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Old 07-10-2005, 05:28 PM   #1  
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Red face Altoid Altered Tin Help....

I have joined a swap to alter altoid tins, however I have never done this before.

Can anyone give me any pointers as to how to paint them, what to adhere beads with, what to glue paper in with, etc.

Also, I see several people in the gallery have made sets of cards to put inside the tins, what size and how did they cut them? Is it one sheet of paper for all 6 cards?????

Please help me. Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2005, 08:09 AM   #2  
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Smile lots of lookers, no answers

Wow, I noticed lots of lookers and no one answered your questions!

I'm not sure about stamping on the tin, but I'd recommend priming it first and then decorating it.

as for mini books inside, you can use the lid as a template and just make your actual pages slightly smaller OR use a cutting system like coluzzle tag template and cut out the tags size that fits inside. If you need more ideas or have questions PM meHTH!
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I have used Brilliance ink with tins and it is great. Just use the pad the cover the area and heat set. This will cover all the altoid words. I didn't sand or anything, stays on like a dream. UTEE and versamark will give you a great stamping surface on the lid. I suggest a couple of layers before impressing hot UTEE with an inked stamp. Use your imagination! These tins also make great mini 1st aid kits and sewing kits!
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I think there are several schools of thought to this one:

A: Some people cover the top with paper that has been cut to fit the lid and cover the sides with ribbon. In this way they can incorporate some of the tins actually color.

B. Others stamp directly on the surface without any prep as suggested by serialstamper

C. Others prep the surface.. sanding etc to get rid of all trace of the original design etc. Here is a link: http://www.lisavollrath.com/articles/075.html

I have been collecting information on this topic as I want to give some as cute little hostess gifts or thank you gifts. But, I have tins lined up and ready to go... I haven't braved the waters yet!
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That all seems like a lot of work-- and I am not that fond of Altoids. You can buy unmarked tins. The place that I ordered from http://www.impressrubberstamps.com/ had both white and silver tins in different colours.... they were super cheap and I stamped right on them with stazon, also think I am going to try embosing with versamark. This was so much easier than me burning down my house, plus if I brought a blowtourch in the house, my dh might burn all my paper

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Thanks all for the help....not sure which direction I will choose. At least I have a starting point. I will let you know what I turn out trying and how it seemed to work out.
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They are really easy to do - don't be intimidated by them! I've done them several ways.

Here's one:
http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...cat=500&page=1

On that one I spray painted it copper (no priming). Then just cut cardstock to fit the top and stamped on it. Adhered the CS with sticky strip. Covered the CS with O So Sticky Tape from www.pennywisearts.com and then clear microbeads. Adhered gingham ribbon around the edge with sticky strip.

Here's another:
http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...cat=500&page=1
The decoration is done with colored hot glue in push molds.

Here's one with mini cards:
http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...cat=500&page=3
The directions are in the description.

And one more - this is cool because it's the gum tin which is a different shape:
http://gallery.splitcoaststampers.co...cat=500&page=9

Good luck and be sure to post what you come up with!
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Wow - I'm glad I checked out this thread - there are some great ideas here!

I've got a ton of Altoid tins waiting to be put to use. In the past, they were used for mini first aid kids when my boys were in cub scouts. I'm glad I hung onto them!!

And Sarahjane - I LOVE the impress link you listed. I found some great ideas for cards and other fun things to make. btw - I don't care for Altoids either, but you can find other goodies that come in tins. Velamints makes an awesome chocolate mint that comes in a tin. They are delicious and they're sugar free too!

Thanks everyone!
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I don't care for all the sugar in altoids but myntz and zingos are sugar free and come in the same tin. buying the tins by themselves might be an easier alternative for some but I like that I am partially recycling when I use containers that used to hold candy. plus, it lowers my guilt when I eat said candy.
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