Sunday, March 22

National Craft Month Day 21 and 22

This has been a very good weekend.  And I have tons of alibi for not being able to create yesterday.  So for today, I tried to do something a little extra special. 
You have seen my altered TicTac containers before.  This time, I altered an Altoids tin can.  I've always liked Altoids mints and I make sure I have enough in stock.  And of course, I wasn't throwing those tin cans away. 
This project is a Mini Stationery Set.

If you've seen Altoids tin cans, the cover is embossed with its name.  So I figured that the best way to deal with that is to cover it with something that's printed to camouflage it.  I used adhesive backed fabric to cover the top, then also the inside part of the cover.  I also covered the inside walls.  My theme for this project is Japanese because the fabric I used had Japanese sakura (cherry blossoms).  I used Japanese 3D stickers for embellishment.  For the cover, I really didn't want to put anything 3D on it because this project is meant to be put in a purse.

For the stationery part, I cut white cardstock to fit the tin can.  Then I cut the corners with tje Fiskars Heritage punch.  After that, I swiped the cardstock using a Tim Holtz distress ink pad in Shabby Shutters.  Then on the lower left corner, I stamped Sakura images with Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drops in Red Gold.  I embossed the upper right corner with the same Fiskars Heritage Punch.

The challenge to this project is how to dispense each stationery from the tin can.  So with a ribbon, I adhered it in such a way that it actually lifts up the stationery as you open the tin can.  I really like the way the stationery pops out everytime you open it, then they move back inside as you close the tin. This stationery case will have a special spot in my purse and will be with me everywhere I go.  For more photos, click here.

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