Okay, this project was so fun, so simple and worked so well I had to share. I've been meaning to try glass etching for some time...and with my Cricut I was able to make some great vinyl "stencils"to use with etching cream. A couple of posts ago I was complaining my Cricut was pretty limited (compared to the Silhouette) when Mel from Junkin Junkies commented and convinced me to download Sure Cuts Alot to enhance it's performance. WOW! It' so cool, allows me to cut ANY design or font I want...the design possibilities are literally endless. Kipp and I downloaded some free clipart files, changed them to svg files (using Inkscape) uploaded them to Sure Cuts A Lot and had the Cricut cut away! I watched a couple of YouTube tutorials on how to do it all...seemed complicated at first but once I did one, the rest were easy. NO MORE CARTRIDGE buying...how cool is that????? We cut the designs out in vinyl, transferred the cut vinyl piece to a glass, painted on a thick layer of etching cream, waited 5 minutes, washed it off...and WOW!
creating the "nautical" images on the computer
adhering the cut vinyl to the glass
dabbing on the etching cream
waiting for 5 minutes
the etched design