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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Songbird designed for Happydaze




Inspired by Sam's altered altoid tins, I thought I would make my husband an altered tin. He plays the mandolin and is always misplacing his plectrums LOL, this little tin is the ideal size to store them in. I bought two of these tiny mint tins from Aldi for just over a £1.

I started by giving the tin a coat of gesso. Then two coats of cream matt emulsion.  I then stamped the cute little birds from Prima Songbird and the text stamp from Artist outpost Bluebird plate, in archival ink on the sides and the bottom of the tin. I painted the stamped images with distress inks in Barn door, Dusty concord, spiced marmalade and broken china. Then I buffed more broken china all around the edges.
I used a gold leafing pen around the top edge of the tin and finished with a coat of varnish.

A quick reminder about the current Happy Daze Challenge which  you still have time to enter. It is "March to your own tune" So anything with a musical theme.  One lucky winner will be drawn at random to win a  £15 voucher and free P&P to spend in the Happy Daze shop. Maximum of 3 entries per person & you must use at least one product which can be purchased in the Happy Daze shop.
  • You can enter by blogging you address to the linky widget here
  • emailing your picture to info@happy-daze.net
  • uploading your photo to their facebook page

8 comments:

Ann B said...

Useful and beautiful, love the stamps as well. I'm doing a mini tin for our stamping group challenge but the tissue tape I covered the lid with is upside down :-(

Deborah said...

Lovely little tin, beautifully decorated. May I ask what you used to apply the paint with?

Astrid Maclean said...

Great altered altoid Paula and such a lovely idea! Thanks for the tip on where to get these too, I've had friends send them over from the States before cos I could not find them here...

florenceandfreddie said...

Gorgeous little tin Paula. Beautifully decorated as always. Must look out for these mint tins.
Regards Florence xx

Yvonne Garner said...

Love this!!! Funny we are both using the same stamp set. Look forward to seeing what you come up with for the main image. I know it will be absolutely gorgeous. Best wishes, Yvonne

Cath Wilson said...

This is beautiful and, as you say, the perfect size for plectrums - I have some of those hanging around somewhere but can never find one when I need one!

Samantha Read said...

This is gorgeous! :O) x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Your altered tin looks fab, love all the birds.