Saturday, June 4, 2011

Skull Appreciation Day blog hop

Hello smudged and inked blog hoppers!

As the old saying goes "I decided to kill two birds with one stone"! I needed to make an altered paint can for a friends birthday and she just so happens to LOVE skulls. I must admit that I am addicted to altering these cans and I am considering a self help program. So if anyone knows of a good "paint can addiction 101 class" please feel free to forward the information.

Hopefully she will like and enjoy it the can:)

Supply list;
Autumn Leaves - Clear Stamps by Rhonna Farrer - Flourishes
12x12 Creative Imaginations - Caution Girl Collection - Paper - Cherry and Skull Paper
12x12 Random stripped paper from my stash
Ranger ink- acrylic paint dabber- snow cap
Ranger ink- acrylic paint dabber- pitch black
Heidi Swapp - Chipboard Alphabet - White
Mod Podge- glossy
White felt (used to make skull and cross bones)
Embroidery floss (two different colors)
Buttons- three
Various ribbons that coordinate with your paper

Altered paint can

1. Remove the handle from the can. (this will makes it a lot easier in the long run when adding your paper and embellishing).

2. Cut two pieces of card stock, patterned paper or fabric 7 1/4 x 10 3/4. This will leave you some overlap at the seams and a small gap at the top and bottom. You can easily split the 7 1/4 measurement in half if you want to use 2 different papers to cover the can.

3. Place a mark about 1 1/2 inches down from the top of your paper and use a 1" circle punch to cut out holes for the handles.

4. Once the paper is cut and the handle holes punched, you can stamp, ink, sew, draw or right on the paper before it is adhered to the can.

5. Adhere your paper to the can.

a. If the paper is lightweight, you can use double sided tape (I like Terrifically Tacky Tape) to attach the paper along the seams. I just run one piece of 1" wise tape up each side of the can, right under the handle.

b. If you're using heavy weight cardstock, or if you want your can to be a bit more durable, you'll need to use Mod Podge or some other decoupage medium. If you use a wet adhesive like Mod Podge. Use a foam brush to apply the paste to the can and then place the paper. I like to slather on another coat of Mod Podge over the paper. You can do this tidily or really sloppy, depending on the look you're trying to achieve. I usually allow it to dry over night before adding embellishments.

6. To create top or bottom borders, or a horizontal stripe around the middle of the can, cut a strip or paper or a ribbon and adhere with double sided tape.

7.I use a compass set at 2 5/8 inches to yield a circle with 5 1/4" diameter. (Be warned, when I used a compass I had an ugly flashback to geometry class.....). Again, adhere the paper to the top of the can with double sided tape or Mod Podge.

8. Once the surface is dry, you're free to embellish your can as you wish.

9. Replace the handle of the can.

10. Tie ribbons or add beads around the handle and decorate finish off by adding a paint key.

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  1. Ummm - I don't actually SEE the paint can !! I'm sure it's awesome ?!!
    Ike xx

  2. I see it!!! It is awesome! Thanks for the tut!!!! I became a follower and I left a comment, that has to count for something right!!! LOL

    Seriously though, this is an awesome project, your friend is gonna love it!!!

  3. This is soo stinkin cute! You are so talented, it's running through your veins. Thanks for sharing

  4. Nooo, don't go to any self help for addiction classes - you do the cans so well twould be a shame for you to give them up! Great project and cutie skull with the heart lips!

  5. Don't even THINK of giving up making those cans! To cute! I'm sure it will be treasured. Thanks for the helpful tut. Remove the handle. Now why didn't I think of that? (DUH!) xxD

  6. Very cool paint can!!!

  7. Fabulous altered can, your friend is bound to love it! :D

  8. What a fabulous paint can and an awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing all of the instructions with us!

  9. Such a fun project... I'm sure your friend will adore it!

  10. Great project and thank you for the 'how to'!

  11. The paint can is such a cool and useful project. LOVE IT!

  12. Awesome job of altering the paint can! Your friend will LOVE it! Thanks for posting the tutorial as well! I am a new follower. Thank you for the inspiration!

  13. I'd love to get your altered paint can as a gift it's fab, your friend will love it I'm sure.

    Frith x

  14. What a great idea! I love it. Can't wait to attempt my own...someday. =)

  15. Hello, Trisha. Very cute project. Love it!!!

  16. I LOVE your can! (your butt is probably ok also, LOL) I made one a long time ago, and lost the directions. :( So I am so glad you are sharing a tutorial. I bookmarked this page.

    I am also a new follower!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Inky Hugs,

  17. very neat can, it look just great dont stop it is fab

  18. don't stop with the can... fantastic

  19. you don't need a class to stop making them, you need to just keep on 'cause that is one fabby altered paint can! ;) love it!

  20. Your altered paint can is inspired! I'm bookmarking your tutorial- I want to make one.

  21. I love this altered paint can and i'm sure your friend will too.
    Thank you for hopping with us... lynx

  22. AWESOME!

    So glad I found you through the “All Kinds of Artists” Artist blog hop!
    I am your newest blog follower. :)
    Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

    I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

    Mary C. Nasser

  23. Haha you've got me thinking with this one. Great project

  24. The bow is totally cute, great touch!

  25. What a clever idea! You are so creative! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Julie Vargas

  26. Wow, this is such a cool altered paint can. I'm sure your friend will love it. Thank you for posting the instructions - I gotta try this out. Thank you also for hopping with us!

  27. OMG this is so cool! I hope your friend likes it because I sure would! what a fab idea!! thanks for sharing in our hop!

  28. LOVE IT! I have a thing for cans and wish I used them more often...THANKS FOR THE GREAT IDEA and for hopping with us!


  29. So love your skull can.. my niece just loves things with skulls too.... great idea