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!

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Questions and Comments

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I love this... but how do you add embellishments to the transparency. What did you use for the embellishment? If I try to emboss on transparency it melts. Any suggestions?
Joanne  |  Sat Sep 4, 2010 at 7:21 PM
I have had a hard finding clear acetate sheets to make cards. Would you share with me where I should purchase them and the ideal thickness?

Thank you.
Long Beach, CA
Linda Lee  |  Sat Aug 6, 2011 at 12:29 AM
I bought my acrylic sheets at Office Depot where they make prints at in the store. They have a number of thickness's and I just picked the one out that I liked the best. It worked out beautifully! I got first place in the state fair on my card!
Wink  |  Sat Aug 6, 2011 at 8:04 PM
Where do you find the Pallette hybrid ink? Any major stores carry it? Stazon doesn't come in many colors.
I did a stamp on acetate with SU craft inks then sprinkled SUdazzling diamonds over to set the ink and attached the acetate sheet backward on the card with corner brads. But I want to find the ink you used so I don't have to worry about drying.
M'Gene  |  Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM
This is stunning! I am going to have to find that white stayzOn ink! Very nice smile
Melanie  |  Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 6:51 AM

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