Polished Stone™

by Beate Johns

Use reinkers and rubbing alcohol to create a marbled background.


  • Rubbing Alcohol

  • One or Two Classic Re-Inkers

  • Metallic Re-Inker

  • Cotton Balls

  • Glossy Cardstock

  • Acrylic Sealer


  1. Step 1

    Add a few drops of metallic re-inker randomly on your glossy cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Soak your cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.

  3. Step 3

    Add about two drops of each classic re-inker color onto your soaked cotton ball.

  4. Step 4

    Dab the cotton ball over your cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    Continue dabbing until you achieve the look you want.

    The rubbing alcohol will cause the re-inker to blend together.

    The metallic re-inker will sit on top of the color and will make your background look like marble.

  6. Step 6

    Allow your cardstock to dry, then seal it with an acrylic sealer. Stamp your image with either Basic Black, Basic Brown or Stazon Ink.

  7. Step 7

    Finish the card.


    Try a Different Surface
    This technique will also work on any nonabsorbent surface like vellum, dominos, acetate, glass, or plastic.

    A Finishing Touch
    Finish by embossing with clear embossing powder (be sure to wait for the alcohol to dry first!). This sets the metallic ink and gives it some texture. Then it REALLY looks like stone!

    Magic Snowflake
    Emboss on Glossy white cardstock first and then use the polished stone technique over it to make your image appear out of nowhere!

    Thanks to Vickie Maduzia for this method. Note: you cannot use metallic ink with this variation.

    Great Color Combos to Try
    Silver, Tempting Turquoise, Orchid Opulence (as used in the sample above)
    Silver, Mint Melody, Garden Green
    Silver, Going Gray, Almost Amethyst
    Silver, Bliss Blue, Night of Navy
    Silver, Sage Shadow, Mint Melody
    Silver, Going Gray, Pretty in Pink
    Silver, Baroque Burgundy, Mauve Mist
    Silver, Mint Melody, Garden Green
    Gold, Barely Banana, Orchid Opulence
    Gold, Creamy Caramel, Only Orange
    Gold, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard
    Gold, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
    Gold, Brocade Blue, Bliss Blue
    Gold, Garden Green, Orchid Opulence

Your Turn

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

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