M2B Studio - Calligraphy by Missy Briggs

5 Ways to Letter on Glass and Acrylic

Missy Briggs

Guide to hand lettering on glass and acrylic

It’s always wedding season! And one of my most-requested items are place cards and seating charts. Trendy mirrors and acrylic panels are gorgeous but have you ever wondered, “how do you write on acrylic?!”

If you’ve wondered to yourself, or aloud, just how do you write on glass, then you’re not alone. I’ve tried several different methods for you here:

How to write on acrylic . Five easy ways to add calligraphy on glass.

How to write on acrylic . Five easy ways to add calligraphy on glass.

The best way to get a seating chart or place card in order may not be with your calligrapher. Check out these five techniques and see if you can try it on your own!

MATERIALS:

Acrylic or glass
Acrylic Paint
Round Paintbrush
Chalk Markers
Acrylic Paint Markers
Adhesive Vinyl
Heat Press Vinyl

Paint and paintbrush

To add your own calligraphy to an acrylic escort card, first gather a couple supplies. Using a number one or number two round brush, try painting directly onto the glass. This may take a steady hand and some practice hand lettering, but the brush strokes left behind leave an indelible impression that this was handmade!

These brushes from The Pigeon Letters are a favorite.  Check them out!

These brushes from The Pigeon Letters are a favorite. Check them out!

TIPS: In this photo, I’ve used Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White, but you will get best results with acrylic paint. Use acrylic paint, mixed with fluid or pouring medium to get it to flow smoothly off your brush



Chalk marker

Using a chalk marker is a quick and effective means of getting the job done. The finished result will remain intact unless wiped with some pressure.

PRO: Can be cleaned off with just water.

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Acrylic paint marker

Acrylic paint markers come in a variety of sizes to easily accommodate the longest names and other details like table numbers. This medium is permanent, but can be removed with window cleaner and a little bit of work.

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Adhesive vinyl

Adhesive vinyl will sit on top of your glass or acrylic like it ‘s been embossed. Definitely a professional finish!

PRO: Design and cut many lines of text in advance and use a font for any style you can imagine.

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Iron-on vinyl

Heat press vinyl is another professional finish that will impress. Glitter vinyl looks like it has been melted seamlessly into the surface.

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Make Halloween Treat Bags with Cricut Infusible Ink

Missy Briggs
Cricut Infusible Ink Halloween Treat Bags

Cricut Infusible Ink Halloween Treat Bags

Get professional results with Cricut Infusible Ink! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Halloween is around the corner. It’s time to start thinking crafts! My daughter loves to have a treat bag that matches with her costume. My son is almost too-cool for Halloween, so I’ll dial it down a notch on his treat bag and make something creepy that even a tween would love. Wish me luck!


For a full step by step intro to Cricut Infusible Ink, check back to this introductory post

Here’s what you’ll need to make 2 tote bags along with me!


Materials:

Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker

StandardGrip Cricut Mat

Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets 

Cricut Infusible Ink Polyester Tote Bag Blanks

Butcher Paper (comes with Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets)

White Cardstock

Cricut EasyPress2 (or heat press)

Cricut EasyPress2 Mat

Tweezers 

Lint Roller (prep the bag by removing all traces of lint and dust)


Step One - Design your totes

I’m designing two totes, but the steps are the same. I’ll link both designs at the end of this tutorial.

In Cricut Design Space, I found the cutest fox design that will match my daughters cute and cuddly fox costume. 

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I’ve resized it so my largest dimension is 8.75”. My EasyPress2 is 9x9” so this size will fit perfectly. 

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Step two - Cut and weed

Make sure you choose Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheets as your material and mirror your image. Set the Infusible Ink transfer sheet down on your cut mat liner side down.

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To weed your design, bend the Infusible Ink paper gently with your hands. It’s more like a cardstock than vinyl, so weeding with your hands is recommended. And simpler! 

Step Three - Prepare your tote bag 

First, the tote bag must be prepped. Begin by inserting the EasyPress Mat into the tote bag. Then put a piece of cardstock between the EasyPress Mat and the tote. This will absorb any ink that might bleed through (spoiler: none bled through but it’s a good precautionary step to avoid destroying the mat). Next, use a lint roller to clean the surface of your tote bag. This will ensure a clean transfer.


Insert EasyPress2 Mat inside. Add a piece of cardstock in between the mat and the tote to guard against any ink bleed. I’ve never had it happen, but I don’t want the first time to be on my kids’ tote!

Insert EasyPress2 Mat inside. Add a piece of cardstock in between the mat and the tote to guard against any ink bleed. I’ve never had it happen, but I don’t want the first time to be on my kids’ tote!

Step Four - Use the EasyPress

Check the Heat Settings Guide https://cricut.com/heatguide by Cricut for proper temperature and timing on your project. The settings for a polyester tote blank is 385 degrees for 40 seconds. 

Preheat your bag to help flatten the surface and remove any moisture. Heat the bag using the EasyPress at temperature for 15 seconds. 

Important: Allow the bag to cool before you place the Infusible Ink on top. The ink will begin to transfer if you place it  down on an already hot surface.

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In love with this cute fox design and the Cricut Infusible Ink from this sampler pack. The slight variations in color of the rust-colored ink make this design pop!

In love with this cute fox design and the Cricut Infusible Ink from this sampler pack. The slight variations in color of the rust-colored ink make this design pop!

I made a spider and a web (for the reverse side) of my son’s bag.

I made a spider and a web (for the reverse side) of my son’s bag.

I love the subtle texture of this metal and carbon fiber design!  The Steel Plate package of four different sheets  is a must-try!

I love the subtle texture of this metal and carbon fiber design! The Steel Plate package of four different sheets is a must-try!

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