Rolling Marble Background

by Beate Johns

Create a marbled background with reinkers and marbles.


  • Reinker

  • Marbles

  • Plastic box

  • Cardstock

  • Removable adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Add several drops of reinker to a plastic box.

  2. Step 2

    Add several marbles to the plastic box and close the lid.

  3. Step 3

    Shake box sideways until the marbles are inked. The ink drops will be replaced by ink tracks in the box.

  4. Step 4

    Place cardstock into the box (use removable adhesive if desired) and close the lid.

  5. Step 5

    Let marbles roll over the cardstock to create a pattern.

  6. Step 6

    Continue to roll the marbles over the cardstock until you like the look of the background.

  7. Step 7

    Finish your card.



    After finishinig one color, clean out your plastic box and repeat the steps with another color of reinkers.

    Not just for backgrounds
    Stamp an outline image over the background you created and cut out the image.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Rolling Marble Background. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I am looking for tutorial re colouring a background with re inkers and using shaving cream, anyone heard of it.

if you have a technique please share with me.
Nancy Aikman  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 10:45 AM
Hi Nancy,

Check our technique page in the resource section.
We have the Shaving Cream Tutorial listed there.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 11:04 AM
Awesome tutorial! Very easy to do and fun. I'll have to dry that on plain white wrapping paper too. Thanks for sharing.
Corris  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 11:08 AM
This is also a great idea for kids as well! We did this in a daycare by placing some paint (or in this case ink) on the center of the paper (we placed the paper in the box first) and then used hot wheels cars to make track marks over the paper.
Jenny (MommaC)  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 2:15 PM
This is great! We did this at my daughter's bday party, and the 4 year olds loved it!
Jenn T  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 2:16 PM
Looks great, I can't wait try it.
DebbieA in CA  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 2:18 PM
Great idea...I have done it before, it is a little messy, but fun...and perfect for my next kids' class! Thanks for the reminder!
Melissa Knighton  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 3:23 PM
That's too funny. I have done marble rolling many times with my preschoolers and would have never thought to use it in my card making. Thanks for the idea!
Jenn  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 4:01 PM
I haven't done this tech in a long time. It's good to see that you are bringing it back to us!
Nancy B  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 5:19 PM
brilliant! have done this with little kids too and what a great result with the inks! for the preschool teachers and mums out there try doing the same idea with paperclips and ball bearings (anything metal) and get the kids to use a magnet underneath to pull the objects around and spread the paint/ink. cool science too!!
Jenn Monty  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 5:55 PM
My son did this a number of years ago at school, and it's one of my most treasured art pieces!
SueB  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 6:25 PM
I have done this in my preschool classroom with paper & tempra paints. Kids love it!

This would be so pretty with a second color reinker after the first color has completely dried. This would make some really pretty fall background paper using a couple of the Earth Elements reinkers! Will have to try this!

Thanks for the reminder of a very easy, yet very neat, technique.
michelle  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 7:02 PM
Great tutorial, Beate!! You finished card is so beautiful too!! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 9:34 PM
Can't wait to try this one with my granddaughters....they are avid card makers!!!! Thanks for sharing!
Sue  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 2:05 AM
Very cool!!! The demo was great. I would like to try this as I have extra ink. Thanks again!!!
Crystal  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 2:48 AM
Just picked up loads of ink at a garage sale, can't wait to try this as we are new to stamping. Do you have any other ideas to use it? There are like 40 different colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Barbara  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 3:48 AM
Go to our main resource page and type in reinker into the search engine. You will find several techniques that use reinker that way.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 4:08 AM
Such a great idea for a background. I will give a try this week-end. Thank you, Beate!
Miss Apple  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 4:54 AM
used to do this at playrgroup and the kids loved it, also looks good done with tiny cars, you get a tyre effect - great for little boys cards!( or even big boys cards)!!
lin  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 5:20 AM
We did this with walnut ink once...worked out good for a Safari themed card.
Loretta  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 6:21 AM

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