How to Marble Paper

The holiday season is a perfect time to send cards to friends and loved ones near and far. I much prefer sending homemade cards as opposed to the store-bought  alternative. This year, I was looking for something a little different, so I decided to play around with marbling paper to use as an accent on my cards.


  • Barbasol Shaving Cream (don’t use a gel!)
  • A disposable tray
  • Stampin’ Up ink (food coloring works just as well!)
  • Paper towel
  • A device with a straight edge (to use for scraping)
  • A stick to to use for stirring
  • Paper


Step 1: Fill half the tray with shaving cream, about one inch thick.

Step 2: Drop your desired amount of ink or food coloring into the shaving cream.

Step 3: Swirl the shaving cream with your stirring device. The more you stir, the more mixed the colors become.

Step 4: Place the paper face down on the shaving cream and apply light pressure, making sure the entire surface of the paper is in contact with the shaving cream.

Step 5: Carefully pull the paper out of the shaving cream and set on a paper towel. Allow the paper to sit for about a minute. Using your flat edge, scrape the shaving cream off of your paper.

Step 6: Let the marbled paper sit for about an hour to ensure that it is dry!

Step 7: Use your handmade marbled paper as you desire in your holiday cards!

Let me know if you have a better technique or any tips and tricks!





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