Hi all! Are you excited about all the metallic inspiration this month at Winnie & Walter? Want to get your metallic on, but don't have any metallic sheets? No problem! Look no further than your recycling bin. I'm happy to share a new-to-me technique of die cutting pop cans (soda cans, Coke cans, you know what you call them in your area of the world!) I know this has been tried before, but I never took the time to experiment until w&w's metallic theme got me going. Let's take a look!
All you really need is a pop can and scissors. I have heavy-duty wire-cutting scissors here, but you can also use ordinary kitchen shears. I'd just avoid using your good paper cutting scissors : )
Cut through the drink hole and start cutting around the can. It's much easier to cut a straight line if you cut counter-clockwise (with the long end of the can on your right, if you're right-handed).
Cut down the seam of the can.
Cut the bottom off. Again, keep the long end of the can on the right if you're right-handed.
Now you're all set to die cut as usual. For cans with patterns and writing on them you'll want to think about what sections to cut for each cutaway. In this case I wanted the base of the flower to be blue, the outline silver, and the center red.
Don't forget you can use the inside of the can too, which is how I got the silver outline. Here you can see my not-so-glamorous die-cutting plate with a crack running through it. Nice, Kelly.
And here it is! The flower is from In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways. The red center I used a hole punch for. The aluminum is a little tricky to adhere together, especially since I can't find my glossy accents from our move this summer (ugh). So I used a Tiny Attacher in two places along the metal outline. It's hidden pretty well I think. The leaves I cut so "Pepsi-Cola" and "150 calories" would be visible. After all that work you want the recipient to know what it is!
Surprisingly, you can also heat emboss on aluminum. I chose the "strength" sentiment from The Big, The Bold and Comfort. Not sure if you noticed, but the two waves on the base of the card also mimic the Pepsi logo. I love details!
Thanks so much for looking!