Monday, November 26, 2012

The Angel is in the Details

I'm so excited to be a part of Ink Stains 5th Anniversary Celebration!  Roni is one of our beloved Design Team Members here at StampersBest.  
As the owner of, I have little time to craft these days.  However, I love, love, love artwork, painting, sewing, stamping, the works!  I'm so glad Roni asked me to be a part of this hop :-)

Roni is giving away some wonderful prizes on this hop (see her blog), including a Vera Bradley bag full of crafting goodies! You can also enter to win prizes by being a part of this hop by creating your own altered Altoid tin by Dec. 8th, so come play along....}

For my project, I stamped, embossed, glued, painted, colored, and sewed a pillow for the inside of my keepsake box.  I even created a matching button for the little pillow, reminiscent of an old velvet chair.  Here's what I did:

The Stamping, Embossing, Glittering, Painting, Coloring...
(Pictured below) top view of altered tin

Outside Tin Cover Top:
Blue embossing powder
Versamark Stamp Pad
Watercolor Paper
Water Pen (instead of paint brush)
Blue Glitter
Button covered with glitter
The button was made from a brown plastic shirt button, blue glitter and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.
For the glitter edges, I used layers of Ranger's Glossy Accents (thicker than the Mod Podge) with the blue glitter.

The Sewing Part of the Project....
Inside of Altered Altoid Tin:
Silk Men's Tie (include the stiffener layer when you cut the tie)
Glue, like E-6000
Altered Tin Printable Template, see pdf below.

The Coloring Part....
Markers Used:
I used the "Ink Stained" Sharpie brand of permanent markers to line the edges of the tin and clean up the glitter edges.  They worked great on metal.

More Stamping and Coloring.......
Bottom of Altered Altoid Tin:
StazOn Black ink
Watercolor paper, again
Jewelry pieces (for the feet)
E-6000 glue
Red ribbon with adhesive tape for around the outside bottom of the tin.

(Pictured above is the bottom view of the tin)

I've provided a printable .pdf file that has the patterns for the tops, insides and bottom of an Altoid Tin (above).  It's free to use for YOUR altered tin project.  Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. Very cool! I've seen some cool ties at the local thrift store - thanks for the idea! I just love being part of this -- so much fun!

    Kay #12

  2. Susan, your tin is amazing!! Sewing and everything ~ I am so impressed!!! What a rockin' idea to use old ties. Now how cool is that?!?!? You are amazing woman! I'm so glad I was able to get you out of the "shop" and play a bit. It's so much fun to see your crafty side!

    Thank you so much for sharing your precious time with me, us, Ink Stains, etc. I appreciate it!!

  3. Your use of the tie is incredible. I was especially pleased because I have a lot of ties I don't know what to do with. Your tin inspired me. I love it!

  4. Very nice. I love the use of the tie and jewelery findings.

  5. Very nice! clever use for old ties.

  6. Fabulous! Thanks for the templates.

  7. Cool way to use a tie! Love your tin!

  8. Not sure which I like better the inside or the outside! Great job, makes me want to cut up ties! UH OH!

  9. Absolutely beautiful!! Plus I love your creativity to make a pillow for the inside!! Sorry for the late visit for the hop, but I was away on vacation last week when the hop posted and I'm catching up now on visiting everyone!