A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Glittered Poppies on Acetate

It's mid-month so time to remind you to have some fun with incorporating acetate into your clean and simple mixed media card for the CAS Mix Up challenge!

And because it's our second birthday, we are celebrating and there are prizes to be won this month!

I chose to use glitter with my acetate this time:

I used the technique in this video for adding the glitter to the acetate.  But I gave my card more dimension by popping up the panel with the acetate on fun foam.

I stamped and heat embossed the poppies on the front of the acetate.  Then working from the back, I used a clear-drying glue and glitter to colour the poppies.  I used red glitter on two of the larger poppies and burgundy glitter on the third large poppy.  Then I mixed red and gold glitter for the smaller ones, and for the two bottom ones, I used the leftover bits of all the colours.

When you first turn it over, it just looks like white blobs of glue from the front - it needs a few hours for the glue to completely dry and turn clear, and then you can see your lovely colours of glitter.

I die cut a rectangular window in my top layer of cs, taped the acetate panel (heat embossed side up, glitter to the back) behind it, and added a die cut frame.  Then I backed this panel with foam tape so that the poppies appear to be floating above the card base.  You can sort of see that here (and also can see the glitter colours better):

I'll be back in a couple of days with another card using this technique but layered over a smooshed background.

You have until March 24th to join us at CAS Mix Up with a clean and simple card featuring stamping, acetate, and at least one other element - I have heat embossing, colouring with glitter, and die cutting.

This is my last post as a Design Team member for CAS Mix Up!  I'm honoured to be the hostess for this month - going out in high style!  I'd like to thank Loll and Bonnie for all their help - it's been quite a learning curve for me and they've been very patient!!  And now off to my new Design Team at their CAS Christmas Card Challenge!

I'm also adding the card to a couple of other challenges:

Where it's ANYTHING GOES as long as there's stamping on it, and my poppies are stamped.
 Create anything that sparkles and all those glittered poppies definitely sparkle!

Stamps - Penny Black
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - acetate, clear embossing powder, glitter, clear-drying glue, MFT pierced rectangle frame die, foam tape


  1. Susan what an amazing card. The glitter is stunning on those fabulous poppies and love how you've used several colours. They really do look like they are floating. Your sure are going out with style x

  2. Meant to say thank you so much for a wonderful theme this month and for hosting this fun challenge x

  3. WOW! Love the impact of the glitter on this Susan! I never think to use it and just love the way that looks. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. What gorgeous red sparkle on these wonderful poppies on the acetate Susan! Thanks so much for such an inspiring challenge this month! we'll miss you but know you're not far away!! Julia xx

  5. This has to be one of the prettiest glitter cards I've ever seen!! I literally let out a gasp when I first saw it! Amazing design and technique Susan!! I hope to give this a try soon. Great work with using the two shades of red, and then adding gold to lighten the mix for the smaller flowers. And not wanting to waste any, combining all three for the last flower. So creative!

    It's been a joy having you on the CAS Mix Up team Susan. I have seen your mixed media techniques grow over the past couple of years. I know that you have loved the learning and how it has inspired you to release your inner artist. I will miss you on the team, my friend. xx

  6. OMG...this is just STUNNING Susan!! I am so going to try this with glitter...did you use a microfine glitter or a chunky glitter? Lovely, lovely card!! :0)

  7. Wow! You are really ending your DT stint at CMU with a bang, my friend! It's been such a pleasure having you on the team and we only let you go because we know you will continue to be mixing it up with us! Thank you for all you have contributed to our team. Your glitter on acetate is AMAZING! I love how it floats over the card and the varying shades of reds in the flowers!

  8. We will all miss you, Susan..but so happy to see you on Loll and Bonnie's new challenge..CAS Christmas Card as that is your specialty! I know you will continue to play along with us at CAS Mix Up too, so you are not really going away:-)

    I am so happy you shared your close up on your absolutely amazing glittery poppies on acetate card. So gorgeous and sparkly!! TFS your card and detailed description and hosting a really fun and inspiring challenge.

    A Big Hug my very creative friend....Nancy

  9. Gorgeous Susan, great glitter technique. It's been years since I did this, now I want to pullout my glitter again. Those poppies are stunning :)

  10. OMGoodness what a stunner you have here Susan. Blinging beautiful! Such brilliant colours and shine.

  11. Impressive, this is a technique I just have to try. Perfect idea to add dimension too, your poppies are simply BEAUTIFUL! This will be a great technique for CCCC, I will miss you ...alot! ...but I will visit ;-)

    It was brilliant of you to include acetate this month as a challenge, never thought I'd see so many new approaches/techniques in using acetate, thank you.

    An appreciative thank you for your encouragement in the past, it was so special. A big warm hug to you my friend, you mean so much for my beginnings in this wonderful world of card making xxx

  12. Oh wow! This is so striking, Susan. Love all that glitz and glimmer. You amaze me with your bold use of bright glitter. Popping it up for dimension is a great idea too. xx

  13. Beautiful card Susan, the glittery flowers look amazing, Cathy x

  14. Oh I love this card, Susan! It almost looks like stained glass. What a gorgeous glitter work with acetate! The close-up picture really shows the different shades/colors of the glitter. So so beautiful! Hideko xx

  15. What gorgeous glittery poppies Susan and using the different colours has given lots of pretty variation of tone, and the pierced frame is so elegant. x

  16. Those glittery poppies look amazing on the acetate. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

  17. Love the gorgeous poppies! Thanks for playing along at Craft Stamper Challenge this month :) xo Cheetarah

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