Great card! I have to ask though ... I understand about rolling the marble on the paper to get the background, but how do you get the marble inked up to begin with?!
Registered: August 13, 2003 Location: Metro MN Posts: 420
Tue, Jun 01, 2004 @ 3:36 PM
The marble technique I was taught goes like this (again, thanks Gayle Miller, for showing me this!):
Reinkers in color(s) of your choice
1/4 sheet of cs (makes one card)
Marbles (smaller ones work best)
Empty stamp case slightly larger than 1/4 cs
1. Cut 1/4 sheet of cardstock. Set aside.
2. Put masking tape on the top/lid of your stamp case. "Tack it off" (take it and wipe it a time or two on your clothes to remove some of the tackiness...this way it will not ruin your cs.) before you attach it to the top/lid of the case.
3. Attach your cs to the masking tape on the lid.
4. Put several drops of reinker into the bottom of the case.
5. Add your marbles to the bottom, and close the lid.
6. "Rock and roll" the marbles a few times in the ink, keeping the cs side of the case up.
7. Turn the case upside down, so that your cs is now on the bottom. Rock and roll the inked marbles on your cs to reach the desired effect. Remove cs, and repeat as necessary! This goes really fast. Have fun!!
Several things to note:
*If you are doing more than a few cards, (i.e. swaps) you use more re-inker. 4-6 drops of reinker can do almost 20 quarter sheets. If you're only doing a few, keep the reinker to 1-2 drops or make much smaller ones dispersed in 4 locations in the box.
*As you do more and more using the same drops of reinker, the first ones will have thicker and denser lines, the later ones you do will have thinner or more faint lines. You can't start with faint lines unless you deliberately under drip your reinker. You can do that if you like, just be aware of how the look is achieved.
*You can only do one color per stamp case at a time. If you want to do multiple colors, do your first color, set aside your cs, clean out your stamp case, dry the case, and start over with your 2nd color. I suppose you could mix colors to see what would happen, but I doubt that you'll get the delineated color of the different reinkers, and you may get a muddy brown that you might not be happy with.
*Don't be afraid to play with it to experience it, and until you get used to doing what you like.
I stamp, therefore I AM!