Aluminum Can Snowflakes

Die Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot-Dragonfly Dreams and Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder

Aluminum Cans and the Big ShotOne of my all-time favorite crafting techniques is cutting shapes out of aluminum cans using the Big Shot and dies.

Please check HERE to see some of my other aluminum can and Big Shot projects, along with video tutorials.

I'm always on the lookout for aluminum cans with interesting colors and designs. 

Some of my favorites are Coke, Sprite, and Ginger Ale, especially when creating snowflakes for Christmas!

When my husband brought home cans of Arrogant Bastard Ale, my eyes lit up!

Black, red and white! 

I knew I could create something fun using this beer can, especially when it was combined with a Coke can.

Here's how the cans started out:

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I cut the tops and bottoms off of each can, then cut down the center to flatten them out. 

See instructions here (towards the end of the post).

Be careful, the cans are sharp at this point.  Once they have been cut using the die or embossed using an embossing folder, the edges become smooth.

I used the outline die from the new Dragonfly Thinlits from Stampin' Up to cut a dragonfly out of the Arrogant Bastard can.

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I embossed the inside of the Coke can using the new Hexagons Dynamics Embossing Folder (my new favorite!) to use as the background.

I matted the embossed background to a piece of Real Red card stock, then attached it to my Basic Black card base.  The greeting was heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  The dragonfly was attached using Dimensionals.  I colored rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen and added them for a little extra bling.

Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot

Try using aluminum cans in your crafting. 

Once you've started, you'll never look at an aluminum can the same way again!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Real Red

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder, aluminum cans, sturdy craft scissors, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, silver embossing powder, rhinestones, Sharpie pen, Dimensionals

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Embossed Copper Foil Paper-Double Hexagon Embossing Folder

Double Hexagon Embossing Folder

Celebrate 2017!

I wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year!

To bring in 2017, I decided to create a sparkly copper foil embossed card using the new Double Hexagon Embossing Folder.

The  Double Hexagon Embossing folder can be found in the upcoming Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! (available January 4). 

I love the texture and rich color!

I paired the embossed background with flowers and leaves cut out of Basic Black card stock using Botanical Builder and Christmas Pines Framelits Dies.

The greeting comes from Good Greetings (retired) which I heat embossed onto a scrap piece of copper foil paper using black embossing powder.

This is a cool technique, and the possibilities are endless with all the available embossing folders.

Which embossed copper foil paper will be your favorite?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Good Greetings

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Double  Hexagon Embossing Folder, Botanical Builder and Christmas Pines Framelits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, pearl, Dimensionals

 

 

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Aluminum Can and Tile Coasters with Video Instructions

One of my all-time favorite crafting techniques is to use aluminum cans! 

This is a great way to recycle and reuse!

I made cool coasters by cutting beer cans into a shape and gluing them to ceramic tiles!

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Click HERE for a full video tutorial!

My husband brought home a six pack of the Artist Series Denver Pale Ale brewed by the Great Divide Brewing Company. 

He knew I would do something fun with the cans!

Isn't the design cool?  Josh Holland is the designer!

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Below is a quick tutorial on how I made these coasters. 

Be sure to view the full video tutorial HERE!

What you'll need:

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aluminum soda or beer can

ceramic tile (found at any home improvement store)

tin snips

good crafting scissors

E6000 glue

clear sealant

die cut machine and dies or a sturdy punch

acrylic paint and brush if you want to paint your tiles

plastic shopping bag and something heavy like books to weigh the cut can on the the tile while the glue dries

felt or fun foam to make the "feet" on the bottom of the tile so furniture is not scratched

gloves to protect your fingers

After washing them out thoroughly, I removed the tops and bottoms of the cans (see video for instructions), flattened them out, then ran them through my Big Shot using a scallop square die. 

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I then glued the square to a ceramic tile using E6000 glue.

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 I then covered the tile with a plastic shopping bag and set 2 heavy books on top.  I set the tile aside to dry.  Drying time is 12-24 hours.

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 Once the glue was dry, I sprayed the tile using a clear sealant and added fun foam "feet" to the bottom of the coaster using the E6000 glue. 

Now, I am ready to use my coaster!

For these, I painted the tiles black before starting.  I used different parts of 3 different cans to create a set of coasters. 

I gave them to my husband as a Father's Day gift!

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The possibilities are endless!

Here's how to cut the cans for use.

Please be careful.  The edges of the cans at this point are sharp and can draw blood.  Once they have been die cut using the Big Shot, edges become smooth.

Rinse out the cans and drain to dry.  With a sturdy pair of scissors or tin snips cut a slit in the can, down from the opening:

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Cut down the side of the can to  remove the bottom rim.  I usually cut down along the nutritional info in order to keep the design intact:

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 Now you can open up and flatten the can to use as desired. 

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Aluminum Can Garland and Earrings!

I was recently contacted by a very nice person who asked if I would cut out some aluminum can snowflakes and send them to her.  I was more than happy to do this as it is one of my all-time favorite things to do with my Big Shot die cut machine. 

After I sent her the snowflakes, she e mailed these two photos of the projects she immediately did with them.

Snowflake garland

Snowflake Garland created by Paige Cunningham

Snowflake earrings

Snowflake Earrings created by Paige Cunningham

The possibilities are endless!

Thank you Paige for sharing your creations.

For more ideas and an instructional video, please check my Aluminum Can Snowflakes page HERE

 

 

 

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Aluminum Can Snowflakes-Another Share

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My husband recently brought me cans of Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co. in Durango, CO. I instantly thought  they would be perfect for making an aluminum snowflakes.  Loved the black, silver and shades of blue in the cans.  That's the nice thing about this project.  The possibilities are endless.  I guarantee you will never look at an aluminum can the same again!

Be sure to check my Aluminum Snowflake page here for a video tutorial and more ideas!

I purposely left off a greeting on this first card until I find a use for it.   Thank you, Happy New Years, Happy Winter....?

And here's another one made with the Snow Flurry die.  I decided this one would be a thank you card.

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Stamp Set: Sassy Salutations

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Smoky Slate, Brilliant Blue (retired SU! color.  I have a few pieces left in my stash and it goes so well with the blues in the can)

Accessories: Big Shot, Snowflake Die #2, Snow Flurry Die, Stripes Embossing Folder, glimmer brad, paper Piercing tool

Happy Stampin'!

Aluminum Can Snowflakes-Big Shot Project Revisited

I recently received an order from a customer for aluminum can snowflakes that are cut out using the Big Shot die cut machine.  I was happy to fill this order because this is one of my all-time favorite Big Shot projects.

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I cut out 6 sets of small, medium and large snowflakes out of River Runner beer made by Eddyline Brewery and Coca Cola cans using my 2 snowflake dies.  I also cut out a couple snowflakes using Ginger Ale and Mountain Dew cans as a bonus.  You can't go wrong with the red and white of the Coke cans for a pretty Christmas feel.  I was really surprised at how pretty the River Runner cans turned out.  They have shades of green, blue, silver and gold.  Plus they are 16 oz so they are taller than the regular sized pop cans.  Because of this, there is more room to work around the wording on the cans.  The Ginger Ale cans are the worse for wording.  You can see part of the word "ginger" in the snowflake at the top.   Something to consider when you are searching for cans to cut.

For an instructions and a video on how to create these beauties, please visit my posting HERE.

Here are some samples of more aluminum snowflakes:

Alum snowflake
Coke Can Snowflake

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Mountain Dew Can Snowflake

These cut snowflakes make great Christmas tree decorations too!

Check this posting for more ideas!

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Copper Flashing Snowflake Ornaments

For the Christmas tree! 

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I created these to give as gifts at my recent Wrap It Up! class.  The big snowflakes were cut out of copper roof flashing (see more copper roof flashing on my posting dated 12/20 here) using my Big Shot and Snow Flurry die.

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Tiny Tags

Ink: Black Stazon

Paper: Red Glimmer, Basic Black

Accessories: Big Shot, copper roof flashing (non SU!), Snow Flurry die, Jewelry, 3/4" circle and 1/16" hole punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Glimmer Brad, copper stretchy cord

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More Aluminum Snowflakes!

These quick and simple Christmas cards were made using my Big Shot, #2 Snowflakes die and recycled aluminum cans. Be sure to visit my posting here for more details and a video tutorial on how to cut aluminum cans using the Big Shot Die-Cut machine.

Coca Cola Snowflake

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The background card stock is also embossed using the Snowflakes die.

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Le Croix Cran-Raspberry can

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Supplies Used:

Paper: Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: Big Shot, #2 Snowflakes die, recycled aluminum cans, 1" circle die, various rhinestones, paper piercing tool and mat

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Aluminum Snowflakes for the Christmas Tree!

One of my all-time favorite things to do with my Big Shot is to cut recycled aluminum cans!  My friends know this and have been saving different kinds of soda and beer cans for me. I have quite a collection!  Recently, we moved from New Mexico to Colorado.  One of the things I made sure that made the move was a large plastic bag filled with all these saved recycled aluminum cans.  My husband shook his head when he saw me packing this precious bag into a moving box!  For Christmas, I thought it would be cool to decorate a small fir tree by our front porch using snowflakes cut out of these aluminum cans.  I used a variety of cans and ended up making about 25 snowflakes.  I couldn't seem to stop myself! 

Be sure to visit my posting dated December 10, 2009 for more details and a video tutorial on how to cut aluminum cans using the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine.

Here are some of the snowflakes (Cans used in this photo: Tecate beer, Big K Grape, Coke Zero, Sprite, Negro Modelo beer, Coca Cola, and La Croiz Cran-Raspberry.  My favorite cans to use are Coca Cola, Coke Zero, Sprite and Ginger Ale.  The La Croix and Big K brands have a lot of really interesting colors, but a fair amount of writing to work around when cutting the can.  The beer cans have good color but too much writing on the can to work around.)

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Coca Cola snowflake

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La Croix Cran-Raspberry Swowflake

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Supplies Used: various recycled aluminum soda and beer cans, Big Shot, Snowflakes #2 die, various rhinestones and ribbon for hangers

Snowflakes #2 die #113461 $15.95

Snowflakes #2 die

Big Shot Die-Cut Machine #113349 $99.95

Big Shot image

 

 

 

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Embossing Aluminum Cans With the Big Shot

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  Here's one more way to recycle and re-use aluminum soda cans!  Run them through the Big Shot and a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. These are so elegant but easy to do. Check the video tutorial below:

 


    

 

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Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Black Stazon

Paper: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo

Accessories: alum can, Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet Textured Embossing Folder, Word Window and Modern Label punches,  Crop-A-Dile, eyelets, Dimensionals  

 

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Aluminum Hearts-cutting aluminum with the Big Shot

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I know Valentine's Day has passed, but I wanted to make a special card for a friend of mine who is going through some rough times.  She is an avid Coca-Cola collector, and I knew she'd appreciate a thinking of you card made with Coke cans.  I used my Big Shot and a Sizzix Hearts die to cut out the hearts from two coke cans.  The big heart was cut from a Coke can that is promoting the Olympics, so there is a snowboarder on the can.  It was a little tricky cutting out the heart around this figure.  So instead, I added the plain silver heart (the inside of the can) right over the snowboarder.  The smaller heart was cut out of a Christmas Coke can that had a picture of Santa Claus and snowflakes.

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I used my new Pinking Hearts border punch on the silver mat.  I obviously need more practice punching a square.  Please excuse the rough corners!

One of the things I like about using the  Pinking Hearts border punch is all the little hearts that are cut out.  Here is my pile of left over little silver hearts. I added them as confetti to the inside of the card.  I know, I know.  When she opens the card, she'll have a confetti heart mess, but I couldn't resist!

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Supplies used:

Stamp Set: Kind and Caring Thoughts #115324 (level 3 Hostess set)

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Real Red, Silver, Basic Black

Accessories: Big Shot #113439, Coke cans, Sizzix Hearts die, clear rhinestone brad #113144, paper piercing tool and mat #116631, #105826, pinking hearts border punch #117649

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Aluminum Snowflakes made using recycled soda cans and the Big Shot

I've been having so much fun making aluminum snowflakes from recycled soda cans and my Big Shot.  Be sure to view my posting dated 12/10 for more details and watch the how to video at the end of this post.

 

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Here's one made using a Sprite can.







 







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And here's one made using a Mountain Dew can.

 








 

 

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Here is the finished card using the Mountain Dew snowflake.  This is my favorite.  
  
  







 







 

 

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I spritzed on a mixture of rubbing alcohol, Frost White Shimmer paint and a drop of Real Red reinker on the background Whisper White card stock.  I like this close up because you can actually see how the card shimmers.  It is really hard to photograph the shimmer paint!

 







Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Four Holidays

Ink: Real Red and Real Red reinker

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: recycled Mountain Dew can, Big Shot, Snowflakes #2 die, spritzer bottle, rubbing alcohol, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Paper Piercer tool and mat, rhinestone brad, SU crafting scissors

 


 Again, thanks to Barb Millikin for her inspiration!

 

 

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Cutting a Recycled Soda Can using the Big Shot, creating an Aluminum Snowflake

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.

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 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.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Four the Holidays

Ink: Real Red, Real Red reinker

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: used soda pop can, Craft Scissors from Stampin' Up!, Big Shot, Snowflake #2 die,

Crop-a-dile, rhinestone brad, Frost White Shimmer paint, rubbing alcohol, spritzer bottle, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensional

Thank you to Barb Mullikin for your inspiration!

Happy Stampin'!