Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Mason Jars Tutorial

Hello everyone!! Today I have a Sizzix tutorial to share for two summery mason jars, made with Eileen Hull's Canning Jars Scoreboards die.

Summer Mason Jars - Layers of ink
There are two sizes jars on the die, and they are such fun to make. I used only mat board, ink and stamps to make these (apart from the buttons and ribbon). Did you know that mat board works great also with techniques involving water? Love that, since watercolour/ink techniques are among my favourite. I did a resist technique here.

Let's start with the large jar. Die cut the follwing pieces from cream mat board. This is an XL die, so you need the extended cutting pads. On the piece at bottom, you can clearly see the scorelines, which makes Scoreboards 3-D projects so easy to assemble.

White emboss a grass-type stamp on both jar pieces. You can clear emboss it too, the effect will be very similar.

I used the acrylic block technique to colour my jars. Smear Distress Inks on an acrylic block, large enough to cover your project. Mist with water, and a few mists of Perfect Pearls for shine, the block needs to be quite wet (experiment on a scrap piece of mat board first). Press the acrylic block on the mat board, you might want to wiggle it around just a little bit to make sure there is ink everywhere. My block was slightly too short, but it doesn't matter, since the lids will go at the top. If you want a very shimmery effect, leave out the water, and mist only with Perfect Pearls. I wanted just a hint of pearls, so misted water on the block first.

Do the same on the inside of the jars, as well as on the box piece. Leave to dry.

Ink a flower stamp with Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint. Mist with water or Perfect Pearls about three or four times, and stamp. This gives a great watercolour effect.

Stamp a script stamp with Bundled Sage, to add texture.

Ink the edges with Peeled Paint. This step gives dimension to the jars and makes them look rounded and three dimensional.

Mist the two lids with Perfect Pearls mist and let dry. Stamp sentiments on top with Olive Archival Ink.

White emboss dragonflies on vellum and cut them out.

Glue the lids to the jars and add a piece of lace underneath them. Layer three dragonflies together and staple them to the jars. I also stitched buttons to the jars.

Apply a strong adhesive along the flaps on the box part of the project. I used Ranger's Wonder Tape.

Adhere the box between the two sides.

All done, ready to be filled with a little gift, sweets, or maybe handmade flowers.

 Here you can see the shine of the Perfect Pearls better.

The small jar was done in a similar way. Die cut the small jar from mat board.

White emboss Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips, or another flower stamp, on both jar pieces.

Smear blue distress inks on an acrylic block, mist with water and Perfect Pearls and press onto the mat board.

Ink a flower stamp with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint, mist lightly with water and stamp.

Stamp a script stamp using Salty Ocean and ink the edges with Salty Ocean and Stormy Sky.

White emboss the tulips on vellum and cut one out and adhere to the jar.

Mist the lids with Perfect Pearls, leave to dry and stamp a sentiment with Manganese Archival Ink.

Here's the other side of the small jar. By using different sentiments or stamped images, the mason jars can fit many different occasions.

Thank you for looking at the tutorial!

Happy crafting!


Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Canning Jars
Surfaces: Little Sizzles Cream Mat Board 6 x 13; vellum
Stamps: Hero Arts: Newspaper Tulips K5576, Earth Flowers CL428, Watercolor Petals CL431, Real Garden Petals CL430, Antique Engravings CL383, Old Letter Writing S4878, Sweet One CL563, Thoughtful Messages CL184, Hey Y'all 331073, Sending Smiles Messages CL490
Ink: Archival Ink Olive, Manganese Blue; Distress Ink: Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky
Embossing powder: Ranger Seafoam White
Mist: Ranger Perfect Pearls perfect pearl mist
Adhesive: Ranger Wonder Tape, Glossy Accents
Embellishments: buttons; lace trim


  1. Love these summery colors and stamps that you used! Great tutorial on assembling the Canning Jars too- thanks Anna-Karin!

  2. What a wonderful idea foe a gift, love your colours and the stamping!

    What can I use if I can't get any mat board?


  3. They're both beautiful, Anna-Karin - wonderful stamping and colours, and a great way to use the dies. Lovely, lovely!
    Alison x

  4. I just love the look of these jars, Anna-Karin. So beautiful and eye-catching. I love your techniques!

  5. Ah tis sis just so beautiful! I love the colors and the stamping. Thanks for showing how.

  6. Fabulous summer time project! Terrific tutorial too! Thanks Anna-Karin!

  7. Thank you for sharing and showing us how its done.
    Love it!

  8. Your Mason jar project is wonderful! I loved your interpretation with flowers and butterflies!

  9. Extremely cool! Loved seeing how you did them

  10. Your mason jars are both so pretty and what a clever idea to make them into little vases. The sweet little vellum pieces are perfect with the lace and trims.
    I love stopping by and seeing all the great ideas you come up with. Thank you so much for sharing the great tutorial! :)

  11. Anna I loved your little Mason Jars! So cute. I tried to CASE the ink to acrylic technique. I love the way my project turned out. I didn't have the Mason Jar die so I went a different way with my card. Hope you like it.


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