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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Spellbinders Explore Beyond: Craft to Win Challenge

Hello Everyone,

Today's project is one I'm entering into the Spellbinders Explore Beyond: Craft To Win Challenge.  Here's some information about the challenge, but you can find all the details on the Spellbinders link listed above:

Simply create an original project using at least two (2) Spellbinders dies. And get creative with it! Push your own creative boundaries...do something different. We'll be looking for those crafters and artists who have really taken on the challenge to truly "Explore Beyond". Craft to Win a $5,000 Grand Prize Package from Spellbinders and our cross promotional partners! We'll also be choosing a 2nd place winner to receive a $1,000 prize package and a $500 3rd place prize package! The categories we could enter are: Card Making, Home Decor, Scrapbook Layout, Jewelry Making,Fabric Arts, and Mixed Media Art.  Now those are some really big prize packages.

I decided to stretch my creativity a bit, enter the Home Decor category and try my hand at some glass etching.   Here's my project. I made a Christmas glass etched candle holder using various Spellbinders dies as stencils.

Front View
I started off with a glass vase that I bought from Old Time Pottery for $6.99.   I used a permanent marker to determine a general idea of where I wanted to place the die cut. I cut out my die cut borders, Christmas trees and Reindeer out of white vinyl.

I adhered the die cut to the vase and rolled my brayer over the entire projects, taking special care to make sure all the edges were completely down.

I covered the entire vase with etching cream (starting with the die cut areas) ensuring that none of the glass was showing through. I let the project set over night. The next day I rinsed the vase and applied more etching cream. I did this process 3 times until I was satisfied with the look.

I added a bow with die cut poinsettia and foliage to the top.
The border came turned out really well. You can see all the details.

Side view of the vase. The reindeer also shows up really well against the etched background.

Here's a view fo the back.

I'm sorry I'm not a better photographer, it really look much better in person.

Well that's it for me. Have a Blessed Day and blog with you later.


Products Used:
Dies: Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia, 2012 Holiday Tree, Frosty Forms, and Parisian Accents.
Embellishments: Stickles Diamond: Dooblebug Design Sugar Coating Lily White Glitter
Tools: Cricut Vinyl and Transfer Tap; Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream; Glue Brushes; Brayer


Susie Bentz said...

Beautiful! I had some plain glass vases I was going to donate. I think I will give this a try!

Marge said...

WOW -- this is AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS, Regina!!! Woo-Hoo for you; glad the idea you had worked out sooo beautifully -- LOVE this -- it's now a treasured Christmas piece, to be sure!!! GOOD LUCK with the contest!!! Would LOVE to know the winner, since I have no ideas myself.

kathi17 said...

Wow Regina, this is so beautiful. I bought some of that glass etching stuff a few years ago for my mother, but she's never used it. I'll have to suggest that we do something together now that I've seen your project!

I hope you are one of the winners!

I'm not entering because I probably will still be away for the holidays when the contest ends. I sure wish they had ended the contest later in January.

donna sherman said...

GORGEOUS!! This turned out beautiful!!! Its lovely!

Nancy said...

What an amazing tutorial! Very pretty!


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