January 25, 2007

Altered Paint Cans for the Mommy to Be...

This altered paint can (one of 6) was made for a customer who had SIX pregnant friends AND was prego herself! WOW! She ordered the cans from me at a local craft show and was planning to give them to her prego friends filled with all the necessities of labor. (see list at the bottom of the post) I sold them the cans with a matching journal and beaded pen for $18 each. She seemed very happy with the end result. Imagine how cute these will be perched on the gift tables of all the showers she will be attending!

I used a color combo of Bashful Blue, Barely Banana and Pale Plum for this can. The fabric on top is a hodge-podge of scraps I just happen to HAVE; because as you know the person who dies with the MOST unused fabric wins!

This project uses 4 different adhesives! I used a Xyron Adhesive for the base of the can; the actual paper affixed to the metal, and I used 2 great new UHU adhesives for the other elements; "Scrapbookers Pen" and the "Glue Roller". The letter squares were adhered with Stampin' Up! Dementionals to give them some "pop".

The UHU adhesives worked wonderfully. The Scrapbookers Pen adhesive has a very strong bond, it's easy to use and this tube will last me forever! I especially loved the application of the Glue Roller. It went on easy and seemed to have a very solid bond while still being re-positionable (I used this on the layered letters). I will love this Glue Roller in my scrapbooks! Even more wonderful was the cost of these handy helpers; a gift from Maria Filosa's Blog for UHU adhesives. Thanks UHU!

I watercolored the focal point images with Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I like to hold the crayon in my hand and take the color right from the crayon itself with my aqua pen. I find that the less I try to fill in the entire image with color the more attractive the final image looks. Here is a close up...

Labor Day Basics Can Fill List (from personal experience)

-Stop Watch
-Nice White Footsie Socks
-Sour Lollipops ( I liked Jolly Rancher Green Apple and Lemonade)
-Roll of Quarters (for vending machines)
-Snacks for Dad
-Portable Battery Operated Fan
-Unscented Massage Oil
-Massage Tool
-Nice Relaxing Music (Enya maybe?)
-Terrycloth Headband or Rubber Bands for Hair
-List of important Phone Numbers
-Deck of Cards


Kalyber said...

do you include a church key to open the can with? I decorated a paint can for my dad for Xmas and knew what his reaction would be if there was no way to get to the goodies.

Stampin Merr said...

cute!! Great idea!!

passionstamper said...

I love what you did with this set and the paint cans! How cute! I just found your blog and really enjoy it..hope you will visit mine!

Jen said...

What a super cute idea! I love how you did the can and your ideas for what to put in one.

Chris said...

I love it... it's stunning... what a fabulous gift idea. I have never altered a can though I have been tempted... maybe it's a project for the future. Thanks for the inspiration

Cindy Keery said...

Great job on the can, Sarah! The fabric bows are such a fun embellishment!