Saturday, October 16, 2010

Etched Glass Block

Hi, I'm hosting the Anything but a Card challenge over on Inspired Crafters today, and the challenge I posted is to do something with glas (or clear plastic). I've been having some fun with glass etching. I used a Krafty Block from Hobby Lobby (they were having them 50% off, so you'll probably be seeing more of them lol!). I cut out a vinyl stencil using my Sure Cuts a Lot software and Cricut, and a doodlebat font from Lettering Delights. This project was the first time I've ever played with the vinyl; it's surprisingly easy! Once I'd made the cut, I used transfer tape to transfer the image to my block, masked the raised edges of the block with masking tape, and smeared the whole front with a thick layer of etching cream. I let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then washed it off and removed the vinyl. TIP: In future, for stenciling purposes, I plan to use contact paper, since it's a lot cheaper than vinyl.

On the other side of the block I did the same thing using a cut from the Christmas solutions cartridge from last year, so I can have the inspirational or secular side facing out. I made these to put battery operated tea lights in--I expect they'll look very pretty in the dark. I topped it with a ribbon and some picks from Mike's.

There's another method for etching glass: emboss resist. There is a cool tutorial HERE, and an example I made HERE.Posted by Picasa

10 comments:

Susan said...

Oh Amy, these are GORGEOUS!! Beautiful to display and great holiday gifts. WOW!! Love them.

Karen D' said...

Beautiful, I really like that you did both sides.

Banu said...

WOW Amy, this turned out just awesome. I have to give this a try and IC challenge is the perfect place to give something new a try. Thanks for sharing your awesome project with us.

Sara Paschal said...

D and I were snooping in HL and I had to pass the sale up now I am kicking myself. This is wonderful;)

Angela said...

This is beautiful, Amy! So elegant....

Kelli said...

Gaaa!!!! WHERE WERE YOU 3 WEEKS AGO... I just finally hauled off FOURTEEN of these blocks DH brought home to me from a remodel I had GRAND PLANS I tell ya!!!! LOL

Amy these are SO gorgeous... NOW maybe i need to go BACK to the dump and get them back! LOL

Chris said...

i love these! they are too pretty, what a great gift idea, you totally rock!!

Val said...

What a beautiful craft!! I have not tried etching yet, love it!

Jen A said...

I've been afraid to do the glass etching but yours turned out beautifully! It makes me want to try it! Your ribbon and topper are gorgeous as well!

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