Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Skeleton Altered tin

I altered another Altoids tin for a swap. I had joined what was called a Handmade Etsy Swap, where you bought at least one thing off of Etsy. I really wanted to alter a tin for my partner. When I found out that she really liked skulls and Day of the Dead, I was a little stumped. Skeletons and Halloween are not something I'm really that into. I have joined a couple Halloween swaps in the past, mainly to push my comfort zones and to make something. So, I dug out what little I had and it all sat on my floor for way too long.
I finally ended up with this:
 I covered the tin with black tissue paper. The front has been sprayed with a glimmer mist, I know you can't tell, but it was a teal and gold. I added the punched bones for a frame and could not figure out what to put in the middle. I originally was going to use a plastic glow-in-the-dark skull, but the glue wouldn't stick to the tin (I think it was because I was too impatient in letting it dry.). I had found this skeleton 'cameo' in my stash, pretty sure I got it in a swap and wanted to use it, but could not figure out how. The frame she is in, is from a set of wedding picks. It had a wedding cake sticker on it and I found that the cameo fit in perfectly, so I took out the sticker and glued her in. I LOVE how the front turned out.
The inside, I still love, but not as much as the front. I had painted the inside black, because I accidentally cut the paper a little too small. I really like this paper with the ghostly branches on the sides. The skeleton on the left side was originally a keychain, and I thought it kinda looked like something she had on her favorites on Etsy, so I was just going to give it to her, but that wasn't as fun. It's what got the whole tin rolling. The other two skeletons on the left side are stickers, that I carefully cut around, they did not want to stick to the paper and kept peeling off, so I finally coated it with mod podge. The two dancing skeletons were buttons that I took the backs off of, and the skull at the top is a charm I had gotten in another swap.
I didn't take a picture of the back, but it's pretty boring, I just put some skull punches and a piece of paper saying handmade by me.
My partner sent me an email saying she had gotten her package yesterday and that I "made the coolest little casket thing". I thought that was pretty good praise.


Createology said...

You did a great job on altering this Altoid tin. I really like that you customized it for your swap partner's likes. Embracing Creative Bliss...

The Junque Seeker said...

Your tin look great! I especially like the texture on the front and the center emblem. Very creative!