When I first laid eyes on the Jar of Love stamp set, there was a certain type of card I just couldn’t wait to make. I was just itching to get out the hair gel and some re-inker and make a gel pocket card. You may have seen this technique before.
I found that the 2”x8” Cellophane Bags are the perfect size to use with Jar of Love and the Everyday Jars framelits. The width of the bag is just a little bigger than the jar opening, making it easy to make the gel pocket. Simply mix a spoonful of hair gel with whatever re-inker colour you’d like. I used Island Indigo and found that just one drop went a long way. Drop about a teaspoon worth of coloured gel into the cello bag and seal well with Tear & Tape Adhesive.
Next, stamp your jar onto cardstock and use the ‘inside jar’ framelit to cut out the centre. Decorate the rest of the card as you wish and then adhere the gel pocket to the back of the cardstock. Adhere the card front to your card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals and you’re finished. I used this method to create the ‘best fishes’ card below.
The flower card was created in a similar way but involved adhering the gel pocket only to the jar frame which was a little trickier.
Creating these cards had me thinking about different things to do with the stamps and framelits. My next idea was very similar to the gel pocket but instead of using hair gel, I used jam (that might be jelly to you). Yep, I took a spoonful of raspberry jam and popped it into my cello bag. I sealed it up well and created a card with it using the steps above. I did add an extra acetate Window Sheet which I added quilting to using my bone folder. I couldn’t help but use another pun sentiment to finish it off.
By the time I had made this card, I was well and truly thinking about other pantry items to use (as well as other puns). I have a quite a few dry goods stored in preserving jars and the first of those to be made into a card was crushed nuts. Instead of making a gel card, I switched over to shaker cards.
To make my nutty shaker card, I stamped and cut out a jar, then cut out the inside. You can cut out the centre of the two smaller jars by being a little tricky with your big shot and positioning your cutting plates only where you want to cut. By doing the top of the jar first and then the bottom (or vice versa), you can cut a whole smaller than the framelit itself.
Once you have your jar frame, cut two additional jars from Window Sheet acetate. Adhere one of the window sheet jars to the back of your cardstock frame. Then using Foam Adhesive Strips, create a wall around the edge of the frame. Add the crushed nuts, remove the adhesive strip backing and stick down the second window sheet jar. You should now have a cute little jar shaker. Create your desired card design and adhere the shaker.
I followed these steps to create two more fun ‘dry goods’ shaker cards.
Aren’t they fun? I bet you can think of some more fun ingredients and puns to create shaker cards with!
My final project to show is another shaker jar, but this time I’ve created a tag instead of a card. I think the Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating Everyday Jars framelits are perfect for creating tags for all those gifts we like to give in preserving jars, especially during the holiday season. To create your tag, simply follow the steps for the shaker card above. For my wintery Christmas tag, I stamped and fussy cut an evergreen from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set and glued that to my second window sheet jar before adhering. The snow is Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.
I hope you’ve been inspired to use your Jar of Love stamp set in fun and unique ways. I truly think the possibilities are endless with this set. As endless as the inspiration you’ll find by searching for preserving jar ideas on Pinterest!