Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Backgrounds with Crystal Lacquer

I am participating in a card swap next month at Red Letter Journals, one of our local scrapbooking shops. The challenge theme is backgrounds. So, here’s what I came up with.

I started with a piece of acetate slightly smaller that my card. I stamped my image—Dragonfly from Earth Art International—on the acetate using black StazOn ink. When stamping on acetate, take special care not to smear the image.Stamped Image

On the reverse side of the acetate, I puddled several colors of Sakura Hobby Craft 3D Crystal Lacquer—pink, gold, green, blue, and violet.Lacquer Application

Using the tip on my finger, I blended the lacquers while spreading them to the edges of the acetate. Just a word of caution here: don’t overdo the blending or you will lose the individual colors and the results will look like mud.Blended Lacquers

Next, I sprinkled the wet crystal lacquer with gem particles available from Sakura Hobby Craftand Gary’s Ultrafine Crystal Glitter from Gary M. Berlin Co.Glittered Image

When this was completely dry, I used my Crop-a-dile to punch holes in each corner and fastened it to the front of my card with velvet brads.Finished Card

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  1. love this technique... add tissue paper also and get another look...

  2. Very nice project Carole! This is something I would love to try sometime. I just love using acetate since it makes whatever's behind it so smooth and shiny!

  3. super technique! can't wait to try it teamie!

  4. Great effects for a nice and easy technique.