Today's project has been swimming around in my head for about 2 weeks, and yesterday I finally had the time to execute it. :) I purchased some tall paint can type tins after Christmas for 1/2 off and I had ONE left. I decided it would make a good princess castle (tower... whatever).
I knew I wanted to make "bricks/stones" around the tower, but the thought of cutting and rounding all 4 corners was a bit scary. Make The Cut to the rescue! Here is the Make The Cut Tutorial: Creating a castle wall and window.
Please forgive my photography. The tower is over 12 inches tall and it didn't fit well in my light box. I took the top off on one of the pictures so you can see the whole effect.
I took some pictures along the way, so I could show you the process. :)
Here is the beginning stages of building my castle wall. First, I cut some light grey card stock to the size needed for wrapping my tin. I added all the red line adhesive I needed for that prior to doing anything else. You can see a bit of that to the upper left of this picture. After I had my piece sized and ready, I began laying out my bricks. I used 2 red line dots to adhere each one. Each brick was sponged using going grey ink before it was taped down. I staggered them as shown.
I wanted to show you the card stock that once held all the grey bricks. Have I mentioned that Make The Cut saved me SO much time with this project?
Here are all my bricks laid out and adhered. I skipped the bricks that would overlap the other side (as shown).
I wrapped the finished piece around my tin like this:
Then, I adhered the last 4 bricks. This allowed me to have a consistent pattern around the tin and masks the seam quite a bit. :)
I grabbed my castle window (created with Make The Cut) and put red line dimensionals all the way around it.
Then, I used the inside piece of the window to roughly cut the shape with my Pure Innocence Princess on it.
I added tulle for some princess-like drapes on the inside of the frame, and then put red line tape over that so it would adhere to the tin.
Here is the finished project:
For the cone top, I cut a 7 1/4" circle, then cut a slit from the mid point, down (radius). I then formed it into a cone shape and adhered in place. To adhere to the lid, I made flaps inside and added red line dimensionals to the flaps. When I put it down on the lid, the flaps adhered to the lid, holding it in place. The "pole" holding the sentiment flag is a bamboo BBQ skewer that I colored dark grey with a W7 Copic marker. It is held in place by glue dots on the inside of the cone top.
This will make a nice gift for a pretty princess, filled with some fun bath products or maybe a nail kit. You could do this same thing with any sized can or tin.
Stamps: Pure Innocence Princess
Ink: Memento black, going grey
Paper: Going Grey, Basic Grey, Basic Grey Olivia patterned paper, white
Accessories: Copic markers, tulle, Make The Cut, sponge, red line tape
Now you can head over to the Make The Cut tutorial for step-by-step directions on how to create all the pieces you'll need for this project.
Have a great day and I'll see you soon!