Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Take Flight

I'm very pleased and honored to be hosting this month's Blockheads Paper Arts Challenge - Bleach Technique Blog Hop! This is my first time hosting a challenge and it's going to be so much fun seeing what everyone creates! My "Take Flight" card was very simple - created basically with a stamped image, embossing powder, household bleach and water-based markers. One wouldn't ordinarily think of using bleach on a craft project, but when carefully used on dark cardstock, the results will amaze you!

To take our challenge, visit the Blockheads Bleach Rubber Stamping Technique page to see my tutorial for creating a card using household bleach. Then create your own out-of-the-box project, create a blog post that includes the link code (this creates links to other participants), then submit your URL by clicking the button below. To be fair to all participants, links that don't include the code will be removed. Submit your URL by March 21st for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our Design Team.

Here is the code to paste into the html tag at the very bottom of your post:
<!-- start InLinkz script -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=131337"></script>
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The gorgeous moth stamp is from the Blockheads Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set. After stamping, embossing, bleaching and coloring, I cut out the image with a classic rectangles Spellbinders die, then cut a frame from red DCWV shimmer cardstock with Spellbinders classic rectangles and big scalloped rectangles dies. I cut my card base from kraft cardstock. I embossed a piece of textured yellow cardstock with a Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder, rounded the corners with a Crop-A-Dile corner chomper and mounted it on a piece of black cardstock with rounded corners. I adhered a piece of red velvet ribbon along the left edge with Blockheads Tacky Red Tape, and crafted a bow from the same ribbon. Unfortunately I got a tiny speck of glue on the center of the bow, so I had to cover it up! I attached a small strip of Tim Holtz idea-ology Sketchbook tissue tape to cover that tiny speck of glue and then adhered the bow vertically to the ribbon. I adhered the moth image to the embossed yellow background piece and then attached the red shimmer cardstock frame over top of the image with dimensional pads. I stamped the "Take Flight" sentiment, from the Blockheads Whimsical-Faerie Wings stamp set, on kraft cardstock, cut it in a rectangle shape and mounted it on black cardstock, then mounted it on the front of the card at the bottom of the scalloped frame. I finished the front of the card with some tiny clear gemstones on the sentiment block and three larger black gemstones in the upper left corner.

For the inside, I stamped the moth definition, also from the Blockheads Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set, on a piece of yellow textured cardstock and mounted it on black cardstock, then adhered it vertically inside the card.


  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury black and kraft cardstock; DCWV red shimmer cardstock; yellow textured cardstock
  • Moth and inside sentiment from the Blockheads Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set
  • Versamark; black embossing powder
  • Household bleach in a small dish; Fantastix brush point tip applicator
  • Marvy Uchida brush tip water-based markers; Sakura stardust pen
  • Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder
  • Spellbinders classic rectangles and big scalloped rectangles dies
  • "Take Flight" sentiment from the Blockheads Whimsical-Faerie Wings stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • 1/8" Blockheads Tacky Red Tape
  • Red velvet ribbon
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Sketchbook Tissue Tape
  • Black gemstones

Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time!

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