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Holiday Blizzard Project- Kittie’s Gift Jars

Festive Favorites Gift Apothecary Jar
By: Kittie Caracciolo, Artistic Guide

I think it is fun to alter simple containers and decorate them to give as gifts filled with homemade fudge, candy or cookies. Gifts made with love and from the heart are so meaningful to give and receive during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Stamps: (retired Stampin' Up!)
Festive Favorites
Happy Winter
Black Craft Ink Pad and Re-inker (Stampin' Up!)
White Craft Ink Pad and Re-inker (Stampin' Up!)
Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up!)
Baja Blue (Stampin' Up!)
Distress Vintage Photo Re-inker (Ranger)
Aged Mahogany Re-inker (Ranger)
Shabby Shutters Re-inkers (Ranger)
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Watercolor paper 10" x 2.25" (Arches)
A piece of scrap watercolor for tag (Arches)
Other supplies:
Tag Punch (Stampin' Up!)
Deckle Scissors (Stampin' Up!)
Cranberry Grosgrain (Stampin' Up!)
Clear Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder (Ranger)
Gingham Fabric
Artificial Evergreen and Berries, Pinecone (Michael's)
Marker R59 Cardinal (Copic)
Spotter Brush (Loew Cornell),
Angle Shader Brush (Robert Simmons)
ATG Adhesive (3M)
Hot Glue Gun (Emhart)
Heat Gun (Marvy)
1/8th Hole Punch (McGill)
Handmade Cloud Template


  1. Stamp Reindeer image across the page, mask and stamp Trees over the masked reindeer. Move mask and repeat process across the page of images.
  2. Watercolor images with a brush and the Distress re-inkers mixed with water. I use the lids of my ink pads for my palettes.
  3. Using a sponge and the cloud template, sponge on Bashful Blue and Baja Breeze inks for the sky. Mixing two colors creates more depth and interest.
  4. Stamp Snowflakes with White craft ink. Use a brush to paint white craft re-inker on the ground area.
  5. Heat emboss with White embossing powder.
  6. Seal and protect the scene by sponging the VersaMark pad directly over the whole strip of paper and heat emboss with Clear embossing powder.


  1. Roll paper to make it more pliant, attach two-sided adhesive and adhere the stamped strip to the jar.
  2. Attach strips of grosgrain ribbon with two-sided adhesive around the top and bottom of  scene.
  3. Stamp and paint the tag. Sponge on the Blue ink for the sky. Using a brush, paint snowflake dots with White craft ink and heat emboss with White embossing powder.
  4. Cut border around the tag with deckle scissors and color the edges with the Copic marker.
  5. Apply VersaMark to seal and heat emboss with Clear embossing powder.
  6. Punch out a tag, color edges with marker and attach Reindeer tag with adhesive.
  7.  Punch a hole in the tag and thread grosgrain through.
  8. Create a multi loop bow and attach to jar top along with the tag and ribbon. Glue  evergreen, berries and pinecone into the ribbon with hot glue.
  9. Fill with goodies and enjoy giving your beautiful homemade gift jar.

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17 Responses »

  1. Wonderful tutorial, Ms. Kittie! Can't wait to make time to practice another scene! As usual, love your expertise. Hugs and Merry Christmas.

  2. Wow, Kittie!! This is a terrific tutorial!! I am so glad you told us about Stamper's Quest magazine . . . now off to see whatelse I can find. 🙂 Thanks,and Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

  3. Great tutorial, Kittie! And your finished project is a wonderful gift anyone would love to receive!

  4. WOW Kittie! Wish I were on your Christmas list!! Thanks for sharing the finer points of your scene technique. I'll have to give it a try!

  5. This is a great tutorial......real professional. I especially like how you made the cloud template and the finishing clear embossing. Am looking forward to seeing what else you'll be offering in '09. Though I've completed and distributed all my gifts, I like your jar presentation and printed out a copy of your tutorial so I can start working on next year's Christmas gifts soon. I'm one of those who works all year 'round preparing for all the seasons, holidays and birthdays a year in advance. Keeps me out of trouble. Happy Holidays!

  6. Congratulations, Kittie, on your first tutorial for Stampers Quest. You have been generous and precise with your explanations ever since I first began seeing your beautiful creations. How wonderful for you and for us who benefit from you. This is such a natural progression for such a gifted and talented artist. I'm so happy for you. Have a wonderful Christmas. Your jar is so gorgeous and homey. Delightful.

  7. Dear Kittie, I would have recognized your work anywhere. I LOVE the jar!!! Where is mine? Ha! Ha!

  8. Thanks to everyone for such lovely comments. You've made my day. Please keep checking back to Stamper's Quest as I think they may let me do another down the road a bit.

  9. This is beautiful!. Loved your clear, step-by-step instructions for building the scene.

  10. Wonderful tutorial & project Kittie!!

  11. You did good very clear directions. I love tutorials makes all the beautiful work I see seem doable ( is that a word LOL)
    thanks so much for always sharing

  12. Thank you for making the wonderful tutorial for your beautiful Gift Apothecary Jar. What a gorgeous gift to give someone.


  13. Kittie, this is just the best tutorial ever! I love your pictures! Your explanations are so very clear and precise. Super job, can hardly wait to try your techniques here. TFS :0)

  14. Kittie, this is gorgeous! Your tutorial is very easy to understand. Heck, I think I will have to give this a try! 🙂

  15. Kittie, this is just awesome.

  16. Kittie, this is beautiful. Perfect tutorial - very easy to follow and understand. I love your work.

  17. Excellent. This is a great tutorial. Lots of techniques that have easy to understand intructions.