4 Ways: Clear Card Elements

Hello! Today I am sharing 4 ways to incorporate clear elements on your cards. I also am sharing with you my favorite clear (acetate) products… I tested many!

[All supplies are linked in the text below… and to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.]

Acetate (or transparent/clear pieces) are fun to add to cards and allow you to get new looks from products you may already have. Today I share four techniques… and talk about my three favorite acetate products: Hero Arts Acetate Clear Cards, Hero Arts Acetate Sheets, and Judikins Embossable Window Plastic.

#1: Clear Card with Stamping

My first example is a clear card with simple stamping. When making a transparent card, I highly recommend Hero Arts Acetate Clear Cards. These cards come with white insert and envelopes… and are are very thick and have a nice fold. I have used them for years! (See below for video examples.)

I feel the best ink for stamping on acetate is Black Staz-On Ink. And the best part? If you mess up, you can completely erase the ink with an rubbing alcohol! (To clean Staz-On off of your stamps, I recommend Hero Arts Ultra Clean.) For my clear card, I stamped the “yay happy mail” sentiment from the Mama Elephant Scripty Birthday Stamp Set.

To see how I assembled the card, be sure to watch the video! I used the fantastic Mama Elephant The Dog’s Woof Stamp Set. Isn’t it the cutest!?


My second idea for using acetate creatively is to add coloring. For this example, I used another acetate product I recommend – Hero Arts Acetate Sheets,. This is inexpensive, crystal clear, and perfect for windows or shaker cards. (You can also use recycled clear packaging or transparency. However, this is thicker. Any acetate should work.)

I started by stamping a flower and the word “lovely” from the Mama Elephant Pretty Lovely Stamp Set with Black Staz-On Ink on a Hero Arts Acetate Sheet. Once it was dry, I colored it with Copic Markers. (You can also use Sharpies.) The results? Looks like stained glass!

I added the acetate piece behind a die cut window with foam adhesive. I like how it “floats” on the card. This is a great way to use acetate!


It is also impressive to heat emboss on acetate. However, most acetates will warp significantly when heated. Therefore, I recommend the Judikins Embossable Window Plastic. This acetate is heat resistant and great for heat embossing!

I couldn’t share acetate ideas without making a shaker card! Inside the shaker window, I stamped and colored the cutie elephant from the Mama Elephant Fly With Me Stamp Set. I also white heat embossed “big hugs” on a piece of Judikins Embossable Window Plastic. After creating a unique window with a Lil Inker Designs Fringe Scalloped Rectangle Die, I formed the shaker card with lots of Lucy’s Cards Rainbow Bright Jewels inside. I *love* the look of the floating white sentiment!


One of the most impressive cardmaking techniques I know of is using embossing folders on acetate. The folder creates texture on the acetate… and makes it white. I recommend using the thick-and-strong-and-high-quality Hero Arts Acetate Clear Cards. However, you can test it with any acetate you may have.

For this card, I used the Tim Holtz Tiny Dots Embossing Folder to add texture to the front of a Hero Arts Acetate Clear Card. I added a cute little doggie made with the new Mama Elephant Dog Dies. This set can be used in many ways!

I added a collar with a sentiment from the Mama Elephant Girlfriends Stamp Set… and a little silver “tag” with a Mama Elephant Iconic Letter “F” for “Foxy.”

Be sure to watch the video to see how I included a place to write a message on the inside. This card didn’t take long to make… I may need to make more.


Here are a few videos with other clear element cards:


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Mama Elephant or with asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Mama Elephant The Dog’s Woof Stamp Set
[ SSS | MML ]
Mama Elephant The Dog’s Woof Dies
[ SSS | MML ]
Mama Elephant Fly With Me Stamp Set
[ SSS | MML ]
Mama Elephant Pretty Lovely Stamp Set
[ SSS | MML ]
Mama Elephant Scripty Birthday Stamp Set
[ SSS | MML ]
Mama Elephant Scripty Notes Stamp Set
[ SSS | MML ]
Mama Elephant Dog Dies
[ SSS | MML ]
Mama Elephant Girlfriends Stamp Set
[ SSS | MML ]
Mama Elephant Iconic Letters Stamp Set
[ SSS | MML ]
*Lil Inker Fringe Scalloped Rectangle…
[ LLN ]
Tim Holtz Tiny Dots Embossing Folder
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Acetate Clear Cards
[ SSS | HA ]
Hero Arts Acetate Sheets
[ SSS ]
Judikins Embossable Window Plastic
[ SSS ]
*My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink
[ SSS ]
StazOn Black Ink
[ SSS ]
Mini MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Mini MISTI Mouse Pad
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
Sketch Copic Markers
[ SSS | ELH ]
Alcohol Swabs
Hero Arts Ultra Clean
[ SSS ]
Fiskars Amplify Scissors
[ SSS ]
Be Creative Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
Darice Foam Adhesive Strips
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Collage Adhesive
[ SSS | ELH ]
Darice Ultrafine Tip Bottles
[ SSS ]
Tonic Crystal Glaze
[ SSS ]
Lucy’s Cards Rainbow Bright Jewels
[ SSS ]
Micropore Tape
[ SSS ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS | ELH ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ SSS ]
Black Nuvo Drops
[ SSS ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express Die Cutting…
[ SSS ]
3M Foam Tape

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90 thoughts on “4 Ways: Clear Card Elements”

  1. I think these are some of my favorites you have done Jennifer. Adorable and beautiful. Must have these dies and stamps.

  2. Oh my goodness Jennifer these are awesome cards. I cannot wait to see the video, they are just wonderful.

  3. Great video! Thank you for sharing acetate card ideas. You never cease to amaze me! The dogs are so so very cute!

  4. Perfect timing Jennifer, I was just looking at all my acetate and wondering…
    Fabulous ideas – thank you so much! Especially love the Dog Woof card, such brilliance 🙂

  5. Love all four… and as luck would have it I bought some HA acetate cards last time I shopped at SSS. Hadn’t gotten around to using them… yet. Another fab video Jennifer, THANK YOU! Xx

  6. Oh I love these puppies…So cute…Great tutorial…it’s hard to imagine you are old enough to have kids in college…wow!!! Tfs

  7. Morning Jennifer, really cute card’s and ideas. I will watch the video this afternoon. Very precious love them all. Hope your having a great day.

  8. You can pack more inspiration into a post than most anybody! Thank you so much for so many great tips, as well as some pretty cool design elements and instructions that aren’t too complicated!!!

  9. I am a dog person, too. My favorite new stamp set is the dog stamps. I received a packet of the heat embossable acetate for christmas so I am very excited to try the shaker card, too!
    Thanks for your inspiration.

  10. What a fabulous video Jennifer!! I adore dogs (like you I’m allergic to cats!) and this stamp is so fun. That sweet pup with his tongue hanging out made me smile for sure. Love the idea of using see-through cards and have never been brave enough to try because I could never really get the plastic to crease right. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having an awesome week (we got another 10″ of snow over the last 24 hours so I’m staying in for sure!). Stay warm! ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters (It really does!)

  11. Wonderful video! I like the look of the clear elements of your cards and appreciate all the information and helpful hints for creating them. Love all these cards and ideas !

  12. Love the cards, but have a question about the stained glass one. If you use alcohol ink to color on the front of the card, won’t the alcohol in the ink pick up the Staz-on ink and smear it?

  13. Love them all, but oh my goodness–the Foxy has my heart! What a wonderful way to bring a smile to your daughter in college!

  14. Wow! So much goodness in one place! Love the uses for acetate! Can’t wait to try these techniques out. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Although I have the acetate you’re referring to, I haven’t made an acetate card yet….well, I am NOW! Every single time I see that you’ve uploaded a tutorial Jennifer, I’m like a kid in a candy store LOL! Thank you so much for not only educating me, but for brightening many many days.

  16. Jennifer, I just love these cards. I would have never thought you could make a card with acetate but you showed us how simple it is. I didn’t know Hero Arts had folded acetate cards you could buy. I loved your shaker cards to with Mama Elephant stamps. Thanks

  17. Awesome video!! I love Hero Arts Acetate, I haven’t been able to get my hands on the cards but I do have the individual ones. Using acetate on my cards is one of my favorite techniques! I really love your examples. The new Mama Elephant release is beautiful, I really love the elephants with the balloons. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  18. Your cards are adorable. I am a dog person too so the dogs are a must have. I love how you did the acetate. Your cards always give me so much inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Amazing and beautiful ! I love all your cards, but I find the last one specially fantastic. I never thought of embossing acetate and it’s awesome. I will surely try this technique very soon. Thank you to share your creativity with us !

  20. Thanks for another great video. Always a treat watching your creative process. Have used these types of acetate before but never tried embossing folders. Fell in love with the Mama Elephant sentiments and elephants, so cute.

  21. Thank you for more good ideas! I’ve only used acetate for shaker cards so I’m excited to branch out and try these techniques!

  22. Wow you’re cards are awesome. I’ll have to try them as I do like the clear element of your cards. Thanks and have a great week.

  23. Wow!!! You did again! When I think that you cannot leave me in awe, because I know how fantastic your work is ZAZ! … then you come up with something totally new or something that you have already tried and refine it making it AWESOME. Congratulations Jennifer, for your approach to your job, always moving forward, never stopping to innovate in such creative ways. Love your cards always, but these ones are really out of the ordinary. I have been wanting to try acetate for some time, I’ll do it now. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  24. AWESOME post, love this one, great advice!!! I have tried the Judikins, that is amazing for heat, can’t wait to try the others. Also love the Mama elephant release, got to get that, I am a a HUGH dog lover. Thanks.

  25. Thank you so much Jennifer, I have enjoyed the video and all your tips so very much. Your cards are gorgeous, in particular the one for you daughter.

  26. Fabulous video! Thanks so much for sharing all your delightful cards using acetate. I love them all! Your inspiration and step by step tutorial has given a new meaning to acetate. Thanks again!

  27. I really like this release from Mama Elephant, I’m not great with.shaker cards, so I need to practice more. Your cards are so nice.

  28. I love your new, gray background mat. It isn’t listed in the supply links. Can you please share who makes it and where I can get it?
    That group dog stamp set….swoon.

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