Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Take It, Make It - June Challenge

So, my summer vacation has started and I'm not only feeling crafty, I also got plenty of time to be crafty! The weather is cold and rainy here in Sweden and I found another challenge!!  It's the Take It, make It June Challenge. I read about the challenge a while ago in the magazine Craft Stamper to which I have been subscribing to for some years. Since I love the Magazine I decided to have a look at their blog and the challenges.

The June challenge is about a technique showcased in the July issue of the Craft Stamper magazine. Hels Sheridan invented a technique called Bleach Blocking. In short, you remove some of the ink from a background made with Distress Inks. She removed the ink with the rectangular blending tool and the 'bleached out' areas appeared in blocks. Hence Bleach Blocking.

At first I thought it was kind of dull to make only blocks in the background (when you can make flowers!) so I tried to remove the ink through a stencil as well. I also turned the wet stencil over and used it as a stamp. I like the outcome of all three attempts. With all the embellishments added later on, the blocked background is calmer than my floral ones. And not dull at all, actually!

I ended up using some of my favourite things on these cards. I love purple, orange and white together (added some more white by embossing a floral stamp in white and by splashing some white Dylusions spray on the panel). I love this floral stencil from TCW. I have used it in all my latest project and I will keep on using it! I love the sentiment "don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle" and I have been waiting for a project to use it in. Actually, another sentiment would have been better here but I couldn't think of another one.

I also ended up using some of my least favourite things! The flowers I used are made for children and were really cheap. They are very colorful and I have regretted buying them. I must have seen their potential because I thought they worked out very well when used one colour at a time!

The distressed backgrounds

The bleached backgrounds.
The blocked ones in the background,
the stencil bleached ones to the left,
the one stamped with the stencil to the right.

Gluing everything together!

The horrible, but in a way lovely weather!

The cheap flowers!

The blocked background


The stencil bleached background 

The stencil stamped background

STAMPS:Pinkpaislee - Indigo Bleu - 00623 clear stamps
Kaisercraft - CS752 Script
Distress Ink Pads - dried marigold, dusty concord, ripe persimon, gathered twigs,
Hi-Boss Embossing Stamp Pad
Embossing Powder - White
Dylusions Ink Spray - White linenSTENCIL:
??? - bought it second hand and I got the wrong name
Cheap flowes from ÖoB


  1. Lovely backgrounds! Thanks for joining us at the Take It Make It Challenge. ~ Renee xxx

  2. You look like you had sooo much fun with these backgrounds, and they look awesome.
    Thank you for joining us at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge.
    Dot x

  3. Beautiful backgrounds each and everyone Pelargonnia :-)
    Thank you so much for joining us over at the Take it Make it challenge.
    Tracy xxx

  4. Goregous backgrounds and very pretty makes. Thanks for sharing with us at the Take It Make It Challenge. Elizabeth x

  5. Gorgeous backgrounds .... such pretty colours. Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper TIMI challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

  6. Stunning cards! Lovely backgrounds! Thank you for joining the challenge at Craft Stamper!


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