I’m beyond excited to be doing this Silhouette Portrait Giveaway! I got a Silhouette in March and it has changed my life! I use my Silhouette for all of my printable projects and I know I’m just barely scratching the surface of what this baby can do. Today, I’m going to show you how I used the Silhouette and Glass Etching Starter Kit to create a lovely and sentimental mother’s day gift!
This may come as a surprise to many of you, but I’m not particularly “Crafty.” I’m a designer, so when it comes to crafts, I like them to be quick and easy…that way I can spend my time drawing and what not! I was kind of expecting glass etching to be really difficult (not sure why), but it was SO easy and took about 15 minutes from start to finish. I’m completely in love with this technique…I think my husband will have to hide all the glasses in the house! I picked two different sizes for my cookie jars (I got them at Hobby Lobby for 50% off):
I used my Silhouette and Glass Etching kit to create a custom gift for my mom…and one for myself (hey, I’m a mom too). The Glass Etching Kit comes with everything you need: Etching cream, Stencil Vinyl, Transfer Tape, Silhouette Hook, Silhouette Scraper, plus 10 etching designs! I used my own etching design (that you can download HERE), but the ones included are so cute! It also comes with an instructional DVD. You need to watch this, trust me! I’m going to give you a few pointers, but the DVD is great…it gives you a step by step guide for etching.
A couple of things to note when glass etching:
- Wear gloves and some protective glasses. This stuff is super strong!
- You don’t want to get this stuff on any surface. If you’re messy like me, you’ll need to work on paper towels or newspaper.
- I absolutely LOVE my honey pot looking cookie jar…BUT the curves and size of this jar were a little difficult to work with. I would recommend going with a flatter surface (like my small jar) for beginners. I just had a hard time flattening it out and making it straight. I worked it out, but it took quite a bit more time than my small cookie jar.
- The scraper is your friend. I used this when I applied the transfer tape to the vinyl, applied the design to the cookie jars, and then again applying the etching cream to the design and scraping it off.
- When you put the etching cream on, you’ll want to apply a thick coat and scrape it from left to right in smooth strokes. You don’t want to swirl it on, otherwise your etching will look blotchy.
Now the fun part! To enter to win a Silhouette Portrait AND the Glass Etching Starter Kit, fill out the rafflecopter form below! Good luck!!!