Smacking Acetate with Spectrum Noir


In this tutorial we will look at the ‘Smacking Acetate’ technique.  Colorful results can be achieved using various media and acetate.


For this project I have used Spectrum Noir markers GT2, GT3, PP2, BT4, Bt6, BT8, two small sheets of acetate, approx. 4” x 7”, some rubbing alcohol (alternatively you can use Spectrum Noir Blending Solution) and a pipette.


Apply strips of marker color from each of your selected Spectrum Noir pens to your acetate sheet using the broader end.


Add a few drops of your blending solution/rubbing alcohol to the marker color to mix and spread the color.


Smack the two pieces of acetate together to spread the ink. Apply the pieces to each other several times, to mix the color and create the effect you want.  

This technique can also be used on glossy paper and other medium of your choice.


You will have created two colored pieces to decorate or use as you wish.  

Leave your acetate sheets aside for the ink to dry.


For this project I have cut a piece of stamping card to the same dimensions as the acetate and stamped a Sheena Douglass Butterfly image and sentiment onto the card.  

You can also stamp directly onto the reverse side of your colored acetate sheet.


Apply one sheet of your colored acetate to the top of your stamped image, to create a soft color layer.

The finished card with acetate panel and stamped image.  This is a fun technique and I hope you will give it a try.

Materials List:

Spectrum Noir markers:  GT2, GT3, PP2, BT4, Bt6, BT8
Acetate sheet
Stamping Card
Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners Couuntry Cottage – All a Flutter A6 Stamp Plus sentiment from A Rosy Outlook Stamp Set
Tsukineko Versafine Ink – Onyx Black Ink
Core’dinations Card
Centura Pearl A4 for card base
Small brads

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb

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