I've been playing around a lot with Window Sheets to get ready for my Technique Night classes this week. And I'm finding out some interesting information, some of it stuff that I wasn't expecting!! I got the idea for this acetate insert card on Pinterest and thought it was perfect for my class, so I came up with a version using the Hello Darling stamp set and the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder.
The biggest thing I've learned about working with acetate is "Keep your work surface clean from adhesive residues and ink and oil." That stuff sticks to the acetate like crazy! I did find something that clears it off, however, through trial and error. It's the Clear Block Cleaning Cloth that Stampin' Up! sells to clean off the clear blocks used for mounting Clear and Photopolymer stamps. But you have to work at it, and it's best to try and keep it as clean as possible.
I also saw a Pinterest entry that said you could dry emboss acetate and the picture showed white images where the acetate had been embossed so you could clearly see the embossed designs. When I tried, no matter how many shims I added, I couldn't get the white edges. The acetate embossed alright, but didn't change from clear look. It also warped the Window Sheet quite a bit, so I decided not to use that technique.
- This view helps you to see the Window Sheet insert in this unique design. I cut out a 2"wide section of my card front and glued top and bottom to the Window Sheet insert with about 1/2" strip of Fast Fuse on top and bottom. To get the edges glued on straight, I lined both parts up on my grid paper. Since you can see right through the Window Sheet, it's easy to use the grid lines to make sure the sections are straight and even. (I should add that I dry embossed the cardstock panels on the front with the Lovely Lace embossing folder after cutting them, but before inserting the Window Sheet,)
- Before gluing the acetate panel in, I heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder the sentiment from the Simply Wonderful stamp set, which is a Sale-A-Bration Reward. This means you can earn it for free with a $60 purchase, before taxes and shipping. The heat embossing went well, but another thing I learned is that you have to use the Embossing Buddy on this surface, before stamping with Versamark Ink and covering with the White embossing powder. I tried not to keep the Heat Tool focused in one spot for too long.
- The images on the paper on the card inside are from the Hello Darling stamp set stamped in Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe.
- The background DSP is from the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper, another Sale-A-Bration reward.
- With the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (yes, another SAB reward) comes some Calypso Coral grosgrain ribbon, I wrapped it all the way around the back side of the lower panel and tied a bow to the left of the card.
If you want to make these cards and live in the area, come and attend my Technique Night Classes.
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