I’m so excited to share my first clear card!
I’ve been seeing so many crafters making these lately, and I really wanted to try it out and review it for myself. I could not have chosen a better plan seeing how I got the opportunity to use some Xyron products that make these cards 99% easier!
For the front of this card, I wanted to do some “die-cut inlaying.” I took some pictures, so I will take you through it step-by-step in case you have never heard of this technique. I first die cut a 3″ scalloped circle from Lawn Fawn’s Scalloped Circles Stackables for my background from a piece of Hippo Line Dance Paper out of my Let’s Polka 6×6 Petite Paper Pack. I also cut another scalloped circle from typing paper because I will need to have a base to adhere the pieced in die cuts to. I took the sun and largest cloud from the Spring Showers Lawn Cuts set and cut them out of some Neenah Solar White Cardstock.
I wanted my sun to be in front of the cloud, so I die cut the cloud again out of my already cut scalloped circle, placed my white scalloped circle inside, and then cut the sun (see the picture above!). This will allow me to color all my white cloud pieces and my sun, add some Xyron Permanent Adhesive all over my typing paper circle, and then piece them back inside of the circle to create a flat, one-layer look. Like this…
Great technique right? It’s extremely versatile as well, allowing you to get a lot more use out of all your dies!
I used some Simon Says Stamp Inks. I’m absolutely in love with them, but they haven’t added the links to their newest inks yet, so you can find the Lemon Chiffon Ink HERE. The Audrey Blue Ink is a little older and I was able to link it below in the supplies.
Now for the really cool part… when making a clear card, most crafters have to add extra die cuts on both sides of the front and both sides of the inside layer of the card so that adhesive wont be seen through the acetate. NOT ANYMORE! For this card I only needed to use one for the front and one on the inside because the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker turned my die-cuts into stickers with a thin layer of adhesive that is completely unseen from the other side. You just push you die into the machine…
… and pull it out the other end. Use a bone bolder to firmly press on and all around the die cut to make sure the adhesive goes on evenly.
I did the same technique again for my Scripty Hello sentiment. I also cut another scalloped circle from some Neenah Solar White, stamped a cute little buzzing bee from the Hello Sunshine Stamp Set, and once attached to a Clear Hero Arts Notecard – you’re done. Assembly was a total breeze! You could add a sentiment instead on the inside, but I felt the ‘hello’ on the front of the card was enough.
As you can see… NO ADHESIVE MARKS on the inside from the card-front! Xyron is a total time saver!
Here’s the finished card again…
Overall, here’s some tips for clear cards:
1. You don’t want to see adhesive through the acetate – so if you don’t have a Xyron Sticker Maker, you’ll have to layer the back of the card-front and back of the inside with another die cut.
2. Acetate gets dirty VERY easily and adhesive does not run off very cleanly all the time. Don’t take your acetate out until you’re ready to assemble your card. That way it stays clean, and there is no chance of something from your craft desk falling onto it and making a mess.
3. Be creative! I have a feeling more and more people will be coming around to use these, so don’t be afraid to try something new on this futuristic type of card base.
Let me know if you have any questions, and have a great day!