Monday, August 3, 2015

Video: Faux Etched Marble

In today’s video, I show you how drawing and thumping with your water-based markers onto the bold frame from my Wild at Heart frame stamp gives you the look of a piece of etched marble or granite when stamped. The negative floral design carved into the stamps really pops this way! This direct to stamp technique is perfect for creating interesting, stony textures on your stamped projects, looks beautiful in a variety of colors, and is great for masculine cards. Greeting is from Triple Play Fillers. I shared this technique and similar design in my book Fabulous Stamped Frames (now available as an electronic download for your iPad, desktop or Kindle).

Gina K. Designs Wild at Heart, Triple Play Fillers stamp sets
Gina K. Kraft Ink Pad
Gina K. Pure Luxury White ( 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”, and ½” x 3 1/8”) and Edible Eggplant (4” x 5 ¼” and 5/8” x 3 ¼”) cardstock
Spectrum Aqua Markers-Essentials Collection (Terracotta and Chocolate)

Hope your week is off to a great start!


  1. Beautiful technique and card. I need to get this set out and try it. Love the way yours came out.

  2. Hi Melanie,
    This DOES look like marble! And I love this stamp it is so gorgeous! Thank you for the tutorial - you make it all look so easy ♥

  3. Beautiful cards, thanks for the technique video!

  4. Melanie, this is outstanding! If you don't have Spectrum Water Color markers, is there another brand you suggest? I must try this. It's gorgeous!

  5. Thanks, everyone! Bobbi, I used Memento for this technique in my book, just a lot were getting dry from so much use so I invested in Spectrum Aqua instead of replacing. Or maybe the Tim Holz Distress markers? I have some but don't recall trying them for this technique. I think they would be well suited though since the distress inks are mean for blending, have a good brush tip and are intended for a lot of direct to stamp techniques. be sure to use a light touch though whenever you "draw on your stamps" with your markers; you don't want o damage and fray the tips going over the edges in the stamp too hard repeatedly, know what I mean?


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