Cristal Clear...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Hello and welcome to the final day of the Imaginisce i-rock intensive and one last blog hop to show you a glimpse of the fun things you can do with the i-rock tool on acetate or transparencies.


Birthday cards don't have to be traditional and if you have a friend who is a bit quirky then they will love recieving something a little different in the way of a completely see-through or should I say 'Cristal Clear' card.
And I guess you are wondering how to write on such a card... it's easy, a paint pen does the trick and looks really funky.


So far this week we've shown you how to user your i-rock on fabric and paper so now I will show you how I used the i-rock on acetate. I like to use the stiff acetate which I buy in a pack of 100 from an office supply store that sells it for book binding clear covers. I find it is the perfect weight for cards as it holds it shape and also for flourishes so that they don't droop when attache to your projects.
First process I placed my acetate sheet over the top of the i-rock flourish template and using a paint pen I drew dots where I wanted to place the gems. I didn't place the gems directly onto the acetate as they have a tendancy to pop off if you don't prepare the surface first. However, the metallic glamrocks are fine and adhere directly onto the acetate without any preparation at all.


Because I was using the metallic glamrocks I could place them directly onto the acetate without sanding. However, in the next blog you visit from Cristal (Pinky) you will see a video of how she prepares her acetate using the Imaginisce d-stress tool.


Once I had my metallic glamrocks in place and pre-heated my i-rock for approximately 15 seconds, I began attaching my gems. Now when using the metallic glamrocks you really only need to have the i-rock tip on them for no longer than one second... it's that quick! Because the metal shells are so thin the heat transfers extremely fast and you will see the glue melt instantly. However, other types of thicker gems and cristals can take up to 15 seconds when using the largest sizes.


Once the gems were attached I then carefully cut around the flourish shape before attaching to the card.


Here's another fun card I created using acetate, my Berrylicious smiley lemon snag-em stamp and pink fusion metallic glamrocks.




Well I hope you've enjoyed the i-rock intensive week and have learnt a few more ways to use your i-rock. However, you still have one last stop at
Pinky's blog
and I'm sure you'll be impressed with her video tutorial on how to prepare your surface for adhering your gems to acetate and then you can make your own funky Cristal Clear projects.

Give-Away: i-rock Bundle of Goodies
Don't forget today is your last chance to win one of the i-rock packages on offer this week and all you have to do is leave a comment on each of today's three participating design team members (including mine) and then one final comment on the Imaginisce blog. It's that easy! Goodluck and thanks for stopping by!

From farm to you...

85 comments:

  1. I love the white on acrylic very cool and thanks for the steps

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  2. Love all the tips for using acrylic! I love how you wrote using a white pen and stamped on acrylic. An acrylic project is definitely on my "to do" list. Thanks for sharing!
    kmgillon at yahoo dot com

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  3. This is soooo very clever!!! TFS!

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  4. Oh my gosh! I had never heard of a card that is see through! I love that idea!

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  5. I've never seen a transparent card before, what a cool idea. TFS!

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  6. the transparency gives such a neat affect

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  7. Those are so cute, I love the look of the transparency with you paint pens! Great projects :)

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  8. WOW! This is just one beautiful transparency card. Love all the embellishments and details.

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  9. What an amazing step x step and so easy to follow. I LOVE both your cards just gorgeous :-)

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  10. always love the details in your projects Melinda!

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  11. Great cards. Thanks for all the great tips for using bling on acetate cards. TFS!

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  12. Love what you did with this! I bought some clear cards from CTMH that I have yet to try out!

    Melissa
    www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

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  13. What a cool idea - so VERY effective - can't wait to try it!

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  14. I had not seen the metallic bling! Guess I am too far out in the boonies! I am following via Networked blogs, so much easier to see what's happening! Thanks for the chance to win! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

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  15. I love the look of the gems on the acetate, love learning new techniques, thanks!!

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  16. wow! so cool! thanks for the chance!

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  17. Very pretty, I wish my handwriting was that nice! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. That lemon card is adorable, and I'll be running to Staples today to get me some acetate sheets for cards now! Thanks for the tips!

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  19. Loving your cards, TFS. Is there anything this little tool can't bling up?? Love it.
    Hugs,
    Melissa D
    mkds312@hotmail.com
    www.sleeplesswonder.blogspot.com

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  20. Love the projects really cool way to use bling!!!
    sierrababy08 dot blogspot dot com

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  21. I've never seen cards like this before...such a great idea!

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  22. What a wonderful and creative idea for this project. Beautifully done !

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  23. Cant find any Clear Scraps around here so I just might have to go to the office supply store and get me some of that. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

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  24. Love the acetate cards. I love bling but the metal gems are very inticing.

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  25. So many ideas. Love your hand writing.

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  26. I love the idea of using clear cards!

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  27. Oh my gosh! I never would have thought to use the clear acetate. It looks amazing with the white paint pen. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Kristin
    ksully4597 at gmail dot com

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  28. I absolutely adore these cards! Thanks for the tips and tutorial! I will definitely be trying this on my own. :)

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  29. Today's cards are so cute! I am amazed at all that you girls have taught us with the irock! I can't wait to try a few!!

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  30. Ahhh, yet another great inspiration! Love the use of the acetate sheets and the tips on how the Glamrocks adhere are so helpful!! The lemons are adorable!

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  31. Absolutely stunning! LOVE the clear cards!!!!

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  32. Amazingly wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing those ideas!

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  33. I just love learning all the new things you can do with the iroc...this is so great...thanks so much for sharing a beautiful card.
    http://kathyskraftsandmore.blogspot.com/
    kgprevost(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  34. I love these cards! What a fun and creative idea! I loved your flourishes!

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  35. Fab cards, I like Acetate but never sure how to make best use of it thankyou for the inspiration :)

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  36. What neat cards, I've never seen see through cards before - what a treat!!

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  37. LOVE your cards Melinda! The tutorial is fantastic!

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  38. very interesting, I will have to try this on acetate!

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  39. Great project I love the stamping too!

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  40. This looks amazing. Love the white writing on the acrylic.

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  41. Awesome tips and tutorial on how you used your stencils too! The white on the acrylic is so crisp and perfect!!!

    I'm totally in love with your lemon card, I just loooove that little stamp!!!

    Amazing projects Melinda!

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  42. I have always wanted to try to make an acetate card and now seeing ones with I-rock bling on them... OMGoodness, I am running to the office supply store right now! Thanks for inspiring me. :)
    Lori

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  43. What wonderfully modern ideas....luv it all!

    mitch1066@gmail.com

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  44. Love the project the lemmons are adorable.
    kacee
    mcvicwif@yahoo.com

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  45. Stunning, I love this, thank you for the technique! TFS

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  46. My daughter loves this and now wants to make one, thanks for the inspiration

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  47. Wow, those are both great. I love how it looks on the acetate.

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  48. Your post is so interesting! I see the i-rock tools and knew they attached gems but wasn't really sure how. Love all your photos and details. Thank-you for sharing! :)

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  49. LOVE the acrylic/i-rock tips! Thank you for posting!

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  50. LOVE,love your cards using acetate and the i-rock metallic glamrocks. Thanks for the great idea and sharing it with us!!!

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  51. Love the use of acetate for cards...how fun is this?
    Thanks for sharing all the tips.

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  52. WOW - these are stunning! I don't think I have ever made an acetate card before (though I do have paint pens around here somewhere) but you make me wish I had - thanks for the inspiration. Loved your projects, those nailhead-studs are so pretty. I hope I really win that i-rock now!! LOL!

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  53. great projects...beautiful ahndwriting...love that white pen!!

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  54. Stunning card Melinda, I hope you don't mind me featuring it on PaperMood.com ! I need those metallic studs off to google them for the UK

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  55. Awesome cards Melinda, I love the lemon snag em stamped on the card! I may just have to try an acetate card now!

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  56. Beatiful clear card! Thanks for the great tips!

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  57. That is STUNNING!! I have a box of transperancies I need to get me an I-Rock and get busy! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  58. What fabulous tips!!! TFS!! Your cards are adorable!!! Love you used your stamps on them too!

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  59. I never thought of using acrylic for cards! I am most definitely going to try this. These type of cards will be the "talk of the town!"

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  60. Ooh wow.good idea with using the template. I love this! just beautiful!

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  61. I love this effect on the acetate! Had no idea that the iRock has this capability - seems like it would melt the surface - but this turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing these fun projects.

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  62. I love the lemon stamp on the plastic!!

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  63. Love it so CUTE!! I use acrylic sometimes and this looks like a TON of fun! THANKS for the inspiration and have a FABULOUS DAY!! =)

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  64. I love how this looks on the acetate! Thanks for the new idea and have a Happy Easter!

    sherri_braun@hotmail.com

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  65. Love the card, thanks for sharing. :)

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  66. Just love the idea of a 'transparent' card. I am a new follower and just browsed your blog and.... WOW! You are extremely talented and such an inspiration! Your creations are breathtaking I cannot wait to tryout some of your techniques. Also, your tutorials seem quite detailed and easy to follow. I can definitely see myself stopping by here quite often! TFS your creations with us!
    ~jEnNiE
    http://cricutmania.blogspot.com

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  67. I never thought of making a card from acetate. Very cute and one that the receipant will definately remember.

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  68. Your amazing ideas never cease to amaze me :):):) Love the acetate idea and also the demo....this little tool looks pretty amazing! I didn't realise it was so quick to use. May have to investigate myself now....hmmm..thanks for that...lol. Hope you are well gorgeous. Have a great weekend! xx

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  69. ohmygoodness this is stunning! you are so very talented:)

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  70. AMAZING ... you ALWAYS have something gorgeous to show us - thank you!!!

    Love, Tracy G

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  71. Love your project, TFS

    pammejo1@yahoo.com
    http://pammejo-scrapbookflair.blogspot.com/

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  72. VERY pretty!! TFS!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

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  73. Awesome!!!I really impress of ur great work,So nice card...

    Clear Cards

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  74. just lurking around the blog...I think I need to get a paint pen and use up some of the transparencies that I have stashed in my closet!

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