Recently I entered a swap on UK Stampers to alter a 400g tin. After a lot of contemplation I decided that I wanted it to be very industrial looking and was heavily influenced by the Steampunk style of artwork, which is very popular at the moment. After I had finished it I was partaking in a little of my other favourite pastime (other than crafting, that is! lol!), which is bloghopping and I came across two blog challenges that my newly altered tin was suitable for. So, I decided to enter it in them as well. One was the Grungy Monday Challenge Blog www.studiol3.blogspot.com/2011/11/grungy-monday-28-and-great-big-prize.html and the theme was "Techniques of Tim - Great Pumpkin Challenge" using the techniques of metal embossing and alcohol inks, both of which I utilised in this project. Here is a link to the pumpkin that Tim created, it's amazing as always and well worth a look www.timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/11/rangers-great-pumpkin-challenge.html . The other was the Creations by Gill M blog www.creationsbygillm.blogspot.com/2011/11/cbgm-blog-challenge-20-recycling.html ,whose challenge was to recycle something. As my tin had originally been a can of Heinz Tomato soup my daughter had for dinner I thought that it fitted the criteria.
So, onto how I made this altered tin. I firstly embossed some foil with a cuttlebug embossing folder then adhered it to the tin using red-line tape. I put copper memory foil around the top and bottom to hide the join, and then alcohol inked the inside and outside of the tin.
I die cut the cogs from aluminun foil covered grungeboard using a Tim Holtz Alteration Die and coloured them with alcohol inks. I stamped the steampunk image from a Paperartsy set onto some of their metal foil card, cut out and attached to the tin with glue gel. I then added the grungeboard clogs and embellished the tin with Ideaology metal cogs, a book plate with another stamped image from the same stamp plate in it which was sealed with Glossy Accents, chain, jump rings, clasps and tags.
For the base I die cut a scalloped circle from grungeboard, painted it with black acrylic paint, embossed using the same embossing folder, sanded it to reveal the core and highlighted it with Inka Gold in Lava Gold. I attached it to the bottom of the tin with glue gel and then attached four small cotton reels that I had also painted black and highlighted with Inka Gold.
And there you have it my take on a Steampunk themed altered tin. Hard to believe that it used to be a Heinze Tomato Soup tin isn't it?