'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Someone asked me about Marvy Metallic backgrounds the other day and I’d been planning a few background sessions for here, so here’s the Marvy Metallic one :)

marvy supplies

All you need is a spritzer (a common old garden spray will do – don’t go to any unnecessary expense), Marvy Metallic markers (or ANY OTHER WATER BASED BROAD NIBBED METALLIC PENS), glossy cardstock (I used black and white), a Craft sheet or newspaper to protect your work surface and some Cling Film (Saran wrap for those in the US)

Shake those pens up and down – see, you’re getting exercise while you do this – then pump until the ink is flowing freely. You can either do this on some scrap paper, your worksheet, or the actual card you’re working with – which is what I did :)

Then add scribbles and dots of the marker randomly over the glossy card.

marvy dotted on black

Now spritz with water.

You can, of course, also scribble the markers onto your Scrap Sheet and ‘mop them up’ with cardstock, but beware, they do muddy! So keep them apart. I have to confess that I don’t like the results as much when I do that.


a) Leave to dry naturally

mm black left 3marvy met white left

b) Place another piece of card on top, smooth down and pull apart carefully (it’s worth enlarging the white card on the right, to see the gold on it – it’s lovely)

marvy met black not left mm white gold

c) Place another piece of card on top, twist and pull off

mm2 marvy met black twist


d) Crinkle up some Cling Film, spread it over the ink and LEAVE TO DRY!

marvy clingfilm

marvy met on white crinkled mm3

black crinkle bl

I know this last one is blurred but it’s pretty!

Then use to your heart’s delight, either for stamping on, behind acetate or as a matte.

A few people have said they will try to get these pens - PLEASE DON'T!!! This tutorial is for those who actually already have them and need to find a use for them - you can stamp with them, too and they do look good on black. But you can get just (or almost) the same effects with metallic acrylic inks, metallic acrylic paints, Lumières and even with Mica powders (Pearl-Ex, Moondust, Faerie Dust, Perfect Pearls, etc). You need some kind of medium to hold them in place but you don't need anything too fancy - the ever resourceful Jo used spray starch in a workshop at Stamp Club a couple of months ago and it worked fine, giving very similar effects :)

Twinkler Backgrounds tomorrow!

14 very kind comments from lovely people:

Lorraine said...

this is a fab idea im gonna try this one out later thanks for the tips xx

JAN said...

they sure look like fun to play with..thanks for the demo

cornishmist - thats me ju x said...

Hi Cath, this is one of my favourite methods of making backing papers try it with the brusho and pearlised inks and cling very similar effect ju x

JoZart Designs said...

Thanks for reminding me of this one... it's ages since I did it so I'm dying to have another go at it now. Really good tutorial.
Jo x

lynne moncrieff said...

Wish I had some markers to try this out. Amazing backgrounds. Lynne x

Unknown said...

Wow another new to me tute - love this one as the metallic is such a fabulous effect. I will keep an eye out for the pens, never heard of them before

helen said...

Wow! I haven't used my pens for ages, hope they haven't dried up (do they?)and I came across them just the other day! thanks for this tutorial.

Unknown said...

Great effects, Cath! Thank you for your information .... I definitely have to try it sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Yep, I was definitely much to mean with markers and too generous with water. Will give it another go.
Jack xx

helencreaty1 said...

waw amazing tutorial and I love how it turned out,i have to give a try ,
thanks for sharing it

lisa said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful background techniques, Cath. Lots to have a play with here.


JoZart Designs said...

My blog tells me you have Twinklers backgrounds uploaded 1 minute ago but they aren't there yet!! Can't wait!
Jo x

Paul B said...

Excellent, love these techniques - oh the good old days when I was messy. I'll have to put my thinking cap on and try and incorporate these fun backgrounds into my own card making :) Thx for sharing these tips Pxx

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I should be stacking the dishwasher but got side tracked and drawn into your blog. Fabulous effects!