Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mom Altoid Tin - Pt. I

It's time to start our Mother's Day project for this year...
An altered Altoid (type) tin filled with ATC's.

Today we're going to start off working on the front of the tin. 

If you're recycling a tin you will need to scratch up the paint on the surface of the tin.  This will give your adhesive a tooth to hold onto.

Mom Altoid Tin 001

Next, trace out the tin on whatever you want as your background...I'm using a bit of pattern paper with a lovely vintage rose on it but you could use vintage sheet music, page from a book, a fun inky background, etc. 

Cut it out and mount it on the tin.  I like to attach mine by first applying a bit of adhesive from my ATG then trace around the outside and inside with Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue.  The ATG is immediate hold while the glue is drying.   By using this method I can continue to work on the tin while the glue is drying.

Mom Altoid Tin 003

Now that the paper has been adhered, I use the sandpaper to smooth off all the excess paper.

Add a bit of ink around the edges....

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Next I inked up a few letters with Maya Mist and hit them with the heat tool to dry.  You don't have to use chipboard letters, you could use stickers, die-cuts, etc.

At this time I added a vintage woman image and then glued the letters on.

Mom Altoid Tin 005

Now begin adding your goodies...  I am using buttons and mini flowers.

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And finally I've added a few dots of Stickles Glitter Glue for a tiny bit of bling.

Mom Altoid Tin 008

I'm going to let this dry over night. 
We'll pick it up here tomorrow and finish off the tin.

I'm still working on my list of Sassy Sentiments.
Everything is taking longer than anticipated....Graber is very needy right now - LOL!!
He loves his mommy!


  1. Cool!! I have my tin and can't wait to get started!!

  2. Nice! Looks like a ton of fun. Hmmm... now I know I have a plastic full of these things somewhere.

  3. Looks fabulous already!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial Roni! I have about 10 Altoids tins that I've saved over the years and really need to do something with them!

  5. I love the tutorial. It's so easy. Usually when I read Altoid tutorials there is 20 million steps that leave me befuddled. :) Thank you so much so much.


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