Creating with Clear Embellishments

I know that sometimes it can be hard to know what to do with die cuts or ephemera when they are transparent and printed on vellum or acetate! We worry about how to adhere them without seeing the glue and also sometimes the simple fact that they are see-through is intimidating to people! But I’m here to help and take the fear out of it for you!

Clear embellishments are super fun to use and they add such an interesting element to any project! Things like the vintage rose clear die cut (shown below) can really look pretty when layered onto old book paper or it can also look fun and unique when layered onto a contrasting die cut like the colorful letter chart! Start by taking your clear embellishment and placing it over a variety of different things. You’ll have fun trying out different combinations to find the right match!The ephemera set from the Gather collection has some fun pieces that are printed on a thick acetate. I especially love the rose of course and the “gather memories” title inside the vine wreath. The ballerina was also a favorite for a lot of people! I love the look of the silhouette!One of my favorite ways to use clear ephemera is to use them in my mini albums! I will attach a transparent die cut, like the cute bear and the vintage floral in these images to another piece of acetate or clear material and make the whole page a transparent element of the album! I love that it gives a peek through to the next page and I also love that it’s a whole different type of page than my regular pages in the book. It mixes things up and keeps it interesting and they are also super easy to create!   To attach my transparent ephemera pieces I typically either staple right through the middle of them, like I did with the bear, or I will sew them on with my sewing machine. When I sew them, I’ll sometimes just stitch across the middle if it’s a basic shape like a heart or star, or if the design inspires a certain way of stitching, I will follow that lead. For example, with flowers I like to either stitch some areas of the flower or stitch down the middle of each of the leaves like I did here. It not only adheres the piece down, but it also makes the stitching part of the design and adds some fun texture! Also, don’t worry about the back of the transparent page. It still looks super cute when you flip it over as well!! See below… What do you think? I hope you are feeling inspired to start using (or use more) clear and transparent elements in your creative projects. These are fun to use on cards and packaging too! The possibilities are endless!

P.S. >> You can see all the pages of this mini album that I made using my Gather Collection right hereHappy Monday!


Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Gather Collection / Mini Album Page Protectors / Chipboard for Covers / Kraft Envelope / Clear Acrylic Sheets

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  • Pam D
    March 20, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for the great tips for using transparent embellishments! Love the mini album too!

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