Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mason Jar Madness

Hi Stampers!  Mason Jars are all the rage right now and there are so many ways you can use them.  In August, at my Stamp & Share with my downline, we decorated some mason jars in a super fun way!

Step 1:  You want your jar to be CLEAN!  Because we were decorating the inside of our jars, we swirled some rubbing alcohol around the inside of the jar and then poured it out.

Step 2:  Pour some Mod Podge and some ink refill into the bottom of the jar.  You need about a toonie sized blob of Mod Podge.  The amount of ink refill you use depends on how saturated you want your color...lots of ink results in a darker color, a little ink results in lighter color.

Step3:  Set your jar upside down to drain out the excess Mod Podge/Ink Refill.  Here's what ours looked like draining.

We covered a sheet pan with some parchment paper, paper towel and then set the jars on popsicle sticks to drain.

Step 4:  After all the excess stuff has drained out of your jars, you need to bake them.  Put your oven on warm (or a low temperature) and bake upside down for about 10-15 minutes.  We took them off the popsicle sticks and removed the paper towel for baking so they just sat on the parchment.

Step 5:  Turn them right side up and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until all the streaks are gone.  This is what ours looked like just out of the oven.

Step 6:  Embellish!

We had some pooling of the Mod Podge/Ink Refill mixture around the tops of the jars which resulted in some goobers around the tops of the jars.  After they cooled, we put the rings on the jars and embellished which covered up the goobers at the top!

You can see we used some Color Me Autumn DSP to make a fall flower with a gold button in the middle.  We also tied some Old Olive Baker's Twine and Autumn Wooden Elements around the top of the jars.  Super cute!

These jars are not washable (other than wiping the outside with a damp cloth) and also not suitable to hold food because of the way we altered them on the inside.

You can find the products we used to embellish our jars in my online store.  Head on over there and place your order for some great fall stuff today!  And, if you like what you see, are Canadian and need a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator please contact me.  I would love to send you a catalog and help you unleash your inner creativity!

Have an inspired day!

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