Thursday, February 12, 2009
basket tins tutorial
I thought I would share a tutorial today in case anyone wanted to create some little baskets like these that I made for my kids using the 8 oz round clear top tins. They are really pretty simple to create and the only special thing I used was a crop-a-dile. You need something that is strong enough to punch a hole through the metal tins. The tutorial will go back and forth between the boy and the girl versions that I created. I created them at the same time and took photos of each along the way. If you would like to view larger photos, they should enlarge if you click on them.
First, cut a strip of cardstock 1 x 11. The small ovals from the Borders and Corners: Oval set fit perfectly on the one inch strips. I always stamp first on scrap paper to make sure my stamp is stamping evenly. Then, simply stamp the entire strip with the oval of your choice.
The little bunny and the little chick from the new Tags for Spring stamp set fit perfectly in the small ovals. I stamped the bunny in dark chocolate ink on my boy version and the chick in summer sunrise ink on the girl version.
Now, you will need a layer of cardstock for below our stamped images. I cut mine 1 1/2 x 11 inches and then trimmed a tiny bit off the end. Sorry, this is not an exact measurement! When you are wrapping two layers around a tin, the bottom layer will always wrap farther around the tin because the top layer is going around both the tin and the layer of cardstock below it. (Does that make sense?) It's esentially going around something that has just a tad bit bigger circumference. For this reason, I trimmed just a little bit off the end of the colored cardstock so they would end up being the same length when wrapped around the tin. This is not really necessary. I just like how it looked a little better.
Apply the adhesive to the back of the cardstock. I just used my atg and added some glue dots to the ends to give it a little extra strength.
Wrap the cardstock around the tin just below the embossed part of the tin where the lid rests.
Don't wrap it all the way around yet. Just wrap it most of the way around and then stop so we can add the other layer without overlapping.
Now, center the stamped cardstock and adhere it over the solid cardstock.
Go ahead and adhere the end of the solid cardstock over the stamped cardstock. See how it overlaps? I just think it looks a little better if the two pieces are adhered the same way. You certainly could just adhere each strip and not worry about this.
Now, we are going to make the handle for our baskets. I cut my ribbon strips 8 inches long, but I would have liked them to be a tag bit longer when I was done with my baskets so I would go 9 inches long. Cut two strips of ribbon. I run a strip of adhesive from my atg down the backside of the top ribbon (my spring rain twill in this case). This helps keeps the ribbons together and they don't slip out of place when you are putting everything together.
Now, just center the top ribbon over the bottom ribbon and adhere the two ribbons together.
Now, it's time for the crop-a-dile. Use the large hole punch and punch a hole through either side of your tin (opposite of each other). Center it on the cardstock that is above the stamped strip.
Now, wrap a piece of ribbon (I use the atg to make the ribbon back sticky) around the top of the tin. Make sure the ends that overlap will be in the back.
Now, thread the ribbon through the punched holes on each side. I stick a glue dot on the end to hold it in place.
Now, use the smaller hole punch on your crop-a-dile and punch a hole through the ribbon handle, the strip of ribbon around the top of the tin, and the tin itself on both sides of the ribbon handle. I center the punched hole on the handle and on the ribbon strip going around the tin.
Now, add your brad through the hole. The brad and the glue dot will help hold the ribbon handle in place and the decorative brads look pretty on the sides. You can see the inside of other side of the tin in the photo. It's not too pretty on the inside so we're going to line the inside and that will cover up the ribbons and the ends of the brads.
I used polka dot basics to stamp my cardstocks that I used to line the insides. I just heated it with my heat gun to make sure the ink dried quickly and I could put them inside my tins without smearing the ink.
Now, put the cardstock liners inside the tins. I put adhesive on the back and curl the cardstock while putting it inside the tins. (Make sure not to touch the adhesive to any of the rest of the cardstock. You don't want it getting stuck to itself.)
To create the tags, use a scalloped circle nestability die to punch a tag that opens (create a hinged edge). Then, punch four white cardstock circles. I used a circle from Borders and Corners: Circles for the inside and a stamp from Tags for Spring for the ouside.
I tied the tags to my ribbon handles using white embroidery floss and added a stitched button to the tags using a glue dot.
Here you can see I stamped the "for my" and just hand wrote who they were for on the inside of the tag.
After the basket tins sat for a bit, I thought they were looking a little plain so I went back and added some stamping on the bottom of the baskets. The little astricks on the bottom of the boy basket are from Borders and Corners: Rectangles. The flowers on the girl basket are from Borders and Corners: Heart. I added the white to the flower centers using a white signo pen.
I filled some baggies with jelly beans and tied a ribbon around the top to finish them off.
Phew!! It took forever to type this up and load all the photos! I would love to hear what you think! If you decide to create one, be sure to leave me a link so I can check it out!
Stamps: Tags for Spring, Borders and Corners: Oval, Borders and Corner: Rectangle, Borders and Corners: Heart (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: white, sweet blush, spring rain, dark chocolate, raspberry fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: dark chocolate, fresh snow, summer sunrise, raspberry fizz, true black (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: new leaf bitty dots ribbon, new leaf grosgrain ribbon, spring rain twill, raspberry fizz satin ribbon, sweet blush twill, dark chocolate swiss dots ribbon, summer sunrise swiss dots ribbon (Papertrey Ink), vintage cream button, new leaf button (Papertrey Ink), brads (Making Memories)
Tools: crop-a-dile, circle nestability die, scalloped circle nestability die (Spellbinders), white Signo pen
Other: 8 oz round clear top tin (Papertrey Ink)