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.

I've just discovered this site and the wealth of ideas. Thanks for sharing. I've just begun using glitter. If you glitter on cardstock, is there a way to seal it, or do you always use glitter on acetate and then glue it to cardstock???
GBN  |  Thu Jan 1, 2009 at 7:40 AM
How did you attach the acetate to the cardstock?
Rosemary  |  Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 4:38 PM
Hi Rosemary,
If you carefully place the Acetate piece on your cardstock before it's all the way dry and then let it dry on the cardstock, it will stick to it. You can also just let it dry, add a little crystal effect back over the glitter and press it on your cardstock.
beate  |  Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 5:35 PM
Oh wow Beate ! you get me so inspired . thank you so very much for all the great tutorials. your my idea of a rock star . hats off and the happiest of new years ...anne marie
anne marie  |  Mon Jan 4, 2010 at 7:56 AM
I'm having a heck of a time keeping the crystal effects in the lines of the image I'm trying to do this to, as well as the embossing buddy not keeping the glitter from sticking to parts of the acetate. What am I doing wrong?
Lee  |  Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 12:20 AM
is it possible that your Crystal Effects bottle's opening is a bit too big and it might be coming out too fast?

If the glitter sticks to other parts of the acetate than the ones with the glue on, wait until the image is completely dry and then use a brush to wipe off the access glitter before moving on to the next step.
Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 5:19 AM
I'll have to try a different bottle top to see if that makes a difference. I did use the brush once everything was dry, and that helped, but there were straggler pieces of glitter.

I do have another question now. How do you get the excess powder from the anti static off the acrylic, so it looks clear again, without scratching the acrylic?
Lee  |  Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 11:20 AM
Try blowing the glitter away. If that doesn't work because of the static, try a swiffer cloth.
Beate  |  Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM
Dear Beate~

You are fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to make these tutorials (especially the videos) for me/us to learn.

I am curious if you have a degree in art or something, or if you are just amazingly creative and talented!

He IS Able,
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Mon Aug 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM
Great project love the fact that the glitter is contained underneath. Can't wait to give it a try
Georgia  |  Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 8:18 PM
I have to try this. I love glitter! If it wasn't 10PM I would head down to my workshop right now!
Joyce Pacer  |  Sun Nov 28, 2010 at 8:59 PM

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