Whenever I get a chance…
Whenever they’re all home together…
I try to get a family picture.
It only seems to happen a few times per year.
When we’re all together, there’s so much excitement, talking and laughter that I sometimes forget.
Like this summer, after swimming and naps….
I set up the tri-pod, gathered the kids and set up the self timer. (it’s always good for a few laughs)
All 18 eyes were open, all those who were running away were captured and everyone was looking.
Phew… not an easy task. But always worth it in the end.
It was starting to get dark, so the picture’s not as clear as I’d like it.
I decided to print it in black and white and put it in a simple black frame.
To capture the sentiment of the picture I etched the word “family” on the glass.
Etched Family Frame Products Used:
- Etchall® Etching Crème
- Etchall® Squeegee
- Folk Art 30465 Peel and Stick Painting Stencil, Happy Words
- Ribba 4″ x 6″ Black Frame (IKEA)
- Removable Painters Tape
- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint Bottle, 1-Ounce, Picket Fence
- Remove glass from frame. Clean glass to remove all dirt, fingerprints and oil. Dry with a coffee filter, paper towel, or lint-free cloth.
- Apply “Family” stencil to glass. Burnish the edges of the stencil. You want to make sure no edges are coming up.
- Mask around the stencil with removable painters tape for extra surface protection.
- Apply a heavy coat of etchall® etching crème to the masked area of the stencil.
- Leave etching crème on design for 15 minutes. After etching time has elapsed, use the squeegee to return the crème back into the original container for later re-use.
- Rinse etched surface with hot water to remove any remaining crème. Remember to keep crème away from porcelain sinks or ceramic tiles.
- To make the etched letters stand out more, apply picket fence distress paint over the letters. Wipe surrounding area of the glass clean.
and for your viewing pleasure…