Directions for Caught in Crystal:
Supplies Needed: Rubber gloves (opt), Tissue Paper, Acetate Window sheets,
StazOn® Ink, Crystal Effects ®, and Reinkers. Pearl Ex® or Glitter, optional
Pearl Ex can be rubbed in with the reinkers for a more sparkly, metallic
look Step 1.
You may want to wear rubber gloves and protect your work surface.
This is a really easy technique, but it is messy.
Step 2.
Cut a piece of plain white tissue paper slightly larger than your piece of
acetate. Wad it up, then un-wad it, but don’t try to take the wrinkles out.
Lay it aside; we will need it later.
Step 3.
Stamp your image on the window sheet with StazOn. If you use overhead
transparencies, you might be able to emboss your image as well.
Just be careful heating your image or you will warp the acetate.
Step 4.
Turn the “unstamped” side of the acetate up and scribble Crystal Effects
(CE) over it.
Step 5.
Rub the CE around to cover the acetate.
Step 6.
Drop some reinkers randomly around the sheet and smear them a little. If you
smear too much, they will blend together too much and you will get “mud.”
Step 7.
If you want to add some sparkle, add it now. Rub the pearl ex of your choice
in a little. Or sprinkle glitter over the image.
Step 8.
Now you can lay the tissue paper over the glue mixture. Press it down a
little. You don’t want any air bubbles or “white” spots.
Step 9.
Now you have to let it dry. If you have overhead transparencies that you can
heat, use the heat gun… CAREFULLY. Otherwise it is best to wait for a few
hours or overnight.
Step 10.
Now you can finish your card (make sure it’s dry)! Either use the piece as
is or tape it on cardstock and decorate.
Cut it up.
Cut your finished piece apart and use only part of it.
Skip the stamping.
Skip Step 3 and don’t stamp an image on the acetate.
Use it as a background and layer a cut out image on top, or stamp on it
{Adapted from Acetate & Tissue article by Beate Johns,]
Couple of other hints:
…when choosing your colors be sure they are far enough apart on the color spectrum to provide contrast. You also don’t want to use shades of the same color—for example if you use lovely lilac and almost amethyst it won’t look as striking as if you used old olive and brocade blue.
…don’t use too much ink…a couple of drops of each color is more than enough on a 5 x 3 sheet of acetate. Use your brush to move the color around on the acetate…just be careful in not mixing the colors together. …If you mess up you can sometimes take a clean brush and push back the color where you want it.
…patience is the key word when working with crystal effects! Don’t get too anxious to move to the next step after you apply the tissue let the piece dry for a bit before you mount it on the mat.
…matting your piece…it really makes a big difference in how it looks by what color you select to put behind the caught in crystal acetate. Play around until you get the look you want.