May 11, 2010

Etched Parfait Glass Project

I have been wanting to try glass etching for a while. This is my first attempt and I think it turned out pretty good. I used my Cricut to cut out 2 designs from vinyl. The picture above shows the software I use to help layout my Cricut designs.
After the vinyl was cut I placed it on the parfait cups. Make sure there is a little space around the image to allow for the etching cream to over lap. I used Armour Etch and a sponge brush to apply it to the cups.
Dab on the etching cream pretty heavily and let it stay on the glass for at least 5 minutes. (the bottle says to only leave it on for 1 minute but 5 minutes worked better for me) Don't worry about using too much of the etching cream. More is better. After 5 minutes I scraped the excess etching cream back into the bottle. It can be used again and again. The the glass needs to be washed off under running water and then the vinyl can be removed.
And... this is what ya get. This is the finished product. Love this project. It is very fast and easy. It literally took me no more than 20-30 minutes from start to finish. Gotta love that!
Happy Etching!

May 5, 2010

Hand Stamped Tags

I got a new set of tag stamps and punches. So... naturally I had to make some tags. :)

There was a consignment sale last weekend that consisted of only scrapbooking and stamping supplies. Of course I couldn't stay away. From the minute I walked in I heard angels singing. I was in heaven!

I got a lot of Stampin' Up ink, punches and stamps that I had been wanting, but couldn't afford, for a fraction of the cost. Most of what I bought had never even been used. I couldn't believe it!!!

Anyway, back to the tags I made. I layered the tags using contrasting papers and stackable tag punches. I stamped the images first and then punched them out with the smaller of the 2 tag punches. It is much easier to do it this way. Then I used my glue runner and glued them all together. Finally I punched a small circle and tied a cord through the top.

I made several so I should have plenty ready for last minute gift tag emergencies.

May 1, 2010

Homemade Car Monogram

I love the car monograms that I see all over town! They are so cute but they all look pretty much alike to me. I decided I wanted to make my own design that didn't look anything like everyone else.
I used my Cricut, white vinyl and a little creativity to come up with this design. I don't think I'll be seeing this design around town anytime soon.
Here it is just after I applied it to the rear window of my car. I like the way the white vinyl looks against the dark tinted glass. I've seen some car monograms that are in different colors. Although they are cute they don't show up all that well on the dark glass.
I love my monogram! Do you have one on your car? I'd love to see your creative monogram ideas.