How to Marble with Shaving Cream and Ink!

How to marble with shaving cream and ink! (click though for more details!) 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.

How to marble with shaving cream and ink! (click though for more details!)Step 1. Supplies needed:
-shaving cream
-inks (I used re-inkers from Studio Calico, but any type of bottled ink will work)
-a toothpick
-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!

How to marble with shaving cream and ink! (click though for more details!) 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!

How to marble with shaving cream and ink! (click though for more details!) 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

  • I can’t wait to do them. Great 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??

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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!

  • 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 =)
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  • 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 🙂

  • Such a cute idea! I love the effect that it gives 🙂


  • realy a fantastic idea. i gona try it nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • Hi,
    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

  • Love this, so fun! And it looks doable even for those of us less skilled at crafts 🙂

  • Aahhh I love this so much! Keeping track of all easy home-made art projects for a new apartment. This might be first order of business!

  • I did this with my middle school class last year! We used acrylic paint instead of inks. We did this in the fall, so cut out leaf shapes from cardstock and marbled them with fallish colours. The kids loved it because it was messy, but very cool effect. Yes, the room will smell like shaving cream while painting, but I didn’t find the dried finished products to smell strongly. A great project for all ages!

  • I might have to try this! I had never heard of marbling like this or with nail polish, I have always done it with liquid starch and acrylic paint. It always came out pretty, but if the paper didn’t get rinsed properly, the starch left unattractive spots.

  • LOVE this idea! I thought “Oh, might get complicated!” But NO! Looks so simple to do, but so fun & unique. May need to try this if I have a dinner party and need name plates. 🙂

  • Looks so nice!

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  • Funny:-)
    So now shaving foam has a total different meaning to me:-)

  • I do this project with my preschool art class! Such a fun project for them to get messy with.

  • The nail polish marbling DIY has never worked for me – I don’t know what it is, but I can not get the hang of it!
    This technique seems much easier, and I love the way yours turned out! I’m tempted to try it out in a canvas board.


  • Love this idea!I definitely am going to give that a shot!!!
    Creates such beautiful textures!

  • You are so creative! That looks great 😀

  • Oh my goodness this sounds like the coolest idea! I’ve got to give this a try in future artworks. x

  • love this… so pretty, and easy to do…


  • Girls! this is amazing!
    Shaving cream ; )
    I will try, yes i need to try this for my project life album

  • SAVED!

    Love this, so creative. Will try it out next Sunday 🙂

    With love,

    Hayley ♥

  • This is why shaving cream rocks.

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  • Awesome. I gotta try that on business cards (ran out of…)!
    Thx for sharing!

  • Neat idea! Definitely gonna try this.

  • Oooh interesting, what a cool idea. I don’t have ink, so perhaps I could try this with food coloring & shaving cream.

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  • excellent idea and beautiful colors!! i love that it is conservative with the many marbling techniques become a tremendous waste of ink/paint and materials!

  • It’s umbelivable – such a great idea!

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  • This looks sooo good…so nice idea!I will try it for sure…Thanks for sharing it ^_^

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  • But since you’re using shaving cream, does it leave the paper smelling like the shaving cream? I will definitely try this idea! I loved the result, but my only concern is the smell.

  • very cool ideas, love it! can’t wait till the summer so I can start scrapbooking and using all of your ideas!

  • Oh my gosh, FUN! I HAVE to try this with my classroom sometime!

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  • Oh my gosh, FUN! I HAVE to try this with my classroom sometime!

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  • What a fun idea! However, I’m a fan of ice-cream, I would’t resist myself to throw it for some DIY.

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  • Wow this brings a whole new perspective on scrap-booking and making cards for me. I’m off to make cards. Thanks

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