Hugs & Kisses Candy Jar

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I’ve been wanting to cut this adorable 3D mason jar design out since it was added to the store this past summer, but just never had a chance.  When I was looking for a way to make someone a unique Valentine’s Day gift this week, though, it seemed the perfect choice.  Add a little custom tag and some cute labels to your candy kisses and you’ve got an memorable gift for an extra special someone.

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The jar body is constructed of white adhesive cardstock and acetate and full instructions for assembly can be found on the designer’s website here.  Normally, I wouldn’t use adhesive cardstock for a container like this, but the acetate lines most of the inside of the jar, so you don’t end up with many interior sticky surfaces when you’re done and it actually makes adhering all of the “glass” easier.  My glass is made from overhead projector sheets from an office supply store (try using the cut settings for Clear Sticker Paper in the Studio software), but you can just use some leftover packaging or heavy vellum for this too.  I cut the jar cover out of a scrap of pretty Valentine fabric using clean cut fabric interfacing and tied it up with a little white twine.

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The jar design comes with this “Sweet Harvest” sentiment…which is cute, but didn’t really make much sense for Valentine’s Day.  I decided to alter the label on my jar plus add a sentiment on a separate tag for lots of V-Day love.  To remove the word “harvest”, I simply opened my Knives Menu (arrow 1), unchecked the box for Auto Apply (arrow 2) so that I could position my cut perfectly before cutting, and clicked on the Straight Knife option (arrow 3).  After drawing and positioning my knife line exactly where I wanted it, I clicked the Apply Selected Knife button at the bottom of the Knives Menu.  Two more cuts on the top, and I was able to delete the word completely.

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To make sure I didn’t end up with any jagged edges after cutting up my design, I opened the Point Editing Menu (arrow 1).  You can also open point-editing by double-clicking on any design.  It turned out that I did have a few unnecessary points in my design’s border, so I clicked on each extra point (arrow 2) and then clicked on Delete Point (arrow 3).

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Now that my design was cut-ready, I opened up my Text Menu (arrow 1) and chose a pretty font(arrow 2) to add the word “treats” to my label.  Scrap Calligraphy is a great font for creating your own words and phrases because the letters overlap nicely for perfect welding.

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I wanted to thicken the word up a bit to fit in my label better, so I opened the Offset Menu (arrow 1), chose a distance of 0.015in (arrow 2), and clicked Apply (arrow 3).  Then I deleted the original text.

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To insert the text into the label, I simply positioned “Treats” so that it touched the inside of the design in several places, opened the Modify Window (arrow 1) and clicked Weld (arrow 2).

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Your final design should look like this.  To add a little contrast and help the label stand out a bit, I cut the label out of cool grey adhesive cardstock.

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My jar was filled with both Hershey Kisses and Hugs, so I thought it would be cute to make a quick tag using this sentiment on a simple tag shape.  I had this winter tag design in my library already, so I just opened it up in the Studio software and deleted any unwanted parts before cutting it out of some red cardstock.  Then, I resized the sentiment to about 1″ x 1″ and cut it out of Printable Silver Foil (look how perfectly the foil cuts at that size!).

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Using the Print & Cut feature, I was able to make an entire sheet of these little Valentine labels for my candy hugs and kisses.  And I needed every one of them…be forewarned, you’ll be able to fit an entire bag of kisses into the small 3D mason jar design!

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I imagine my recipient will be placing this cute container on his desk and snacking for a long time.  Are you using your Silhouette to make something special for your Valentine?

 

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