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Haven't made a transparent card in a few years, I think!  That's bad–they're fun!  This one's a bit smaller in size–measures 3.5 x 4.25".  I wanted to get 3 cards out of a single 8.5 x 11" sheet, since this is gooder stuff, and a bit more expensive than standard write-on transparency.  I used Grafix Clear Craft Plastic which I picked up quite a while ago at a craft store.  Has a very nice, sturdy weight–perfect for transparent cards!

Some tips for stamping on non-porous surfaces such as this:

  • Use the appropriate ink; I used Staz-On Cotton White
  • Give Staz-On ink a few seconds to "sit" on the stamp and air dry so it's not as slippery when you stamp
  • Do not pre-fold your card; you need the surface to be as flat as possible and if you pre-fold it, it won't lie as flat as you'll need
  • Hold your stamp with both hands, and use your pinky fingers to "anchor" down onto the table/stamping surface.  This will really help you stamp straight down, and then bring the stamp straight back up and avoid slipping/smearing
  • Staz-On has a bit of stickiness to it, so be aware that the stamp may stick to the surface and you'll have to be a bit more assertive about lifting it back up away from the plastic
  • If you smear you can try again, by quickly (QUICKLY) cleaning the surface off with a damp baby wipe–make sure the surface is then completely dry before you try stamping again
  • After the ink is dry, any fingerprints you left on the plastic can be carefully buffed out with a soft cloth or tissue; avoid going over the stamped image so you don't inadvertently rub it off

The black web was stamped with black pigment ink and embossed with Simple Stick Powder, and then treated to a dusting of black glitter.  I could have embossed the spider, too, but, he's a little more delicate than the web, and the glitter might have overpowered him.  So, I just stamped him with black pigment ink, and heat set him, then used a ruler and a black Spica pen to draw his thread.

He's a Black Widow, so, of course, I had to put a Red Dot Twinkle Sticker on him!  Reminds me of the Black Widow Stephanie found when I was teaching down in Sacramento back in July!  EEEEEEEEK!!!  Heh, heh, heh!


Card Info:
Stamps [Spider Web, Tiny Spider] by A Muse Artstamps
Red Twinkle Sticker by A Muse
Spica Black Twinkle Marker available at A Muse
Simple Stick Embossing Powder by A Muse
Staz-On Cotton White Ink by Tsukineko
Colorbox Black Pigment Ink by Clearsnap
Onyx Glitter by Martha Stewart

  1. awesome tips. i tried a card and the images keept smearing. did not know to let the stazon dry a little on tht stamp thanks. crafty692009

  2. What adhesive to you like to use when you use the window sheets?

  3. Awesome design, Julie! Clear cards are one of my favorites.

    Thanks for the tips, like letting StazOn dry a few seconds on the stamp. I didn’t know that.

  4. I LOVE your clear and spooky spider card, Julie!! Thanks for the fabulous tips as well!!

  5. oooh- so pretty!! I need to try one of these out!

  6. Oh my GOSH!! This is AWESOME!!! LOVE the red bling on him and the whole look!! Very cool! Love your little spider gif too…hehe..Take care! TFS! Cookie :D

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