Raise a beer to crafting!

As my brother Kyle popped the top to his Fat Tire beer can, the light went off. I recently ran across a blog focusing on tin imprinting. The look of imprinted tin is such a classic, attractive look. I began to think of ways to create a similar look with a more pliable, inexpensive material. My conclusion: beer cans, or any other type of aluminum can. Aluminum cans are relatively pliable, easy to come by, and can be cut with scissors.

I sliced off the top and bottom of the can. With an older pair of scissors I sliced up the side of the can to lay out a sheet of aluminum. The blog I read suggested tracing a stencil to the tin and imprinting using a nail. In all my impatience, this just was not an option; I decided instead to expand the use of my Cuttlebug. The Cuttlebug is a die cut and dry emboss machine that can be purchased at Michaels Arts and Crafts. As it turns out, aluminum is thin enough to run through a Cuttlebug. Now all of the designs available on a Cuttlebug embossing folder can be imprinted on tin.

Simply run the aluminum through the Cuttlebug as if you were dry embossing a sheet of paper. Place the aluminum within the embossing folder, cover with the blocks provided with the Cuttlebug, and crank through the machine. Remove the aluminum to find it imprinted with the design of the embossing folder.

Check out these gift tags I created in just minutes.  Sets of five are available in my store http://www.beaoriginalstore.etsy.com

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  1. Kyle
    Posted November 6, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Another fantastic creation! Makes me thirsty…

  2. Posted November 6, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    So cool bri! The happy birthday one turned out really good!

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