I owe this week’s project to KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm. Her tutorial is very cute and quirky. I totally dig quirky! However, she is way too zealous about Kentucky, especially since we all know Texas is the best state! Just kidding KariAnne. (Ok, not really…Texas is better, but I’m sure Kentucky is nice too.) That said, my tutorial is just an extension of hers. Although the end result is the same, the process varies slightly. I found her methods to be a little costly. Instead of buying an entire pack of alphabet stickers just to use one letter, I decided to cut out stickers using my cricut.
• adhesive sheets or vinyl
• cricut (or another die cut machine)
• etching cream
• small paint brush
• newspapers or dropcloth
Step 1 – Open the cricut craft room. Insert a letter in your font of choice. I used housewife font from the suburbia cartridge. (If you’ve already read my BRC T-shirt post, you can see this is one of my favorite fonts.) Layer the letter with an oval, or square, or triangle, or whatever shape tickles your fancy. Now surround your oval with another object. The actual shape of this second object is completely irrelevant; just ensure there is about 1/2 inch on all sides to protect against potential drips. Group all 3 images. Set the auto fill size to 8.5×11 inches and click apply. This will repeat your image enough times to fill the page.
Step 2 – These double-sided adhesive sheets are intended for making stickers. I bought these when I first decided to do this project, not yet knowing how I was going to use the sheets. Looking back, vinyl would have worked too. Whatever you use, it only needs to be adhesive on one side.
This step is super labour intensive. Place your sheet on a cutting mat, click cut, and sit back while your cricut does all the work. And don’t worry about putting the machine on a “kiss cut” setting. You want it to cut through all of the layers. Pretty intense, huh?!
Step 3 - Pop your stickers out of the sheet and flip them over. Remove the backing from just the letter and outer border. Leave the oval alone. (This will make sense in the next step.) Keep an utility knife nearby in case the cricut didn’t cut through all of the sticker layers.
Step 4 – Ensure your glasses are clean and dry. When applying stickers start from the inside and work towards the edges, pushing out any bubbles. Use a bone folder or the back of a spoon if needed. Firm pressure equals good adhesion and ultimately crisp edges. Then remove the entire oval shape, leaving behind just your letter and the border. PS. I kept the oval cut-outs for some future project yet to be imagined.
Step 5 – Let’s start with the admin stuff. Armour Etch is basically a mild acid that eats through the glass to etch it. You don’t want that on your skin or counters. Wear an apron and gloves. Throw down some newspaper or a dropcloth for your workspace.
According to the Armour Etch website, you shouldn’t leave it on the glass for more than one minute. However, that was not nearly enough time for a crisp effect. So, I started to research similar project tutorials. Most of the ones I read let the cream sit for 10-30 minutes.
Finally, I’m done explaining and we can get to work. (Yay!) Use a paint brush to apply an even layer inside of your stencil. As I finished a glass, I’d write the time down next to it. After about 15 minutes, wipe your paint brush through the cream again. This moves the crystals around to prevent spots in your etching. It will also help you keep an eye out for drips. Give it another 15 minutes to sit, then move to the next step.
Step 6 – After 30 minutes, it’s time to clean up. I used a paper towel to wipe off most of the excess cream first. Then rinse under warm water to reveal your awesome work! Once most of the cream is gone, remove the stickers. Rinse once more to remove any remaining cream and then clean with dish soap or glass cleaner.
Since these glasses are a birthday gift for my mother-in-law, Pam, I thought I’d also show y’all the card I made for her! I used Tim Holtz distress stains to create the molted effect for the background. The die cuts, clock stamp, and metal arrow embellishment are all also from Holtz. (Can you tell who my favorite designer is?)
I hope you enjoyed yet another super fun, easy, and pretty (if I do say so myself) project. And come back again…I should have an Etsy page & card shop up soon!