Make Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream

As many of you know, I really love paper art and paper crafts. It's relaxing and fun, so I'm now trying to make more time for it in my life. Somewhere along this busy road, I left my supplies alone too long in their bins.

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.

Supplies:

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  • 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:

Spread the shaving cream in the tray about an inch deep, and smooth it out (a big enough section for your cardstock to fit on top)
 
Drop a few drops of the paint or ink onto the shaving cream.  I don't use more than 3 colors at a time.

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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.)

Make marbled paper with shaving cream

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.

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    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.  

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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.

  Have fun!

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16 comments

  1. I love this technique too.

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  2. This is so cool. This has been on my to do list for quite awhile but we haven't done it yet. We need to! Thanks!

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  3. My daughter will love this project! Thanks for showing us how! Looks like the beginnings of a fun summer afternoon.

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  4. That looks like a really fun project to do with my kids! Great gift idea too crafters!

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  5. What a fun project! What kid doesn't like to get a bit messy LOL? Thanks for sharing at the party this week! Have a wonderful weekend :-)

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  6. That does look messy. The end result looks really great though.

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  7. what a fun project. The kids would love it! It looks pretty easy and the colors turn out lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I used to do this when I would do a lot of mail-in sweepstakes! I made postcards for the sweepstakes that required that you send in your entry via a postcard. :) It just made entering sweepstakes that much more fun.

    And I used food coloring.

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  9. Ahhhh! We do a version of this with Easter Eggs & whipped cream, but never thought of applying shaving cream to paper! Going to give this a try = love it! Found you at LeMoine Family Kitchen (stop by when you have a chance). :)!

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  10. Wow - that is so cool!!! What a fun idea for interesting paper to use for craft, I love it! :) #HomeMattersParty

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  11. I want to hang out at your house. You do fun things! My kids would love to get messy with this craft.
    Happy to be cohosting the #HomeMattersParty with you this week!

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  12. This looks like so much. And you can get messy and clean at the same time. Love this. Thanks for cohosting on the #homemattersparty

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  13. This looks like a fun craft to do with the kids. I know my kids would have a blast doing it.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty.

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  14. I have been planning to try this technique with pencils to make marbled pencils. Looks so fun. I have some unopened alcohol inks, I think I can try them to make marbled cardstocks. #HomeMattersParty

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  15. I used to be a Stampin' Up demo so I love papercrafts too. I try to get my stuff out once a week and always wanted to try this technique. Thanks for inspiring me! #HomeMattersParty

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  16. This does look cool. I used to scrapbook so much before. Never thought to try this and make my own patterned paper. Thanks! #HomeMattersParty

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I appreciate every comment. Thank you!

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