Playing Around with the Etched Glass Technique
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!