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. 🙂

You can find the newest Hero Arts release at 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.