Tuesday 28 February 2017

Happy birthday - Joseph's coat

If you have seen my earlier post today, you may have recognised the marbled pattern on my card. Yep, it's another of those shaving foam marbled panels. This one was a little crazy, since it was my very first experiment, so I decided to keep a few good parts and hide the rest of the marbling behind a coat of black soot distress ink, a technique I've recently seen referred to as Joseph's coat. Don't ask me why though. What I do know, is that it reminds me of a technique I used to do as a child, using wax crayons and then scratching off the black top layer to reveal the colours underneath.

Anyway, I started by arranging the solid stamps and one of the sentiment stamps from my Winnie & Walter set (Scenery: Bigger, Bang Confetti) and picking them up on the lid of my MISTI. BTW, I wanted my stamped images to be as big as possible, so I used the back of the stamps. I stamped and heat embossed them 3 times to get even coverage of my embossed layer (using Hero Arts clear ep), and then blended black soot distress ink over the entire panel. The embossed images are resisting the ink. You can still see the marbling shimmer through the black distress ink, which gives a fun space-like dimension. If you look closely, you can also see that the ink did not cover up the panel evenly, which is probably due to the shaving cream that I used to create my marbled panel. A surprise bonus! After I finished my ink blending, I carefully wiped the embossed areas to remove any excess ink.

I die cut my panel using a stitched rectangle die (SSS, stitched bundle) and adhered it to a warm yellow card base (SSS) using plenty of adhesive. The sentiment strip was created by heat embossing the label sentiment (Altenew, Label Love) in clear ep onto a snippet of green cardstock and then fussy cutting it. I also added a few star sequins (Studio Calico) and added some black enamel accents (Ranger) to hide the holes in the middle.


W&W 3rd Birthday Bash - Three challenge with Shay
(3 circles, diamonds & stars; 3 layers, 3 word sentiment)

QKR Stampede - #232 Anything goes or birthday cards

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes


  1. Superleuk geworden! Ja met wasco werken was altijd zeer verrassend!
    Je bent lekker creatief bezig hoor. Liefs Ineke☀️

  2. Very admirable - I shy away from those things - too much mess and too much waste....but your card looks great!

  3. Great card! That gives me ideas for my first not so perfect attempts at marbling, too!

  4. A lovely card. Thank you for playing along with us at QKR Stampede.

  5. Beautifully done, Marianne! Love the marbled patterns you got from the shave cream technique. Thanks so much for joining in our "Anything Goes or Birthdays" challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

  6. So clever to cover up the panel with Distress Ink to spotlight just a few parts! Thanks for spreading The Gossip on w&w's The Gossip Column!

  7. I've seen this technique before too and it looks really really effective. I love the snippets of marbling against that black - but I love that you can also see a little bit through the black too. It's a beautiful card. Xx