Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Saturday, May 7, 2016


As a follow up to my previous post about creating a book from two Altoids tin lids, comes another book made from the bottoms of two tins.  This one is just as easy to make as the book using the lids.
The bird theme is inspired by two new Alpha Stamps collage sheets;  The Garden and Bees, Birds & Butterflies.

The advantage to using the bottoms of Altoids tins is that there is a deep area that can hold dimensional items.
The tins are held together with by hinge and to give them more height I added feet.

VIDEO TUTORIAL – There is now a YouTube video tutorial for this project.  The video also covers 5 other altered tin projects.  You’ll find the segment about this project at minute 19:11 in the video below.

Start by removing the lids from 2 Altoids Tins.  Next, bend flat or snip off the hinges.
Paint or ink the edges of the tins.  I used Aged Bronze Patina paint as it sticks to metal.
Paper the inside and the outside of the tins.  I used Serendipity Chronicle paper on the outside and House of Roses Old Letters paper on the insides.
Add the décor to the inside of the tins.
I decorated the left side using chipboard leafy corners, a 3 inch chipboard cage, roses sniped from a rose garland, a connector charm, and a bird from the Birds, Bees and Butterflies collage sheet.  Popping up the items gives the piece more dimension.
On the right side, I used more of the leafy corners and roses plus the lovey little girl image from the The Garden collage sheet.
Hold the tins together with the insides facing each other and attach the hinge.  For this project I used E6000 glue to attach the hinge to the tins.  I added a bead to the holes in the hinge.  Alternatively you could use brads to attach the hinge to the tins.  If you choose this method, punch the holes in the tins before adding the paper.  If you want to hide the prongs of the brads, attach the hinge to the tins before adding the paper to the inside.
Next, attach the swirly connector charms on the opposite side or you could add a latch. They have been painted with Aged Bronze Patina Paint.
For this project I used a die-cut chipboard pieces for the base of the front and back covers so I assembled them separately from the tin.  After assembly was complete, I glued them to the front and back of the tins.

On the front cover I started with a lovely chipboard cage backed with Serendipity Chronicle paper and an image from The Garden collage sheet.    On top of the cage, I used various paper flowers, a bronze swallow charm, a bronze bird on a branch, calla lily leaf charms and the words “Birdie Darling” which are from the Birds, Bees & Butterflies collage sheet.
Notice that there are flowers on the top.  Those are glued to the top of the back tin.  From the front of the tin you can also see the chipboard wrought iron archway (attached to the back tin) peaking over the top.
On the back cover I started with the chipboard wrought iron archway and added more of the leafy corners, paper flowers and birds from the Birds, Bees & Butterflies collage sheet, which is also where you’ll find the urn and the paper bee.  The gold dragonfly and bee are from my stash.
The final step is to attach the brass box feet which I think makes the piece more interesting and gives it height.


Alpha Stamps supplies used for this project:


claude said...

what a beautiful idea, thank you for the explanations

Teri Calia said...

It's beautiful, Laura! I really love the color pallet you used, so serene.

johala said...

I prefer the side with birds, very lovely!
Hugs and kisses

Sophie said...

Umwerfend schön, da kann ich mich nur vor verneigen...

Herzlichst Sophie xx

Jackie PN said...

Gorgeous Laura!!xo