Altered Vintage Metal Box :: by Becky Shander
Stamp image (Romantic Botanicals) onto a paper towel (construction grade from a Home Improvement store) with Distress Ink Pad (Tea-dye) and let dry. Hand tear around the image so that it fits on top of a metal box. Use a glue stick to adhere the stamped paper towel to the top of the box. Then spray Krylon (matte finish) over the image to protect it. Next, take apart a clothespin and use a metal snipping shear to remove a small portion of the clothespin so that it will fit across the width of the metal box.
Use a sponge brush to apply a light coat of antique white acrylic paint to the clothespin and let dry. Then rub sandpaper along the edges of the clothespin for some definition (this will remove some of the white paint.) Also use the sandpaper to distress a blue-green colored button and then dab on Distress Ink Pad (Tea-dye) with a stiff stencil brush. Use craft glue to adhere a sprinkling of mica flakes at the bottom, left corner of the stamped image. Then adhere the clothespin to the box with craft glue. Lastly, use craft glue to adhere buttons and a snap to the clothespin and let dry.