2020 Topic 20: Mason Jars
Can you imagine a vintagey kitchen complete with the gentle warm glow of a candle-lit mason jar just like this one? Ellie's stamped jar captures the vintage essence wonderfully and she has some useful pointers for what to avoid and what works well with adding texture and stamping.
Hi everyone, it's Ellie Knol from PAPER-STAMPS-COLOR with you today, and I'd like to share with you the fun I had decorating this jar into a treasure, a keepsake.. or should I call it a candle holder for the kitchen, or maybe a air-tight container for teabags?
I assumed that stamping directly onto the glass would be tricky, as I wanted to stamp right around the jar, with no space between the images. I chose to stamp onto rice paper!
I had a hard time deciding whether I should color the images or not: so I completed the project without color, photographed it, and then added color. At this point I decided to show both versions..
I feel that both versions really enhance the beauty of the tea-themed stamp sets from Scrapcosy ESC13 and ESC15.
This teapot is the most prominent element in the stamp sets, a beautiful vintage one. Here you can see the no-color version,
Lace: yes, that's one element that should be considered in a project with these stamp sets. The black on the bottom of the jar is black gesso mixed with a tiny bit of Slate Fresco Finish paint.
I added some insects, the buttons were fussy cut from one of the collage stamped images.
How did I do the stamping? I stamped with Versafine Onyx black and heat embossed in clear embossing powder. I tore the parts of the images I wanted to use. To make the image fit around the jar I tore off about an inch of the paper of the smaller teacup on two sides. I also tore off part of the script in the background.
What if we were to light a tea-light in the jar? This way it will be an eye-catcher in any kitchen.
Why isn't the rice paper see-through in parts? I painted the backside of the images with Cloud 9 Fresco Finish paint! The entire lid has been painted with it as well, after I glued rice paper onto it. Even the lace has been painted with this paint.
Is there any part of the project I particularly like? I think it is this part, but really, I couldn't choose.
I hope I gave you some inspiration to decorate a jar or bottle, maybe as a gift?! A confession from me: there were a few stages of trial and error in decorating this mason jar. I used Mod Podge to decoupage the images to the glass and that was quite easy. I then had this luminous (not!) idea to give the glass a frosty look all over with the Mod Podge using a brush. It was a disaster, it went all streaky and when not applied very quickly, the brush would remove a previous layer or part of it.
I had to clean the glass, bit by bit to not disturb the images. In the process one of the buttons got lost. I might try this again some time but then apply it with a sponge paint roller.
As always, I learned a lot and enjoyed the creative process.
Get creative and .. have a good day; take care!!