Smackin’ Acetate

by Beate Johns

Markers on acetate make a marvelous background.


  • Water-based Markers, Distress markers (Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters and Wild Honey) used here

  • Piece of acetate

  • Misting bottle filled with water

  • Stamps(Taylored Expressions Embrace Beauty used here)

  • Ink

  • Neutral cardstock


  1. Step 1

    Scribble markers on acetate.

    If you don't have a marker handy, try a water brush and re-inkers.

  2. Step 2

    Spray water on the acetate. For a fine mist, hold the bottle about 6 inches away and spray a couple of times.

  3. Step 3

    Place acetate on neutral cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Rub your finger over the acetate to spread the water mixture.

  5. Step 5

    Let cardstock dry.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp image on cardstock.

  7. Step 7

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

This is a good Idea I am going to try it out on my next card that is if you do not mind me useing your idea thank you
Izzabella  |  Wed May 9, 2012 at 3:39 AM
This is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! I'll have to give this a try! SOOO SIMPLE, YET SO GORGEOUS!!!!!! smile
TLady  |  Wed May 9, 2012 at 5:19 AM
Hello Beate, I'm Sylviane and I'm french... sorry for my bad English! Thank you very much for this tutorial, I love it, it's a very good Idéa!!!
sylviane  |  Wed May 9, 2012 at 6:07 AM
Wow Beate - love the effect! Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Jocelyn  |  Wed May 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM
great idea, can't wait to try it, thanks alot..
RUTH  |  Thu May 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Love your videos. You make everything look so easy.
Linda  |  Wed May 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM
Beate,I don't think that there is anything you can't do! You are by far my favorite.....Dance like no one is watching..Have a great day!
lois k mahr  |  Thu May 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM
awesome idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Rose Curtis  |  Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Great and easy-to-understand tutorial, thnx!
natural beauty products  |  Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 12:36 AM
A realy neat idea...nice & simple, and makes A PRETTY BG...
FOXY67  |  Mon Mar 14, 2016 at 9:38 AM
I just watched this again and love the technique! Must try it! Thank you!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Tue Jul 19, 2016 at 3:02 PM

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