How to Make Backgrounds With Shaving Cream and Inks

by Toni Burks-Grijalva

Here is a fun and easy technique for making those one of a kind backgrounds for your projects using shaving cream, inks or paints. Come on let's play and get messy !


  • Cardstock
  • *Velvet paints – Tuxedo , Fiji , Terracotta
  • *Sorbet – Chocolate, Pixie, Mint Julep
  • *Stencil -Blocked
  • *Mud Texture Paste
  • Archival Ink
  • Shaving Cream
  • Glitters and seed beads
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz Vintage Paper Dolls
  • Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather a pan, shaving creme, sprays or inks, stick or straw to mix the inks and squeegy.

    Step 2

    Spray some of your creme in the pan and randomly drops some inks in where you like.

    Step 3

    Take your stick and start swirling, or making streaks. This is the fun part because everytime it comes out different.

    Step 4

    Lay your paper on top of the cream and press lightly down and then pick up and lay aside.

    Step 5

    Oh Oh you say, that looks like a mess.....take that squeegy and remove the cream.

    Step 6

    Tah dah !!!! How pretty is that.....

    Step 7

    This is another background made.

    Step 8

    And here is one more.

    Step 9

    I took my papers and adhered them on chipboard to provide a bit more durability. Cut to ATC size.

    Step 10

    Let's add a bit of texture by running some texture paste through a stencil, then allow to dry.

    Step 11

    Using black archival ink I stamped some wording here and there.

    Step 12

    Spray some of your inks and run the edges of your ATC card through the ink.

    Step 13

    More texture is needed so I cut pieces of muslin and frayed it using the frayed pieces also, adhered this using 3D Gloss Gel. Also, ripped a piece of handmade paper to the top.

    Step 14

    Emboss the edges of the ATC's with gold embossing powder for a pretty vintage look.

    Step 15

    Water down some gold paint and splatter on the top of the ATC's.

    Step 16

    Looking good ....

    Step 17

    Add your fibers and handmade papers.

    Step 18

    Using charcoal pencil to outline your titles for shadows. Tim Holtz Vintage Paper Dolls were used for the figurines. I used 3D foam squares to attach.

    Step 19

    Let's add some mica here and there around your little paper dolls for some nice highlights and shadows.

    Step 20

    Now for more texture, seed beads and glitter shards.

    Step 21

    And there we have it... hope you enjoyed this process. Give this marbeling technique a try and have fun creating.

    Step 22

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    Step 23

    The supplies that have * in front of them are from Art Anthology and can be purchased here:

    Step 24

    Wishing you a wonderfully creative month !

    Step 25