Linda Ledbetter Lends Inspiration!



I’m quite excited today to introduce an awesome project by Linda Ledbetter!

I first met Linda at Ranger U. and have since run into her at a craft show or two, but always look forward to reading her blog and seeing what she creates!  She’s so sweet and has such a great eye for vintage style! : )

First off – we’ll start with the supply list, provided by Linda:
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alterations Bigz Die: Raven and Scaredy Cat
Sizzix Vagabond Die Cutter
Stenciling Vinyl
Stencil Transfer Paper
Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream
Ranger Craft Scraper
An old paint brush
A glass candle holder (I got mine at the Dollar Store)

Below are her instructions for the project!

Hi crafty friends! I’m so excited to be here at the mighty Simon Says Stamp blog to share one of
my all-time favorite ways to use Tim Holtz’s Sizzix Alterations Dies (or most any die you like!).
It’s super easy to create cool, custom etched glass using inexpensive candleholders and a few
supplies from Simon Says Stamp. Warning, though: Once you dive in, you’ll want to etch every
glass surface in your house! Here’s how to get started…
Begin by cutting a piece of adhesive-backed vinyl with the die you’ve chosen for your etched
image. Leave plenty of vinyl border around the shape, as we’ll be using the outline of the die-cut
piece for our stencil. Carefully remove the vinyl from the die sandwich in one piece, and set it
down flat with the vinyl side up.
 The die I used here contains two shapes, but I’m only going to use the cat for this project. I’ll set
aside the raven for another time.
Cut a piece of transfer paper to roughly the same size as your vinyl, peel off the backing and
apply the sticky side to your vinyl, being careful to keep it flat and free of air bubbles. Smooth it
out with your fingers.
Here’s the back side of the vinyl. The transfer paper holds the shapes in place while I cut away
the raven for a future project. I’m leaving as much boarder around the cat shape as I can.
We’re still on the back side of the vinyl, but here I’ve removed the backing paper from the vinyl,
then carefully removed the diecut, leaving behind the outline and any separate pieces that add
definition to the design, like the sliver of space between the cat’s knees.
Apply your nifty stencil to clean, dry glass and burnish it well with a craft scraper or old credit
card. Make sure the edges are stuck down well.
 Gently, slowly remove the transfer paper, and you’ve got yourself a beautifully stenciled design,
just waiting to be etched!
Apply glass etching cream with an old paintbrush, making sure the entire design is covered. Set
your project aside for five minutes and eat some chocolate.
Rinse away the etching cream completely, then remove the vinyl.

Voila! A snazzy new candle holder, just for you!

This is just the beginning. Imagine making etched wine glasses for your next party, or adding
a little etched pumpkin design on your Halloween candy dish. Oh, the possibilities! Like I said,
you’ll be hooked…

I hope you have a fabulously crafty day!

WOW! What a cool idea!  Thank you so much, Linda, for this great fall project!

Make sure to check out Linda’s blog and play along in the Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge she hosts!

Would ya like to win some blog candy?  Leave a comment and join our following for a chance to win…a surprise prize!!  The winner will be announced Monday.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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