Saturday Stamp Day – Happy Birthday (Faux Marbled Look)

Hello, stampers! Happy Saturday! A while ago I shared a technique on how to do water marbling with nail polish and watercolor paper. This technique is fun but it doesn’t always work, takes up a lot of time and it smells. After dong some thinking I decided I could “fake” a marbled look with Distress Inks and Distress Markers. It’s fast, it’s fun and it doesn’t smell at all! 😉

In the video, I am creating a marbled and foiled card using a bunch of Winnie & Walter goodies.

DSC00461I started out by foiling some gems on a piece of watercolor paper. Creating foiled images is pretty simple and it’s very similar to heat embossing. After stamping some gems from the My Precious stamp set from Winnie & Walter using Versamark ink, I sprinkled on the Bonding Powder from WOW. This is a thick and sticky embossing powder created for foiling. Simply heat set it like you would heat set any embossing powder. Next, grab a piece of foil and place it on the embossed images. After running the paper through your laminating machine or MINC machine, you’re foiled images are finished!

DSC00462For the faux marbled technique you need some watercolor paper that can absorb a lot of water. My personal favorite is the Canson XL Watercolor paper pad. Once you got your watercolor paper, it’s time for the most exciting part: picking out colors. I picked some purple tones and I applied stripes by twisting my mini ink pad. However, any color of Distress Ink will work for this technique. Just play around a bit! As soon as you drew your patterns (this doesn’t have to be perfect and neat) it’s time to spray the colors with water. After you sprayed the colors with a generous amount of water, you can use your heat gun to speed up the drying process of the colors. Next, I wanted to intensify the marbled look so I went in with a Pumice Stone Distress Marker and drew some lines that I sprayed with water afterwards. I also added in a bit of Tattered Rose to mute the grey a bit.

I wanted the marbled look to stand out and shine so I kept my sentiment pretty simple. I used the Sugar Rush set from W&W and heat embossed a sentiment on some black card stock using white embossing powder. It’s no secret I am addicted to sequins so I adhered a few sequins from The Ton on the card.

That’s it for now! See you soon. 🙂 xo


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  1. BEAUTIFUL card Laura!!!
    LOVE your CLEVER marbling technique – THANK YOU for sharing 🙂

  2. Love this beautiful card, Laura! I haven’t tried foiling – yet. Love your marbling – brilliant!

  3. Lovely card, Laura. The marble looks amazing.

  4. That’s gorgeous! I love the way you did the faux marbling, it looks perfect.

  5. I just watched this after bookmarking it eons ago and I LOVE this technique!!

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