Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Top Tip #16 - Altered Tins & Metal Mickey Challenge!

Good morning all!

So where you one of our lucky winners from our two week challenge?  Make sure you scroll down below this post to check!

This weeks tip is all about altering tins...therefore our challenge is called

Metal Mickey

Get some metal like brads, or robots or anything that could be made out of metal on your creation!


Before we share this weeks tip, we have an announcement to make - we have got 5 fabulous new members in the Top Tip Tuesday team!!!  Please can you say hi to:

You will get to see their wonderful work starting from next week!!


Greetings Everyone, it's Moriah here!  Hope you had a lovely holiday season and are ready to roll up your sleeves for our next TTT tut! :)  We're altering tins this week and would love for you to join us by either altering a tin of your own or by adding metal to your project for a chance to win some fab prizes.  Here we go!

To start, I used a tomato paste can.  I adore making mini projects and this can is a nice tiny one.  Perfect for holding paint brushes, pens, or even a small bouquet. :)
Next, I peeled the label off, painted the can, and adhered some pattered paper scrap I had left over from some holiday tags I made (waste not ,want not!).  I used all different kinds of paint to make cans like these.  The specific brands this go round can be seen in the background of this pic. ;)
After I added the paper, I went over the edges with more paint and then cover the whole can with Gold Liqutex Interference paint.  It gave the whole can a nice shimmer while still letting the base colors shine through.
I added Mod Podge to the whole can after the paint was dry, but this is a step you can skip.  I only did that because I think I'll use this for a little winter bouquet and wanted to protect the paper from my clumsiness. ;)
Layered buttons  make "feet" for the can, but again this is more for aesthetics than purpose.
Since Christmas is over. :( and I hate the naked feel when all the decor gets put away, I decided to go with ice skates for my main image.  I need some post-Christmas bling in the house. :) Copics and Spicas were used to color the image with sponging of brown ink and some added snowflakes to really emphasize that wintry feeling.
Some ribbon to hang the skates tag and on to embellishing!!! (My fav part).
Voila!  A fun little altered tin to chase away wintry blues!  Hope you give this one a try this week and link us your project(s).  We'd love to see them!


Inspiration from the DT...all using DRS Images





This weeks sponsors are:

who is offering our lucky winner a $10 voucher for their store! 
DRS Designs - a family owned company since 1950 boasts hundreds of original rubber stamp designs. All images are available fully mounted, completely unmounted or mounted on cling cushion and are proudly hand crafted in the USA. Our rubber stamp collection includes a wide assortment of images including tons of sentiments, easy background designs and fun technique stamps such as our stained glass and plaid designs.  The DRS Designs website features a huge card sample gallery, online demos and tips, a secure shopping area and information on our free club, Rubber Mania Monthly. Be sure to visit our daily blog with posts from our fantastic design team for inspiration and ideas.

This weeks featured tipper prize is:

Prize 2 Fred She Said $20 voucher!
Tracey from Fred She Said says: 
Fred She Said Designs offers a wide variety of digital products with a floral flair and cute characters too - Digi's, Pre-coloured images, Papers, Sets, and Fred's Flower Kits.  Have some fun with Fred!


Remember, all you have to do to win a prize is:
  1. Create something using the theme of the challenge
  2. leave a tip (using the comment section)
  3. do both!!

    You can enter as many times as you like -  just as long as its a new creation - any back dating creations (before today's date) will be removed.

    You must also do a link to Top Tip Tuesday on your creation post.
Only someone leaving a tip can win the featured tipper prize - you can leave your tip via the comment section of the post.

Thanks for stopping by and we can't wait to see your fabulous creations!!!


  1. I have my craftroom on the top floor and the utility room in the basement so ironing something is just too much of a hazzle =). Therefor if I want to use lace that has been crumbled in the box I just spray it lightly with water (sometimes with a little perfect pearls added to make it sparkle) I just put the piece of lace through my cuttlebug. The result is a perfectly flat piece of lace without lifting my bum from the craft room, yey!

  2. Moriah - fantastic job converting that tin can into something useful. I LOVE those ice skates too - great way to 'carry on' the holiday! :)

  3. Welcome to the new team!
    Moriah this is a fab tutorial- love the reuse
    Great job team with the projects.

  4. TIP: Do NOT try punching felted cardstock you've created (scrunching it up and separating it to create two sheets of felted cardstock?) - it will JAM your punches! (I speak from experience unfortunately). Punch first, THEN scrunch up and turn into felted cardstock afterwards! Hope everyone has a happy & healthy new year!

  5. My tip will save you a lot of money if you like the looks of Flower Soft. You can make your own product that I like to call Crumbles. Get some cheap styrofoam balls, cut one in half and rub the 2 halves together, this will give you plenty of crumbs. If you want a color, all you have to do is add a couple drops of ink, food coloring or ink spray, mix it all together (either on a craft mat or in a plastic bag) and you have some colored Crumbles. Apply them to your project by putting glue onto the project and sprinkle with the Crumbles. Easy Peasy!

  6. Well, I guess this is where we should share are tip so here goes...

    For a wood look for your cardstock, you can score your paper in curved diagonals or in half ovals. Then cover it with the ink you want and there you go!

    Happy new year!!

  7. It's a fab tutorial Moriah! :) Love it!


  8. TIP-for make a rock wall on ur card visit my this post. http://priyankascreations.blogspot.com/2011/01/cave-wall-painting.html

  9. Great tutorial and gorgeous DT cards!
    My top tip is to use table confetti as embellies on your card .... I bought a huge pack of assorted coloured stars from a local garden centre for £1.50! I've used one on my card for this week, but they'll be fab for Christmas and boys cards too!

  10. Wow...this is a great blog and some really great tips. If you dampened your paper with a spray bottle before you embossed with an embossing folder, you will get a deeper design. Do not saturate your paper just a light spray.

  11. If you want to have consistent space between holes pierced for faux stitching, use a piece of plastic canvas. It's a lot easier than measuring with a ruler and a lot faster.

  12. Some great tips so far ladies :)

    Carol x

  13. Use old cheap eyeshadow compacts to distress cardstock and colour images like you would with chalks. You can get some nice metallic sheens and I have found them a better finish that the pearlescent chalks that I bought(and they were a lot cheaper too!)


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