Sunday, 12 October 2008

TIN-TASTIC

I came across the most fab site through a friend and if like me you love all things altered then you have to check out the Big Art Adventure challenge blog . I was in a real down mood having wanted to craft all day and not feeling in the mood...then i checked out this blog and way hay i was hunting high and low for an empty tin can to alter (thats this weeks theme BTW) so having found a can i set to work.
I've not really worked with tin before and don't have the right tools but me being me, that didn't stop me lol, i started by cutting out a heart shape from the front using a pair of old scissors, some pliers and snips, the edges were very sharp so i cut some long thin strips of funky foam, made a small slit lengthways in the foam and then fed the foam over the edges and secured with foil tape, this actually gave the cool puffiness to the heart, because the foil was visible i cut several bits and randomly stuck them round the rest of the tin so it all looked even, i then used an embossing ball tool to run it into the grooves of the can and smooth it down.

Next i inked both the inside and out using Lettuce, Stream and Denim alcohol inks, punched out several holes round the top edge with my crop-a-dile, and eyeletted. Next i stamped one of my fav stamps (the large Moth from the insects and butterflies plate by artistic stamper) onto some shrink plastic using both blue and green stazon. Shrunk them down and attached hand made jump rings to them to hang round the sides using the cord which would also be the hanging base.

I squeezed a load of PVA in the bottom of the tin and then coiled in some funky fibres to give a greenland feel, added a few small embellishments, flowers, ickle frog, a tiny tin top bead using UTEE & watch parts as the pond and my fav, the CD moth.
{this was made by stamping the Moth onto an old CD using again blue stazon, then using a heat gun to warm the disc and cutting it out slowly, heat-cut-heat-cut.. you get the picture, then added some twisted wire antenna's and attached to the tin propping a tiny bit of foam behind to bring it away from the wall a bit}
finally, i added a couple of sticky ladybugs and the tin was complete.

I had sooooooo much fun making this and look forward to the next challenge.
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xx Hugz xx

24 comments:

Rosie said...

Oh well done - such an original style and I love the way you've made it a hanging too, but most of all glad you had so much FUN! Thanks for joining us!
Love
Rosie

CraftyC said...

How cool is that Nic, I said I wanted to see it and now I have. Glad you found an altered art challenge blog, anything to a smile back on your face. TTFN
Clairex

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow this is absolutely stunning.
Fantastic Tin.

Linda said...

There's such amazing detail in this...its obvious that you enjoyed making it. Thank you SO much for joining in with our challenge, you will be a source of inspiration.
Love Linda X

Angie C said...

Oh My Gosh!!!! Nicky, this is Wwwwwwonderful - I love it.
Angie

Sam said...

OMG Nicky, that is one great work of art hun.

A Note From The Queen said...

This is AWESOME!!!!! I love the bust as well, very kewl!! Thanks for playing this week!

Mam said...

This is beautiful! Intricate and detailed and well thought out. I love it.
Nancy

Jaqi said...

OH WOW, How amazing, its beautiful, what a wonderful surprise, Im glad i popped back to see it, (I had something wrong with my internet yesterday) Its really lovely, how clever , Jaqi

Jennie said...

Gorgeous, my friend :) My mojo seems to have left me but your work is inspiring
xxxx

Carol said...

Neat to make a s enic window really cool idea!!

Brilliant
TFS

craftytrog said...

Brilliant stuff Nicky! Off to check out that challenge site!! xx

karin said...

This is gorgeous, just have to make myself one!
k
xx

Sue said...

Oh wow Nicky - good to see you back. You're braver than me with the scissors and the pliers - lol. Love the pieces for Jennie by the way ...

Susan Hickam said...

Love your tin! You put so much into it, all the details, fantastic! I just found this big art adventure blog too and had a blast making my tin(a Dryad). I think I am addicted.

inkythings said...

Fantastic - love everything about it - and yes what a great site - I've found it too!!!

Juanita said...

Wow, this is neat. I had never thought to stamp on a CD, what a neat look that has.

studiorose said...

Fabulous! Love the colors and that moth is to die for (I think I really must have one). Nice work!

Andrea said...

just brilliant atrwork x

Ann said...

fabulous Nicky!! xx

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Your tin is really fantastic, so many wonderful details! It's just brilliant!!!

Shazza said...

WOW Minxy, this is fab
x

maddy hill said...

ooooooohhhhh great tin , lovin the colours !

Kinglake said...

WOW WOW WOW absolutely fantastic!!! xx jo xx