I am on a photo frame kick – – this week it’s for Father’s Day! I was sent some supplies from Martha Stewart crafts and was immediately drawn to the glass etch – love that stuff.
(remember last week I made a Mother’s Day frame – that’s why that picture of my kiddos is familiar).
A few months ago, Trevor was switching desk areas at work. He cleared out and brought some things home, including the family picture he had – which was this:
First gather your supplies. I had the Martha Stewart glass etch, a stencil I cut out of contact paper (but Martha Stewart also has stencils, so you can use the alphabet ones to spell something out if you want), and a frame from the thrift store, complete with a photo of random children.
I used transfer paper to move my contact paper stencil to the glass in the frame:
I did this while the glass was still in the frame, so I could get a feel for the placement of the words. After sticking down my stencil I then took the glass (and the weird picture) out of the frame. As you can see in the picture below, the stencil is of the negative space – as in, the blanks are where the words are:
Next, according to product directions, apply a thick even layer of etching cream over desired area. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
Then rinse off the excess cream and peel the stencil off. Clean the glass. It’s a two-handed process to clean off the cream, so I only got an “after” picture:
I LOVE glass etch – it adds a personal touch without being too overwhelming It shows up great when you get the light to hit it right, but head-on it’s not too strong. Here it is when I caught it in the light:
I have glass etched gift plates for neighbors in the past, and all my casserole dishes with our last name on them so everyone knows it’s mine at a potluck (but apparently never blogged that cause I can’t find a post about it.) But if you want to be extra fun, instead of using your name you can glass etch like Kimbo from A Girl And A Glue Gun – love this – it is glass etched to say “This is NOT your pan”
Oh, I forgot to mention that I spraypainted the frame black. I didn’t mind the gold, but thought that in a work setting, the black was probably a better choice. I like how the frame has some detail to it and isn’t just plain – worth my $0.75.
Oh, random, while I was at the Thrift Store I saw this – even they are on board with Pinterest:
So — go grab a frame, and grab some awesome Martha Stewart Etching Cream (it’s the best etching cream I’ve used!) – you can find it at Michael’s Craft Stores – and crank out this fun project for Father’s Day!
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Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with Plaid and The Blueprint Social. All opinions and love of Martha Stewart Crafts are my own.
Here are some other fun project ideas from this campaign: