Sunday, 20 February 2011

Try The Acetate and Marker Technique

For my February Stamp A Stack class I'm going to teach the participants 2 new techniques. Both of them are quite quick, but will open up enormous creative possibilities when used in a variety of ways.

This technique - Acetate and Marker - is one I've just started to experiment with, and I'm finding it lots of fun. I created this card for teenagers, as one that will be on the agenda for the class, and I love the idea that different colours can be used for each of the cards with a simple wipe of the Acetate sheet.

Don't you love the background? You'll find Acetate  on page 122 of Stampin' Up!'s current  Idea Book and Catalogue under the label WINDOW SHEETS.  I find the THICK Window Sheets work best for this. You can cut them in 4 pieces for easy handling for these projects, and they also make great additional transparent sheets  for your Stamp A Majig. 

Draw the desired scene or pattern directly onto the Acetate, being careful to start with your lightest colour, then add other colours as desired.

HINT: Remember these colours are somewhat transparent, and will make neutrals if you overlay them too much. 

This is quite an experimental phase for you to enjoy. Try different colour combinations, try huffing on the Acetate before turning it over onto Whisper White card. I tried spritzing with Shimmer Mist made from Shimmer Paint (page 143) - this dulls the colours but makes for an interesting background. 

You can see in the detail that a great sketchy looking background can be achieved - so be free with the marker application if you want to achieve this look.

I dried the print with a heat gun then stamped the guitar player image in Versa Mark and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder (page 141). The Frame is made using the Big Shot from Stampin' Up!®  and the Square Lattice Embossing folder.

Notice the tiny clip attached to the greeting? You'll find those great fun to use on cards - they are called Mini Library Clips (page 139 of the Idea Book and Catalogue) and the greeting is from the brilliant Word Play Stamp set (page 103). I've selected part of the phrase and coloured directly onto the rubber  with my Black Stampin' Write Marker.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes- Masculine Colours
2 Sisters - Embossing (I've used both heat and dry embossing)
Easy Craft Projects - Something for the Boys

Here is another example to show you how this technique can be used as a background for scenes.

If you'd like to have a play with this technique you are welcome to join my classes or organize a technique class for yourself and some friends.  Just contact me for further information.

I hope you've been inspired to try this technique and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Until next time

Stay Crafty


  1. So cool! Simple and stylish!
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

  2. Great card, love how you did the background! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Sundaes!

  3. Wonderful and creative idea - and it looks cool.


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