Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Friends Forever Card Using Dura-Lar Film

Last week, I frequented Art Mart, a local store here in St. Louis, because my son had a camp close to the store. On my second visit, I was able to look around the products they sell and one of the products that caught my eye is this Wet Media Dura-Lar Film by Grafix. The front cover of the pad described the product as coated on both sides to accept water-based mediums. Many ideas start running through my mind with one of it as using watercolor to paint on this film. The lady who works at the store was not sure about this idea but curious as I am, I went ahead and bought it.

I trimmed the Dura-Lar film at 6" x 6". I stamped the MFT Roses All Over Background using Stazon black ink. I used the Misti to stamp the background image. Re-stamping the image on a plastic film is not a good idea. Even with the use of the Misti tool, the plastic film shifted making some areas double lined. I didn't want to waste the plastic film so I went ahead and colored it. I used the Zig Clean Color Brush markers, coloring the background in rainbow order.

When coloring transparencies, choosing bold colors is better because it shows through the film. I've noticed that while coloring, some of the Stazon impression comes off. I am not sure why but maybe next time, I will color on the other side of the transparency. After coloring with the Zig Clean Color, the colored side has a sticky feel and touching it makes the color come off. I did not heat set this but it definitely changed my plan for the card. Instead of coming up with a see-through window card, I adhered the window panel on top of a base card. I still have a lot of experimenting to do with the Dura-Lar Film.

I created a 4" x 4" note card. I cut a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 dotted gray cardstock as a front panel using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares die. I cut a window using Pretty Pink Posh Window Frames die. I cut the colored Dura-Lar Film into four. I adhered this to the back of the window panel using liquid glue.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed the word 'forever' using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. This sentiment stamp is from the Impression Obsession Love You, Miss You stamp set. The word 'friends' is a die from Simon Says Stamp Family and Friends die. I cut this on a metallic silver paper. I also cut the sentiment on a dark gray cardstock. I adhered this on the back of the metallic paper, slightly offsetting it to create a shadow. I adhered Doodlebug sequins as a last detail.

I was able to create 3 cards out of the colored Dura-lar Film. I could have created 4 but I didn't like the impression of the flowers on one of the 4 pieces from the original piece. I gave this as a farewell card to 3 of my friends in MICU. I am transferring to a different unit and I will surely miss them.

Thanks for viewing my blog.  Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.


  1. Beautiful cards Maria! I will have to check out this looks pretty cool!

  2. wonderful way to use the background stamp without overwhelming the card itself. Looks stunning.

  3. Looks like stained glass almost. Are you another Missourian like me? Have a great day! =0)

    1. Yes. I'm from St. Louis. How about you? Thanks for visiting my blog-Maria

  4. beautiful cards...I've never used that product but now I must give it a try...thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx