Here we are, Thanksgiving week, and I've got a Christmas Tree card with a twist, perfect for your favorite member of the Armed Forces, your favorite hunter, or anyone who lives in their camouflage. As often happens, when experimenting in crafting, I totally stumbled on this look. It's not what I had intended but I have to admit, I kind of like it. Ok, I like it a lot. In fact, I plan on giving this to my retired Army Dad. He will love it. Don't forget, Two Paper Divas is having a storewide 40% off sale. It's the perfect time to snag some amazing stamps at Black Friday prices! Gift yourself or a crafty friend.
So how did this come together? There was a fantastic bleach technique, stamping with bleach, in the Fall issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine, written by the late, great Christy Riopel. Basically, This technique works best on black cardstock, and I'm using the Neenah brand today. I added a very thin layer of bleach in a ramekin dish and dipped my ornament stamp in the bleach, stamping onto black cardstock in levels, to form a Christmas Tree. After I finished stamping, I filled in the gaps with more bleach and a paint brush. Grab a heat embossing tool and dry it for just a minute so the color lightens up.
Next, I tinted my bleach using Green glimmer mist from Spellbinders and Bronze shimmer spray from Bo Bunny, just add a droplet or two. The colors won't mix if you do one color on both sides of the dish. Dip your paintbrush into the green tinted bleach and paint the ornaments. Zap again with your heat tool. Touch up the right side of your ornament with more plain bleach to give a "light" effect". Looks camo now, right? Cool! Next I filled in the bronze tinted bleach in the gaps because it actually comes out with a light gold sheen. Very pretty in person. Zap again with your heat tool and you are done. Be careful not to overheat or you will burn your bleach image. I used a paintbrush to draw in a tree trunk with the bleach as well, and dipped my sentiment in the bleach, too.
I grabbed a white gel pen and a green ultra fine Bic marker to draw in a plaid design on the tree trunk to give it more masculine appeal.
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