Etched Glass Skyline
First Cut

Etched Glass Skyline

So, my girl wants to travel the world. But since she’s still in high school (and one of six kids), she hasn’t had the opportunity to leave the country just yet. She is, however, much more traveled than I was at her age, having visited many more areas of the US.

The city currently at the top of her bucket list is New York City. So, until she can get there, I will just have to bring it to her!

Follow along to see how to make this cool etched glass NYC skyline. 🙂


You Will Need:


Step One: Edit Design in Silhouette Studio®

(1) Measure the space on the glass you will be etching.

Be sure to allow for a mat and/or frame if you will be framing the finished product. Use this measurement to change the page size in your “Design Page Settings” menu.

(2) Select your downloaded design (I chose Skyline by Hero Arts).

(3) Size it to fit your Design Page by selecting it and dragging a corner to make it bigger or smaller.

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I wanted my design to be a little taller than the original design so I stretched it just vertically by “pulling” it up using the top center tab.

In the “Cut Settings” menu: 

(1) select “Stencil Vinyl” as your material type.

(2) Load your cutting mat with your stencil vinyl cut to size and placed on the mat.

(3) Change your blade setting to the recommended number.

When you’re ready, go ahead and click “Send to Silhouette.”

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Step Two: Apply Stencil to Glass


After your design is cut:

(1) Weed out the part of the design that will be etched onto your glass.

From experience, I know that those teeny tiny windows will be really hard to keep from shifting during etching so I went ahead and weeded those out too. It wasn’t worth the risk and we’ll still get a great skyline.

Another way would have been to delete them in Silhouette Studio® before cutting. 🙂


(2) Cut a piece of transfer paper the same size as your stencil vinyl.

(3) Carefully peel the backing off one side of the transfer paper and apply the transfer paper to your stencil, pulling the paper off and smoothing as you go.

Now you can apply the stencil where you want it on the glass.



Once you have transferred the stencil and firmly pressed it onto the glass:

(1) Pull the paper backing off.

(2) Use the scraper tool to smooth out any air bubbles and to prevent etching cream from getting underneath the stencil.



Step Three: Apply Etching Cream


When it comes to using the etching cream:

(1) Make sure to stir the etching cream, as it tends to separate when it sits for a while.

(2) Brushing it on with a foam brush is the easiest way to apply it.


It doesn’t take long to etch the glass, but I wait a few minutes to be sure.




The etching cream can be reused so be sure to scrape off the excess and put it back in the jar!  One jar will go a long way if you do this every time.



Step Four: Rinse Off Etching Cream

(1) Rinse the remaining etching cream.

(2) Peel off the stencil and dry the glass.

(3) Show everyone how awesome you are!




We could stop there and it would be great, but I wouldn’t be a true crafter if I didn’t consider adding something special to it, would I?



So, I rubbed a silver wax metallic finish into the etched area. The finish rubs off the non-etched, glass but not the etched glass. Convenient, huh?

Janet Henderson

Hello fellow crafters! I am really excited to be a part of the Design Team this year! I love all things home decor, photography and doing fun things with my husband and our 6 children, ages 4-19. I grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and we still live about 10 minutes from the beach. We recently moved to a new (to us) home and have begun updating it, including removing the MILES of wallpaper straight out of the 90’s. When it comes to projects big or small, I have no fear. Thankfully, I have had more successes than failures!

Designs Used:

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®



transfer paper

stencil vinyl

Etching Cream


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  1. So cool! Can’t wait to try etching cream 🙂

  2. This is so cool!!!

  3. It’s simply fabulous! I can’t wait to try etching!

  4. Gorgeous and love how it turned out! I bet your daughter is thrilled 🙂

  5. Wow! I love how you added the silver wax finish…I’ve been experimenting with ways to color etching so that is an awesome tip!

  6. I love this project and the wax finish at the end. I have so much trouble though with my etching cream bleeding under the vinyl. I even clean the glass first with alcohol and use the scraper to get a good stick with the vinyl and it still gets in. Any suggestions?

  7. if am in south africa and i use sil portraite.i want to cut long things.say.3m ican use which methode to do so advice through my email

    1. Hi Habraham! If you have any questions about machine functions, you can contact support via email at Thanks for the comment!

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