Card – marbling with shaving cream technique

I have a nephew who likes Dungeons and Dragons and all fantasy things of that nature. I wanted to use the shaving cream technique to make marbled paper since it had been a long time since I last tried it. I thought it would make a good background for a dragon themed card. I used liquid watercolor paint for my colors. I blended purple, green, black, and brown for the background. Once the paper was dry, I printed some flying dragons on it. Make sure you really clean the paper or the shaving cream will make the ink smear. I lost one dragon to a smear! I used an Exacto knife and an outline image I found online to cut out the dragon for the bottom. The combination of printed and glued dragons gives the card some depth.

The marbled paper is layered on black cardstock and the card base is cream cardstock.

The shaving cream marbling technique instructions can be found on several blogs so I won’t go into that here. You can find instructions here or here or many others places.

I did the technique in the kitchen and scraped the shaving cream into the sink. Clean up was really easy since it all washes down the drain.

My advice is to use unscented shaving cream. I had some with an aftershave scent and the paper carried the scent for a LONG time. I am not sure what my brother’s family is going to think about the smell when they open the card after it spends a couple of days in an envelope going through the mail!

Here’s a basic idea of what the process looks like. I was able to get one really good first paper and one slightly fuzzy with more blended colors second paper each time. You could probably get even more if you wanted to get a more watercolor look in the later papers.

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