Jar of Love with Raised Glass Words

Jar of Love card with Raised Glass Words by Natalie Lapakko.

Jar of Love with Raised Glass Words

I have been having so much fun playing with different watercolor techniques! I’ve got two more watercolor techniques to share with you today, plus a technique to make the words on the glass jar look three dimensional.

Valentine by Natalie Lapakko featuring Jar of Love stamps from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired two challenges. The first is Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #81!

The other challenge is Freshly Made Sketches #270!

Black, white, plus a splash of color is a great color scheme! I cheated a little bit and used multiple colors for my splash. I could blame Dena Rekow for setting a bad example, but the truth is, I would have done it anyway!

I really liked this sketch challenge, too. The design team came up with such inspiring examples this round that I am really inspired to try and use this same sketch again sometime in the future.

Valentine card featuring Jar of Love stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Faux Glass Techniques

The background colors of the jar were created using a watercolor wash of Dapper Denim, the smooshing technique with Melon Mambo, and I added a few splatters with the bleaching technique. I explained these three watercolor techniques earlier this week, so I’ll skip right to the new techniques.

Lifting Technique

To make a jar look like it is made of glass, the thicker parts should be lighter looking. I used a paintbrush to add lines of clear water around the edges and in the spiral threads, then I used a paper towel to lift the water off.

You can use the technique multiple times to make the color lighter and lighter. This can also be used to basically erase mistakes made on watercolor projects.

In addition to lifting off color, I also added some highlights with a white gel pen to make the glass look shiny.

Faux Glass Words

I stamped the sentiment with Whisper White Kraft ink at an angle, so it would look like the text on a Ball Jar. I then added black highlights to the right and bottom edges of every letter using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. Finally I added highlights to the upper right section of each letter.

Jar of Love stamps from Stampin' Up! Card design by Natalie Lapakko.

Stampin’ Write Watercolor Markers

This is a little known secret, but Stampin’ Write Markers are the ultimate watercolor tool. They have the exact same ink in them that the ink pads have. If ink pads are your watercolor paints, then Stampin’ Write Markers are watercolor markers.

Color on watercolor paper, then add water with a paintbrush or Aquapainter. This gives you a really vibrant looking watercolor because the markers deliver so much pigment straight to your paper.

I used this technique to make the Basic Black watercolor stripes in my background. Here’s another example so you can see the marker before and after the water is added.

Watercolor wash with Stampin' Write Markers.

A Bold Valentine Color Combination

Black and white make a great base for showing off colors. They naturally have lost of contrast with each other and with any color you throw in the mix with them. Colors just seem so bold and bright with black and white.

Color inspiration: Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo,and Dapper Denim

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Valentine card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Jar of Love stamps from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Dapper Denim, and Basic Black.


Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Watercolor Paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Dapper Denim (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Jar of Love (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Everyday Jars Framelits (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: paintbrush, rhinestones, white gel pen, Silver Metallic Thread (c) Stampin’ Up!

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12 thoughts on “Jar of Love with Raised Glass Words”

  1. Congratulations on your win at Stamp, Ink, Paper! Well deserved! I really enjoyed your explanation of what you did to create the faux glass. You do wonderful work!

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