Today I’m sharing an acetate graduation card that I created. Acetate cards are so fun to make but do require a bit of thought when you design them. Keep reading for some tips on how to successfully create one.
What are acetate cards? They are cards that are created using acetate, or window sheets, a clear plastic-like product. Sometimes you can find them with designs on them, like what I’ve used for this sample. This is the polka dot patterned sheet from the Birthday Celebrations 12″ x 12″ specialty dsp.
Some of the things you need to keep in mind when designing a card like this is where you will write your message and how you will adhere your focal point. Because the acetate is clear, you can see your adhesive through the back. This may not be an issue for some people. It’s really a personal preference.
My solution to this is to both of these issues is to decide on a size, and shape, to repeat all the way through the card (inside and out). For this card I chose a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ square. This is the black layer on the outside and then I repeated it, using white card stock, on the inside cover, the inside and the back. That way no adhesive can be seen and it provides me with lots of space to write a message.
Tips on folding acetate…
Depending on how thick the acetate is, it can be a bit tricky to fold. It helps to score it on both sides with a fair amount of pressure. After you fold it, burnish it with a bone folder to make it as flat as possible along the score line. It isn’t like card stock and likely won’t sit completely flat and that’s ok. If the acetate is printed, be careful not to damage the printed pattern when you are burnishing it. I positioned a piece of scrap paper over top avoid scratching the pattern.
- Gold Celebrations Acetate: 5-1/4″ x 10-1/2″ scored at 5-1/4″
- Basic Black: 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and scraps for the letters to spell ‘GRAD’
- Basic White: 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (x2) and 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″
- Blueberry Bushel: 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ for die cutting the balloon and ribbon
- Crushed Curry: 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ for die cutting the balloon and ribbon
I also created a matching gift back using the same supplies.
Acetate cards are really fun and a great way to make someone feel extra special. I encourage you to give one a try!
Until next time,
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