Amazing Marbling

Hi there.  I have a different type of card to share with you today.  AAA Cards‘ challenge is new to me you technique and CAS Mix Up challenge this month is marbling.  With these two challenges in mind, I can finally give the Nail Polish Marbling technique a try.



I don’t normally wear nail polish, so off I went to my local dollar store. To figure out what colours to buy, I decided to use the colour challenge over at Less is More, which was the colours of peacock feathers.  I stuck to blues and greens based on the inspiration image  above.  For my layout, I used sketch 253 from Freshly Made Sketches and here’s my card.




First up is the marble technique.  I added water to my small embossing powder tray.  Tip #1 – follow the instructions stating to use a disposable container. I figured I can just clean my tray with nail polish remover, but I was wrong!  Anyway, next I drizzled in nail polish.  This leads me to tip #2 – use plain nail polish without glitter.  My greens had glitter, so it didn’t drizzle; instead it came out clumpy.  Next I swirled the mixture with a disposable chopstick, then laid an A2 piece of watercolour paper on top.  After a few seconds, I removed it and set it aside to dry.




Next I die cut two A2 Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle from white cardstock.  I took one and die cut with the top edge absolutely die about halfway up, and then adhered it to the bottom of the other A2 piece. Once the marble piece was dry, I die cut it with the third largest Zig Zag stitched rectangle die, trimmed it with my paper trimmer, and then tucked it behind the absolutely sentiment.  I used the leftover piece to die cut amazing.  I was going to add it with the marble look, but I wanted it to stand out more, so I coloured it with the dark blue nail polish. The shine from the nail polish saved me from having to accent it with Wink of Stella or glossy accents.




For some interest, I stamped the small peony flower from Peony Bouquet with Dusk and Bashful Blue (retired SU!) dye inks, then die cut it out with the matching die.  I added shading to it with Prismacolor pencils and adhered it to the bottom right corner of the marble panel before adding the amazing sentiment.  To balance the design, I added Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh on the opposite left corner and mounted everything on a white top folding card base.


This technique does give a cool marble effect and I’m glad I tried this technique, but I will probably not do this again.  My husband is thankful to hear that.  The smell is so strong, so I say if you want to try it, maybe do it outside if you can.



I am playing in the following challenges:

AAA Cards – Game #72 New to you Technique
CAS Mix Up – September 2016 Marbling
Less is More – Week 292 Color Challenge Peacock Feathers
Freshly Made Sketches – FMS253





12 thoughts on “Amazing Marbling

  1. Your marbled piece using nail polish is gorgeous Trina!! I have heard from others that it’s pretty smelly, so have avoided using nail polish. But I do love the pretty design you got and the shininess as well. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at CAS Mix Up!

  2. I’ve never tried nail polish marbling. I love the results you got with that fabulous combination of colours! I never would have thought of colouring the “amazing” die cut with one of the nail polishes! Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up.

  3. What a beautiful card! I love that technique! The swirled nail polish is amazing! Such elegant colours! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  4. This is stunning. I love your little tips as I want to try this, so thank you. It gives an amazing look and your design just finishes it off. Thanks for joining AAA

  5. Hi Trina, My attempt at marbling with nail polish had similar results although your marbled piece is much prettier! The smell was horrible. It overwhelmed the clean scent of the shaving cream. I love how you’ve used this piece with the sweet peony and die cut sentiments! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  6. What a stunning panel that nail polish marbling technique gave you Trina. The whole card is fantastic. I love your tip about the nail polish on your sentiment because it really does give a wonderful glossy shine. Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More.
    Sharon xx

  7. I absolutely love how you’ve tried a new technique – and got such a fab result with it! This looks amazing, so vivid and eye catching. The glitter in the nail polish was worth the pain because it really adds the most fantastic shimmer. Super card – thanks for sharing with us at Less is More 🙂

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