Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bleached Swallowtail Card

We made this Bleached Swallowtail card at my club workshops in March. I just love how the bleach brought out a pale yellow from the Island Indigo. If you would like to make your own bleached swallowtail card, just follow my step-by-step instructions below.

Bleached Swallowtail Tutorial

Step One

1. Rub the entire surface of a 4” x 5-¼” piece of Island Indigo Card Stock with an Embossing Buddy.

Step Two

2. With a pencil, mark off a 2–½” wide by 2” tall area at the bottom right corner of your card stock. Make sure when you stamp the butterfly that you leave this area unstamped. Stamp the Swallowtail in Versamark.

Step Three

3. Sprinkle with Early Espresso Embossing Powder. Tap off the excess. TIP: I like to keep my embossing powders in labeled plastic sandwich containers. It makes it quick and easy to emboss.

Step Four

4. Heat emboss the Swallowtail with the Heat Tool. Hold your butterfly up to the light to make sure all parts of the butterfly have been embossed.

Step Five

5. Dip a Qtip in splashless bleach and rub it over the entire surface of the butterfly. TIP: experiment with different colors of card stock and bleach. It’s always a surprise what hidden color the bleach will reveal. Sometimes even different dye lots of card stock will have different results.

Step Six

6. Allow the bleach to do its magic and dry.

Step Seven

7. Take a 5” length of Crumb Cake Seam Binding and wrap the ends to the back of the card, where you will adhere them with sticky strip.

Step Eight

8. Tie a bow with a 12” length of Very Vanilla Seam Binding. Tie the bow onto the card with a 5”piece of Soft Suede Taffeta.

Step Nine

9. This is how the ribbon looks when you are finished tying it.

Step Ten

10. Adhere the Island Indigo piece to an Early Espresso card base. Finish off the rest of card as desired. I Stamped the “For You” stamp once on a scrap piece of Early Espresso card stock and once on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I punched the Very Vanilla piece with the Large Oval Punch and cut the Early Espresso piece with the matching Apothecary Framelit. I then adhered them to the card and added two pearl jewels.

Stampin’ Supplies

  • Stamp Sets: Swallowtail (WM 129213, CM 129216), Layered Labels (WM 127070, CM 127072)
  • Card Stock: Early Espresso (119686), Island Indigo (122923), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Ink: Early Espresso (126974), Versamark (102283)
  • Tools: Heat Tool (129053), Big Shot (113439), Apothecary Framelits (127003), Large Oval Punch (119855)
  • Embellishments: Pearl Jewels (119247), Crumb Cake Seam Binding (122332), Very Vanilla Seam Binding (120999); Soft Suede 3/8” Taffeta (122967), Early Espresso Embossing Powder (128980)
  • Adhesives: Dimensionals (104430), Sticky Strip (104294)
  • Other: Bleach, Qtips

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    1. Thanks for the tutorial! My DT has a bleaching challenge coming up which I've never done before. Your card came out gorgeous! It looks like you colored it in with shading.

    2. Such a beautiful card...TFS this technique...which one day I will try - such a great effect!

    3. Love the results of this technique. Am wondering on the swallowtail, the instructions say to rub the bleach over the entire surface of the swallowtail. Do you go over all the embossed places as well? Does the embossing react with the bleach?

      1. Thanks for your comment. You can rub the bleach right over the embossing and it will not bleach the embossing. It only bleaches the card stock. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out. :)