Glitter & Acetate Tutorial
1. Gather all the supplies you will need.
Stamps, Acetate sheets, stazOn pad (& cleaner), glitter, glue & lots of scrap paper! I used Stampendous Glitters for this sample in pearl Lavender, pearl Mint Green, and pearl Melon. I also used Sunny Flowers Stampendous stamps.
2. You will want to use a StazOn pad for this technique so that you get a good impression on the acetate. Make sure your pad is really inky! The acetate will stick to your stamp so be sure to gently peel it off so that you don’t smear the image. If your image is too wet, simply blot it off on some scrap paper. Don’t forget to use the StazOn cleaner to clean your clear stamps immediately since acrylic stamps do not like solvent inks! I clean mine then rinse them in a bowl of warm water with a bit of dish soap to get the cleaner off too!
3. Flip the image over, you will be applying the glitter to the back side of where you stamped (This way you can still see the black lines clearly when its done) You want to do one section at a time with the glitters. The glue will dry enough to work with additional colors within a few minutes, but I will skip adjacent sections, then come back to them after a bit of drying time. Apply your glue sparingly, but be sure to cover every bit of open space within the section of the image you are working on. Do a small section at a time. Also, You will want to go all the way up to or even onto the black lines, as the glue will shrink in a bit after it is dry. (I used PVA glue by Kay Kraft, that was what was recommended to me and it dries pretty fast…about 4 hours to total hard-as-a-rock dry…and dries clear. Other glues such as Aleene’s or Crystal Effects should be fine, but dry time may differ)
4. When you add the glitter, overcoat the image. (Do this over a scrap sheet of paper so that later you can funnel it back into your container). I will then lightly press with my fingers on top of the glitter so that I am sure its adhered. Then shake and tap off the excess. Don’t be afraid, it won’t fall off!
A 5. After your area is glittered you can clean it up a bit by brushing the surrounding areas off with a flat brush (Don’t get too close to the glitter yet…) Also you can use a flat rounded object to scooch the glitter back into the lines if you went out a bit (you need to do this while its still wet!)
6. Keep moving to the next area until the image is complete. Let the image dry completely before trying to trim the acetate. Also once the image is really dry you can run that same brush all around the acetate, even up next to the glittered areas to really clean it up. Total dry time will vary, but you will know its done when you can see the glitter color clearly through the other side. (It will appear white until dry) And once its hard you know its done!
That’s the basics! All you have to do is complete the card…now you try one! Here are some of the samples that I created.
This is the card that I finished using the piece for the tutorial. The pale green (Melon) is a bit hard to see (its in the center around the purple dots), but if I tilt the card to see the color, the flash hits the acetate wrong and creates a glare. Hmmm.
I cut the acetate piece to a small rectangle, then mounted that on a piece of Salt Dotted Swiss Bazzill (The image is glued on to glitter parts so that it doesn't show through.
I also stamped, glittered and cut out 2 separate leaves on scrap acetate then stuck them behind the flower image.
One more sample for you today. This one uses the same flower image from Sunny Flowers by Stampendous. I used Stampendous Tigerlily and Sunflower pearl glitters for this one. After the image was dry I added black glitter to the front of the piece on the dots for added interest.
The background paper is Bo Bunny from the Love Shack collection. I stamped some flowers over the corners from a different Stampendous set...Jumbo Flower... then also added black glitter to the centers of those.
I hope this was helpful for you! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or email me! Thanks for stopping by today! -Cyndi
PS I have MOVED my blog! Please follow me over to: The Scrappy Chick!