Monday, 14 February 2011

Plastic Fantastic!

I have a whole box of acetate sheets which sits on the shelf in my craft room waiting to be used and getting very much ignored for most of the time.  I usually dust it off when I make shaker cards or need a nice surface for mixing some stains on and creating background papers or for making butterflies 'fly' off the card, but other than that I haven't really done much with it at all really.  So it was a real challenge for me to come up for something for the Crafty Cardmakers spotlight on plastic and the only plastic I had to play with was acetate (unless you include shrinkies which become more like foldy-uppies-and-mangle-in-a-messies).  I know, from a bit of research, that alcohol inks just about take on acetate, and the only alcohol based ink I have is promarkers so I decided to have a dabble.

I went to a craft fair last year where I picked up a stack of peel-offs (as a lot of newbie crafters do) and amongst those were some butterfly ones which I quite like but have hardly used simply because they were peel-offs!  But still, they were perfect for what I had in mind so I stuck one onto a sheet of acetate, coloured the reverse with promarkers and cut it out and bend it a little with my heatgun.  See I can do something with plastic lol  Luckily it didn't turn back into a caterpillar and fell into roughly the right shape.  I then used some new nesties I have to create some concentric scalloped circles with some lovely hot pink shiny mirror card (rescued from the bottom of a giftset of hairbrushes!) and then squidged some shimmer mists about on another piece of acetate and cut that out with the next size nestie, then did another bigger still in black.  Stuck it all together with a combination of glue and DST then started on the background.  I used a spare bit of my fave silver meshy background and chucked a bit of silver embossing powder about and heated it for good measure.

Here's a closeup of the centre of the card:

I would also like to enter this for the following challenges:

One Stitch At A Time - Make it Pretty
I Did It Creations - Bling it up


  1. What a beautiful butterfly, it makes a stunning card. I love the way you've described your creative process, made me laugh, lol. xx

  2. This is lovely! Peeloffs come into their own like this, don't they? Beautiful!

  3. gorjuss this is , love the use of peel offs hun

    judie xx

  4. Such an unusual and colourful project Sarah - very pretty butterfly! Must have a play with my acetate sheets!
    This is the beauty of Crafty CardMakers - it takes us out of our comfort zone and makes us use stash we don't think to use!

  5. Wow, this is brilliant. I love the colours & we all have loads of peel offs that we dont use anymore, so now you have me thinking. Lovely work & thanks for joining us at OSAAT

  6. OMG!
    Sarah this is fab honey! Love the gorjuss bright colour! And adore it of course because of the flutterby!!
    Fab idea honey, clever you!!
    Hugs Melly xxx