Bottle Cap Art

Canvas Creations Love-Nacho Average Sketch Challenge #33

This week, we have a sketch challenge over at the Nacho Average site.

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I used pieces of Canvas Creations, one of my new favorite products from Stampin' Up!  (found on page 21 of the Spring Catalog). I love the texture and interest the Canvas Creations adds.

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There is so much you can do with Canvas Creations, but for this card, I dyed the pieces simply using water and drops of reinkers.

Here's how:

1. I cut 3 pieces of Canvas Creations using my Big Shot and Scallop Squares Duo die.

2. I filled 3 containers with water. I used empty brad/button containers-great way to re-purpose!

3. In my first container of water, I added a few drops of Regal Rose reinker and mixed it well using an aqua painter.  I dropped one of my cut Canvas Creations pieces into the water bath, and let it soak for a few seconds.

In my second container of water, I added a few drops of Rose Red reinker and mixed it well using an aqua painter.  I dropped the second cut Canvas Creations piece into the water bath and let it soak for a few seconds.

In my third container of water, I added a few drops of Real Red reinker and mixed it well using an aqua painter.  I dropped the third cut Canvas Creations piece into the water bath and let it soak for a few seconds. 

4.  To get some variation of color, I added one edge of my lightest dyed piece (Regal Rose) into the container of Rose Red water and let it soak for a few seconds.  I added one edge of the Rose Red piece into the container of Real Red water and let it soak for a few seconds.

5.  Once the pieces were dyed the color I wanted, I removed them from the water and set them on a piece of paper towel to dry.  You can also dry these with a heat tool. 

6. To add a little shimmer, I lightly dabbed on some Frost White Shimmer Paint using a sponge dauber and set it aside to dry.

7. Once dry, I stamped the pieces using Black Stazon and the swirls from the Creative Elements stamp set.  I then layered them to my dry embossed Basic Black card front using Dimensionals.

Here's a great idea for the soda pop tops found in the Spring Season Catalog (page 24): "Smoosh" it using the Big Shot (sandwich: bottom cutting plate, Cutting Platform on Tab #2, piece of scrap card stock, pop top face down, upper cutting plate).

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 





Here is the original sketch:

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

Stamp Sets: Creative Elements, Tiny Tags

Ink: Black Stazon, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Real Red reinkers, Rose Red watercolor crayon (for small circle and "Love" tag)

Paper: Silver, Basic Black, Real Red (for the small tag), watercolor paper (for the 3/4" circle, stamped heart and "love" tag)

Accessories: Canvas Creations, Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo Die, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, large Soda Pop Top, 1", 3/4" circle, Jewelry, and Trio of Hearts punches, Aqua Painter, brad/button containers, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots


Thanks for looking!  Anne

Happy Stampin'!

Bottle Cap Hello

The idea for this card came from this week's online challenges over at Less is More and One Layer Wednesday.  The LIM theme was "Drinks" and the OLW was "Cheers."  I initially created the card without the red circles around the beer bottle caps so it would truely be a one layer card.  But then, I started second guessing myself and thinking that it really wouldn't work for the challenges because they asked for beverage images, not parts of the beverage packaging!  Even though my husband liked the card and said it would work, I ended up submitting another totally different card for the challenges.

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Anyway, I love creating cards using old bottle caps. (Check here for more bottle cap art ideas.) The selection of beers that my husband likes to drink usually have really interesting bottle caps that he saves for me.  One of my all-time favorite caps to craft with are these red hands from "Stranger" beer made by the Left Hand Brewing Company, right here in Colorado in Longmont.  He hasn't purchased any "Stranger" beer in awhile and these were the last three in my stash!

I punched three holes in the Basic Black card base using my 1 3/8" circle punch.  The beer caps are glued on the inside of the card using Crystal Effects around the rims.  I do this to help alleviate some of the bulk, especially if the card is going to be mailed.

Once I decided I would not use the card for the challenges (especially the one layer challenge!), I added the Real Red circles around the punched holes on the front and on the inside.

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The outside circles were created by first punching a 1 3/8" circle punch, then punching a 1 3/4" circle around the hole creating a thin rim.  The inside circles were created by punching a 1 1 /4" scallop circle, then using the 1 3/4" circle punch around the holes, creating a thin scalloped edge rim.

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

Stamp Set: Sweet Shapes

Ink: White Craft

Paper: Basic Black, Real Red

Accessories: bottle caps (non SU!), Crystal Effects, 1 3/8, 1 3/4 circle and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches, white embossing powder, heat tool



Happy Stampin'!

Bottle Cap Inspired-OLW 92 In the Kitchen

Oh my, another great challenge over at One Layer Wednesday.  This one is entitled "In the Kitchen."  The challenge was to find something in your kitchen to provide inspiration for a one layer card.

Here is my card:


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It was inspired by two bottle caps from Marble Brewery located in Albuquerque, NM.  My husband left them out on the kitchen counter for me because he knows I save them to use if my crafting.  I have a stash of really interesting bottle caps.  All kinds of colors and designs.  They really can add 3D interest to any craft project.

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A couple of things about my card.  It is a 2 layer card. I'm still getting used to stamping right on the card base and seem to always have a smudge or smear or something is just not right.  I know it doesn't have to be perfect.  I tell my customers that all the time!  That's what makes it handcrafted and special.  I know, I know. But still....  So with this card, I just made it easier on myself and mounted the card front to a Basic Gray card base.

The background paper is shimmery silver, but it is hard to photograph.  This card really shimmers in person.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Vintage Frames, Circle Circus, Sweet Shapes, Simple Shapes

Ink: Basic Black, Gumball Green

Paper: Brushed Silver, Basic Gray

Accessories: None!  I love one layer stamping!

Happy Stampin'!

Stamping 411 Sketch 246-Bottle Cap Hello

Here is this week's sketch found over at Stamping 411.

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And here is my take.

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My husband saves the bottle caps from the various types of beer he likes to drink.  One of my favorite bottle caps are found on the beer from the Left Hand Brewing Company located in Longmont, Colorado.  It is a perfect embellishment for a friendly hello card!

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For this card, I layered the Real Red scalloped matting and the black and white polka dot designer paper onto the whisper white card base.  Then, I punched a hole through all layers using a 1 1/4" circle punch.  For me, this is so much easier to do rather than punching the pieces individually and then trying to line them up.

After cutting out the flower using my Big Shot and Fun Flowers die, I traced a circle in the center of the flower using the cut out circle from the previous step.  Then, I lined up the 1 1/4" circle punch around the traced circle and punched.  I often have trouble centering things like this, so I took the extra step to trace where I wanted the circle before I punched.  The flower was then added to the front.

To attach the bottle cap, I put a small amount of Crystal Effects into the top of an old peanut butter jar.  I then dabbed the bottom of the bottle cap in the Crystal Effects, moving it around so all the rim would have a coating.  Then, I placed the bottle cap through the middle of the flower, securing it to the inside of the card.  (It takes the Crystal Effects a little while to dry, so I just held the bottle cap in place while it dried completely.)  I did this because I wanted the bottle cap to sit on the inside of the card so there wouldn't be so much bulk on the outside of the card for mailing purposes. Plus, I think it adds a little extra WOW to have the bottle cap on the inside when the card is opened.

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To finish off the inside, I added  black circle rims around the bottle cap.  These rims were easy to make.  First I punched a 1 1/4" circle out of black card stock. Then punched a 1 3/8" circle around the 1 1/4" hole, creating a thin rim.



Happy Stampin'!

Lattice Die, Beer Bottle Cap-Stamping 411 Color Inspiration 167

Stamping 411 has a new color inspiration challenge for February!

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Here is my contribution:

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I must admit that I was not too keen on this color combination, but that is what makes the challenge fun!  I've been wanting to create some sunbursts using my Big Shot and Lattice die for awhile, and I thought this color challenge would be perfect for the project.  Especially since I had "Real Red" and "Island Indigo" (actually closer to Tempting Turquoise) beer bottle caps sitting on my work desk, just waiting for me to be inspired to use them!  I love the colors and the polar bear images found on these caps. They are from Alaskan Pale Ale beer made by the Alaskan Brewing Company. My husband saves the caps for me to use in my crafting.  I think he gets a kick out of seeing my beer bottle cap art!  (To view more bottle cap cards, please visit my postings here and here.)

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To create the sunburst, cut out 4 lattices using different colored card stock.  Add a little SNAIL adhesive in the middle of each one and layer one on top of the other.  Add a brad or button (or bottle cap!) in the center to finish.  Very easy!

Here is a photo of the beer bottle caps and some of the left-over pieces from the lattice die.  These will be used for a future project as I seem to never throw anything away!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Perfectly Penned

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz and Basic Black

Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice die, 1 3/8" circle punch, Crystal Effects, beer bottle cap

Happy Stampin'!

Hello Bottle Cap Card

Here's another card I created using the red hand bottle cap found on Stranger American Pale Ale beer from Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, CO. What a great way to recycle!

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Stamp Set: Sweet Shapes (retired)

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Real Red, Newsprint DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Fun Flowers die, large oval and scallop oval punches, Dimensionals, bottle cap, paper clip


Happy Stampin'!

Hi There Bottle Cap Card

My husband recently discovered Stranger American Pale Ale Beer locally brewed by the Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, CO.  Although I didn't have much interest in the beer itself, I was immediately intrigued by the bottle cap.  I could see all kinds of crafting possibilities using this red left hand, extended as if to say "Hello".


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I love the color combination of red, black and vanilla.  It is so clean and crisp looking. 

I used my word processing program to create the "Hi There..." greeting, printed it on a sheet of card stock, then cut and scored the card stock in half to create a regular sized 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 greeting card.

Here is an up close view of the bottle cap.  It is is a little bent and scratched from the bottle opener.  I think it adds a little character.


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Supplies Used:

Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Real Red, Newsprint DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Fun Flowers die, 1 3/8" circle punch, glue, computer/printer, word processing program

Happy Stampin'!