Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Tim Holtz Tin Tutorial

Good morning everyone!

I only recently prepared a tutorial using Tim Holtz stuff only. It originally was meant for a different blog but things angled off so I am able to share it with you right now.

I had a plain tin with ATCs in it and decided it finally was time for it to be altered. I started with my beloved alcohol inks and gave my tin a coat of "Juniper", "Sunset Orange", "Terracotta", "Stream" and  "Salt Blue Ocean".

Then I went through my Tim Holtz stuff looking for the perfect idea-ology for embellishing and found the beautiful ornate bookplates which were just perfect. Once I had it as my center piece I knew what to do with its "surroundings".

I used Distress embossing ink and Ranger embossing powders "old paper" and "rust" to stamp and heat emboss a harlequin border to both sides - leaving the middle for the ornate bookplate, who was given a treatment with both embossing powders too.

For the panel that was to fit the book plate I stamped only part of a Tim Holtz "Way with words" stamp with Ranger jet black archival ink.

To do so I inked the stamp and then wiped off all the ink around the word I wanted to use. 

I then marked the size of the panel with a pencil so it would fit with the book plate. When cutting it out I added some additional 2 mm width on all sides (so I could glue the panel behind the plate once it was finished).

After that I blended my stamped panel with Distress ink "Vintage photo" to tone it down. 

It was then given three coats of clear UTEE which I cracked once it had hardened. 

To make the cracks more visible I squished in some Distress stain "brushed corduroy".

Now my panel was ready to be glued behind the ornate bookplate. 

 To fix the bookplate to the tin's lid I had to punch two holes for the brads, which I used a nail and a hammer for. I set the lid on top of my bench vice and saw to it that the nail could go right through on the other side.

Once my bookplate was fixed to the lid with the brads I was done! I hope you like it! As I love altering tins I had great fun turning it into a tiny treasure (ATC) box. Thank you for visiting and enjoy the close ups:


  1. Absolutely stunning altered box Claudia! I love the colour combo of those Alcohol Inks and the stamping on either side of the ornate plate looks fantastic. Thanks also for the reminder of the cracked UTEE, it looks brilliant! Such a cool technique that...

  2. Oh Mann oh Mann das sieht vielleicht guuut aus!
    Ich bin begeistert .. perfekt und genial bin in den kleinsten Winkel ..und mit Anleitung!
    PERFEKT Claudia!
    Danke für Deine viele Mühe und dass Du uns an Deiner Fertigkeit und Deinem Wissen so großzügig teilhaben lässt!


  3. Great job on the little tin! I love the colors you used, and the bookplate is just right.

  4. Wow thank you for sharing this tutorial with us Claudia, I should use my alcohol inks more and this is great inspiration! ...I love your box, specially i love how you change ornate frame! Hugs from Slovenia

  5. What a great tin. I love the alcohol inks and the embossing on the sides of the top. The bookplate with the cracked UTEE is a great technique!

  6. What a great work , Claudia! Totally adorable!

  7. This is stunning Claudia! The use of alcohol inks is a great technique. All your layers are subtle yet striking. I really love this. Great job:)

  8. eine wundervolle, originelle arbeit, liebe claudia! mit den materialien zu "spielen" ist super. du beherrscht es einfach !!!!

  9. Wow Claudia, I love the colour combination you used on the tin and the embossing looks wonderful. The cracked UTEE really makes the wording look very vintage. Such a beautiful project - love it all. Hugs, Anne x

  10. gorgeous piece Claudia! I love alcohol ink and your work with them is very beautiful! BArbarayaya

  11. Ein tolle Dose, ein wahres Schmuckstück.

  12. How I wish my use of alcohol inks went as well as this! This is amazing! xxxx

  13. Fantastic altered tin, love the alcohol ink colours you used.

  14. Beautiful, love the effect with the alcohol inks looks like paua shell

  15. A fantastic make, I just love your choice of alcohol inks Claudia, you have a real knack of choosing colours that work so well together. I love the stamping and the bookplate added to it, in fact everything about it. xx

  16. Brilliant, absolutely fabulous makeover!!!

  17. This is stunning! Love the colours. Lis x


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