Mother's Day Card | Faux Bleach Technique

With Mother's Day coming this weekend, I wanted to create a special card for my Mom and I was inspired by Tim's recent YouTube Live where he demonstrated a faux bleach technique with colored cardstock and Distress Ink. I initially attempted his method with purple Kraft Stock, but I didn't like the results I achieved and I wanted to use the color purple since it is my Mom's favorite color. I then remembered doing this technique myself, many years ago and decided to revisit my method but with a Tim Holtz twist!

Happy Mother's Day Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Floral Trims Stamp Set and Faux Bleach Technique

For those of you who are interested, I created a video showing how I created this card. However, since Mother's Day has come and gone, I decided to recreate it with a birthday theme and to switch up the color pallete. Here's a look at the card I create in the video.

Head on over to my YouTube channel to check it out or you can watch it below.


I began with a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper and stamped one of the images from Floral Trims onto it using Black Soot Archival Ink. I then ink blended over the stamped image using Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and Villainous Potion. I created a gradient from dark to light with Villainous Potion on the far left hand side, Dusty Concor in the middle and Shaded Lilac on the right.

I then took a waterbrush and removed the ink from inside the stamped image to create the faux bleach effect. I made sure to wipe off the brush frequently to prevent just moving the ink around and I used a paper towel to dab up the areas where I applied the water to help remove the ink.

Next, I took the script stamp from Exquisite and stamped just parts of it along the right hand sided using Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Ink. I then splattered the panel with water using a brush to create small water droplets and dried the paper.


Now for the stencil work. I took the hexagon stencil from Mini Stencils Set 55 and sprayed it with Villainous Potion Spray Stain and then a bit of water. I then placed some torn paper towels on my card front at a angle creating a mask of sorts so that only the hexagon area would apply ink to the paper and not the solid border area. I then dabbed over the stencil with a paper towel. I did this in the top left and bottom right hand corner. I then dried the ink with my heat tool.  I then inked the edges with a bit of Villainous Potion Distress Ink.

For a bit more texture and interest, I then placed the stencil back over the areas where I had done the mono print and applied Distress Translucent Crackle Paste through the stencil. I then set the paper to the side to allow the paste time to crackle and dry. You can just barely see the effect this created  in the photos, so if you'd like to see a video that really captures how it looks, make sure to pop over to my Instagram to check it out.

To embellish the card, I used the Sizzix Woodland Stems to die cut a piece of vellum. I trimmed off just a bit of the stem and then adhered it to my card using Distress Collage Medium. For the sentiment, I die cut the word happy from white cardstock that had been run through my Xyron Sticker maker before I die cut the word. I then stamped the words Mother's Day using black ink and the Celebrate Expressions Stamp Set onto white cardstock. I completed the card by adhering some clear water droplets using Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by! Whether or not you're making a Mother's Day card, I hope you'll give this Faux Bleach Technique a try.


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