I am so excited to share this posting with you! The Big Shot is the coolest tool, and I was thrilled to learn that it will cut through aluminum soda cans! And this is a great way to recycle and reuse in your crafting projects. For full details, please watch my video tutorial below.
Update 12/10: I've had several inquiries asking if the aluminum is sharp. Yes! The can is very sharp as you are cutting the top and bottoms off. Be careful, as it can draw blood. But once you run it through the Big Shot, the edges are smoothed out and it is no longer sharp. Amazing how that works! Also, I use my rubber and crafting scissors from Stampin' Up! to cut the can. They cut through the aluminum like butter.
Future snowflakes draining in the sink!
I allow myself one Coca Cola a day. I normally recycle the cans in our City's recycle program. On Monday, I drank my one Coke and got busy cutting the can and running it through my Big Shot with the Snowflake #2 die. Well, I was hooked and wanted to make many, many more. The problem was that it was our garbage day and the coke cans from the previous week were already out on the curb waiting for the recycle truck! Out I ran to the street with a small plastic bag in hand with the intent of just quickly opening up the recycle bag and collecting the coke cans. Well, the recycle truck was coming up the street! So, I just carried the whole bag back up to the garage and fished out the coke cans. Sorry Mr. Garbage Man, you'll have to wait until next week to get our recyclables! And the bag will be a lot less full because I'm keeping the used Coke cans from now on! Not only can you make snowflakes, but how about butterflies, flowers, letters,stars... How about embossing the can in an embossing folder? And there are so many types of aluminum cans you can use. The ideas are limitless so be sure to check back for more samples.
I better get busy. I've finally decided what our family Christmas card this year will be!
For the background paper, I spritzed on some shimmery color using a mixture of Frost White Shimmer Paint, rubbing alcohol and a drop of Real Red reinker. I also added a rhinestone brad in the center for a little added bling and attached the snowflake to the card using a Dimensional.
Stamp Set: Four the Holidays
Ink: Real Red, Real Red reinker
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red
Thank you to Barb Mullikin for your inspiration!