Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Marble Art Cards

Marble art is easy enough for preschoolers, but fun for all ages! Use this sticker-resist technique to make your own greeting cards. 


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Sticker-Resist Marble Art Cards


Materials: 


  • white cardstock
  • paper trimmer
  • speech bubble shaped stickers
  • marbles
  • acrylic paint
  • empty containers
  • spoons
  • newspaper
  • black pen
  • glue


Steps:


Cut the cardstock to make card bases. I always make mine A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2). Then cut additional pieces of cardstock to make card faces that are slightly smaller than the bases (4" x 5 1/4"). Set the card bases aside.

Remove the stickers from their backing and stick them to your clothing. The goal is to remove some (but not all) of the stickiness so that you'll be able to remove them easily later.


Peel the stickers off your clothing. You should be able to see lint and the sticker should be considerably less sticky than before. You may need to stick and unstick it to your clothing more than once. 


Attach the stickers the card fronts. 

Now it's time to prepare the paint. Fill the containers with paint, add a spoon, and drop one marble into each color. These are baby food containers saved from many years ago. They come in handy for tons of different things. 

 

Place a card front into a container. You could use a shoebox. We used cleaned take-out containers. They come in handy almost as often as the baby food containers. Drop one (or more) marbles into the container using the spoons. Rotate the container to spread the paint. 


If you want to add more paint, simply return the marbles to their containers, give them a stir, and drop them back onto the artwork.


When you are happy with a design, remove it and place it on newspaper to dry. 


When the paint is completely dry, peel up the stickers. They should come up easily.


Outline the speech bubble, then add a greeting. Now glue the card front to the base, add a message inside, and it's ready to send. 


Trevor was concerned that the paint wouldn't wash off his marbles, but it did. Good as new! 


Thanks to Little Passports for inspiring us to try this classic craft again!


4 comments:

  1. Oh, that looks fun, easy and I love that the designs will never come out looking the same because of the random rolling of the marbles!

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  2. Those turned out AWESOME!! Reminds me of tye-dye!!!!!!

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  3. I love marble painting with little ones. Never thought to make a card out of the creation. Thanks!

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