Making Cards

Hero Arts Acetate Cards

This is my second time working with these acetate cards. I think they are great, as they are already formed card bases.


Please bare with me, this is my first attempt at a “tutorial” post, and the lighting at my craft area leaves a lot to be desired.

First, I’d like to go over what’s included with the acetate cards. You get 5 already folded acetate card bases, matching white cardstock card bases, and white envelopes.

I was planning on using an acetate card with the Hero Arts Nesting Cloud dies, once my happy mail arrives. I was thinking about the design, when it occurred to me that I could use circles as well :). Here we go!

I started out with the acetate card base, and laid out different sizes of Spellbinders Standard Circles. I knew that I was going to fold the largest circle in the middle, and just needed to select the other sizes. Then I had to pick colors. I already had the Avery Elle Balloon Animals stamped and die cut (I was playing around with ink colors). I decided to use them, and use the ink colors as my color scheme. The paper colors are Neenah Solar White 80 lb, Gina K. Passionate Pink, and the blue was left over from my scrapbooking days. The inks are Lawn Fawn Plastic Flamingo and Merman, and the black is Altenew Jet Black.

This is where the learning from errors comes in :). Starting out, I only cut 2 of each circle. I knew I needed a front and a back for the front panel, so I could cover the adhesive used to attach them to the front. I forgot that I needed another 2, to adhere to the back panel, leave a space for a note inside, and cover that adhesive…


Anyway, I went ahead and adhered the circles to the front panel, using Be Creative double sided tape. I did fold the largest circle in the middle and attached it at the top. I adhered one side at a time, so I wasn’t fighting with the stickiness. When I attached the largest circle to the inside, I folded it in half, then cut it in half. I ended up cutting a sliver off of each side, to make adjustments for the acetate, and to make sure the circles lined up.

I went ahead and attached the rest of the circles, inside and out. This is where I realized I needed circles for the back panel 🙂

I used white to cut out the circles for the back panel. This will provide room for a note inside the card, and a place to stamp my “Handmade by” stamp on the back. Since I already had the circles in place on the front panel, I decided to use them to line up the circles for the back panel. First I added the double sided tape to the “back” of the circle, then I used a removable adhesive on the “front” of the circle to attach the circle meant for the back panel to the existing circle on the inside of the front panel. I folded over the back panel, and pushed down on the circle so it would stick to the back. The removable adhesive rubs off by rubbing your finger across it.

Once I had all of the back panel circles attached, I used my stamping tool to stamp the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Hat’s Off, to the largest circle, right below where I planned to put the balloon animal.

I finished the card off by adding the previously stamped and die cut balloon animals with foam squares. Then I added some sequins from Lucy’s Cards Twinkle Lights (the bigger sequins) and Pretty Pink Posh’s Sweetheart and Aquamarine, both 4 mm. I attached them with Ranger’s Multi Matte Medium, and added drops of Nuvo Crystal drops in Carnation Pink, and Liquid Pearls White and Blue in the center of the sequins to cover the holes. I wish you could see in the pictures how the circles line up perfectly.


Well, that wasn’t so bad. I hope this was helpful, and reading the post wasn’t too painful. I sure decided to start off with a bit of a complicated card 🙂 Please, let me know what you thought of the post, and suggestions or improvements!

See you soon!


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