In this tutorial, we'll be going step-by-step through taking simple brush lettering on paper and transforming it to a lovely etched drinking class using a Cricut!
“You gonna relax with me?” is the nightly question my daughter asks before bedtime. Generally, I don’t mind. There are times where I do, and I must make myself a glass of “relax juice”. (No, it’s not always wine. Lately, I prefer Trader Joe’s Pineapple Juice).
Today’s tutorial will hopefully assist your relax time with your very own ‘Relax Juice’ glass.
Letter your phrase using the Tombow dual tip brush pen and your paper and take a picture of your design in optimal lighting.
Open ‘Cricut Design Space’ on your smart phone and select New Project. In the new project canvas at the bottom of the screen, tap Upload.
The upload image menu will appear. Tap Select from photo library.
Once you've uploaded your image, you will be guided to the screen that allows you to remove the background and any other unwanted parts of your work.
Save your image as a cut image, name it and tap save. Here’s the result of the background removal for this project:
On the next screen, select your image and tap insert.
You should letter your project the way you’d like for it to be etched onto your glass. However, mistakes sometimes happen. Here’s a wonderful little tip on how to adjust your uploaded lettering in Cricut Design Space.
Create a shape over the portion of your project you’d like to move. Select both images and tap slice. The slice tool in design space cuts out a shape from another shape, cuts overlapping shapes from another or allows you to cut text from a shape.
Separate the Slice tool results and delete parts that will not be used.
Move the part of your phrase where you’d like for it to go. Select all images, tap group.
Now we're ready to make it! The next screen will give you a preview of your mat.
Place the vinyl on your mat that will be inserted into your Cricut, then tap Continue in Design Space.
The next screen will prompt you to connect to your Cricut Machine. I am using my Cricut Explore Air 2. Your smart phone will connect to your device via Bluetooth.
The dial on my machine is set to custom. This allows me to select the material in Cricut design space and ensures a great cut. Setting the dial works too but this method saves some steps in the work process.
After your cut finishes, you will want to remove the parts of the vinyl that aren't part of your design.
Carefully apply transfer tape over the top of your cut design.
Move the cut vinyl from your mat using the transfer tape, and apply your design to your desire surface (I am using glass). Rub your hand firmly over the glass to ensure it's completely bonded and to smooth any gaps around your cut.
For this part of the project it is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that you wear protective gear such as an eye mask and gloves, and work in a well-ventilated area.
Open and Apply your Armour Etch Etching Cream according to the instructions. Apply a 1/8” thick coat of etching cream with a paintbrush over your stencil and allow to set for 5 minutes for best etching results. Allowing the cream to set for less time will result in a less pronounced etch and longer than 5 minutes won’t produce a strong etched effect.
After about 2 minutes into the etching cream process, brush the etching cream around move any bubbles that may arise during the etching process and to secure an even coat of cream.
Rinse off the etching cream with hot water. After a thorough rinsing, remove the vinyl and let dry.
Voila! Now you have your very own ‘Relax Juice’ Glass!
Lina Armstrong, MLIS is a Mama, Maker, Lover of Lettering, Wife, Quirky Black Woman, and Children’s Librarian in Chicago. She has been a lifelong crafter but has been Brush Lettering & doing modern calligraphy for three years. She is the creator of all things MightE Made It.
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