Hello crafty friends! It’s Nicole here, and today I am excited to be sharing my first post with you as an Elle’s Studio team member! I am also excited that I get to share a project focusing on one of my favorite types of embellishments: acetates! This month ES has released an adorable pack of Acetate Hearts in various sizes and lovely bold colors.
For my layout, I focused on the largest two sizes in the pack. Acetates are not only gorgeous over photos, tags, and papers, but they are also just as beautiful when used on a solid white background. I wanted to really focus on these hearts and let their bold colors shine! On the largest hearts, I stamped the small phrases from the Hugs and Kisses Stamp in white, permanent ink, which needed a bit of time to dry completely so they didn’t smudge. I layered these with the medium-sized hearts and the Puffy Heart Stickers over the entire bottom half of my 12 x 12 white cardstock. Once I had them placed exactly where I wanted them, I used the Puffy Heart Stickers, staples and even a few of True Love Stickers to help hold these acetates in place. Tip: when using acetates, try layering embellishments over top and then adding the adhesive behind the layers so when the adhesive dries, you cannot see it! I also stamped small hearts from the Hugs and Kisses Stamp in grey ink to fill in some of the gaps between the other embellishments.
To help bring that grey into other areas of my layout, I added a grey 3″ x 4″ tag behind my journaling tag, added additional stamping in the same color and used the “Too Cute!” title from the Love You Chipboard Stickers to bring it all together.
Another technique that I love to use on my projects that adds a bit more texture is giving my photo layers a rough, torn look around the edges. I use an edge distressing tool to do this. In a layout like this, it helps break the layers apart when layered over the acetate hearts.
Acetate shapes, like the new Acetate Hearts are a staple in my collection and today, I hope I have inspired you to add them to yours! Don’t let the adhesive scare you! Simply hide it behind other layers and no one will ever know! If you have other ways that you use acetates, please share them with us on social media using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group. Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you’ve had fun and been inspired!