Technique Tuesday #8

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. Each Tuesday I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags.

This week’s technique: MARBLING CARDSTOCK WITH SHAVING CREAM & COLORING.

*Please note: this is a bit of a longer post with quite a few pictures.

I recently read an article about creating marbled paper. This involved swirling shaving cream with a color of some sort ~ reinkers, paint or even food coloring. It seemed either too complicated or too good to be true. But I wanted to give it a try and I’m happy to report that marbling paper with shaving cream is indeed so easy and you end up with a unique background paper for your projects.

You will need: shaving cream {just buy the inexpensive brand ~ no need for anything fancy here but be sure that it is the white foam type not the gel}, coloring of your choice, plate or pan for mixing, a toothpick or wooden skewer, spatula, ruler, white cardstock, waxed paper or parchment paper to lay the paper on for scraping, rubber gloves {optional but a good idea unless you want stained fingers, oops!}.

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Spray the shaving cream onto your container. Then use the spatula to smooth the shaving cream a bit, creating a flat surface bigger than your cardstock.

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Put drops of coloring all over the shaving cream ~ use as many colors as you like! Use the toothpick to marble the ink by simply drawing random designs all over the shaving cream and coloring. Don’t over mix ~ you want to keep that nice swirly pattern.

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Press the paper down onto the shaving cream. You don’t want the paper to sit for long as it will start to get too wet.

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Gently lift the paper off the shaving cream from one corner. It should look like this.

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Now it’s time to scrape off the shaving cream either into the sink or garbage can. Use the ruler and starting at one corner, scrape off the shaving cream in one sweeping motion to reveal the pretty design. You can keep repeating this process until the colors get too mixed. Now you just need to let the pieces dry before using them on your projects.

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The blue/yellow combination was done with paints, the purple with a reinker and the pink, purple and yellow was done food coloring. Honestly, I really couldn’t see a difference in the final product with whichever coloring was used. The only thing I did notice is that it takes a little longer to swirl the paint colors because they are so much thicker.

Hints:

*I also tried using this technique with letterpress paper and the results were fantastic!

*To marble the flap on an envelope, just put a piece of light tack tape on the front of the envelope along the flap fold, do this technique and then peel off the tape. How nice to have a pretty envelope flap and then open it up to find a matching card inside! I did find the flap was a little wrinkled after it dried but a light ironing smoothed it out.

*Don’t rinse the paper with water as it will lighten the ink {unless you do want it lighter}.

*If you find the paper starts to curl as it dries, don’t worry. Just place a book or something flat and heavy on it and this should help. It will end up lying flat when it’s adhered to your project anyway.

*You could also dry emboss the marbled paper after it’s dry.

*This could even be a fun craft idea to do with the kids 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

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2 comments on “Technique Tuesday #8

  1. Kim HENDERSON says:

    Looks like fun – and such great directions & photos! I love the card flap idea too.
    Way to go Erin 😊

    Sent from my iPad

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