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Birthday: Copic on acetate

Copic flowers on acetate

Another technique learned in the Clear and Sheer class: using Copic markers to create a watercolour-like effect on heat-embossed acetate. This gives a really pretty effect and makes a nice alternative to colouring on cardstock.


I started by preparing the acetate for heat embossing. Acetate is a remarkably static-y thing and you will end up with embossing powder everywhere you don’t want it unless you’re careful. Luckily giving the acetate a rinse under the tap, dabbing it dry, and covering it with powder from a powder tool or embossing buddy seems to do the job — either that or it was just beginner’s luck 🙂 The heat embossing is done exactly as you would on cardstock.

The Copic colouring is simplicity. You cannot blend Copic on acetate the same way you can on cardstock, so you just lay down the colour and go over it until you are happy with the look of the hard edges it creates. Colouring is done on the back of the acetate, leaving the heat embossing clean and bright white.

I die cut the window in the card panel and used Range multi medium matte to stick the acetate piece in place. When it was dry, I trimmed the excess acetate and glued the panel to a card base.

The sentiment was created by die cutting the “happy” three times and layering them together. Then I coloured it with black Wink of Luna and topped it off with some glossy accents. Once it was dry I glued it to the panel, overlapping the bottom of the window. The “birthday” was stamped in grey, trimmed to size and popped up on foam tape.

Copic flowers on acetate - detail


Online Card Classes – Clear and Sheer


  • stamps:
    WPlus9 – beautiful bouquets: dahlias
    Create A Smile – happy days
  • dies:
    Spellbinders – labels 24
    WPlus9 – happy trio
  • inks:
    Lawn Fawn – hippo
  • embossing powder :
    Wow! – super fine – white
  • colour:
    Wink of Luna – black
  • Copic markers:
    large flowers – RV06, RV09
    small flowers – YR16, YR07
    leaves – G19, FYG2
  • embellishments:
    Ranger – glossy accents
  • paper and card:
    Papermill Direct – super smooth – white
    Crafter’s Companion – heat resistant acetate

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