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  Polished Stone Technique

Materials needed:

  • Acrylic piece with small holes drilled in corners for mounting on cardstock with brads
  • Stamp of your choice
  • Brilliance Graphite Black ink
  • Glitters of your choice
  • Clear drying glue or Crystal Lacquer
  • 2 or 3 different colors of dye ink that will dry on acrylic
  • Rubbing alcohol in a small spritz/spray bottle
  • Small block of wood about 1" x 2"
  • Hook side of a piece of stick-on Velcro
  • Any color felt
  • Scissors
  • Brads
  • White or black cardstock or white or black acrylic paint
  • Other colors of acrylic paint (Optional)
  • Embossing tape (Optional)
  • Other colored cardstock (Optional)
  • Gold or silver leaf pen (Optional)


  1. Stamp the image on the acrylic piece using Brilliance Graphite black ink and heat set.
  2. Using different colors of glitter with clear drying glue or Crystal Lacquer, color the image on the same side. Allow it to dry overnight.
  3. Attach the hook side of a piece/s of stick-on Velcro to one side of the wood block. Try to cover as much of the wood as possible.
  4. Cut a piece of felt the same size as your wood block and place it on the Velcro.
  5. Randomly, put a few drops of 2 or 3 different colored inks on the felt. If you are using inkpads, press one side of the felt onto one color and the other side onto the second color. Make sure you have enough color saturation on the felt if you are using inkpads. You can even use a combination: Put 2 colors on the felt using inkpads and then put some drops of color on top of that.
  6. Now, quickly spritz the piece of felt with rubbing alcohol.
  7. Immediately, dab (Don't rub or the colors will streak.) the inks with a pouncing motion onto the same side of the acrylic to create a background. When dabbing, turn the wood block once in awhile so different colors go different places-even over other colors. It is possible to dab over the glittered area unless you used white glitter; the ink may show through the white glitter. See "Hints" below.
  8. After you have achieved your desired appearance or ink saturation, stop. Now you can heat set the inks or allow them to dry naturally.
  9. In order for the ink colors to truly "pop out", it is necessary to either put the acrylic piece on white or black cardstock or paint white or black acrylic paint on the back of it.
  10. After the inks are dry, you can use the acrylic piece as an ornament or on a card.

    1. Julee used Fiesta/Pinata inks that come in dropper bottles. My designer, Mary Munkel, didn't have these inks so she used Brilliance inkpads and/or Studio 2 Ink-It inks that come in dropper bottles. Memories and Staz On colored inks should work, also, since they dry on acrylic. We did not explore other ink possibilities.
    2. Julee used Crystal Lacquer to apply the glitter because the glitter sinks closer to the acrylic and shows a higher concentration of glitter. Mary used clear drying glue since she basically tries to use the least expensive materials and wanted to know if it worked.
    3. Julee stamped her image, heat set it, masked it and created her background before she colored her image with glitter. If you intend to use white glitter near the edge of the image, her system would be the best.
    4. Julee used a Krylon silver pen to line the front edges of her acrylic piece and color her mini brads. Mary used acrylic metallic paint to finish off the front edges and color her brads. In one example, our 1/8th embossing tape and glitter were used on the front edges.
    5. When selecting your ink colors, it works better to have one darker colored ink like Julee had.
    6. If you are not getting blotchy clear areas in the background, try spritzing more alcohol on the felt. It is even possible to spritz a little alcohol directly on the acrylic piece. Do it from a distance, though.

    This polished stone technique is awesome when used on glossy white cardstock, also. Just follow the same directions. This technique is especially desirable when you are pressed for time and need a quick card.

    1. Take the point out of a gold or silver leaf pen and randomly splatter some drops of the ink on the glossy cardstock. Immediately, dab the inked/spritzed felt piece over the metallic dots in order to pick up some of the gold ink on the felt and spread out the gold ink. Then dab the felt on the rest of the cardstock.
    2. Again, you can respritz your felt any time or try spritzing the glossy cardstock from a distance after you have it inked.

    (click image to see full size card and details):

    Rosie Rosie
    Rosie Rosie

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