Acetate, Acrylic, and Plexiglas

Scrapbook making, cards, and gift items continuously change.  As does the products used to alter these pieces.

Most any product you would apply to acetate, acrylic, or Plexiglas can be removed or cleaned up with a bit of elbow grease and alcohol.  Just plain rubbing alcohol from your pharmacy works wonders.

Because the surfaces of acetate and other plastics are non porous, inks of any type remain only because of surface tension, or some other scientific explanation.  Products, once applied, stick pretty good to these plastic items and are fairly durable and long lasting.  The things you can think of to put on these plastics to make them beautiful, colorful, and exciting are innumerable.

If you spend a couple hours watching YouTube videos of things people have created using acetate or acrylic can be a bit intimidating.  Especially if you are new to this crafting world.  The finished products displayed by the craft person can, and often does to me anyway, send you scurrying to your local craft/hobby store to give it a try.

Because acetate, acrylic, and Plexiglas are transparent any and all mistakes are visible from the front side and the back side.  There is no hiding boo boos on these.  This may be the number one factor a lot of crafters stay away from these items.

Well, let me coax you into giving these products a try.  Keep some rubbing alcohol on hand to fix any mistakes you make and just let your experimentation take flight.  I have a video showing just exactly how easy it is to work on these plastics.  If you don’t like what  you have done then just clean them up and start over again.  Acetate, acrylic, and Plexiglas are really forgiving.  Except if you take a lighter or torch (and not a flashlight) to them.

When you are cleaning up after having a bad go around with the heat embossing, keep in mind that a paint scraper will damage the surface of these plastics and leave scratch marks.  The green scraping pad on the backs of kitchen sponges will mar the surface also.  Just us alcohol and cotton balls or paper towels to rub at the product.  Some things come right off with the alcohol others need a bit of work to get the job done.   If you have a seriously huge mess on your hands from heat embossing, a product known as “Goo Gone” or “Goof Off” will take the heated embossing powders right off and won’t damage the plastic surface.  Just be aware that both of these products – Goof Off and Goo Gone – are highly flammable and they are skin and eye irritants.  As long as you work safely and smartly you will have excellent results.

In my video I’ve used alcohol inks, Staz-On ink, a Sharpie marker, and heat embossing.  You can watch as I apply each product to the plastic surfaces then you can watch as I remove these products easily and quickly.  So, don’t let your concern over making an unsightly mess stop you from enjoying acetate or acrylic in your crafting fun.  Go explore.


About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

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