Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dazzling Summer Altoid Tin by Cheryl Waters

Summer is Around the Corner

In the stores we see summer preparation . . . all the summer gear is laid out and my family is already using sunblock. I love summer (actually I love all the seasons) as it is a time where people gather around outdoor activities. I wanted to share with you a little invitation idea I put together recycling an Altoid tin. I made several different ones but wanted to share this particular one. This one serves as an invitation envelope but is a great idea for a gift card holder or just even as a little something set on a desk with a photo in it. I used some fun new Dazzler Glitter on this particular project from the Dazzle Days Art Glitter Kit. Here’s the how to:

Enjoy your Altoids and clean the tin.
Take desired patterned paper and trace with a pencil the shape of the Altoid tin. Cut out. I used my Fiskars microtip scissors especially when doing a lot of precision cutting. Do this for the top and bottom of the tin. Place the paper on top of the tin using Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive. Don’t worry if the paper overlaps.
Once the adhesive is fairly dry sand off the excess paper from the edges. Add rubons, embellishments and layer if desired. Here I used rubons and then I layered my elements with pop dots for a more 3-D effect. I used Fiskars Mak’in Waves squeeze punch, Fiskars Boundary Waters border punch and Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. One of my favorite new colors of Dazzler Art Glitter is Ariel which I used here.

The inside cover of the Altoid tin can constructed by tracing the outside once again. Then placing it inside the tin and creasing it. Once you find the crease, trim as necessary. After such a time, simply place down using Designer Dries Clear adhesive and embellish. On my fan I used the lovely color (Fiskateer are going to love this color) of Jamaica.

Once again for the ‘swimmer’ I used Ariel Dazzle Art Glitter.

I placed a small invite into the little altered box and invited neighbors for a pool party. Other ideas could include a thank you with a Starbucks gift card, a tea time for the ladies or any gift card for that matter. You’re recycling and personalizing a little gift or making a unique invitation for someone special. I’m loving the new Dazzler Art Glitter choices. Oh so yummy and perfect for summer layouts and projects. Enjoy!


  1. I love Altoid tins and knew that someday I would find something creative to do with them. Sure enough! There you are! And, what a great invitation! If I received an invitation like this, I would definitely want to go to that party! I would know in advance that it's going to be fun! Thanks so much for sharing this clever idea!!!

  2. Cheryl -

    What a fantastic idea! I just love this, what a super job you've done. Love all the sparkle the glitter gives.

    Elaine Allen

  3. adorable! i LOVE tin art, you've done a great job!

  4. The glitter really makes it pop!

  5. Oh those are so very cool with Glitter on them!

  6. What a great idea! Wonderful!

  7. The glitter really made it all come together with a real wow!! Thanks for sharing Cheryl.

  8. Another beautiful creation ... lovely and thank you for sharing with us.

  9. This is a great project Cheryl - we don't have altoids over here but have plenty of little tins we can use instead - love your glittery water and your eyelet bubbles inside - TFS
    TracyM #6773

  10. I am not at all surprised that you created such a fantastic invitation! I love it and I love the new chunky glitter. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Sandy #1781