Sparkly Stained Glass

by Beate Johns

Create a stained glass look by stamping on acetate and applying glitter on the back side of it.


  • Line Image Stamp, Flourishes All That Glitters used here
  • Palette ink™ or other ink that stamps on plastic
  • Glitter in several colors
  • Crystal Effects™ or other clear drying glue
  • Acetate
  • Neutral colored cardstock
  • Embossing Buddy


  1. Step 1

    Stamp image with Palette ink on acetate.

    Let dry or carefully heat set.

  2. Step 2

    Flip acetate over and rub Embossing Buddy all over the back side of the image.

    This will help keep the glitter from sticking to unwanted parts of the acetate.

  3. Step 3

    Add Crystal Effects™ to all parts of the image that will be covered with the first glitter color.

  4. Step 4

    Pour glitter over the glue.

    Martha Stewart Florentine Gold used here.

  5. Step 5

    Tap excess glitter off and add more Crystal Effect™ for the second glitter color.

  6. Step 6

    Pour second color glitter over the image.

    Martha Stewart Turquoise used here.

  7. Tap off excess glitter.

  8. Step 7

    Add more glue and the third glitter color to fill image completely.

    Martha Stewart Verdelite was used here.

  9. Step 8

    Stamp neutral cardstock.

  10. Step 9

    Cut both neutral cardstock and acetate if needed.

    Flip the acetate so that the glitter side of it will face towards your cardstock. That will keep your glitter contained.

  11. Step 10

    Finish your project.

    You can find a complete list of product used here.



    A different kind of sparkle
    Substitute the glitter for Pearl Ex™ powders.
    Instead of glue, use a Versamark™ pen, then add embossing powders instead of glitter. Make sure you have heat resistant acetate for this version.

    Leave out the sparkle
    After stamping your image on the acetate, turn it over and color with alcohol based markers.
    Try mixing Crystal Effects™ with reinkers and coloring the back of the image with the mixture and a paintbrush.

    Add even more shine
    Emboss the image instead of stamping it in Palette ink.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Sparkly Stained Glass. 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.

Hi Beata, what a gorgeous card. Just wondering why you chose to use Palette Ink instead of Stazon Ink? I've never used Palette before, and thougth that Stazon would perhaps dry faster?

Thanks so much for all your inspiration!
LaraB  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 8:13 AM
Hi Lara,
My Stazon ink pad needed re-inking and I was too lazy to find my reinker. Yes, Stazon does dry faster, but Palette ink works just as well (if you are patient to let it dry).
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 8:38 AM
Just beautiful! It doesn't seem terribly difficult, either, which I love. I actually have an ornament image that I think would work well. Thank you, Beate/1
Evelyn  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 9:05 AM
Stunning!! I can't wait to try this....

Did you let the Crystal Effects dry between colors??? I'm wondering if you don't will they run together??
Eryn  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 9:16 AM
Hi Beate
I love all your tutorials, they are great. I am a little confused about this one though. Is the glitter part facing out or laying on the cardstock? and how did you attach the acetate to the neutral cardstock?
Thanks Jacquie
Jacquie  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 9:23 AM
BEAUTIFUL!!! So much like the glass ornaments I grew up with. Thank you for the tutorial!
jen  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 9:58 AM
What is the effect if done on White cardstock?
scrappingmelissa  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 11:41 AM
I was wondering why you used Crystal Effects instead of a glue that dries clear? Is there a difference in appearance? I don't own any Crystal Effects and was wondering what the benefits or noticeable effects it has, if any?
What else is it used for?
sarahsfavfan  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM
You don't have to let the Crystal Effect dry between colors. The first glitter covers it up.

The glitter part is facing the cardstock. It helps to keep the glitter contained. I am all about that. LOL
I added adhesive (here I used snail adhesive) on the neutral cardstock, where the glittered image would be. That way it's hidden and the layers stay together.

If you stamp your image on white cardstock and then add glitter, the stamped lines inbetween might get lost.

Crystal Effect is a clear drying glue. You can also use it to add a shiny layer over your image. Or just use it as regular, strong glue.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 1:16 PM
Where do I buy acetate to use on this project? Can you use regular craft glue that dries clear on this project?
KC Pfafman  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 1:24 PM
Lovely tut.tfs.
i am a little confused you stamped the pine bough , then cut it off..i'm not sure i understand that part..or just a senior moment for me??? ya
Gail  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 1:52 PM
You can buy Acetate at any office supply store as transparencies, or you can buy it at as clear cardstock.

I stamped the pine bow, so that my ornament isn't floating around, but hanging of something. I had to cut most of it off, so I would keep all of the ornament in my circle cut-out.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 2:00 PM
Love your card as always. Different topic. I have been wondering how I could contact you.
Will Nesties cut chipboard? Thanks so much.
Vickie  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 4:31 PM
Holy Smolly need to go lay down and rest that incredibly creative brain of yours !!! This is so it !!
Corinne (aka Roxy)  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 7:04 PM
Thanks Beate for such a great tutorial. Couple of questions:
1. Do you cut out the completed ornament closely to itself, or cut the whole acetate to circle size (that matches the size of the neutral cs)?

2. When you flip over the finished ornament (to contain the clitter), did you spray/brush anything on the glitter side to seal it as well?

thanks again
valerie (vjdeed)  |  Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 7:44 PM
Wow, that is fabulous. What a pretty look. Very Very Very Rich!
Jane Harrah  |  Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 5:01 AM
I cut out the acetate as well as the neutral cardstock with my Nestabilities.
I did not seal the glitter side of the acetate. Once the Crystal Effect is dry, it holds it in place pretty well. No sealing needed.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 10:53 AM
I can't wait to show my girls this technique in my last class of the year! The card you showed is absolutely stunning!

Love it, love it, LLOOOVVEEE it!
Karen  |  Wed Dec 3, 2008 at 12:30 PM
Hi Beate,

How do you use the acrylic stamps. This is my first time trying them and I am not sure how to use them. Thanks for the input. I love this card
Alexandra  |  Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 8:25 AM
Acrylic stamps are easy to use. Pull the stamp off the sheet it comes on and stick it on an acrylic block. If it's the first time you are using that stamp, clean it first, then ink it up with ink and stamp. If the ink doesn't seem to stick right to the stamp, sand lightly over it then try again.
Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 8:38 AM

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