Monday, March 19, 2018

Eight ways to use Embossing Powder & Stencils

Last year, my friend Seth Apter told me he was going to bring back embossing powder. Of course, I laughed because I am kind of snarky like that. But yes, I believe he has done it! His new line of Baked Texture by Emerald Creek is so darn cool that I find myself using them on all sorts of substrates. Take a look at some of the interesting options in this little video:

See what I mean! Nicely done, Seth!
To order, click on over to Seth's website here. Or his Blog here

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

StencilGirl Products & etchall®

I will confess that I am one of those people who just skim directions before I decide to 'wing it' by leaping into a project with zero forethought. Consequently, if something can go wrong, it will. I generally have to try a couple times before I get the desired result and I learn things in the process.  Or I end up with unexpected results aka mistakes. 

That has never happened with an etchall®  product. 

Seriously. The etchall® products work without fail every single time. You gotta love it, right?
At any rate, for this Blog Hop, my friend Karyl Howard suggested perhaps I could etch the glass of a picture frame and then put artwork behind it. Hmmm, cool idea, eh? And I just happened to have a frame on hand. 
I chose a stencil by Pam Carriker, Door to Heart 9, a beautiful 9x12 stencil. First I sprayed the back of the stencil with the stencil spray. I have found this spray to be very helpful when I am doing something precise (such as etching glass). The spray allows you to place the stencil into the exact position you want and it will stick. Which is really nice especially around the edges and the fine detail parts. The spray also allows you to reposition the stencil if necessary and you need to adjust the placement. Conveniently, I was using a dirty stencil, so it is easy to see on top of the glass. 
Once I had the stencil in place, I simply spread the etching creme over top. And then I set the timer according to the package. That is ALL YOU DO! Seriously, it is that easy.
When the timer goes off, you scrape up the etching creme and put it back into the container so you can use it again. 
I placed the glass on a piece of painted paper and was done. Could it be any easier? I think not. But, 
I got to thinking, it would be fun to paint on the backside of the glass, wouldn't it? Especially right behind the little heart.......or you could develop an entire painting behind the glass....or you could etch on both sides. Or maybe drop alcohol ink into the etched parts. Or collage on the back side. Or.....
Well, you see how my mind works, somebody just slap me already.

One lucky winner will receive an etchall® Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit,
reposition/reuse stencil spray
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and etchall’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 21.
Blog Hop Order:

March 14
Mary Beth Shaw (you are here)
Gwen Lafleur
Mary C. Nasser
Debi Adams
Tina Walker
Cindi McGee
Nadine Carlier
Joe Rotella

March 15
Belen Sotelo
Cindy Gilstrap
Kiala Givehand
Janet Joehlin
Anita Scroggins
Erin Reed
Candy Rosenberg
Susie Bentz

March 16
Carol Baxter
Sandee Setliff
Louise Nelson
Terry Ricioli
Christie Troxell
Steph Ackerman
Julie McGuffee