Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Sweet Christmas Treats...

Hi folks, the weather here has been frightful, rain like stair rods, very high winds and freezing cold, perfect weather for staying indoors, all cosied up in my crafty place. I decided to dig in to my stash of Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology...
and decorate some Mini Mason Jars filled with sweet treats for friends
I cleaned the Idea-ology Mini Mason Jars with Rubbing Alcohol to remove any grease and dusted liberally with a powder tool. I inked up one of the snowflake stamps from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Swirly Snowflakes with Versamark, cupped the stamp in my hand and pressed on to the Mason Jar. I sprinkled with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder and heat set until the powder had melted. Glass is subjected to very high temperatures in the manufacturing process so I figured it could cope with the heat but kept my heat tool moving and just be aware that the glass jars do get hot. I then sprinkled the sticky images with Distress Clear Rock Candy and Vintage Platinum Glitters and dusted away any stray Glitter with a soft brush. Glitter is bad enough from a photography point of view but combine it with glass and the lack of daylight, it's a triple whammy nightmare.
I painted the jar lids with Tumbled Glass and Candied Apple Distress Paint and while the paint was still wet, dusted with Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter using the amazing Glitter Duster which dispenses as little or as much as you want. I applied a coat of White Gesso to the Salvaged Santa and Snowman and painted in the details with Distress Paints. Once they were dry, I applied a thin wash of Black Soot and Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stains and wiped it away with a cloth leaving the colour in the crevices. I die cut circles from white card, slightly smaller than the jar lids, covered with Ranger Grit Paste, fixed to the lids with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and fixed the Santa and Snowman in place while it was still wet.
I painted the  Idea-ology Thimbles with Candied Apple Distress Paint and applied a wash of Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, again wiping it back with a soft cloth. I sprayed the Small Woodland Trees with Peeled Paint and Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stains and once they were dry, dipped my finger into Grit Paste, lightly tapped it on to the bristles of the trees and dusted with Distress Clear Rock Candy and Vintage Platinum Glitters. I coloured the Baubles with Watermelon, Turquoise and Stream Alcohol inks and repeated with Mushroom Alcohol Ink to give a more vintage look.
I painted two lonely"left-over from Christmas past" Alpha Dice with Festive Berries Distress Paint, coated with Distress Collage Medium and added Gold Glitter thread and bows to create parcels.
I coloured the Idea-ology Chistmas Tokens with Picket Fence Distress Paint and used the Glitter Duster to add Distress Clear Rock Candy and Vintage Platinum Glitter while the paint was still wet.
I added twine bows and clear gems coloured with Alcohol Inks to the centre of the tokens and embossed snowflakes
And surprise, surprise, I had to return to the Christmas Sweet Treat shop to replenish the jars because someone (and the Furry Boy wants it known it wasn't him) kept dipping their greedy fingers in until the contents were seriously depleted. It was definitely a "one for me and one for the jar" kind of day. But they are now wrapped up and ready to be delivered, safely out of sight, out of mind.
Hugs Kath xxx

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  1. These are fantastic vintage creations, whoever receives them are very lucky :) xxx

  2. Amazing makes Kath, I love the little elements you added and the 'gifts' are brilliant, anyone would be delighted to recieve one of these...enjoy your day, chilly as it is..xx

  3. These are fabulous what a fabulous idea.
    Linda xxx

  4. Oh so clever to use the Alpha Dice for presents! These are brilliant!

  5. Brilliant idea to use those dice as presents! So much crafty goodness here Kath!

  6. These jars are just wonderful Kath, I love the colours and the beautiful little 'gift wrapped' presents, they are adorable. Another fabulous pair of projects from you Kath! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. They are absolutely gorgeous perfect gifts x