Using Acetates

I love to use acetate transparencies on my layouts. They add interest and layers without adding bulk, and there are lots of ways to use them too! So for this post I’m here to show you a few different things you can do with your acetates. I’m using theĀ acetate sheet from Kaisercrafts ‘The Looking Glass’ collection for my layout.

Here’s my layout:


And here is the acetate sheet I used…

Drink Me Acetate - The Looking Glass Collection

Because I was scrapping three photos and placing them towards the edges of the page I wanted something that would connect all the photos. So I chose a stencil which I used with sponged-on Distress inks. Washi tape is useful for anchoring the stencil as it is easily removed.


The first thing I want to say about acetates is that you don’t have to use the elements the way they are printed on the sheet. For my layout I removed the centres from some of the frames and used the frames around my photos instead.


The second thing I want to mention is that you can colour acetates if you wish. You can use permanent markers, but for my layout I coloured some images with alcohol inks. You just need a tiny drop of alcohol ink applied with a fine paint brush, but you need to paint fast as the alcohol inks dry quickly.


These give a very subtle colour as you can see with this close up:


The second way I coloured my acetate image was with acrylic paint on the back of the image. This give a more opaque colour as you can see on this balloon-and it helps to hide the adhesive too!


You need to be a little careful with how you adhere acetates to the page. You need a light touch with glue to avoid unsightly smears. I use tiny dots of glossy accents, and I take care to place those tiny dots behind the black parts of the image. Other ways of adhering the acetates are staples, brads, washi tape or sewing.

Acetates are a great way to embellish your layouts. Why not give them a go?


2 thoughts on “Using Acetates

  1. I just love this!! It’s brilliant. Would never have thought of using acetates this way and of colouring them. Many thanks for a great new technique for me to try.

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