Creating Keepsakes with Etchall® and Stencil Girl

Welcome to Day 2 of the StencilGirl & etchall® Blog Hop!  

I enjoy using my talents to create keepsakes for the important people in my life.  The piece I am sharing today uses etchall® etching crème, the fabulous *new* etchall® reposition/reuse stencil spray and...

...the amazing Love Story stencil. 

I picked up a 11"x14" picture frame at the dollar store.  I removed the glass, washed it with soap and water, and dried it with a lint free cloth. 


I centered the 9"x12" Love Story stencil on top of a piece of 11"x14" piece of glass and marked the placement with washi tape in the corners.  I removed the stencil and placed it in a cardboard box.  I  lightly sprayed the back with etchall® reposition/reuse stencil spray and waited for it to dry.  The spray makes the surface tacky and will adhere it to glass, slate, china, and marble. 

I placed the stencil on the glass, firmly pressing it into place and then applied tape around the edges.  I used the etchall squeegee and the pads of my fingers to make sure it was all firmly adhered and that there were no air bubbles.

I applied a heavy coating of etchall® etching crème with the squeegee covering the entire stencil area. 

Rule of thumb:  You can never use too much etching crème

etchall® etching crème is completely reusable so after waiting 15 minutes, use the squeegee to carefully scrape as much of the etching crème back into the original bottle as you can.

Thoroughly wash off any remaining crème.  I give it a good rub with a sponge before I remove the stencil and tape.
 NOTE:  Do NOT rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze!

And voila!  The detail is just amazing!

I decided I wanted to add an etched mat around the edge of the glass so I carefully covered the etched image with paper and tape and then flipped the glass over. I covered the center of the glass with paper and used tape to mask off the inside edge of the area I wanted to treat.  FYI -  It is about 1" deep starting at the edge of the glass.  As before, I applied the etchall, waited 15 minutes, scraped the solution back into the original jar, and rinsed everything off really well before finally removing the tape.

I wanted to layer some photos on the front of the frame and decided to etch the edges of the 2" square glass covers.  I protected the back with blue tape and applied a square mask of green tape.  The process is exactly the same and you can see I ended up with a nice etched edge! 

I went back to the main etched image to add some color!  I used Patina Rub n' Buff.  I put a small amount on a fingertip and worked it into the etched image before buffing off the excess with a soft cloth.  I highly recommend working on a small area at a time because it is a LOT easier to remove the excess when it has not dried! I would also recommend wearing gloves for easier clean up.

I turned three tiny photos into stickers by running them through a Xyron machine so that the adhesive was applied to the face of the photo instead of the back.  I then centered the photos onto the etched glass squares. I layered the mini photos on top of black cardstock and adhered each of these sandwiches onto the front of the glass with Zots. 

I cleaned up fingerprints, added some washi tape and phrase stickers, backed it with black mat board and replaced it in the frame.

This piece commemorates their engagement but it would also work for weddings and anniversaries, especially if you used gold or silver to color the image don't you think?

Here are some detail shots:

etchall® etching crème
etchall® reposition/reuse stencil spray
etchall® Squeegee
Stencil Girl Love Story, 9"x12" 

Rub n' Buff - Patina
Picture Frame, 11"x14"
Ranger Memory Glass, 2"x2"
Idea-ology Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers
Therm O Web Zots
Washi tape

Now be sure to check out the other stops for lots of great inspiration!  There are prizes to be won so be sure to read the details at the bottom of my post for your chance to win!!



One lucky winner will receive an etchall® Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit,

reposition/reuse stencil spray 

AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products! 

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie


  1. This is simply lovely! I have never tried anything like this but I want to!

  2. What a wonderful keepsake - the recipients will want to keep this forever. I love the way you added the color and the picture frames.

  3. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your techniques.

  4. Imagining the possibilities. bailey (at) BaileyFiberArt (dotcom)

  5. I love this idea! My sister in law has a wedding venue and with the right frame this could easily fit into her decor.

  6. Great project! And, you're right about the Rub 'n Buff. It sets up quickly.

  7. This is so creative! I love the addition of the Rub n Buff and the photos to your project.

  8. this is stunning, and the additional etching around the edge is brilliant!

  9. Very clever! Thanks for sharing your process.

  10. Beautiful project - I love your addition of color!

  11. How fun this looks
    and love the edges
    being etched also.
    Fabulous idea.
    Carla from Utah

  12. So many good things about this
    product - you can re-use leftover
    material, you can paint on it for
    a different look, and it sounds
    fast and easy. Love your
    project. thanks for sharing

  13. Oh my word!! This is beautiful Susie!! Love the layered pics and the word phrases. really great project! I have never heard of the rub n buff, but I feel like I may need it now! LOL


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