Tuesday 7 September 2010

How Very Acetating

Today I'd like to share with you a little money-saving exercise. If you remember from my Summer Rain mini, I made some acetate swirliness to go over one of the pages, and also a whole acetate overlay by tracing a pattern onto the acetate with a CD pen.

Well, I caught the acetate bug, good and proper... but being a bit empty of pocket, can't simply go out and buy those beautiful printed or cut acetate sheets, and more. I did buy some Heidi Swapp Ghost Alphas with my birthday money, and was disappointed to find they weren't all that thick or sturdy. So, since I've been saving bits of acetate packaging for EVER, I finally have reason and motivation to use some of it!

I'm going to apologise in advance for the poor photos - I had to take them at night. Anyway, I powered up the Cricut, cut my acetate to size, and began by cutting a flower:

I'm going to cut so many flowers - acetate is so versatile, and flowers are so often used... I'm never going to have to buy any thing Ghost again! Ha!

After that I cut an oval. I wanted to used some peel offs on this one:

And it looks great from either side. I've used quite thick acetate - the kind that forms the window of a shower gel gift set box. And for this thickness I set the Cricut to cut on the deepest cut setting. The acetate shape generally comes away quite easily from the rest of the sheet:

But sometime you have to 'snap' it a bit.

Next, I cut some tag shapes (I've outlined one of them in orange as they're difficult to see otherwise):

And for these shapes I wanted to use rub-ons to decorate. All I can say is... Wow:

I love how good these look! I can't wait to spend a little more time exploring the possibilities of acetate! What do you like to do with acetate? Post a comment and let me know!


  1. Wow, I'm loving the gift tags with those beautifully applied rubons. Those are something special.

  2. Is this the stuff my college professors used to write on for use on overhead projectors? Your patterns are far more appealing than all those algorithms back in the day!

  3. Amazing! I always look at the plain acetate with a confused look on my face but now.......

    Thanks for sharing, those tags are gorgeous!!!

  4. WOW, Cheryl these are so very cool. I just love the ideas you have had, what a great thing to do with rub ons, you get double value from them also. I am going to copy some of your ideas, great tips! great ideas, and your items are so beautiful!