No trip for me this year so I had to find something else to get some of that holiday feeling. I saw a beach scene in a tin and that inspired me. Just a beach is not enough for me so I added a bit of landscape as well. Here is how I did it.
This is the tin I used, It was the only kind I could find around here. There were tiny sweets in it. The size is very nice to work with 6 cm by 3 cm. But the tin is really very shallow : just 1 cm deep. That leaves very little room for the stuff to go inside. I actually broke the hinge trying some things for size. So if you can find a deeper tin go for it.
Here is step 1 : trying out the clay that will become the beach base. You can use any type of clay . I used air drying clay because I happened to have some but you can use Fimo and bake the whole thing.
Step 2 .When the clay was dry I painted it a very pale sand colour and sprinkled some sand on it. ( use craft sand or bird cage sand). I painted the see area in acrylic paints. Used blue and white. the sea is lighter in color near the beach so that will give the best look. Paint the sea with Mod Podge or varnish for a nice shine.
Step 4 . Added a little hint of pink paint to the pebbles and added some tiny bits of the green stuff to them to make them look more interesting.
Now for the landscape in the lid. I printed 4 copies of the photo I found on line ( Passport photo size) . One copy was cut to fit inside the lid and glued in place with Mod Podge.
I cut out the pergola with the flowers twice and also the chairs and table in the front. I know the chairs are not very visible but they do add some depth to the whole thing. I added double sided foam tape to the back of the pergola cuttings and layered them on top of the pergola in the lid.
I used one of the set of chairs and table to do the same thing. From the second part I only used the backs of the chairs so they would stand out more.
Added some green moss like stuff ( in the bag on the right of the photo available at Minikitz .com) add some details to the landscape. I also used flower foam to make the flowers stand out more. I just glued it on top of the flowers in the picture.
Had a lot of fun creating this little holiday for me. Hope it will inspire you too.