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Stamping with Household Cleaners

I hope you're ready to play and have fun because that's what these techniques involve. Warning: Before you begin either technique, put on old clothes since you will be working with household cleaners that might ruin them. You may also want to wear rubber gloves if your hands are sensitive to these products.


Materials needed:

  • Automatic liquid dishwasher soap-Cascade Lemon liquid soap was used for most of our examples
  • Stamps of your choice
  • Colored cardstock of choice-not white or pastel
  • Small bowl


  1. Squirt one to two tablespoons of the automatic liquid dishwasher soap in a small bowl. **One of our designers poured the automatic soap on a sponge and used the sponge as an inkpad.
  2. With your finger, spread/paint the soap on the rubber stamp image. Don't overdue the amount you put on the stamp or you will end up with a blob of white and your image will not be recognizable.
  3. Stamp the image on your cardstock. The soap will give you the image and seep out around the image lines.
  4. When you are done with each stamp, clean it with water and an old toothbrush so the soap won't deteriorate the rubber on the stamp and the soap between its crevices and lines will be removed.
  5. Allow the soap to dry on your card and you will be amazed at the outcome.


  1. Practice and play on old cardstock first. Some stamps lend themselves to this technique better than others.
  2. Don't overload your stamp with the soap.
  3. The soap will sometimes change the color of the cardstock under your stamped image. For instance, take a look at the blue Christmas tree on green cardstock.
  4. As soon as you are done with an image, make sure you wash your stamps well to remove all the soap.
  5. It is possible to cut through the dried stamped image without having the dry soap flake off the cardstock.


There are actually two ways to do this. The first method will result in a more muted image as opposed to the sharper image produced using the second method. Either method may produce a different colored image; it depends on how the bleach reacts to the dyes in the cardstock or the color of the dye ink applied to the cardstock. For instance, check out the orange spiders on the Halloween card. When you view the examples below, try to guess which method was used and then click on the card to read the directions and see if you were right.

Materials needed:

  • Bleach
  • Piece of light colored felt-about 5" x 8"
  • Colored cardstock of choice-not pastel
  • White cardstock if you use the second method
  • Dye inkpads if you use the second method-pigment ink will not work
  • Stamps of your choice
  • Old plate or shallow container

Directions for 1st method:

  1. Fold the felt in half. Over a sink, pour bleach on the felt until both sides are saturated and place it in a flat bottomed container. This will act as an inkpad so don't have the bleach seeping out of the felt. If you do have too much bleach on it, gently wring it out.
  2. Tap your stamp on the felt as you would do with an inkpad and then onto your cardstock.
  3. As the bleach dries, you will see the imprint of your stamped image. Again, the dye in the cardstock will determine your result. There is certain cardstock that this technique won't work on at all. Those are few, however.
  4. If you don't like the result you have achieved, you can try other colors and types of cardstock. Each one will give you a different result so play with it.
  5. Make sure the bleached image is dry before you start assembling your card.
  6. After you are done with each stamp, clean it with water and an old toothbrush.

Directions for the 2nd method:

  1. Using a dye inkpad, rub the ink onto the white cardstock. If your inkpad is felt, press down hard and rub vigorously. Make sure no white shows through and the ink is evenly spread.
  2. It is advisable to place your piece of cardstock under something heavy so it doesn't curl while it dries.
  3. Make sure the inked card is completely dry before you stamp on it.
  4. Now, follow directions #1, #2 and #3 above. Your image will turn out whiter than in the first method.
  5. Make sure your bleached image is dry before you start assembling your card.
  6. Again, after you're done with each stamp, clean it with water and an old toothbrush.


  1. Just like the automatic dish soap, you will end up with a blob of white instead of an exact image if you have too much bleach on your stamp.
  2. When you tap your stamp on the felt pad be careful not to get the bleach on your fingers or fingernails. This could cause unwanted white marks on the cardstock.

Please view our cards made with bleach; just click on each to read the directions. Remember to guess which method was used before you read the instructions. ENJOY YOUR PLAY SESSIONS!!!

(click image to see full size card and details):

Dana's St. Patrick's Day card Mary's Homer/Maple Leaf card
Mary's Spider Halloween card


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