Friday, December 12, 2014

Old Fashioned Ribbon candy Mason Jar shaker card

I'm so happy to have been chosen to participate in the Christmas Card Craft Challenge from May Arts Ribbon.    My idea was to make old fashioned Christmas ribbon candy out of the ribbons, supplied by May Arts, for this project.  I chose to present this in the form of a Mason Jar shaker card.  Sweet!  Be sure and head over to the May Arts Ribbon blog Here and vote for your favorite.  Mine is the last entry.  Just leave a comment to vote.  Even if mine isn't your favorite, go look and vote anyway.  There will be prizes given out to those who vote, as well as to the winners.  Nice, huh? 

I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to make the ribbon candy.  I didn't do any research to see if this had been done before.  I'm kind of stubborn that way, haha.  So, after several failed attempts,  I finally figured out that I really needed some wire to help make this bendable and maintain its form.  Luckily, I had some old green wire ties in my stash that I've had forever.   We crafters hold on to everything, don't we?    I glued the wires to my ribbon with Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner, then added a few thin strips of American Crafts glitter adhesive tape.

Next, I made a panel card with a lovely piece of Christmas designer paper from K & Company, and added a border strip that would be wide enough to allow room for my candy ribbons and sequins.  I used some Thermoweb glue lines for this, so when shaking, the sequins wouldn't escape. I cut out a shape that was a tad smaller than the jar die itself.

I made the Mason Jar using the Sizzix (pictured/linked below) die and coordinating embossing folder.  I discovered I can use Sizzix Bigz dies with my Cuttlebug, found at that shows different combinations for mixing and matching dies and embossing folders with other die cutting machines.  Here's the direct link:  Sarah Hamer Designs (printable cheatsheet).  I also used the die to cut some acrylic sheets for my shaker.  Do you save empty acrylic bags?  I do.  Use them for shaker cards!  The acrylic cover was also glued with Tombow Xtreme, to the backside of my mason jar die cut.  It's much easier to apply the glue to the cardstock, than the acrylic sheeting.  Bonus tip!

I inked my jar up slightly with Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy distress ink and Memento London Fog for the lid.  Then I added some Mod Podge magic dimensional glue and Glossy Accents for shine.  The pictures do not do this justice!

I also made peppermint swirls for my candy jar.  In this case, I had some May Arts Ribbon red 2 mm bakers twine that I formed on large Elmer's glue dots.  Aren't they cute?  And so easy to make.  Lastly, the sentiment is from the Unity Stamps October 2013 Kit of the Month called, "Oh Christmas Tree"; one of my favorite stamp kits.

It took me a good 1/2 a day to figure all this out but now that I know what I'm time will go much quicker.  I hope I've inspired you to give this a try.  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Other Supplies: dark green heavy cardstock, Cricut scoring tool, Star cut from Martha Stewart Christmas paper, Wink of Stella glitter brush in Clear (over sentiment), Tim Holtz distress marker, Pretty Pink Posh clear and Christmas mix sequins

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