Fingernail Polish Marble Birthday Balloons

Making marble background using fingernail polish can be really fun.  The smell can be a little overwhelming, but you get some really unique and interesting results.  The balloons on this card were die cut from a marble background created using this technique.

I went to the Dollar Store and got some fingernail polish.  I wouldn’t use black nail polish on myself, but I thought it would make an interesting background.  You will need a disposable dish or container to create these backgrounds.  You fill the dish with about 3-4″ of water and then dribbled the nail polish you have selected around the water.  If you want you can use a wooden stirring stick to help them marbleize.  Once you have it the way you want you take some watercolor paper and place it into the water and immediately pull it back out.  You never know what it is going to look like, but you do get some beautiful results.

Once the background was completely dry I die cut the balloons using Lawn Fawn’s Party Balloons.  I tied some Cousins Iridescent Silver Cord for strings, added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back for dimension and adhered them to a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock I had die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I wrapped the balloon strings around the back and secured them in place with Scotch Tape.  The rectangle was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings and was stamped on a scrap of the same cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a strip and adhered to the front of the card with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons
  • Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings
  • Fingernail Polish Marble Background
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Cousins Iridescent Silver Cord
  • Ranger Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Author: Karen

I am a very blessed wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I firmly believe in the quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf which states "The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human heart." Every day I try to create something that lifts the heart for myself and others.

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