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Monday, November 13, 2017

Stained Glass Snowflake

Ever since I saw this video by Jennifer McGuire on what she calls a stained glass technique, I have been wanting to try it.  This Freshly Made Sketch seemed perfect one to try it on while test driving (stamping) my new Tim Holtz Swirly Snowflakes stamp and coordinating die sets.

Essentially you cut the shape and attach a stamped image that has been embossed on heat resistant acetate behind the opening.  This works best with a stamp that has lots of lines.  I will have to warn you about this die set:  There is no border, so positioning the stamped acetate behind the opening so it would line up was tricky.  I ended up lining it up and then holding it in place while I pulled back sections of the acetate and applied adhesive.  Next you put a colored version of the stamp behind the  opening separated by foam tape, so the embossed image floats above.  Jennifer used a sponge dauber to ink the solid layer of a multi-layered set for one set of cards and copic markers to color the image for another.   I used a light blue to stamp the snowflake on a piece of watercolor paper and painted it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a watercolor brush with water to spread the color.  I embossed the sentiment and added a lone sparkle to the middle of the snowflake.     Here is a close up shot at an angle to try to show how the embossed acetate snowflake is above the backing color:

Before I did all that, I had to make the background.  I wanted to keep the emphasis on the "stained glass window,"  so instead of using two papers, I used one color and embossed one piece to keep it subtle.  I adhered the two pieces on a piece of printer paper to hold them together because they were not going to be glued directly on the card base.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, Hansi


  1. Wow! What a gorgeous snowflake ! This technique looks fabulous! So glad you joined us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

  2. It is stunning - it seems to glow with those beautiful colors. I love it on the white background. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.