Glass Etch Foliage/Avian Collage for Window

In our new Michigan home we have 2 bathrooms in the bedroom area and we’ve designated them the ‘boys room’ and the ‘girls room’. The girls bathroom has more cabinets, a huge vanity, a large window, shelves and several towel brackets; consequently there isn’t much space for decorative accents. Luckily I am a KNK digital cutting system owner (twice over), and for us KNK-ers, a large window offers a clean palette.

We did not want to completely block our forest view, so the right combination of faux glass etch and images were very important. My daughter and I agreed on a theme and I knew I’d seen many great files on the site of our Team KNK designer, Bird. After a quick search, I found several images we liked and I started to assemble our collage.

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Some of the files were in SVG format and some were in MTC. It was so easy and quick to copy and paste from Inkscape to MTC!!! Once all the graphics were in a single MTC file I used a number of tools to blend them together; boolean join, weld, knife (cut), and pixel editing.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Blade exposure set to vinyl (barely protruding from the blade holder)
  • f = 19
  • v = 250

Instructions:

  1. Measure the window and set your outside specs in MTC. I performed this by creating a standard shape rectangle using my window dimensions. You will delete, or simply ‘hide’, this shape after completing the collage.
  2. Select the images you want to use.
  3. Join, boolean join, weld, or otherwise edit the graphics for your desired result.
  4. Cut the faux glass etch vinyl, and weed the parts you do not want.
  5. (Optional) Apply transfer tape.
  6. Clean the glass thoroughly and wipe with rubbing alcohol. Allow to dry.
  7. Lightly apply vinyl application fluid (a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a fine mist sprayer full of water will also work).
  8. Apply the faux glass etch and carefully squeegee the fluid out from underneath the vinyl.
  9. If using transfer tape, allow the material to “set” until the application fluid has evaporated. Then remove the transfer tape.
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In the daylight, the faux glass etch design serves as a privacy screen but still allows us to view the beauty of the forest and wildlife.

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At night, it still acts as a privacy screen but the faux glass etch shows up more solidly as a part of the window and room design.

A big “Thank You” goes to Bird for sharing her wonderful cut files!

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

8 thoughts on “Glass Etch Foliage/Avian Collage for Window

  1. Good idea and great job!! I agree that Bird’s generously shared files are wonderful for all sorts of things. I like the idea of using the glass etch vinyl because it can be changed easily.

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