Sunday, June 7, 2009

Home Decor Blog Hop!

Last month (or could it have been longer?!) I participated in a scor pal blog hop with a group of angels...I had so much fun that I immediately signed up again to participate in the Home Decor blog hop.

What was I thinking?! No, really, it's been a lot of fun and I'm going to first show you my original project...stamping on fabrics! I love Palette inks because once you heat set them with an iron, they stay wonderfully! Here I prewashed a Martha Stewart white kitchen towel from KMart...then I used Deco Designs (retiring this month so it's on sale now - this is one set that is an absolute MUST have. I normally don't say, "buy this or that" but this set is one you'll reach for over and over). The nice thing about palette inks is that they come in 36 colors and I've bought the 4 spot packs as a quick and more affordable way to collect all of the colors. As I mentioned, once I stamped my design, all I had to do was heat set it with an iron. This works on aprons, pillowcases, onesies and even a white T shirt.

Since I had previously done this project, I wanted to "challenge" myself. So, I decided that I was going to etch glass! looked simple enough, at least when the pros did it! Here is my first attempt, and I am embarrassed to say I'm going to post it - flaws and all! - so that you'll learn from my mistakes. And, because I just don't have time to redo the project!!

Etch Bath (you can find this at Michaels but use a coupon!)

Glass Jar or vase
Embossing pad
Clear embossing powder
Painter's tape
Centering ruler (optional if you have a good eye!)
solid rubber stamp image

My first step is to tape off the area (two sides in this case) that I wanted to have frosted in the end...that's how I had seen it done. I will probably skip this procedure in the future OR try regular masking tape!

Wipe off your glass with a static remover, ink up image with embossing ink and carefully and with some pressure, stamp your images on the glass. Try not to slide across the surface - it happened to me the first time and I wiped it clean and started over. Sprinkle with embossing powder - I had to still use a small paint brush to clean off the stray powder - do this very carefully!

Heat emboss and repeat on the other side.

At this point I followed the manufacturer's instructions, sortta kinda! I brushed the solution on my area and let it sit a bit longer than called for. When I washed away the solution...the embossed area peeled right off and everything looked great. Until I removed the tape!

To my shock and dismay, the etching had seeped under some of the tape. Not sure if that's because I left it on too long or if it was the tape.


After sleeping on it, I realized that my tape probably loosened up from the heat gun when I melted the embossing powder. Since this was now my practice piece, I decided to follow the directions on the bottle (tee hee) and planned on submerging my glass jar two-thirds of the way down into the etching liquid "bath". I embossed the two untouched sides with a new and busier pattern and then went outside to begin etching.

I set the jar down into my empty bucket and began to pour the etching liquid in. Darn it, it splashed up on the jar and even thoughI pulled it right out and hosed it off...but it had already begun to "frost" the glass.

Be sure to wear the rubber gloves they warn about!! I had to go grab mine at this point.

So, I filled up the container and set the glass jar down into the bucket. It sat real nice and flat, but as soon as I let go, suddenly, like a cork, the jar popped up and flipped over on it's side!

Are you feeling my pain at this point? Okay - on to plan #3!! Frost the entire jar...

It worked! I just kept turning it and flipping it (and some of the liquid seeped inside and frosted parts of the inside as well) for 10 minutes. I rinsed it off and let it dry...ta da...

Be sure to check out all of the other talented ladies on this blog hop. I can't wait to see what they are up too!

Melisa -
Barb (barb2780) -
Ellie (AngelEllie) -
Jamie (Inkspots) -
Rita W (stamp2stamp2) -
Kim Sears -
Carol Norby -

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Barb said...

Ha ha!!! I love that you posted your mishaps... but I must say that the fully-frosted jar looks pretty cool, Chris! And the Deco Designs on the fabric is just lovely :)

Anonymous said...

Oh the misteps of the creative process! I keep telling myself they are just "opportunities" in the making. Enjoyed your story. And the stamp towel is great too! rita w

Jamie said...

Having worked at Michaels I've seen this stuff, but never saw it in action or purchased it for that matter. This is fantastic! Great job with the tutorial.

Silli said...

wow Chris, this is beautiful Thanks for sharing! Happy week and big hugs!

Cat said...

your glass embossing project sounds just like the way things work at my place! :) TFS

Trudy Osborn said...

Fabulous stuff! I love your tutorials, so fun,

Debbie said...

Thanks so much for sharing all of the story on the frosted glass! It was interesting to "hear you think" through the challenges.
The jar turned out really nice!
When will you do your next etching project? : )

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that you posted all the "what could go wrong" steps that went into creating this! Your finished good jar is beautiful! Even the mistakes are pretty!


Kim said...

Chris great tutorial! Luv that you could share your trial & error with us... Your end result was beautiful! I had my first etching project this weekend too.. when I etched the glasses with the kid's wedding date.I just used the wedding kit, But it sure is all in the prep of the project I did have to start over once while I was rubbing done first stencil it tore... FYI regular masking tape works great! Love your tea towel too!!!

Melisa Waldorf Angel #4405 said...

Ok so I have decided this may be one of the best bloghops I've done!! You guys are posting awesome tutorials and totally inspiring me!! I decided to try stamping with etch cream once. But I couldn't get the cream on thick enough, so I never looked into it further. This is so cool how you reverse etched!! I am sooo psyched about trying this! Please continue to participate in our blog hops!!

Bridgett said...

I love seeing all your photos and reading your blog. The towel is absolutely awesome! Love it!! The jar came out great and it's fun to see the process as you went along. It's nice to know that I am not the only one with those kinds of "opportunities to be creative" as I like to call them! You did a fabulous job! Love it all!

Stacy said...

Beautiful, beautiful projects! I don't think I've ever stamped on anything other than cardstock or chipboard, I'm going to try some of your ideas. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Laurie said...

This is so cool! I have the jar and the etching cream and they just sit there! I haven't even tried them out yet! I also LOVE Deco Designs on the towel! That is my favorite set and I am going to miss it!!