Color Wash Faux Bleach Technique

I came across this fabulous technique that I couldn’t wait to share with you! It’s called color wash faux bleach technique and I want to send out a little thank you and a wave to Sherry Cheever for putting together the awesome video for the photo tutorial on Splitcoast showing how to create this beautiful ink effect…

color wash faux bleach

For the pretty panel on my card, I chose to use all A Muse|Studio products including one of our new stamp sets – Modern Zinnia – and our Splash! pigment inks in papaya, mermaid and lime, instead of the water-based inks shown in the video. I wasn’t sure how this would come out since these are pigment inks, not dye/water-based, but I’m very pleased with the results!

color wash faux bleach

HOW DID I DO THIS| So in a nutshell, you would take a piece of white card stock, stamp your image(s) in Versamark Ink, dust image with white embossing powder and heat set with your heat embossing tool. Next, place this panel on some paper towels and spray it randomly with a few different Splash! colors. Take a piece of copier paper and lay overtop of what you just sprayed. Using your iron set to HIGH, iron over top of the copier paper with your panel underneath. This heating with the iron will remove the embossing and leave a fuzzy-ish rendering of your stamped image in white (creating the faux bleach effect with none of the odor or mess of bleach!). When you lift off the copier paper from your stamped/sprayed panel you’ll see this gorgeous effect. The video does a great job of showing you how to do this (and it’s only 6+ minutes long–yay!), but that’s the quick & dirty how-to in my own words.

To finish off the card I used a sentiment from the Say It In Style stamp set stamped in onyx ink + a bit of onyx polka dot organdy ribbon tied to a common paper clip as an embellishment. The base card is melon with a panel mat in mermaid.

I hope you’ll give this cool technique a try next time you’re looking for a little adventure in stamping!


  1. Diane M says:

    Beautiful. I love that you used splash what a great idea! I need to try this.

  2. Wow, this is drop dead gorgeous!! Okay, now I need this complete set … ps. that bright orange would’ve scared me and it’s perfect here 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for your compliments/comments… This was a fun one ladies… give it a try when you have a few minutes, you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

  4. I love love love this card and those colors!!!!

  5. What a beautiful card Kris, so vivid and happy. I just love it!! Can’t wait to try the technique!! XO

  6. Love this technique! Thanks for sharing.