Repurposed Tin Tutorial

Hello, G45ers!

Dive into Creativity with our talented and incredible Grand Brand Ambassador, Teresa Cruz from Portugal!  If you’re a mermaid enthusiast, you’ll adore this Upcycled Tin project using our enchanting Make a Splash paper collection. Watch the video tutorial and craft your own repurposed masterpiece!


Teresa Cruz – Portugal

2023-2024 Graphic45 Brand Ambassador


“Hi everyone!


This is a big day today, I have the honor to represent Graphic 45 another year!! 

It has been a dream come true, being able to work with this brand that I love so much!! I am very very grateful and I hope that you also enjoy everything that I will share with you this year. 

And now for those who don’t know me, let me introduce myself:

I’m Teresa Cruz from Portugal, and Andor Violeta is my artistic / designer name.

I am a Virginian woman, mother of two boys, one with 9 and other with 4 years old, and I am married with an amazing husband. I love my country so much, that almost every year our vacations are in our own country, because of the good food, weather and beaches.

I remember starting this creative passion back in 2008 when I bought my first sizzix machine. But all this creative world is my second job now, because my daily and principal job is working in the city hall with the programs for older people. 

In this creative world I love to make albums, especially the covers, love to make cards and tags, upcycle projects, and also some mixed media.


Follow Teresa on social media.








Upcycled Tin with Make a Splash Collection

Tutorial by Teresa Cruz


Now, for my introduction, and to express myself as an artist I upcycled an old tin, and I used Make a Splash beautiful collection to decorate it!!

I did prepare some handmade seaweeds to match the papers that you also can see on my tutorial in a quick sneak peek.

This collection is amazing, and the colours are my favorites. I love how amazing sea creatures like mermaids can be so magical, and when I start creating with this collection it was like diving into the depths of the ocean, creating layers, glitter, textures… it’s almost like we can tell a story of this beautiful mermaids. I didn’t even realize the hours passed, it was wonderful! 



This is how it looks, my finish project, with all the magical layers and color! Let’s see more pictures!





I use many mermaids, to create almost a magical environment with some interaction between them. The mermaid on the left is looking up for the central big mermaid and the mermaid on the right is also coming to the central mermaid, but swimming…



On the lid of my tin, you can see I also enjoyed making some layers. This can also be created in a canvas, or on top of a round album, don’t you think it’s a great idea?



Here you can see in detail some of the things I used on my composition, the fussy cut elements, the ephemera die cuts, the flower from the ephemera flower pack, and also art stones, mini art stones, pearls, sequins, micro beads, glitter and finally splatters. 



I hope you find this inspiring. If you create something special, share with us!! And now just take a look of my quick tutorial to see the process!! ENJOY!



-Vídeo Tutorial-

Repurposed Tin Tutorial – Make a Splash – by Teresa Cruz


To create this project, I used these Graphic 45 products:


-Graphic 45 Supply List-




Thanks for stopping by, I wish you a very artistic day…



~Teresa Cruz


Happy Papercrafting!  


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5 Responses

  1. Teresa your Make A Splash Tin is soooooo magical. I adore this collection too especially the soft colors. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and love of crafting.
    Jan Ross

  2. I love the look of your Make A Splash Tin. Thank you for sharing this, however I would like to know what other products you used to attach the papers to the tin. Did you paint the tin, at least the lid, first? Did you use something like Mod Podge to attach the papers? And did you apply more to the top of the paper too?

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Marilyn, i can help you with that, i did Paint the tin all around and get kid too, with white gesso. Then i used doble sided tape to glue the papers all around the tin, and i used hot glue gun for the light embellishments and heavy body gel to glue to the heavy pieces like the pearls and art stones. I didn’t cover the papers with any glue.

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