Saturday, 16 April 2011

Week 11 Theme - Acetate




We were delighted that so many LIMettes picked up the gauntlet last week and entered our most difficult of challenges... the One Layer Card. There were some stunning entries and the showCASe will be displaying some of last week's stunners very soon.
We would like to thank all those who visited our personal blogs and left comments, we really appreciated the time you took to do this and hope that you will continue to do so. Thank You all!

This week our challenge is to use

ACETATE

Don't groan in despair... all is not as difficult as it may seem. There are lots of ways of fulfilling our challenge this time. Even if you don't posses any acetate sheets there will probably some packaging which can be scavenged and utilised. Table confetti saved from that special dinner and wrappers from crafty items are all fair game in the crafting stakes. It can be painted with acrylics, spritzed with Glimmer mists, coloured with alcohol inks, drawn on with permanent markers, rubber stamped ... the list goes on and we're sure it will be added to by numerous LIMettes.

Here I cut some card slightly wider than the card back, scored and  folded it to make a square and then punched the edge of the flap with my Fiskars Upper Crest border punch. I then added the brown piece of card to the inner right hand side.
I cut a piece of acetate to the same dimensions, stamped the image and sentiment with white Stazon and attached it behind the punched flap.

I have another stamp of the same design, but slightly larger, it's bizarre, one is from Inkylicious and the other from Magenta, but the image appears identical. I used the larger one to stamp inside, on the brown section using a deep brown ink. I thought that this gave the impression of a shadow from the image on the front.


After much umming and ahhing, I decided to add a ribbon down the spine of the card, maybe you can decide whether it was the right decision... It can be easily slipped off as it is simply tied around the entire card and not stuck on

Here it is minus the ribbon....

.....Here you can see the sentiment






Using a piece of scrap plastic I punched out this butterfly and after dabbing with alcohol ink and then glue and glitter I added it to this fairly simple card. You don't have to add much acetate... just enough to be able to see it! (If you are going to use a punch, make sure it is fairly robust... we don't want you to break it and then blame us!)
If you have stopped groaning, it's over to me Mandi


I'm not one of those getting inky crafters, so luckily enough as I have boxes of OHP acetate I printed directly onto it on my laser printer. [Fairy Dots from Pink Petticoat]

I took a 6x6 white card, which I'd cut from a sheet of A4 [Folded in half and then trimmed 6cm from the short side, making a 6x6 base card] I trimmed 3cm from the open edge, then 3.5cm which was the 'space' for the flowers.  I then cut 6 flowers with a Sizzix Bigz die sold through Stampin Up 'Fun Flowers' You can buy here I set aside 3 of the flowers, then bent up the petals of the other 3. To attach the edges of the petals to either side of the space, I used a Zig glue pen, the type that goes on blue and dries clear. As you can see it's pretty much invisible once dry. 
I then stuck the shaped flowers to the centres of the 3 flowers and once dry [about half an hour] poked holes through the middles and tied my buttons. Amendment to post
** The flowers are what's holding the card and the end panel of card together, there is no acetate there, it's just the flowers, with space all round them. It's surprisingly strong! **
WOW, long explanation for such a simple card!
If you can't print directly onto acetate, you could stamp or colour with inks for a fabulous effect!

Good Luck this week, remember to think outside the box for the acetate, we are going to be pretty flexible!
But most of all have fun and a great week

57 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I have NEVER used acetate!!! Well, it's not called a challenge for nothing! I'll have to get my thinking cap on lol!! Thanks ladies! xx

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  2. OMG - this is very challenging. I have printable acetate and never used it so might give this a try. Thanks again for another great challenge.
    Maureen.........x

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  3. Acetate Hmmmmmmmmm need to go a hunting!

    LOL

    Ali x

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  4. Looking forward to this one and love the inspiration you have given us
    Bea

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  5. OOOOOOer! I've only ever made one card with acetate - a Christmas card for my daughter about 3 years ago.Thanks for another brilliant challenge idea! Now to go and raid my stash to see if I can find that acetate.I may be gone sometime ......... xx

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  6. Fab cards ladies and thank you for another wonderful challenge
    xx Jan

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  7. Thanks for the Challenge ladies.. It really got my creative mind working this early on a saturday

    Jx

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  8. Goodness and there was me thinking it would be Easter this week!!
    This should be fun seeing what everyone makes :)
    Jenny x

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  9. fabulous inspiration!... The bench mark is way up there!

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  10. Hi girls
    fabulous cards as always, well i will be returning with a glittery something cause thats all i do with me acetate! lol, will get me thinkin cap on while playin the gypsy life!! sue,x

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  11. Can you hear my scream (only joking!). A fabulous challenge. x

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  12. Oh! yeah, now I'm off and thinking! Great challenge, acetate and CAS, that's novel:0)
    Great cards for inspiration. Thank you ladies:0) xxx

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  13. I love your challenges and cards! :) I´ve added mine!

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  14. This one looks like it could be tough!! I shall watch and comment, and then have a play when I get home!!

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  15. great challenge - thanks for getting the mojo working again

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  16. Can't wait to get started but will have to wiat til yomorrow :.( Thanks for another fab challenge and the cards look fab so far!
    lizy x

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  18. WOW, fab challenge and great examples - I see some lovely cards already appearing. Most of you probably know I'm on vacation and only have limited stash - I can picture the look on my poor long suffering hubby's face if I tell him I need to get acetate/stazon/heat gun/embossing powders!!! That'll be a no then!!! I would have really enjoyed this challenge if I had been at home but will have to pass on this one - it will be the first I've missed too! ENJOY the challenge peeps!

    Kathyk

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  19. Great challenge this week! Wonderful samples too, and already some great entries. Thanks for all the inspiration, Chrissie and Mandi. Saturdays wouldn't be the same now without Less is More!

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  20. You know girls I follow your challenge every week. I comment on a few of the entries - and each week I PROMISE myself I will make a card to enter. Does it happen? Lol. I love what you have done. Again. And I love using acetate and it's great you've chosen it this week.
    Can't wait to have a nose at everyone's creations! :0)xx

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  21. I really like your blog! At first I thought this week's challenge seemed difficult but I think I make it worse than it is! Looking forward to next week's challenge with excitement!

    Anna-Karin

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  22. Oh my this could be interesting never used acetate before I do have some just got to find it Great challenge ladies... Chrissieann xx

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  23. I'm sorry that I'm not going to be able to take part this week as my craft room is still in disarray. I'm busy redecorating and all my goodies are in other bedrooms, piled high! Good luck - and I'll be checking for inspiration from you all. Hazel x

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  24. Oh my!!!!(look of horror on my face now), never used acetate as far as I can remember.Hmmm will have to think long and hard now, lovely entries already ladies:O) Viv xx

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  25. Your most challenging to date me thinks. Still, a challenge is a challenge lol. Great inspiration though girls.
    Lynne xxx

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  26. Well I was going to leave a comment wishing everyone good luck with this challenge, as I thought it was yet another difficult one, but it seems that 34 people already don't need it lol. Well done to you all,
    This is said as a joke so please don't be affended but I am beginning to feel that in Medieval times Chrissie and Mandi would have been burned at the stake.
    While these challenges are quite mind blowing I have just designed the Christmas cards for my x-work, not a paper or flower in sight, just a CAS card and I love it. Money saving or what.

    Kath x

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  27. oh my dear: Aceat! Do you know this days where you know it had been better to stay in bed;);)

    Maybe this is trendy- but I'm an old woman-100%-grey hairs(or so ) , grandmother(!).

    But - Murphey here or there- this is a great challenge- and I did it. Two cards, maybe not my best cards, but with *acetat*.

    I have only laminating film ( I hope this is the correct word ) - embossing is wonderful with this acetat ;)

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  28. When's the worst time for your StazOn to dry out?When you have been challenged to use acetate!!Have enjoyed this and am loving all the cards.

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  29. Fabtastic cards ladies. They are very very beautiful.
    Gr. Marja

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  30. Gorgeous cards from everyone ...so much inspiration which i certainly needed.......
    Enjoy your day ......

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  31. Love the cards, I often look at my acetate and them put it away again. Will have a go at this on. I can't tell you have many cards I stamped with sentiments for last week and just couldn't feel satisfied with anyone them...sure I'll do something with them eventually lol. Hugs lin

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  32. Brilliant cards from everyone. I have decided to enter a second card as I enjoyed the first one so much. Thank you all for your lovely comments.
    Maureen......x

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  33. Fabulous challenge this week ladies. I haven't used acetate in ages.

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  34. Awwww, I have entered every week from the start, but I am defeated. I hate acetate (maybe more reason to give it a go) but am off to cry into my stash. Cruel, cruel.!!!!!!Woe is me.

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  35. DIFFICULT challenge this week girls! But thanks for making me try things outside my comfort zone.

    Hugs, Sandra

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  36. Great (but tricky!) challenge - I opted for the simple option rather than trying anything that avoided stamping on acetate. Great inspiration as always and the other cards already posted are wonderful too.

    Helen x

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  37. Great DT cards and some wonderful cards already linked. Carol x

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  38. Thank you Mandi and Chrissie - I already love crafting with a passion but you've made it even more exciting with these brilliant challenges! Vx

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  39. Hi Chrissie, thanx for the lovely comment you left on my LIM card. Yes, the acetate is red, I bought a few different coloured sheets in a stationers a few years ago. Thanx for the supa challenges, they certainly get the creative juices going.
    Sally x

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  40. Chrissie I just had to try the white against the black card base! Aww - I'm in heaven with the results! Thanks SO MUCH for another way to use acetate!

    Mandi and Chrissie - you have an amazing challenge site -- I am so happy for you both with the player participation you all are getting!! Keep up the fabulous challenges!!

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  41. Love the white on black Chrissie its one of my favourite combinations and you have really used it to perfection here. Think the simplicity of my piece this week might surprise you both LOL XOXO Zoe

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  42. Yes thank you Mandi I got the look i was going for i.e. hand crafted not shop brought. XOXO Zoe

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  43. Hiya girls....gorgeous cards and fantastic challenge this week!...just such a nightmare to take a good photo with the acetate....love my card,but the photo is rubbish,it's the best of a bad bunch,i kept getting loads of reflection :0(...any tips on that?

    Anyway enough waffle from me,
    Take care
    San x

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  44. Hi Sandra

    if your camera can do this: ISO 3400 or a little bit higher and no flash - but a strong light from left or right side - the same high as the card-

    I'm using my chair and a lot of books ;)

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  45. Well I failed to get LiM Acetate Card Number 5 made today, so have uploaded a couple I made for my twin nieces birthdays a couple of years ago!
    I was really looking forward to having a new Acetate Card added to my blog each day this week! Although I've obviously not added it to your Mr Linky, as it is not a new make, here they are if you fancy a look!

    THANKS for a great challenge week and HUGE thanks to all of the wonderful participants who take the time to leave comments on others' blogs :)

    Carol x

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  46. What a challenge ! Made first one with too much on it I think but hope this one entered just right . I made the whole card base with acetate . Loved the challenge thank you for the inspiration .
    Loved the examples , Chrissie and Mandi.

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  47. Hi Ladies, WOW Love the cards again this week, No time for me to do the challenge this week though as my Best Mate is up from Stoke for the week so busy chatting and not much crafting going on!! Love Hazelxo

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  48. I really try to make atleast ONE entry for LIM and this week had me struggling alright! Chrissie and Mandi....you both almost made me skip this week! :) Would also really appreciate a tutorial on acetate - have NO clue about using it and the diff ways to use it!

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  49. Tks Mandi for your kind comment! What I meant was that for novices for me, trivia about acetate is useful. Like I did not know that it could be die cut, or embossed, or that it comes in colors...I could go on! :) So...been going thru other blogs too so it helps! Tks for the advice!

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  50. Really nice hand made cards I have ever seen on net.

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  51. Iv managed two challeneges in a row woop woop lol. Thanks for the motivation to use up the acetate I have lying around in my stash!
    Rach :) xx

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  52. Rushing back from a holiday at the last minute - but got there. Nearly had an excuse to skip the acetate...but didn't want to chicken out!

    Sarah.

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  53. Hi Ladies

    Great cards - just making it for the challenge this week as I've been away!

    Hugs

    Tina

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  54. I only just made it for this weeks challenge.. it's just been one of those weeks.. I hope my card counts as I did make it some time ago...but it's never been online before..
    Thanks for your blog.. I look forward to Challenge No. 12...
    Hug
    Sylvie x

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  55. Well all I can say is.. Fabulous everybody. I have been trying to catch up with all your blogs as best I can. Well done to you all.. Chrissieann xx

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  56. Oh! NO, I missed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  57. This was a tough one for me this week, but fun. Love looking at all your entries.
    Ruth C.

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