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Friday, October 12, 2012

Dressed up Tin Box Handmade Flowers

I've got a tutorial for you today. I created this as a hybrid project, but you could use traditional papers. What's hybrid? It's the combination of digital and tradition crafting. You may think that it requires an extra step of getting the digital products out of the computer and into your hands, but there are some great benefits to hybrid. The one I like best is that I can re-use digital papers over and over again!

The project I'm sharing today is dressing up a tin box. You could use this for presenting a special gift, or keep some cherished items in.

The digital papers that I used are from the digital Kit "Cherries Jubilee" by Kristin Cronin Barrow.
Here's how I made this box:
1. Select two digital papers to use for flowers and one for leaves.

2. Open digital paper selections in photo editing software and prepare for printing.

  3. Print selected digital papers on inkjet cardstock ( I used Red River Linen 60lb)

4. Use large and medium flower punch (Paper Shapers Retro Flower)to punch required number of petals to create flowers. For the twisted rose, punch three large flowers and one medium flower. For a rose, punch three large flowers. For the open rose, punch one large flower and two medium flowers. For the small rose, punch three medium flowers.

5.Work on a soft surface such as the back of a foam mouse pad. Create two twisted rose flowers. Use three large and one medium punched flower for each of these. Spritz the flowers lightly with water to make them easy to manipulate. Using tweezers, hold the middle of a petal and twist it about 90 percent.

6. Push the twisted petal in towards the middle of the flower. Repeat for the remaining petals on all three large punched flowers.

7. Using your fingers, scrunch medium punched flower in to a ball. The image below shows one punched medium flower and one that has been scrunched.

8. Lay one of the large punched twisted flowers on the work surface. Place a drop of liquid adhesive in the center (I used Beacon Adhesives 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue). Layer another large punched twisted flower on top, alternating the petals. Use the handle of a small paint brush to push the center of the flower into the foam work surface to shape and adhere the flower. Repeat with third large punched twisted flower.

9. Add a drop of liquid adhesive in the center. Using tweezers, place the scrunched medium punched flower in the center to complete the twisted rose. Set aside to dry.

10. Create three rosettes. Use three medium punched flowers for each. Push the center of one of the flowers into the foam surface using the handle of a small paint brush.

11. Repeat step 10 for the two remaining medium punched flowers, making them each slightly tighter than the previous flower. There will be three shaped flowers pieces of varying openness as shown in the image below.

12. Layer the three shaped flower pieces starting with the most open on the bottom. Add a drop of liquid adhesive in the center and layer the middle open flower piece on top. Add a drop of liquid adhesive to the bottom of the tightest flower piece. Using tweezers, insert it into the middle of the two layered flowers to complete the rosette. Set aside to dry.

13. Create one rose. Use three large punched flowers. Use the handle of a small paint brush or stylus to curl the petals on one punched flower under.

14. Using the handle of a small paint brush, push the center of the remaining two large punched flowers into the foam surface.
15. Make one of the flowers tighter by squeezing it against the handle of the paint brush.

16. Layer the three shaped flower pieces using the same technique that was used to layer the rosettes. Start with the most open flower on the bottom and end with the tightest flower on the top. The image below shows the three shaped layers, most open on the right and tightest on the left.

17. This completes the creation of the flowers. See image below to identify each flower type.
18. Punch leaves from green digital paper.

19. Prepare the tin by coloring it with inks. Color the outside of the lid and base. Simply place dots of alcohol ink on the tin surface. Use an alcohol ink applicator tool to spread or overlap the inks if desired. Allow the inks to dry. Below is a picture of the tin prior to coloring with the inks. The inked tin is seen below in step 20.

20. Once the ink has dried, spray the lid and base of the tin with Beacon Decoupage Gloss Sealer. This will seal the inks and provide a nice smooth, glossy surface to the tin.
21. Wrap ribbon around the lid of the tin using fabric adhesive (I used Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac)

22. Adhere rhinestone sticker to lid.

23. Cut dimensional glue dots in fourths using non stick scissors

24. Use the cut glue dots to adhere the flowers and leaves to lid.

Here are some additional photos of the tin.

Shared at:
Link up For Pink
Paper Crafting Journey
Simply Create
Southern Girls
Crafts and Me
Divas by Design
Fab n Funky
Penny's Paper Crafty
Inspire me Fridays
Make it Monday


  1. Thanks for the flower tutorial, always fun to see people's "twist" on making them, and I had not heard of the Gloss Spray, will have to check that out! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  2. Wow this looks great! Thanks for the flower tutorials too. Saw it on MIM. NancyD

  3. This is such an awesome tutorial . I love how your tin came out.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART BCA/ANYTHING GOES Linky Party
    DIANA L.

  4. Cathy, this is absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial on the flowers, I must try that!! :)
    Thanks for joining the Southern Girls - hope we'll see you again!
    Hugs Siv

  5. Amazing project - love the tutorial for the flowers the twisted rose looks great. Thanks for sharing with fab n funky

    Beccy x

  6. what a beutiful creation and the flowers are fab thank you for sharing it with i us all at MIM..i might even give hema go myself... its stunning x

  7. I love making my own paper flowers, and your tutorial just gave me some new ideas! Spotted you on MiM :o)

  8. Awesome job on your tin. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I may just give it a shot to make my own.

  9. Wow, thank you for linking up this gorgeous altered tin with Make It Monday. Your tutorial is fabulous and very appreciated. :)

  10. Fabulous tutorial, and you have dressed up your tin so beautifully..

  11. Fab altered tin, lovely embellies and great tutorial on how to make the flowers too. Thanks for linking up with MIM this week.
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Hugs, Sandy :)

  12. Lovely box!!! Your little flowers are gorgeous!!
    Thanks for joining us at Link Up For Pink!!!

  13. This is a fantastic project and awesome tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing your method for making flowers!

  14. Wow, lovely flowers. Thank you for sharing! Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog this time! Good luck in the Challenge.

    DT Member
    Celestial Things

  15. wow, thanks so much for sharing all of that!!! such stunning flowers!!! Thanks for joining SC!!!

  16. what a fab project and great tut too thanks for joinging us at PCJ this time and good luck xx

  17. AWESOME!!! Thanks for the tutorial on the flowers!!! Thanks for participating in our PENNY'S PAPER CRAFTY challenge!!

  18. Thank you for entering our Bling it up challenge over at
    The Paper Crafting Journey !

    I have some BLOG CANDY
    on my blog if you are interested! The Prize is going to be either 1 x $100 or 2 x $50 Whimsy Gift Certificates.


  19. That's brilliant, you made that tin box into a beautiful craft, how lovely!


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