Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #30

Have we really done 30 of these? Wow. Actually, I can’t speak for myself, because I missed a few, either because I didn’t have the right supplies or LGITW (life got in the way – that should totally be an acronym if it’s not). But the time has really flown; seems like we just started this a couple of months ago!

This time we are coming up off the paper and creating faux cracked glass! Everyone turn to page 54 in your Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities, read the simple directions and then prepare for some fun! You’ll get plenty of beautiful inspiration from the Curiosity Crew over at Linda Ledbetter’s challenge blog, and once you post your fabulous creation, the chance to win a prize from the Funkie Junkie Boutique!

As soon as I read the instructions, my eye fell on a couple of pretty glass bottles with metal lids that once held paper flowers by Prima. Who could throw away something this cute?

prima jar

I decided to make them look like old bottles that had been sitting in the back room of an ancient, long-forgotten seller of medicines and tinctures and potions and lotions from the Victorian era. Maybe they even contained arsenic for that perfect complexion! I wanted these bottles to look like something that may have appealed to the lady of the manor in her quest for products to enhance her beauty.

After creating the crackled appearance via Tim’s instructions, I colored each bottle and its metal lid with alcohol inks. I dabbed the lids with bronze Distress Paint, sanded them and sponged on some permanent black ink to age them.Then applied printouts of pretty rose images, cotton lace, tiny tags colored with Distress Ink and prettied up with wee butterflies, and a sheer gold ribbon bow.

bottles side

I added Distress Ink to the edges of the label of the pink bottle so the color would coordinate with the amber one.

bottle pink

The amber is my favorite, because I think the color sets off the rose label better.

bottle amberI love the cracked glass technique! This was a ton of fun.

bottles above


5 Responses to “Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #30”

  1. Candy Colwell Says:

    Hi Lisa. I love your bottles! You did a fabulous job on the faux cracked glass technique! You have transformed this ordinary jars into little shabby chic beauties! I adore the lace and the sweet labels you’ve added to the fronts for the jars. These will be excellent little home decor pieces! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at CC3C. ❤ Candy

  2. Susan Mostek Says:

    What a transformation of this jars, Lisa! I love every one of them, especially all the different colors! You did such a nice job with the lids as well. I am truly impressed! Thanks for joining us for this challenge!

  3. Marjie Kemper Says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your lovely jars with us at CC3C, Lisa.

  4. cherylspaperartz Says:

    These are such eye catching beauties! Great choices for the technique and for your jar beautification project. Just lovely!

  5. annettegreen264 Says:

    So very gorgeous! Love the feminine vintage look and you captured it beautifully with these jars. The Faux Cracked Glass technique came out perfect. Nicely done!

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