Sunday 9 December 2012


Today I want to share a project with you, that is only one part of a present for Xmas: an altered tin box. Its' content will be shown in an extra post, when it is finished ;)

I made this box from a "Fossil" wrist watch tin box, I once got, which originally looks like this:

First I scrubbed off the printed surface with some sanding paper. Then I treated the box with alcohol inks "rust", "juniper" and "sunset" (my favorite mixture). I also added some embossing with Ranger's "Antiquities" embossing powders "verdigris" and "rust" in some areas.

In the meantime I gave a lace ribbon a bath in diluted "vintage photo" Distress ink, then gave it also some sprays of Adirondack Color Wash "Stream" and rinsed it under water to lighten the stains I had created this way (as the color washes are rather intense).

I also aged one of the Tim Holtz idea-ology book plates with some "rust" and created a panel from a scrap from one of my Prima paper stashes or maybe BoBunny's "et cetera" stash - I am not sure any more, which I stamped the word "buttons" on (the deeper meaning of this will be revealed in the other post that's to come some of these days).

 I covered the panel with "crackle accents" and let that dry.

To give the new surface of the tin box more depth, I also stamped some scratches with Archival ink "sepia" onto it using the Impression Obsession Cover A Card stamp. I sprinkled some Maya Myst "Espresso" onto it too, to add some stains.

Then I glued the ribbon, the book plate and a Prima Flower together with one of the Tim Holtz idea-ology "custom fasteners" onto the box, using Pattex glue, which especially works with non porous surfaces like metal.

Hope, you like the result!

Thank you for stopping by and having a look around!

die amelie xx


  1. Utterly inspiring Claudia. Your use of alcohol inks and embossing powders has transformed this tin into a work of art. Hugs, Jenny x

  2. Beautiful, such a stunning colour combo and the textures look amazing. will look forward to seeing the insides x

  3. Oh I and I'm sure all others will 'love the result'. Stunningly beautiful piece Claudia! What treasure! Nicola x

  4. Loving the gorgeous rustic look and patina on your beautiful altered box. Fab work. xx

  5. This is so wonderful, Claudia! The patina you have achieved, and the amazing textures are fantastic - especially love the bookplate! Another sensational piece of altered art from you...

    I'm not surprised you've had to put a stop to the individual answering - I've no idea how you found the time at all!! It certainly won't stop me from coming - I know how inspired I'll be by the visit!!

    Alison xx

  6. Und gleich mal ein Foto zu Fossil schicken, damit sie sehen können...wie unwahrscheinlich schön so eine Uhrenverpackung aussehen kann, wenn sich die Richtigen ihrer annehmen. Herrlich, vor allem die Patina Elemente haben es mir angetan.
    Ich hoffe, du hattest einen schönen 2. Advent, liebe Claudia.

  7. A beautiful work of art; I am looking forward to seeing the buttons too. Vee xx

  8. This is remarkable, the depth of patina and the faux rust, I want to reach out and touch the surface as it just looks so special.
    What an amazing gift you have created and I cannot wait to discover what the second part of the gift will be.
    A fabulous post.

  9. grandios geALTered... wunderbar sieht die aus .. zum Verlieben schön!

  10. Thank you all so very much for your kind comments!!!!

    Claudia xx

  11. What a gorgeous creations - it looks beautiful!

  12. Eine wunderschön gealterte box, ich bin schon auf den Inhalt gespannt.

  13. What a fabulous creation, love every bit of it! A truly awesome altered piece this is with such fab colours!! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, take care, Ira x

  14. WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW !!! The most beautiful altered tin I have ever seen... you've got my address don't you? LOL

  15. No, even better, I will come crafting with you a day or two!

  16. Absolutely stunning. Your rust looks so real, gorgeous coloring.What a wonderful gift.

  17. Hallo Claudia, umwerfend was Du aus dieser schnöden Box gewerkelt hast, einfach großartig.

  18. Such a stunning altered box! I love the effects of the alcohol favourite! So real looking...stunning!
    Dot x


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