Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fairy Door Altered Altoids Tin

Hello! First thing first-I am so happy to see that I have 3 followers! It means a lot to me as I am still so new to the mixed media art scene. Big thanks to my 3 peeps! Project time: This was totally a fun and frustrating project. I will tell you what NOT to do first. I learned the hard way. Here is my Fairy Door Altered Altoid Tin and ATCs.


First Don't: don't put any paper lining inside the top lid of the tin. It won't shut. 


Second Don't: don't put paper around the bottom of the tin that covers the little lips that allows the tin to close-it won't shut properly. I used lace to cover the edge of the paper that I messed up. Sshhhh!


Those are the big problems I ran into. Okay, onto the break down

First I cut all my paper to glue to the tin. I edged the papers with a purplish/pink chalk ink and then glued the papers using Mod Podge (love the stuff)! While that was drying I cut my ATCs to fit in the tin. 


Next I grabbed some polymer clay and set to work creating my fairy door, rocks (I didn't use these) and flower stems. I hand designed everything you see. I baked all items, let it cool down and painted everything with acrylic paints and Silks. This was my first time using clay. Fun stuff!


After that was all dry I glued my door to the front of the tin lid with Tombow glue and added some moss, the flower stems with glittery flowers and the grass moss at the bottom of the door. 


Now we turn to the inside part of the lid. I added a fairy, a mushroom (painted with Gesso and metallic purple acrylic paint), flowers and a small vial that had Wish Dust in it. So cute!

I then decided to start the ATCs that go in the tin. You can put anything or do anything for this part. I used everything from my stash. I used a pink ribbon as the "hinge" to fold the ATCs up in the tin and as the "handle" to pull it out. Don't use too many embellies or the lid won't shut-but if you do, grab a paperclip and clip the ATCs together so they don't spew out. 





Put all your parts together and Viola! Fairy Door Altered Altoid Tin with ATCs.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments. It brightens my day! Carpe Diem! ~Niki

This project will be shared with the following:

Altered Eclectics-Anything Goes HERE

Craft Hoarders Anonymous-School/Office supplies. HERE I used the paperclip to keep all the ATCs from spilling out-may have gone overboard on embellies. Oops!

Try It on Tuesday-Recycle It. HERE I recycled the Altoid Tin my hubby was going to throw away. 

Left of Center-anything goes in the mythical category. HERE

The Mirror Crack'd-Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge #1. HERE

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge-Color challenge. HERE I used the pinks and garden feel from the photo. 





60 comments:

  1. Oh this is fabulous! I love the detail and work that you've put into this altered tin! It's awesome! Thanks for finding us at Left of Center! We hope you'll join us again too! Mo dt coordinator xxx

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    1. Thanks Mo. I just found your blog and will definitely play again. I am totally LOC. Lol!

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  2. This is such a pretty project! I love to use tins, and you have really done this one justice!

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    1. Why thank you very much Sara. This is my first but not my last. :)

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  3. Love this - that little fairy door is too cute! x

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    1. Polymer clay is so easy to mold and manipulate Claire. I think the hardest part was putting the paint on because I didn't want to ruin it.

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  4. This is such a creative project! I love the way you used the paper clip! Thanks for playing along at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  5. Thanks Glenda! I used thick embellies and wasn't even thinking about how the tags would fit in the tin until O saw it wouldn't fit. Hehe! Paperclip to the rescue!

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  6. I have been holding on to empty tins waiting for some inspiration. Thank you - you have really inspired me with your creations. I love them all.

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  7. Janine-that is one of the biggest compliments an artist can get-to inspire others. Thanks so very much and I can't wait to see what you create with your tins! Hugs. ~Niki

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  8. A fantastic recycled tin. Wonderful details. Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's this time.
    Yvonne

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  9. Thanks Yvonne. I have decided I need more tins because this was a very cute project. Lol!

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  10. What a stunning project with lots of beautiful details.
    Thanks for joining The Mirror Crack'd challenge.

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  11. Thanks Lucyna! I just found your blog the other night and am excited for y'all! Love mixed media challenges.

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  12. This is fabulous - love it hun..Thank you for sharing with us Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you in future challenges
    Hugz Elaine aka Ellapu x

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    1. Thanks Elaine! I am getting more and more into altered items.

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  13. woooow this is just fabulous! I had to come over from the entries at Left of Center challenge. I was joining in and saw this. You are incredibly talented and creative. Just loooooove this! So I became your latest follower. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

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    1. Vicky you are just too sweet. And thanks for being my 4th! Lol! I am so happy you stopped by and I will be checking out your stuff as well. Hugs! ~Niki

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  14. Your fairy door is out of this world, which is appropriate really for a fantasy project!

    Just stunning!

    Thanks so much for joining in and supporting our first ever challenge.

    Lin
    The Mirror Crack'd

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    1. Lin-that was awesome. I am going to make a little fairy door to add to my front entry way so my nieces can play the fairy game while they visit me. It will be fun.

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  15. Love your fairy door. It's an awesome altered project. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  16. Thanks Donna. MMMC was my first challenge I entered and I haven't stopped since because this is just too much fun!

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  17. Great idea to recyle that altoid tin. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. I didn't know that Altoid tins could be so useful but I am glad I did save it. Thanks Donna!

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  18. Great altered project. Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics September Challenge.

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    1. Sure thing Vickie! And thank you for stopping by.

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  19. Love your take on the challenge. So, creative and cute. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

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    1. I have to try more TIOT (but on Thursdays). Lol! Thanks Zandra!

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  20. this is stunning, love it:0)
    thank you for joining our mixed media challenge at TMC!
    grtz Jolanda

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  21. Very creative and pretty! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  22. Your fairy altered tin is beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics September Challenge.

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  23. Wow....a lot if work and detail went into this beautiful tin! Fantastic job!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I just checked out your blog as well and left you some love. Hugs!

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  24. Oh wow. What a fabulous project!

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  25. I just love the whimsy of this adorable altered tin. Your fairy door looks amazing! I've never worked with polymer clay, so I'm very impressed. So many lovely little details, like the moss around the door and the sweet little ATC cards. It's clear you put a lot of love, time and thought into this darling tin. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Kathy-this was my first time with polymer clay and it was really easy to work with and paint as well. So glad you like it.

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  26. This is so beautiful So creative and you did a fab job with the tin! Loved your cute little door and the fairy.

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    1. Thank you very much Rupa and thanks for stopping by.

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  27. Simply awesome! Love the fairy door you created. Thanks os much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

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  28. I have an altoids tin woo hoo........now to see what I can do with it. What a beautiful project but then I adore fairies. Great job.
    Janice.........following you

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  29. Wow! Thanks Janice. I hope to see what you create with your tin! Just have fun. Hugs. ~Niki

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  30. Wow What an amazing transformation and thanks for o=pointing out the pitfalls

    Have a great crafty day

    Hilda x

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    1. Hilda-you are very welcome and thanks for stopping by.

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  31. Beautiful project, thanks for joining us at TIOT Valerie

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  32. Awesome altered project. Thanks for sharing the don'ts - I love that!!! Love all the details and thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Color Challenge!

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  33. Sure thing Lynn! Everyone doesn't have to learn the hard way. Lol.

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  34. This is wonderful!! Lovely project! Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  35. Thank you Debbie and thanks for stopping by my blog. Hugs!

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  36. this is beautiful! ive always wanted to create an altered tin. i love the little fairy door :) Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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  37. Thank you Rachel. I can't wait to see yours if you decide to make one.

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  38. Very cute way to alter an tin...Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  39. Super cute. Plus, my son said that an Altoids tin is also office supplies because you can buy them at Staples. hee hee This is really creative! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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