sparkly acetate...

Hello my wonderfully fabulous friends!

Two Octobers ago, I wrote a tutorial featuring embossed acetate. I thought it would be fun to revisit that with a little bit of a twist.

Ready?  Well, let's dive in!

Step 1: Place a piece of acetate in an embossing folder. I used overhead projector transparencies, but you can also use craft plastic, or the acetate that clear stamps come on.

Step 2: Run the acetate and embossing folder through your die cut machine.

Step 3: On the side of the acetate where the design is sunken, fill the "wells" with a clear drying glue. I use Glossy Accents.  You may want to do this step and the next two in small sections to keep the glue from drying too fast.

Step 4: Cover with Resplendence glitter. I'm using Angel Dust

Step 5: Carefully tap off excess glitter and return it to the jar. 

When you have complete the whole design, set it aside to dry completely.

Step 6: Cut the front of your card shorter than the back.
(you could die cut a "window" somewhere on the front of the card if you prefer... lots of possibilities!)

Step 7: With a pencil, lightly mark the edge of the front of the card.  This will be used as a reference as to how much needs to be painted later.

Step 8: Tear a piece of cardstock that is a little larger than your card so you have a rough edge. Because we are working with a wet medium, a thicker paper works better.

Step 9: Place your torn cardstock over the INSIDE BACK of your card. This is where you need your pencil lines... you want to make sure that the torn edge is above the line. This ensures that everything behind the clear acetate will be painted.  Carefully paint the bottom of the card with Creative Inspirations Paint, using the torn cardstock as a mask.

When you remove the cardstock mask, you will have an uneven jagged line... fun, huh!

Step 10: Run a line of red liner tape along the bottom of the shorter front edge. This is where you will attach the acetate.

Step 11: Attach your sparkly embossed acetate with the raised side of the design facing up. (so, the glitter should be facing the inside of the card. Trim it so the front of the card is now the same length as the back of the card.

Step 12: Use some ribbon or a strip of paper to hide the edge where the cardstock and acetate join.  I used crinkle ribbon for a fun added texture.

 Here's the finished card...

 You can see in the close up that not only do you have the larger sparkle of glitter in the embossed areas, you see the shimmer of the paint through the rest of the acetate!  love it!

 Want another way to use this same technique?

Cut a piece of paper and a piece of your glittered acetate into a fun shape. Paint the paper with Creative Inspirations Paint, then use a clear adhesive to glue the acetate over it. I try to but a few dots of glue behind the glittered areas so you don't see it as well.

Now you have a fun sparkly accent!


Supplies Used:
Paper: Bazzill, watercolor paper, white cardstock, acetate
Ink: Archival Ink, Distress Ink, Colorbox pigment
Stamps: Inky Antics "Halloween Turtle", Stampendous "Small Typewriter"
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Pumpkin, Ivory), Resplendence (Angel Dust)
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18", Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Provo Craft "D'vine Swirl" embossing folder, 3 Girls Jam crinkle ribbon, K&Co dimensional sticker, Tim Holtz charms


Peggy Beck said…
I just found your blog as I wanted to see the Crayon and Watercolor Tutorial but couldn't. I was forced to look at many of your projects etc. and I love all of them. I became a follower and hope that one day I can "find" this tutorial. I love watercolor and try to learn different ways to work with it. Maybe you can even direct me further? Thanks. Love everything.