It's always nice when someone can TELL you what they want as a gift.
My mother-in-law was very clear that all she wanted for Mother's Day was Little Man's handprints in a frame.
Well, that's easy enough!!
To jazz up this project just a bit I decided to mod podge the mat AND etch the glass in the frame.
Little Man was very specific that he wanted his handprints to be GREEN. It wasn't the color I was scheming in my head, but we made it work! I think the most stressful part of the whole process was getting 2 clean handprints from a wiggly 2-year-old.
I started out with an 11x14 frame and a mat to fit snugly inside.
To jazz up the mat a bit, I traced the mat onto coordinating scrapbook paper and mod-podged the paper right on.
Next, I designed the "I love you" phrase in my Sure Cuts a Lot software and cut it out on contact paper. I placed the Contact backing face up when I cut it out on the Cricut.
I punched out the letters, leaving the words as negative space. But I was careful to keep the centers of the o's, e's, etc.
I got an idea of where I wanted to place the words, and I actually marked it with a dry erase marker so I wouldn't screw it up. I was not going to let the words end up crooked... No ma'am!
I peeled the contact backing off, and laid the words like this on the BACK of the glass frame. Right after this, I added the centers of the letters carefully. Now I was prepared to try a little ETCHING for my very first time.
I get so nervous trying something new!! But this really was a simple process. There were 3 easy-peesy-lemon-squeezy steps...
I put all of this together in the frame, and now we have a fancy handprint project to deliver to Nana on Mother's Day. I love that we can easily update his handprints, too, as he grows older!
I will just say that getting quality photos of etching is NOT easy!
But I am hooked! Etching was tons of fun... I can see more etching in my future!
Enjoy your week, friends!