Monday, March 28, 2016

Mixed Media Monday: Altered Altoids Tin!

For today's version of Mixed Media Monday, we're sharing the most wonderful off-the-page project!

Altered Altoids Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
 Lisa Novogrodski created this amazing altered Altoids tin using things from our store (that's right, we are more than just kits - we have a store, too!).

Here's what Lisa says about her project:

Probably one of my most favorite projects EVER right here! I can see myself buying Altoids on a weekly basis. There was time when I was addicted to the cinnamon ones. In fact they helped me quit smoking..... but that's a story for another day.

This project was inspired by the gorgeous Melissa Frances Flea Market Applique. You can grab one for yourself in the store HERE.

I envisioned it all rusty with a patina finish enhancing a box of sorts. Lately I have been into vintage art dolls/ vintage images silhouette cut and book pages. I decided to created a shadowbox from an altoid tin and bring it to life with lots of grungy texture.
  

First  I painted the Melissa Frances piece and the altoid tin in black gesso found HERE

 After it dried I used Ranger Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence on both pieces. I like the white because I can paint over it in any color. I then went to work with Silks in cinnamon brown --- there is a Nutmeg color in the store that would work just as well found HERE.

After that was applied I then went over it in Inka Gold and I have a variety of "smooch" paints from Donna Salazaar that I like to use on metal. I use blues and rusts to give it an aged finish.
Altered Altoid Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
After all my painting was done and dry I used Stampendous Gold Encrusted Jewels found HERE
and then some beautiful Mini Prills in Spruce Willis - we have a ton of Prills in the shop in a variety of colors you can find them HERE  along with Gel Medium to apply them found HERE.
Altered Altoid Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
A close up of the beautiful rusty crackled effect... 
Altered Altoid Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
Inside the box I created a beautiful little scene. I used papers from the January Scraps of Darkness Kit. You can find our kit subscriptions HERE.
Altered Altoid Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
I used some of the Kaisercraft paper in my background and then layered over it with Blue Fern Studios Checker Bits --- we carry a ton of gorgeous Blue Fern Chipboard you can find it HERE. I painted over the chipboard in the Silks Cinnamon Brown and then embossed in Stampendous in Encrusted Jewels in Gold found HERE. The image is from Digital Collage Sheets.
Altered Altoid Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
I layered the image over two little rosettes I created with book pages. These were created with a Tim Holtz Die. The little heart was also from the January Scraps of Darkness Kit.
Altered Altoid Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
Inside the tin on the opposite side I used the same Blue Fern Chipboard along with a beautiful Vintaj Arte Metal Buckle found HERE
Altered Altoid Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
The quote " I carry your heart in my heart" is taken from some Graphic 45 papers also found in the January Kit. It's nice to have these supplies on hand from kits because you have items that coordinate and are also adding to your stash of supplies. ;)
Altered Altoid Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
I've also embossed some little beads and yes I got these in a past kit!
Altered Altoid Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
A few more close ups - You can see a peek at the rosettes and the details of the beautiful Prills. 
Altered Altoid Tin by Lisa Novogrodski
 Thanks so much for stopping by today, we hope you are inspired by Lisa's gorgeous project.  Have a beautiful day!

~Melinda

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