So often we use stamps to create greeting cards, but they can also be used to create one of a kind decorative items for around the house. Today, I created a stamped tea tin.
I’ve fallen in love with the loose leaf teas from Teavana. Yes, they are pricey, but so good! In the store, there is a wall of huge tea tins, each full of a different flavor of loose leaf tea. The person at the counter opens a tin for you and waves the lid in your direction so you can smell the tea. When you pick what you want, they weigh it and put it in little paper bags to take home.
Teavana also sells tea tins to store the loose tea, but the tins can cost anywhere from $6 to $13. I eye them every time I go into the store but I can’t bring myself to spend that much for an empty tin. So like any good stamper would, I decided to create my own. You can buy empty tins from craft stores that you can use, but I also buy tea bags in tins sometimes so I decided to use these rather than put them in the recycle bin only to have to go out and buy an empty tin new.
The tin I’m working with today (the one on the right) is a gold color with a paper label firmly wrapped around it. There are two raised stylized tea leaves and the words “Infused With Health and Happiness” on the lid that fits my finished project, so I don’t need to cover the lid. My mission is to remove the original paper layer that wraps the tin body and then replace it with a fresh stamped label.
Like a lot of product tins, the adhesive holding the label is very strong. I soaked the tin in a bowl of hot water for half an hour to loosen it up a bit and then used a kitchen spatula to scrape off the label. Because this tin is painted gold, I needed to scrape off the label carefully to avoid scraping off the gold color (although most of the gold will be covered by the label so it isn’t the end of the world if a few silver streaks are revealed.) I also needed to not be too aggressive in how I held the tin to avoid distorting the shape while I scraped.
After I got the paper off, I wiped off the adhesive left behind with some Goo-Gone. Be sure to wash your tin well with soap and water at this point. When completed, I’ll be able to wipe off my tin but probably won’t be able to wash it the sink or dishwasher, so now is the time to get off any stray label remover or cleaner.
At this point, there are a couple of ways you could go to decorate a tin. You might use an ink like StazOn to stamp and/or color it. Or you could use Ranger Vintaj Patinas to color the metal (which can really be a beautiful look. If you are interested in working directly on metal, you might be interested in the “Metal & Faux Metal Stamping Techniques” eArticle.) But for this project, I wasn’t looking for a shiny metallic finish; I wanted a softer matte appearance to go with the softer tea look, so I instead wanted to stamp a label to attach to the tin.
Using a label sheet lets me stamp flat and then easily stick my creation around the tin cylinder. Because it already has adhesive, it saves me a step too. I didn’t really want the bright white background of the label, so I needed to create a colorful background for my stamping. My kitchen is yellow and dining room is green, so I went with yellow and green.
I used a ruler to measure the height of the label area (just slightly less than 5″.) I could have used a tape measure to figure the label length, but instead, I simply cut a piece of scrap paper to 5″ high and wrapped it around the tin. Allowing for a little bit of overlap, I figured my length as 9″. So I cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ label (from an office supply store) to size.
I used Da Vinci tube watercolor paints to color the background. First I squeezed just a bit of green and yellow watercolor paint onto a plastic lid. Then I sprayed on just a very little bit of water to dilute the color just a little. Then I used a paper towel to dab first yellow and then green on the label. A paper towel is an unconventional applicator for watercolor but I was looking for a light textured look; this way I got a bit of the paper towel weave pattern onto my background.
I stamped my images (both courtesy of Annette at About Art Accents ) onto the dry background using Jet Black Ranger Archival ink.
I then colored the flowers using a Ranger Inkssential white gel pen and added some hatching lines in the background areas of the image using a blue Zig Memory pigment ink pen. The background wasn’t blue enough for me, so I colored some blue over it with a blue Copic alcohol ink marker.
While I don’t expect my tea tin to get really wet, being in the kitchen, it is possible that it could be picked up with wet hands or splashed with water, so I needed to protect the stamped and colored label. Before attaching it to the tin, I sprayed it with Krylon Crystal Clear sealant. Once thoroughly dry, I put my label onto the tin and I filled it with loose tea. I still have some tea bags in the other tin, so once I’ve finished them, I’ll create another stamped tea tin with that one.
How about you? Have you covered items with your own stamped layers to use around the house? What kinds of things have you covered in this way? Would you like to see an eArticle on this topic – embellishing objects around the house with a stamped layer?
Have fun! ~Nancie