Get your Stripe On!


I have been saving glass food jars for quite a while now.  Joe had requested them to be saved for his screws, nuts, bolts, and myriad other small things.  Uhm….they sit on a shelf in our hallway unused.  So….”Fair Game” you think?

There are several of these jars with a clear plastic label that is really HARD to get off.  Soaking in hot water doesn’t budge the label.

Clear label

Clear label

I tried using my brand new Tim Holtz heat tool.  All it managed to do was loosen the plastic label from the powerful glue.  Oh well, soak a paper towel in alcohol and let it sit for several minutes.  That should bust that glue loose.

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Uh-h-h-h.  Nope.  Alcohol didn’t cut it.  I had to bring out the “Big Guns” for sticky removal.


This stuff cuts through the toughest stuff, and glue on this jar was pretty stinking tough.  With a paper towel, and a good sized squirt of the Goof Off,  I wiped the glue right off.  There were some areas that required a bit of scrubbing but it all came off.  There is a residue left behind from this stuff.  I cleaned the jar with another paper towel and a good sized dollop of alcohol which cut right through the Goof Off stuff.


With some masking tape or painters tape, begin making your stripe pattern.  If you want narrow stripes lay the tape out on a cutting mat.  Using a metal ruler and an exacto knife cut the strips to the width you want to use.  I tried putting the tape around the neck of the jar and had nothing but a wonky line.  I had to go to my “Resident Guru” for his mechanical and strategic abilities.

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After he got the tape “Just Perfect” (according to him) then I used several colors of the Adirondak Alcohol Ink from Ranger Industries and Tim Holtz.  Click on the image to enlarge it if you want to see the spacing and the mess.


I left this to dry for 24 hours.  Mostly because I had run out of steam and energy.  Grrr!  I hate this being such a wimp!

The next day I took all the painters tape off and assessed my handiwork.  I didn’t like the one yellow stripe that was barely noticeable.


If you don’t have a roll of this stuff already in your craft space….I think it is well worth your while to head to your hardware store or big box home improvement store.  This metal tape is really and truly very thin sheet metal with a glue backing.  This stuff is used by the heating and air conditioning people when they install furnace and a/c ducts in your home.

This tape is called “Shurtape Hold Strong”.  I’ve used this on many projects.  AND you can run this stuff through an embossing folder and your die cutting machine.  Totally awesome stuff!


I cut the tape to the width I wanted using a paper trimmer.  Yes, you can use this stuff with your paper trimmer.  Leave the paper backing on before you cut it.  Or….you know what will happen.  It will stick and you will be saying a few words you would not wish to have repeated by the little ones in your home :/

Mark the tape at the desired length you want to span your jar.  Then Joe wanted a “Perfect” cut line so I brought him my little paper trimmer for him to use.  He’s so fantastic!  I just love this guy.

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Once the metal strip has been applied to your glass jar, precisely or almost precisely :D, you will need to use a bone folder to smooth out the wrinkles in the metal tape.  This will also make the tape stick fully to the jar and not come loose later on.

I would suggest you spray your newly created beauty with a sealer.  I use a Krylon “Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze” that is good for craft projects.  Give your jar a couple coats of this stuff.  Take it outside first.  Don’t spray in the sun or you will get “Orange Peel” texture.  Once sprayed, bring it in the house to finish drying for a glassy smooth finish.


I’ve read that this stuff, the Krylon Clear Glaze, will even make your beautiful creation dishwasher safe.  Hand wash the first time though to make sure the metal tape doesn’t have a problem.

I have a few touch ups to do on mine before I spray it with the glaze.  So, do you think you might want to try something even more adventurous than stripes?  If you give this a try leave me a link in the comments section.  I may be totally inspired by you!


Recycle glass food jars.


Hello everyone.  It has been a while….

I’m home after helping our daughter with her newborn twins, being out on the road in my truck driving job, then being knocked for a loop with Sepsis far away from home with a hospital stay.  You can read about my ordeals Here and Here.

On a fairly good day I have parked my butt at the computer and surfed the internet for interesting things to read about and videos to watch.  Right now, my craft room is a total MESS!  I don’t have the energy to get in there and put stuff away from the time I spent with my precious grandbabies.

Current state of my craft room.

Current state of my craft room.

It is hard to believe that these sweet babies are over two months old now.


Okay, enough of the stalling.  Do you have glass food jars?  I’m sure you do.

Glass food jars

Glass food jars.

In a sink full of HOT soapy water, place the jars in the sink and let them soak until the water is slightly warm.  About an hour.  This will soak off most of the paper labels.  You may  need to use some rubbing alcohol (surgical spirits) and a paper towel to get the glue residue off the glass.  Clean the inside of the jars when the water is warm enough to sink your hands in.

Soak the jars in HOT water

Soak the jars in HOT water

Leave the jars and lids to dry overnight once you have all the labels and goo off.

Round up your Alcohol Inks from Tim Holtz and Ranger Industries.  I don’t have very many in my stash but they work really well.


Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

Other supplies you will need are:  Rubbing alcohol or Surgical Spirits.


Felt dauber things from Tim Holtz or plain old cotton balls.  If using cotton balls make sure to wear rubber gloves or some kind of hand protection.  The inks will stain your fingers and the only way to get the stain off is by washing a ton of dishes or washing your hair about four times.


A drinking straw will be needed if you want the weird effects I did.


You can go for the “Mottled” effect using a few drops of the ink colors of your choice on a dauber and dabbing it on the glass.

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Experiment with your supplies.  Drop the ink on the glass then quickly blow with the straw to chase the color around and out.

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If you don’t like what you see, squirt some rubbing alcohol (surgical spirits) on a cotton ball and wipe off.  If you want everything removed to start over squirt the rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and clean the jar.

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I really like the way the blown ink looks on the jar.  Be careful in your work.  I accidentally knocked a bottle of ink over and it splattered on my counter top.  Alcohol got most of it up but not all of it.

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I don’t know what I’m going to do with these recycled jars.  Here are a couple examples.  White rice is in one jar and lace yardage is in another jar.  Joe painted the lids for me yesterday.  He’s awesome!

What would you put in your new jars?

What would you put in your new jars?

Have you done this before?  What would you store in a colorful jar?

I may not get to your comments right away, if you leave one.  Today is a bad day for me.  I’ve got a raging headache but I wanted to get this posted.