Pencil Eraser Art-Jar Full of Candy

 

Stamping With Pencil Erasers
Nothing beats a jar filled with colorful candy!  The candy in this jar was created using a pencil eraser! 

This is an easy and fun technique using an everyday item!

I bet you have a pencil with an eraser sitting on your desk or near your crafting table. So, pick it up, and let's start crafting!

Here's how:

I began by stamping the jar image from the stamp set Jar of Love on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.

I then dabbed my pencil eraser into Melon Mambo ink and stamped inside the jar image several times.
I cleaned the eraser by swiping it on my worksheet, then moved onto the next color which was Cucumber Crush.

Pencil Eraser Art Close Up

I continued adding more colors,

Pencil Eraser Art closeup

and more colors, until the jar was filled in with an assortment of bright candies!

Pencil Eraser Art close up

I stamped the greeting "Sweet" from the retired set Sweet Shapes alongside the jar in Melon Mambo ink.  I stamped the image for the jar top onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink and then cut it out using the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelit die.  Before adhering the top to the jar, I wrapped a piece of Island Indigo Baker's Twine around the front, securing it in the back.  I then added another piece of baker's twine over it and tied a simple knot.

I matted the jar to a piece of Melon Mambo card stock, then added it to the Early Espresso card base.  Once the card was put together, I added some clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.

So, get out your pencil and create some eraser art!  The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Jar of Love, Sweet Shapes

Ink: Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry

Paper: Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

Accessories: pencil with eraser, Big Shot, Everyday Jars Framelits Die, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, clear Wink of Stella

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Sign Up for My March Newsletter Featuring That's the Tag Bundle

That's the Tag Bundle will be featured in my March Newsletter which will hit e-mail in boxes on March 1!

Here's a sampler of the projects featured in the March Newsletter.

That's The Tag Bundle

The That's the Tag bundle (That's the Tag stamp set and coordinating Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies) makes creating beautiful all occasion gift tags and cards easy!

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Definitely Dahlia Meets the Emboss Resist Technique Part 2

Emboss Resist TechniqueWow! 

That's what happens when the bold Definitely Dahlia stamp is paired with the Emboss Resist Technique!

(to see another idea using the Definitely Dahlia paired with the Emboss Resist Technique, please visit my post HERE)

For this card, I swiped my Embossing Buddy over the Whisper White card front.  I stamped the Definitely Dahlia using Versamark and then heat embossed it using my heat tool and white embossing powder.  I sponged Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie inks over the embossed images.  I then buffed the images with a paper towel, removing the ink and making the flowers pop.   The ink will resist where the images have been embossed.

I stamped the greeting from Another Thank You using Early Espresso ink after I heat embossed the flowers, but before sponging on the inks.  I wanted the greeting in place so I could lightly sponge around it. 

This card has a fall feel to it.  By switching up the colors, it could easily be made into a spring or summer themed card.

Definetly Dahlia and Emboss Resist Technique closeup

Stunning!

Emboss Resist Technique-the possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Definitely Dahlia, Another Thank You

Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, sponge

 

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Technique Meets Definitely Dahlia

Emboss Resist Technique

Emboss Resist is one of my favorite stamping techniques. 

Easy to do and it provides that WOW factor!

Heat emboss images stamped with Versamark using white embossing powder and then sponge on different inks, buff off excess ink, and then you're left with an image that pops!

For more instructions, please visit my Dragonfly Dreams Emboss Resist card here

For this emboss resist card, I used the bold stamp Definitely Dahlia.  The colors sponged on were Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush, and Wisteria Wonder. 

Emboss Resist Technique close up

You can really see the added interest in texture that the embossing brings to the card.

The greeting was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock in Island Indigo ink and then lightly sponged with Cucumber Crush to soften the look.  It was matted with Island Indigo and popped up using Dimensionals.

I hope you'll give the Emboss Resist Technique a try.  Please share your results!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Definitely Dahlia, Thank You Kindley

Ink: Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Dragonfly Dreams

Emboss Resist Technique, Dragonfly Dreams

Create a pretty pastel background using the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and the Emboss Resist Technique.

Super easy and it is one of those WOW techniques.

To start, I swiped my Whisper White card front using the Embossing Buddy, stamped the dragonfly image from Dragonfly Dreams in Versmark ink, and then heat embossed using white embossing powder.

Then, with a sponge, I added my Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Cucumber Crush inks over the embossed images.

Sponging on colors for emboss resist technique

When I was done, I rubbed off the ink from the embossed images with a paper towel making the white image pop.  The ink will resist where the image has been embossed.

Emboss Resist close up

The piece was attached to an Elegant Eggplant mat and added to the Whisper White card base using Dimensionals.  The greeting from Wish Big was stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink.

The Emboss Resist is an easy way to add interest to any background.  Color combinations are endless.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Embossing Buddy,  heat tool, white embossing powder, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Ombre Watercolor Wash Technique-Detailed Dragonfly Inlay

Ombre Watercolor Wash with Detailed Dragonfly Inlit

A quick and easy card using the Ombre Watercolor Wash Technique with a dragonfly inlay.

Recently, I was cleaning up my craft table, and I came across a scrap piece of ombre wash watercolor paper.

This piece was created by swiping Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant inks over a piece of watercolor paper using an Aqua Painter.

(For more instructions, please visit my Watercolor Ombre Technique meets Detailed Dragonfly post HERE)

I also had a Whisper White dragonfly left over from another project, so I instantly knew that I should pair them up to create a quick and easy card. 

I cut the dragonfly out of the watercolor wash paper using the intricate dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die.   I mounted the piece onto a  Rich Razzelberry matting.  Then I simply inserted the white detailed dragonfly into the cutout, adhering it with my Fine Tip Glue. 

Now, my white dragonfly has Rich Razzleberry showing through its wings!  

Love how the dragonfly really pops on the bold background!

Then, I placed the matted piece onto my Whisper White card front, using Dimensionals to pop it up.  The greeting comes from Love and Affection and was stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

Ombre Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly Inlaid

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Love and Affection

Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper white, Rich Razzleberry, watercolor paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Aqua Painter

 

Happy Stampin'!

Happy Valentine's Day Iris Folded Kiss

Iris Folded Kiss

Here's an Iris Folded Kiss just for you on this Valentine's Day!

For more Iris Folding ideas, patterns and a how-to video, please check my Iris Folding Page HERE.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Falling Petals Embossing Folder, Word Window and  Modern Label punches, Dimensionals, Kiss Iris Folding pattern

Happy Stampin'!

Another Great Year December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Valentine's Day Card

Paper Pumpkin Alternate Ideas

Here's an easy idea for using parts of the  December 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit, Another Great Year, to create a fun and easy Valentine's Day card.

Please see my X's and O's card using parts of the same kit HERE.

The monthly Paper Pumpkin kits are a quick and easy way to craft.  The designing and the cutting paper part of it will already be done for you, and all the supplies you'll need will be included in the kit.

But, even if a Paper Pumpkin kit isn't quite your style, don't give up on it.  Take a second look, and I know you'll come up with alternative ideas!

Supplies Used:

Another Great Year, December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Real Red

Accessories: Real Red Baker's Twine

Happy Stampin'!

Another Great Year December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Idea

Paper Pumpkin alternate idea

Another Great Year, the December 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.

I must admit that I was not very excited about it when it arrived in the mail.  I am not into scrapbooking and just couldn't see that I would use any of the pieces in the kit. 

But, after thinking about it for a little while, I soon saw the possibilities!

The plastic overlay with the printed X's and O's placed over the graphic background paper along with a banner cut "love" note created using the rotary stamp is a perfect idea for a Valentine's Day card.  I added some Real Red Baker's Twine along the sides to complete, and done! 

Easy, Easy!

The monthly Paper Pumpkin kits are a quick and easy way to craft.  The designing and the cutting paper part of it will already be done for you, and all the supplies you'll need will be included in the kit.

But, even if a Paper Pumpkin kit isn't quite your style, don't give up on it.  Take a second look, and I know you'll come up with alternative ideas!

Supplies Used:

Another Great Year, December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Real Red

Accessories: Real Red Baker's Twine

Happy Stampin'!

Aquapainter Watercolor Wash Background Technique-Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash Detailed DragonflyOne of my favorite techniques is to create a simple watercolor wash background using an Aquapainter and ink.

For this card, I started out by creating my ink palettes by squeezing the tops of my closed ink pads. (Hard to photograph because I usually use both hands for the squeezing).

Colors used are Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder.

Making an ink palette

By doing this, the ink in the pad side will transfer ink into the lid.  This will now be my palette for picking up the ink with the Aquapainter.

Making an ink palette

Then,  I simply picked my ink colors from their lids using my Aquapainter, swiping each color in bands onto watercolor paper.

watercolor wash with aquapainter

After the paper had dried, I stamped the dots image from the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams along the edges using Island Indigo and Perfect Plum inks. 

The upper, detailed part of the dragonfly was cut out of Elegant Eggplant cardstock using the thinlits die from Detailed Dragonfly.  The lower, solid part of the wings was cut out of a scrap piece of Cucumber Crush card stock using the solid thinlit from the set.  The Cucumber Crush piece was left over from a recent cling wrap/shimmer ink project that didn't quite work, but I had a nice piece of scrap paper to craft with. Remember, never throw anything away!

The dragonfly was popped up onto the card front using Dimensionals, the greeting from Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin) was stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink, and Candy Dots were added to complete the card.

Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash!

Any number of color combos will work with this technique.  Give it a try, and let me know what you come up with!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams (Bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and save 10%), Wish Big

Inks: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Watercolor

Accessories: Aquapainter, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, Candy Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Ombre Technique Meets Detailed Dragonfly

Ombre Dragonfly Dreams

The Watercolor Ombre technique is perfect for the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die!

Ombre Dragonfly Dreams close up

It is so easy to do and the possibilities are endless!

Here's how:

Using an Aqua Painter and drops of ink refills, swipe bands of gradient colors onto a piece of watercolor paper

For this piece, I used Smokey Slate, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Rich Razzleberry.

(inspired by the paint chips used for my paint chip Lift Me Up Balloon Card)

I opened my ink pads, added a drop or two of the coordinating ink refill in the top of the pad and used that as my palette.

Watercolor Ombre Technique How To

I set the paper aside to dry completely. 

Once it was dried, I cut the dragonflies out using the Detail Dragonfly Thinlits Die.

The dragonfly background was created using the image in Dragonfly Dreams stamp set stamped onto my card front using Smokey Slate ink.  The greeting is also from Dragonfly Dreams and was stamped onto my Smokey Slate card base using Elegant Eggplant.  The cut dragonflies were popped up onto the card front using Dimensionals.

I hope you'll give the Watercolor Ombre Technique a try.  I'd love to see your creations!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams (bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and save 10%)

Ink: Smokey Slate, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry and ink refills

Paper: Smokey Slate, Elegant Eggplant, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Aqua Painter, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Paint Chip Iris Folded Kiss

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I decided to combine 2 of my favorite crafting techniques, Paint Chips and Iris Folding, to create this fun Kisses card just in time for Valentine's Day.

To see more Iris Folded samples, patterns, and a video how to tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page HERE

To see more Paint Chip samples, please visit my Paint Chip Page HERE

On a recent trip to our local home improvement store, I stopped in the paint department and picked up a few paint chip samples. 

Here was the paint chip inspiration for my Kisses card!


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To start, I traced around the "kisses" pattern onto my Whisper White card front using a pencil, then cut it out using a pair of scissors. 

I then embossed my Whisper White card front using the Big Shot and Falling Petals Embossing Folder.  This folder embosses sweet falling hearts, perfect for a Valentine's, anniversary, or love card.

I  cut the last three colors of the paint chip into 1/4" to 1/2" wide strips, working around the name of the paint color on the bottom of each section and then began following the "kisses" iris folding pattern after securing the card front over the pattern using masking tape. 

Remember, work from the back!

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The center or "iris" is a piece of silver glimmer paper that I colored with a black Sharpie pen.  It becomes more gray, complete with sparkle.



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After I had completed the Iris Folding, I secured a scrap piece of card stock on the back of the iris folding just to cover and help secure the strips.  Then, I matted it to a piece of Island Indigo card stock.  I stamped my "Friend" greeting from the stamp set Bloomin' Love onto my Smokey Slate card base (love how it matches the color on the paint chip) and then attached the iris folded kiss using Dimensionals to pop it up.

To complete the card, I cut a portion of the banner from a Hershey Kiss and slipped it underneath the iris fold at the top using a small amount of SNAIL Adhesive.

Paint Chip Iris Fold Kiss!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bloomin' Love

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Island Indigo, silver glimmer

Accessories: paint chip, Big Shot, Falling Petals Embossing Folder, Sharpie pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Sign Up for My February Newsletter-All About Lift Me Up Hot Air Balloon Bundle

Lift Me Up Bundle

Lift Me Up stamp set! 

This set will lift you up through the atmosphere and up where the air is clear. The happy blend of images and sentiments make this the perfect pick-me-up kind of stamp set.

Up & Away Thinlits Dies!

Create die-cut hot-air balloons, clouds, and shapes in seconds with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot.

With a mix of open images and detailed images, these dies can cut detailed die-cuts or frame stamped images.  The detailed die includes ejection holes so you can remove the paper easily.

Bundle them and you'll save 10%!

These 2 products will be featured in my February Newsletter!

Here is a sampler of the projects showcased in the Newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes on February 1!

Lift Me Up Projects

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Crafting With Paint Chips-Sponged Cloudy Background Technique

Paint Chip Lift Me UpOne of my favorite things is to use paint chips in my crafting. For this card, I combined paint chips to make a colorful backing for the hot air balloon found in the Up & Away Thinlits die from Stampin' Up!

And to complete the card I created a sky background using the sponged Cloudy Background Technique.

 The color behind the balloon is regular paint chips that you can find in any home improvement store.  I love the paint chip displays of all the colors and color combinations. 

Easy inspiration for sure!

See my other Paint Chip Creations HERE

On a recent trip to our local home improvement store, I made a stop in the paint department and picked up these paint chips:

Lift Me Up paint chips

I pieced them together to create the backing for the balloon using the various pieces of the Up & Away Thinlits Dies:

  Lift Me Up Paint Chip backing

I attached the pieces to the back of the Whisper White detailed balloon using my Fine Tip Glue.

For the background, I used the Cloudy Background Technique on my Soft Sky card base by sponging on Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant inks around my "cloud" template.

This is a template I made several years ago using the Big Shot, Large Circle Scallop Die (cut out of light-weight cardboard), and Scallop Circle Punch.  I secured several smaller scalloped circles to the larger circle using tape.  I reuse this template often and keep it as part of my permanent crafting stash.

For more details, please view my Cloudy Background video tutorial HERE

Cloudy Sky Background Template

The popped up clouds were also cut out of the paint chips using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

Paint Chip Clouds

The greeting from Lift Me Up was stamped on the card front using Elegant Eggplant ink, and candy dots were added to the balloon to complete the card.

Lift Me Up Cloudy Skies Background

Next time you're in a home improvement store, be sure to make a stop in the paint department.  Displays and displays of paint chips are waiting to inspire you.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up (purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle and save 10%)

Ink: Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Accessories: paint chips, Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, sponge, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Pencils and In Lines Designer Series Paper

I recently needed some quick and simple thank you cards.

To accomplish this task, I got out my Watercolor Pencils found in the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper, In the Lines!

Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines
Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines
Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines

To create these cards, I simply cut down one of the 12 x 12 sheets of the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper to 3" x 4" individual pieces. 

Then, I colored in parts of the images using the new Watercolor Pencils, using a Blender Pen to shade the colors.

Black, white with a pop of color! 

Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines

Super easy!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Rose Red, Basic Black, In the Lines Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils (Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive), Blender Pen, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Pencils and Hey, Chick

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Am loving the Hey, Chick stamp set found in this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog (spend $50, earn a free item out of the catalog!)

These "chicks" just make me smile!

This is a quick and simple card featuring the stamp set plus the new Watercolor Pencils found in the Occasions Catalog. 

I stamped the "chick" onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Black ink.  I colored her comb, tail, and beak using the watercolor pencils, blending them with a Blender Pen.  I used the Big Shot and circle framelits to circle cut the piece, along with the Real Red matting.  I inked up the chickens for the background using Memento Black, off stamped, then stamped so they would be muted. 

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The watercolor pencils are smooth, high-quality, acid and lignin free.

Perfect for water coloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.
And they come in 13 Stampin' Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Hey, Chick and Watercolor Pencils.  A perfect match!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey, Chick

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Double Hexagons Embossing Folder Chicken Wire-Paper Pieced Hey, Chick

  Hey,chick with chicken wire background

Create fun chicken wire backgrounds using the Double Hexagons Embossing Folder. 

What a perfect match for this year's Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Hey, Chick!

Here's how:

Open the folder and swipe or pat ink on the inside of the folder, the side that has "Sizzix" and "Stampin' Up" on the front. For this card, I swiped on Smokey Slate ink.

Chicken Wire Background Step 1

Insert a piece of card stock into the folder,

Chicken Wire Background Step 2

Close the folder and turn it around so the side with "Stampin' Up!" is on top.  With your fingers, press down on the top of the folder, transferring the ink on the inside to the card stock.  A bone folder will also work.

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Open the folder, remove the card stock and voilà, you have a chicken wire background!

Chicken Wire Background Step 3

Chicken Wire Background Final

For the chicken, I used the Paper Piecing Technique. 
I simply stamped the chicken and greeting onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Black ink and cut it out using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits.  I  stamped the image again onto the polka dot patterned piece of Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  I then cut out only the chicken's body using a pair of scissors and paper pieced it onto the stamped image using SNAIL Adhesive.  The feet, comb, and beak are from the stamped part underneath.   I colored in the comb and beak using a red marker. 

Paper Pieced Hey, Chick

I really like how the patterned paper gives the chicken a little texture and interest.  And the chicken wire background is a perfect compliment!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey, Chick (Sale-A-Bration)

Ink: Tuxedo Black, Smokey Slate

Paper: Smokey Slate, Real Red, Whisper White, Carried Away Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration)

Accessories: Double Hexagons Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Real Red Thick Baker's Twine, Dimensionals



 

Happy Stampin'!

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'!