Stained Glass Panels

by Lindsay Adreon

Create a stained glass effect on layered die cut cardstock.


  • Gloss gel medium
  • Palette knives
  • Heavy weight cardstock
  • Acetate
  • Background dies (Kat Scrappiness Butterfly Backdrop used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Adhesive
  • Additives (Catherine Pooler Inks & Glitter used here)


  1. Step 1

    Die cut the die from white cardstock four times.

  2. Step 2

    Cut acetate to fit over all die cut openings.

  3. Step 3

    Cut the front off of an A2 card base. Leave a small overhang (about 1/4") to attach the first die cut panel.

  4. Step 4

    Adhere the first die cut panel to the overhang.

    Put the overhang on top of the die cut panel for a more finished look.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere acetate to the front of the panel. Be sure to cover all of the openings fully.

  6. Step 6

    Adhere two die cut panels together.

    Use a liquid glue here for best adhesion.

  7. Step 7

    Adhere the two die cut panels to the front of the card base, over the acetate.

  8. Step 8 (Optional)

    Mix any additives into the Gloss Gel Medium. Catherine Pooler inks were used here.

  9. Step 9

    Fill the die cut openings with gloss gel medium. Use a palette knife for easy application.

  10. Use the palette knife around the die cut areas to be sure any excess medium is removed from the cardstock.

  11. Step 10

    Allow the gel medium to completely dry.

    This does take some time. I like to let mine dry overnight.

  12. Step 11

    Adhere the last die cut panel to the front of the card base.

  13. Step 12

    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 Stained Glass Panels. 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 lovely, thanks for the tutorial smile
JoannaLees  |  Wed Oct 2, 2019 at 5:35 AM
WOW! Those are very lovely and seem like a lot of work! Kudos to you and your creativity! Very nice job and thanks for sharing with all of us!
bluebird52pa  |  Wed Oct 2, 2019 at 6:07 AM
Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I especially love how you outlined the leaves. The butterflies are so pretty, too! I'm inspired!
FranneB  |  Wed Oct 2, 2019 at 6:32 AM
It's very pretty.

If I understand this right, the front of the card has all 4 layers of the card stock. Isn't that getting a bit thick? Can it mail on a single stamp?

Thanks, Ann
RufsMom  |  Wed Oct 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Can you please tell me the name of the adhesive pen you used in the video? Thank you!!
skoonce2001  |  Wed Oct 2, 2019 at 11:49 AM
I can think of so many cool variations! The acetate could be coloured with alcohol inks. Or use a dimensional adhesive like Glossy accents. Or use transparent or glitter Nuvo drops.
Rebecca Ednie  |  Thu Oct 3, 2019 at 11:01 AM
@skoonce2001 The adhesive I used in the video is the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. Any liquid adhesive, as long as it's strong, will work!

@RufsMom Yes, four layers of cardstock. They mail just as well as any other card and they really aren't that thick. The four layers end up being about as thick as a single layer of foam adhesive!
CaffeinatedCrafter  |  Thu Oct 3, 2019 at 1:15 PM
CaffeinatedCrafter, I hate to pester you, but it looks like you use some sort of a pen with a flat edge. Is that something you use just to spread the glue with?
skoonce2001  |  Thu Oct 3, 2019 at 4:33 PM
Love the card. I was wondering how you made the clouds?
auntmars  |  Fri Oct 4, 2019 at 3:28 AM
I love this card. You inspired me to make one for a sympathy card I needed to send this week. Thank you
B Swere  |  Tue Oct 15, 2019 at 6:30 AM
This is something I've never seen anywhere, and it's awesome! Thank you! I was wondering why it was necessary to cut off the front of the card. Couldn't you just die cut it, too?
grammasuzi  |  Wed Oct 30, 2019 at 4:31 PM

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