I am woefully behind on wedding gifts and needed one for a young couple whose surname is Byrd. I had a nice vase, so I decided to decorate it for them. I cut a fancy B out of the contact paper and, just for fun, also cut out a little bird on a branch right over the "B" I applied the vinyl to the vase, although I had to cut the sides of the vinyl AROUND the design in order to accommodate the curve of the vase.
I pressed the contact paper down really well, especially around the edges of the design, and then I applied the etching cream and prayed that it would still work in spite of being 10+ years old. I waited about 15 minutes, and then scraped the etching cream back into the bottle and ran the vase under running water to wash off the rest of the etching cream. I then removed the contact paper to see if the etching cream worked.
IT WORKED!!! WOO HOO! No need to buy more of that expensive stuff!
I put a blue towel inside the vase in hopes of getting a decent picture, but you can barely see the branch on which the little birdie is sitting. Anyway, I think it turned out pretty cute, and I hope that T and C like it!