Welcome! How about another experiment post today? (I will have a post Tuesday evening for the MFT March Reveal --this is just a share-the-fun post.) I've been playing mad scientist lately, and I have a counter top full of card fronts to show for it. I recently had someone ask if Copic Various Inks (reinkers) could be used with shaving cream for marbelizing paper, and I really didn't know the answer. Hmmm. . . time to find out, right?
Please Note: After making a mess all over my studio, as you can see below, I did some Googling and found THIS POST from 2014 on the Copic Oz Blog, where Kate Palmer made *beautifully* marbled paper. I mean hers doesn't need to be covered up at all, so you really will want to check it out! I'm sure that other people have tried this too; I'm sharing only my brief experience with it--NOT claiming to invent something new.
Clearly, the place to begin was with shaving cream. I chose raspberry so that my studio would not smell like menthol for the next week!
I dripped three colors of Copic Various Inks (R81, RV04, and YR07) onto the shaving cream. They fizzed a bit and made little indentations, but that didn't seem to be a problem. I neglected to take a picture of the next step--I must have been a little to eager to see what was going to happen! Anyway, I used a piercing tool to pull lines through the shaving cream. I wasn't particularly careful about spacing them since my drops of ink had been pretty random.
This was my first sheet of cardstock, still coated with raspberry shaving cream and Various Inks. (Are you curious yet?)
I added a few more drops of ink to what was left in my pan since the ink was a little farther apart on piece one than I wanted it to be after I blotted the shaving cream off of the card stock. Next I grabbed my little piercing tool to run a few lines through the new ink drops.
And here's another half sheet of card stock in its shaving-cream-and-ink bath. You can see that my shaving cream is getting a bit thin in places where the ink has fizzed right through it.
Here's what the second paper looked like before being blotted. You can see that my ink is starting to look a little muddly by this point. The orange is staying put, but the pink is starting to spread and fade.
But after it has been blotted, it doesn't look half bad! So I thought I'd keep going until I was sure that I'd totally exhausted my shaving cream-ink bath.
Here's the next one, and this one is pretty muddy looking. (I have an idea for that though, so I'm not quitting quite yet.)
You can see my first five tries in a row here. I didn't really like number one since the ink was too clumped together still. Number two? Meh--okay. Number three? It's starting to get muddy, but I actually like it better because I have better ink coverage. Four and Five? I think that they still have possibilities. . .
I kept going, knowing that I was WAY past the "pretty point" at this time, but it's all part of the experiment, right? :-} Besides, I still have an idea for rescuing these. . . This would be sheets six through eight. The pattern is much softer by this time, and I'm beginning to wish that I hadn't included the orange ink in my original mix.
What do you think? I let ALL of the papers dry overnight, and then I took the ones that seemed too muddy to be stand-alone pieces and stamped a couple of my MFT background stamps in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white or detail white (for the smaller lines) embossing powder. ( I used Garden Flourish Background and Roses All Over Background.)
Here is my completed card set. I left them blank inside so that my recipient could write her own messages in them, but I used sentiments on the outside that I knew she would find useful. The sentiments are from MFT's NEW Spring Wreath stamp set, which will be available at this link Tuesday night at 10pm EST.
Here's a close up of one of the Garden Flourish cards.
And here is one of the Roses All Over cards--I loved the roses! I think I may play with shaving cream and Various Inks again--as long as I have raspberry shaving cream, that is! Thank you for stopping by today,
Several of you have asked really good questions that I should have addressed when I first wrote this post! I'll answer them below as they come up.
- What kind of paper did you use--regular (absorbent) card stock, or glossy card stock? I used three different kids of regular cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, MFT Smooth White, and X-Press It blending card. There was really not much difference in the way the Stamper's Select White or the Smooth White accepted the ink. The surface of the X-Press It is smoother, and I think that the colors may have been slightly more muted on the X-Press It. (That could also have had to do with order of use though--that's why I don't want to be dogmatic about it.) Anyway, no glossy used here.
- "So, how do you think this compares to creating a watercolor background with re-inkers then embossing your design on top?" I think I had more texture with this technique than I usually have with watercolor washes. Perhaps that is because I have more water in my watercolor washes than I need? A good watercolorist can get some pretty amazing wash effects, and I love those too. But I do think that this gives more texture. Also, if you go look at Kate Palmer's pieces on the Copic Oz blog, she had a very well-controlled marbled effect that I do not think you could achieve with a watercolor wash. My attempts were more random--the "whatever happens, happens" approach. . . ;-)
- "How much do you blot the card stock after you've lifted it up from the shaving cream mix, and do you use paper towels? Just wondering how much so you don't mess up the pretty design." I placed my shaving-cream laden cardstock on a paper towel, and then I placed a second paper towel on top of the shaving cream and pressed straight down, deflating and absorbing shaving cream as I went. I didn't really wipe it--more like blotting it. I had to let it dry overnight, but the ink seemed to stay put pretty well. Hope that helps!