Acetate Tent Card

by Dina Kowal

Make a tent card with a clear front.


  • Cardstock for base (Neenah 110# Classic Crest Solar White cover stock used here)
  • Background panel (quarter sheet of solid or patterned paper, gel print, stamped, stenciled or sponged background, etc.)
  • Scoring tool
  • Border edge die or large shaped die (Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Oval die used here)
  • Strong double sided tape ( brand used here)
  • Heavy clear sheet (20 mil report cover used here)
  • Dies (Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dance For Joy and The Cat’s Pajamas Grass Cutups used here)
  • Sentiment stamp (Impression Obsession C13769 Happy Thoughts used here)
  • Adhesive (Grafix Artist-Tac Dry Adhesive Sheet used here)
  • Ribbon (opt.)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card


  1. Step 1

    Cut a sheet of sturdy cardstock in half to create a 5 1/2” x 8 1/2" panel.

    Score along the long side at 1 3/4”, 6”, 7”, 8”.

  2. Step 2

    Use a decorative edge die to shape the 1 3/4" end section of the panel.

    If you don’t have a border die, you can use one side of a larger shaped die that will accommodate a 5 1/2" panel width. Slide the panel through the opening of the die so that the cutting edge is only on top of the panel where you want to cut.

  3. Step 3

    Plan your design. If you want to have a stamped sentiment on the 1 3/4" section of the panel, stamp it now. (Remember, the top panel will fold down onto the card front. Orient your stamping as shown.)

  4. Step 4

    Trim down the quarter sheet background panel, cutting 1/8” from the width and length (finished size 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"). Adhere it to the inner section of the card.

  5. Step 5

    Add strong double sided tape on the top flap…

  6. …and on the 1/2" flap at the bottom of the card.

  7. Step 6

    Pull off the liner of the tape at the top of the card first. Line up the acetate panel with the fold, and close the card to adhere.

  8. Step 7

    Fold the panel up at the 6” score line, down, and then up again to create the tent base.

  9. Step 8

    Before removing the liner of the tape on the 1/2” flap, check to make sure the acetate panel is sized correctly. Trim slightly if needed. You may need to trim up to 1/8” from the bottom, depending on the thickness of your cardstock.

  10. Pull off the liner of the tape at the bottom, tucking the acetate under the 1/2" flap. Press to adhere.

  11. Step 9

    Adhere die cuts to the front of the card. Tie a ribbon around the top fold or add other embellishments if desired.

  12. Step 10

    Complete the card.

  13. This card will fold flat for mailing in a standard A2 envelope. Depending on the thickness of your cardstock, the fit may be a little snug, and the card may require extra postage.



  1. For a vertical tent card, begin with a card base that is 9 3/4" x 4 1/4". Score along the long side at 1 3/4", 7 1/4", 8 1/4”, and 9 1/4". Follow the rest of the instructions above.

    Supplies used here: Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border Lawn Cuts, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Balloon Kids, Nestabilities Classic Ovals, The Cat’s Pajamas Grass Cutups; Impression Obsession B13775 So Very Loved

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Acetate Tent 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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Beautiful different card. Thank you.
Angela Reed  |  Wed Feb 13, 2019 at 5:54 AM
Very nice! Thanks so much for the inspiration and great video instructions.
Sue melchione  |  Wed Feb 13, 2019 at 6:58 AM
thank you really clever card, love your srap backgrounds too
eluned jeffery  |  Wed Feb 13, 2019 at 12:44 PM
Hello. really want to make this card but where do i buy the heavy clear sheet 20 mil report cover ?
Thank you and anxious to make.
Linda R
Linda Rohland  |  Wed Feb 13, 2019 at 5:45 PM
Hi Linda! I buy mine from a book binding supply site called - they're the clear covers. If you have a print shop close by, you might be able to purchase single sheets.
dina  |  Wed Feb 13, 2019 at 9:24 PM
Awesome tutorial. Thank you SO much!
Prissequito  |  Thu Feb 14, 2019 at 7:44 AM
Hi Dina! Your card is both beautiful and clever, awesome tutorial, I can't wait to make one! I have acetate and I wonder if I were to put two sheets together it would make it stronger, have to try this, thank you for the inspiration!
Naomi Winters  |  Thu Feb 14, 2019 at 8:01 AM
Naomi, try it and let us know! You could even tuck something in between!
Dina  |  Thu Feb 14, 2019 at 8:25 AM
Love this tutorial! I made tent cards in the last using my Silhouette Cameo but never thought to use acetate plastic for the window.

Thanks for the trick and tips, Dina!
Helen Gullett  |  Wed Feb 20, 2019 at 9:24 PM
Since seeing this tutorial I have made several of these. Love, love giving them. Thanks for the in depth, easy to follow instructions. I like the video AND the written!
Rhonda Welsh  |  Sun Mar 3, 2019 at 2:38 PM
I love this idea and am wondering where you got the sticky dots paper you adhered the die cut parts to. I didn't see it in your list. Thx for sharing your creativity
Cookie  |  Sun Mar 17, 2019 at 11:53 PM
Cookie thanks! It's called Grafix Artist-Tac Dry Adhesive Sheet and I get mine here:
dina  |  Mon Mar 18, 2019 at 6:22 AM
This is a fantastic card! Keep up the great work!
Kristal DeBold  |  Thu Aug 1, 2019 at 4:27 PM
I love the look of the acetate card but often wonder what glue is the best, because it will be seen from the inside. Do you recommend double sided tape?
Thanks for you help.
Tinytoes4  |  Mon Nov 18, 2019 at 10:36 AM

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