Sunday, March 9, 2008

Melanie's "Wristy" Tin Tutorial with PICS!

It was really easy to make this "wristy" purse tin(see more about the stamp set I used to make it in the post BELOW for now)! Here we go: you'll need an Altoid tin, my new soon to be released set "What's in Your Tin? 2", ink, adhesive, Cropodile, 1/4 in grosgrain and FABULOUS DP! (This is from an 8x8 DCVW glitter All Dressed Up stack(scalloped scissors and adhesive rhinestones optional)
Open your tin, and use the big hole punch on your Cropodile to punch a hole in the side. This was my first time through metal. I knew could be done, and knew it wouldn't be hard to go through it, but was a little concerned it might leave a sharp, jagged edge-not so, LOOK! It's PERFECT, clean and smooth, no risk of injury or need to smooth it in anyway(You just gotta get a Cropodile!!) I'm a "righty" so I made it on the right side of the tin (with the lid facing up) about an inch down from the back.

I wear a LOT of black, but I also chose black grosgrain so it won't show the dirt over time. Thread both ends of a 16-18" piece of grosgrain through the hole, make a knot at the end, and pull your loop out the hole til the knot meets the edge. Mine has 12 inches sticking out the hole for the loop (and you need extra to tie the knot), this is what comfortable for me and the size of my wrist/length of my hand. You don't want it too tight or too long, but want to be able to just catch the edge of it in your hand to grab it when you're wearing it, so this dimension might be a little different for each of you.

For the top, I stamped the narrow bordered label out (twice for the top and twice for the bottom because I'm going to layer them) I chose this paper for it's colors, but also it's awesome design, and I need my words to show up so I just placed "Survival Kit" in the light blue space. Then I cut around the inside border so I have a smaller label I can mat on the other. I centered my second stamp over an area with the black design in the middle(see how when you lay it on top you get this cool kind of "reverse effect" with the papers?) I used a pair of scalloped scissor and followed the line around the outside label as my guide. I put it on top of black CS so you can see the edge.

Time to dig out or go get a bunch of deco scissors, right?? These kind are usually $2, you can make any shaped border you choose(and I'll be showing you other tricks with these later that give you unlimited possibilities with this set!) It is REALLY EASY to cut this way following that line with these deco edge scissors, you won't believe when you try it!) and adhered the first one on top(see first pic in this post). Adhere to top of box. Repeat the process on the bottom using the "in case of emergency" stamp. All four layer labels came from the same sheet(and they will also fit on a 6x6 sheet, with room to spare and left over paper :) I used a little bit of the excess to trim out a flourished and put that under "Survival Kit", tricked out with some adhesive rhinestone. Bling bling!

For the inside, I used a coordinating glittery green paper. Gina K already showed you this trick but in case you missed it. I stamped it on the back of my DP and cut. This gives me two pieces to cover the inside of my tin that are borderless. Cool, huh!

You're ready to go! Here's a pic of what I put inside yesterday when I went on errands and my date! So handy, and I got LOTS of compliments! NOw I want a different one for every outfit! LOL!

Expect to see LOTS more "Tintorials" HERE in the coming weeks! :) Be sure to leave a comment TODAY for your last chance at the BLOG CANDY(winner announced tomorrow)! Let me know in a separate comment if you are "LINKING" my tin tutorial to get an extra chance to win(and be a part of the altoid-altering-sensation that will soon be sweepin' the nation! I will be sharing a pic later of what extras the winner will be receiving with their stamp set (but I bet now that you've seen a few of the stamps, you have some guesses what the "extras" might be!)

*Incidentally, there are no flourishes or "decorative" images in these sets for your labels: this was to provide you with more than one label per set('cause these are BIG STAMPS!), with as many "kit" option stamps as we could possibly fit on the sheet, AND, being that you're stampers, you already have a bunch of flourishes, flowers and other images you LOVE in your collection, so get busy decorating these "blank canvases" the way YOU want with your favorites! (but having said that there WILL be some secret surprises in my next tin sets! If you already want more tin sets, let Gina K know you love the concept by putting these in your cart tomorrow! ;) I've already got a couple more smokin' sets designed and the sooner these fly off the shelves, the sooner I can get more out to you! :)

67 comments:

  1. Linda from GeorgiaMarch 9, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    The sets sound so intriguing. Looking forward to the pics of your writy tins. They sound like a fun chick gift for my sibs.

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  2. Oh WOW!
    I can hardly wait to get my hands on your new stamps! I have a bunch of friends going "over the hill" who I can make some goodies up for, plus I breed dogs and they would make great gift ideas for some doggie treats too...

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  3. Wow, thank you so much for your tutorial! I can't wait to make one of these myself! Will be nice to see all the new stuff! LOL

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  4. Melanie, congratulations and good luck with the launch of your newest set! Can't wait to see more, the possibilities are endless, especially with the help of your tutorials. Your handwriting should be the model for creativity! :) I LOVE THE WRISTY, put it on my birthday wish list please.

    Love,

    Mom

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  5. I can't wait for more tintorials. These are great gift ideas.

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  6. Great set! Brilliant idea! Such talent!

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  7. thanks for the tutorial! Darn, you are creative :)

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  8. Thank you for another great tutorial! Looking forward to the pics and to your new stamp set!
    Karen U

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  9. Ghazal(ghazal_31005@yahoo.com)March 9, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    What great tutorial, I have to try and make one of these.

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  10. Oh you KNOW they will be in my cart the MINUTE the "lines are open"!!! LOL Sooooo adorable! And such an easy tutorial.....I love the pictures you use so I really know I can follow along!! Just a little over 24 hours for the paaaaaaaaartaaaaaaay!!!!!!

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  11. This is so completely fabulous!! What a brilliant idea!! Now I HAVE to get a cropodile!!

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  12. no worries, we'll get them sold out for ya in no time! How stinkin' cute is this! I want to make a wristy for every man, woman and child I know! They'll all say, "Oh look, our Linsey is so clever", hehe! Only about 24 hours now, the time change got us 1 hour closer for free :)

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  13. OOHH Melanie, this is so great.. I can't wait to get my handson these I have four of these tins that I wanted to make into tooth fairy tins for my nieces. My hands are itching to do them now... I don't know how I am going to choose which sets to get..

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  14. Neat idea, Melanie! Can't wait to see more!

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  15. What a clever idea! Now if I could just reduce the contents of my carpetbag to fit into a tin box, I'd be all set! Can't wait to see more of your ideas for these tins.

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  16. So cute! And I love the tooth fairy tin that Gina K showed on her blog. You are so creative!
    Susan C. in NY

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  17. Fantastic tutorial - love your blog, I'm a new reader from the UK!

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  18. I really like that tin-purse of yours. Thanks for the tutorial. Looking forward to see more from you.
    TFS/ Tina F.

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  19. so creative....your talent amazes me! thanks for all you share

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  20. Oh Wow! That is a really neat idea for the altoid tins!
    I can'f wait to see the new stamp set.

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  21. Great tutorial and wonderful idea! Tomorrow can't come soon enough! Thanks for sharing

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  22. Shut up! I cannot believe how cute this is! What a fun and fresh take on the altoid tin, thanks so much for the tutorial!
    Nicole
    thestampinlibrarian.com

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  23. And if you don't mind, I will be linking to your tutorial this Friday in the 3D (SU!) Demo Challenge Forum over at splitcoaststampers.com

    Thanks!!
    Nicole
    thestampinlibrarian.com

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  24. I made some tooth fairy tins out of Altoid tins for a church craft fair. The stamps are a great idea! Wish I would've had them then.

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  25. I put a LINK on my blog to this post.

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  26. I can't wait to see what the complete set looks like, it looks fab so far

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  27. Thanks for the great tutorial! This set is going to be so much fun to play with! Can't wait to see the rest!!!!!

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  28. Thank you for your tintorial! I'm looking forward to more!

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  29. Great tutorial !

    Wish you much success on your new sets!!

    Who'da thunk to turn a tin into a purse! Cool baby, cool :)

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  30. awesome I can't wait to get this set. YAY

    Ami Carter

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  31. Great tutorial. I can't wait to see what else you have been up to. If I don't win, I'll be buying!
    ~ jess k

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  32. This is so cute! Thanks so much for the tutorial, it was very easy to follow. Great gift idea.

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  33. This is so stinkin' cute! You are amazing!

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  34. Wow, this is getting more and more interesting that is for sure :)! Thanks for the chance at some great blog candy :)!

    Hugs,
    catherine
    www.mystampinggrounds.blogspot.com
    c_levy@auracom.com

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  35. What a great idea, can't wait to see more!! Kathy

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  36. These sets are so adorable! Can't wait to start altering all the tins I have sitting around!

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  37. Omg! How cute is this?!! You are amazing with your ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us!

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  38. cool! I have a bunch of tins still sitting around to alter.

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  39. Precious!
    Question: do the items rattling around inside make a lot of noise?

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  40. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I absolutely adore it when I can see how it's done. I'm very eager to see your stamps.

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  41. Got this tutorial linked!!! I just have to smile everytime I see this!!! :)

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  42. This is so cute. I will have to make one for each of my grandchildren and neices and nephews!!!

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  43. Can't wait to see all of the samples you will come up with! I love this!

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  44. 46
    way too cute!!!!!!!!!

    barbara from ct

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  45. Love the new tutorial and can't wait to see more.Congrats

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  46. So cute! Love the tin label idea!

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  47. These are too cute! Thank you -great job!

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  48. I love how beautifully these fit on the tins. Can't wait for the release.

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  49. I love this tin! It's too cute. It's perfect when you only need to carry a few things. I'm off to see if I can make one.
    Thanks for the tintorial!
    Janie

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  50. These are just too cute Melanie!!! What great ideas you have come up with for this new stamp set also. Can't wait........

    -*Linda*-

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  51. Fun, fun, fun! Excited to see more...

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  52. Fabulous, Melanie, Fabulous!
    Looking forward to final reveal!!

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  53. Wow you are one talented lady. I love checking your blog to see what you come up with. This is so cute. Thanks for always sharing your idea's with us.

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  54. This is so cute, and I can't believe to can fit all that in this tiny box!... :-)

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  55. *linking* for sure! Such great ideas, and so cute!♥ LOVE it!... :-)

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  56. How cute! What a great tutorial! Great for Easter gifts and Mother's Day too! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas with us!

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  57. Shoot. I just realized that yesterday I left my comment in the wrong section (on the newer post). Oh well!

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  58. Congratulations on your set! It has so many posibilities. Now I know why I'm saving all those altoid tins. Thanks for sharing, Sandra

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  59. I can't wait to see this whole set. So far I am really liking what I'm seeing.

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  60. You are a creative genious ! Love the little tin purse , very chic !

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  61. I LOVE this tin altering idea. I know many of us have been altering these things for a while, but these sets and tutorials will make them that much better! Thanks for taking the time to create our "tintorial". :)

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  62. Just found you, and have spent WAYYY to much time checking everything out. I'm in awe - and getting very motivated. I'm signing up. Found you linking to the reverse topper, then found the tins, and just can't stop peeking. I love your work. And Donna's idea for dog treats - this would certainly look better than the baggy I carry around - THANKS! I'm like Melanie - I'm going to need lots...

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  63. What a great project! This very handy wrist tin would be just the thing to give all the ladies on my Eucher Group. Can't wait to see what your surprise is! Love your blog.
    Linda from Ottawa

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