Saturday, June 22, 2019

Bleached Ombre

Hello friends.

I'm having a great time using the ombre technique.

Another card from our retreat.

This one uses a combination of  Linda's blending technique and Susan's
bleach technique.  I love this stamp but I don't know where it came from or
what it's called.   It comes from a Clearly Besotted stamp set called
Friend's Forever. (Thanks Colleen).  It doesn't seem to be available now
which is a shame because I would love to have this set.
Money saved!

With Linda's instruction and those blending brushes, I was able to get a rich,
smooth  background for the first time ever!

We stamped and heat embossed an image.

I loved the open flower but it kept calling to me to use bleach on it.

So I did and was I sorry!

I think I was too heavy handed with it or didn't blot fast enough.

I thought I'd ruined the whole piece.

But then I remembered that Susan had said we could go back in and
watercolor over the bleached part.

So with nothing to lose, I pulled out my watercolor pencils and a damp
waterbrush and went to work.

I think I saved it.

I hope I can save the other sample I did, but that was
enough stress for one day!

I'm joining in at

There's still a couple of days to join in at
CAS Mix Up

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe 
Stamps:  Forever Friends (ret. Clearly Besotted), Hello Friend (GKD)
Ink:   Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Seedless Preservs, Spun Sugar, Work Lipstick (DOX)
Paper:   Neenah
Other:  White EP, Bleach, Watercolor Pencils (Caran d'ache #90 Purple, #220 Grass Green, #69 Burnt Sienna, Blending Brushes


Marcia Hill said...

I think you saved it beautifully Bonnie...the tulips look fabulous with just a touch of pink in them! And your background is AWESOME!! Don't you just love those blending brushes?!! :0)

Viv said...

Fabulous tulips Bonnie - great card. x

Colleen said...

Hi Bonnie! I love what you did with the two techniques! And I know this stamp, it is Clearly Besotted called Friends Forever! I am so glad you saved it because you achieved the perfect look with those flowers, the shading is just awesome! I am going to remember this and give it a try!!
Heart Hugs, Col

Mac Mable said...

You sure did save this beautiful card Bonnie. Such fabulous blending and such pretty colours. What a wonderful idea to use water colour over the bleaching....I shall file that one away x. Stand out card for me Bonnie x

Christine Alexander said...

I love your touch of colour after bleaching Bonnie. Beautiful card :)

Daffodil Cards said...

This is GORGEOUS. what a neat tip to colour over the bleach, I think it worked beautifully.
Faith x

Trina P. said...

Gorgeous, Bonnie. Fabulous mix of techniques - ink blending, bleaching and watercoloring. Fantastic save with your beautiful watercoloring. xx

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

I've not tried the bleaching but looks like fun! Your tulip looks amazing, Bonnie - you definitely saved it!!

Linda said...

I think you did a great save there Bonnie the end result is beautiful. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

jimlynn said...

Love the softness of this beauty! Gorgeous card.

Loll said...

Very beautiful card using these two techniques Bonnie. I love the blended pinks ... such a gorgeous background for this lovely image. I don't know what it looked like just bleached, but is so pretty with the soft colouring you've added. Great save!! xx

JosieD said...

Love this ombre look with the DOX inks. Beautifully done background to set off that beautiful stamp.

Susan said...

Wonderful combination of the two techniques! You definitely mastered the bleach and then watercolour technique - the colours you put back into the flowers and leaves are beautiful and perfectly done!

Nstiz said...

This is just gorgeous, Bonnie! Love that you bleached it and have shaded it beautifully with a soft pink. What an impact that has. Your background is beautifully blended too and that's not always easy.

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is so pretty, Bonnie! The color combination is beautiful and the ombre (sponging) is so smooth. I have no idea what it looked like before watercoloring on the bleached parts, but you did something right. The tulips look so elegant and delicate, and I love the soft pink!
Hideko xx

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous blended background for your bleached tulip coloring, Bonnie. TFS your beauty. Hugs...Nancy

kiwimeskreations said...

Bonnie this is amazing - love the watercolour over the bleached image, it's perfect. As is the background! An exquisite card

Jo said...

Oh my, this totally radiates some exquisite shine. The soft pastel tulips really pop out of that vibrant ombre BG. I do truly love this xx

Carole said...

Beautiful card and I would never have known you had a happy accident!xx

Bobby said...

I'd say you saved it, Bonnie. Those tulips are beautiful, as is the vibrant inked background.

Bo┼╝enA said...

A perfect ombre, a delightful combination of colors. The whitening technique has worked wonders, your tulips are perfect