Friday, March 25, 2011

Frugal Friday Tip: Tin Can Recycling

  Last November, I got a Sizzix Texture Boutique. While I love what I can do with it, I really have not used it to its fullest potential. When I saw a recent tutorial about using soda cans and punches, I had the idea to dust off the texture Boutique and embossing folders to see what I could come up with. The results were quite wonderful!

Materials: Embossing machine and folders
               soda cans, rinsed out
               old scissors
               a Bic Mark it or other permanent marker
              optional: a child ( My son likes to use my embossing machine. So I cut the soda cans while he worked      
                 the machine.My son thinks this is great fun. )

You will need to carefully cut a slit into the can. Then remove the top and bottom. You are left with a curled piece of aluminium. Then it's just a matter of placing this into an embossing folder and putting it through the machine. I would just advise caution since the can is a little sharp after you cut it.

We experimented with a variety of designs. Some look better than others. You can use some punches to create your own shapes or use the permanent marker to draw a design of your choice.Then use old scissors to cut it out. The marker also comes in handy to draw an inked look to the edges of your cut shape.

I found glue dots to be the best way to adhere the shapes to my page. It's also very easy to punch holes  for brads with your paper piercing tool. You could also conceivably choose to hand stitch on your metal embellishment. I plan to dust off my alcohol inks to see how well they would look on my newly embossed designs.
Sassy Lil Sketches 3-14-11 design
Cream Acrylic paint
MME paper
Maya road Chipboard motif inked in Colorbox black ink
Paper Trunk Carson, black alphas
Black paint stamped with a round lid
DMC floss

All in all...a wonderful and inexpensive way to make your own page embellishments and recycle. If you have a Frugal Friday tip like this one, please share it at Scrap Our Stash.


  1. Love the idea of embossed can. I am so going to try this in a layout. Thanks for playing along!

  2. It's so smart! And the page is brilliant! ~Thanks for joining Frosted Designs this week!

  3. Great ideas! I would try it but I'm known for cutting myself on everything :)

  4. Awesome idea, Christy!! Love it :) Thanks too for posting up on Frosted Designs.

  5. WOW, this is great. I really look forward to seeing more of your work.

    Thank you for joining us at Frosted Designs


  6. oh wow that is sooo cool and totally LOVE what you did with the paint!!!! thanks sooo much for playing along at Sassy Lil sketches!!!

  7. WOW!!!! Great idea. Love your LO.
    Thanks for playing with us at Frosted Designs.

  8. I love it!!! Great job with the sketch and repurposing!