Embossed Aluminum Cans

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

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Embossed Copper Foil Paper-Double Hexagon Embossing Folder

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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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Embossed Copper Flashing-Lovely Lace Embossing Folder

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One of my all-time favorite techniques.  I embossed a piece of copper roof flashing (found at your local home improvement store) using the Big Shot and Lovely Lace embossing folder.  I added rhinestones colored with Sharpies for a little extra bling.  Quick, easy, beautiful!

Supplies Used:

Card stock: Basic Black

Accessories: Big Shot, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, rhinestones, Sharpie pens

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Embossed Copper Flashing

I recently created a bunch of these quick and simple cards to send out as thank you's. 

I  simply embossed copper roof flashing using my Big Shot and Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.

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The flashing comes in a 12" x 20 ' roll and can be found in the roofing section of most home improvement stores.  I purchased mine at our local Home Depot in Canon City, CO for approx 32.00 with tax.  It is a little expensive, but you get plenty of flashing to use in many projects.  It is easy to cut with scissors (I use my Stampin' Up! rubber and craft scissors) and easy to emboss using the Big Shot.  It has a cardboard backing, almost like heavy-weight paper that does not peel off the flashing.

The greeting was stamped on a scrap piece of flashing using Stazon, then punched out using my Word Window punch.  The punches will easily punch through the flashing as well.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Black Stazon

Paper: Basic Black

Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Dimensionals, copper roof flashing

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Steam Punk Christmas Trees

In August, my Saturday Stamp Club decided that our monthly card swap theme would be "Steam Punk".  What is Steam Punk you may ask?  Well as Emilee our August Hostess explained, Steam Punk is an art form featuring images of industrialized steam powered machinery. Victorian Steam Punk features gears and cogs.  American West Steam Punk features trains.  The fictional inventions of Jules Verne conjure up images of Steam Punk.  Do an internet search for "Steam Punk", and you'll find lots of ideas and inspiration!

Ok, here we go!  Here are two Steam Punk Christmas trees I came up with for the swap:

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I used copper roof flashing for the trees. Copper roof flashing is available at any home improvement store.  It comes in rolls and can be found in the roofing department.  It has a light cardboard backing, almost more like a heavy-weight paper.  It does not peel off the flashing.  The flashing can easily be cut with scissors or dies and can be embossed with embossing folders.  It is kind of expensive-around 30.00 for a 12" x 20' roll.  But, it will last for many projects.

I cut a piece of flashing and then embossed it using my Big Shot and Clockworks embossing folder (non Stampin' Up! and purchased specifically for this challenge).

For the first tree, I folded the flashing to form the tree.  For the 2nd tree, I simply cut squares of flashing and then cut them in half on the diagonal, therefore getting parts for 2 trees out of 1 piece of flashing.  I "aged" the copper flashing somewhat my sponging on some green Stazon ink.

The background started out as cardboard packaging for a set of embellishments I had in my crafting stash.  I simply photo copied it on regular computer paper (since I needed to make 8 for the swap and wanted to keep the original cardboard packaging), then stamped some gears and cogs from the Clockworks and Sense of Time stamp sets and sponged the edges using copper metallic ink.  I added a side strip of coppery metallic designer series paper(retired from Stampin' Up!, and I no longer have the packaging, and can't remember what the pack was called) to the edge of the copied background and then adhered it all to my Very Vanilla card base.  The star, tree base and matting for the greeting are also punched out of this coppery metallic DSP. All three are popped up on the final card using Dimensionals.  The greeting is from Joyous Celebrations and was embossed on Very Vanilla card stock using copper embossing powder.

I added some sticky-backed glimmery red embellishments to the first tree.  The embellishments for the 2nd tree are copper jewelry findings secured to the roof flashing by brads.

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

Stamp Sets: Joyous Occasions (for the greeting), Clock Works and Sense of Time (for the background)

Ink: Copper Metallic (non SU!), Green Stazon (non SU!), Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla, copper metallic designer series paper,computer paper

Accessories: Copper roof flashing (non SU!), Big Shot, Clockworks embossing folder (non SU!), star, large and medium oval punches, copper embossing powder, heat tool, paper piercing tool and mat, copper jewelry findings (non SU!), Old Olive brads, sticky-backed jewels (non SU!), Dimensionals, cardboard packaging (non SU!)

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Clockworks-Nacho Average Challenge #11-Heat Embossed Aluminum Cans

Wow!  It is Week 11 over at the Nacho Average challenge site.  This week's challenge is a sketch challenge.

 Here's my contribution:

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For a little added texture, I used one of my all-time favorite techniques: embossing aluminum cans using my Big Shot and embossing folders.  This technique is so easy to do and is a great way to recycle and reuse aluminum cans.  Start with a empty, rinsed out soda pop can.  Cut open the can (see a video tutorial here), flatten it out, then run it through the Big Shot using an embossing folder.  For this piece, I used the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I wanted to add a pop of color to the aluminum, so I heat embossed it.  I dabbed Versamark on it to cover, then embossed using Cherry Cobbler embossing powder and my heat tool.  I then cut the piece down to size and punched the edge using my Scallop Trim Border punch. 

It is a little hard to photograph, but hopefully this photo will give you an idea of the texture and deep cherry color.  It looks great in person!

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 Here's the original sketch:

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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. 






Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Clockworks

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Accessories: coke can, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Ovals #2 Die, Scallop Trim Border punch, Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, heat tool, paper piercing tool and mat, brad, Dimensionals


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Embossed Metal Picture Frame

One of my all-time favorite things to do with my Big Shot is to cut aluminum cans.  (for more information and an instructional video, please visit here)

I saw this idea in the recent edition of the Stampin' Success (one of the many great reasons to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator-great ideas delivered right to your mail box every month). 

I knew this project was right up my alley.  I created this frame as a thank you for my hostess at a recent SU! workshop.

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I purchased an unfinished wooden frame at my local hobby store and painted it using black acrylic paint.

I cut open and straightened out a coke can and then ran it through my Big Shot in the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  Since the embossed piece was a little smaller than the 4x6 opening in the frame, I matted it to a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock.

I stamped and cut out flowers from the Vintage Vogue stamp set.  I added a rhinestone to the centers of the flowers and popped them up on the frame using Dimensionals.

To create the "friend" tag, I punched out a scallop oval from the left over can.  I stamped the greeting using Rich Razzleberry ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder so it would set and not smear.  It is also popped up using Dimensionals.

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I think it turned out really cool!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Rich Razzleberry

Accessories: Coca Cola can, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, wooden photo frame, black acrylic paint, scallop oval punch, clear embossing powder, heat tool, rhinestones, Dimensionals

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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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