I have been wanting to try clear (acetate) cards for such a long time, and when I was recently asked to design a few “Speciality Christmas Cards” I thought this was the perfect opportunity! My first purchase was of course Stazon Ink in Cotton White, out came my acetate sheets and away I went. I cut my sheet to A5 (folded it will be a standard card size of C6) and stamped my snowflakes all over BEFORE scoring my fold line. I set the sheets to dry, cooked my children their dinner and once dishes were done and kids were fed, came back to my Craft Room and prepared to play!
I decided to turn my acetate over so that the stamped images were on the inside allowing for a smooth surface on the outside and a more fuss free handle. I scored my cardstock in half on the non printed side to avoid scratching off my design.
One of the biggest issues for me when creating clear cards is that I can’t stand even one small bit of adhesive to show, so the way around this is to make sure all shapes are mirrored on the reverse side (plain card stock), essentially sandwiching the acetate and hiding my adhesive. This die cuts on this first card are created using the Label Framelits and the inside of the card has a plain white one for writing on (with a mirrored piece on the very back to to hide the adhesive of course).
The writing section of this card is on the very back. I cut a banner to the exact measurements and added it to the back, concealing adhesive and offering a solution for the written message at the same time.
Don’t be afraid to play with clear cards! Just be sure to use Stazon or another permanent ink and allow the ink to dry before finishing your card!