I “Chews” you! {Valentine & more stamping tips!}

OK folks, I have to post this on the down-low because if my kids see this they will wrangle it away from me before Valentines day LOL! I swear, my kids are like ants and they can sniff out any sugar source in my studio as soon I bring it in, it is a weird 6th sense…like a candy ESP or something. My kids love gum and gumball machines so I decided to make these for them for valentine’s day:

Don’t worry, I will give them all the same amount of gumballs! Actually I am making the mini pails (I got them in the dollar spot at Target after Christmas for .50 cents each, if they have any left they are probably cheaper now!) for them but I wanted to show an option of a large mason jar too. Both are cute! The large mason jar take 4 bags of gumballs to fill (Dollar Store size bags) and the pails take 2 bags. I placed sandwich bags in the pails first because I don’t know if the pails are food-safe.

On to the tips!

  • Notice the fiber wrapped pail handle. Rather than spend 30 minutes tieing short lengths of ribbon to the pail handle (which would be totally cute but expensive x 3 kids and time-consuming) I just wrapped a couple of yards of fancy fur yarn around it. Quick, easy and just as cute!
  • Those $1 alphabet sets from Joann/ACmoore are fun but the boxes they come in are not. Make a slightly larger origami box from paper so you can have a looser container for them and it will be easy to fish them out and use them and quick to put them away again. I have directions to make the box here.
  • Use a rubber band to hold stamps together when stamping with these mini stamps, it is so much quicker and your letters stay evenly spaced.
  • Color with ink to match your project! I dipped a brush in the grey ink I stamped with then watered it down to paint the jar lids. A perfect match and no need to drag out more supplies!
  • Flip a clear stamp! I only had 3 convo-heart stamps but wanted more colors so I flipped one of the clear hearts backwards on my block and stamped with the backside to make the plain yellow hearts in the jar. You can stamp a shadow of almost any clear stamp just by sticking it on the block backwards and stamping with the smooth side of the stamp, Neat! It’s like have twice as many clear stamps!

Here is a look at the tips in action:

And a close up of the stamps + rubber band:

A brief sidebar…How hard is it to find a large canning jar stamp anyway?!? I looked online for weeks for a simple large canning jar and couldn’t find a thing then I tracked the one I used down directly from Inkadinkado and ordered it on the spot direct from the company. I was so frustrated that I grabbed my own collection of vintage canning jars and made a digistamp set called Funky Jars to Fill:

Funky Jar Stamps

But I used the rubber stamp I bought cuz after all that work tracking it down I had to use it LOL! Thanks for allowing my shameless plug tho ;)

Have a great weekend (Go PATS!!!) and til next time happy crafting!

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14 Responses

  1. What a cute idea, Lindsay!

  2. First thing I thought was war! 1 jar bigger than the other, lol Your kids must be saints! Glad you cleared that up right away. Love how you did the jars and the handle is brilliant! Thanks for more good tips too!.

  3. Love it! Very cute! Just an FYI…
    Stamps by Judith, http://www.stampsbyjudith.com has a great mason jar stamp in various sizes that is too cute! As well as many, many other stamps. Check them out!

  4. Adorable project — and great tips! I never would have thought to rubber band the stamps together! And… go Giants!! :-)

  5. Such cute ideas! The kids will love these!

  6. Thank you for the rubber band tip! I’ve been stamping letters one by one all these years and it’s been a deterrent from using them because I can never get them straight enough! Now I know the trick!

  7. I have not perused the comments, so someone may already have mentioned this. I work at our local thrift store and we have tons of canning jars in stock now. By summer, that will thin out as folks come to us for their supply of jars. Right now I have more jars in the storage area than I’ve ever seen before. Another frugal tip

  8. I love the rubber band idea! Wow! TFS!!!! :)

  9. I so love this design, thanks for sharing. Gave me a great idea for giving out some “treats” to some friends at work.

  10. Perhaps nancy DOES-NOT KNOW, that this Mason JAR Is Ur’s! YES?
    If Yes, HOW Does one make their OWN STAMP??
    Do You But Stamp material fm a stamp Company,?
    AND How do you carve out the hallow part from the OUTLINE of Ur
    Design?
    OR take a design you can but, (digital stamp designs), You BUY the Artists out-line’s design of (I.e. a heart w/scrolls ), then they give you a code, for you to DOWNLOAD,(yes), then what. When You download, it is in a file of your computer(yes), but how does it get from there to be made a stamp.
    (if there are to many steps, I’m afraid, I even if I know how, it will be to much for one like me, who MUSTa save her energy for the making of the card, (yes)
    Perhaps iYES the BEST designs like Nellie’s Stamps those full length
    stamps r most beautiful, but if she is took takes to much time the energy? which I NEED 2 save for the making of the card,yes
    Nancy You make good business for this other person, but here
    Lindsay she makes her stamps too you see there is no other jar likea this one it has more nice reflection lines in the jar, looks like sun shinning thru the glass jar, (but this is just my opinion, maybe I wrong, & this is not from Landsay??but I thinks so yes Lindsay??)

    • The stamp on the card is by Inkadinkado, I found it before I designed my set but I decided if I had such a tough time finding this than others might too so I made a set of digital images:) You just print and color the digital images:) there is a tutorial on my blog, just look at the top where it says “How to use digital stamps” no fancy software to buy either, you can use MSword or free Open ofiic program.

  11. Oha I forget to ask, How you keep the yarn on the pale’s handle, so if does not slide down, do you sand-paper the handle? Or maybe U use wire w/the yarn??,

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