On Thursday, my best friend and I made a trip to the Great American Scrapbook convention and we enjoyed ourselves not only in what we saw but just being with each other.
In one of the booths (I don’t remember the name of the vendor), they had taken acetate and glittered it. The results were outstanding and so I decided I would try my hand at their technique.
Of course you can’t really see the beauty of the glitter, but I love this technique on acetate. I made this card for Phyllis. I know she will see it here before she receives it but the card is a lot prettier in the original form so it will still be a surprise.
So here is what I used:
Stampin Up – Cherish and Thanks
CS – 2 shades of pink, 1 shade of brown and white.
1 piece of acetate cut at 3″ x 4″.
Card – 4 x 6 card made out of the darkest shade of pink.
Mats: Cut two 3.75″ x 5.75″ out of the brown; two mats 3.5″ x 5.5″ out fo the white; two mats out of the light shade of pink at 3″ x 5″.
CuddleBug – Textile A2 Embossing Folder
Ink – Staz-On Timber Brown, Color Box – Chestnut Brown.
Punch – Ticket Punch by Stampin Up; Glue – Quickie Glue pinpoint roller, vellum runner, Pro-Glide ermanent glue; Goat hair brush – Making Memories; Quick Giltz glitter – Wild Rose, Slickwriter Pen – Black; Embossing Powder – Copper.
All the cs was inked with the Color Box – chestnut brown. I used the Staz-On Timber Brown to stamp the Cherish and Thanks image and to ink the edges of the acetate.
TIP: When inking acetate; ink it and then let it dry and then re-ink the edges. Since acetate is a non-porous substance it does not absorb the ink. If you try to re-ink the edges while it is wet, you just lift off the original ink. I like the look inking the edges gives the acetate. It gives it a sepia look.
Stamp the image and let it dry. Once dry turn it over so you are looking at the image in reverse.
Tip: I taped the acetate block to a light sheet of paper for a couple of reasons; 1) you can see the stamped image better and 2) it holds the acetate block in place and keeps it from sliding around when you are gluing.
Using the Quikie pin point glue start applying the glue where you want to glitter on the image. Depending on how detail you want it and how much glitter you want to wade through, sometimes more is less.
Tip: This is a slow process so be patient. I worked in a block. I glue a few lines and swirls then apply the glitter and let it dry. Once dry I would use the goat hair brush to brush off the excess. I also used my small blade utility knife to clean up any blotches or over gluing that might occurred.
I embossed both of the white mats. Using the ticket punch on the brown mat and acetate block on the front of the card and the brown and pink mats on the inside of the card. I adhered the pink mat on the front of the card using brads. The other mats I used the Pro Glide permanent ink. I used a vellum tape runner on the acetate block, hiding the tape under the thick part of the “C”.
I stamped “Thanks” inside on the pink mat and heat embossed it in copper.
I kept the inside of the card more subdued than the outside, since the sentiment I was wanting to emphasize was Cherish.
A little personal note and we are done with the inside.
A glittered butterfly, houndstooth print ribbon in pink and brown and this picture doesn’t show it but I added three beads in gold after her name to finish the card off.
The antennes and on the butterfly are drawn on the acetate using a black Slickwriter and a little free-hand doodling finished it off.
The ribbon is tied through two holes punched in the white and pink mat.
Hope you enjoyed this beautiful technique. Although, it is a little more time consuming than usual glittering the results are outstanding. Since the glitter is on the back side of the acetate it keeps it protected. Also, the wild rose glitter behind that Staz-on Brown ink looks like copper.
The next thing on my agenda is to get Rylan’s little outfit done. Then there are Father’s Day cards to be made. Gareth’s birthday is around the corner and I have costumes to make for all his hats and of course a B-day card for him. I also have a couple of card challenges from the MB. Whew! I need to get busy.
Thanks for looking and to get a closer look, just click on the picture.