Clear & Sheer Class – Day 3 – Acetate Techniques: Glitter Window Card

On day three of the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class, the focus was on Acetate Techniques.


I especially wanted to try the glitter window card and here is what I came up with:


I wish I could catch how sparkly it turned out, but here’s the best I could do…


And the inside:


It’s a rather simple technique that yields spectacular results. You cover a piece of acetate with double sided tape. This was tricky for me. I had some Stick-It, but I find that when you pull the release paper, some of the adhesive pulls up and would leave me with uncovered areas – not a serious issue with die cuts, but for this technique you need complete coverage. So, I pulled out my ‘Stacey Tape’ from Scrapbooking Made Simple. It wasn’t quite wide enough and my unsteady hand overlapped the two pieces, so there is a slightly noticeable line. Guess I need to spring for the wider tape next time!

The colors were inspired from Verve’s April Diva challenge:


(There IS some bright orange in the sunset pic!)

I used a Spellbinders butterfly die set that has both the outline and the intricate die cut to cut out the release paper. This helped me to layer my colors nicely. First I laid down the solid outline of the butterfly cut out in release paper and poured the Elizabeth Crafts Warm Diamond Microfine Glitter and burnished it onto the adhesive. A piece of a Swiffer dusting cloth picks up the extra glitter with ease!


Next, I peeled up the solid butterfly and laid down the intricate butterfly die cut release paper to use as a stencil and added in various colors one at a time, burnishing after each.


Finally, I took off the release paper, exposing the outline of the butterfly and repeated the process.


Then it was just a matter of cutting the window and adhering it to the back and covering it with a second window. NOTE TO SELF…. If you’re going to chalk the edges of the windows, do it BEFORE you place the glitter piece in. I knew the glitter would pick up Copic Markers if you colored it, but it also picks up the chalk color, too.

To make the window stand out even more I put cut out a different colored heart for the inside of the card, placing it right behind the window. To add depth, I stamped some butterflies that you can see as shadows through the window. I love using Brilliance inks as they really sparkle and shine depending on how they catch the light.


I used a Tsukineko Fantastix coloring tool to pick up some of the ink and dot it around for butterfly trails on the front of the card and chalked in some blue sky.


Materials used:

  • Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Collection
    • Gina K: Beautiful World stamp set (sentiment)
    • SugarPea Designs Enchanted Garden stamp set (butterfly)
    • CAS-ual Fridays:  YOU die
  • Spellbinders Les Papillions & Lace Hearts dies
  • American Crafts: The Color of Memories acetate
  • American Crafts glitter cardstock: carrot
  • Simply Defined 2.5″ wide double sided adhesive (“Stacey Tape”) by Scrapbooking Made Simple
  • Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter – Warm Diamond
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Essential Colors Glitters:
    • Cinnabar, Fire Opal, Garnet
    • Aquamarine Crystal, Feldspar, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment ink – Rocket Red Gold
  • Tsukineko Fantastix color tool
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks
  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive

I’m going to enter this card into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

I hope to be back later this afternoon with the other nifty acetate card I made from day 4. See you later!



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3 thoughts on “Clear & Sheer Class – Day 3 – Acetate Techniques: Glitter Window Card

  1. Talk abt having the WOW factor!!!! WOW WOW WOW!! I totally love this, D.Ann! Who wouldn’t??? lol… The technique actually sounds pretty straight forward, even to me! Love how you made it even more special with the shimmery butterflies stamped on the inside and the chalking. So very pretty. I had to Pin it. 🙂
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


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