By Judi Kauffman
One of my neighbors handed me a paper bag the other day, grinning like a Cheshire cat as she said she thought it might be something I could use. Boy, was she right! The bag held twenty little empty Gingermints tins from Trader Joe’s. She’d been saving them for ages without any idea what to do with them till she met me and realized I loved to give items a face lift.
Who doesn’t love empty tins? These are the perfect size for jewelry, small seashells, canceled stamps, more candies or other treasures. knew right away that I could cover them with Shimmer Sheetz without having to paint the sides. The top is already a nice soft peach and the bottom an interesting shade of green. Maybe it’s time for a visit to Trader Joe’s to see what other candy tins I can find…
Step 1 – For the lid of each tin: Emboss a piece of Shimmer Sheetz slightly larger than the lid with a favorite embossing folder. Back with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Optional: Use a sanding block and very little hand pressure to lightly sand the surface and reduce a bit of the sparkle. Place the Shimmer Sheetz face down on a cutting mat, remove the release sheet to expose the adhesive, place the tin with the lid face down on the adhesive. Use a craft knife to cut around the tin. (Shown: Shimmer Sheetz in Fire Opal, Peridot and Ruby Gemstone; Yellow, Orange, and Light Green Iridescent)
If you don’t care about the writing on the bottom of the tin or feel that the lid needs further embellishment, the project is now DONE! I recommend stopping at this point or after Step 2 if the tin will need to stand up to wear and tear in a purse or tote bag. If, on the other hand, you want to cover the writing and want more dimension on the lid, KEEP GOING…Tins with gems and other embellishments won’t stand up to a lot of wear and tear and should be considered purely decorative!
Step 2 – To cover the writing on the bottom of each tin: Cut another piece slightly larger than the bottom of the tin but leave this one flat. Optional: Alter with alcohol inks to create a mottled effect. Back with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Lightly sand at the edges to give an aged effect. Adhere to tin and cut to fit as in Step 1.
Step 3 – Embellish the tin with stickers, gems, and die cuts as shown or as you choose! (If you add die cut Shimmer Sheetz, like the roses, back the SS with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet prior to die cuttingand be sure to use the REQUIRED metal adaptor plate or Big Shot machine with Precision Base Plate. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to this technique.)
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Assorted embossing folders
Die cutting/embossing machine (Cuttlebug, Big Shot, other)
Ink applicator tool
Self-healing cutting mat
Assorted adhesive-backed gems, buttons (shanks removed) or other embellishments
Gem glue (if embellishments are not already adhesive-backed)