CAS Mix Up April Challenge - happy birthday

Welcome to our new challenge at CAS Mix Up!

Our very talented Designer, Loll, is hosting the challenge this month and her theme is Bleaching. Our wonderful guest designer is our former Designer, 
Mac (The Sweetest of Peas).

I would have never thought of using bleach in my craft room, and I was not sure how it would lift colors from cardstock. Buy I'm telling you, it does work!

If you're not familiar with this technique (like me), please check out the tutorial videos provided on the challenge site.

Here's my card:

Using Bleaching, Sponging, Heat-embossing, Die-cutting, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Stamped the image with dark brown distress oxide ink on Mixed Media paper, and clear heat-embossed it to make a front panel.
2. Sponged the front panel in lavender dye ink with a blending brush.
3. Lifted the colors of the petals from within, using bleach and a cheap small paint brush.
4. Added pink distress ink only to the center of the flowers and spread the ink a little with water.
5. Gold heat-embossed the sentiment.
6. Adhered pearls to the center of the flowers.
7. Die-cut the front panel and glued it onto the card base.

Thanks so much, Loll, for hosting this fun challenge this month!

You have until April 24th to link up your card here. Looking forward to seeing your cards in the gallery!

Stamp: Dotted Bloom (Altenew)
Paper: Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore - 140 lb.), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Dye Ink (Grapesicle - My Favorite Things), Distress Oxide Ink (Ground Espresso - Ranger), Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX Die-namics (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Metallic Gold Rich - Wow), Pearl Basic Jewels (Stampin' Up!), Connect Glue (Gina K)


  1. This is so beautiful and delicate. Great job with the bleach xx

  2. I have been admiring this sweet flower and that soft background, my friend! Adding that bit of soft pink made these flowers look so realistic! Such a serene and beautiful card!

  3. So delicate and pretty, Hideko. Before Susan showed this technique at last year’s retreat, I was so scared to use bleach. But I absolutely love it... so effective in lifting colours.

  4. Beautifully done - the bit of pink added to the flowers is fabulous. This card is CAS perfection in my eyes!

  5. Beautiful bleached stamped cherry blossoms, Hideko. I love how you add back a bit pink color in the center of your blooms, tiny pearls and gold heat embossed sentiment. Pretty soft blended lavender for the background too. Wonderful example of how you can create a CAS design using mixed media products:-) TFS my friend. Stay safe and sending Big Hugs...Nancy

  6. Beautiful, soft, and delicate card Hideko. I love the lavender sponged background with your bleached flowers. The little bit of pink in the center of the flowers with the pearls gives this such an elegant look. Great work, my friend! xx

  7. Another elegant beauty Hideko... So pretty!

  8. You've mastered this technique! So incredibly beautiful:)

  9. Lavender is my favorite shade of Spring, Hideko! It lifted beautifully, too! Bleaching is a technique that I've never used - which is why I love the CAS challenges so much! Thanks for this beautiful example, my friend! xx

  10. Such a dreamy card. Beautiful lifting on the blooms, I'm impressed. The touch of pink brings this card to life ...the promise of hope xx

  11. I love how you delicately 'coloured' the inside of those pretty blossoms Hideko. Great colour combination and blending and one delicate and beautiful card x.

  12. wow, gorgeous Hideko, that tiny touch of colour in your flower is stunning :)

  13. Stunning design Hideko, so soft and pretty.

  14. I've never used this technique Hideko but having seen your beautiful card I may have to give it a go! I love the lavender background you sponged in and the oh-so-delicate colouring in the flower centre - so pure. Wonderful work! Vicky x

  15. WOW! This is CAS with such class! Love how you softly sponged the background and added only a hint of color to the blossoms. This is fabulous!

  16. Popping in to say that I hope you had a lovely birthday on the 12th Hideko, even though we are all isolating? x. I hope you and your family are staying well and safe and sending love and hugs x

  17. Wait, what? It was your birthday?? Oh my how did I miss this?? I hope you had a fabulous one and were spoiled a bit, too. Oh, and your card is just gorgeous!


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