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Monday, October 28, 2013

Etching Glass

I've seen so many wonderful glass etching projects and had really been wanted to try it myself.  Then along cam an opportunity. My sister was getting married this past summer and I wanted to make something special for her shower gift. The shower theme was to stock the pantry. I decided to make her a customized casserole dish. This way when she makes all her yummy food to share at parties and gatherings, everyone will know which dish is hers!

I didn't think to take photos as I was doing this. So I just have a few that I took with my cell phone.  I bought a glass casserole dish that had a fairly flat bottom with not much writing or impressions on it. Then I took a measurement of the space I had to work with on the bottom of the dish.

I used my Silhouette Cameo for this project.I laid out my design in the software, being certain to constrain myself to the measurement of the casserole dish bottom. 

 Before cutting the design, I mirrored it in the Silhouette software. I then cut it out of vinyl. And weeded out the portions where I wanted the glass etching to take place.  This part can trip you up. Typically you weed out the waste areas and keep the design. But for this type of project you'll actually weed out the design elements so that those areas of the glass are exposed.

Using transfer tape, I applied the vinyl to the bottom of the casserole. I used a squeegee to make sure the vinyl was tightly adhered. The bubbles in the vinyl are fine. The vinyl will not be staying on the dish. It is just acting as a stencil.

Once the vinyl is in place, you apply the glass etching cream. There are a few on the market. I used Etchall. I only had a small jar and it was more than enough for this project. Plus you can gather the excess and put it back in the jar to be reused.

Spread the cream liberally to cover ONLY the areas that you want etched.  Be very careful to not get it on any other areas.

Now you just wait.  15 minutes. Then you can scrape the cream off the project and put it back in the jar.  Then remove the adhesive vinyl under running water.  And enjoy your permanently etched glass!

The vinyl left a bit of residue on the glass. I used some Goo-Gone to take that off.

I was so happy with the results. Especially since this was my very first time using this technique. Now I'm thinking of lots ideas for using etching cream!

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ornate Wedding Card and Envelope

The daughter of my very close friend is celebrating her wedding today.  She and her new husband are very special and dear to my heart.  I had to make an elegant card to show them how happy I am to see them as husband and wife!

I wish that I could capture the sparkle of this card in photographs. I used Spellbinders dies to cut the shapes. The blingy paper is some glittered cardstock. It's absolutely gorgeous all on it's own!  The kind of paper you just don't want to cut. You want to stare at it and enjoy it's shininess!  But then when you finally do cut it and make something with it, it grows even more beautiful!

The upper layer of cardstock I cut and then dry embossed. I love how dressy it turned out!

The flowers are from Prima. I thought they were just the right amount of color. They added a bit of whimsy and nature to the card as well.

A card like this couldn't just go in an ordinary envelope! Of course not, it needs a pretty one! And one that can fit such a thick card!!  So I made one.  I used double sided-adhesive cut on my Silhouette Cameo to create the hearts and initials for decorating the envelope.  After putting the adhesive in place, I then coated it with the different colors of glitter.  Oh more bling!!!  YES!!

The crinkly, May Arts Ribbon made the perfect closure. It's nice and shiny too!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Get Well Cards

Unfortunately, I have a need for a few Get Well cards this week.  My sister-in-law broke her arm quite badly. She required surgery. She is in a lot of pain. I'm hopeful that the recovery will be quick and have her back to her normal active self soon!

I made this card for her using the sketch feature on my Silhouette Cameo. Have I mentioned that I love the sketch feature?

The flower and stem image is a sketch shape in the Silhouette Online Store.  I simply broke it apart to make the stem and the flower different colors. The pens that I used are Staedtler Triplus Fineliner. They are awesome!!  The sentiment is a cut shape that I converted to a sketch.  I added some glitter to the petals and leaves to increase the happiness factor of the card!

My father is having knee replacement surgery, so I needed a masculine card for him.  I used the same sentiment as a sketch for his card as well. I cute the seed head with the Silhouette Cameo. The embossing on the background paper is a Tim Holtz folder that I ran through my Cuttelbug.

Inking around the edges adds a nice touch of texture.

Here's hoping they both recover quickly and without any hiccups!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thankful Hybrid Card

It feels so good to be getting some creative time again!  And for that I am really thankful!  I got to play with a brand new digital stamp by ArtyPants Digital Stamps called Butterflies and Filigrees, come on that name alone shouts "beautiful"!!  There are so many things that you can do with her digital stamps. She includes a layered file too! So you can clip digital papers or colors to them. You can incorporate them right into your scrapbook or photos designs!

I chose to make a card with this stamp. I brought the .png image into my Silhouette Designer software and resized it for a 4.25"x5.5" card.  I offset it to allow an area for the ribbon. Then I print and cut the card.

I also traced the 2 butterflies and created cutting shapes for those. I cut them out of vellum.  Then I had fun! I got out my copics, glitter and embossing materials.  I used some transparent glitter on the main filigree frame in the design. I wanted to keep it kind of grungy, but add a little dressy to it.

Each of the butterflies got a sparing layer of glitter on the card face and a rim of opaque glitter on the edge of the cut vellum. I set the vellum on the card with the wings lifted.  The greenery in the stamp was enhanced with color and texture from some gritty moss embossing sand.

Hope this gives you some ideas of how you can use digital stamps in your designs!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cast a Spell

There is a chill in the air!  The moon is crisp and clear and Autumn is in her full glory!  Halloween is only 16 days away!  When I was asked to make a card for this weeks Card Caravan at The Hybrid Chick I knew I wanted to make a special card for Halloween.

I made this hybrid card using the digital kit Moon Laughs and Whispers by Etc. by Danyale. It has such a grown-up feel to the kit. I love the color scheme too!

The theme of this Card Caravan was to use either a sketch or a template for your design. I used a scrapbook template. Template 2 from Monster-licious by Cornelia Designs.  As you can see, the template is for a 2-page scrapbook layout. When I saw it, the right side of it really stood out to me as a great design for a card!

I used the included .png files from the template set to create cut shapes in my Silhouette software.  I then traced the shapes and elements needed to make the card.

I added some May Arts Ribbon and some Encrusted Jewels embossing glitter and fragments from Stampendous.  They add just the right amount of texture and bling.  I colored the flowers by spraying them with Tattered Angels Glimmermist.

This card is going out to a very special person who enjoys the Samhain holiday.  I just know she is going to love it!  Thanks for visiting!

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