First I peeled the labels from my bottles and jars and put them to soak overnight in the sink with hot water and some dish soap. To get the glue off I used vegetable oil and a paper towel by pouring a bit onto the towel and rubbing until the glue dissolved. After that I washed them in warm water and dish soap with the scratchy side of a dish sponge to ensure that all the glue residue was off. While I let the bottle dry I started on the labels.
Last year I got this awesome Witche's Brew stamp set online from Inkadinkado. I am pretty sure I ordered it from Overstock dot com. They are perfect for making the labels! I stamped them in black onto scrapbook paper and then tore around the edges to give them a distressed look. I also inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and regular black stamping ink.
To color the bottles I used Ranger Ink Alcohol Ink. I used the Marketplace color set from Tim Holtz. The colors were just perfect for what I was going for vibrant but not too bright.
Normally if I was coloring glass I would really want to take my time and make sure it was as streak free as possible but in this case since I was making Halloween decorations I wanted a messier or distressed look to the bottles. Using a glass plate to catch excess ink and starting at the brim of the bottles I dripped the ink down the sides. I basically played around here. I used at paint brush in different ways to get the look I wanted and in some cases not at all. You have to be very careful not to get any ink on your working surface because it will stain!
I set the bottles aside and let them dry for a bit and then added more ink to darken the glass in certain spots or all over. I even put a few drops inside a couple and swirled it around.
When my bottles were completely dry I started to Mod Podge the labels on. It's what I had on hand it worked great. When the labels were dry I decided to add some Stickles for sparkle. When that was dry I gave them some finishing touches with raffia and ribbon.
I love the end result. A fun way to recylce! If you don't have a Halloween stamp set you can try printing some labels out on the computer in a spooky font. Thanks for Looking!