Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stamping on acetate and more!

Have a box of acetate (transparency sheets) that I used to use when I made overhead transparencies (Yep… before laptops and PowerPoints it was like we lived in prehistoric times!)  I pulled it out last night and made a few cards for current challenges. Love the look… but the process involves a little TLC, so here are a few tips.
Since these sheets can handle heat, you can stamp right on them with pigment ink and embossing power (fine is best) or, use Staz On ink. With either option, work carefully as the inked up stamps slide and smear easily on the acetate. With Staz On, allow a bit of time to dry, or use the heat gun to speed that process.
You can also run the sheets through most printers. However, we recently bought a new printer and I just learned that it takes FOREVER for the ink to dry on these transparencies. (So if you are not patient, I’d opt for embossing or Staz on ink.)

For this first card, I found the ship in a bottle and world map through a google search for free clip art/images. Printed the ship image on a transparency sheet and discovered that it took forever to dry. (You might notice a smudge or two if you look closely. Finally hit it with my heat gun, but carefully so it didn’t curl and buckle up.) Paper pieced the tiny sails on the ship because I couldn’t find my little bottle of white out OR my permanent white pen (buried somewhere on my craft table). Besides, I love to fussy cut. Also cut a small iece of Kraft brown and adhered it to the cork. The corks texture is from the printed design on the acetate. Cool, huh? Put everything together, added a sentiment, and the card is ready to enter into a challenge with a nautical theme. So fun! (And the reflection from my camera flash just proves that the bottle is truly "glass-like"!) 

Entered into:
Victorine Challenge- Ahoy Landlubbers   

For this card, I stamped the image on acetate with Staz On, allowed it to dry, then colored on the backside with markers. First I lightly sanded the acetate to give it some “tooth.” Then I used a combination of marker types- Sharpie permanent green for the cord, and Tombows for the mice and light bulbs. Also, punched a small circle from a scrap of paper and used it to add a ring of “light glow” around the bulbs. (In the photo only the blue ones show, but the red and yellow bulbs also have a bit of glow in real life.) I did have to set this aside for the Tombow markers to dry while I worked on the rest of the card. I am not much of a mouse lover, but I do think this duo is kinda cute.  
Entered into: 
Deep Ocean Challenge- Christmas in July                    
Cute Card Thursday- Ribbons & Bows                          
Cas-usal Fridays- Christmas in July                                  
Send a Smile for Kids- Christmas in July                                  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge                                        
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for July  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    

Bugaboo Stamps is celebrating a Christmas in July event with daily challenges!
Here is my entry for Day 4 (July 18). Was fun to use a sheet of music that was in my hubby’s grandmothers “stash” that was given to me a few years ago. Most of the copyrights are from the 1930s… with a few from the early 1900’s. (Of course, I am only tearing scraps like this from the pages that are already damaged!)
Entered into
Bugaboo Stamps- Christmas in July (BINGO-Sparkly, Sentiment, and Embossing) 

I am loving CASEing Poppy Powers DT’s in their current challenge. Actually, their paper artists are so talented that I now have a folder with 87 card pics that I’ll be using for inspiration in the coming months. Pretty amazing ladies! This card was inspired by a card (posted below) that was created by Stacy Morgan. Stacy rocks a bright and bold color palette, often using complimentary colors, which challenges me to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve always loved Peonies, so this card was so fun to put together. It will be in the mail to my sweet MIL by the end of the week. (She also loved peonies… but not the ants that often come with them!)
Note- I found a template that fits into an A2 sized envy here  http://apathofpaper.blogspot.ca/2014/04/top-tip-tuesday-numbers-challenge-and.html

Entered into: 
Poppy Power- Copy the Bloomies                                 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Get in Shape               
Artistic Inspirations Challenge- Summer Colors                        

And made another card to enter into a CAS/Single layer card challenge. CASEd this card after one that I received from a friend many years ago. My friend, Molly, excelled at making CAS cards, often with an unexpected twist of creativity. For this card, the twist is a simple fold and cut. Molly passed away about 8 years ago after a short struggle with cancer. We had many laughs together in one of our craft rooms getting inky and sparkly (Molly once made us badges that read, “Yes, I know I have glitter on my face!”) It was fun to remember those times while crafting this weekend.

Entered into: 
AAA Card Challenges- #94 A Collaboration              
Less is More Challenge- Colored Card Base              


  1. Love the Acetate stamping!! and what a fun card! Thank you for joining us at the Victorine Originals Challenge Blog for our Landlubbers theme~ DT MaryAnn

  2. Your OLC is so unique and creative. Love it. So fun and a great dedication to your friend Molly. Thank you for joining us at Less is More in collaboration with AAA Cards.

  3. Great one layer card and I love the twist of the fold out. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  4. All very nice cards. Thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday. Hugz Andrea.

  5. Oh WOW! I love that ship in a bottle card! It definitely fits the Victorine Originals challenge perfectly! Thanks for linking up with us. ALL of your cards are wonderful!

  6. Wonderful Card! That ship in a bottle look is awesome!Thanks for playing along with us over at Victorine Originals Challenge! Have a great day! :)

    Theresa (Victorine Originals DT)
    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  7. Cute Christmas card! Good luck with our CAS-ual Fridays challenge!

  8. The boxed card looks awesome. The doily you added to the sides is perfect. Oh so very pretty! Thank you for casing my creation and for playing in our On the Case this month.

  9. Beautiful coffee cups. Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards.

  10. Wow, love the acetate stamping! Your nautical card is wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Victorine Originals!

  11. Beaitiful cards. Love acetate stamping. I know how it is with stamping on different surfaces. The stamps will slide so you really have to pay attention. Great job!!! Thanks for joining in our challenge over at Victorine Originals.

  12. What a fantastic idea to use acetate for the message bottle and to give added texture and shine to your cards. Lovely projects you have shared

  13. What a wonderful selection of different styles of cards Kathy. Some lovely inspiration here. Really like your one layer with the clever use of the cuts at the bottom of the coffee cups. Great to see a fancy fold too. Thanks so much for popping it in at Less is More xx

  14. What a great one layer card! Love the design - so clever! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

  15. What a wonderful collection of projects! So gorgeous! Love your peonies cards!fabulous! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! barbara

  16. Thanks for entering all of my Craftyhazelnut's challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

  17. Thanks for joining us for the Bugaboo Christmas in July event - good luck in the BIG draw!
    Jen L
    Bugaboo Stamps DT

  18. so cute! thanks for sharing with us at AAA Cards!


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