Saturday, January 23, 2010

Try, Try Again- XOXO Framed Glass

I really struggle to visualize what something is going to look like before I make it. I generally go through several steps to finally get it to the point that I am ready to share it with others.
This simple little framed glass is one example of that.

I have to say right off, that I am sorry I don't have more pictures of the process here. I accidentally deleted all 1100 or so pictures from my camera a couple of days ago aargh! and these were some that I hadn't yet downloaded.

Anyway, I loved the XOXO in red vinyl right off. I cut it out, and mounted it on the glass, framed it and tied some ribbon on and hung it on my wall. Quick and easy, just my kind of craft,
I was planning to make several for gifts and for my etsy shop.

I looked at it a few times in passing and decided to add some little half-back pearls as accents. Cute, but they didn't stand out enough. I figured that if I added some more white to the design it would tie in better.

I added a white vinyl layer to the first O and it lasted like that for about an hour.
It looked way too bullseye target-ish.
I tried adding more ribbon, but it just wasn't working for me.

Then I added a cute white scalloped background, it was a nice background for the XOXO but I lost the fun transparency of the glass, so off it came.

I finally stumbled upon the idea of matting the entire design with white, and I love it.

I would love to be talented like a lot of you are and able to visualize the end result without actually putting it together. It would be nice not to waste all that vinyl. ;)

Have a great day! I hope all your projects turn out just like you imagine, or maybe even better!

BTW if you are interested, I would be happy to cut some of this vinyl for you for a reasonable price, just contact me at

Linking to:
Craftaholics Annonymous Valentines Party


  1. very cute! The end product turned out great.

  2. What a cute idea - it turned out great, very eye-catching!

  3. Yeah!! I finished it - lol finally !!! I have no idea what to do about the side bar - but I am not very computer smart!! I love this frame idea!!! Thanks again for the award!!

  4. well after all that the end result is awesome..I like it lots...

  5. It turned out great! What a fun idea! I fun this evening going through your post! You have many great / fun ideas! Happy to become a follower :)

  6. Yeah you figured out how to post your award on your side bar - I had to have my husband help me!! Good Job!

  7. I left a super long explanation in my comments to answer your questions- let me know if it makes sense!! Sorry I do a bad job of explaining things!!!
    They really are super easy and so so fun!!!

  8. It turned out so cute. I love it! The end result is brilliant.

  9. Hey Steffany,
    What a cute project! Thanks for joining the surprise party today. Sorry to hear about losing 1100 pics, that's awful!!
    best wishes,