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Playing Around with the Etched Glass Technique

June 30, 2010

Hi gals, from a very  hot east Tennessee! It’s been so hot here and I have been slammed with various things work and family related that desperately needed my attention the past couple of weeks. So, I apologize for not being around so much.

I wanted to try something a bit different while I am trying to stay cool, and have been playing around with Vickie’s Etched Glass technique.

This first card covers the first two chapters of her book — making the grid template to fit a traditional 5 x 7 inch card, and printing an image on parchment paper.

I happened to choose a grid pattern from Annie Jannsen that needed very little adjusting to make it the right size.  In fact I only had to add one extra pattern motif across the top and bottom and two extra motifs down the sides. I just love when things work out so easily!

I may not have chosen the most appropriate image, but I really liked it, I particularly loved the reflection in the water, so I decided to work with that.

The directions for getting your image adjusted appropriately were magnificently clear. Just make sure to let the ink dry!  Once that was done, working the grid pattern from the template was a snap. A little embossing from the back of the image to make the light areas stand out a bit more and attach to card stock, and voila, you have a card.

Then I moved onto the third chapter, and the Etched Glass. I must admit that Vickie gave me some help here. I was having a difficult time getting my image to print out at the correct size, which ended up being a few setting changes on my end.In short, if you need help, she is there for you, and also started a group on Facebook for access to help.

In the meantime, she had added a lovely mask that faded out the hard edges of the image. Leaving that, I played around with some more masks in paint shop pro that I had found on the web and downloaded to play with the process and see what I actually downloaded, until I came across the mask currently on the project.

I couldn’t get over how well these two masks blended together and gave a misty look to the image. And so, the two masks stayed together.

Again, it was just one of those times when all the steps plus my playing around  just worked together so well. Once you get the main steps down, the rest all falls into place! I hope that you enjoyed seeing my results.

I will be heading south to spend the weekend with a dear friend — a girls weekend! Some gabbing, a lot of laughing,  and we may even pull out the crafts! I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend, and for those of you in the US that will be preparing for 4th of July celebrations, be safe and have a wonderful time!

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5 Comments
  1. June 30, 2010 7:10 pm

    Oh my gosh, both are incredibly gorgeous Chiara. I purchased the e-book, but haven’t had a chance to dig in. Looks like you’ve mastered the technique!!

    • cepet permalink
      June 30, 2010 8:31 pm

      Jerri, once you get into the book, you will have a lot of fun with it! I don’t know about mastering the technique, but I am catching on! :)

  2. Martha permalink
    June 30, 2010 10:12 pm

    Hi Cepet,
    Isn’t it a fun technique…the hardest part is deciding which photo to use…lol…not really but it does get easier..i haven’t been able to do much these past few weeks but looking forward to getting back on track and also to see more of your work. Vickie’s instructions are right to the T…Thanks Vickie,,,those who haven’t tried this should give it a shot…it is very interesting.

  3. Nelly permalink
    July 1, 2010 3:36 am

    One word: WONDERFUL!!!

  4. July 1, 2010 8:20 am

    Congrats, C!! What a beautiful job you’ve done on your grid border template and printing direct to parchment AND completing your first ‘real’ “Etched Glass” project!! Very WELL DONE. I’m also pleased you have found the book to be easy to follow and comprehend and with an over abundance of ‘visuals’ , with each step, it should be a pleasant journey for anyone with an interest in the technique.

    Keep up the terrific work……and remember I’m only a keystroke away if/when assistance is needed :))

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