Less is More – Acetate

This week’s Less is More challenge is to use acetate on your cards. I’ve never been very enthusiastic about acetate, but I had a particular stamp, uninked for ages, that was crying out to be used with a particular technique on the stuff. My neglected stamp is ‘Vogue Silhouette’ by Stamps Happen Inc. I stamped the image on the sheet of acetate with Ranger’s Archival black ink, then turned it over, and applied Art Quest’s Duo Embellishing Adhesive to the back of the dress. The glue starts off white, and becomes colourless and tacky when dry. When the glue became tacky, I sprinkled a good helping of variegated green gilding flakes (available from Crafty Notions) onto the back of the dress, and brushed off the excess back into its container, to use again. An anti-static cloth is useful at this stage, but a used dryer sheet is an excellent substitute, should you not have a cloth. Carefully wipe off the loose gilding flakes from the acetate – yes, it gets everywhere!

I used a creamy card with a golden sheen for my background, and randomly coloured a panel in the same card with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Crushed Olive in a size to match the the frame of the stamped image.  I stuck the panel to the front of the card, using the stamped acetate as a guide.  After folding the acetate to form a jacket over the card, I stuck the two together at the back of the card, near to the folded edge. I felt that the card needed something extra to finish it off, so I added the thin bronze grosgrain ribbon and bow  to the front, and that seemed to do the trick. I also added a piece of the ribbon on the back of the card, which also served to disguise the double-sided tape that I’d used to stick the card and the acetate together.

So here is the finished card.  It’s a shame that the sparkle of the gilding flakes, and the sheen of the card, don’t show up very well in the photo.

I’m finding the LIM challenges tremendous fun to follow, and now that I have three under my belt, I guess that I can call myself a ‘Limette’, which is what Mandi and Chrissie call the challenge participants and blog folllowers.  Well girls, this was a fab challenge, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next week!

Thanks for taking a peep at my card, and I hope to ‘see’ you again soon!

Maria xx

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mandi
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 06:09:33

    Absolutely stunning Maria
    I have a similar stamp, will be inspired by yours one day
    Great card, have a good week
    Less is More


  2. Chrissie
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 08:29:05

    Maria, this is stunning, I’m sure that IRL the gilding looks amazing! I love using gilding flakes but have never tried it on acetate, so this is one to have a go at.
    Your stamp is simply lush! If only I was the right shape to fit into a dress like that!
    Of course you are a LIMette… if you cared to add our banner to your blog you could announce the fact to the world!
    Have a great week.


  3. dollys daydreams
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 10:54:07

    Beautifully stylish and elegant creation I just love it and clever you with the gilding



  4. Stamping 4 Pleasure
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 11:42:30

    Absolutely FANTASTIC.
    Hugs, Sandra


  5. Suze Bain
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 13:45:58

    Wow, Marie this has to be my favourite card this week. Gorgeous image, colours and embellishments. Stunning. x


  6. Linby
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 17:37:37

    This is a stunning card – beautiful. Thanks for the tips on the gilding flakes, I have some but not got round to using them yet.


  7. Sarah
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 20:26:17

    Your card is absolutely lovely, it must look stunning in real life with the gilding. Sarah


  8. Susan
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 02:06:43

    Very elegant!!


  9. Deborah Frings
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 04:11:37

    Absolutely wonderful!! The dress image is perfect for the gilding technique – your card is so elegant. Fabulous job!


  10. Aileen
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 20:23:19

    Love this, very chic. x


  11. Jackie Rushfirth
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 20:27:59

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful love it 🙂


  12. Sarah (sasa)
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 07:05:37

    just love this – colours and image are both divine!
    Thanks for sharing! Sarah at 164


  13. Karen B
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 16:05:57

    Beautiful card Maria – stunning.


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