marble_technique_projectI know that the United States is out of the World Cup, but they came to mind when I was thinking about this card. The sentiment says "You've got courage, you've got strength, you've got ME." The team certainly doesn't need any of my non-existent skills in their game, but I do think that they have courage and strength which is why they popped into my mind.

To be honest, I created this card to show the "rolling marble" technique to my stamp club gals. The sentiment is actually two different stamps in the set, but I combined them together in the single panel for the frame. One gal commented that this would be a perfect sentiment to send to a friend that is fighting cancer or some other health challenges.

This technique is so easy to do and it creates some very interesting backgrounds for your projects. I think the club members enjoyed doing it and it was fun to see how their different backgrounds turned out. Here is how you do the "rolling marble" technique:

  1. Gather empty stamp cases and several marbles – you will need one case for each color that you want to roll onto the cardstock.
  2. Put 2-4 drops of a single ink refill into the deeper portion of one of the stamp cases.
  3. Roll 3 clean marbles around in the stamp case. Make sure that the marbles roll through the ink drops several times.
  4. Lightly adhere the neutral cardstock to the thin side of the stamp case.
  5. Close the stamp case and roll the marbles around over the cardstock. Roll around until you have gotten the color intensity that you want. Remember – you will have more colors to add, so don't go too crazy with your first color.
  6. Repeat steps 2 – 5 for each ink color that you are using.

I hope that you'll give the technique a try. It really is very easy, and you can create a perfectly coordinating background for any card that you want to make.

I used the following supplies to make this card: