Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 2016 CAS MIx Up Challenge

Hello friends.  The challenge this month over at CAS Mix Up is to use marbling on your card.  I haven't used this technique since the first year I started stamping back in 1999, so I took the refresher course and watched the Gina K video.  It was a fun but messy technique, and this is what I came up with:

I've been in Christmas mode lately, so I used Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Old Olive & Certainly Celery re-inkers to come up with my marbleized paper.  I heat embossed in black my sentiment from Penny Black (Yuletide Wishes), die cut my marble layer and cherry cobbler layer with Gina Marie Design square dies, and then dry embossed my white layer with SU!'s Northern Flurry ef.  A few rhinestones and some cherry cobbler bakers twine finished off this card.  Because Gina K had suggested in her video that while you are doing this technique, make more than one sheet, so here's a couple more cards that aren't necessarily CAS, but still turned out pretty:

The card on the left uses a sentiment from the same Penny Black Yuletide Wishes stamp set, and the card on the right uses another Penny Black set called Rejoice With Joy...absolutely LOVING their Autumn and Winter new releases this year!! 

As great as Gina K's video was (and all the other ones listed on the CAS Mix Up site), I feel it would be remiss of me not to mention a few things I learned that were not included in the video's:

1.  Your marbled paper will be VERY busy...choose a solid image or bold sentiment that will stand out...or even a solid die cut.  I had this vision in my head of using a very detailed Poinsettia stamp, but it got lost in the busyness of the marbled paper, and hence I lost a really nice piece of marbled paper.

2.  The first paper you put down on the shaving cream/re-inker colors will be the brightest, with each successive paper being lighter.  Therefore, practice on your lightest paper first (the last one you did), so in case it doesn't turn out like you thought, you still have your brightest and boldest colored marbled paper left to play with. 

3.  And finally, choose a scent of shaving cream that you really, REALLY like, as the smell will linger in your craft room for days (and days!!).

I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment, I used marbled paper, I die cut, and I dry embossed on my first card, so I think I hit all the requirements!  :0)

You still have a week and a half to play along with this challenge, so get out your re-inkers and shaving cream, and play along!  You can find all the info you need right HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!  :0)


  1. Oh I love seeing this old technique come to life again! I just LOVE your panels you created Marcia!! Thank you for the refresher tips : )

    Each card is stunning and so beautifully unique!


  2. What beautiful marbling, Marcia! I love your colors and swirls! All three are beautiful! Thanks so much for the tips and for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  3. Your marbling is so beautiful Marcia. Love those Christmas cards. And great tips.

  4. Your marbling is beautiful!! I thought it was a patterned paper when I first saw it. Now I want to do that! Thanks for the tips, you make a lot of sense.

  5. I love all 3 of your beautifully marbled cards, Marcia. So pleased you shared them all and joined us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs, nancy

  6. What a cool technique, and really beautiful papers you created. Thanks so much for those extra tips, too. I like how you used just a bit of the paper on your first card--really makes it stand out.

  7. Love your marbling Marcia the colours look fab. Great tips too, thanks for sharing xx

  8. Hi Marcia. Am loving the colours you've mixed for your marbled pieces. So pretty! Thanks for the great tips, and thanks for sharing your beautiful cards with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  9. Look at you and marbling!!! As messy as Color Bursts? Has to be! You've inspired me to do some. Looks too much fun! Your mixing look delicious! How pretty they all turned out. Going right over to check out the video. Hugs!

  10. All of your marbled backgrounds are gorgeous! Love the Christmas colours. Your first card is perfect with its white embossed background. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up.

  11. Marcia, I had to chuckle with your tips...wished I had read this before I did my panels!! I did it right by the kitchen sink as I read Loll say it was rather messy, I just scraped the cream off right into the sink! I love all of your cards and think you just enabled me I am going over to the PB store...I am LOVING their sentiments!!

  12. Marcia, these are all so gorgeous! I love the colors you used to make your marbling out of. They look so fabulous!! I enjoyed reading your tips as well. Especially the one about choosing a scent you like. So funny... ;0) I'm hoping to give this a try this week... hopefully!


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