Get the message?

Hi to anyone that reads my craft blog! Happy New Year: 2020!

Normally I double blog, that is, I write the same post in Dutch for Hobby Alternatief (HA) and in English for my personal craft blog here. However, the last post was about my favorite (craft) tools, and I only wrote that for HA. I figured that I could translate it another time. But for the time being, here is a link to the post in Dutch: Emma’s favoriete craft tools! Even if you don’t understand Dutch, you could at least see the pictures! (Or use the nifty google translate tool on the side.)

Klik hier voor de Nederlandse versie.

Anyway, I made a new card recently, and it’s a rather simple “manly” card. I found this really cute circle die that cuts out an ocean background. This card is so simple to make, it took about an hour only. I’ll also show you how I made that bottle!


So the die came with a slightly larger outer circle and an inner circle that creates a ocean scene. Using the larger outer circle die, I cut a hole on the white front. Then I die cut the ocean scene from white card stock. Next I colored the ocean piece with a watery turquoise color and the sky piece with sky blue. I put the two pieces back together, taping it to each other on the back.

To make the bottle, I stamped the bottle on clear acetate with StazOn Pigment Piano black ink. I got this ink pad recently because it supposedly has the same properties of the regular StazOn, but in pigment-solvent form. (I’m still testing it out.) I set this aside to dry. Meanwhile, I then stamped the “I love you” paper strips with Memento Tuxedo black, colored it in with alcohol markers, and then stamped over it again with Distress Oxide Walnut stain as well as the little piece of cork.

When the bottle was dry, I cut it out along with the cork and paper strips. Next I needed to stick the “I love you” paper strips to the bottle, but how do I do that to a clear piece of acetate without seeing the glue or tape? Here’s the trick: cover the entire piece with double-sided tape! The easiest way is to use a sticker maker like a Xyron Create-a-sticker. This is a little apparatus that allows you to turn any piece of paper into a sticker. If you don’t have a Xyron, an alternative is to use Glue Sheets by Joy! Crafts. Just make sure you put the stick onto the side that will be sticking to the acetate. After I turned the “I love you” strips into a sticker, I stuck that onto the acetate bottle. I did the same with the cork, but here I just used a small piece of double-sided tape on the bottom half of the cork.

The bottle is ready, time to assemble the card. I glued the bottle directly to the ocean background, then measured out where this bottle and ocean scene would go on the white front. Here, I added a grey shadow for the bottle with an alcohol marker and stamped “…Get the message?” with Versafine Onyx black. Then I added 1mm foam tape behind the white front and 2mm foam tape behind the bottle + ocean scene. I stick this all onto a folded A6 card.

Close up of the bottle. Pretty neat, eh?

Thanks for coming to check out my card. Sorry there aren’t any progress pictures this time, but that’s usually the case with easy-to-make cards! Oh yeah, I want to mention about the StazOn pigment on the acetate. The ink stamped very well on the acetate, but it was very easily scratched off after it was dry. I ended up touching up the bottle with an alcohol-ink (permanent) marker.

Anyway, I hope you liked my little trick with with acetate! Until next time, create happiness today!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s