Thursday, 13 October 2011

Donna Salazar Oct I

Below post has gone live on the Donna Salazar Blog today:

Today I am sharing a post on how to create a quick and easy to do "Thank You" card by using acrylic covers.

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I love the concept of using acrylic covers to create cards, as you can add so many layers, which peek through the top cover. You can see all four layers, which complete the card just by looking at the front cover of the above picture.

I decided from the outset that I wanted an interactive card, meaning you would have an element within the card that you have to move in order to reveal a sentiment or picture.
So, I took one of the smaller dies from the Creative Book Pages and cut a cute tabbed insert from the Antiquities Artistic Papers . I distressed this with some Smooch Spritz  and a selection of Cat's Eye Chalk Inks. As a final touch I hand-stitched along the edge with some pink embroidery floss.

To hide the back of the stitching, I used the same die on a sheet of The Crafty Chronicle and adhered it to the back of my insert tab - a few dabs of chalk inks to to edges and the insert was complete.

For the remainder of the 6 x 6 Artistic paper - I cut this into a luggage tag shape, ran it trough the Distrezz-it-All and inked the edges with some more chalk ink. If you want to make your tag look really professional, just ink a white self-adhesive washer (sometimes also called reinforcer) with chalk ink in chestnut roan.

I then cut the sentiment by using Donna's Alphas on a leftover piece of Time For Tea, outlined the edges with black pen and arranged the letters across the insert tab and back page.

Notice the eyelets? 
Yeah, I am totally inspired by my DT-teamie Natasha, who uses them to perfection on all her projects. Thanks to her I now make more use of them and I think they work well as a little embellishments on this card.

Another thing I love about using acrylic covers for cards - If you use double sided paper the flip side will of course show through the acrylic. So choose wisely: I just thought the butterfly image was perfect to be seen through the backpage.

As for the front cover, I just layered cut outs from the Artistic Journal Cards and a die cut using the 
Creative Pages II and topped these with another fabulous quote from The Crafty Chronicle:
"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails . - Donna Roberts"

To finish the cover off, I added a layered flower, cut from some leftover Artistic Paper scraps and distressed with Smooch Spritz and Chalk Inks and outlined the frame with the help of an plethora of Baby Pearls from Want2Scrap.

Finally to "hide" some of the glue shining through the acrylic, I also added a layered butterfly, cut with the Wonderful Wings die and adhered it to the back of the front cover.

I nearly forgot to tell you how I bound the card together...first cut two holes with the help of a crop-a-dile (or similar took which cuts through acrylics), then you either use small book rings or faux-leather bands as I did.

Hopefully you enjoyed this project and may try your hand at creating a card with a difference.

Lots of Love'n'Glitter
Products used
Other products
Embroidery Floss; Eyelets, Self Adhesive Washer, Pen - Zig Millenium in black; Crop-a-Dile - WR Memory Keepers


  1. The acrylic cover is an awesome idea for a card...and this one is fab!!!!

  2. This is just stunning, Kim! Love, love the idea of using the acrylic covers for a card. Love the interactive quality to this and all your stunning detail. And look at your rocking the eyelets, just like Natasha. Fabulous job, my friend!

  3. very cool! i never thought of making clear cards :)

  4. the acrylic cover is such a good idea!

  5. Hey Kimmers!
    This project is so gorgeous! Totally fun - great job! TFS


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