Shaving Cream Stenciling

by Lydia Fiedler

Give an elegant mixed media look to a throwback background technique.


  • Shaving cream (foam, not gel)
  • An old gift card or plastic scraper
  • Water-based dye reinkers
  • Pointed stick
  • White cardstock
  • Stencils
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels


  1. Step 1

    Put a small amount of shaving cream on a paper plate and smooth it out with an old gift card.

  2. Step 2

    Drop some harmonious colors of reinkers onto the surface of the shaving cream. I used primary colors here.

  3. Step 3

    Using a pointed stick, or a paperclip, swirl the reinker around until patterns form and the colors mix. Do not overmix, or it will become muddy.

  4. Step 4

    Place a stencil over a piece of white cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    Using the clean gift card, carefully lift some of the top layer of shaving cream, being careful to preserve the pattern you made.

  6. Step 6

    Scrape the colored foam across your stencil. The fewer times you have to apply the shaving cream, the more of the pattern will be transferred. The more passes you make, the more you will transfer just color, not pattern. Clean your card and pick up more patterned cream as needed to keep it from muddying. Continue until all the open areas of the stencil have shaving cream.

  7. Step 7

    Remove any excess foam from the stencil with a clean gift card, and then remove the stencil. Let this dry. Most of the foam will evaporate.

  8. Step 8

    When dry, burnish the paper with a paper towel to remove any foam residue - this will brighten your colors.

  9. Step 9

    If you don't have a stencil, use your dies and some stencil plastic or a transparency or packaging material to create one.

  10. Step 10

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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I always have loved this technique. Thank you for adding a new twist to it. You are awesome.
kab  |  Sun Oct 16, 2016 at 8:08 AM
oh what an awesome idea smile
Stacy Sheldon  |  Sun Oct 16, 2016 at 8:27 AM
This is going to be fun!
Kim Padan  |  Sun Oct 16, 2016 at 9:46 AM
Three guesses what I'm trying today!!
Can hardly wait!
Bev Gerard  |  Sun Oct 16, 2016 at 10:18 AM
They are all beautiful and I like the new idea to use. I must admit though I like what I see left on the plate too. I think when I am all done scooping with the card, I'd finish off by dipping white cardstock into the shaving cream and press lightly.
Penny Douphinett  |  Sun Oct 16, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Why didn't I think of that Penny! Great suggestion!
Lydia Fiedler  |  Sun Oct 16, 2016 at 2:53 PM
Really enjoyed doing this tutorial! Will definitely do it again! Thx, Lydia
Kathy Burgess  |  Fri Oct 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM
I love this and I love your videos. I think I forgot to wipe the extra foam off when I showed my friends how to do this... might be why it took them forever to dry! Love all of these ideas. Thanks. Lydia.
Meg McAlister  |  Sat Oct 29, 2016 at 2:22 PM
Cool look and a neat technique. Thanks for the tutorial.
Verna Angerhofer  |  Sun Nov 6, 2016 at 9:46 AM
LOVE it! I think I will raid my husbands shaving cream tonight!!! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Thu Nov 10, 2016 at 6:21 PM
Hi, great tutorial. I love the stencil with the flowers, wondering where I can buy it? Thanks again.
Barbara Rossman Scheffer  |  Wed Mar 1, 2017 at 10:52 AM

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