Thursday, 28 March 2019

Ladybug Jar for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
I am delighted to be able say that I have again been invited to join the fabulous AALL & Create design team, an offer that for me is always a no brainer, to work alongside such a fabulous team with the opportunity to showcase the unique stamps and stencils that they produce.
I start, this time,  by using the very popular Tracy Evans A4 ladybug stamp #161 

I wanted to create something a bit different and I had had this jar hanging around my craftroom and thought I need to do something with that and this is what I did with it.

I started by stamping the entire A4 stamp onto a piece of tissue paper by placing the stamp directly onto my glass mat as it sticks to the glass, inking it up with versafine clair ink and then laying the tissue paper on top smoothing over the tissue to pick up the ink.

Once the ink had dried I turned over the tissue and painted in with white acrylic paint the area's that I wanted to be white. I then turned it back and started colouring the entire image in using Zig pens. For future reference I will do this part with alcohol ink pens as using a water based pen the colour moves when you seal it. 

Once it was coloured I cut it to size to cover the jar and applied to the glass jar using matt medium.
To neaten the design off I added black paper string to the top and bottom, red liner tape helped secure this in place to allow me to wrap it around the jar.
I then gave the entire image and string several coats of matt medium being careful not to move the colour around to much, I had to seal the ladybugs separately to avoid the red moving which is why I will try alcohol pens next time as the colour is more permanent. 
I then, to add my ladybug embellishment, stamped each ladybug onto shrink plastic using black Stazon ink, cut out including cutting a loop at the top to make a hanging hole into which I punched a hole. These were coloured on the reverse with alcohol pens and then heated to shrink.

This picture shows how much each Ladybug shrinks down.
I then, using the same black paper string, added them to my jar.

So from an empty jar, that would usually of ended up in the recycle bin, to a repurposed piece. 
I hope I've given you a little bit of inspiration to play with something that would normally be heading for the bin.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by
Amanda X


  1. I absolutely adore this, fantastic piece of recycling and the ladybug just looks fantastic. Thank you so much Amanda ❤️❤️

  2. Its a fantastic project Amanda. It must have taken you ages to cut out the ladybirds climbing the side of the jar.
    Yvonne xx

  3. This is fabulous Amanda, that tall jar lends itself well to Tracy's awesome Ladybug. The outer bugs look brilliant creeping up the side. So darn clever. It's good to see you back with the AALL & Create team.
    Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S I've made the same mistake with water based pens but they can at times have their advantages ;)

  4. A fabulous piece of recycling Amanda, love the ladybirds climbing up the jar, (they've shrunk really well, especially keeping the legs intact)
    You are an asset to this team with your creativity.
    Avril xx


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