Etching a Glass Pitcher


When I saw this glass pitcher at Aldi’s I thought it would look lovely with a band of different etched leaves around the bottom. So I bought it and proceeded to etch the pitcher.


I cut out a variety of different leaf silhouettes and weeded away the leaves. If you would like this SVG file, it is available for free in my store here: [leaves]

transfer tape

The next step was to prepare the leaf silhouettes with transfer tape.

vinyl on glass

I removed the labels from the pitcher and cleaned the surface with rubbing alcohol before placing the leaves around the bottom of the pitcher.

etchall creme

etchall creme was applied to the vinyl leaf design and I waited 15 minutes for the glass to etch.

pitcher no etch

After cleaning off the etching creme and removing the vinyl, the glass wasn’t etched. I have never had this happen before so I looked into it further.

glass that doesn't etch

Different kinds of glass don’t etch or don’t etch well. This can happen with cremes and sandblasting.

Cremes will not work on all types of borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass is a highly durable glass material made from silica sands and boron trioxide used to withstand incredibly high temperatures.

Tempered Glass
The only type of glass that should not be etched is tempered glass. Tempered glass has been heat-treated in a way that creates great tension within.

I’ve heard that older Pyrex casserole dishes, like those made before 1998 are harder to etch or don’t etch. But most of the Pyrex casserole dishes sold in the U.S. since then etch just as well as any other sort of glass. 

Vintage Glass
I have also heard that vintage glassware doesn’t etch with creme.

So what do you do?
Do the “toothpick ” test on items. This would have saved me a lot of time and process. From now on, before moving forward, I will always test my glass pieces by applying a small dab of etching creme onto the bottom of the glass piece to see if it will etch. My lesson was learned, and I hope this post saves you some time as well.

Christmas Printable Hop

I am participating in a printable blog hop today with the theme of Christmas. So, I created these beautiful Christmas-themed tags for you to download and print. You could use them on your gifts, or for Christmas crafting in glue books, junk journals, scrapbooks, or paper crafting. If you cut off the top tag bit, you have a very nice Christmas-themed card for crafting.

Grab the free PDF printable here: [Christmas Tags]

Do you want more Christmas-themed printables? Check out all the offerings for the hop listed below – happy crafting and Merry Christmas.

Creatively Beth – Free Printable Holiday Cards to Color

Try it – Like it – Create it – Christmas tags

Artsy-Fartsy Mama – Christmas Activity Page

Lemon Thistle – Printable Christmas Countdown

The Crafty Blog Stalker – Gift Exchange Dice Game

Hand Lettered Printables – Christmas border paper printable

Our Crafty Mom – Set of 4 Printable Christmas Lists

Reverse Embossing – Tag it Tuesday


This tye-dye look is achieved with a technique called reverse embossing. It uses the “wrong” side of the embossed card stock. After ink blending into the negative spaces, black ink is applied to the raised surfaces to create the look. I added a sticker sentiment and a few gems to finish the tag off.

If you are interested in the word sticker set, it is available in the store at the following link: [Art Words]

Video Tutorial:

close up of tag

In this close-up image, you can see the addition of the gemstones better. I think they add to the final overall look.

If you make tags or enjoy tags, I’d love for you to join us at Crafting Tags

12 Days of Christmas Card Fronts

12 days graphic

This set of twelve images depicts the lines from the song The 12 Days of Christmas. They are sized for use as card fronts but the printable images are great for crafting too.

  • Day 1: A partridge in a pear tree
  • Day 2: Two turtle doves
  • Day 3: Three French hens
  • Day 4: Four calling birds
  • Day 5: Five golden rings
  • Day 6: Six geese a-laying
  • Day 7: Seven swans a-swimming
  • Day 8: Eight maids a-milking
  • Day 9: Nine ladies dancing
  • Day 10: 10 lords a-leaping
  • Day 11: 11 pipers piping
  • Day 12: 12 drummers drumming

Grab the file from the store $ [12 Days]

Freebie Friday – Postal Stamps

postal stamps

This week’s freebie is a single page of postal cancelation stamps from around the world. Print then cut apart for your crafting use. These stamps would work great for scrapbooking travel pages, mixed media, card making, junk journals, glue books, and more.

Free printable PDF here [postal stamps]

Remember Freebie Friday files remain forever free, just search for “Freebie Friday” in the search box at the top of the site to access all the freebies from past weeks.

Creatively Crafty Link Party #407

, Try It - Like It - Create it

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week’s Link Party

Welcome to our weekly Link Party! This is a great opportunity to share your latest blog post, recipe, craft tutorial, or any other creative work you’ve been working on lately. We’re always excited to see what our readers come up with! However, we have a few simple rules to ensure the party runs smoothly.

Last Week’s Feature

This week’s featured post comes from Selep Imaging. The Autumn Wreath Monoprint is so unique you’ll need to go read more about how it was made.

Here are a few simple rules:

  • Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  • Link up something YOU made/wrote/created.
  • Giveaways, other link parties, Etsy shops, or business links are not accepted.​​
  • ​Don’t link and run. Try to visit at least one link and show them some love. You may make a new friend.​ 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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