Create a Beautifully Etched Decorative Window with Stencils

Hi all, welcome to my stop on the blog hop with StencilGirl and etchall! For my project, I knew immediately what I wanted to do... about two years ago I'd taken an old multi-paned window that I'd found in an architectural salvage shop and painted it, then added some stenciled deli paper to the panes. At the time, I wished that I'd etched the glass instead, so when this project came up, I decided to go back and do what I'd originally wanted to do with that old window. Here's how it turned out! 


The how-to for this couldn't be any easier. I took my window (or any glass surface,) and peeled off the old deli paper with a razor, then washed it. (One of the few times you will ever catch me washing windows. LOL.) When it was totally dry, I took the stencil adhesive spray and coated the back of my Decorative Curvy Ornament stencil as well as my Decorative 6-Petal Flower stencil, let the adhesive dry, and then placed them in the center of two of the window panes. From there, I just followed the instructions on the bottle of etching cream; I applied it with a squeegee tool, then scraped up the excess and put it back in the jar. 



When the first two were done, I set a timer for 15 minutes and then rinsed them in the sink under running water, scrubbing lightly to get all of the etching cream off of the glass. I did leave the stencils in place until after I'd rinsed off the cream, as per the instructions. They started to loosen before that point, but it worked out just fine!


From there, I just repeated the process two more times; each time I dried and re-sprayed my stencils with adhesive since they'd been soaked in water during the previous step and I wanted to make sure they stuck well to the glass so I wouldn't get any seepage with the etching cream.

Voila! It took less than an hour to get rid of my unsatisfactory deli print stenciling and replace it with something that looks pretty darn professional!


It's hard to get good photos of the glass, but here you can see a bit of the close-up of each of the stencil designs after they'd been etched:



That's it! I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used the etchall products with my stencils to finish off this decorative window... now I just need to find the perfect place to display it.

Of course, now it's time for the best part of a blog hop - the giveaway!


One lucky winner will receive an etchall® Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit, reposition/reuse stencil spray
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below, then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments.
(One comment per person per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and etchall’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 21.


Here are the links to all of today's blog posts - make sure to visit and comment on each of them for your chance to win!

Mary Beth Shaw
Gwen Lafleur <-- you are here!
Mary C. Nasser
Debi Adams
Tina Walker
Cindi McGee
Nadine Carlier
Joe Rotella

From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Easter Eggs

I'm absolutely loving the project that Jill McDowell is sharing today from the Artist Tribe... she's used my stencil designs to make these utterly fabulous stenciled Easter eggs!


Aren't they incredible? She's used several of my stencil designs from both my original Ornamental stencil collection as well as my Decorative stencil designs. Make sure you stop by her blog today to see more photos of these beautiful eggs as well as details on how she made them!

P.S., don't forget about the shop anniversary sale that starts Friday! You won't want to miss it!

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From the Artist Tribe - Mixed Media Shrine

We're starting the new week off on a high note with this fabulous project from the Artist Tribe - this stunning mixed media shrine by Jackie Neal!


Isn't that just gorgeous? She's used one of the small handmade Mexican nichos from the shop combined with a peacock finding, Turkmen jewelry parts, and lots of fun beads and goodies from her stash.

Make sure you head over to Jackie's blog for more photos and details about this stunning project.

Psst... a little heads up - my little shop is a year old this month and I'll be celebrating with a sale! Mark your calendars...

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From the Artist Tribe - Boho Fabric Necklace

Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us today with another inspirational post from The Artist Tribe! I love this handmade boho-style necklace she created... isn't it fabulous?


Linda used sari yarn and pieces from an assortment of Turkmen jewelry parts, along with beads and fabric scraps, to make her necklace. Make sure you swing by her blog to see more photos and get all of the details on how she made her beautiful project!


From the Artist Tribe - Collographs from Stencils

Jill McDowell from the Artist Tribe is sharing a fabulous project today; she's used some of my stencil designs to make collograph plates and then print with them!

Making Collographs from Stencils - Jill McDowell

Here you can see where she used my Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil along with my Ornamental Circle Clusters Screen stencil to make some really cool designs.

Making Collographs from Stencils - Jill McDowell

Make sure you stop by Jill's blog today to see all of the details of how she made her collographs, along with lots more gorgeous prints!


From the Artist Tribe - Gorgeous Grunge

We have one final post from the Artist Tribe this week... Linda Edkins Wyatt is sharing some gorgeous, grungy mixed media using pieces made in the Radiant Rust workshop with Seth Apter:


Linda used my Art Deco Sun Medallion stencil along with a Dresden crown and the fabulous Baked Texture embossing powders. She also added some gorgeous natural elements for the perfect finishing touch.


Head on over to Linda's blog to see more photos and get all of the details of this beautiful project!


From the Artist Tribe - Crazy for Sari Scraps Part 2

Jackie Neal is back again today with part 2 of Tuesday's post, showing more of her love for using sari scraps in her art journal.


In addition to the sari scraps, Jackie used my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil and my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil. (I'm really loving the texture and color she got with that one - check out this closeup!)


Make sure to stop over at Jackie's blog today to see the rest of the photos and details!

From the Artist Tribe - Good Fortune Keeping

Lynda Shoup is back again today from the Artist Tribe sharing another project to celebrate Chinese New Year - a good fortune keeper!



What a fun project! Lynda used one of the Chinese coin tassels from the shop, along with a metal wafer die (I only have a few left and my supplier is no longer carrying these designs, so first come, first served!) She's also using some sari yarn

Make sure you head over to Lynda's blog to see more details and get the background on how she's using this fabulous piece to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Feeling inspired? Don't forget that you can save 15% off on orient-inspired supplies all throughout February using products from the Exotic Orient section of the shop when you use the coupon ExoticOrient15 at checkout!


From the Artist Tribe - Crazy for Sari Scraps

Today Artist Tribe member Jackie Neal is kicking off part 1 of a 2-part series using embellished sari scraps in her art journal. Check out the spreads she's showcasing today!


On this first page, Jackie used small pieces cut from sari scraps along with an embroidered Hmong star and my Art Deco Bookplates stencil.


For this second page, I love the way she created a pocket for loose beads using another piece of a sari scrap! Underneath, she stamped and painted an elephant from a hand-carved woodblock stamp.

Make sure you head over to Jackie's blog to see all of the details for these first two pages!


Gwen's Gems - Add Some Glam to your Grunge!

Hi all - just popping in to let you know that it's time for Gwen's Gems again over on StencilGirl Talk! This month I'm sharing a pretty intuitive mixed media piece with a super textured and grungy background accented with pink, gold, and plenty of glam!


Head on over to StencilGirl Talk to see the full piece along with a tutorial.