Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marble rolling

Well, Autumn is here and it's conker time.  I used to do conker rolling with paint to create backgrounds when my daughter was small.

A few years ago I did a workshop at he NEC with Marion Emberson and we used versamark reinker and marbles to create a great background.

Here's the one I've just done :

I used WOW embossing powders Nice Ice blue and Princess Pink (the pink has a slightly opaque texture, which works nicely with the translucency of the blue).

Last weekend I went to a demo hosted by Addicted2craft  by Sheena Douglas.  It was fantastic to watch, listen and be able to ask questions.  Sheena showed us her glycerin, embossing folder and heat embossing technique.  This got me thinking about a cheaper way to create the marble rolled background.  I found myself another jar and popped some marbles in (fortunately my daughter, who's now grown up hasn't taken all her belongings away yet, so I didn't have to go out and buy marbles).

Here's the result :

The trails are thicker and the embossed powder isn't as sparkly, but I like the effect.

Thanks to Marion and Sheena for sharing ideas that sparked an idea. x


  1. Looks like you had lots of fun trying this technique out. Great background!

  2. I've done this so often in school with paint, but have never thought to do it for myself. I like the idea of embossing the trails. xx