Bleach Pen Shirts

Here’s a couple shirts I made using a bleach pen. I have a couple more planned and I will add them when I get done with them. Funny thing is I bought some bleach pens to clean my hub’s white dress shirts and the idea hit me to decorate a shirt with it. Of course I am not the only one who thought about this.

I went to the craft store and picked up a cotton tshirt. I had this stencil that I bought some time ago not realizing it was so big so it doesn’t work for card making. Ah ha I can use it to make a shirt. One important part I almost forgot is you need something between the front and back of the shirt so the bleach doesn’t soak through. I used a piece of cardboard that I just slipped the shirt over. I used painters tape to keep the stencil down.

One tip is make sure you shake up the bleach pen and do a bit of a test to make sure it is coming out gel like and not to runny. You want the bleach to kind of sit on the shirt and not seep around under the stencil.

You have to work kind of fast and you need to kind of think it out a bit ahead of time. So wherever you put the bleach first is where it will bleach out the most. You can use this to help make your design.

I just colored in the stencil with a bleach pen fairly quickly and removed it right away when I was done with the bleach pen. I washed off the stencil right away. Then I just kept checking the shirt to see how it was looking. You don’t know for sure what color it will bleach to. Once it got to a color I liked I rinsed it out with cold water and it is probably a good idea to wash it in cold water as soon as you can. I was pretty pleased with my first attempt.


Here is the second two I made. I was going to see my sister so I made her a couple. The butterfly has a bit of a smudge because the bleach came out to thin but I am pretty pleased with these two also. I have more stencils to try and a different bleach pen kind of thing to do.


Sloth Birthday

Sloth Birthday

Here’s a little card I made for my son for his birthday. He turned 27 this year. When I saw this stamp pop up over at Hero Arts I had to get it. When my son went to Costa Rica a few years ago he really liked the sloths so of course he was going to get a card made with this stamp.

The card base – I embossed it with an embossing folder and went over it lightly with some darker brown ink.

I first stamped the sloth. Then I made a mask of the sloth and branch to cover it so I could ink over a stencil to create kind of a jungle look. The sloth is colored with Copics.

The sentiment is die cut.


  • Embossing Folder – Sizzix Tim Holtz Woodgrain
  • Sloth & Branch – Hero Arts stamp Sloth (H6232)
  • Stencil – Hero Arts Long Leaves (SA062)
  • Sentiment – Spellbinders Sentiments One (S2-082)


Christmas Layering Bird

Here is the card that started it all. That is multiple slightly different versions of this. I made this for Hero Arts Scramble 161 10/14/17. I made several of these and never described them or blogged them. Oh no how could that be? I thought I blogged about every card since I created my blog. I wonder how many others I forgot to do? Ha! Anyway on to the card.

Hero Arts Scramble 161

  • Background – I stamped the poinsettia’s in Versamark using the Hero Arts set Color Layering Dimensional Bird (CL906). The berries are obviously red ink.
  • The branch – I stamped the branch then die cut it using the dies (DI153) that go with the set mentioned above. The branch stamp and die seem a bit miss matched so I fixed it up a bit by coloring it.
  • The bird – I stamped the bird using the same set. It is fun because all the different areas on the bird are seperate stamps so you can make it nice and colorful. I stamped a second top wing and die cut it for a little bit of layering. The feet also are cut out with a die.
  • The sentiment – Guess what? It is from the same set. Just stamped on the background.


Christmas Bird - County Fair Entry

This is the version that I put aside and entered at our county fair.


Which One is Different?

These are all the versions I made with very slight differences. If you would like to comment on which one you like best that would be nice. Just use a number for reference for example card 3.

County Fair Cards

Here is a look at the four cards I entered at the county fair. This is my third year entering.

The categories are:

  • Other
  • Birthday
  • Thank You
  • Holiday

Below I will describe how I made the cards and how I did at the fair. But first… Here’s a little question for you.

Card 1

Hello Happy Mail - County Fair Entry

Other Category – Hello

  • Background – ink blending
  • Background die – Memory Box Bengal Background
  • Butterflies – Hero Arts Antique Engravings (CL383). I heat embossed the butterflies, colored them and then sprayed them with Sheer Shimmer Spritz.
  • Sentiment – Lawn Fawn Die Scripty Hello. I cut out the Hello using black paper then put some Nuvo Crystal Glaze over it.

Card 2

Bouquet Birthday - County Fair Entry

Birthday Category

  • Background – Stamped with a Heidi Swapp Script stamp
  • Flowers – White heat embossed with WPlus9 Kind Soul set. Colored with Prismacolor pencils. Flower arrangement hand cut.
  • Sentiment – Die cut with an Elizabeth Crafts die called Happy Birthday strangely enough.

Card 3

Sunflower Thank You - County Fair Entry

Thank You Category

  • Background – Embossed with a Paper Studio embossing folder and inked.
  • Flower – Die cut using Hero Arts Paper Layering Sunflower (DI435). Colored added using Oxide Distress ink and on the leaf veins a copic pen.
  • Sentiment – Die cut with a Spellbinder die called Thank You (S1-020). Paper colored with  Oxide Distress ink.

Card 4

Christmas Bird - County Fair Entry

Holiday Category

Wow I made several of these and never wrote up and blogged about the making of this card.

  • Background – I stamped the poinsettia’s in Versamark using the Hero Arts set Color Layering Dimensional Bird (CL906). The berries are obviously red ink.
  • The branch – I stamped the branch then die cut it using the dies (DI153) that go with the set mentioned above. The branch stamp and die seem a bit miss matched so I fixed it up a bit by coloring it.
  • The bird – I stamped the bird using the same set. It is fun because all the different areas on the bird are seperate pieces so you can make it nice and colorful. I stamped a second top wing and die cut it for a little bit of layering. The feet also are cut out with a die.
  • The sentiment – Guess what? It is from the same set. Just stamped on the background.

So I got a little spoiled my first year and maybe a little my second year. This time I did not do as well but that is ok. You can’t win every time and there are some good cardmakers out there. It is a lot of fun to just share your cards.

Drum roll…. My flower Thank You card is the only winner. It got a 3rd place and Judges Favorite.

Thanks so much for participating in the poll if you did. Thanks for making it to the bottom if you hung in there. And thanks for being supportive!


Watercolor Sympathy Cards

Recently my aunt passed away so I wanted to make a card for each of my cousins. I spent a lot of time growing up at their house. My cousin Susie and I were born 18 days apart. My aunt had  alzheimers. I mention this because one time I went to visit and they had her at my cousin’s house for Thanksgiving day. It happened to be my aunt’s birthday. She did not talk rationally but was helping dry dishes. We decided to sing Happy Birthday to her and she piped right in singing it perfectly. Music is pretty amazing even when the mind is not what it used to be.

Here is the three cards I made for my cousins.

Sympathy in Blue

For this one I made the flower panel some time ago and thought it was nice for a sympathy card. I watercolored the background on watercolor paper. I heat embossed the flowers in white over that with a Rubbernecker stamp. I cut around the image using a Spellbinders die. The sentiment is stamped using a Paper Smooches set.

When I made this panel I was trying out Jennifer McGuire’s block watercolor stamping techinque.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps – Petunias
  • Paper Smooches Set – Sympathy Sampler
  • Spellbinder Die – Marvelous Squares

Sympathy Watercolor Flowers

The technique for this card was a fun one. I colored on a Hero Arts stamp and misted it just a bit and then stamped. I really like the look. Then I decided to make a frame for those flowers.  I die cut a deckled rectangle from a watercolor panel. I used the same green as the flowers to color the frame. The sentiment is simply stamped on the frame.


  • Hero Arts Flower Stamp – Exotic Bloom (H5424)
  • Spellbinder Die – Large Deckled Rectangles
  • Hero Arts Sentiment Stamp Set – Everyday Sayings (CL432)

Magenta Azalea Sympathy Card

And the third one.. I stamped these pretty flowers on some watercolor paper. I colored them using Zig Clean Color Pens. I stamped over that with a really light ink using a text background stamp. Then I realized the text was not going the direction I wanted it to. So you turn the card and it is all good. I think this image would look better going horitzontal but it would bug me way more to have text going sideways so here it is.  The sentiment is stamped using some nice bold black ink (probably Versafine onyx black).

One time when my hub saw a card I made with text he said you can’t read it. Yes I use text from another language on purpose . That’s the way, uh-huh uh-huh I like it, uh-huh, uh-huh!


  • Flower – Magenta Azalea
  • Text – Impression Obsession French Text
  • Sentiment – Hero Arts Everyday Sayings (CL432)
  • Zig Clean Color Pens

a2z Safari Birthday

Howdy I’m over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog today with my first post as an a2z Scrapbooking design team member. This is my first time being on a design team and I am excited to be part of the team and share some cards over at a2z Scrapbooking. The theme for this month’s challenge is Birthday Bash. It’s always good to have some birthday cards made up ready to go. Here is the card I made.

For the background of my card I did some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks in Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade.

The grass is stamped many times with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink. The grass stamp is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2017 set along with the safari animals. This set is no longer available but you can get the Safari Huge Thanks clear stamp set in the a2z Scrapbooking Store that has all the animals and the tree that are on my card. The animals, birds and tree are all stamped using Distress Oxide ink Gathered Twigs.

For the frames I used Hero Arts Nested Frame Cuts Ovals to cut them. The inner frame is just some brown paper. The inner frame was actually my husbands idea when I was showing him my card for my post. I liked it! For the top frame I first stamped the sentiment on a piece of yellow paper using Hero Arts set It’s Your Day and heat embossed it with brown embossing powder. I had to go over that at the end with a black Copic marker to make it stand out a little more. Then I stamped with the Hero Arts background stamp Mud Cloth Bold Prints using Distress Oxide ink in Gathered Twigs. It needed a bit of fixing so I ink blended over it with Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade ink. I liked the look and went with it.


Take a look at the a2z scrapbooking store which carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more before shipping. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in the store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

Merry Monday Challenge #296

Sadly this is the last Merry Monday challenge and I actually got one done for it. Their theme for challenge #296 was rustic. I enjoyed their challenges and I appreciate them keeping that going for many years. Life gets busy and sometimes you have to let something go. Here is my last one for Monday Merry.

Merry Monday Challenge #296

So here is my rustic card. Maybe not traditional colors but I think it has a rustic feel. I have had the paper pad used in the background for quite some time and I keep trying to use it and nothing seems to match. Finally it made it to a card.

I cut three Hero Arts wreaths out using dies. As you can see the two brown ones make up the wreath base. The little blue/green pieces behind the pinecones are from another style wreath I cut out from paper that is also part of the same paper pad. I cut it apart so it would be more like branches. I wanted to put a pine type branch behind the pinecones but when I went to use the die it was missing. It might be the one I flipped in a corner with a bunch of stuff and haven’t dragged everything out to find it. Now might be the time. The pinecones are from the same Hero Arts set.

Update: I moved many scrapbooking project boxes, a basket of scrapbook albums and sleeves with paper and/or projects and finally found the missing die. It was in the big basket of albums which is one of the first things to get pulled out. Now it is vacuumed and dusted in the corner!

The sentiment is cut using a die that I really like and have used many times. I cut it out of just enough of the pinecone paper to barely fit the die on. Whew.


  • Dies for the wreath – Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero set
  • Die for the Sentiment – Find It Trading Merry Christmas
  • Paper Pad – DCWV Winter in the Woods

Merry Monday #288

Merry Monday #288

I am happy to say I got one done for the Merry Monday Challenge. It was challenge #288 with a theme of no stamping this week. I was excited to use this die set for the first time. So cute.

The background is done with a stencil, Versamark and sparkly embossing powder. I inked the background and the edges of the snowy hills. The rest is die cuts.

  • Stencil – Memory Box Tiny Snowflakes
  • Embossing Powder – Judikins Iridescent Sparkle
  • Die Cut Set – Sizzix/Tim Holtz Home for the Holidays (662419) – I used some wood grain papers for the trim on the car and the sentiment. I also had some foil paper for the bumpers, tires and gift.