Acetate Card

by Linda Nicholson

Clear cards with suspended elements are certainly eye-catching, and it's easy to wonder where you'd sign them!


  • Acetate sheet

  • Cardstock for images and matting (Here 2" x 2 ¼" and 2 ½" x 2 ¾" Shimmery White, 2 ¼" x 2 ½" Soft Sky, 2 ½" x 2 ¾" Brushed Silver, 2 ¾" x 3" Blue Bayou)

  • StazOn® or Palette™ Hybrid Ink for stamping on acetate (here Cotton White Staz-On)

  • Ink in color of choice to stamp on cardstock (here Soft Sky)

  • Glue Dots

  • Stamps

  • Soft cloth to wipe away fingerprints/smudges from acetate. (Optional)


  1. Step 1

    Cut and score acetate sheet to desired card base size. Here acetate was cut to 5 ¼" x 11” to create a 5¼" square card.

    Wipe away any fingerprints with a soft cloth.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp stamp images with StazOn™ or Palette™ Hybrid ink on front of the acetate card base. Be careful not to smear images as acetate tends to be a little slippery. Set card base aside.

  3. Step 3

    Take 2" x 2 ¼" cardstock and stamp desired image with classic dye ink. Mat with 2 ¼" x 2 ½" Soft Sky cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Apply glue dots to all four corners on the back of stamped image. Center on acetate card base front and attach.

  5. Step 5

    Open card and apply glue dots directly behind the stamped image panel on the inside front of the acetate card.

    By placing the glue dots directly behind the stamped image, no adhesive will show the next layer is attached. Be careful not to let the glue dots touch the inside back of card.

  6. Step 6

    Take 2 ½" x 2 ¾" Brushed Silver cardstock and attach directly behind stamped image. This will be the third mat layer so take care to mat evenly.

  7. Step 7

    Take 2 ½" X 2 ¾" Shimmery White cardstock and attach glue dots on all 4 corners. This is where a greeting can be written and will be attached on the inside back of the card base.

  8. Step 8

    Carefully line up 2 ½" x 2 ¾" Shimmery White cardstock and align it so that it is directly behind Brushed Silver layer on the card front. When lined up correctly, this piece will be invisible when the card is closed.

  9. Step 9

    Flip card over (so back of card base is facing you) and apply glue dots to acetate card base directly behind the Shimmery White cardstock layer.

  10. Step 10

    Take 2 ¾" x 3" Blue Bayou cardstock and attach to acetate, being careful once more to mat evenly (the matting will appear behind the Brushed Silver layer as the Shimmery White layer is hidden).

  11. Step 11

    Embellish as desired.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Acetate Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

still confused about how not to see the glue dot from the inside if you put something to the front
are you saying put another piece of paper directly behind it on the inside that doesn't seem right

please explain to me again
valerie  |  Mon Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27 PM
I am SOOO excited to make this one!!!
MamaCass  |  Tue Jun 17, 2008 at 4:52 AM
when you open the card where you place the cardstock on the front you are going to see the glue dots right????
valerie  |  Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 3:03 PM
wow~I's really elegance!
Yunmin  |  Thu Aug 7, 2008 at 10:35 PM
I love clear cards! This is one that I will have to try!
Da' Bratt  |  Sun Aug 10, 2008 at 3:50 PM
Hi! This is a cute Card!
Cristiane Werner  |  Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 2:01 PM
Please help me - I love this card - what a great idea but where did you get the acetate sheets at Archivers they are so expensive and online I don't know what the weight I should look for is - is it hard to cut and should you score it - I would really appreciate the help - thank you so much!!!
Anne  |  Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 8:43 AM
for static: rub a used dryer sheet across the acetate
Angelia  |  Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 1:47 PM
I am really impressed by this card it is clean and classy.
Jenn  |  Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 11:18 AM
Please tell me what is on the very back of this card? The card is beautiful and I plan to make it very soon. I have the acetate and I found it at an office supply store, however very expensive, but you get alot in a box. I understand the idea of hiding each layer, but cannot figure what is put on the back to hide the inside layer. Thanks so much.
Jackie  |  Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 8:01 AM
Love it! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Charlene Andrews  |  Wed Feb 4, 2009 at 11:06 PM
Grafix .007 Clear Craft Plastic is great for cards. Do not purchase 3M CG6000 Multipurpose Transparency Film -- it is coated on one side & has a white strip at the top. Found out the hard way after purchasing an entire box.
Kathy  |  Sun Feb 15, 2009 at 7:58 PM
Hi...I found this paper at Michael's Crafts. They call it Card Stock Vellum. It's the same stuff. 99 cents a sheet for an 8 1/2 x 11. Also comes in 12x12 for a little more.
Gwen  |  Wed Mar 18, 2009 at 3:45 PM
I also have used the Grafix .007 Clear Craft Plastic. It folds well, and works great for cards. I am going to try and use it in my Cricut. I think it will work good in it!
Jenny  |  Fri May 8, 2009 at 5:43 PM
I love this card and want to try it for a wedding. Would SU thick or medium window sheets work for this? You only get two in a package so I really don't want to waste them trying - so if anyone has any ideas please share.
Laurie  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 6:44 AM
Brilliant designed card.

Please let me know what weight of Acetate to use please.


Judy Embrey  |  Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 3:03 AM
I am working on the Acetate Card and find a problem in the instructions, the first #9. I find the following info: "Take 2 ¾’ x 3”" Can you help me and verify what it is. I believe it is to read Take 2 3/4" x 3" Blue Bayou which is shown in the #10 directions and pictures - the first #9 and then #10 seem to read the same. There are two #9 directions also. Help!!!! Thanks.
Maggie  |  Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 8:50 PM
I wrote a several drafts of a letter to a loved one on (what I think is) blue acetate with silver gel pen. Only one of the three different silver gel pens actually dried after a while, and only then with the aid of cooking it in the oven at 280 F (protecting it by laying it on a piece of cardboard). The other two silver inks kept smearing. I found the acetate at Goodwill and only now do I realize what a deal I got. How can I find some more online at a reasonable price? I can't believe how difficult it is to find BLUE acetate! Help!
Trog Blckerson  |  Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 12:07 AM
Can an image stamped on acetate be colored and if so, with what? Thanks in advance.
Lynne E. Monette  |  Tue Mar 30, 2010 at 10:52 PM
This card is very elegant. What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to try it.
Wink  |  Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 6:34 PM

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