Sunday, July 13, 2008

Decorating Tin Boxes without paper

I thought I would share with you a class I am teaching on the 26th. I really wanted to decorate some tins that were just the right size to put in cards. Frankly, I'm pretty sure that I am going to give/sell the originals, well at least the Holiday one, since I really have a whole lot more Christmas cards than will fit in this box. It might be something nice to Ebay complete with some hand made cards.

The boxes are "painted" or a better work would be "inked" with alcohol inks. The process is fun, dries quickly and although the ink may scratch a little, you can choose, as I did with the pink and green one on the left to add a coat of modge podge to make the tin more scratch resistant. In this case, I even added some walnut ink to the modge podge to tone down the color a little. I'd never heard of this eing done, though I am sure that someone else must have. The results to say the least are interesting!


The Holiday tin was not modge podge. My biggest challenge is to come up with dividers for each of the boxes by next week. This will be an unusual class in that I have staggered the start times so that I can spend some one on one time with each student during the inking process. For that reason, at this point the class is limited to 4 people. I sure hope that they will each get here on time so that they can get their full 30 minutes to work on the inking!


If more people let me know that they are interested, I'll just do another class!

8 comments:

Shannon said...

Your tins turned out cute. I've never used alcohol inks. I might have to give it try sometime. Thanks for sharing.

Chanel said...

Very cute! Never thought of doing something like this...

Stacy said...

Hi there, not sure how you got my email address, but I am interested. I bought some scrapbooking stuff a year or so ago with all intentions of starting, and then never started. I guess part of it was due to the fact that supplies could not really be found over here. I am interested in your decorating class email me. nasie@hotmail.com

Stacy said...

OK I think I am confused. I thought this was in the Bahamas as I got an email from Keshia. I started browsing and then got lost obviously!

Lynne said...

Wish I lived close enough to take the class! Those are nice. I'll have to give it a try. I haven't wanted to cover my 2nd tin in paper. Alcohol inks sound like fun.

Anonymous said...

Your tins are really cute.
Hugs
Irene

Sandy said...

M-C,
The tins are great. How did you mix the ink and modpodge? just enough to tint?? I would be worried about scratches in the alcohol inks without a coating.
Like Lynne,
I wish I was close enough to take the class.
Good luck,

Sandy

Kenda said...

Love the look of the tins! I may have to give it a whirl, though I know mine won't turn out as nice as yours....you have such a great way with colors.....Wish I lived closer....