how to make a floating panel handmade card

How To Make A Floating Panel Handmade Card

Design Team Member Kate here, back with a fun idea to take your cards to the next level.  Floating cards and handmade cards with see-thru panels are trending and today I want to share a tutorial to make a floating confetti handmade card.

Handmade card tutorial floating panel card idea

Instead of a typical flat card, we will use acetate to add dimension and make it appear that the confetti is floating!

Floating Confetti Card Supplies

how to make a floating panel card

How to Make a Floating Confetti Card

1. Start with a card base measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (folded size).

2. Cut a white panel and an acetate panel both measuring 2 3/4" x 4". (Note that the white panel does not necessarily need to be white, that's just the color I chose.)

how to make a floating pane card

3. Arrange your die cuts (here I used circles and numbers) in the design you'd like and adhere them directly to the acetate panel. Make sure some of the elements overlap the edge of the acetate which helps with the floating look. I found double sided tape works best. 

handmade card idea using acetate - how to make floating card elements

4. Flip over the decorated acetate panel and use foam tape behind the embellishments. You are hiding the foam tape BEHIND the embellishments.

how to make a floating element handmade card

Once you've got all the foam tape in place, adhere this decorated acetate panel to your white panel.

5. Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock at 4" x 5 1/4". Stamp on it to create a pattern design if you'd like, then adhere it to the folded card base. 

Finally, attach the floating panel centered on the card.

handmade card with purple foil paper and purple cardstock and purple glitter paper

Part of the appeal of this card is the specialty papers, so be sure and mix and match foil, sequin and basic cardstock.


design team member kate

Here's another see-thru card idea!



    look very nice.

  • Angela C.

    What a brilliant idea, Kate. Thank you for the tutorial!

  • Susan

    What adhesive do you use to adhere the acetate?

  • M. Adams


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