Friday, April 19, 2013

Starry Mason Jar Christmas Card - Merry Monday, Jenni Bowlin Centipede

Pin It Now! Even though things are blooming around here, it's a chilly, rainy day.  I made comfort food for dinner - a cornbread chicken bake (yum) - the heat is on, and I'm making another Christmas card!  I have a sketch from Merry Monday, and I'd like to show you how I stamped my mason jar onto glassine and stuffed it full of vintage stars!

Here's the card...aah, vintage. 
I've been seeing stars all over the place lately, and I happen to have a bunch of star sequins in my vintage supply tin.  I sprinkled some over the sentiment panel, and added a healthy pinch to the mason jar.

It's super easy to stuff them with whatever you want.  First, grab a glassine sack.  Need some?  Check here. Stamp your image with Staz-On and fussy cut it out, both layers at the same time.  
Use clear craft lacquer (Crystal Effects) to apply a very thin line along three sides of the back panel, but not the top.  Stick 'em together, they'll seal in just a minute.
 Use a stylus or pencil to work the top open, and add your sequins, flowers, glitter, etc.  Close the top with a glue dot.
Almost all of the elements of the card are surprisingly from Jenni Bowlin's April mini album kit, designed by May Flaum.  The patterned paper is Pink Paislee's Hope Chest collection, and I think the floral design on it is reminiscent of snowflakes.  The wooden bingo chip is heat embossed in gold to match the card.  This is the first time I've tried heat embossing wood, and it worked like a charm!  No pun intended. The ribbon and banner ends are also from the kit.
Inside, a die cut from Webster's Pages, stamped with More Merry Messages (SU). 

I made a countryfied (my word) version for a friend with a goat farm.  Here's the jar stuffed with flowers...
So check out the challenge over at Merry Monday if you're in the Christmas spirit, and see all the festive inspiration!

I'm also participating in Jenni Bowlin's Centipede Challenge!  This post goes under two challenges. "Share a Crafty Tip", and "add something shiny to your project".  You can join the JBS Mercantile Forum and join in the fun!  


  1. What a great idea to create the glassine jars, TFS!! Love all the details with the trim and banner ends and how you layed them! :)

  2. Way to rock the mason jars...I love your cards! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

  3. Wow, what an amazing take on the sketch, love the stars and the vintage feel. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

  4. Love that mason jar with the stars in it. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

  5. Oh my gosh, this is right up my vintage-lovin' alley! How pretty...your mason jar full of sparkles is the cutest ever! So glad you played with us this week at the Merry Monday!

  6. Very creative take on a Christmas card, Love your vintage style. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday.

  7. Fabulous card, I love the soft colours and interesting technique. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

  8. What beautiful colors and a wonderful idea to fill a Mason jar with stars! What a magical card, Erika! So glad you shared another card with us this week at Merry Monday!