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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cricut Play!! :)

Some experiments using my new Cricut Create!! ;) I have been having a lot of fun seeing what I can and cannot do with this fun machine. So far I have probably tossed more that I have kept, but I just have to see what works/doesn't work for me!! :)
First, some simple cards. I cut the images from some pretty wallpaper samples that have been sitting in my "storage area" for years. :) A few quick layers and you have some cute cards!!

Ok. Have been trying several Glass Etching experiments. What I have found is that the large, open area image do NOT etch evenly. Very frustrating. Now, if I had actually READ the back of the jar of etching cream, I would have seen that they clearly state: NOT INTENDED FOR LARGE AREAS. Doh! My question for all of you etching in the heck to you get a nice etch on a large area????? (for example, the tree images above, or a pear, or a reindeer, or an ornaments..... etc etc)
Here is my one etched ornament that I did not toss in the trash. I used Alcohol Inks on the back.
I had fun with these experiments!!! These are cheapo white plates (material seems to be very similar to a Glossy Bathroom Tile) I purchased from a thrift store. I cut my image on sticky back vinyl and placed on the plate. I then mixed up a concoction of StazOn reinker, Blending Solution, and PearlEx in a Mini Mister (a super shrimpy spray bottle) Shook it up and sprayed away. I then blotted the inks with a paper towel and let dry. I pulled of the vinyl and touched up the edges. Not perfect, but I think they turned out pretty cute! I edged with Krylon Leafing pen and then heat set for 20 minutes at 250 degrees.

You can definitely see the PearlEx shine in this plate. I blended Sunflower yellow and Forest green stazon inks to make a brighter green for this plate. I blotted a little more to create some extra texture.
Note on plates:
The plates should only be used for decoration!! The StazOn ink is solvent based and would not be a good combination with food. I have decorated some clear glass plates on the underside with acrylic paints (sealed with polyurathane), and those were food safe (gently handwash)


  1. They are all BEAUTIFUL!!! My faves are the plates! How ingenious! I love how they turned out. I'm going to have to try that technique.

  2. O wow So preetty.. I have got to try these cards...
    Thank U for sharing

  3. I really like the second plate so much better. Prettier color I think. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh . . . Susan . . . these are WONDERFUL Christmas projects . . . the Cricuit cards do NOT look simple . . . they look ELEGANT!!!! I LOVE 'em!!!!

  5. Wow! That is incredible. You are so talented and thank you so much for sharing. Mary in Hong Kong

  6. Thanks for the great comments, guys!! I appreciate the feedback!

  7. Susan these are great, and I'll bet your "throw-aways" were to. I love what you did and thanks for sharing. Love ya, Audrey

  8. Awesome job....You make think it's "Simple" but they have a WONDERFUL POP to them!!!! Beautiful
    Penny Duncan

  9. Your projects turned out beautiful! I have been trying to work up the nerve to try some glass etching - I'm hoping to get some clearance priced ornaments and such at the post-Christmas sales to start experimenting. I love your idea of using the wallpaper samples - I think I'm going to have to beg some of our local wallpaper stores for their discontinued samples books. TFS!

  10. I love your stuff and especially appreciate hearing how real people use things and not just the pros who work for the company!

    One question - can you put food on those plates or are they just for decoration?

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