Glass etching with the Cameo

With the end of the school year also comes end of the year gifts for teachers, aides, bus drivers, and many others who have helped throughout the school year.

I love having my Cameo to help me create a personalized gift to show my appreciation.

I cut my stencil from Oracal 651 vinyl, apply it to my clean surface and then apply my Etchall cream. I let my etching cream sit on my object for 20-30 minutes, scrape off the excess & put it back in the bottle. I love the fact that Etchall cream is reuasable!

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I always pick up a new tip when I’m doing a project….

Today’s tip….. even when you are rushing, don’t forget the painters tape on the edges of your vinyl to prevent any of the etching cream from oozing off the edges of the vinyl & touching the glass in a place you don’t want etched.

I hope you explore all the different possibilities that you can create with your Cameo machine!

Enjoy creating today!

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Cookie jars

So I scored big time right before Christmas at Michael’s store.
I was walking by an end cap and a couple of these cookie jars, there was of course no price on them, but I was next to a price scanner, so just happened to pick them up & price them…. Well, there were on clearance!!! I purchased the one directly below for like $5 and the big ones below that were $1.99 each.
Needless to say I grabbed the 2 big ones I saw that were $1.99 and ran to the register to check out. After she had already rang me up, I asked if she could tell me if there were more in the store… I made sure to do this after, so she couldn’t change the price on me, just in case……
I had grabbed the last 2… but still – what a deal!
And of course, with my Silhouette Cameo & etching creme, nothing glass is safe!

So home I came to make some vinyl decals.
I use Oracal 631 vinyl as my stencil and never have an issue with it.
One of these was for a neighbor gift, so it took me a bit to decide on a design I liked, but once I saw this one in the Silhouette store, I knew it would fit.
You can find the Made with Love design HERE in the store.

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I use Etchall creme for my projects, as that is what we used in Terri Johnson Creates hands on retreat and I love the fact that you can scrape off the excess and reuse it. So it lasts a long time.
I leave my creme on for 20 minutes or a bit longer and it always turns out great!
You can find Etchall creme HERE.

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The first one I applied the vinyl to was the one on the left in the photo above…. it was a bit trickier due to the curve and the varied size of the jar. I grumbling a bit when I went to apply the vinyl to the jar on the right and then it went on like a dream.
The biggest factor when applying your vinyl stencil to a glass item to etch is you want the edges of your design to have a great seal on them, so the etching creme doesn’t sneak up under the vinyl.
The flatter you can get the decal on your object the better, any creases are areas that the etching creme might sneak in to.

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I love how they turned out but I do have to confess that after over a month of it sitting on my counter, it’s still empty…..
I don’t bake that often because then I end up eating them…..
One of these days, I’ll put something in it.

Enjoy!

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Personalized Christmas gifts

After one of my retreats with Terri Johnson Creates this summer, I brought home my finished glass etching ornaments and my husband asked if I could make something for a few of his co-workers. It started as a personalized ornament, but then we changed it to beer glasses….. I love that I can personalize¬†an item with my Silhouette and a few basic supplies.

He thought of the individualization he wanted on each and that is what I worked with.
I found images of what he wanted and traced them and then worked with a font that would be bold and readable.

Here are the designs I came up with:
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I cut these out of vinyl and then we applied them to the glasses. Hubby wanted to help with the project and remembered to grab a couple photos of the process.

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Hubby is applying the vinyl to the glass above and smoothing it out to make sure it has a tight seal around the edges where we want to apply the etching cream.

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Then we apply painters tape around the edges of the design, just in case the etching cream goes outside the area of the vinyl.

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And I am amazed each time I rinse that etching cream off and peel back my stencil. I love this etched glass look and it really adds to these plain ole glasses.
Now, I wish I had remembered to take photos of the rest of them before he took them with him to work.
There’s always something¬†I forget!!!

Another Christmas gift complete!
Enjoy!

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