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Stenciling with Bleach and Ink Sprays
By Lynell Harlow

Some of the most fun in scrapbooking can be had in starting and completing a small project in one day! This “topless” album is just such a project and the extra good news is, it’s also what I call a “two-fer.” From one 6x6 post-bound album, you get two mini-albums. Here’s how you do it:

Materials Needed

Undiluted bleach in a fine mist spray bottle

Two colors of ink spray
Pigment ink pads slightly darker in color to complement the ink sprays
1/4" stencil brush
Paper towels
LJ849 tree silhouettes Dreamweaver brass stencil
LG687 flying geese Dreamweaver brass stencil
White or light colored card stock to spray the colored inks onto
You will also need a variety of dark colored card stock to do the bleaching on. Each color of paper bleaches differently, so you will want to experiment to discover which ones bleach the best.
Stenciling backgrounds with bleach: (LJ849 trees)
To create the tree silhouette, position the LJ849 tree background stencil onto the card stock. Hold the bleach filled spray bottle 18-24 inches above the stencil. To spray a fine mist, give the atomizer one downward plunge with your finger. If you want larger droplets, pump the atomizer up and down quickly. Immediately remove the stencil and rinse it with water. To dry it off, place it on a paper towel and gently blot it. Let the bleached card stock dry for a couple of hours before working with it again.
Stenciling with ink sprays and pigment ink pads: (LG687 flying geese)
1. Choose a pale colored card stock and hold the ink spray bottle 18-24 inches above the paper and spray a fine mist of color. Again, just one downward plunge of the atomizer will make the droplets fine. Larger droplets are achieved by pumping the atomizer up and down quickly. Now, center the stencil onto the paper and do the same misting or spritzing above the stencil, letting the mist fall rather than trying to direct the mist into the holes of the design. Remove the stencil and wipe it clean while the ink is drying on the paper.
2. Reposition the clean stencil onto the now dry stenciled geese design. Pick up a small amount of darker colored ink from the pigment ink pad and off-load the excess wetness onto a dry paper towel. This dry-brush technique will keep the ink from running under the stencil and causing a blurred image. Use a rouging circular motion to apply pigment around the edges of each of the flying geese to define and enhance the image.
Sponsor: Dreamweaver Stencils

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