Monday, January 18, 2010

Card with Acetate Front

Hi! Thanks for stopping by today! I’m Jeanette and today I would like to show you how to create a card with an acetate front. I made one about a month ago and I received so many enquiries that I thought it would be a good idea to make a small tutorial.
The acetate that I have used is from Fancy Pants and has the design already printed onto it but you can duplicate the look by stamping a plain sheet of acetate and adding stickles.
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1. Materials Needed:
  • You will need cardstock and patterned paper cut to the measurements in the picture above. Please note the 6”x6” piece is a card-base (12”x6” folded in half)
  • Score-pal tape or another strong adhesive
  • ruler
  • exacto knife
  • Circular cutting system. I have used the Creative Memories system but you could even use a small bread plat. Just trace the contour and then cut.
  • Ribbon
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2. Adhere the patterned paper to the cardstock mat. Place tape onto the small piece of folded cardstock and adhere to the back of your mat.
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3. Adhere to your card-base as shown in the picture above.
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4. Take your 5.75”x5.75” patterned paper (the one shown here is different from photo #1 because I forgot to take pictures of the steps and had to redo them!) You are going to cut one side of the square and then the opposite side with your circle cutting system (or plate).
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5. You should end up with two pieces like this.
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6. Place tape onto the wrong side of the cut-0uts.
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7. Take your acetate an place it on top of your card. Position it over your image but make sure not to cover the small flap of cardstock completely. Now take one piece of your cut cardstock from step #6 and place over the flap and acetate. Leave a small part of the flap showing. Press firmly.
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8. Take your remaining cut cardstock and adhere it to the other side of the acetate, lining it up with the piece on the other side. Press firmly.
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9. Take your ruler and line it up against the edge of your card. Take your exacto knife and cut away the excess acetate.
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10. Trim the acetate away on the three edges.
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11. Wrap a piece of ribbon around and tie with a bow.
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On top you can see the finished card and below is the original card I had made.
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I hope that this small tutorial has answered all your questions and perhaps has inspired you to give this type of card a try!


  1. wow...thank you ...this is

  2. Ohhhhh Jeanette, you are a genius! This card is truly a masterpiece and the tutorial is very easy to follow. Thank you for your effort and your inspiration.

    BIG hugs and have a wonderful week!

  3. oh wouawwwwwwwwww fantastic...merci c'est très inspirant une belle carte comme celle-ci!!!

  4. Wonderful card! Thank you for the tutorial

  5. Great tutorial, very easy to follow. Thanks for making this.
    Your card is fabulous!
    Hugs Yolanda

  6. Ohhh wowwww Janette,what beautiful.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  7. Great tutorial. I my try this.
    thank you for the inspiration

  8. Thank you for sharing. I've too try i one time. Beautiful card.

  9. Thank you, Jeanette! This looks like I could even do it :D
    Love and hugs ~ Lori

  10. o my o my..endless images to use..beautiful christmas cards, b'day..etc. etc.. love it..and your easy yo follow tut. ty for sharing this and your beautiful art..loves ya

  11. Thanks for this tutorial. You did inspire me with the first one ;) I made one myself.

    Hugs, moi

  12. This is fabulous - thanks for the tutorial you have made it sound soo simple that I am going to def give it a go today.

    Beccy xx

  13. AMAZING tutorial Jeanette! Thanks for sharing your fabulous creation and instructions with us! I can't wait to try these!!!
    Hugs~ Kim

  14. This acetat technique has been my favourite for years, but this card is a new inspiration. Thanks for sharing

  15. Thank you for your effort and your inspiration.

    Work from home India

  16. I learned a lot of all the tutorials. Please do make some more and we are all becoming as genius as you are! Thanks Ageeth


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