How to make cards with acetate

Updated April 17, 2017

Make cards using acetate sheets, or clear sheets typically used for overhead transparencies. Handmade acetate cards are unique to attach to gifts or to send as invitations and greeting cards for events and occasions. Create your own messages and decorations, coordinating the design elements of the card for any occasion. As an alternative, use the finished cards to frame between two pieces of glass for a unique wall or window hanging.

Measure a rectangle on your acetate sheet to 156 mm by 330 mm (5 1/2 by 11 inches). Place a ruler on the acetate and draw a light pencil line to these measurements. When folded, this measurement will make a 156 mm (5 1/2 inch square) card that will fit in a 180 mm squared (6 inch) square envelope for mailing. Cut the rectangle with a pair of sharp paper scissors.

Decorate your acetate sheet with a decorative rubber stamp. Use a stamp design to decorate the card for the holiday or occasion you are making it for, such as flowers for summer, pumpkins for Halloween or snowflakes for winter. Choose an ink pad colour to coordinate. Dab your stamp onto the ink stamp pad and then carefully place the stamp onto the acetate. Press lightly, being careful not to move the stamp and smear your image. Remove the stamp carefully. Continue to press the stamp on the acetate to create a repeat pattern, if desired. Place the sheet aside and allow drying for about 30 minutes.

Fold the acetate card in half to create a 156 mm squared (5 1/2 inch square). Press the fold flat using a bone folder.

Measure and cut a piece of card stock to 60 by 66 mm (2 by 2 1/2 inches). Use a light colour to coordinate with your theme.

Create a message on the card stock using letter stamps. Choose a stamp with a pre-written message, or use individual letters to create your message. When using individual letters, use a variation of sizes and styles of letter stamps for interest, keeping the bottom of the letters on the same horizontal line. Stamp your message and set aside to dry for about 15 minutes.

Cut three pieces of a coordinating card stock. Cut each piece to 72 by 78 mm (2 1/4 by 2 3/4 inches).

Place glue dots on the back four corners of the card stock message and attach it to the centre of one of the coordinating card stock pieces.

Place glue dots on the back four corners of the mat that you attached to the card stock message. Place the piece in the centre of the front of the acetate card.

Place a glue dot on four corners of one additional piece of coordinating card stock and attach it to the centre of the front inside of the acetate card.

Place glue dots on the back four corners of the last piece of coordinating card stock and attach it to the centre of the back inside of the acetate card. Be sure to centre with the front of the card so it is invisible when the card is closed. Use this area to write your greeting.


Embellish the card with transparent stickers. Add a decorative ribbon around the folded edge of the card, tying a bow at the top, if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Acetate sheet
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper scissors
  • Decorative rubber stamp
  • Ink stamp pad
  • Card stock sheets (2 colours)
  • Letter stamps
  • Glue dots
  • Bone folder
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Erika Marie started writing in 1996 and has covered a variety of topics, including arts, crafts, and home and garden. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in art from Rowan University.