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
The background card stock is also embossed using the Snowflakes die.
Le Croix Cran-Raspberry can
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
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!
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.)
Coca Cola snowflake
La Croix Cran-Raspberry Swowflake
Supplies Used: various recycled aluminum soda and beer cans, Big Shot, Snowflakes #2 die, various rhinestones and ribbon for hangers
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:
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
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.
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!
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.
Here's one made using a Sprite can.
And here's one made using a Mountain Dew can.
Here is the finished card using the Mountain Dew snowflake. This is my favorite.
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!
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!
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.