This week I altered a plastic gum container. I made it into this handy-dandy magnetic refrigerator pencil holder.
While thumbing through the newest Good Housekeeping magazine (January 2010), I saw this really clever idea. A gum tin made into a refrigerator pencil holder. So simple, but so ingenious.
Like many of you, I have a magnetic grocery list/to-do pad stuck on my refrigerator door. I can never seem to find a pencil or pen when I need to write on it though. I usually have one stashed in a nearby drawer.
I decided I was going to make myself one of these neat pencil holders. Of course I thought....I can make mine better. I am going to make mine a little bit more "artsy". I went through all of my metal tins and couldn't find one shaped like this. I remembered I did have some plastic gum containers that opened on the end. It ended up working just fine. I just cut the plastic lid off and started altering it.
I wrapped the gum container with printed paper. I left the paper about 3/4" long at the bottom. I folded the paper at the bottom like the end of a wrapped gift box. Added a vintage looking label to the front. Aged with a little ink and sandpaper. The neck of this container is tapered, so I added two layers of twill and twine around the neck. A button and paper flower were added to embellish it. I added one round magnet to the back of my container and it is plenty secure when loaded up with a couple of pencils/pens.
Most of Tim Holtz products are geared to the vintage/aged/shabby/rustic look in art. I love it. But sometimes I just like "clean" and simple art. I found this fun "card" while looking at blogs.
This came from the blog of Shari Carroll - blog post My World. Her blog is very inspirational. I think this is just adorable. It is "clean" and simple. She used one of HeroArts new row house stamps (by the way, I must have it) in the background. She used Tim Holtz's Crackle Paint on a chipboard house. Her crackle paint house came out terrific!
I don't know about any of you... but when I use the crackle paint, it doesn't look as nice as this. Mine is always very chunky looking. With this is mind, I decided to take a slightly different route on my version/interpretation of this beautiful card. First, I chose to make a Valentine's Day card. Secondly, I used a grungeboard heart (harlequin pattern) that I finished off differently then with crackle paint.
My grungeboard heart was finished by inking it up with chalk ink and letting it dry. You could color it with most anything. Then I used versamark ink on the entire front of the heart and dipped it in clear embossing powder. I applied two coats of it. Then I put a sprinkling of holographic embossing powder in the third layer of embossing powder. You could use a fine glitter also. Gives it lots of depth. Also, remember that grungeboard can be cut easily. The heart that was in my set of shapes was too big. I just used my Tonic scissors and easily cut it down to the size I needed.
This is what I ended up with. This goes to show you that you can use Tim Holtz products and not always have to have a shabby/vintage looking finished piece of art.