Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Inks Stains Blog-A-Versary!

Roni has been running her very successful and super inspirational blog for 5 years!!
I have taken part in two charm swaps on the Ink Stains Blog and now I am taking part in my first ever blog hop.
Roni put out the challenge to alter an Altoids Mints Tin.  We don’t get them here but the ever generous Roni sent me two! Bless her.  I won one in a random draw, filled with goodies from her stash, and the other she sent as a container for my returned Christmas Charms from the swap.
I have altered my first one and have loads of ideas for the second one.
It started out like this:
Progressed to this:
and now looks like this:
I painted the tin with gesso and while it was wet I roughly placed down some printed tissue paper and let it dry.  I then added a coat of iridescent medium for a wee bit of sparkle. I used 3 curly paper flowers and a resin piece (bunch of grapes) I had made and painted with nail polish. I wrapped some purple grosgrain ribbon around the tin and to cover the join I added the flower cluster on the front.  This  is another a resin piece that I made and I just added some colour to the leaves.  I had some knob-whatsits hiding in my stash so I added those to the bottom for feet, and lined the tin with handmade paper I had in a drawer.  It was the perfect colour so I was really pleased.
Thanks for stopping in on your journey through the links on the Ink Stains Blog or if you have stopped by as a regular peep.
Cheers, Esther


  1. purple is awesome! Love the texture on the top! great tin!

  2. Hi Esther,

    Love the purple! The grapes remind me of an Aunt and Uncle that used to live smack in the middle of a grape vineyard. Oh, those were the days!

    I'm number 12 in the link party.


  3. Esther ~ your tin is perfect! I love how you added the tissue to the outside and the colors are beautiful ~ fingernail polish! Who'd have thought. Makes me want to run and dig mine out and see what I can color with it - LOL!!

    Thank you so much for joining the charm swaps and altering the tin! I hope you had fun :)

  4. I was totally impressed with this tin, and of course the resin grapes you painted with nail polish. Very creative. You did a fantastic job with this tin!!

  5. Isn't it amazing how one idea inspires another? Your tin is great. The purple is great touch.

  6. I love it Esther absolutely gorgeous!!!

  7. Fabulous tin, I love the colors!

  8. What a beauty! Handmade grapes! Wow!

  9. What a striking color! You mixed some of my favorites, vintage text and purple! GREAT TIN.

  10. It's a beauty!! Thanks for sharing the tip to stick tissue on top of wet gesso. Sorry for the late visit for the hop, but I was away on vacation last week when the hop posted and I'm catching up now on visiting everyone!