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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Aug 16Gel Pocket Cards and More

Gel Pocket Cards and More

When I first laid eyes on the Jar of Love Stamp Set (item 141587), I knew there was a certain type of card I just had to make. I was just itching to get out the hair gel and some Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill and make a gel pocket card. You may have seen this technique before.
I found that the 2"x 8" Cellophane Bags (item 141703) are the perfect size to use with the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies (item 141490). The width of the bag is just a little bigger than the jar opening, making it easy to create the gel pocket. Simply mix a spoonful of hair gel with whatever Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill color you’d like. I used Island Indigo and found that just one drop went a long way. Drop about a teaspoon-worth of colored gel into the cellophane bag and seal well with Tear & Tape Adhesive (item 138995).
Next, stamp your jar on cardstock and use the “inside jar” Framelit to cut out the center. 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 (item 104430) 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 (item 142314) which I added quilting to using my Bone Folder (item 102300). 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 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 center of the two smaller jars by being a little tricky with your Big Shot (item 143263) and positioning your cutting pads 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 hole smaller than the Framelit itself.
Once you have your jar frame, cut two additional jars from the Window Sheet. Adhere one of the Window Sheet jars to the back of your cardstock frame. Then, using Foam Adhesive Strips (item 141825), create a wall around the edge of the frame. Add the crushed nuts, remove the adhesive strip backing, and adhere 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 created a tag instead of a card. I think the Jar of Love Stamp Set and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies 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 (item 127793) and glued that to my second Window Sheet jar before adhering. The snow is Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (item 133751).

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!
Jessica Williams
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016

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