I’m back today with a new project inspired by the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, Elegant Jewels. I am a vintage jewelry junkie…I’ve been collecting costume jewelry for as far back as I can remember. As a child, I would go to visit my grandmother every summer. One of my favorite days of the yearly tradition was to go to garage sales, or as she call it.. bummin’ around. I was given $20 to spend on whatever I wanted and my little pocket-book always came home loaded with vintage gems and treasures.
I decided that I wanted to feature a photo of my Grandma when she was a toddler and tuck it into one of the new Idea-ology Tim Holtz Trinket Tins… they are so cute!
…and perfect to make into a little shadow box or wall hanging. This one I made into both. It can be set on a table for display or hung on the wall. I attached an old piece of pearl chain with some brads and jump rings, and that seemed to do the trick!
I also featured the new Worn Wallpaper and Faucet Knobs…
So, on to the challenge…
First, I started by distressing the Trinket Tin (a great way to take out any frustration you may have)…I did this by tapping it with my hammer, and then sanding some of the finish off with my Sanding Grip. Then I brushed on some Picket Fence, Broken China and Antique Bronze Distress Paint, and dried with my heat tool in-between each color. I did this very lightly on the inside and outside of the tin. Then I added a bit of Mushroom Alcohol Ink.
Next, the inside of the tin…
I made a copy of a photo of my Grandma, trimmed it down to fit into my tin, and found some old clip-earrings to use for the embellishments. (Aren’t her shoes the cutest??)
I trimmed down a couple pieces of cotton batting with pinking sheers to fit inside the tin. I also trimmed down a couple sheets from the Worn Wallpaper pack but before matting them to the batting, I blended them with a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and a blending tool, distressed the edges of the papers with a Paper Distresser tool and then sewed the papers onto the cotton batting. I typed out a verse from Proverbs, that I thought fit well with my theme. The verse was blended with a bit of Vintage Photo Oxide Ink as well.
I found some pieces of lace, ribbon, and buttons and figured out which earrings and embellishments that I was going to use..
Next, I decided to make the tin into a hanging display. With a hammer and awl, I punched a hole into both sides of the tin, approximately 3/4″ down from the top of the tin.
My scrap of pearl chain was approximately 6″ long, I added a jump ring to both ends and laced them onto a brad, stuck it into the hole and opened the brad on the inside of the tin, and lickity split…a hanging tin!! (please ignore my dirty fingers…they are picket fence painted and mushroom stained as well 😉
I then embellished the front of the tin…
I used a scrap of lace and a couple pieces of ephemera from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Snippets Ephemera Pack. Both the lace and the ephemera were blended with Vintage Photo Oxide Ink. I attached the lace with some Distress Collage Matte Medium and added a piece of Rose Design Tape that had been blended with Coffee Archival Ink…the tape and ephemera were both adhered with a bit of Matte Medium.
I painted my Idea-ology Faucet Knob with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then added a bit of Rose Gold Mixative and Mushroom Alcohol Ink to it. I adhered my vintage jewelry piece with collage medium and let it sit overnight to dry.
It worked perfectly to hold the flower to the knob!
I used my hammer and awl and punched a hole into the front of the tin and attached the knob with the included screw.
I then finished off my tin by adding the sewn pieces to the inside the tin. I used a piece of foam to pop the background up…the tin is pretty deep and I didn’t want Grandma getting lost in there… I also added all of the embellishments…
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! It was such a sweet one to make…I know I’ll be buying more of the Trinket Tins! Thank you so much for stopping by!
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GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES –
Distress Oxide Ink- Vintage Photo
Distress Paint- Picket Fence, Broken China, Antique Bronze
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Collage Medium, Distress Sprayer, Craft Mat, Heat it Heat tool, Blending Tools, Sanding Grip, Paper Distresser, Coffee Archival Ink
Tim Holtz/Idea-ology- Trinket Tins, Faucet Knobs, Worn Wallpaper, Snippits Ephemera pack, Crinkle Ribbon, Chit Chat Words, Hex Fasteners, Rose Design Tape
Other- Cotton Batting, Pinking Sheers, Sewing Machine and Thread, Typewriter, Hammer and Awl
Vintage- Lace, Buttons, Costume Jewelry, Onion Skin Typewriter Paper