December 15, 2011

Etched Super Hero Glasses

Have any of you seen those Super Hero glasses at Target?  They are a bit pricey.  My sister bought the shot glass ones for her kids.  (Don't worry - they think they are just cute tiny glasses.)  However, she said the images are coming off in the dishwasher.  


Do you remember having a favorite cup or glass to drink out of as a kid?  We had these little A and W mugs that I adored.  So, my sister Leca and I bought some inexpensive glasses at Gygi and got out her etching cream.  For under $5 these were born:


I searched for super hero logos on the internet and found 7 that worked well.  (I only had 6 glasses though, so Wonder Woman didn't make the cut.)  I imported them to my Silhouette program and then cut out a vinyl stencil.  


We applied the stencils.  (I used transfer tape to get them just right.)


I had never used etching cream before.  It's pretty fun stuff.


We painted it on as directed, brushing up and down and then left and right.  It doesn't take long for it to work.  After about five minutes you can rinse it off.


We rinsed off the cream before removing the stencil.


And Presto!  Super fun glasses.  My sister thought these would make really fun birthday gifts for parties her kids get invited to.  I agree, considering they are inexpensive and you can even personalize them.  She picked slightly larger glasses, since her kids are a bit older.

The boys have been loving them.


Even my nephew was pretty excited to use them.  (That's his Batman face.)


I must admit I've even been using them myself because I think they are so fun :)  Beverages taste better in a fun cup.  Don't you think?

Thanks for dropping in.  See you tomorrow!

107 comments:

  1. Wicked awesome! So doing this for my superhero crazed son's 4th birthday.

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  2. This is amazing!! Love this idea. It makes me want to run out and etc everything onto glasses haha

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  3. These are so cool!!! I don't have kiddos but I'm tempted to make these for myself. Such a fun idea, thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Awesome idea!! I am going to try these too. My 4 year old daughter and my husband will love it!

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  5. Awesome Cheri!! Hope you don't mind that I am pinning.

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  6. Great idea! My husband flipped over those Target glasses, but I wasn't willing to pay the price. What a great- and classier alternative! I think I know what he's getting for fathers day....

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  7. Fantabulous! You made it look so easy - Etching cream had always seemed a bit scary before.

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  8. This is awesome! I want to try it!!

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  9. I recently tried to do an etching product. I looked everywhere for the etching cream. Finally the lady at the last store I went to said that no one carries it anymore. Something about it being an ingredient for a dangerous drug. Keep in mind I am shopping in Chicago. No one had it. Bummer. Do you know where I could get some? (It's probably harder to find than the actual drug that it is used to make here)

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    1. I found mine at Michaels craft store.

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    2. Hobby Lobby carries it. Maybe order it online.

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  10. These are SO great! I just spent some time last night cutting out the exact same logos in vinyl for a Christmas project for my boys. I could totally do this!

    I saw a set like the ones you pictured in Target and really wanted to get them, since it happened to have the four superheros that our family dressed as for Halloween. But, I agree - the price tag seemed a little steep. This is a much better alternative. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  11. Shana look online. I'm pretty sure you could order it from a craft store online.

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  12. I totally love this idea, and have everything I need but the cups! That's awesome. Girly ones would be so fun. They'd make a great Christmas gift! Thanks, Cheri!

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  13. Those were so fun to make! My kids love them. You can find etching cream at Michaels.

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  14. Do I remember you saying that you use lemi-shine in your dishwasher? A very smart friend of our told us that as it removes the lime build-up on dishes it also removes important decals (like the measurements on our shot-glass tablespoon measuring cup). So now we just wash that little cup by hand. Perhaps your sister will just have to hand wash the Target glasses from now on. Very fun idea!

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  15. Love it!! We made GrandMom an etched wine glass last year for Christmas.

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  16. cheri! so rad! i want some, want my address??

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  17. Yes, I DID have a favorite cup. It was a Scarlett Johansson Black Widow slurpee cup. Ironically I went to my parents last night to get it (we are moving this weekend and I realized it was missing while packing), my dad threw it away. So, if you find a Scarlett Johansson image that would work for etching, let me know. Haha

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  18. GREAT. I too wonder where to get the etching cream. Do you think Michaels would have it? I'd like to make them for a Christmas present for my little boy (27)...also what does +1 mean?

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  19. This is Genius! The perfect gift my for my husband!! Thanks!

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  20. Those are awesome!!

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  21. How do you get such clean lines from tracing an image? whenever I import to silhouette and try to trace I get these chunks of a border rather than a clean line

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  22. Those are really cool.... :o)
    I have a question for you Cheri. I would love to try painting on fabric, but what kind of fabric paint do I buy? I was looking in the store today, and all I could find was 3D paint and puff paint. Is there another type that creates the regular flat image on shirts? I am dying to try out my freezer paper that I finally bought the other day... lol

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  23. Manda - Are you using the NEW software? With the old one I seemed to get wavy lines, but with the new software I never have a problem.

    Cheri

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  24. I just did a christmas gift project with etching cream! i bought stemless wine glasses and put a pretty monogram initial on them for all of my sisters and mom. definitely wish i had your silhouette to make the stencils though, i had to do it the old fashioned way with contact paper!

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  25. Too cute! We collect shot glasses when we travel, because they are cheap and you can get them everywhere. My son recently discovered them and he figured that they were HIS cups. Now he always requests a drink in "my tiny cup". I love it, because if he spills, there is a whole lot less to clean up!

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  26. I just bought some for my husband off Amazon for Christmas. I got them with shipping for $20 and we haven't used them yet, but they look great. They aren't the shot glasses, they are the large tumblers. He is going to love them :)

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  27. I used adhesive contact paper and it worked great. I used clear glass plates and added a happy birthday motif on the underside of the bottom of the plate. Looks great against a dark placemat.

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  28. OMWord! YES! Things taste better when served in COOL cups! WOW... you did an amazing job.

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  29. OMG!!! I love this! I am going to make these for my brother-inlaw who is a marvel fan. I might make him his own special superhero glass too! Thanks for the idea!

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  30. These came out fantastic! A couple of years ago, I hand cut some Star Wars stencils out of Contact paper to make some etched glasses for my brother. My hand is still cramped! I now have a Silhouette, and may have to make him some more glasses (he recently made a Captain America shield, so he's into superheroes right now... and he's 46 :) ).

    Is there a chance that you could share your Silhouette file? I could have my gift made in under half an hour!

    And, is the new version of the software the one you needed to pay for, or is it still the free version?

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  31. I've been doing this on wine glasses for Christmas gifts. But the Super Hero theme would be perfect for my brother in law. He loves the Hulk and I had no idea what to get him. These are great.

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  32. LOVE! You think I could do it without a silhouette machine?

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  33. I love these! We have been eyeing the ones at Target so it is good to know they aren't of the highest quality. I want a Silhouette so badly. This is one more reason to add to the list. Whenever I have an extra $300 dollars lying around (Don't know when that is going to happen) I am getting one!

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  34. I love these! What a great idea. :)

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  35. Manda- I don't have a Silhouette but Ali Edwards has been doing that tracing stuff on some of her word art and has done a little tutorial. Try looking at this, it might help you:http://aliedwards.com/2011/12/december-daily-2011-day-three.html

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  36. Love these!!!!
    I have been admiring the ones from Target also but $$$...crazy.
    I just got some Martha Stewart Frost Etching effect paint. Its tintable so I may have to try this with it and add color. It doesn't really etch the glass, but it is suppose to be pretty durable.

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  37. CJG - The software I have is just the version I downloaded from their site, not a version I paid for. I'm not sure how to share the images. I tried to email a Silhouette file once and it didn't work. However, if you can tell me how I'd be happy to send it to you.

    Cheri

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  38. Tulip and Turnip - YES, you can do it without a Silhouette, but it will be a bit time consuming. You can purchase vinyl or contact paper and cut it out or use an exact/craft knife.

    Cheri

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  39. Brilliant. Great idea, perfectly executed!

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  40. Super Awesome! ;)

    I want to try these.. ! Thanks for sharing.

    Where can I find the etching cream?

    Also I'd love to invite you over to my linky party and party with us by linking up all your projects every week! ;)

    Thanks,
    Angie

    www.littleinspiration.com

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  41. I want to make these but where did you find the logos to down load all i can find are jpegs that wont load. if you can tell me thaat would be great!

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  42. Cheri, thanks for the info on the Silhouette software. I think I'm up to date on the latest version.

    I'm not sure how to e-mail a Silhouette file other than saving it to the desktop and then sending it as an attachment. I'll try to e-mail a file to myself and see what happens...

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  43. It worked! I saved the studio file and then sent e-mailed it. I then downloaded it to the desktop and opened it up with the software. Looks just like the original :)

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  44. oh Cheri - great job!! I too would love to have the file, I'll quickly make some up for a comic-obsessed friend! my email is kimRgriffin at gmail dot com
    Cheers!!

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  45. CJG - I've tried to email them before and it didn't work, but I'll be happy to try again. I need your email address to send it to, since your address isn't linked to your blogger profile.

    Cheri

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  46. Cheri,
    Thanks for this great idea. I made one for my husband. I blogged about it and gave you kudos with a link back to you. PS. I am your newest follower.
    Kathleen @AlwaysSewLove

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  47. I would LOVE to have your studio file if possible! There are so many things to make with a silhouette. I love mine.
    ben_anna322 @ hotmail. com

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  48. I would buy the vinyl cut outs from you if you'd sell them to me. :o)
    ~Shari R.

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  49. I found my Armor Etch online at Wal-Mart; Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I go to Dollar stores to buy Mugs, wine glasses and dinner plates (large initials are fabulous)...but these SUPER super hero glasses are to die for...I would be happy to trade some files for your files! :) I bought a large glass canister for my Pastor's family this year - filled it in layers with individual family members favorite candy - and etched their last name in large letters on it. It was a BIG hit (I think the candy had a lot to do with it).

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  50. Sue - I'll be happy to send you my files if you just give me your email address.

    Cheri

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  51. Was wondering if you could send the file to me. Would really appreciate it. I'm wanting to make these for my son for a wedding gift. Not sure the bride will appreciate but..... :)

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  52. marjohn - I'm happy to send you the file, but I need your email address.

    Thanks!
    Cheri

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  53. These are "SUPER" awesome. I would love the file as well if you wouldn't mind sharing. My email addy is pixeegrl @ gmail. com minus the spaces...not sure if blogger takes out links.

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  54. Will absolutely do this one!

    Thanks!

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  55. Can you tell me what type/brand of vinyl material you use for your stencils and where you get it?

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  56. Michelle - It't the sticky backed vinyl you buy with a cutting machine. You can buy it at the SIlhoeutte store or at a craft store like Hobby Lobby or online at Expressions Vinyl.

    Cheri

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  57. I am wanting to do this for my son, could I please have the file sent to me also. valerie_horn@yahoo.com
    Thank you so much!!

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  58. I am wanting to do this for my son, could I please have the file sent to me also. valerie_horn@yahoo.com
    Thank you so much!!

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  59. I found your blog through Pintrest and I would LOVE a copy of the silhouette images. This would be such a great idea for a birthday gift. If you don't mind emailing me at maridithdesigns@gmail.com I would REALLY appreciate it.

    Thank you!!

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  60. My brother got the superhero glasses as a wedding present and was bummed when they started peeling. I think this would be a fun anniversary gift, but I want to be sure they can go in the dishwasher. How did your etched version fare through the dishwasher?

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    1. Kaycee - They are totally fine in the dishwasher. Etching kind of scrapes the glass, so it's not something that a dishwasher can remove at all. Good luck!

      Cheri

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  61. Thanks for the quick response! I'm going to buy some etching cream today!

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  62. Hi Cheri, this is such a great idea! I want to make some for my nephew's birthday. Could you send me the file please? Thank you!
    mlongroe(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Cheri,
    So cute! I have 2 little boys that would love this! Would you mind sending me the file too? shawnmyra(at)msn(dot)com
    Thanks so much!

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  64. ok - yay!

    Etching cream - check!
    Scout out Big Lots and Christmas Tree Shops for glasses - check!
    Vinyl Starter Kit delivered - check!

    sooooo excited to try this! I have so many ideas. Monogrammed glasses for family that just redid the kitchen (along with matching freezer paper stenciled tea towels stuffed in a matching glass pitcher!) But I'm getting a head of myself.

    Wish me luck tomorrow while kiddo is napping!

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  65. Shana - I was able to find it at Michael's. JoAnn's told me they did not sell it. I don't have any other craft stores near me, so I don't know their availability. Also, Silhouette America sells it on their website if you strike out elsewhere.

    Cheri - Thank you for this. Initial project turned out great! I started to get a little intimidated as this was the first time I worked with the vinyl, but I kept moving forward and it turned out great!

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  66. For the Superhero logos - use the free font Hall of Heroes.
    http://www.dafont.com/hall-of-heroes.font
    Every super hero you can think of, and some I didn't even know existed, can be found in this font! Great 80's ones too.

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    1. Thanks for this tip Emily. You've made my 7 yr old very happy.

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  67. Such a great idea! I did it for my niece and nephews and blogged about how easy it was! http://perfectlykimperfect.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/diy-etched-superhero-cups/

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  68. This is such a great idea. I know my son would love it. Would you mind emailing me the file too please? als4321@hotmail.com
    Thank you!

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  69. Can you send me the file? PLEASE! :)

    dee_bf@hotmail.com

    Thanks!

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  70. I bet you had no idea how popular this would become, but this is truly an amazing idea. I would love to do this for a friend's birthday. If you are still willing, would you send me the file? ash.hasna@comcast.net
    I didn't realize there was a machine that would print out stencils. I'll have to find the vinyl and cut them out, but I still think she would love them. Do you know if the vinyl is easy to cut by hand?

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  71. Could you please email me the file too? My husband and boys will LOVE this!

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  72. Oops! Didn't leave my email...it's amanda_joy_02@yahoo.com

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  73. I would love to try out this file as well. Thanks for sharing. You have some of the cutest projects (and cute boys, too).
    bulletproofsuzy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. Okay, so I have a few questions. First, would you please email me your silhouette file?!?!? Thank you SO much!
    Second, did you actually print onto the vinyl or how did that work? I found a free download online for the Silhouette program for my Mac but don't have the cutting tool (not sure what that is but is that required?) And what is transfer tape? It seems like an easy enough project, and I love the end results...but I'm not super crafty so I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing. :) Thanks so much for the help!
    kristidalberg@gmail.com

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    1. I found a similar tutorial here--http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/06/how-to_etched_glasses_for_fath.html--that has good instructions for those of us who want to do this project but don't have that cutting machine!

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  75. I found you through Pinterest on a pin about the giant newspaper print, love your site :)

    This post is funny, the same tragedy led us both to do the same exact craft! I bought my husband those same super hero glasses last year. I never put decal glasses in the dishwasher because it will ruin the vintage ones I collect so we have a strict rule. Anyway, I can tell you it wasn't the dishwasher's fault on this, after a few weeks of strict hand washing only, they are almost clear. The things are junk! So, I felt bad about it and got out my etching cream and made him his own set with different Marvel super hero logos. He loved them so much it gave me an idea for my brother for Christmas. I got clear glass plates at the dollar tree and put the logos of all his favorite stuff when he was a kid on the backs of them. Dukes of Hazzard, Thundercats, GI Joe, Q-Bert, anything I could think of for the 8 dishes. He said it was his favorite present and he smiles every time he uses them! Not bad for $8 and a couple hours of work :)

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  76. Can you please email me the studio file if it's still available? My email address is chrapowitzky (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Thanks so much. I love all of your ideas, especially what you do with the Silhouette!

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  77. Could you please email your silhouette file to me also?! I am going to try these and your "subtle" avengers shirt fro my son's superhero party in July!

    cheesecakejunkie(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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  78. I would LOVE the silhouette file, also! I plan on making these for when the 8 grandkids come this summer so we all know who's glass is whose...less dishwashing! Thanks! emmaturner(at)yahoo(dotcom

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  79. I would also LOVE your file that you used for your silhouette. My boys would flip out (and the hubs). I still am a total silhouette novice so hopefully I can figure out how to import them :) Thanks! My email is rfluhman@gmail.com

    Thank you so much!!!

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  80. I too would really appreciate receiving an email from you that included the super heroes silhouette file. I just don't have the silhouette skill to make my own, yet. Thank you for being so generous with your talents :)
    jszarski1@comcast.net

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  81. I have a Silhouette but for some reason I can't figure out how to import images in there for cutting. Could you send me a copy of your file? These cups turned out super cute. I have always wanted to try an etching project!
    Shangalonline@gmail.com

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  82. Would you be able to send me the file as well? My son will love these!! Aidensmama09@gmail.com

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  83. if you don't mind sending the files (yet again), my 3 boys would flip over these superhero glasses! thanks!
    lperere@eatel.net

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  84. I'd love the files too if you get the chance! Thanks in advance :) mandypritchard@rocketmail.com

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  85. I would love the file, too if you wouldn't mind! whitneysnow20 at gmail.com

    These are so fun!

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  86. Hi Cheri
    I just got my first Silhouette and found your site browsing for awesome projects to try. Do you mind sending me your file for the superhero cut outs-I tried to import some images but am having a little difficulty with the tracing tool. beatty.dm at gmail.com.

    Thanks! And great site !!!
    Danielle

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  87. I am a huge fan of your site and I have no idea how I missed this blog post! Soooooooo cool! My boyfriend would LOVE these kind of glasses. I couldn't find a link for the silhouette file and I see in the comments that you said you were willing to share through e-mail. I would be so happy if you still have the file and would be willing to send it jenvisser at aol dot com

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  88. I would love to get this file if you are still sending it out. I found you on Pintrest and have been to your blog twice today you are one creative lady! My email is lacielamp@hotmail.com

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  89. I would love to get this file if you are still sending it out. I found you on Pintrest and have been to your blog twice today you are one creative lady! My email is lacielamp@hotmail.com

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  90. Hi Cheri! It is amazing that you did this post about 2 years ago and mothers like me are still finding it and are truly inspired by it! Thank you so much for sharing this post. I can't wait to try this out with my Silhouette machine. I've been on your blog for the past hour looking at all your tutorials and bedroom reveals. :)

    I was hoping you would kindly send me the Silhouette file as well. If you still have it and are willing to share, you'd make me so happy! My email address is virlena@gmail.com.

    Thanks again! You are absolutely blessed.

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  91. I would like the files. My son will LOVE this. :)
    matt.jenn@yahoo.com

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  92. I would like the files. My son will LOVE this. :)
    matt.jenn@yahoo.com

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  93. This is SUCH a fantastic idea!! Will you please, oh, please send me the files as well? My son would freak over these!!
    Thank you!!
    themiraufamily@hotmail.com

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  94. I love this idea too, and would love those templates too! However, my crowd is older comic book nerds (which your sons and daughters will be when they grow up).

    thisisreallymyemail@yahoo.com

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  95. I would love the file, too if you wouldn't mind. my son's birthday was yesterday July 31. and HE wouldn't mind a late birthday present. my email is jrjanette2@gmail.com

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  96. Could I also have the file. My anniversary is coming up and my husband would love these. ramos.melissa88@gmail.com

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  97. I, too, would love the file! Just got a Cameo and think these would be so fun!!
    mrosson01@gmail DOT com

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  98. If you by chance are still e-mailing the cut files i would love to have them too! I had this idea to do for my new son-in-law who loves super heroes and then saw your post. Sweet! jarsedge@att.net

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  99. I pinned this over a year ago. Thanks for sharing this! I too am trying to figure this out for a Christmas gift. I tried the Hall of Heroes font but at least a couple of the logos I want to use are 'reversed' from what I would like the positive/negative to be. I am hoping you might be so kind as to email me your file too. p7eggycATaolDotcom will get it to me. Thanks so much!

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  100. My son would love this for his upcoming superhero party! Can i please get the file you used. my email is a_jbowman@yahoo.com TIA

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  101. love this idea. thanks for posting it. i just made these and they turned out great.
    i didn't have vinyl for the stencil - so i cut clear contact paper to the size of regular printer paper and ran it right through my printer. then i had clear, sticky stencils to cut out and stick to the glasses. worked really well for me.
    also - i found the 10 oz. etching cream on amazon for $11 - much better than the price at my local craft store ($24).
    thanks again for the inspiration. love your site!!!!!!

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  102. I just got a Silhouette for Christmas and found this while searching Pinterest for inspiration! I'd love to make these for my son's birthday. If you are still sharing the files, would you mind sending them to me? My email address is christinahjones@gmail.com. Thanks!

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