Saturday, May 04, 2013

Diecut Stained Glass - tutorial

So many of you wrote to ask for directions for the stained glass card I shared HERE - so I put together a stepped-out tutorial. Hope this helps clear up the process, and I'd love for you to share if you try this out!

Here are the supplies I used:

  • 2 quarter sheets of white cardstock, 1 cut down by 1/4"
  • alcohol markers (mine are Touch Twin Markers - R3, R22, Y24, Y37)
  • an open die (this is Impression Obsession's Floral Lace Heart)
  • clear plastic (I used Clear Card Stock that I got at Heartfelt Creations)
  • embossing folder (optional)
  • adhesive

I cut the heart at a slight angle, and off the edge of my smaller cardstock panel. You can emboss the rectangle or leave it as is. Keep both pieces.

Lay the diecut heart underneath your piece of clear cardstock to use as a guide for coloring, and tape it in place so it doesn't slide. Make sure your coloring extends slightly beyond the edge of each opening.

(This isn't a step, I just wanted to give an idea of how the layers fit back together when your card is assembled.)

Adhere the diecut to the clear cardstock. You can use a gluestick, or dot glue in the larger areas using a glue bottle with a small tip.

Adhere the clear cardstock to the back of your rectangle panel. Tape is fine, but glue around the edges also helps.

**Note - if you notice, like I did at this point, that you "missed a spot" while you were coloring, you can still add color to the back side of your clear panel.

I chose to pop my panel up with mounting tape, so that light could come behind the colored piece. It would work to adhere it right to your base, too.

Here's the finished card.

Again, I'd love to see your interpretation of this technique! Leave me a link in the comment section if you try it out. Thanks for visiting, and please don't ever hesitate to email me if you have questions about my projects!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Dina...thanks so much for the tutorial! I will have to give this a try! Hugs!

  2. This is really pretty :) lovely effect

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! It helps a lot & this made a gorgeous card. You have so much talent!

  4. Gorgeous Dina!! I have that die cut on my wish list at IO. :o)

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  5. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I'm just waiting for my die to arrive and then I'll give it a go.

  6. Super idea, will have to give it a try. Your card is beautiful.

  7. What a beautiful card! The tutorial made me decide that I want to try this! TFS!

  8. Incredibly stunning - thank you for showing how you accomplished this!!!

  9. Francie in Montreal5/06/2013 7:25 AM

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. This is such an effective technique.

  10. This is absolutely brilliant Dina! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  11. Hi Dina, I love this idea and I blogged it on Monday with a link to your tutorial. Thanks for the great idea and lesson on how you did it. We met online once before when you won a House Mouse Stamp on my blog and I mailed it to you in Indonesia, I think! I just remember that the gal at our local post office was amazed as to where it was going, ha ha!
    Thanks again....

    Sue Drees

  12. What a great idea!!! I used the stained glass idea for gates! Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. Hi Dina, thank you o much for sharing this beautiful card. I was wondering if you had to go over the colours a number of times to get it as vibrant as it is. Mine after 4 coats is still looking quite faint. I am using copics and not sure if I am doing something wrong. Your help would be appreciated.