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Four Seasons Altered Tea Tin Tutorial by Laura Carson

Filed under Art Projects, Design Team, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. But you can try searching on the same names (as links below) on the new site.

I’m finally starting to feel human again (the “cold from hell” that practically everyone out here has or has had) but my sense of time is a little warped (more than usual).

Anyway, Laura Carson’s lovely Four Seasons Altered Tea Tin (and ATC Storage/Display) will forgive my temporal lapse as it’s set for showing off in any season!

And (if you’re participating in our new, Monthly ATC Swaps for 2013) you could make one to house a year’s worth of monthly/seasonal ATCs. And the Square Tea Tin used as the base for the whole project is On Sale!

Each of the 4 sides of Laura’s tin uses an Oval Window Wood Flourish to frame a collage from one of the seasons. There are so many beautiful embellishments on each side that I’ve broken up the links (to see all the components) per season:

Bonus: Laura’s blog post includes a detailed tutorial on the cool crackle finish she created on the base of the tin (a wooden Candlestick Holder). See below for highlight photos.

But before you run off to read Laura’s full blog post, two (maybe three) bits of news you’ll want to hear:

1. Since Laura made such clever use of the Candlestick Holder (and there’s also a couple new or back in stock items in the same category), I’ve put the all the Game Pieces and Miscellaneous items On Sale! Grab ’em quick: some items will be selling out + the sale ends Saturday.

2. How could I forget? (ok… brain has been addled so I may have forgotten a lot…) Marilyn Hughes is the winner of the "Best in Show" prize for the Chipboard Potion Bottles Swap (voted by the swap participants)! Click the photos at right to see more details of her artwork + her prize package.

View more artwork from the swap in the Gallery! And learn more about future swaps in the Yahoo Group or by signing up for the Newsletter.

3. Another Giveaway! Yay! I’m giving away one of the new January Doorways Kits! Even in you’ve already bought one, you can gift it to a friend (or just squirrel away those ribbons and papers and beads for a future project).

To enter the Doorways Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, January 12, 2013 (Saturday night PST). (Don’t forget to leave your email address, too, so I can contact the winner; note, your email address does not need to be made public.)

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

By Sunday morning’s newsletter, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back Sunday to see who won!

Posted by Leslie, January 10th, 2013

110 responses to “Four Seasons Altered Tea Tin Tutorial by Laura Carson”

  1. Connie says:

    I’d love to win it!

  2. Patricia Werther says:

    How exciting, love all the details!

  3. Pam P says:

    I ADORE AS stuff of all kinds… And, I especially LOVE door and window images!!

  4. Kim Rayko says:

    Gorgeous Tea Tin! Great tutorial too!
    As for the Doorways set..Have always loved doors.Doors from the past…doors to the future!

  5. Diane says:

    Ohhhh gorgeous kit, that is soooo beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Traci says:

    I love these items-would love to win.

  7. Rose Cavalli says:

    Thanks for another opportunity to win!

  8. Sara Tanner says:

    This is so beautiful!!! The fall is my favorite but they are all gorgeous!

    Thank you for sharing.:)

  9. Karen Nein says:

    Your monthly kits are a fabulous idea! And the doors…what a way to open our creative minds in the new year!

  10. Mary Gryger says:

    Absolutely love the mysterious quality of altered images and articles. Doorways intrigue me because they hint at hidden adventures or treasures in other worlds.

  11. Jane T says:

    I have a board on Pinterest just for doors! I would love to win.

  12. Amanda Miller says:

    Love this kit! 🙂

  13. Toni Tuck says:

    I would love to win,,I have the New Year Blas…I love all the great stuff you come up with.

  14. Lori Turner says:

    What a lovely kit and generous giveaway! Would love to win…my creative wheels are already turning!
    Thanks in advance & God bless! Lori

  15. Heather says:

    I like door images too

  16. Libby Jones says:

    Would love to win, thanks for the chance. Some drop dead artwork here

  17. Lindy says:

    I love the door images!

  18. Lizbeth says:

    Mmm love the doorways. Count me in, please.

  19. Kris Gruben says:

    Always so fun to see what you come up with next!!

  20. Shana says:

    Beautiful! Reminds me of all of the doors and windows I took pictures of while in Europe!

  21. I love the doorways and I’m itching to get my hands on one . . . or two or three!!

  22. Rebecca says:

    I would love to learn altered art but don’t know how to get started. Your kit might just be the ticket!

  23. I’m so happy you have come out with the monthly kits. They are right up my alley.


  24. Rima St.John says:

    Laura’s tea tin is gorgeous, already purchased a couple of tins, her work is always exceptional!! Thank you Laura for your generous tutorials. Love the idea of the monthly kits, have a feeling Feburary’s kit is going to be a “must have”… it’s a Valentine kit (hint, hint), oh….I hope, I hope. Would love to win the January kit.

  25. Angelina Sparkle says:

    What a lovely kit! There are so many ways to be creative.

  26. The monthly kit looks awesome. Laura’s tea tin is beyond words. I marvel at her work. Thanks for the contest. My fingers are crossed.

  27. Christy W says:

    Love the idea of 4 seasons 3D tins. Will definitely try this.

  28. Roxanne says:

    I Love Laura Carson’s work….soooo Inspiring! Would be great to just win one little piece made by her talented hands!

  29. Kathy Bumb says:

    what a fantastic and beautiful giveaway!!

  30. Mary Wilkins says:

    I love the tea tins that Laura did and am loving the idea of monthly kits to swap. Would love to win the January kit.

  31. Wanda Buxton says:

    Would love to win this is so fun/ ttfn

  32. Debra Gergely says:

    Oh I would so love to have one of these beautiful Doorways!

  33. Rena Matus says:

    The inspiration from your website and the
    products that you sell are truly amazing.
    Eye candy plus! I’d love to win!

  34. debbi g says:

    thanks for all your good ideas and give-a-ways. Happy New Year!

  35. Diana Kelly says:

    I love the new kits. Thank you for a chance to win this one. I will gift the one I bought and do something wonderful with this one if I win.

  36. Miss Iowa says:

    Hmmm, looks like a fabulous kit! Love the color scheme. Thanks for the chance to win.

  37. Melissa says:

    Awesome perfect birthday present

  38. Joelle Platz says:

    I am so excited to have found this website!! There are too many things I want to order. I must pace myself 🙂 Thanks for the contest chance too!

  39. Sheree says:

    I love the fall side of the tin! Stunning colors! The ideas are flying!! 😀 Good luck to all…and to all Good Luck 🙂

  40. Debbi Clayton says:

    This looks wonderful!!! I adore the little door charms, so cute. Another terrific giveaway!

  41. wendy says:

    looks like a great kit! count me in!

  42. Rise St Arno says:

    What is behind the door…

  43. Jennifer U. says:

    Glad you are feeling better and thanks for sharing the recovery joy via a giveaway!!! Can imagine much fun with this door kit!

  44. Laurie says:

    I enjoyed the comment about Janus and Doorways. Never heard that before. Unique. Thank you for the fun!

  45. Sami says:

    Great kit! I hope I win it!!

  46. Debi Wind says:

    What an amazing give away. Would love to have this!

  47. angelic says:

    Great kit. Thank you for the ideas and giveaway.

  48. Dawn says:

    Love the new kits and the fact they are REASONABLY priced. Keep the great ideas coming!

  49. Janice says:

    This is so beautiful! Great work from Laura as usual!

  50. Jackie Benedict says:

    This kit is so sweet!!! So many possibilities for pages, cards and alterables. I’d love to have one for some Valentine’s Day projects I have in mind! SWEET.

  51. Love this kit! When we visited London, I made my husband take pictures of all the doors that had architectural interest. He said “What are you going to do with all these door pictures” Well this kit would be perfect for that project!

  52. Kathi R says:

    I love that new kit and would love to win it!

  53. Marianne says:

    I like the new kits, awesome addition!

  54. Tamera Hixon says:

    Love your blog! Love your products! Love your tutorials! Would love to win! Thanks!

  55. Elizabeth DelValle says:

    Looks like a wonderful kit kit full of lots of goodies to put to use on several projects. Would love to be picked

  56. Mary Mac says:

    Love the idea of this kit and what you can do with it.

  57. ami says:

    Love the doors and windows!

  58. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I am so happy that you guys are going to have monthly kits. This one you are offering for today’s giveaway is awesome.

  59. Laura’s creations are so fabulous! I would love to win a giveaway!!
    hugs Karen

  60. What a great kit I love the doors they are gorgeous~

  61. MargieD says:

    What a fabulous prize – I love this kit. Thanks for the chance to win.

  62. Noreen says:

    What a fun way to do a tin – just turn it around for a new season!

  63. Pamela Bennett says:

    I love all the Doorways! Thanks for the chance.

  64. cathy n says:

    I just love doorways. I really like that kit. Got my fingers crossed.

  65. Anni says:

    Just the colors alone pull me in. Love the doors. A

  66. Diane Douglas says:

    WOW!! Thanks for another wonderful Giveaway. These new Kits are AWESOME!! Looking forward to all the new Kits that will be coming out each month.

    Thanks for another chance to win a Giveaway.

    Take Care,

  67. Faith says:

    Another beauty from Laura! loving the doorways!

  68. ann says:

    Oh I would soooo love to win this beautiful kit. Thank you for the chance to maybe win.

  69. karenladd says:

    Wow, this kit is just gorgeous!! Love the doorway images and already thinking of ways to use the elements!

  70. tara says:

    great kit. keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

  71. JanL says:

    I only found your website, newsletter, blog a month or so ago and am having so much fun checking through all the products (and buying a few, too!) I really like your new monthly kit…so many pretty papers and ephemera. Wonderful!

  72. Katie says:

    I love the doorways designs. I can imagine all kinds of ways to use them.

  73. Angela Campbell says:

    Ohhhhh yes please!

  74. Sandi mueller says:

    VERY Cool!

  75. Karen Buchanan says:

    Love this kit! Laura’s tutorial is great!

  76. Donna Kelly says:

    Lovey — hoping and wishing!

  77. Dianne Hunter says:

    I love all your products and would love to try some of them out….

  78. Samantha G. says:

    Oooh! Pretty!

  79. Sharon Bolmey says:

    How fun is this?

  80. Pat Healey says:

    This Kit is awesome and winning it would be a great way to start off the New Year!

  81. Kate says:

    Ooooh, I love giveaways! I would love to win some doorways!

  82. Sandra C says:

    Oh, the possibilities . . . When one door closes, another one opens.

  83. Jen R says:

    bought a kit, but can always use MORE great AlphaStamps goodies

  84. Jackie Tuttle says:

    Thank you for the chance to win the wonderful doorways kit.

  85. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Love the tea tin!!

  86. oh, lovely kit! i would love to play with it!

  87. Thalia Kottke says:

    What a great give-away.

  88. Mary-Ann Grocki says:

    I love your website and all of your products!

  89. Terry McMullen says:

    LOVE the idea of four seasons! It is really cute! What a great giveaway. I take pictures of old doors wherever I go, so this kit would be perfect for me to use!


  90. jan m says:

    My entryway is fashioned with a Mexican door print, door knobs and keys! Such a versatile group of doors/window dies, so many creative possibilities! Thank you for a chance to win them!

  91. M says:

    I would love to win. Doors are cool. 🙂

  92. Theresa Goldman says:

    So much fun. Really.

  93. Pam says:

    Doors are my portals to life.

  94. Francine says:

    Love the tutorial; great doorways.

  95. p boszko says:

    so many doors…so many exciting things behing them! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  96. CuddlyBunny says:

    Awesome, gorgeous project!

    Thank you as always for sharing such inspiring art!

  97. Darci Simmons says:

    Love all the projects. These are really wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us!

  98. Debbie Kaste says:

    The doorways are amazing! Love your site and the awesome artwork.

  99. marybeth i says:

    thanks for hosting another giveaway! I do love the doors….

  100. gloria says:

    As always nice things. Laura’s work is very beautiful.

  101. Janet says:

    What a beautiful idea. So unique.

  102. Karen S says:

    Oh what fun it would be to win this! Love the doorways theme … already sends my mind wandering on ideas. Thank you for the opportunity.

  103. Cass Fonnebeck says:

    I love the doorways theme, even more than stairways! I would LOVE to win!

  104. carol d says:

    Doorway theme, tea tin such inspiration – kit would really help. Wish we might have a choice on which collage sheets go in kit… I know that would make it way too complicated. I just happen to already have one of them and long for colorful doorways instead.

  105. Alice says:

    Very inspirational, re-purposing everyday items into amazing art. Doors are my passion and this kit is very nice. Thanks for the opportunity.

  106. Yvonne says:


    I love Laura’s use of the doors on the tin. It would be awesome to win the give-away!