Creating Marbled Backgrounds on High Gloss Cardstock for Photo Stamping

Artist Trading Card created with marbled gloss cardstock and Stamp from Stampa Rosa

I have always been fascinated with the new Photostamps now available. But at the same time bored with always having to have a white background since you need to use gloss cardstock to get the photo detail of the stamp and gloss cardstock is only available in white. So, I came up with a technique to marble the cardstock with pigment inks...and yup I did say pigment inks...

This is very easy and fun to do. You will need a number of colors of pigment ink. I used my ColorBox Petal Boxes and a rubber brayer. You can now purchase the Gloss Cardstock ATC Blanks from this site.

It is best to used 3 or more colors of pigment ink, simply put rather heavy smuches of it randomly onto the gloss stock. Using one color at a time use your brayer to spread the ink over the cardstock. Since it is pigment ink it will stay wet for a bit and the brayers will pick up and put down ink as you brayer over it. Continue brayering the cardstock until the first color is dry and doesn't smudge. Repeat with additional colors until you get a marble look you are happy with. Hint if you want to add a metallic ink I found it was best to add that one last. The images below are samples of the different marbles I created to make the cards shown on this page.

click on any of the above images for a larger view

Here are some more Artist Trading Cards I did using various Photo Type stamps and the above backgrounds

Click on any of the above images for a larger view. Stamp credits left to right: Art by Moonlight, Time to Stamp & Lost Coast Designs

The Card below uses an ATC Gloss Card Blank marbled and matted onto a greeting card with 2 different scrapbook papers.

Stamp out White Card Stock!! or should I say Brayer it away!!

and for great info on the delicate art of Photostamping visit Lisa Vollraths technique page on how to use photostamps. She has a great write fact that is where I learned.

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