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

Happy Stampin'!

Silver Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder-Masculine Birthday Card

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The new Dynamic Hexagons Embossing folder is perfect for making those sometimes hard to create masculine cards!

Recently, we were invited to the 13th birthday celebration for my husband's cousin's grandson!

Ok, I rarely have to make a card for a 13 year old boy, so I had to think a few minutes about what I could come up with. 

It didn't take me long though because I knew the Dynamic Hexagons embossing folder would do the trick, especially if I used it to emboss a piece of silver foil paper.

This card is so cool in person.  I love the raised texture from the embossing and how the silver foil paper changes depending on the lighting. 

It has that great industrial look, perfect for a a tech savvy kid!

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The greeting was heat embossed on a piece of vellum card stock using black embossing powder.  I used 2 black glimmer brads from my stash to hold the vellum in place, plus to add a little bit of interest.

Super Easy!

The Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder makes quick work out of making masculine-themed cards!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Silver Foil, Vellum Cardstock

Accessories: Big Shot, Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, paper piercing tool and mat, glimmer brads

Happy Stampin'!

April Nacho Average Blog Hop-Happy Birthday Build a Birthday

Welcome to the Nacho Average Design Team's blog hop for April.  This month, we are celebrating birthdays!

For my projects, I am featuring the stamp set Build a Birthday.


For my first project, I created a Cascading Card using Build a Birthday for the candles and Party with Cake for the greeting.  It also features It's My Party Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape.

The Cascading Card technique is fairly simple to do.  (Click HERE for directions).  The key is to measure, cut and score as accurately as possible.

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I created the background for my second project using Color Me Irresistible Designer Series Paper.  I simply sponged on Black Archival ink making the design on the DSP pop.  I stamped the candles and flames on scrap pieces of Whisper White card stock and cut out using a pair of scissors.  They were then popped up on the background using Dimensionals.


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 For my third project, I created a birthday cake using It's My Party Washi Tape.  I stamped the cake pedestal from Build a Birthday using Black Archival ink, then added the Washi Tape. 

Easy, Easy.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to continue on through the Hop and see the beautiful creations of our talented Design Team!

Anne (you are here)






Supplies Used:

Cascading Happy Birthday

Stamp Sets: Build a Birthday, Party with Cake

Ink: Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Crushed Curry marker

Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, It's My Party Designer Series Paper

Accessories: It's My Party Washi Tape, Bird Builder punch

Birthday Candles

Stamp Set: Build a Birthday

Ink: Black Archival, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry

Paper: Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White, Color Me Irresistible Designer Series Paper

Accessories: sponge, Hexagon punch, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Washi Tape Birthday Cake

Stamp Set: Build a Birthday

Ink: Archival Black, Melon Mambo

Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: It's My Birthday Washi Tape, Candy Dots, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!