If you get some time to play, here's an idea that's not only fun to do, but in the end, you'll have marbled paper for making cards, tags, journals, little books, etc. I've made this several times, and each time the results have been really different and unique.
It's a great project --both for paper artists and for moms who want a fun project to do with their kids.
- Shaving cream (The cheap white kind works well. Don't use gel. )
- A pan or tray (I get some great plastic platters at the dollar store.)
- Liquid paint or re-inkers
- Cardstock (cut into manageable sizes for use on cards, journals, etc.)
- An old credit card or gift card
- A toothpick or capped ballpoint pen
- Paper towels
- Wax paper or parchment paper
Here we go:
With the toothpick or pen, swirl through the paint drops to create the marbling. (Don't spend too much time swirling, as the colors may become muddy.)
Lay a piece of cardstock onto the shaving cream, and press it well into the shaving cream. (I use cardstock pieces that are about 4x6 or 5x7 inches.)
Lift the cardstock and scrape the shaving cream off with the old credit card.
Set the piece aside to dry on some wax paper or parchment paper. After a little while, you can wipe off the remaining shaving cream with a paper towel.
You can repeat at least one or two more times, re-swirling the ink in between. The first piece usually has the most intense color.
Now you have some pretty, marbled cardstock that smells good too.
The examples in the first photo of finished pieces were made with dye inks (re-inkers-- Posh Impressions Inkabilities.) The green examples were made with acrylic craft paints, (I have only used water based paints and inks for this project, so I'm not sure how other kinds of paints would work with it.)
This project is a little messy, but being prepared with some pre-torn paper towels helps a lot. Also, have the wax paper or parchment paper laid out, ready to receive the cardstock. Cleanup is a breeze in the warm months. I just take the tray out to the yard and hose it off.
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