Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Shaving Cream Marbling Technique

This is a fun activity that I used in my preschool classroom for YEARS!  The children loved it and guess what???  Grown ups do too!

Supplies: white cardstock, shaving cream (not the gel kind), reinkers, tray, something to swirl the colors with (I used a wooden skewer), scraper (I used my Pampered Chef tool but a flat spatula, piece of cardboard or even a paper towel would work)

Supplies are assembled and ready to go!  Lets have some messy fun!

Spray a layer of shaving cream on the tray

Add some drops of reinker (food coloring or liquid water colors work too)

Use the skewer (or tool of your choice) to swirl the colors through the shaving cream.  Be care not to stir it or you will lose the marble effect on your finished product

Place your paper on top of the shaving cream and gently pat is down so that the shaving cream compresses a little.  If you need to move your paper to get areas that you missed, just pick it up and lay it down again

Lift your paper off of the shaving cream.  This is what it will look like

Use your scraper (or tool of your choice) to remove the shaving cream from the paper.  Have paper towels handy to wipe your scraper off

This is what the finished product looks like...and the coolest part????  It's dry!!!

A closer view of the marbling

I decided I wanted a second color so I just sprayed a little more shaving cream on top of what I already had on the tray, added a second color (in this picture, it's lagoon that I added), swirled it around & put the paper on it

Same paper as above with the pear swirls on with lagoon being added.  Ready to be scraped

My final product with both colors :)

You may have noticed that I didn't cover my workspace (which happened to be the island in my kitchen)

Super easy way to clean reinkers from my counter top!  Add a little shaving cream....

Spread it around with my hands, wipe it off with paper towels or dish cloth and ......

My counter top is once again clean!!!  **This works GREAT for juice stains as well!**

My two papers that I'll be cutting to make the background for my cards

Here's the finished product!  A quick, easy way to create a unique card! 

**Stamps are both retired stamp sets from Close To My Heart**

If you're interested in picking up some reinkers of your own to try this fun technique, you can visit my website at

Thanks and Happy Crafting!