Saturday, April 10, 2010

More Retiring Color Information...and Bleaching Technique

New color kits will be available beginning July 1 for one year only. For example, if you have the pastels and want to change them out for the new Color Collections, a kit will be available with a new case, new insert, and just the pastels in the new colors. You would move the carry over colors to the new case. Similar kits will be available for the markers, water color crayons, ink pads and cardstock.

Full size CRAFT ink pads will be retiring with the exception of black, white, and vanilla. Craft ink will be available in spots and reinkers only after July 1. SU! will carry blank craft ink pads if you want to create a full size craft ink pad.

The Blush Blossom marker will be available in the next catalog

Retiring color items will be stocked through the end of May. On June 1, the retiring list will be published and it will become the usual free for all. Once it's gone, it's gone.

Sorry I've been busy this week!  If you're inspired to try bleaching, please stop by and upload your card at Stampin' Addicts.  It is Technique Challenge 49. (Tech49)

Here's my latest Technique mini tutorial which actually includes 2 types of bleach stamping: bleach stamping or bleach highlighting.  Be sure to use a good apron over an old shirt, work over a tile rather than carpeted floor, and be super careful.

Bleach Stamping

1. Put a full size paper towel (folded in half and then in half again) in a disposable square plastic container (Gladware type)
2. Add a bit of water to keep the paper towel in place (it dilutes the bleach just a bit too)
3. Pour in only enough bleach to wet the paper towel
4. Use the paper towel as your ink pad and stamp onto colored cardstock.
5. Your heat tool can be used to speed the drying process.
6. Dispose of bleach safely so that it doesn't spill and make a mess.

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Bleach Highlighting

1. Stamp your image with versamark or craft ink
2. Cover with Clear Embossing Powder
3. Heat Emboss
4. Put a bit of bleach into a small cup and use a brush or Q-tip to highlight an area that would look nice lightened or white.

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