How to Create a Clear Card Overlay

Posted by Chrissie Tobas
Learn how to create a textured clear overlay for your cards to make them totally unique!

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Learn how to create a textured clear overlay for your cards to make them totally unique!

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  • Clear Acetate
  • White Cardstock
  • Watercolor Cardstock
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Water Brush
  • Waffle Flower Celebrate Word Die
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Stick It Adhesive Sheets
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Tape Runner
  • Scoreboard
  • Sizzix Embossing Folder
  • Stampers Anonymous Blueprint Treats Stamp Set
  • Spectrum Aquas: Chestnut (Nature), Purple (Primary), Blossom (Floral), Begonia (Floral)

Trim down the clear acetate. Since my card will be the standard 4.25 x 5.5 size, I am making it 4.25 x 5.75. I want a small overlap so I can secure (and hide) the acetate. Trim it and then score it 0.25 down.

Use an embossing folder with the acetate. Place it in the folder and run it through the die cutting machine, using the appropriate 'sandwich' for whatever machine is being used. The acetate embosses just as well as card stock and looks pretty cool!

Stamp the ice cream image in VersaFine on watercolor cardstock and heat emboss it with clear powder. It isn't necessary to heat emboss (as long as you are using an ink like Memento that won't bleed), but I like to use Versafine and heat emboss for two reasons: 1.) VersaFine stamps very crisp and clean and by using embossing powder, it seals in the ink so it won't bleed; 2.) The raised outlines are a great contrast to the soft watercolor look.

I used Spectrum Aqua Markers to watercolor this image in. I scribbled colors onto a ink block and used a waterbrush to then "paint" in the color. You can use any medium you'd like, but if you want an effect simliar to this one, stick with watercolors!

Flick the brush onto the panel to create splatters and add a light shadow around the image, too.

Next, add some Stick It to the back of a watercolor cardstock scrap. Then, die cut the "celebrate" three times. By having Stick It added before die cutting, it creates a double sided tape effect. All I had to do was peel off the backer from the die cut and it was self-adhesive!

Adhere all 3 die cuts together. Then, using the same technique that was used to color in the stamped image, add color to the bottom of the word die and then blend it out with water. This creates an ombre effect. Now, we have a custom, raised die cut that will be the perfect accent to our card.

Adhere the clear overlay we embossed earlier to the front panel. Add adhesive to the scored area and attach it to the back of the panel. Then, adhere that panel to a standard case base (4.25x11, scored and folded at 5.5 inches). By adhering the clear overlay to the panel first, this hides the adhesive and clear flap! Lastly adhere the die cut to the front of the clear overlay. Make sure it does not cover up the stamped image, but that it sits below it and to the right.

Creating a clear overlay, then adding a die cut to the front creates a unique dimension to the card and really makes it stand out!

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Happy Crafting!