Techniques on Tuesday: Polished Stone

With this technique you get a lovely marbled background that looks like polished stone. It is a great background technique that can also be stamped on or die cut into various shapes. My card sample below gives you a sneak peak at the cute Have a Hoot stamp set and the Metallic Mesh Ribbon. Both items are in the August-December Mini Catalogue for 2020. You will be able to purchase them from the 4th August at my online store or you can contact me for all your Stampin’ Up! needs. Hope you like it and have a go at this simple but effective technique.

Supplies that you will need: glossy card stock or photo paper, ink refills, rubbing alcohol, felt piece attached to a block or cotton balls.

Step by Step Instructions

  • First you will need to create your felt block by using the hook part of Velcro and adhere to an old stamp block. Cut a piece of felt to size and attach to the Velcro.
  • Now add droplets of ink to your felt piece. I have used Just Jade and Smokey Slate ink refills.
  • Add drops of rubbing alcohol onto the drops of ink.
  • Now start tapping the ink onto your piece of glossy card stock moving it around to cover the whole piece. You can leave some white space if you wish.
using glossy card stock
  • Optional: if you wish to spread the colour a little more just add a little more rubbing alcohol to your your felt piece and tap onto your card stock.
  • Let dry and then you can either stamp an image onto it or just use it as a background piece like I have done for my card.
  • NOTE: if you use plain card stock you will not get the same results. It just seems to soak into the card stock rather than blend – see below example.
using plain card stock

Demonstration of Polished Stone Technique


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