Marbleized Stain Backgrounds

Today I’m sharing a technique for making marbleized backgrounds using Distress Stains by Tim Holtz. I received a few of these for Christmas, and especially wanted to try the new white Picket Fence stain.

1. These are the colors I used: Worn Lipstick, Picket Fence, and Barn Door. I’m ready for Valentine’s Day!

2. I squeezed the bottles to create puddles of stain on my nonstick craft sheet, making sure that the applicator tips didn’t touch the colors of stain that were already on the sheet. *NOTE: You can do this technique by using Distress Ink stamp pads as well. The key to the marbleizing technique, however, is the white stain. Simply rub the stamp pads onto the craft sheet next to the white stain and continue as shown.

3. I took a piece of kraft cardstock and ran it through the puddles, allowing the colors to mix and blend on the cardstock. This was how it looked after absorbing the first round of stain. I decided that I wanted more coverage, so I wiped my sheet clean and added more stain puddles.

4. In order to help the cardstock absorb the stain more quickly and help the colors blend, I gently spritzed the cardstock with water. My water had a small amount of Perfect Pearls in it which added a lovely shimmer to the background. I continued adding layers of stain until I was happy with the background and dried the cardstock with my heat tool.

Here’s the finished card. I stamped gently onto the marbleized background using Barn Door ink with the heart from Back to the Basics. The bold swirl paper is from our product partner Canvas Corp.

I went digging through my stamps to see what I could put together to create a unique sentiment. I stamped the square from Bold Blocks and added the sassy handwritten phrase from Sigh Gush Gasp. A little extra glitter gel pen on the sentiment and some Scrappers Spools from Karen Foster Design were the final touches. I can’t wait to try new color combinations with this marbelizing technique. Be sure to share your projects if you give it a try!

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  1. Agata says:

    Gorgeous project! Love this marbled bg!

  2. jill says:

    Looooooooove the title you ended up with, Jolene. Very creative. Great project.

  3. Janet Zeppa says:

    What a wonderful technique and card!

  4. stephanie says:

    Great technique.

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