card my friend!! :0)

  5. Beautiful!! I have never seen this technique!! I love how you used these monochromatic colors for the perfect results!!

    Off to check out Kelly's tutorial!


  6. This is gorgeous Colleen!! Love your design and the stamps you've used. The techniques you've used are perfect for this. Great job with that too!! And your handcut sentiment is awesome. xx

  7. This turned out great! I love the bleached look but I don't like the smell of using real bleach. I'm glad to learn about this.

  8. This turned out great! I love the bleached look but I don't like the smell of using real bleach. I'm glad to learn about this.


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