I have something quite exciting to show you today, well I think it's exciting anyway. More of that in a moment, first my Polka Doodles challenge card, the challenge this week was to create a male themed card. I used the the Pretty Tough CD which allowed me to use my favourite harlequin paper. All the images and papers are from the CD apart from the bottoms which came from The new Candy Doodles CD, which is jam packed with gorgeous images, backing papers, greetings and so much more.
Now onto the new product I have been playing I mean working with, deColourant sold by Mulberry Silks. It's due to be aired on Create and Craft Saturday 31st March at 2pm. DeColourant is a discharge medium, but not just any discharge medium, oh no indeedy. This medium can be used on both natural fabrics as well as paper/card. It's a perfect product for quilters, mixed media artists, fabric artists, altered artists, silk painting artists, stampers, stencillers and journal artists.
Traditionally discharge mediums have used bleach or other nasties, deColourant is non-toxic with not a whiff of bleach anywhere, in fact it has a rather pleasant citrus smell to it. If you get some on your clothes, or you don't like what you have done then you can wash it off, as long as you haven't heated it it will wash out of fabric. It washes off your hands with no problem what so ever and because it's not bleach it doesn't rot the material.
There is also deCourant Plus. This is the discharge medium with pigment in, so it works the same way taking the colour out but leaves the coloured pigment visible so you get a truer more vibrant colour. If you were to use a light coloured fabric paint onto a dark fabric you would normally have to apply a thick coat, which can then feel leathery or crack. Sometimes you may want that texture and that's fine, but when you use deCourant it does not sit on top of the material like most fabric paints, it penetrates into the fibres so when you wash the piece after activating with an iron ( yes iron you read that correctly, Colin got quite excited when he saw me getting the iron out until he realised it wasn't going to be used on clothes lol) all the residue comes off and you are left with the material feeling like is was produced that way, you can't feel any difference to the original hand of that material. It comes in over 60 colours including matallics and a gorgeous pearl. There are also sprays in some of the colours.
As an avid papercrafter I love the way it works on paper and card. It works particularly well on inked card/paper. I don't know about you but I have been disappointed by bleach inkpads in the past, I have found this to be much more reliable. There are still some stubborn cards that don't want to change, but these probably wouldn't change is a nuclear bomb went off. It works on uncoated cardstock and depending on the underlying colour of the paperpulp and the dyes used you can get some really lovely effects. Having said that if you ink clarity card or glossy card with your dye based inks or inkpads it does work very well indeed. It also works with card that has been sprayed with mica spritzers. You can overstamp with your normal inks so if you like collage work it's perfect. Enough waffle, below are pics of deColourant and deColourant plus used of paper, card, handmade paper and cotton, poly cotton, silk and denim.
A silk hanky. I used a stencil for the butterflies and used one of the alium clarity stamps with magenta deColourant plus
Boing, boing, boing time for bed now. Clarity samples next time.