Marble Painting + New Distress Color

Hi there, crafty friends. Today’s cards showcases the new distress color and features a fun technique…

Say hello to Saltwater Taffy. It’s such a happy color and a great addition to the Distress line. Just like with any of the new Distress colors, Saltwater Taffy comes in a variety of mediums. There is the Distress Ink pad and the refill, The Distress Oxide ink pad and the refill, the distress spray stain, the distress oxide spray, distress paint, and the distress embossing glaze. There is also an enamel pin that is available but I have mine already displayed on my corkboard.

Anytime I receive a new color, I like to just play and experiment with each medium and I thought it would be perfect to pair up with today’s technique which is marble painting.

I’m excited to bring more video content in 2022. You can watch the video on how I created these cards HERE or click on the video below…

Marble painting is super easy. To do this technique, you will need a box to hold your paper, a few marbles, some plastic cups to hold each medium, and plastic spoons. To start, I added an 8.5 x11 piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock inside of a box and added some Saltwater Taffy Distress Ink paint inside a plastic cup. I have a variety of marble sizes to give different looks and chose one to place inside the cup and swirl around in the paint. Once it’s coated, I lift it out with the plastic spoon and dropped it on the paper. Then I tilted the box from left and right to get the marble moving and create a random pattern. I repeat the process until I’m happy with the result and then move on to the next medium. I did heat set between each medium but you don’t have to do that. It all depends on the look you are going for. Distress products react with water so I encourage you to just play and have fun.

It creates such a cool background…

After the marble painting was dry, I cut the sheet of paper into four A2 sized panels. I decided to add an additional color to one of the panels. There are so many great combinations that the Saltwater Taffy color would pair up nicely with, but my favorite color to add to it is salvaged patina. I repeated the marble print process with salvaged patina distress spray stain and the distress oxide spray.

I die-cut the Cloudy Frames die from the background. I adhered it to a card base but added a few extra layers underneath the frame portion to make it stand out. I like die-cutting a background piece like this because it keeps the background as a whole but adds some interest. I die-cut the sentiment from the Hello Crafty Friend die using black and white glossy paper. If you haven’t used black and white glossy paper, I encourage you to give it a try. It gives the look of heat embossing and catches your eye. I finished off the card by adding a paintbrush from the art supplies die set.

For the second card…

I thought it might be fun (since Distress Ink reacts with water) to coat an entire piece of paper with Distress Ink, place a marble in water and do the same process as the first one. I did this several times, tilting the box back and forth. It didn’t give crisp lines like the first print because the water spread and pooled out more but I love how it turned out with the spots that looked bleached…

I embossed the postage stamp die using an embossing mat in my die-cut machine. This just makes an impression of the die instating of cutting it. Next, I cut the Chunky Heart Trio die from one of the extra marble panels from the first print. I also cut the outer frame from some teal cardstock. I finished off the card by adding a hugs die-cut word from the hug/hugs die and stamping a sentiment under the word from the coordinating hug/hugs stamp set.

Before I go, I wanted to mention a couple of things…

*The first is about clean up. The plastic cups I used came with lids. I found these at the grocery store and they are meant for small snack containers. The lids are great if you have a bit of extra medium that you want to use later. I closed mine up to save for later that day and created additional prints. I rinsed out the cups when I was finished and will reuse them. I let the marbles soak in warm soapy water and wiped them off.

*Also, this is a great technique is a great way to get your kids involved with crafting. I’ve done this in the past with my son and had him create marble prints that I turn into cards to give out to family members. If your kids are young, I suggest giving them a box with a lid to contain the mess. I used to do this technique with my class when I was a preschool teacher.  It was always a hit and it helps strengthen their fine motor skills.

I hope this has inspired you to try marble painting.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!

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