Altered Tin | Photo Tutorial

Hello everyone,

This is Hussena here and this time around I’m sharing with you an altered tin which I have upcycled into a pen/pencil holder. This was quite a fun project to do and this would definitely be a  beautiful addition to any desk or craft room! Here’s a look at it :




I have a step by step tutorial on how I went about this process, so here’s a look at my pen holder from the altered tin.


Step 1 – I first sanded the entire base of the tin both on the outside as well as on the inside before covering it up with a layer of White Gesso.


Step 2 – After the Gesso dried completely, I colored the insides of my tin using a black Acrylic paint to give it a better finish.


Step 3 – To decorate the outside of the tin, I have used Core’dinations Kraft Core Nostalgic Cardstock and embossed it using an embossing folder from Anna Griffin – Brocade. You will need atleast 2 sheets of 6 X 6” cardstock  to cover the entire tin depending on the width and height of your tin.


Step 4 – After I embossed the cardsotck, I sanded it using a small sanding block from my stash. This brings out the ‘Kraft core’ beautifully as shown in the picture.



Step 5– Cover the entire base of the tin using the embossed cardstock. Adhere it using Tacky tape or some other strong glue. I used Mod Podge as my adhesive.


Step 6– It’s time to now embellish the tin and I have used the Spellbinders Elegant Ovals die to die-cut three different sizes of decorative ovals using the Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Cardstock.


Step 7 -I punched out scalloped laces using the EK Success Scalloped Scallop punch from the Authentique Infused 6 X 6” Paper pad.


Step 8 – For my flowers, I have used a  mix of flowers from Prima Marketing- Tales of You & Me collection and the small blue filler flowers are handmade using a Punch Bunch Punch which I then colored using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.


Step 9 – I  die-cut the leaves for my foliage using a Sizzix Sizzlits-  Medium Branch die  from Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Cardstock pack.


Step 10 – I assembled everything and then added a butterfly which I die cut from a  Cheery Lynn Designs die and a sentiment quote from a Fiskars stamp set.



Supplies used :

Core’dinations Kraft Core Nostalgic Cardstock

Cuttleubg A2 Embossing Folder/ Border set by Anna Griffin- Brocade

Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Dies Elegant Ovals

Prima Marketing Tales of You & Me Flowers -Sweet Little Notes

Prima Marketing Tales Of You & Me Flowers – Love Letters

Authentique Collection Kit 12″X12″ – Infused

Cheery Lynn Design Dies – Small Exotic Butterflies #1 W/Angel Wings

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Sanding Grip Hand Held Block

Faber Castell Gesso Jar 100ml

Prima Marketing Chalkboard Paint 8.5oz Charcoal Black

Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Gray & White

Plaid® Mod Podge® Matte 8 Oz

American Crafts This To That Foam Tab Adhesive – Circles

To enter this month’s challenge, here are the guidelines :
  1. Create any project as the theme is “Handmade Flowers“
  2. Upload your entry at our Member Gallery and link us up in this thread in the forum “May 2016 Challenge – ‘Handmade Flowers’“.
  3. All entries are due by 31st May, 2016.
  4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.


  1. A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
  2. All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.