See-Through Cards + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello and welcome back. Today’s video shares how to create see-through cards using acetate and vellum… along with partial die cutting, layered stamping, a blog hop and a giveaway. Whew!

See Through Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I am on a big see-through-card-kick… I can’t get enough of them! (I think it was inspired by the Clear and Sheer class.) I show a few different options in today’s video. The nice thing is that these techniques work with any style of stamps.

Isn’t this new Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo Stamps amazing? I stamped the layering images using various colors of Hero Arts Ink and used my Mini MISTI Stamping Tool to help position the layers. For each layer, I inked the image and dabbed away some of the color before stamping. This allowed me to stamp again with another color and get a two tone effect on each layer of stamping. (Check the thumbnails below to see the colors I used.)

See Through Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To create the diagonal lines, I did partial die-cutting using the coordinating die. To hide the adhesive on the see-through cards, I cut several pieces of the same sized diagonal from white cardstock to go on the inside of the cards.

See Through Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the Hero Arts Wave Pattern Background Stamp for my backgrounds. (Isn’t it cool?) I stamped one of the vellum cards with it using Soft Pool ink and give it a lot of time to dry. The soft look is eye-catching.

See Through Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I did the same thing to another vellum card but added clear embossing powder on top and heat set it for texture…

See Through Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also stamped the Hero Arts Wave Pattern Background Stamp on an Hero Arts Acetate Notecards using StazOn White Ink… using a Sizzix Secret Weapon Stamp Pad to help achieve a good impression. However, if you mess up when stamping on acetate, you can remove it using rubbing alcohol. Make sure to clean your stamp well with Staz-On cleaner or Ultra Clean (which I prefer since it is safe for all stamps).

See Through Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I finished off the card by adding some Wink of Stella to the feathers and adding a dot of Glossy Accents to the flamingo’s eye for dimension.

This cursive hello word die cut is perfection! I ran the black “hello” die cuts through the Xyron Creative Station to turn them into stickers. I love this machine and am using it a lot! (Will show in future videos, too. It is great if you make a lot of cards.) I added a coat of Glossy Accents on top of the word for some shine.

See Through Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I love how stamp layering sets create dimension without bulk. I also think you can’t go wrong adding a clear element to your card. I hope you give these techniques a try!


Today’s post is part of a blog hop celebrating the Hero Arts Summer 2016 release. As I have mentioned in the past, Hero Arts is completely responsible for my love of stamping. They are hands-down the kindest in the industry and are always lending helping hands to other stamp companies and artists. Hero Arts paved the way for many of us and therefore will always have my stamping heart. πŸ™‚

You can find the newest Hero Arts release atΒ Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp, and Ellen Hutson.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Jenn Shurkus – HERE. To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the Hero Arts blog.


Hero Arts will be giving away THREE $25 shopping sprees on this hop! For your chance, leave a comment below (and on all the blogs along the hop) by 11:59pmEST on 5/15/16 telling me which new Hero Arts product is your favorite. You can find them all HERE. (The winner’s name will be posted on the Hero Arts blog. International folks are eligible, too!


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

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671 thoughts on “See-Through Cards + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I love your flamingo card! I have stamp with 3 flamingos on them whose legs are patterns like tights or leggings. It’s a very fun stamp and on the inside of my card I put “Do these pants make my butt look big”? I like yours because it looks like a real flamingo. I saw real ones in Disney and they were amazing standing on one leg. Boy were they pink too! I love that background stamp. I have some big ones like that and I find with my child sized hands that they are hard to use but I love them anyway. I have to watch your video to see how you did that clear card. Great job as usual.

  2. I like “Lets Get Fresh” stamp set the most. The link “HERE” didn’t work so I looked up the Hero Arts 2016 Summer Catalog… the 63 products. I hope I was at the right place. Love your see through cards by the way! So neat!

  3. I have a soft spot for marine so my favorite of their new releases is hands-down the Color Layering Seahorse (Tropical leaves comes in second).

  4. Beautiful cards I just love the flamingo cards you have made. They look so real. But I think my favorite Heros stamp is the one with the van called Road Trip. I can see so many uses for this stamp – both for mens and ladies cards.
    crafty hugs Pen x

  5. Wow!!!! I love this new release!!! My favourite product is the Color Layering Flamingo Stamp set! Love it so much! And your cards are absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  6. The flamingo stamps and layering die went right to the top of my favourite list, I love your multicoloured stamping with them, so very effective

  7. Hi Jennifer! These flamingo cards are Amazing! Love the results you get with the stamp layering of differenct ink colors, it adds that extra umph! I am really loving the HA layering stamp sets. Loved the goldfish, but my favorite is the seahorses. The flamingo is fantastic too! Thanks

  8. Not just great cards (using my favorite new background stamp!), but great teaching!! You. Just. Rock.

  9. Oooh, I’ve been seeing flamingos everywhere lately, but this is my favorite set by far. Love those little mini cube inks too. Thanks for so much bright and cheery inspiration.

  10. So many great products to choose from! While I love the flamingo, now that I’ve seen it used especially, I really love the hello set as well … much potential! TFS:)

  11. My favorite in this release are the destinations wooden blocks. I think they are cool to use as craft room decorations on top of being cool stamp sets to use and color.

  12. Jennifer, I am a beginner card maker and every time a review your blog I learn so much! Thanks

  13. Wow is all I can say.. My favourite is the flamingo die and layering stamp set… so fun yet elegant!!
    I watch all of your videos! You are so wonderful..

  14. I love how you did the flamingo – thanks for sharing!! The Mini Misti stamping tool is my favorite – I think I may have to invest.

  15. I love the new Hero Arts Waves Background stamp. I can see myself using it for so many of my cards. I always enjoy your videos Jennifer and do realize that it must take quite a bit of your time. TFS! πŸ™‚

  16. Of course the Flamingo Layering Stamp and Die! Your cards are spot on> Thanks for showing us how!!

  17. Another fabulous card! I get the most wonderful ideas & inspiration from you. The flamingo set is so cute but I must admit, I just have to get that ice cream set!

  18. Love the flaming,as well as all the great techniques you show in your videos. What an artist! All your cards have such a professional look and the colors are bold and vivid. Great job!

  19. I just love to watch your videos. It was you that gave me inspiration to start stamping. I love HERO ARTS. They are just an amazing company. Everything they stand for. This flamingo is just going to have to be bought no maybes. These cards are very simple but still give you that wow factor. I hope you have a fantastic week. I’m glad yuppie feeling better as well. X, Heather

  20. Really love the flamingo, but also got and have used the Oregami cranes and dies to make shaker cards over Oregami papers.

  21. I love the flamingo stamp set! I probably wouldn’t have even considered it until I saw this on your blog! I love how you use the diecuts and partially cut. Again, not something I would’ve thought of doing! Love all your tutorials and samples! My want list just keeps getting bigger and bigger. πŸ™‚

  22. The flamingo set is my favorite new set with the wave background stamp a close second. I am loving this flamingo trend!

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