Saturday, October 17, 2009

An altered tin

Ok, I'll admit it. I don't do very many altered projects. Mostly because I have *no* idea what to do with them when they're done. Nor do I have space in which to keep them! :) Plus I HATE to dust.
Every once in a while I get bitten by the bug of altering. I fight it, really I do, but it sneaks up on me and I end up altering like a madwoman (while muttering in my head). Really, I can only keep so many, and friends and family only *want* so many before they start avoiding you - especially when you're carrying something! lol
I digress. (an aftereffect of altering, I swear)
I saw this adorable little tin last time I was at Archiver's and it ended up in my basket before I could say no. What's a girl to do?
First I decided to cover all that white. After much rummaging I found some brown mulberry paper that looked fabulous pounced with my Mission Bells Brown Starburst Stain. I let it dry and covered the edges of the top and the base of the tin. Then some delicious green paper from GCD and a little red from Basic Grey. I used nesties for the oval & ribbon tag - everything else was cut by hand.
The silver edges seemed to stick out too much so I ran my Pale Gold Krylon pen around any silver edges I could see (and some edges of the paper). I used some white rubons that my friend got for me some time ago (sorry, don't know where they're from). Brown ribbon (also from that same trip to Archiver's) tied the ribbon tag on to the front. (anyone got pointers for getting those on - easily?)
But it was still missing something. More ribbon! :)
As you can see, I went a little wild with the ribbon at that point.
All of those pieces were tied to a length of the original brown ribbon (what?? I have a lot of ribbon!) then glued down. No, I don't imagine that they're on there permanently, but it should hold up to casual use.
So. Now what? What do *you* do with all those nifty altered items? Any ideas will be gratefully considered! :)
Thanks for dropping by!


Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

How about make these for fabulously gorgeous gift wraps to be used and reused...

I decorated some round hat boxes one year as wrappings for Christmas presents. They looked great under the tree, store by nesting and have been reused every year since.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Fabulous! That mulberry paper looks so amazing and the ribbons on top--wicked!

lauren said...

ooohOOHoooOoOOOoOooh! ribbons-a-GO-GO!!! i loooooove that look, but i would have never ever thought to do it on the top of a tin in a shabby-chich earth-tone sort of way! awesome! the whole thing is, actually.

i only tend to alter if i have a specific gift recipient in mind, or a use for said item at home. of course, if i worked at this sort of level, i'd probably do a lot more! but WOW this would make the world's COOLEST giftwrap for a small present! and you KNOW the person would save it and wrap someone else's gift with it...the ultimate reuse/recycle scenario!!! i think you probably owe it to the earth to make more o'these! :)