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.
- 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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