Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Woodlands Accordion Candle Screen

Hello everyone! I used the Karen Burniston Accordian Album die in conjunction with the Frame & Label Bracket die to create a screen decor piece that you can put votive candles behind (I used battery operated ones!) Here's a look and I'll explain how I put it together.

"daylight" look

with lights behind it
In the first step, I cut the accordian panels out of clear plastic from the packaging of Sizzix dies. (Reuse, gotta love it!) Now this plastic cuts easily and can be bent and creased but it is a bit thick to fold easily. Therefore, this "card" does not fold flat. It's pretty much permanently this shape. Since this isn't really a card however, I'm fine with that. It's meant to sit there and look pretty anyway. I'd find a lighter weight plastic to make the base out of if you want to fold it up.

To make the "see through" panels, I stamped the image with archival ink onto plain white tissue paper. When it was nice and dry, I spread a layer of Glue 'n Seal over the back of the plastic center panels and then carefully adhered the tissue squares. I waited until everything was dry before I trimmed away the excess tissue paper. I also colored the back using reinkers and a watercolor brush. I didn't overly saturate it to keep the tissue intact. Use a light touch! I think Distress Pens or real watercolors would have worked just as well. On the front of the center panels I used the "cracked glass" technique to add some more texture. (Can't really see it in the photos but it's cool!) Brush on a layer of Glue 'n Seal over the front of the panel and let it dry. Then you can brush on a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint and it will stick. This works with all sorts of slick surfaces. You just have to put on the layer of Glue 'n Seal first or the crackle will flake right off.

The rest is pretty straight-forward. Die cutting, stamping and lots of Rock Candy and Picket Fence Stickles for some sparkle! I hope you've been inspired. You can find most of the supplies I used to create this project at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. Thanks!


  1. WOW !! This is amazing ... love the paper choice and it's just so awesome; with candle light just AWESOME !!

  2. Oh dear. This is just fabolous, stunning and awesome. Just love it ! And with candles behind it gets even more pretty.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this piece of art !!!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  3. This is a beautiful and so subtle project.
    Love it with the light behind it.

  4. Glorious - and looks so stunning by candlelight - amazing!
    Alison x

  5. Wow, Lisa, your screens are amazing! I have never tried anything like that! I have to look into those dies, as I remember her from the other Sizzix dies, and never found them in my local shop. I love the stamps by TH and all the fun details! Thanks so much for the kind words on my card this morning! Made my day.

  6. Amazing! Stupendous! Amazing and did I say amazing?!

  7. Lisa this is a beautiful project! Since discovering Karen B's accordion die my fav technique is to use clear sheets. However I never thought of using stamped tissue to cover the panels. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Things get buried in my mailbox and in cleaning it out I found your post on ATT of this project, which I LOVE! Thanks for a great tutorial.

  9. OMG this candle screen is absolutely gorgeous and your techniques are amazing! I am not brave enough to try that yet but I HAVE tons of packaging that I have been saving because "I am sure I can use that some day" lol


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