We are not big soda drinkers here, but the kids were willing to help empty some cans for me. 🙂 My kids really like the Arizona Ice Tea. They have many cool patterns on their cans & they are taller! First you want to wash your cans in warm soapy water. Then let them dry out or carefully wipe them dry after cutting.
When you cut the cans, you want to be very careful…. they are sharp! I start by using my scissors to make a mark in the side of the can. Then I cut down, remove the bottom & then the top. Now you have a sheet of metal to work with! I store mine all rolled together and cut it as needed.
See below photo…. 1) These die cuts were made with a Sizzix Big Shot. You can use most any die shape. I put the side of the metal I want to use facing down on top of the die, then cut. This way the metal edges are rounded down and won’t case any damage. 2) This butterfly was cut & embossed. I then inked it with black Archival Ink. Let it dry before adding it to your page. You can also use distress inks or alcohol inks. These inks will take longer to dry though, but you can speed up the drying time with a heat tool. 3) These die cuts were made using manual hand punches. You have to use solid shapes and not intricate ones…… I ruined my large detailed butterfly punch by Martha Stewart when I tried to cut the metal. 🙁
There are so many fun possibilities using soda cans! Hope you give it a try!! Here is a completed layout I did using some of the die cuts I made…..
I used a sketch by Becky Rico.