Thursday, July 29, 2010

Embossed Pop Can Card Tutorial

We've got another awesome guest for this week's CraftShare topic of Die Cut Crafts.  Alicia from Joy In The Everyday is showing us how to make this amazing card using pop cans!  She's a fellow homeschooling mom who shares their adventures and makes all kinds of pretty & fun things.  So while I rummage around in the recycling bin for mine, Alicia's going to get us started!

I am so excited to be guest posting today here on Cheryl’s blog Sew Can Do for CraftShare!! Just a quick few lines about me – my name is Alicia from Joy in the Everyday and I live in the northern suburbs of Atlanta with my husband and three kids, who we homeschool. When I am not teaching my three - or running them to their activities I enjoy baking, photography and paper crafting! I am always happy to share something new with my blog friends and today that is using soda cans in your die cutting machine. Let’s get started making this fun end of summer card.

Step 1 – You will need a soda can that has been completely washed and air dried. Using a good pair of heavy cutting scissors (I am using my Stampin Up rubber cutting scissors) cut a line from the opening of the can to the base.

Then cut around both the top and bottom – which will leave you with a can that looks like this.
Always be sure to use caution when cutting into and around the cans. Some crafters even wear gloves. I have never had any problems and I do not use gloves but, I am super cautious and take my time when cutting.
Step 2 – Now, decide what die you would like to use and run the can through your Big Shot or similar die cutting machine, just like you would a sheet of paper. I chose to use the Top Note Die made by Sizzix for Stampin Up.

Step 3 – To embellish my Top Note I decided to run the piece back through using a Sizzix Folder – which gave me this beautiful flower.

Step 4 – You could choose to leave the piece just as is but, I thought it would be fun to color in the roses using Alcohol Inks, perfect for use on metal!

Alcohol Inks are fast drying and will not rub off. Place a little alcohol ink on a plastic disposable plate and using cotton swabs dab color in the flowers. For a really random look you could just put drops of alcohol ink on your project and quickly rub in.
Step 5 – I also punched a scallop oval out of the remaining soda can and stamped a sentiment on it, using Stazon Ink.

Step 6 – Mount the piece on your cardstock using a heavy tape – such as red line or Sticky Strip from Stampin Up.

That is it. Now I also like to use various dies to punch shapes from the soda cans. Living in Atlanta we all love Coca Cola and I die cut this butterfly to hang in my daughter’s room. For that project I want the Coca Cola logo to show.

Hope y’all have fun with this technique! Thanks Cheryl for allowing me to guest post!

Thanks for teaching us how to make such a cool project Alicia!!


  1. This is so pretty! Great way to recycle and make something beautiful!

  2. This is great.

    Cheryl, I also wanted to let you know that I featured your treasure map at Christmas in July.

    Come by and get your "I was featured" button.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

  3. Cheryl,
    I have enjoyed going through your wonderful blog. I joined up and invite you to join me as well as the email alerts.
    Its great, and I say thank you so much.


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