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!

14 Responses to “Color Wash Faux Bleach!”

  1. This one is really speaking to me!

  2. Girly, this looks fantastic, incredible….absolutely beautiful! You are amazing!
    Hugs and smiles

  3. Well, how frickin’ GORGEOUS is this??!!! I LOVE IT!!! Such beautiful colors and as always the distressing, stitching and brads are perfect!

  4. Wow!! I just love this all over, Sherry! Fabulous showing of this cool technique on a gorgeous creation!

  5. Gorgeous! I love messy-they are so much fun!

  6. !!~~ W*O*W ~~!!
    Sherry this card is really breath-taking and is SO ‘you’. :) But now that I realize you have been inhaling fumes from REAL bleach, I can see why you get SO creative! ha!
    I love this creation!!

  7. *thud*…..This is STUNNING! (but I had to laugh…if someone in this household caught me with the iron out….they would think I’ve gone off the deep end and commit me!! BWHHAAAAAHAHAAA!!)

  8. Oh Wow I just love these colors, awesome job with the tag, and the papers are so complimentary to it!

  9. Wow Sherry, what a beauty, love it!!

  10. This is so very beautiful, Sherry!! I love the images you’ve used, the pretty papers, and wonderful sewing!!

  11. This is fabulous! I love it! TFS! XO, Mimi

  12. This is absolutely beautiful!!!

  13. Hi, Sherry! As usual, you did another great job of inspiring your “followers” with your beautiful creation :-) Have a question regarding Rubbernecker: I ordered “Dewdrops” thinking that I was actually going to receive those cute embellishments, but received ink (my mistake), so am wondering if there is an exchange policy in place because I can definitely use more of their cute stamp sets; don’t need anymore ink at the moment. Thanks for your help and enjoy a wonderful day with family, friends, and those cute pets (saw a dog who looks like Sydney over the weekend and thought of you), Gigi

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