Monday, September 28, 2009

DIY Vinyl Art on Glass Platter

I created this glass platter to display on my entryway console using inkjet vinyl and gold leaf. I wish the edges of the vinyl wasn't so apparent but I'll try using a thinner vinyl next time.


I was inspired by this Christmas ornament I spotted at Kohl's recently and an expensive glass platter that I saw in a local home decor store. I didn't get a picture of the platter, but it was beautiful. I always seem to break my glass ornaments, so I knew the platter would be the route to take.



I started with an inexpensive glass square plate from Wal-mart. My first thought was that I could use my letter stamps and stamp the platter with StazOn ink which is made for non-porous surfaces. But since I wanted all of the decor on the underside of the plate, all of my lettering would appear backwards. Then I remembered some sample papers I had bought from an online store. This paper was clear cling vinyl and clear adhesive vinyl that was made to be used with inkjet printers. I had bought it weeks ago with the intention of making my own vinyl wall art, but I had never got around to that project. I thought that this was the perfect time to try out my sample sheets, but I knew I had to be extra careful because I only had a few sample sheets to try and make this work.





So I used Microsoft Word to create the layout for the saying and I printed it in Mirror image on the vinyl cling sheet using the Transparency setting. I then cut it out and placed it in the center of the plate.


I thought I would then stamp the decorative flourishes on the plate using the StazOn ink. I tried one edge and determined that I didn't like it very much so I immediately wiped it out and went another route. I had used my only sheet of cling vinyl, but I still had a sheet of adhesive vinyl left so I used that sheet to print out some flourishes in color. I then cut them out and applied them to the plate also.


At this point, I could have probably stopped and proudly displayed my plate as is. But I decided to gold leaf the entire plate. I had never tried gold leafing before.


First I brushed the antiquing glaze on the underside of the plate and then I added the adhesive for the gold leaf.


I have to admit - gold leaf was not an easy project for me. Those little thin sheets of leaf had a mind of their own - or I just didn't know what I was doing. But I completed it and I noticed that the gold leaf accented the vinyl edges more than I liked, but that is okay. Practice makes perfect and I will be practicing on a decorative Thanksgiving platter soon.

I am linking up to Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land. I am also linking up to my very first Make Your Monday party @ Twice Remembered.
I am also joining my first Celebrate the Holidays party at It So Very Cheri.

20 comments:

Rita @ Goodwill Haunting said...

The plate came out beautifully! Very creative ... and we all learn from our happy little mistakes. Where did you get the clear papers?

Kimmy @ my beautifully blessed life said...

That is gorgeous!! Great job!

pk said...

It's beautiful! Great job.
pk @ room remix

Aja said...

Beautiful! Great job! I think I work like you do- figuring it out along the way! :)

Aja

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

That is absolutely beautiful! You did a fantastic job. I have never heard of this vinyl paper made for a printer. sounds really neat. Where did you get it?

~Amanda

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

GIRL.....You always have the best ideas! I'm going to book mark this! and by the way, thanks for the heads up about the bed. that is really one of those I WISH I HAD $1600 TO SPARE kind of bed!!!

Leanne said...

The plate just looks sooo pretty. You did such a great job. Thanks for sharing your great ideas. I'm having a giveaway today. Stop by and enter if you get a chance.

The Cheatham's said...

it's time for you to go into business...that is simply beautiful!

Mandy said...

So pretty! What a great project!

Diann said...

Your plate came out very pretty!

Grits414 said...

Great job on the plate!!!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Annette, what a lovely decorative plate. Turned out great!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

The plate turned out awesome.

Its So Very Cheri said...

That is beautiful and I liked it both plain and with the gold leaf.

Cheri

Dresser Girl said...

Oh my stars! THOSE ARE EXCELLENT!!!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Yeah for you!! This is my FAVORITE project I have seen you do!! Way to go!
~Whitney

tales from an oc cottage said...

That is so classy!!! Just gorgeous!

m ^..^

Gale said...

Just found your blog today. Based on this one GORGEOUS project, I'm starting at the beginning and reading my way through. Your directions were so clear, maybe I could even do it..Thanks!!

Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

Happened upon your blog tonight. That's an amazing project -- one to mark for future reference! I can't wait to try it myself.....Thank you.

JadeBug said...

Any idea if you would have to use Vinyl to get this look? Would regular transparent sticker paper also work?

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