Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas Cheer with Sue

Altered Pringle Tins and Bauble 
By Sue Smyth 

I love to recycle, and pringle tins are one of  the best 
and most rewarding things to  decorate.
 I wanted to do 
a Christmas theme but not so much that I could not 
use this throughout the year.

I was after an ornate look, as if it might be an artifact 
or piece from a royal palace, so  I knew gold would be in the mix lol.

I simply adore how the antique beads came up. I have 
used cheap gold and coloured beads and rolled
them in a dish of Alcohol ink
Here I have used Mushroom and Cranberry to give 
them an aged look. They remind me of  mercury glass I think.
I have also used a cheap plastic snowflake decoration
as the base for the tree tin.

I have decorated the front with ID frames and sunbursts
then set a jewel or resin rose
in the centre, I just could not resist
adding a sweet bird trinket too.

This is a pringle tin, and I have used 
a fibre bristle tree on top, but I have sprayed it 
red with Dylusions post box red.
Then I have brushed Dimensional magic (or glue)
over the bristles and rolled it in gold 
glitter!!! It looks superb in real life.

This tin is a Chai tea tin ( I have sprayed the inside with 
black spray paint to disguise any marks left inside)
The finial on tip is an old Christmas tree topper.
I have sprayed it with matt black spray paint
and rubbed over with Alchemy gold 

Check out how I achieved the texture on the surface 
on my mini tutorial below 

Antique Bauble 

My next project uses much the same techniques as above but 
with a few twists.

This gorgeous bauble uses ID border chipboard 
and two doiley chipboard shapes.

I wanted it to look good no matter what angle you
looked at it.

Then I have layered a large filigree trinket with a sunburst
Chipboard. then a ruby gem.
Around the edge I have added dimensional magic 
and some beautiful red micro beads, I have 
used a pointed tool to mooch them into 
shape. I also love the mirror glass shards
that I randomly adhered to the spikes of the 

I started with just an ordinary foam bauble from
Kmart...costing 2.00 

I snipped out the centre of the doily so it would 
fit over the bauble top.

Then with texture paste (as this has more grabbing power on round 
objects) I have glued the chipboard onto the bauble.
The tip is to spray the chipboard with a little water
first, then it will mold nicely to the shape.
Then add rubber bands to hold in place while it dries.

Once texture paste is dry, paint with black gesso.

Then paint with orange Dylusions paint, leaving 
little bits of black showing.

Then I have rubbed over Inka Gold, in Copper, and Red.

Then I added a little Metallic Red and Gold Alchemy wax 
because I liked the colours.
Over top of that add more gold paint rubbing over the 
raised areas and decorate as above to finish.

Altered Tins Tutorial 

These are the humble containers I started with.

Add a generous amount of texture paste.

Then add some trim to the top and bottom and stipple 
the texture paste, then I have used 
glass beads. just at the top and bottom not the middle.

Spray the border chipboard with a little water and
wrap around the tin, add a rubber band to hold in place.

I have done the same for the second tin.

When Texture paste is dry, paint them black with gesso.

Then paint over with orange dylusions paint. I have used
orange because it is close to gold in colour and 
I wanted an over all gold humm.
Then rub over with Red, copper and gold inka gold
to finish and decorate the front and lids as you like.

Happy Crafting 
and a Very Merry Christmas to you all
thank you for following my crafty projects throughout 
the year and I hope I inspired you all 

Sue Smyth 

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