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:)
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)
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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