For Christmas, my daughter gave me a gift card from Michaels and it came in this little tin.
I decided to try something new and alter it so I took the little felt card holder out of it and got to work changing it into this sewing kit.
I started by painting the whole tin inside and out with No Prep Black Metal Paint from Deco Art. Once it was dry I coated the outside with Folk Art Crackle Medium - something I bought a whiole back but had not used. Once that was dry I mixed Clear Blue Acrylic Craft Paint from Accent and Seafoam Acrylic Craft Paint from Folk Art into some Liquitex Gesso and covered the outside. I painted all my embellishments with the black paint and then set everything aside to dry overnight.
The embellishments are a flower brad (back removed) from Making Memories, a large metal flower, filigree corner, metal scissors and metal leaf from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, rose from Wild Orchid Crafts, paper flowers from Recollections and WalMart, metal ruler from Bead Landing, metal heart from Dollarama, mini clothespins from Recollections, lace and a small metal flower from my stash.
The next day I painted the outside of the tin and all the embellishments with another coat of Crackle Medium and let them dry thoroughly. Then I painted everything with a coat of the Seafoam paint and again let everything dry overnight.
To make the inside I cut two pieces of paper from a My Mind's Eye paper pad called blush and rounded the corners. Next I took some Broken China Distress Ink from Ranger and inked through a stencil from TCW called Ledger.
Next I used Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger to stamp a number of sewing related images from a TPC Studio set called Vintage Threads, another TPC Studio set called Vintage Crafting and the HP1213 set from Paper Artsy. Finally I distressed the edges with my scissors and some more Broken China DI.
Finally I gave everything some highlights with some Aquamarine and Classic Treasure Gold wax paste and then glue all the embellishments down.
This was a super fun project to make even though it required lots of hand washing/scrubbing and my nails look horrible. Note to self: wear latex gloves next time. :)
I am going to enter this project in the following challenges:
Artist Trading Post Exchange - Fresh Beginnings
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Choose Your Challenge (I chose 1. paint, 2. lace, 3 stamping, 4. metal and 5. flowers)
Our Creative Corner - Christmas Leftovers
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Something New for the New Year (I have never altered a tin)
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Twist - Use Something Recycled (The gift card tin is my recycled item)
613 Avenue - 1001 Techniques
Country View Challenges - Use Something New To You (Crackle Medium)