Hi, friends! Today I’m here to teach you how to marble with shaving cream. If you’ve done any type or marbling with water and nail polish, you know how incredibly fast it dries and how difficult it is to get a desired result. It’s super fast-paced, almost to the point of being a little stressful. Haha! So when I heard about marbling with shaving cream, I was instantly intrigued because I was hoping there would be a little more wiggle room in the timeframe and control over the finished design.
I’ve seen it done with food coloring, but was curious how it would work with ink instead. I wanted something a little more permanent so I could possibly use it on other surfaces besides paper in the future.
Step 1. Supplies needed:
-inks (I used re-inkers from Studio Calico, but any type of bottled ink will work)
-a flat tool like a spatula
-some plain white card stock
-rubber gloves are optional but recommended (I completed this project with some ink stained hands that lasted for 24 hours—oops!)
Step 2. Use a large plate or small baking dish to spray shaving cream on, creating a surface of shaving cream bigger than your paper.
Step 3. Use a spatula to shape the shaving cream a bit, creating a semi-flat surface.
Step 4. Pour drops of ink all over the shaving cream. Use as many colors as you like!
Step 5. Use a toothpick to marble the ink by simply drawing random designs all over the shaving cream and ink.
Step 6-8. Press the paper down onto the shaving cream. Don’t be shy, really press it down in there!
Step 9. Remove the paper. It should look like this. Time to scrape off the shaving cream. Find a sink or trash can and a spatula!
Step 10. Scrape off the shaving cream to reveal these beautiful patterns! Don’t run water over the paper, it will lighten the ink more than you want. Just scrape the shaving cream off and let it dry!
That was super fun! I made my marbled papers into 3×3″ cards. I really love the finished result! It’s pretty cool that they can be made in any color. I’m thinking this would be an awesome method for customizing the edge of a plain white business card!
I dare you to try this! You’re going to have so much fun. xx. Elsie
Credits// Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.
Also, 2nd question: can you use heat gun to quicken the drying process or will that make the paper curved instead of flattened?
Does it matter what weight of cardstock; does it need to be watercolour paper? Does glossy work or not?
I can’t wait to do them. Great How fun! This looks so cool ? And easy! Thanks for sharing.
How fun! This looks so cool 🙂
How fun! This looks so cool 😀 And easy! Thanks for sharing.
Hey girl! These are awesome! I love love love your idea about the business cards. I am planning to do it myself. What kind of paper did you use? Did you notice any curling or wrinkling to the paper integrity? Do you think at 125 lb cotton or 130 lb linen would hold up to this without losing structural integrity? I am concerned my cards will wave or crimp? What is your experience??
Oh my gosh, FUN! I HAVE to try this with my classroom sometime!
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Step 10. Scrape off the shaving cream to reveal these beautiful patterns!
… Waste not, want not, keep for your legs or your guys face. Beautiful patterns everywhere 🙂 ha ha. This is awesome, Thank You!
Such a lovely idea! And the result is so amazing!
Thank you! xoxo
These are so cute! I especially like that first blue one with the gold letters, so cute!
Wow, it almost looks like whipped cream with food coloring =)
We use food coloring when I do this project with the kids in a chemistry club I volunteer with and the results are great! We then turn their marble creations into name tags 🙂
How fun! This looks so cool. And easy! Thanks for sharing!
these are so cute!
Such a cute idea! I love the effect that it gives 🙂
realy a fantastic idea. i gona try it nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
I would love to try this. Do you have such option for marble print in cloth? It would be a great option for summer scarf.
Ooohh…how cute. Nice spring colors
Please let me know how you go with food colouring as I too was thinking of using the same thing… xo