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Small Triptych Frame & Alice Art x3!

Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Altered Tins, Art Projects, Nichola Battilana, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Tristan Robin Blakeman
Update! A newer post about Rhonda’s artwork is here.

Since we’ve been having so much fun this month with the regular size Altoid’s Tins, let’s shink down to the smaller tin… there’s a new Small Altoids Tins Triptych Frame!

A cute set of 3 chipboard frames, laser cut from heavy chipboard. Use them singly or hinge them together to make a standing triptych. This set was inspired by artwork by Kristin Batsel and I designed them to fit the Small Hinged Tins. You can also use them as a folding photo frame (or whatever else you can dream up).

Note: the windows will fit either the lids or the bottoms of the tins. Also, see the new, smaller 5/8″ wood blocks that are a perfect size to help prop up the tins (while gluing or permanently affixed as stands).

So… now we have THREE projects by the Design Team using these cute new frames! And, as you and I would both expect, each artist used the frames in a totally different way!

Let’s start with an Alice in Wonderland Triptych by Rhonda Secrist Thomas.

So fun and festive! I like the depth that the little tins behind each window offer. And see that top hat on the top of her triptych, and in the lower left corner of the big photo at right? Rhonda says:

The Mad Hatter’s hat looks so dimensional, but it is actually flat and from the Tiny Chipboard Alice Props. I used Distress Stain in Black Soot lightly in the middle and darker on the edges. Then I highlighted it with a white paint pen and a white stamp pad. Little touch of the finger to the pad then dab, dab, dab.

Speaking of dimensional, look how cute that new Mini Cream & Sugar Set looks in that center panel! (And repeated larger in the lower right of the large photo.) Let’s add another request to Rhonda’s list of miniature faux finishes to show us (when she does part 2 of her “A Place in my Dreams” tutorial)!

Aw… And Rhonda even finished off the backs with antiqued torn paper and card suits painted red (and smaller metal card suits on the blocks).

Here’s Rhonda’s full supply list, and check her blog post for more photos and lots more tips on making a small triptych.


Next up is a Looking Glass Mini Shrine by Nichola Battilana, inspired by the mirror that inspired Lewis Caroll to write Through the Looking Glass.

The base of this piece uses half of a Small Hinged Tin and just one panel of the Small Altoids Tins Triptych Frame. And you’ll never guess how Nichola made those leaf embellishments around the frame:

While I am usually all about tiny floral elements, it’s the fake plaster details that are my favorite this time around. Can you guess what they are made from? Hot glue! Normally I’d make these embellishments with Creative Paperclay but I was feeling impatient.

Nichola used 2 new molds, which are both pretty petite (Large Leaves Silicone Mold and Multi-Sizes Leaves Silicone Mold), hot glue, layers of gesso, and white paint.

Held side by side with resin, you can’t tell the difference; and adding additional layers of gesso and paint softens the details and makes it look quite like plaster.

AND because I love you (and Leslie asked so nicely) I’ve made a video of that technique as well!

Thank you, Nichola! Your little mirror is lovely! Here’s a link to her supply list, and see more photos in Nichola’s blog post.

And our final project for today is The Supporting Cast by Tristan Robin Blakeman!

The supporting cast? As Tristan explains:

I’ve always been a huge fan of “Alice in Wonderland” (as anybody who has been following my blog for awhile knows all too well — *snicker*), and some of my favorite characters are those minor fellows who only show up for a short time — but help make the story so very enjoyable. So I decided to make an altered mini altoid tin of the Alice in Wonderland supporting cast!

So with much fanfare (and glitter!) Tristan has made tiny shrines for “the wondrous White Rabbit — all dressed in his court finery and blowing his trumpet to announce the Queen“, “the knaves who planted the white roses trees by mistake in the Queen of Hearts garden and must hastily scurry around painting all the blooms red so that she doesn’t realize their error“, and “the often forgotten frog and fish footmen, who are involved with getting the Duchess her invitation to the Queen of Hearts croquet game“!

Visit him at Enchanted Revelries to see more photos and get tips on making a tiny triptych. And see everything Tristan used in his Supporting Cast Supply List.



Hooray for the An Alice Triptych Frame Giveaway!

I decided to choose items from Rhonda’s Alice in Wonderland Triptych supply list and it does make a colorful group!

– Small Altoids Tins Triptych Frame
– TWO Small Hinged Tins
– Mini Cream & Sugar Set
– The Mad Hatter Collage Sheet
– 1/2 Inch Loop Braid – Red
– Mushrooms – Red (Back in Stock)
– Rectangular Resin Heart Tarts
– Small Box Latches
– Bronze Playing Card Suits

To enter the An Alice Triptych Frame Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, May 20, 2016)! And tell me: How will you decorate your Small Altoids Tins Triptych Frame?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

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!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won A Lady’s Secretary Giveaway? That would be Kari Gluski! Congratulations! Check your email for more info!

Posted by Leslie, May 19th, 2016

47 responses to “Small Triptych Frame & Alice Art x3!”

  1. Ina M Good says:

    Wow I would love to win this!!!!I love Alicein Wonderland and just finished for a swap an altered Tin and have none left to do an Alice for me…so this is perfect!!!

  2. wow! this is gorgeous!

    if I won, I would love to create either a vintage coffee or garden themed triptych. those are where my heart’s desires lie right now. 🙂

    thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  3. Nancy E says:

    Just love all the ideas and the fact that it’s a mini is perfect. I’ve a special friend who is mad for Alice and I’d create a triptych for her with all the cast of characters!

  4. Kim Lucak says:

    So adorable, not sure I would change anything as I love Alice!!! Thank you 🙂

  5. Jen R says:

    I love both Tristan and Rhonda’s.. Would like to try either.

  6. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love this! I would keep it Alice in Wonderland but have to add the Cheshire cat! this would be great for Halloween!

  7. Emily Ann Dale says:

    Love the frames! I’d make a triptych with pictures of my grandparents.

  8. Margaret D says:

    Wonderful art in this blog! I love all of them! Hot glue in molds Nichola ( you rock!)!!! Wow!And Tristan I love your colorful art work. Rhonda that Triptych is adorable! I am loving these tin projects. And the triptych I can just see filled with birds and bird house type things. Birds are a thing with me right now. The tins I would have to do Alice or faeries or even gnome. I think I even have some tiny bottle brush trees that would fit those. Alpha People this is a wonderful give-a-way! So many goodies! I would love to win this and thank you for the cahnce!

  9. barb macaskill says:

    These are all so fun and creative!! I would make a Memorial shrine for all the Fairies who are no longer with us if I won the triptych prize package!! Since they turn to dust when they die they are not buried like humans are and a triptych shrine would be a place that all the other Fairies can go to reminisce with each other about the ones who are gone. Thanks for the chance to add to my village! May the Fairies bless you!

  10. Jo says:

    Yay! More Alice! Would love to make a shadow box with these pieces!

  11. LeAnn says:

    I love the smaller frame and tins! I would make something Halloween in Wonderland themed.

  12. Karen C. says:

    This new small Altoid triptych frame is just awesome and right up my alley! I would most likely use some of your gorgeous Halloween collage sheets and minis for my first one. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this Alice Triptych Frame Giveaway! BTW, Tristan did a fabulous job on this one!!

  13. Julie says:

    Oops, didn’t finish comment–meant to add I would go with either an Alice in Wonderland theme or something similar to the circus project.

  14. Margery McInerny says:

    Love Alice and would love a Red Ridinghood edition.

  15. Traci says:

    Great ideas with the small Altoid tin. I love the cute little Alice scenes. Would love to try making the Altoid triptych frame idea. So cute! >^..^<

  16. Carol DuBois says:

    I will definitely use this kit for the Alice triptych in honor of the new movie, “Through the Looking Glass”.

    Adorable ideas as always.

  17. I love these especially the little molds Tristan does great work I would love to win I would make a steampunk theme with the tins Thanks

  18. Laural says:

    I love the Alice tribute. I would try my hand at a Secret Garden theme from the book.

  19. Maggie M says:

    WOW, the AlphaStamps designers have outdone themselves creating masterful Alice tins. If I won, I’d create a triptych of Alice characters and fairies. Thanks for this great giveaway:)

  20. Barb Striethorst says:

    I knew those small wood blocks I bought yesterday would come in handy!! More Alice dioramas!!

  21. Mary Mac says:

    Would love to make a garden/bakery project.

  22. M. C. Sparks says:

    Think I would have to do a religious theme. Love that altoid shrine!

  23. Jenny Bumb says:

    I love these mini altoid tins and world decorate the small Tryptichs with tiny fairies – loads of them and mini flowers and butterflies. Love the fairies!

  24. Lana says:

    I would end up painting the lace gold, a bit of fine glitter, too.

  25. Janet T says:

    I love the Alice Shrine. I just bought some of your Alice collage sheets and I love them. You have the best selection!

  26. sheila AR says:

    These fabulous Alice projects have my head spinning, they are just wonderful. I would create Alice and then for future, get supplies for a seashore/beach beauties scene.

  27. April Dudko says:

    I do believe I would do Alice or Fairies! You have so many wonderful minis it wouldn’t be hard to do either theme!

  28. Michelle PEDIGO TOOPS says:

    I would decorate my tin with Alice also.

  29. Karen Mallory says:

    I love,love Alice!! Would definitely have to make Alice tins!!

  30. Marykay chisum says:

    Halloween Alice in wonderland!!

  31. Laura callies says:

    Agter seeing these frames, i will have to have more than one set. I love all things Alice, so that will be my first project. After Alice is complete, i will also have to make an steampunk potion factory. Time to get a lot more wire!

  32. Evelyn Reyes says:

    Anything that Tristan does, it would be my pleasure to emulate!!!

  33. Beth JOnes says:

    How adorable!! I think I would decorate either as a Halloween surprise or a Valentine Love shrine! thank you for the opportunity!!

  34. Marilyn H says:

    I’m really not sure. I think I would do something summery with it though. Lots of flowers, butterflies, and light airy colors.

  35. Joanne Root says:

    I’d decorate the triptych frame with black and white diamond shapes to replicate the playing cards.

  36. Sarah Lynch says:

    The designers have done a fabulous job with the “Alice” theme and I just love these little triptych frames! If I won I would make a few mermaid scenes with shells, netting and maybe some beach glass on the frames. Fingers crossed!

  37. KIM says:

    Another great giveaway, Alpha stamps.
    I would make the Halloween theme tins .

  38. Denise Bryant says:

    Oh this looks like fun! I’m in the mood to make something Halloween-y!

  39. Carol Slowik says:

    I would keep it “Alice” themed for sure maybe based around the “Queen of Hearts.”

  40. Thalia Kottke says:

    I love the Alice triptych! I would love to make one of my own.

  41. Daylan says:

    I would make an Alice tin, and it would become part of my multimedia themed book displays. Thank you for another opportunity!

  42. Diana Bittaker says:

    I need to make this with Alice cut outs- just love it!

  43. Toni says:

    Fantastic triptych ! Such great attention to detail. Every little piece counts! Fabulous xx

  44. cathrine bolin says:

    What fun! Make a little shrine honoring your favorite book, a great project idea for a book group:)

  45. Cheryl Lee says:

    Very cute! Your team has the best imagination!! I would probably use these to make something in miniature to highlight some favorite little special minis I have stashed away. You are so generous with your giveaways!

  46. Rose says:

    I would love to make the Alice tins. What a wonderful project! Thanks for an opportunity to win!

  47. Lori says:

    Another great giveaway! I would love to make a version of Robin’s project with the whole tea party scene, complete with tiny treats! Thank you for the opportunity to win.