Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Mercury Glass Designer Acetate
Mercury Glass Designer Acetate …
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What is Mercury Glass?
I didn’t know there was even such a thing, but when I saw the Designer Acetate in the new Holiday Catalogue, I went “Oh yes, those platters and glass Christmas ornaments that look like the silver is wearing off”. 🙂
Apparently that is exactly what it is, but authentic Mercury Glass is a double walled glass object with Silver Nitrate poured into the gap via a small hole and then sealed. It takes on that mottled look as the silver nitrate breaks down and so it fell out of fashion because it looked “old and worn”.
Recently, Mercury Glass or “the Mercury Glass look” has come back into fashion especially for anything involving light where the light can shine through the holey pattern, votive glasses and candle holders.
Mercury Glass Designer Acetate
These sheets of patterned acetate are 12″ x 12″, and each pack contains 4 sheets, 2 each of 2 different designs. Now I will say that I didn’t realise that there were two designs when I created my projects, so they all feature the random speckle design. The second design is a lovely crackle effect, so I am looking forward to seeing who uses that design in their projects.
Beginner, Casual and Avid Crafters
For this hop, I have created three cards, each one suited to a different level of crafter.
A beginner crafter is someone who is new to stamping, who has very limited tools and wants to create something using just stamps, paper and ink.
A casual crafter has learned the basics of stamping and has acquired some tools. She crafts on average once or twice a month, usually for a purpose such as an upcoming celebration and prefers to use punches over die cuts as she hasn’t invested in a die cutting machine yet. She likes to create both simple projects and projects with a little more technique.
An avid crafter has many tools, including a die cutting machine, and likes to use them all. She knows a variety of stamping techniques and is always wanting to learn more. She crafts often and likes to create a variety of either Beginner, Casual or Avid projects.
Which type of crafter are you?
While technically this isn’t a true “simple stamping” project because it involves layers and twine, it is certainly very quick and easy to create. The addition of the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate over the Designer Series Paper (this one is from the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper Pack) adds a luxurious touch to this very simple card.
“How to” …. adhere the Mercury Glass Acetate
I put tiny dabs of Multipurpose Liquid Glue over the back of the acetate on the areas that are silver. It is important not to be heavy handed as the glue will “smoosh” about as you place it on the Designer Series Paper. However even if some glue can be seen through the transparent parts of the acetate, the combination of the glue drying clear and the pattern of the paper means you shouldn’t see the glue.
**note: do not try and remove the acetate to reposition it once the glue has become tacky, this will likely remove the silver from the back of the acetate.
The Cajun Craze Twine is from the Come Together Ribbon Combination Pack, and pairs perfectly with the colouring of the designer series paper I have used. The “Merry Christmas” greeting is from the Christmas Gleaming Cling Stamp Set. It is such an effective greeting being a reverse image, and is so easy to trim out by hand.
This time I have used the acetate as a feature on the card, punching out two of the larger baubles from the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack, and then punched again from Bermuda Bay cardstock.
The Mercury Acetate has also been used as a matt for the central Pumpkin Pie layer, and to give the distinctive pattern some oomph, I layered the Mercury Acetate over a panel of Designer Series Paper (See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper) cut to the same size. I used this same Designer Series Paper as a layer on the card front, so I was able to cut the smaller matt piece from the centre of that larger layer.
The Holly Berry image is from the Christmas Gleaming Cling Stamp Set, and I have simply repeat stamped it with Pumpkin Pie ink on a Whisper White layer.
The same Cajun Craze twine from the Come Together Ribbon Combination Pack has been used to “hang” my baubles. And again I have used that great little greeting from the Brightly Gleaming set for a greeting.
For my Avid Card, I coloured the back side of the Mercury Glass with Stampin’ Blends. I chose four colours that toned to create an ombre effect (Daffodil Delight Dark, Mango Melody Dark, Cajun Craze light and dark). The Stampin’ Blends don’t blend in the same way that they do on cardstock, and the back side of the Acetate can have a few lines across it where the colours meet, but once you flip the piece over you dont’ really notice the lines. Laying the piece over white card shows up the colouring fabulously.
On this card you can see what a difference having a dark colour or a light colour behind makes to the Mercury Glass design.
The background forms a distinctly festive background for the baubles and holly berry images from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set, coloured with Stampin’ Blends and embellished with the Cajun Craze twine from the Come Together Ribbon Combination Pack.
Another thing to note about the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate …
The 12″ x 12″ sheets come with a protective film on the front side. It is fine and can be difficult to get started when trying to remove it. I found it easiest to do with my Take Your Pick Tool in one corner. Removing the film does make the silver element to the acetate much brighter and more reflective. My advice would be to cut the piece of acetate you wish to use first and then remove the film. The acetate punches okay with the film still on the sheet.
Footnote: I didn’t try die cutting the acetate at all for these projects, but I notice that Tami Hewlett mentions that the acetate die cut better with the protective film removed. Thanks for the tip Tami.
I am really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the design team members come up with using both of the designs in the Mercury Acetate. Here is the full list of hop participants … visit them all and be inspired.
The Stamping Sunday teams create a tutorial bundle each month. This month the tutorial projects feature projects and techniques using Stampin’ Up!® Stampin’ Blends. All projects use current Stampin’ Up! products. Five fantastic, detailed tutorials with step by step pictorial instructions. Here is a sneak peek of the tutorial projects.
The Tutorial Bundles are based on currently available supplies from Stampin’ Up! and have both metric and imperial (inches) measurements. So no matter where you live in the world, you can purchase the tutorial and will be able to create the projects.
Stamping Sunday Tutorial Bundle – September 2019
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Check out all the tutorials on my Online Class and Tutorial page.