Sunday, February 24, 2013
The New Cricut Mountain Man Cartridge Meets Etching Cream!!
I've been surfing Pinterest again!! Recently I've come across lots of projects using glass etching cream and yard sale/ thrift store glass dishes. This weekend I paid a visit to Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon on the large container of Armour Etch glass etching cream. I also stopped by the dollar store and picked up some latex gloves and a $1 candle holder to practice on! While perusing the aisles of Hobby Lobby with my hubby, I was pleased to find the Cricut accessories at 30% off and they had my "wished for" cartridge! With just a little encouragement from my husband, I picked up the Mountain Man cartridge and departed the store with Cricut cartridge and etching cream in hand. This afternoon I took advantage of some time to craft. I used my Cricut Expression 2 to cut some small wildlife images from the Mountain Man cartridge. I used white contact paper to create my stencil and the "kiss cut" for vinyl. I normally would use the animal cut-out, but not for this project, you use, I suppose what is called, the negative. I etched one side of the candle holder at a time, leaving the etching cream on anywhere from five to ten minutes. I made sure to wear my rubber gloves while applying the etching cream and while rinsing it off. I read that the etching cream can create some nasty chemical burns!! I also made sure to clean each side of the candle holder really good with rubbing alcohol, then drying it with a paper towel, before applying my vinyl stencil and etching cream. I rinsed the cream off with tap water and then dried thoroughly. I repeated the process for each animal stencil. I was really proud of my first attempt at glass etching and can't wait to try it on some more projects!! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!! Patty