Thursday, 15 January 2009

A tiny tin

I am having a bit of a run on Altoid tins – they’re so quick and cute to alter. Click here for a tutorial if you need a reminder.

As this is a recycled Altoid mint tin, with printing on the lid and base, I covered both sides with some of the new Designer Series Paper – the bright and cheerful Summer Picnic. The striped strip is the other side of the same sheet, so I only had to cut into one, which pleased me as I struggle to cut into my new Designer Papers!

The flower stamp from Best Wishes & More co-ordinates perfectly with this paper, as so often with Stampin’ Up!® products, so I added a flower to the top.

I am running out of Mod Podge so I thought I’d test the theory that PVA glue amounts to pretty much the same thing. Well the result was is that it worked absolutely fine on the Designer Paper but made the ink of the flower run horribly. 

I tried again with Mod Podge, this time covering the flower before I cut it out. I discovered that, while the Mod Podge did make the ink run a little, it wasn’t as bad as with the PVA, so I made sure that the pink around the edges was uniform and went with it. If you look closely, you’ll see that there are two layers of flower on the tin now. I make mistakes so you don't have to!

To avoid any colour bleeding, I could have embossed the flower using red ink and clear embossing powder – I’ll do that next time.

I’m sure you’ll want to know what’s inside this one... emergency chocolate of course! These mini Bournevilles fit perfectly.

Stamps: Best Wishes & More
Cardstock: Bashful Blue
Paper: Summer Picnic
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon – Real Red, Sticky Strip

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  1. Cute looking tin! I should alter more things... it looks like fun :)

  2. This is pretty and I like the dp you used...great job!

  3. very cute tin! Thanks for your efforts to comment on my blog...I appreciate it! ;)

  4. This is lovely super idea too.

  5. Mmmm, chocolate! Oh, love the tin too :)

  6. Great job, Helen! This is super cute.

  7. I like your altered tin. I have to get into doing more than just my cards. That will be my challenge this week.


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