Floating Strips

by Melissa Stout

Use acetate to float strips of cardstock over your card front.


  • Cardstock
  • Window Sheets or acetate
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive (Tombow Mono Liquid Glue used here)
  • Foam adhesive strips or Dimensionals
  • Scissors
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (die cut from Stampin’ Up! Iconic Dies, greeting from Peekaboo Farm stamp set, embellished with 2020-2022 In Color Square Gems)


  1. Step 1

    Cut white cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11". Score at 5 1/2” for card base.

    Cut another piece to 4” x 5 1/4” for the card layer.

    Cut an acetate sheet to 3 3/4” x 5”.

    Cut a variety of cardstock strips to any width. For the sample, strips are cut 1/4” - 1/2” by 5 1/2”.

  2. Step 2

    Starting at the bottom of the acetate sheet, begin adhering cardstock strips with liquid glue.

  3. Continue adding strips of cardstock to the acetate sheet, leaving space between the strips, until you reach the top.

  4. Step 3

    Allow the glue to dry, then turn the acetate over and trim off any excess cardstock with scissors.

  5. Step 4

    Apply foam adhesive strips to the back of the acetate, using the cardstock strips on the front to hide the adhesive.

  6. Step 5

    Peel off the backing and adhere the acetate sheet to the white card layer and base.

  7. Step 6

    Embellish the card front as desired.

  8. Step 7

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Floating Strips. 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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As a ‘modernist’ this may be my favorite ever. TY.
susycm  |  Wed Jul 7, 2021 at 6:21 AM
Love this idea...going to do it in Christmas or Thanksgiving colors...thanks very much
imaskot  |  Wed Jul 7, 2021 at 6:53 AM
I love this idea and I plan to try it to use up some of my Christmas paper scraps. I also have a lot of die-cuts that would be perfect to embellish the card.
janetannc  |  Wed Jul 7, 2021 at 12:06 PM
Had fun creating with this technique!
muscrat  |  Wed Jul 7, 2021 at 12:52 PM
Fun! Thanks for sharing!
Susanne527  |  Wed Jul 7, 2021 at 9:41 PM
This is awesome and so very versatile! NOW I know what I can do with all those paper strips I have lying around...TFS
jmhoffmann  |  Thu Jul 8, 2021 at 3:03 AM
I imagine this could work with ribbon scraps, too. A bit of Fray-Chek on the ends of the strips would keep the ribbon neat.
Blue-Spruce  |  Sun Jul 11, 2021 at 7:56 AM
Fabulous way to use our scraps!! Love this idea, and just purchased a bunch of acetate, so now I know exactly what I am going to do first! wink
jheyer  |  Thu Jul 22, 2021 at 8:37 AM
What a great idea! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.
BZstampr  |  Wed Aug 25, 2021 at 6:39 AM

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