Stained Glass Card-making Techniques Using Glitter

by Bethany Seeley

Glitter is fun, festive and eye-catching. For special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, weddings and baptisms, use glitter to create a card that replicates the beauty of a stained glass window. Purchase acetate sheets at a craft and hobby store or use a piece of overhead transparency film. For the best results, choose a simple design without a lot of small spaces.

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What You Will Need

Acetate sheet Scissors Card stock Alcohol-based stamp pad Rubber stamps Mousepad Clear glue Glitter Double-sided tape Used fabric softener sheet Clear embossing ink Embossing powder Embossing heat tool

Stamping the Image

Cut a sheet of acetate into a rectangle slightly smaller than the card you wish to make. Lay the acetate on your work surface. Ink the rubber stamp of your choice with the alcohol-based inkpad. Stamp the image onto the acetate. Press firmly, but do not wiggle the stamp from side to side, as this will cause the image to be blurry. You may find it helpful to place an old mousepad under the acetate before stamping on it. Set the acetate aside until the ink is thoroughly dry.

Adding the Glitter

Flip the acetate sheet over so that the stamped side faces down. With the tip of your glue bottle, fill a small section of your stamped image with glue. If your glue bottle does not have a small enough tip, use a small paintbrush to apply the glue. Sprinkle glitter over the wet glue. If you have multiple areas in your image that you would like to make the same color, fill them all in at the same time. Pour off any excess glitter and set aside to dry. Repeat this step for every additional color, using only one color at a time.

Assembling the Card

Apply a thin strip of double-sided tape around the edge of the acetate on the same side as the glitter, and gently stick it to the front of your card. The glitter side will face away from you, and give the effect of stained glass. Cut a frame the same size as your card from another piece of card stock and glue it over the acetate. This will hide the glued edges of the acetate and give your card a finished look. Add eyelets, decorative staples or brads to the corners to reinforce them, if desired.

Embossed Variation

For an even more realistic stained-glass look, use clear embossing ink and black or gold embossing powder instead of the alcohol-based ink. To do this, first rub the acetate gently with a used fabric softener sheet, then stamp the image with clear embossing ink. Pour the embossing powder over the stamped design and pour off the excess. Use an embossing heat tool to melt the embossing powder until it is shiny. Use caution to prevent the acetate from melting as well. You may find it helpful to heat the powder for a few seconds at a time, allowing the acetate to cool off before continuing. When the embossing powder has melted, allow it to cool completely. Follow the remainder of the instructions for adding the glitter.

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