Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Butterfly Jar ~ GIU Day 3



Hello Friends

Welcome back to my blog and my day 3 of being the Growing in Unity girl.  Today I made an altered jar. This was my husbands coffee jar that I upcycled.  I am not sure about you but I always need storage. So these jars are perfect for holding all my bits and bobs. This one is now home for my pencils.

These are so easy to make I just gave the jar a couple of coats of acrylic paint. When it was dry I stamped my butterfly that is from Trust Your Soul  SMAK kit. I used black archival ink give it a few minutes to dry. It takes a little longer to dry on top of the paint. Then I gave the whole jar a clear coat of Distress Crackle Paint. Leave that to dry until the paints crackles. You can then just leave it the way it is but I always like to distress my jars so I use a nail file and file off  bits paint where you want it to look distressed.  Then to finish off I tied some twine around the top. 

So I hope you like my jar and I have given you some inspiration to make your own version.  Remember and leave me a comment and two lucky winners will be chosen to receive a random bag of Unity stamps. 

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Mandi xox


36 comments:

  1. You used two of my favorites: turquoise and a butterfly! This is so pretty. I love using jars to hold my pretty things, too.

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  2. What a beautiful jar Mandi and such a cool way to use Unity stamps. I've just joined as a follower of your blog. Your artwork inspires me to get crafty. :)

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  3. What a fun piece of practical art. Love it. Hugz

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  4. That is a great idea. Do you roll the stamp though or do you put it on a block?

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  5. That is a great idea. Do you roll the stamp though or do you put it on a block?

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    1. Adela I do not put it on a block. I lay it on my desk and roll the jar over the stamp or you can take the stamp, Starting at one end of the stamp until it gets to the other. You can also just use your hand and wrap it around the jar. Whatever works for you I use both methods depending on the stamp I use. The bigger stamps I tend to lay flat since they can be tricky to hold. Hope that helps :)

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  6. What a cool idea, I love the look, especially with filing off bits to give the jar a distressed look. I think this would look lovely in my craft room or office, so I may give it a go sometime soon!

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  7. Awesome jar and technique, Mandi. Thank you for sharing the steps. The butterfly looks perfect on it.

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  8. Pretty butterfly stamp! Fun project!

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  9. Thanks for the instructions. I love this idea.

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  10. Mandy, I am so inspired by your pretty pencil jar!! I want to make some of these!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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    1. Sorry...I am always spelling your name wrong....MANDI!!! :)
      <3 J

      jwoolbright at gmail dot com
      HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  11. Super idea, Mandi! Congrats on getting to share this week!

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  12. This is fabulous! And thanks for posting the steps you used to make it!

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  13. Wow, I just love how this looks and am going to have to try it myself! I never think to use stamps on anything besides paper so it's a great reminder to try different projects.

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  14. Lovely jar,love your technique;I must try it fast,it's super,fabulous and stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Love the idea of recycling and remaking something useful. I figured it would be hard to do on a rounded surface. Great idea!!!. Thanks for sharing your idea. Very creative.

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  16. This is so pretty! I love the color, and the way you have distressed it. Thanks for showing us the steps. One question though. Do you use any kind of sealant (mod podge, shellac, etc.)to keep it from peeling?

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    1. Gina I use mod podge if I am not using the crackle paint. The crackle paint seems to give a good seal on it's own.

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  17. Love this idea. I like your use of the crackle paint.

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  18. What a great way to recycle an old jar and make something pretty!

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  19. Good idea. I like to make things like that, too. Nice color!

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  20. You are so creative! My friend loves butterflies so I see a present in her future. It's so nice to see all these ideas.

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  21. Beautiful up-cycled jar! I love how you used the butterfly stamp on the jar!

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  22. What a great way to use your stamps. I love seeing alternatives to inspire my ever crafting need. Thank you.

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  23. Love this project. Great idea.

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  24. Oh my! So beautiful! I love seeing different ways to use stamps. I may have to try this technique out!

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  25. Love this! What a great idea

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  26. I really love this and the bright color is so great for spring!

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