Trapped Crystal

by Rebecca Ednie

Create an icy or sparkly background using acetate, glitter and clear glaze.


  • Heavy weight cardstock
  • Acetate (heat resistant is preferred)
  • Glitter of choice (mylar flakes used here)
  • Clear drying gloss adhesive (Glossy Accents used here)
  • Heat tool
  • Small spoon
  • Clamps (bamboo clothespins used here)
  • Painters or removable tape
  • Hardboard like clipboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Draw your desired shape on a piece of cardstock with at least 1/2" border. Cut a piece of acetate to the same size.

  2. Step 2

    Fill the shape with the glossy adhesive.

  3. Sprinkle on glitter.

  4. Step 3

    Press the acetate onto the shape until it comes into contact with the adhesive. You may have to squish it around a bit and the adhesive will overlap your shape.

  5. Step 4

    Clamp the acetate to the paper. The paper will want to warp and pull away from the acetate. The clamps will prevent this.

  6. Step 5

    Allow to dry for 10 minutes. Press out any bubbles under the acetate.

  7. Step 6

    If you wish, you can use a heat tool to dry the paper. If you choose to do so, use heat resistant acetate to prevent melting. Tape the paper upside-down to a hardboard or clipboard using removable tape. Heat the back of the paper stopping every 60 seconds or so to smooth out any warps. This will also remove any bubbles forming on the other side.

  8. Step 7

    When dry, cut out your shape and use it on your project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Trapped Crystal. 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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Just so love it. Have to try it for Christmas
Lynette Panozzo  |  Wed Mar 20, 2019 at 3:50 AM
Very clever way of using glitter. I like using glitter so this technique really looks great. Looking forward to giving this a try. Thanks for sharing
Rommy  |  Wed Mar 20, 2019 at 5:50 AM
Great tutorial and I love how the tag turned out. Many thanks for sharing
Johanna Rundell  |  Wed Mar 20, 2019 at 12:38 PM
A really cool idea. How did the finer glitter look? So, chunky is better?
Bessie Phillips  |  Wed Apr 17, 2019 at 7:09 AM
Any iridescent glitter worked well. The non-iridescent didn’t show up well.
Rebecca Ednie  |  Wed Apr 24, 2019 at 10:03 PM

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