Using Tintype Photos in Modern Crafts

A long time ago, photographs were very rare and quite prized. Imagine it as being the brand new technology of its era. I never realized this but old tintype photos were very small, about the size of an Instax Mini Photo actually. This gave me the idea to use a tintype photo together with my Picture This! collection of photo frame dies.


To make this project I started with an old tintype photo that I had thrifted from an estate sale years ago.


I began with the frame from my Photo Frame, Travel set from Sizzix and the interchangeable word die “Memories” from the Photo Frame, Lovely set. I die cut a piece of Sizzix Foil Adhesive sheet using my SideKick machine. It was so easy with my small dies and the small machine.


Once the frame was die cut, I embossed the piece using the Flourish from the French Connection set of small embossing folders using the BigShot machine.


To age the look of the frame, I used Black and Rust Alcohol Inks on the shiny silver surface.


Because the foil has an adhesive back I was able to easily apply it to the front of the old photo.


Next I wanted to stamp on a rough wooden box so I used black acrylic paint and a brayer to apply the ink to my rubber stamp using Lady Rose by Stampers Anonymous.


The paint rolled on smoothly in a thin layer.


I stamped it in two areas on the wooden box. The wooden box is by Jillibean Soup.


I applied foam tape behind the tintype photo to add dimension and adhered it to the wood.


This is linked to:
Create With Joy, Creating My Way to Success, Flamingo ToesLife on Oak Hill, LouLou Girls, Mad in Crafts, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Skip to my Lou and The How To Home

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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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