My friend, mentor and co-worker, Ginny, is retiring next Friday. She told me she is celebrating with a Chocolate Costco Cake. I tease her about the deal with the devil she has made. She eats a lot more sweets than I do and she looks fabulous and is healthy. It’s just not fair. So I made her this over the holiday weekend. I used my Cricut to cut the vinyl stencils then Armour Etch to etch the glass. There are some errors but that way she’ll know for sure it was handmade.
My first try turned out beautiful except that I forgot to mirror image one set of lettering and so half the platter is backwards. The 2nd one was a “devil” to make but a good platter is hard to find because Anchor glass tends to have swirls and bubbles and scratches, but that was the only large clear plate I could find. I went through all the platters Target had to find two that were clear enough to work.
I had trouble with the Cricut Transfer Tape. The first plate I used the Vinyl Stencil and Transfer Tape that came with my Explore Air last Christmas and it worked beautifully. The 2nd plate was made using the same materials but newly purchased last night. The Transfer Tape kept tearing at about 5 inches making me think anything bigger than 5 inches can’t really be handled by that product. I was extremely careful the 2nd time and it still tore so I am sure it was not me since I had made a project earlier. The other problem I had on the 2nd platter was that some of the letters didn’t etch. It took 3 tries to get the top of one of the E’s to etch at all. Still I’m happy with this project and I will do smaller projects again.
I love the little devil image. I bought it from Creative Market.
I really hope Ginny likes it and remembers me fondly rather than as the pain in the heinie I know I have been. She’s been one of my biggest cheerleaders in the crazy career I’ve stumbled upon.