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Altered Jar with New Alcohol Ink Colors

by Amy Bowerman

I have been saving a little tiny honey jar for the “right” project.  I’ve also been itching to try out the new Alcohol Ink colors from Ranger Ink.  What’s a girl to do?  She Alters that jar with new Alcohol Ink colors and a whole lotta’ other inky goodness, that’s what!  Come along with me we’re about to have an INKcredible time!

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I’m taking a class with Dina Wakley at the Papercraft Clubhouse tomorrow afternoon (I’m supa dupes excited!).  Wanna know what else is exciting?  My instagram friend Susanne (aka @concernedowl) is coming down to take Dina’s class with me!

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Susanne loves owls and I wanted to make her something ‘owly’ for our artful playdate.  It’s weird because the Honey Jar was sitting on my kitchen windowsill next to my vintage owl sun catcher as I pondered what to make.  I thought, “Hmmm, I’ve got some owl stamps and this here jar “owl” bout’ I alter that?”

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Good idea right?  I love that one of my owl stamp sets has a sentiment that says “Birds of a feather flock together”.  It’s true because Susanne and I both love birds and art, hence we are “flocking” together :)  Don’t you just love when you randomly meet somebody like that?

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Our supply list for Dina Wakley’s class tomorrow includes a water jar for cleaning brushes.  Don’t you think this little altered honey jar makes the perfect travel sized water jar for the artist on the go?  I think so!  My only regret is not making one for me too :)


How to Alter a Jar with Alcohol Ink


This is a quick and easy upcycling project to create for yourself or as a thoughtful gift.  What artist wouldn’t want an artful jar altered just for them?  Repurpose a jar from your recycling bin and ink it up to your heart’s content!


  • Glass Jar
  • Glue and Seal
  • Distress Crackle Paint (rock candy)
  • Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink
  • Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Alcohol Ink
  • Idea-ology Mirrored Sheets
  • Tissue Paper
  • Strong Adhesive (I used Liquid Fusion)

STEP 1:  Add color, texture and interest to your ‘plain ol’ jar’ with Wendy Vecchi’s Cracked Glass Technique.  This is one of my favorite Wendy Techniques of all time.  If you haven’t tried it yet do it, do it now!

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You can find a full tutorial on Wendy Vecchi’s Cracked Glass Technique HERE.

STEP 2: Stamp Idea-ology Mirrored sheet scrap  with Wendy Veccchi Archival Ink.  Emboss with clear embossing powder.

*I LOVE mirrored sheets and save my shiny  scraps like a magpie just for these occasions!

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STEP 3:  I haven’t told you lately that I LOVE the new Alcohol Ink colors but I L-O-V-E the new Alcohol Ink colors.    Poppyfield, Honeycomb, Botanical, Mermaid and Indigo with a few dashes of Gold Metallic Mixative (for good Measure) makes a rainbow loving gal like myself oh so happy!  Go on ahead and add those colors to your jar lid…all of them.  Go on now you know you wanna ;).

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STEP 4:  Trim around stamped mirrored image and adhere to jar lid with strong adhesive.

*I’ve been a long time user of the “other” strong adhesive but this Liquid Fusion has stolen my heart and saved my sanity from problem packaging and goopy gluey messes!  I’m stuck on this new glue.  Liquid Fusion, I love you!

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STEP 5:  Stamp images on tissue paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. (I used sparkly tissue because that’s how I roll…don’t try to dull my sparkle!)

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STEP 6:  Apply stamped tissue with Glue and Seal or other wet adhesive.

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So what do you think?  Aren’t the new Alcohol Ink colors gorgeous??  So vibrant, colorful and fun!  Not to mention, they are the perfect Rainbow Palette…which is right up my color loving alley.  I think they are Ink-credible!  (*The term “Ink-credible” was coined by Wendy Vecchi, this should be a thing.  Let’s make it happen #INKcredible @WendyVecchi).

You are now ready to get your Alcohol Ink ON go forth my friends and Alter Jars for your artful friends to make more art with!

Have an INKcredible day! <—Make this a “thing”


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4 Audrey Pettit May 5, 2014 at 7:48 am

Oh, wow, what an awesome transformation, and such a COOL project! Really fun techniques on here, Amy! I bet your friend absolutely squealed with delight!
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5 Cathy R May 2, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Fantastic project Amy, thanks for the links to the technique too. The colours look amazing on the lid! Your class sounds like it will be a lot of fun, Cathy x
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6 Amy Bowerman May 4, 2014 at 9:07 am

Thanks Cathy class was AwESOME! I learned more in 3hrs then I’ve learned in a year of trying to “do it myself” online. Highly recommend a Dina Wakley class.



7 Anne Rx May 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm

You are so right about those colours Amy, they are gorgeous! Your jar really is INKcredible too! Will keep an eye out for the Liquid Fusion. Have fun at your class and hope you have a great weekend. Anne xx
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8 Dee in NH May 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

That’s awesome and what an INKcredible gift for Susanne!! And a clas with Dina AND a friend is so awesome! Have fun!!!!


9 Amy Bowerman May 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Thanks Dee it will be an INKcredible time indeed! I’ll have a full report next week :)



10 Michelle May 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

What an INKcredible project! Love the sparkly issue and the darling owl. So sweet! I’ve never tried liquid Fusion, but now I will. Thanks for the inspiration!
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11 Amy Bowerman May 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

It’s fab stuff Michelle…I just broke into it myself from CHA couldn’t find the “other” adhesive that I probably threw across the room when it leaked all over my table and permanently glued my stamp mat to my work table :) #HappyAccident

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