Sunday, March 5, 2017


I had this unused new set of stamps from Altenew called Magnolias For Her and when I saw the inspiration photo for the Altenew March 2017 Challenge I decided that I would try using this stamp set with a bleached out design and then recoloring it. I used the colors from the inspiration photo. Those colors and any type of flowers always remind me of Spring.

I started out my design by first finding some yellow card stock that would allow the bleach to work well. I then stamped the magnolias with Versamark ink and added black embossing powder before heat setting them. With a small paint brush I added the bleach and got white spaces where the bleach was applied.

After the bleach was completely dry on the card stock I then colored in the images with my Tombow markers and used a blending pen to get a more ombre look. I only chose a portion of the colored design and fussy cut out the areas I wished to use. I used a stacker die set to cut out all the panels including the magnolia one but on the one side I flipped the cut out design over the top of the die so they would not cut through. I then remembered I had some cover plate "oops" leftovers so I used a portion of a white one and incorporated that also in the design. After all the layers were assembled I placed them on a white card base.

Miraculously everything seemed to mesh together quite well and although black was not included in the color scheme in the photo I decided after trying several different colors that the black seemed to make the rest of the card more outstanding.

Dies used:
Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders
Die-Namics Split Chevron Cover-up

I am also entering this in other challenges:
Double D's Challenge-Think Spring
Mod Squad Challenge-Using Bleach and Coloring
Dies R Us Challenge #68-Something New

Well, this was a fun card to do and I hope that I may have inspired you a little bit with it. And, I thank you so much for all the wonderful comments you leave.

God bless,


  1. This card is beautiful, Verna! It has a real WOW factor! I love the vibrant colours! I wish I could use bleach but I can't stand the smell.

  2. I love this card! Look at that geo cool background! I esp love the colors you chose for your magnolias, but that stitch border does pop that whole card out!

  3. Beautifully created, I love every single detail !! Thank you for joining us at Double D!
    Diane DD DT

  4. WOW you have such an eye for colors.

  5. WOWZERS! This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Great job with the bleaching!

  6. Well aren't you the clever one!! This is AWESOME! I'll have to try that technique and your colors are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Think Spring’ challenge as well as the 'Something New' challenge at Dies R Us! We hope you’ll come back often.

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  7. Super card. Verna. Won't ever be trying it though due to the bleach. One of those scents (even the supposed to be unc\scented" that sets me off. :)

  8. Absolutely STUNNING! Beautiful, beautiful colors, gorgeous flowers. I love everything about this beauty! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D Challenge Blog, Donna, DT Member!

  9. Miss Verna, this is show stopping gorgeous. You got such a lovely effect using the bleach on the yellow paper. Love the frame for the background too. Thanks for linking it up at The double D Challenge Blog.
    Kathy DD DT

  10. Lovely coloring of your flowers. This card works for the JUGS Challenge; geometric, too!

  11. I can't begin to understand your directions because it has been so long since I have stamped and there are so many new techniques. However, your card is beautiful, I must say. I wonder why all the magnolias down here are white & MS is the Magnolia state.

  12. LOVE what you have done here. The bleaching and coloring, of course. But also the design, with the fussy cutting of the image and that amazing die cut. This is just a stunning card, my dear. Thanks for playing along with us once again over at the Mod Squad.

  13. Wow, how gorgeous are those Magnolia! Your colors are spot on, Verna! So glad that you join the fun over Altenew March Inspiration Challenge! WONDERFUL!

  14. You got the colors just perfect, Verna, and the black makes them all the more outstanding. I would never have guessed you did the bleaching. It looks like the yellow was colored in. Very pretty! Thanks for including this in our Double D challenge!

  15. Beautifully crafted! LOVE the pop of color against the black background & the bleaching turned out perfectly! Thanks for joining our "Something New" challenge at Dies R Us!

  16. This is stunning!! Beautifully done! Thanks so much for playing along at Double D Challenges!

  17. sooo gorgeous mf...wonderful and will have to give it a try.
    xx Karen

  18. Wow this is so sharp!The colors just pop. SO pretty. I love that technique and have only tried it a couple of times at a friends house. It was fun!

    Have a great day Verna:)

  19. What a gorgeous card Verna, really striking! Hugs, Autumn

  20. Great card! I like the colors and the geometric background.


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