Working with Acetate Panels

Hello everyone!  Today I thought we would explore the use of acetate in our projects.  With the newest release from Tim Holtz in his Ideology Line, this is timely technique info!

I planned out my project quite carefully.  I don’t always do this but the elements I was working with are not what I usually use.  I decided on one piece of the coordinating paper, 2 pieces of ephemera, and my acetate sheet.


My ephemera ticket piece was really too long to fit comfortably on my panel.  I ripped off about one inch off the right hand side.  Using a distressing tool, I roughed up the left end of it.  Then I used Antique Linen Distress Ink and inked all of the edges.

I made my card base next.  I used card stock from Brutus Monroe called Whitewash to make a top folding US A2 size card base.  To the base I adhered a panel from the one piece of paper I was using and cut it to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  I adhered this with the the more solid green side showing.

I cut the left over piece of paper, using the floral side,  to exactly the size of the acetate panel.  I adhered just the tape to the card base and my tag to the lower part of the panel.  I needed to adhere my acetate panel.  There are several ways of doing this but for my project I needed a dry adhesive that would not show.  Where the acetate is printed, it’s opaque on the back.  So I used a tape runner and adhered it to the back of where the flowers are.  I also used some at the top left where I knew I was going to place my butterfly that was in the ephemera pack.  I simply applied tape runner to the patterned paper about the size of the butterfly.  Because I’ve used a fairly busy but muted paper for the background, the adhesive does not show at all!

I love the look these acetate panels give to projects.  These would also work well for shaker cards, as you can sandwich the edges of the acetate between layers of card stock.