So here it is, my altered tin:
Since it's been altered, there is of course a "before"... A Snoepjes tin, from some Dutch sweets which I guess were eaten upwards of 30 years ago, but it's been being a 'useful tin' ever since.
However, the most recent things I've been keeping in it (metal shelf supports for a bookshelf not in use) have just gone off to a new life in the Czech Republic (with the bookshelf), so I grabbed the tin and got to work.
I started by messing around with alcohol inks, Hazelnut, Rust and Ginger I believe it was, dripping and blending them onto the tin until I liked the look. Circular tins, not easy to control where the dribbles are going... fingers - very messy!
I like that the imperfections and scratches in this decades old tin give extra character to the surface texture.
I was originally inspired to try this effect by this amazing project by the extraordinary artist Die Amelie at Von Pappe II. At that point I didn't own any alcohol inks... and she's the one I blame for my subsequent giving in!
But there's also a gorgeous altered tin from Sarah at La-de-dah amongst the DT pieces, so I thought it should be rusty enough!
For the inside, which was a dull gold colour (sorry, forgot the "before" picture!), I decided to revert to my nearly favourite material at the moment, tissue paper. I stamped my Tattered Angels spray of branches and the Artistic Outpost leaf randomly across the paper in Coffee and Sepia Archival inks.
I can't seem to get enough of crafting with autumnal colours and images... so beautiful without being 'pretty-pretty' - maybe that's what it is?
So with all the Fall colours, it turns out my tin (which I actually inked several weeks ago and then left to marinate in my imagination) will also fit perfectly into Our Creative Corner's lovely Fall in the Circle challenge, as well as the Fashionable Stamping Challenge's Shades of Autumn. I love this time of year!!
I coated the inside of the tin with glue, and pressed the tissue paper down... again, circular tins don't really make life easy as far as this goes...
But in the end I got the whole thing in place, with only one small tear which, tissue paper being pretty forgiving stuff, was soon remedied.
For the embellishment, I've included some of Andy Skinner's textured rust technique, some of my own recipe, and some actually rusty metal... talk about covering the bases!
But that wasn't really the intention as I set out - I was just gathering stuff that I thought looked good together...
The tiny tag is one of Tim Holtz's Tiny Tabs and Tags, cut with the die, and then used to try out the Andy Skinner technique from his Timeworn Techniques workshop.
I timed the workshop really badly as far as other work commitments go, and am basically going to have to do the whole thing solo now from the worksheets, but I did manage to fit in this one (and the weathered ivory, and a start on the verdigris - so I guess I won't be too hard on myself!).
On the reverse side it's simply the kraft cardstock that I cut the die from, stamped with the Stampology Silhouette Blossoms, which rarely get put away these days!
Then on one of the corrugated tattered flowers which came as a freebie with one of my Funkie Junkie Boutique purchases, I played again with my own rusty recipe. If you want details, they're all on the Sonnet Mash Up post, so I won't bore you with them again.
The flower is fastened with a couple of Idea-ology flowers and a long attacher, and then backed onto some frayed loose-weave burlap which, in turn, is backed onto some nice rusty metal mesh which again I've frayed and twisted at the edges.
Another nightmare gluing-wise, like the bottles on my Halloween tags (there was some shouting at inanimate objects today)... despite the extra tooth of the twine wrapped around the lid to attach to.
Anyway, least said, soonest mended - they say!
I'm so delighted (despite the shouting) to have been able to indulge myself with time at the craft table this weekend... there's more to share with you later in the week, including one very special post, about which I'm very excited - more on that on Thursday!!
But for now, I'd like to wish you a wonderful week, and thank you again for your time and company on this exhilarating exploration, as well as your support and the inspiration you provide out there in Craftyblogland.
Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
A sword, a spade and a thought should never be allowed to rust.
I'm entering this in the following:
Rustification over at Simon Says Stamp and Show
Our Creative Corner who are playing Fall in the Circle
Hels Sheridan is helpfully looking for Metal over at the Sunday Stamper this week
Shades of Autumn at the Fashionable Stamping Challenge