Make It Monday #76: Double-time Bleach Stamping

Today I am revisiting an old technique with a bit of a fresh twist!  Stamping with bleach has been around for years, but in this video tutorial I show you how you can take it a step further and stamp over the bleached areas with color for additional fun looks.


Here are some still shots of today's projects…

Garden of Life Card
Garden of Life closeup
Garden of Life down
Butterfly Dreams Card
Butterfly Dreams closeup
Butterfly Dreams down
Stitches & Swirls card

Stiches & Swirls closeup
Stitches & Swirls down

(Complete supply lists shared at the end of the video above)

If you are joining along this week, here are the details concerning the Make It Monday Challenge.

–A new Make It Monday Challenge will go up every Monday morning at 9am EST.

–Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and some form of stamping with bleach.

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to our —>InLinkz List HERE<—

–You will have until 7am, Monday, August 6th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. And you can enter as many times as you like.

–We will be tweeting and posting on our Facebook page every night (between 5-9pm EST) highlighting a Featured Project. These tweets/Facebook postings will just be a shout-out regarding projects that caught our eye. 

–One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday,  August 6th, after 7am. The winner will be posted here on this blog post, on Twitter and Facebook. The randomly selected winner will get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!

Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing your projects!



Congratulations Andrea Smith.!  You have been randomly selected to receive a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however you choose!  Please send a note to customer service with the email address you would like the gift certificate sent to.  And thank you to EVERYONE who played along with this week's challenge! 

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  • 1
    Pam W. says:

    What a fun way to change up an old technique! It gives the card such an artsy look. Thanks, Nichole!

  • 2
    Leigh Penner says:

    Very cool technique, Nichole! I’ve never stamped with bleach before– I’m going to have to try this!

  • 3
    nkmac says:

    I was wondering about using bleach on the clear stamps..I had used it with rubber and did not want to ruin my clear…now I know!!! Just clean with water then? Condition?

  • 4

    Terrific update on this old technique!! Beautiful examples Nicole!!!

  • 5
    ndheady says:

    Just clean them well with water after stamping with the bleach and you will be good to go!

  • 6
    MOI says:

    Love how you make the “old” method new again by adding additional stamping. Thanks for sharing. As always….beautiful work.

  • 7
    Paulette S says:

    What beautiful results you achieved with the bleach technique, Nicole. Yes, I do love the irregularity that it gives, very much like water color painting. Both very beautiful in their ability to be a little outside of the lines of the images. I hope I have time to play this week! Thanks for this great video tutorial. The videos are my favorite way to learn. Have a GREAT Monday and a GREAT week. ((paper crafting hugs))

  • 8
    Shannon says:

    Beautiful! I have been thinking about trying out this technique lately as well on some Christmas projects I’ve been working on. Is this a safe technique for cards that hold photos or scrapbooks?

  • 9
    ndheady says:

    I have not tested a finished project, so I am afraid I can’t offer an official answer as to whether or not this technique is scrapbook safe.

  • 10
    conil says:

    Awesome ideas. Love the artistic feel it give the cardstock.

  • 11
    Kathy H says:

    Love the last one best! Such a great idea, Nichole. So I’m guessing bleach will not hurt the stamps…

  • 12
    Anita R says:

    I’ve always enjoyed seeing what happens with the color with bleach on CS! I like that you’ve added color on top of and in between the bleached areas. Lovely cards!

    I, too, was afraid to use the bleach technique with clear stamps. So glad to see it’s possible.

  • 13

    This is a new technique to me:)
    Thanks for sharing.

  • 14
    yvonne says:

    I can’t wait to try this technique. I would think the bleach would dry up the stamps. It doesn’t?

  • 15
    ndheady says:

    As long as you clean the stamps immediately after using them with the bleach, there won’t be any drying effects.

  • 16
    Mika says:

    That’s HOT I’ve never heard of this before! I love the orange butterfly card! I hope I don’t mess this one up to bad or there will be no entry from me LOL!

  • 17
    Rhonda says:

    I had not seen this technique – but I love what you have done with it. The cards are beautiful. I can’t wait to get out my stamp sets and cardstock and see what I can create!

  • 18
    Ruth G says:

    I love the depth that is created with the bleach and the darker tones! Simply lovely! TFS!

  • 19
    Mary Ann says:

    Thank you for sharing this technique with us. I think even a novice stamper like myself could make spectacular looking cards!

  • 20
    barbara lassiter says:

    I wasn’t very clear on this technique but seeing your video was so helpful and I already have some ideas floating around for some cards using some stamps I own. Thanks so much! Your cards are lovely and I’ll be checking back for more great ideas!

  • 21
    janet wilson says:

    Wonderful, I have stamped with bleach before……long time ago, with red rubber stamps. Beautiful effect when adding other colours – amazing cards, Nichole – will definitely have to try this again – THANK YOU :):):)

  • 22
    Jayne says:

    I’ve been looking for additional techniques to bump up the “art” in my cards. As usual, wonderful presentation and great products demonstrated.

  • 23
    Melanie Bray says:

    Thanks so much for another amazing video Nichole…such beautiful cards! Thank you for all the time you put into these great Make it Monday videos…they are a real highlight! 🙂

  • 24

    Thank you, Nichole, for doing this bleach technique! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but wasn’t sure it was safe for acrylic stamps and wouldn’t dare jeopardize any of my precious PTI stamps. I will definitely be doing this MIM this week.

  • 25
    Loly Borda says:

    Thanks Nichole! You said it’s an old technique, but it’s new to me, so I’ll give this a try. Thanks so much for the clear explanations and the inspiration.
    Many blessings!
    Loly Borda

  • 26
    DIANA L says:

    This was so much fun I have done this before, but it was nice to be reminded. It was interesting to see the effects on the different colors of PTI paper I really liked it on Lavender moon. The black did not lift at all so I ended up using clear emboss and that did not work to well either so I ended up using white embossing powder and ended up in a whole new direction from the starting point. Thanks so much. DIANA L.

  • 27
    CherylQuilts says:

    Oh, I LOVE this new technique, Nichole! And I’m glad to read how you responded to a couple comments about what to do with the stamps after you’ve used the bleach. I was afraid of what it might do to my acrylic stamps. I’ve used with rubber and just cleaned them well…and I will do the same with my acrylics. Thanks again! Can’t wait to try it!

  • 28

    Wow, this technique really blew me away. It is simple if you think about it, but BIG impact. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 29
    Lori Cullen says:

    I cannot get over how beautiful the butterfly card is! I love everything about it.

  • 30
    Diane Oliver says:

    I love bleach but never stamped over the bleached area. Can’t wait to try this. hugs.

  • 31

    I love the results with this technique! The Autumn Rose card with Stitches and Swirls is my favorite. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  • 32
    Karen says:

    had never tried this before liked the end results. Thanks so much for the video was a great reference.

  • 33
    Carolyn R. says:

    i have never tried this technique before and i’m glad that you showcase it. i can’t wait to try this out. i love the imperfection of the bleached image and the detail that you can add with the stamps afterward. Plus, it’s just kinda cool to watch the paper change colors. 🙂

  • 34
    cindi says:

    Coolest technique I’ve seen in a long time!

  • 35

    Happy birthday to my birthday twin! Double digits is such a big deal :). Hope she has a great day! I am stamping and crafting up a storm down here! 😉

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  • 37
    Jenna Coleman says:

    I’ve only recently discovered your blog, but I will certainly be back. This looks fun…can’t wait to try it. It will give a fresh look to some old stamp sets. Thanks.

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  • 40
    Anna Jernigan says:

    Wow, Nicole, this is fabulous!
    Actually, I had NO idea we could use “clear stamps” on the bleach “inkpad”…duh!
    I have used exclusively rubber stamps before, (the old technique, embossed, and colored them in), but, THIS is a definite inspiration!
    OMGosh, the possibilities are absolutely endless. Your cards, in this demo, are so “artistic” and gorgeous! Especially all the other added details, just make them STUNNING!

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