Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's On Your Workspace Wednesday

OK, I'm late, and this picture is not actually on my workspace this week, but I needed to take the pictures before the sun was completely gone on Monday, and I had to mail it yesterday.
So WOYWW? it's an altered Altoid tin I did for a swap.
Quite a few years ago, my mother and I went to a class on using UTEE on Altoid tins, our instructor had already burned off the paint on her stove. We've found the best way to burn off the paint (though it could be different now), was to hold it over a gas flame on a stove set to high. Unfortunately, neither of us has a gas stove anymore, so I thought I'd try a candle, same principle right? Well, either Altoids has changed the way they paint their boxes or candles just don't give off enough heat, or I was impatient, or everything together, it didn't actually burn the paint off, so I finally gave up, and just added the UTEE over the top.
This is the front of the tin, after building up my UTEE layer, I added black, gold, silver, and copper embossing powders. I then added this leftover sticker backing I had laying on my floor, some leaf punches and some melted tinsel to it:
And here is the inside:
I also did the UTEE layering and then added terra cotta, butterscotch and hunter green embossing powders. Then I added the plastic leaves, the twigs from my yard, the pumpkin, an acorn stamped image, and the copper leaf to it.
I also added some left over stamped bookpages from my last ATC project and a piece of orange vellum, on which I wrote happy Fall, to the inside of the lid. Of course I did that later Monday night, and didn't get a picture of it.
If you want to know what WOYWW is, go on over to Julia's to find out.
Also, don't forget to go here for my Halloween giveaway, it ends on the 20th.

30 comments:

peggy gatto said...

Fun, halloween goodies!

sasa said...

Great little tin - glad you didn't go up in flames. You can just gesso paint over the tins and go from there.

Thanks for sharing...
Sarah (sasa 10)

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Love the tin...what a fab surprise when you open it!

A.xx(29)

Helen said...

great tin. glad you didn't burn yourself!

Jan said...

This is SO cool! Love it!

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

How lovely!

Carola Bartz said...

I like how this Altoid tin turned out! Wow!

Hope said...

This is really cool! I love the affect. What can you make out of olive pits & super glue? Thanks for visiting!
XO~Hope

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, this is so beautiful...what a fabulous tin...it turned out so perfect!!!
XO
Cindy

Home and Heart said...

How cute and clever!!

Neet said...

Great tin - love the inside that you decorated as well. #142

La Dolce Vita said...

thanks for stopping by Bell'Antico, adorable tin and cute blog!

Anita said...

Thanks for the comment. I love ledger paper too- you canbe sure I'm keeping some. Last year I got 4 books from a bank that closed in Springville Iowa- over 2000 pages...I JUST sold the last pages....

Linda said...

This is really a fun piece! I've never tried a project like this before! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your nice comments! I'm a new follower of yours, too!

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow - what a great finish! I altered qwuite alot of Altoid tins in my time and not once went to the trouble of stripping off the paint - although a couple times I sanded them to get a better 'key'. M&S do mints in the same tins - dark green..very helpful!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Well, I finally got here to see your desk. I love, love, love this altered tin. Right up my ally. Sorry I'm so late this week. I kept getting that dreaded 503 error and finally just gave up. Happy belated WOYWW (#2).

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, fabulous Halloween tin--and amazing what you did with all the effects--it is great!!!
XO

agypsyangel said...

that turned out pretty neat :) I just ordered some utee....
Hope you have a great day!

Sandy Michelle said...

Thsi si wonderful. I love the textures and colors.Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Happy Fall!
Sandy xox

Jan said...

very pretty and I love the inside of this tin!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and to answer your question the little bottles with the metal lid had ice cream flavors in them They were a gift so I don't know where she bought them..the other little bottle, I found at a thrift store. I love little bottles and collect them.

Low Tide High Style said...

What a great way to re-purpose a simple tin. It turned out beautifully!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I hope you get your own wonderful dog some day!

Kat :)

Roselle said...

Very imaginative. It came out so cute! Thanks for visiting my blog :)
Roselle

Lorraine said...

marvellous grungy tin

Donnie said...

That turned out really well. Looks like it was really difficult though.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Great project, it looks adorable!!! Blessings~~ Daphne

Leann said...

Love the look that you achieved...such fun!

Enjoy the weekend!
Leann

The Vintage Dresser said...

Love your creations! I became a follower. Thanks for commenting on my blog the other day!

Donnie said...

Hey Wendy, I sent an email but I also wanted to thank you on your blog for the Halloween giveaway I won. You really outdid yourself with so many lovely things in the package. I'm all set for next year now. Take care and Thanks again.

Lynne said...

Wow! Just love the tin it gorgeous, that orange is so vibrant. Thanks for stopping by mine. L x

Fabric Art said...

Oh - your altered tin is wonderful, great colors, love the surprise inside.
Anni