Vintage Altered Art Paint Tin – Flashback

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop for August. This month’s theme is Crafting with School Supplies. Since I am a gatherer of vintage treasures, it only seems appropriate that I use thrifted, vintage school supplies.


I started with a used, vintage watercolor tin. I used to love these tins especially when they were brand new. For this project, I liked the fact that this was found well-used but still quite full of paint.


I added some Distress Ink to a vintage ViewMaster disk, trimmed the disk slightly to fit and used the bottom part of the disk on the bottom of the paint tray. I stamped the words using Tim Holtz’s Words for Thoughts stamp {CMS132} and cut them apart. I die cut the dress form and thread spool using the Sizzix Mini Sewing Room Set. I added embroidery floss to the spool and a piece of vintage lace to the dress form.


I added a few small, found trinkets as well as a few new Tim Holtz trinkets to add interesting treasures for the viewer to discover.


Here you can see the bottom part of the ViewMaster disk.

Everything in this altered art piece is very symbolic to me and brings back such fond memories. I hope you enjoyed this project using school supplies and please be sure to visit all of the creative ideas at the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop.

Product Links:

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp Set, 7 by 8.5-Inch, Words for Thought

Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK – Mini Sewing Room Set by Tim Holtz

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About Lynda Kanase

Founder and Chief Designer of i-crafter Creative Products and current Crafter, Maker, Stitcher, Scrapper, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Instructor, Anglophile, Dog lover and Mom trying to make the world prettier, one project at a time. Please join me on this creative adventure.

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