Saturday, 23 May 2015

Cider can flowers

Today I've been cutting up bits of a metal drinks can to make a card and I managed not to cut myself. 
One reason I chose the cutting machine I did (Big Shot) was because it was able to cut various things apart from card. 
When I saw that the challenge at Less is More was to use metal, I knew it was time to try it out. I searched the house for a can and my son managed to produce one from his room! He was 18 last week so I suppose he is allowed to have Strongbow in his room now. 
For anyone who doesn't know the can is gold and black and this is what I managed to cut. 

The die cut with no trouble at all. I ran it through and back again but the metal is quite thin so it was easy.There is some embossing in on the petals which has not come out. Perhaps if I used a different sandwich it might. I'll have to have a play. I am new to all this.
I matched each centre with a different flower for some contrast. There was a bit of writing on part of it but that adds a bit of interest.

This is a flower die from a set by Elizabeth Crafts - Tags and More 3. Sentiment is Paper Smooches embossed in black.
It did make some tiny shards of metal, which I will probably find in my foot later, but the edges of the can were not really sharp or you would have seen blood on the card too.
I wasn't able to find a can of another colour in the house but I can imagine I'll be choosing drinks in the supermarket by the colour of the can now! I like the idea of using the tiny circles as accents on cards.


  1. This looks amazing... I tried cutting a can too but I used the inside and coloured it with alcohol inks... using the coloured side looks terrific!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  2. Love how you've used the patterned side of the can Alison - super striking and a brilliant take on the challenge
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  3. This looks fab, I would never think of using the patterned side of the can but it looks great.
    Thanks for sharing with us
    Anita x
    Less is More

  4. How creative! Nice way to up-cycle too!

  5. Wow who'd have thought Strongbow could look so elegant!
    Thanks so much for joining us
    Less is More


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