Saturday, June 23, 2012


I am hosting a challenge on the CMB called craft wars.  The main theme is to use recyled materials in some way.  For the second challenge it is to alter a tin, box, container, etc.  I normally have been going towards the altoids tins, but I decided to try something different and alter two tin cans.

I inked some Simple Stories paper and wrapped and adhered to the inside and out of the can with matte medium.

I actually really liked this and almost stopped there and just added a little bit of embellies - but decided to go all the way.

This step freaked me out a bit.  I took a little bit of water on my finger and rubbed some of the paper off.  I was second guessing myself here.

I inked some pages from a book, tore them,  and adhered to the can with the matte medium.

I used inka gold on the top and bottom rims and the bottom of the can.  Then I used alcohol inks and the dabber in rust, caramel, latte, and copper and pounced in spots all over the can.

I added some burlap and inked.

I cut two Cheery Lynn doilies.  I sprayed with glimmer mists.  Then I added some inked and torn book pages.

I inked some I am roses with vinage photo, added a little inka gold to the stick pins and swirls, then glued on a few buttons.  I sprayed the inside of the can with a little glimmer mist so it kind of matched the distressed look of the outside.  I also added some pearl trim on the top and bottom.


Here is the back of the can.


  1. These are the best looking tin cans I've ever seen! I love all of the layering, inks and embellies. Perfect!