I have just taken part in a swap to alter an Altoids mints tin and to fill with Autumn fall coloured buttons.
Having found out that though Altoids is a British product it is exported mainly to America I went on line and found a shop selling them on Amazon. Managed to get one of the remaining two that they had in stock. Phew!!
The tin needed a base coat first so I coated the outside using "Jo Sonja's " velvet matte finish paint in Unbleached Titanium. I had already started to paint when I realised I should have taken a picture of the unaltered tin first. Remembered just in time!
Next up find the buttons to go inside. This is where I lost 2 days choosing and making my selection! I even made some shrink plastic ones . I love using this product as it is so versitile.
The swap said a minimum of 40 buttons but I managed to cram in a whopping 66. Hows that for value.
The inside of the tin lid and base I covered in cream satin material and a shrink plastic butterfly
(my theme for this year). I used cream lace to go round the tin lid and base of outside of tin. With
opening and shutting of the lid I found that the paint was begining to wear off around the rim of the tin so I combated that by using some' Inka Gold' metal gloss paint rubbing in well to a nice high sheen.
I really went to town on the lid as my partner said she was a girly girl. Using autumn colours I made some flowers and stamped leaves (using Forest Moss ink) from white cardstock. I coloured using distress ink in Wild Honey and Firebrick Red. Just inked my craft sheet with each colour, spritzed with water and then dropped each petal and leaf onto it and moved around to get the colour effect I wanted. Scrunched the petals up and allowed to dry then glued together. Some more shrink plastic butterflies, scrap of lace, ribbon and an acorn pinched from The Boys stash of nuts and the tin was complete.
I just about managed to shut the lid of the tin without resorting to sitting on it!!
Would like to enter into the following challenges.
Crafty Ribbons: Ribbon & Lace.
C.R.A.F.T. challenges: Autumn.
By the cute & Girly: Anything Goes.
Stamps R Us: Natures Gifts.