Make Your Own Calligraphy Etched Glass Using Cricut

diy lettering Jun 18, 2020

Today I'll be sharing my tutorial on how to create an etching on your very own glass that can be used as your own personal "relax juice". It'll be the perfect addition to your Friday Jr! 

Happy Friday Jr (aka Thursday) everyone! It's Lina, Chicago's own crafty calligraphy mama from MightE Made It. As a mom, one of the most common questions my daughter asks me, conveniently right before bedtime, is, “You gonna relax with me?”. Generally, I don't mind winding down with her, but there are those days that I must make myself a glass of what I call in my household, "relax juice". Whether that's wine, pineapple juice from trader joe's, or just whatever I have in the fridge, it's something that takes the edge off of the day. 




Step 1: Letter Your Words & Take a Picture in Optimal Lighting


You're free to write any quote or phrase you'd like, this is what I'll be writing for mine! I'm using the Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pens as well. I say optimal lighting because it's essential that you get a clear and concise image in order to have the best outcome for your cup! 



Step 2: Open Cricut Design Space Application on Your Smartphone & Select New Project





Step 3: Click Upload on the Bottom Menu, Then Click "Select from Photo Library"




Select the appropriate image you want to etch onto your cup from your photos. 



Step 4: Remove Background and Select "Save as Cut Image" 




Step 5: Select Your Image and Tap "Insert"



Letter your project in the way you'd like it to appear on your glass. However, mistakes sometimes happen. Here are a few wonderful tips on how to adjust your uploaded lettering in design space:



Tip #1: 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.


Tip #2: Separate the Slice tool results and delete parts that will not be used.


Tip #3: Move the part of your phrase where you’d like for it to go. Select all images, tap group.


Now we're ready to move on! The next screen will give you a preview of your mat. Once your vinyl is on your mat, tap ‘continue’.



 Step 6: Connect Your Cricut to Your Smartphone



I'll be using my Cricut Explore Air 2, which I highly recommend anyone who's looking to get into any print crafting. The dials on my machine are set to custom. This allows me to select the material in the Cricut design space and ensure a great cut. Setting the dial works too but this method saves time in the work process.



Step 7: After Printing, Remove Desired Parts and Apply Transfer Tape




Step 8: Apply Cut Vinyl to Your Glass



Rub your hand over the glass to ensure full attachment and to smooth any final gaps around your cut. For these next steps of the project, I strongly encourage that you wear protective gear (eye mask + gloves) and work in a well-ventilated area.



Step 9: Open and Apply Armour Etch Etching Cream 


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. If you let it sit for longer than 5 minutes, the cream won't produce an etched effect.

After about 2 minutes into the etching cream process, brush the etching cream around and move any bubbles that may arise during the etching process. Thoroughly rinse off the etching cream with hot water, then 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.