CAS with bleaching

Hi again. A lot of crafting done today…………….

I had some bad news from a dear friend of mine today. Her son has died from the dreaded Covid-19! Her son! How on earth do you cope with that? I don’t have children, so I couldn’t possibly imagine how that must feel. He must have been around 40 years of age, and was working as a bus driver after the lock-down………………..As nurses we are expected to continue to work, and as a bus driver, he who would be in more contact with the general public, was trying to get the rest of us to work during this pandemic. I can’t comprehend how she must be feeling right now.

I have a card planned in my mind, as I can’t go and give her a hug. I can’t go anywhere near her, with the lock-down in place, and especially as she is in the vulnerable age group, but at least I can send a card with some pretend hugs……………………at least she will know I am thinking about her!

I took to my craft room and tried a new technique to try and ease my own mind.

I tried some bleaching on my image. Here is the card before I tell you any more about my technique:

I ink blended the Distress Oxide ‘Barn Door’ as I wanted a very vibrant red colour, which would stand out from the bleaching. I dried it with my heat tool, then stamped and embossed the Uniko ‘Peony’ in Altenew Gold embossing powder then went hunting for some bleach……

Erm – as we have a septic tank – I didn’t have any pure bleach – we’re not supposed to use too much bleach – so I improvised. I took some ‘Domestos‘ – which is bleach technically – but it is ultra-thick…….and just tried it.

I noticed it took the colour away VERY quickly, but I also noticed I could determine how much colour was taken off depending on how long I left it there – so I tried a little ‘blending’. Removing some very quickly from the inner petals to try and create some darker petals, and removing a second or too later for the lighter and outer petals.

I then cut thisa piece into a square, and added a wonky stitched rectangle frame.

The sentiment is from a new Tracy Hey stamp set – full of encouraging words and phrases – I can see I’m going to be using those a lot in the next few weeks.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix-UpCAS – bleaching + stamping + your choice (embossing and die-cutting)

Craft Friends Challenge atg

Crafty Creations Challenge atg

Crafters Castle Challenge atg

18 thoughts on “CAS with bleaching

  1. Such a beautiful card …….. perfectly CAS and great bleaching. I’m sure it was most appreciated …. so sorry to hear of your friends loss. Thank you for sharing with the CAS Mix Up challenge!

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  2. What an awesome bleached flower, Lynda! Love how the bleach left some bits of color but took so much away! A beautiful card with a meaningful sentiment! I’m so sorry for your friend’s loss! So tragic! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

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  3. Hello… So very sorry to hear about your friends son, so very sad… Thanks for entering your lovely card into our ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
    Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

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  4. So sorry to hear about your friend’s son. This is a terrible tragedy. I’m sure your beautiful hand-made card will give her comfort and she will know you are thinking of her.

    Beautiful design. I love how you’ve used the bleach, changing up the amount and time it sits to give you variations of colour. So clever and creative! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

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  5. I’m so very sorry to hear about the tragic death of your friend’s son, Lynda. It’s so shocking to read about; I can’t even imagine how the family must feel. Your card is utterly gorgeous and I’m sure it will bring her much comfort until you can see her and give her real hugs! Take care and be safe! Hugs, Darnell

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  6. This is a truly beautiful. I’m so sorry it is for such a sad occasion. We lost our courier last week and it is so hard to comprehend. Kev was such a larger than life guy and didn’t make it whereas my dad is so frail but I am so thankful he came through it. I will mention your friend’s son in my prayers. God bless you and keep you safe. Love Dawn x

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