Sunday, 4 May 2014

Welcome Liesbeth Fidder: Altered Sewing Tin {Part 1}

"Hello everyone Liesbeth here with my first project as Guest Designer for Paperartsy".
This first week I’ll show you how I made an altered tin and left-over-bags by using some of the wonderful PA sewing Hot Picks sets.

First I prepared a metal cigar box or you could use any other flat tin, in a very simple and easy way. I just threw it into the open fire!!  The paint burned off and it gets a very old, worn, vintage look which I love so much. I kept it in the fire for half an hour, I turned it several times. I let it cool down and cleaned it with water and a brush and dried it well.

{Note of Caution ... Please take care not to handle the tin whilst hot, as a preventative measure use some heat proof instument to hold the tin i.e tongs. When using any other heat related tool, please follow the manufacturers guidelines}.

The top of the box I outlined the tin with a pencil onto a piece of Crunchy Wax Kraft Paper and tore it a little inside the pencil line so it’s a bit smaller than the tin. I wrinkled it to create that beautiful old weathered look.

Onto some pieces of Smoothy White Stamping Card I stamped several sewing themed images. I used HP1211, HP1212 and HP1213 , the ink I used was Black, Sepia and Coffee Archival Inks.

I cut out the images and aged them by colouring them with Distress Ink Vintage Photo  using a piece of Cut N Dry. Never throw away any left-overs of the stamped images you don’t use now, you might need them later.

I sponged the edges of the stamped images with a little bit of black ink, cut some pieces of fabric and frayed the fabric a bit. I made a frame by cutting the stamped lace in the right size and adhered the frame onto the Crunchy Wax Kraft Paper. I then added everything as shown and glued it onto the front of the tin, I also glued the frayed out threads on the left corner.

The top of the tin is ready, tomorrow I’ll be back and I’ll show you how to do the inside of it, with a nice background technique!


Leandra Says: What a great idea to age the tin in the fire!! You have altered it beautifully Liesbeth, the crunchy works so well with the colour scheme. It really is so nice to welcome you as a Guest Designer, and we are really looking forward to your projects!

Gillian Says: Welcome Liesbeth, what a beautifully detailed project to kick start Semester 2. Love the way you have aged the tin and incorporated all the other elements.

If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Liesbeth's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday May 11th 2014 


Helen said...

wow, that looks great, if it sounds a little dangerous... Welcome to the gang, Liesbeth!

Unknown said...

I can't even hold mine up to flame in the gas fire, it's all enclosed!!!! Fab tin and welcome

Hazel Agnew said...

A beautiful project Liesbeth, so much detail and texture. Looking forward to part two.

Keren Baker said...

I love the idea of throwing the tin in the open fire. Really looking forward to part 2 for the inside.

Unknown said...

I love the look of all the little details, what a fab project.

Anonymous said...

That looks so beautiful. It's probably a good idea that I don't have access to fire.... :) Looking forward to part two tomorrow.

Unknown said...

Fab project! Can't wait for the next installment! :)

Kathi said...

This is gorgeous! So excited for part 2.

Now I want to build a fire (no fireplace) and toss in some tins. I wonder if my neighbors would let me toss in some tins into their firepit?

Clare Lloyd said...


Linda Jones said...

I don't have a fire, but, it's a fab project :)

butterfly said...

Looking fantastic... gonna light me a fire!
Alison x

Unknown said...

I love this project. And just in time for me to do for my mom for Mother's Day next weekend!!! She's a very busy seamstress in her retired years these days. So proud of her. Her hobby became a business in her retired years. I love her and she will treasure an item such as this I'm sure. TFS. Can't wait for part 2!!!

craftytrog said...

Welcome Liesbeth, been a fan of your work for some time now, so great to see you here.
I love your aged & decorated tin, it looks fabulous!
Alison x

Willy said...

Geweldig mooi project Liesbeth en je plekje in het design team heb je meer dan verdiend, gefeliciteerd!!

Ruth said...

Looks gorgeous and the base, aged tin is beautiful, looking forward to next instalment

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love the look of your tin. Great to see you here too xx

craftimamma said...

Beautifully altered tin and looking forward to Part II. Welcome to the PaperArtsy gang!

Lesley Xx

Julie Lee said...

Welcome, Liesbeth! It's really lovely to see your work. The sewing tin looks great. I am such a pyromaniac, it's probably not a good Idea to suggest I throw anything into the fire! I love watching flames and the effect that burning has on all kinds of materials! Can't wait to see what you do with the inside of the tin tomorrow! Julie Ann xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a wonderful project, liesbeth! Can't wait for the next instalment. Just looked on twitter though and I think the fire service need to put on extra crew!

Lucy x

Lin said...

where's my comment gone!! Welcome Liesbeth..a beautiful project..can't wait for the second installment. we have had a very intesting conversation over on twitter as to how we can burn our tin without a fire!!

Ellen said...

Een fantastisch mooi project, Liesbeth! Congratulations! Can't wait to see more your work.

J. Anthony Stubblefield said...

Get out! I never would have thought to burn off the paint. I have a bunch of tins and I tried sanding off the paint, but what a pain in the back side. This give such a cool effect and would definitely be easier.


mamablitger said...

Oh what a lovely metal tin you made. Great result !! Love your idea of throwing it in the fire. It really made it look old and vintage. Combined with your lovely work on top it's just gorgeous ! Looking to forward to see what you'll do with the back and maybe inside ??
Thank you for sharing.
Hugs from SPAIN

Kezzy said...

Wow what an amazing idea and it looks awesome and I love how you have decorated the front :-) Kezzy xxx

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