JustRite Secret Garden Gilded Acetate Card


This workshop shows how to create a lovely effect using the flake & glitter glue with the Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes on acetate. The Sue Wilson inspired embossing folder has also been used as a lovely back drop to the panel.


Here is a close up of the gilding flakes with the distress dry glitter showing through the acetate & on the border of the card. Micro beads could be used for a different look.


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Acetate Gold Leaf Flake Workshop


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Shopping List

Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

JustRite Secret Garden Background Stamp Plate : JRCL04490

Spellbinder Radiant Rectangles Die : WIZS5-161

Creative Expressions Tapestry Embossing Folder : EF-012

Cleansit All Purpose Cleaner : CLEANSIT

Heat Tool  : BLUEHEAT

Creative Expressions ~ Light Brown Dazzler : DAZBRWN

 Creative Expressions ~ Pearl Pins : PINWHITE

Spellbinder Grand Raspberry Plate :WIZGC-003

Flake and Glitter Glue : CSFLAKEGLUE

Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD

Vintage Filigree Fancies JustRite Stamp Plate: For the Sentiment : JRAG-04020

Cosmic Shimmer Olympic Gold PVA Glue : CSGOLY

Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes : CSGFPERSIAN

Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Rock Candy : GLITROCKLG

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSEPBRGOLD

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Grime Boss : GB30

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3 & Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

 Acetate : Acetate & Anti Static Bag

Sand A4 Card  : 41004 & A4 Card : MILK 40109

  Rub it Scrub it Pad : SCRUBIT

 Creative Expressions Enchanted Gold Gilding Wax : CSGWENC

 Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon : NK02


Step by Step Instructions

1 First select the secret garden JustRite stamp along with the Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter Glue & Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes. Also select some distress stickles dry glitter, acetate, sand & milk card.


2 Swipe an anti static bag over a piece of acetate. This will help to eliminate fingers prints when working on the acetate.

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3 Now take the secret garden JustRite stamp, the flake & glitter glue, a piece of cut`n`dry foam, a piece of rub it scrub it foam & the Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn flakes.

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4 Add a layer of the Cosmic Shimmer flake & glitter glue to the piece of cut`n`dry foam to start to create your own glue pad.

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5 Take a scrapper tool or even a flat ice lolly stick and work the glue into the top of the cut`n`dry foam.


6 Once completed the foam will look like this. If you don`t feel there is enough glue on the pad, add another layer but don`t overload the foam.

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7 With the stamp on the index card still, tap the prepared glue pad over the stamp until it is evenly covered. Work quickly as the glue needs to be removed as quickly as possible.

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8 Pick up the acetate & place it face down so the side that was swiped with the anti static bag is on the stamped surface. Press gently down onto the acetate.

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Make sure you don`t move the acetate as this will eliminate any distortion to the image. To help take a small pot of Cosmic Shimmer glitter or mica powder & gently move it over the acetate to make sure the glue is pressed onto the acetate.

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10 Lift the acetate off the stamp & place it flat onto a work surface (make sure the glue is facing upwards!!!). NOW THE NEXT STEP IS VERY IMPORTANT, SO WORK QUICKLY.

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11 As the stamp has the flake & glitter glue on it needs to be removed as soon as it`s been stamped. One easy option is to use a Grime Boss wipe & this will remove the glue quickly, or use the Cleansit Stamp cleaner or even plain water & a nail brush.

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12  Now back to the acetate which is perfectly ok to leave whilst you clean the stamp. Take pinches of the Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes & sprinkle over the glue.

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13 Press the gilding flakes into the glue using your finger as this will make sure all the surface has flakes on them before the removing of the flakes begins. If not there will be plain patches of glue left.

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14 Take the rub it scrub it foam & working with the foam flat, move it from side to side to remove any unwanted flakes from the image. It seems a bit scary at first but keep going as you`ll be amazed at the results.


15 As the rub it scrub it foam is used you will be left with much finer particles of the gilding flakes but just add these back into your flakes to use again.


16 Here are the results after the sanding has been done. You can use both sides of the acetate but I think it looks best with the flakes underneath. You can also use a solid gold flake & then add colour underneath the flowers for a different look.


17 Now choose what you would like to go underneath the acetate. Micro beads, dry glitter & the silk polished glitter all look nice, but for this project the dry glitter clear rock candy is being used.


18 Take a piece of double sided adhesive sheet & cut it to 4-7/8” x 6 ¼ “. Stick it to a piece of white card & remove to backing before adding the dry glitter over the top. Press the glitter into the sheet & remove any excess back into the pot.

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19 Lay the acetate back over the glitter sheet to reveal a ¼” border all around the edge of the foiled piece.


20 Trim the foil panel right up to the edge of the stamped / foil area using either a guillotine or scissors.

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21 Add small dots of Cosmic Shimmer on the reverse side of the acetate & on the areas which are foiled.

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22 Stick the acetate panel onto the glitter sheet making sure you have an equal border left around the edge. Use the gold dabber to distress the edges of the panel.

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23 Select an embossing folder to emboss a panel to go behind the foiled piece on the card. This project will be using the Creative Expressions tapestry embossing folder.

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24 Place a piece of milk card in the tapestry folder & close the folder, now add an A5 shim of card to the centre of the folder before embossing using the raspberry plate. This will help with the pressure often lost in the centre of the GC machine.

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25 Cut the embossed panel to size (8 ¼” x 5 ½”), distress the edges with the gold dabber before matting onto a piece of gold card. Add some enchanted gold gilding wax to your finger & catch the embossed areas of the card.

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26 Cut a base card of 7 ¾” x 9 ¼” in cream card from a folded piece of A3 card or by joining 2 pieces of A4 card. Lay the embossed & foil panel to see how the design is looking.

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27 Wrap a piece of ribbon around the embossed panel & tie off in a bow. Finish the bow with 2 pearl pins & a dazzler to cover the centre knot of the ribbon.

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28 Stamp the friendship sentiment onto a piece of sand card using the clear resist pad & emboss with the gold embossing powder.

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29 Cut a panel of sand card to 8 ½” x 7” & use the Olympic gold Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue to create a border of faux pearls around the border of the card. Set aside the card to allow the glue to set.

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30 Or alternatively add stripes of 6mm red line tape around the edges of the panel. Add some of the distress stickles dry glitter & press them onto the tape. Cut the sentiment out using the radiant rectangles die & distress the edges in gold.

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31 Add all 3 panels onto the base card using foam tape for added dimension, then add the sentiment to complete the project.

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32 This technique would look lovely with autumn leaves for an autumn or Fall card.

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One Response to JustRite Secret Garden Gilded Acetate Card

  1. Paper Junkie says:

    This card is beautiful and I cannot believe that I have most of it to make it – or a similar version! I have fallen in love with the gilding wax – the enchanted gold is my favourite but they are all lovely and I will be adding more colours when I can. Thanks Suzanne for another brilliant tutorial. X

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