Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rhinstone Brad Jewel Box . . . worth a mint!

Today is the first day of the Going Green Blog Tour.  It is my first time to be involved in one of these tours and I admit to being a bit nervous.  The idea behind this tour is to recycle an item, or idea, to create something fun and new.  I have been wanting to try this idea for a long time I hope you like it!

The BEFORE and the AFTER

You will need:
 1 metal tin,  a variety of the round Rhinestone brads, Filigree Designer Brads, Sanding Block, Craft Ink to match your tin, Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, a hammer, and a nail. 
First a light sanding of the top of the tin.  Then cover it in Stampin' Up! Craft Ink (I used Real Red to match this particular tins red top) and Clear Embossing Powder.  After you heat this be careful to let it cool. It will be hot and take a bit longer for the embossing to 'set'.  I messed mine up a bit by touching it too soon - plus OUCH! it was hot!
Find the center of the lid with a ruler, or just eyeball it.  Open the box and find a block of wood to support the lid and the foam piece from the Mat Pack bundle between the wood and the lid. Then create a starter hole using the Piercing Tool, then because you'll needed a larger hole use a fat nail (unknown technical name, I just got it from my husbands 'stash') and hammered that into the original hole.  It is important to create that starter hole so you don't dent the lid with the nail.    Once you have the first hole place your main brad on the lid.  Mine uses both sizes of the Filigree Designer Brads and a red Rhinestone Brad.
 Once the first brad is in place, place filigree brads around it and mark the center with a pencil.  Then pierce those holes as you did with the first one.  Continue this process until the lid is as filled as you want it to be. I found it easier to secure the main brads, then mark the next set of brads, and so on.  Then when you can no longer fit any of the Filigree Designer Brads on the lid, you can fill in with Rhinestone Brads

When you are satisfied you can add fabric or felt to finish the inside of the tin.  Then create a personalized designer charm using one of our beautiful Simply Adorned Charms and place it inside What a fun packaging idea for an Easter, Birthday, or Mother's Day gift!  . . . or keep it for yourself!

Remember to check back here tomorrow to see my next project.  Follow the link below to see what some of my other Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends are doing for this tour.  The next one is by Jackie Bottomley, who happens to be a member of my downline (theMemoryINKers team) and a good friend!!

Hugs, Karie B.

Tour Ended 3/7/10

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