A short while ago I created some altered art brooches. Well, I've made another batch and a little "how-to" in case you'd like to make your own. Here's one of mine completed...
Ready? Here's how....
For the base of my brooches I used square tins, and large and small round tins from Alpha Stamps
The tins have a clear plastic window that is fairly easy to remove. Just slice into the plastic with a craft knife and use a pair of pincers to twist and pull the plastic from the rolled tin grip.
The plastic will tear but your tins should be fine. You could keep window in place, but I prefer to remove them. Removing the window adds to the depth and you won't have to worry about the vinyl scratching or not being able to fix items that might dislodge inside. Using the base of the tin, trace around the edge on the reverse of a decorative scrapbooking sheet. When you cut this out, trim slightly smaller, just inside the line, so that the cut-out will fit into the bottom of the tin.
I like to cut out a bunch in a variety of papers so that I can 'play'.
Affix your cut-outs to the inside bottom of your tins.
Next, I gather the images I think I might use. These pictures are all from Tintypes Collage Sheet (my favourite!) and the School Days Collage Sheet from Alpha Stamps
. To add a little extra weight, I glue the images on to heavy decorative paper and cut them out.
To soften the cuts, and hide the white of the paper, I run a paintbrush loaded with an umber coloured paint around the edges.
Now I start playing with placement. I mix and match, moving things around until things start to come together. As I keep working, these choices will change. It's good to experiment and go with the flow
If you'd like to add wings, hats, colour or other embellishments to your cut outs, now is a good time to do that. Aren't these Small Angel Wings adorable?!?
To add depth, I use two layers of double sided foam tape. Try to cover enough of the back so that the image is well supported.
As you put your items inside, place and replace the lid to see how your composition is coming along. The lid will cover quite a bit of space around the outside edge so it's important to check how well it all fits together before fixing your embellishments into place. In this tin, in addition to my winged girl, I've added Glittered Holly Berries, Tiny Paper Roses, White Rose with Heart Shaped Petals and some gorgeous tiny ivory and pink paper rose buds. It doesn't take much to fill up that tiny space!
Let's start on the exterior. I use a toothpick to carefully add jewellers glue to the of the tin. The rims that held the vinyl window in place are handy for gluing down trim. Here I'm using 2mm Rhinestone Chain which is absolutely perfect for those rounded corners and pretty and sparkly too boot!
You can now fasten the lid to the bottom of the tin and work on further embellishing the exterior. Work in layers and go slowly... think of it like composing a picture.
Keep playing until you're pleased with the results. Adding bits and bobs, here and there. When you're done, attach a pin back so that you can wear your new piece of art. I've used a silicone type glue which smooshes through those little holes, helping with the adhesion.
Now get out there and show off your handiwork!