One more card from me! This is for today’s SCS Sketch Challenge. I love this sketch and especially liked being able to use a little tag on the card. For the tag itself, I used the Color Wash Faux Bleach technique. I learned this technique in the Ranger class I took at Summer CHA, and just went looking for a tutorial for you. I may have overlooked it, but I didn’t see one, so I’ll try to explain the best I can.


I picked a medium size white tag to start. The image was stamped on the tag in VersaMark and then embossed with clear EP. Now the next step is the messy part, so I always prepare my work surface first. I preheat the iron, lay down a few layers of paper towel and grab a sheet of printer paper which is folded in half. At another table is where I spray the Color Wash. I have an old box with the top flaps folded up that I place a few more layers of paper towel in the bottom of. I place my embossed image on the paper towel and then spray with the Color Wash. The box keeps the Color Wash from going all over the place and the paper towel soaks up the mist on the bottom of the box. Because your paper is very wet and runny, pick it up with the paper towels and carefully take it to your printer paper. Remove it from the messy and wet paper towel and play it on your printer paper, making a sandwich fold the other end of the printer paper over the now Color Washed image. Carefully iron the top of the printer paper until you see the embossed image come through the paper. That’s when you know that the EP has melted and the printer paper has picked it up. You’re done! Now you can embellish and stamp on the image to your heart’s desire. For this one, I distressed the edges, sponged on some Vintage Photo ink and stamped a sentiment.

My background paper is BasicGrey Scarlet’s Letter, which I sponged the edges on and then stitched to the front of my card. The tag was raised with foam mounting tape after I tied the ribbon and added my hardware.

  • Stamps: Jeanne Streiff Collection White Flower SKU:403-03 and Stamp Oasis Petite Word Set Petite Believe SKU:2000-04 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Medium White Tag; BasicGrey Scarlet’s Letter and SU Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo Distress; Archival Coffee; Lettuce, Butterscotch and Red Pepper Color Wash; Tsukineko VersaMark
  • Accessories: Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool, Ultra-Fine Clear EP; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; Tim Holtz idea-ology Philosophy Tag and Trinket Pin; Tsukineko Sponger Dauber; Sewing Machine; Iron; Ribbon; Brads

Darn it all, I just realized where I first saw this technique – after I have typed the whole thing out. It’s right here on t!m’s blog! Well anyway, I hope you have a great day!

Good morning! Smiley from Are you ready for some fun? A little humor? Some slightly twisted humor? I KNOW I AM! It truly has been a very long time since I have sat down to stamp and intentionally make a twisted card! Since I started thinking about this, I’ve become a little overjoyed actually – some fun stamping, just for the heck of it! Smiley from

I calling for all you twisted stampers! You know who you are! Anyone who wants to stamp for the fun of it and add a little humor to your stamping. Please join me for the very first . . . Twisted Humor Challenge!

The important thing about this challenge is to simply have fun and enjoy what you are stamping! All you have to do, is make a card and upload it to your online gallery and/or blog. Come back here, and post a link so that we can all enjoy your creations! There is no time limit either. To make it simple, if you upload to Splitcoaststampers, please use keyword THC1. Hopefully there won’t be any conflicts with that keyword (crossing my fingers and all 9 toes here). Now here is my only restriction with this challenge. Please don’t use any nudity or drop the “F” Bomb. You can push the envelope, etc., but let’s remember that we have young stampers among us!

My challenge for you (if you wish to accept), is to make anything your little heart desires, with the SOCK MONKEY. If you don’t have the Sock Monkey set from SU, that’s okay! Do you have a sock stamp, a monkey stamp, or any sock monkey stamp? If you do, you can still play along because I know you are creative!

Oh how much fun I had making this card –


I colored all the images with Copic Markers, and cut out the chicken and sock monkey. They were placed on the toilet with foam tape for a little dimension. Do you see where the hen is sitting? On the handle ready to flush! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! (Oh I just kill myself!) The sentiment was computer generated.

  • Stamps: SU Sock Monkey and Best of Cluck; Way to Go! From Gina K. Designs
  • Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, True Thyme and Cranberry Crisp; BasicGrey Sugared; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black and Black Soot Distress
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Venture Foam Tape; Black Gel Pen; Ribbon; Computer

Have a great day, and I can’t wait to see your creations! I haven’t decided yet how often I’ll run this challenge, right now I’m thinking once a month, probably the last Wednesday. But that may change, depending on participation and how well it is (or isn’t) received.

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