Friday, June 20, 2014
Alternative Die Cutting Materials
Hello! I went to the Scrapbook Expo show today in Chantilly VA. I always enjoy scrapbook shows because I get to see things I've never seen before, and purchase things I just can't find in my local area. Today I had a real treat listening to a lady named Ellen, at the Tessler Stamps/Stencils Company. Ellen was very enthusiastic about their products and encouraged everyone to "think outside the box" for die cutting materials. I think the only things I've die cut so far are paper, cork sheets, and fun foam. Well - are you ready for this? - she was die cutting butterflies out of soda cans!!! I could hardly believe it! When I think of all the soda cans we've thrown away over the years!
When I got home, I looked up die cutting soda cans on You-Tube, and here is a tutorial by someone else (I didn't see one by Ellen anywhere) on how to cut the can. It's really not hard at all - you just have to be careful not to cut yourself. It probably would be good to wear a pair of gardening gloves or something while you are handling the can.
At the show, Ellen cut the soda can with a delicate butterfly die they sold and you couldn't tell it was even a soda can! I thought I would come home and try this out with a couple Papertrey dies. When choosing your die, I like to choose something that is not too solid, so that it's not obvious that it was cut from a soda can - unless that's the look you are going for. I chose three dies to try - one of the Delicate Doilies, Pedal Pusher, and a Monthly Moments month word. You can see them below.
The dragonflies and butterflies in this picture are cut from a Pepsi can. The dragonflies are die cuts sold at the Tessler booth labeled "Ellentina Cutting Dies". These particular dies are "Dragonflies."
Daisy leaves, and they emboss the veins going down the middle of the leaf. The butterfly here and above, is also by Ellentina, called Butterflies #4.
These snowflakes are cut from good old Wax Paper!! They are so delicate! After cutting them (you can cut several layers at a time), I applied some glue with a brush and sprinkled glitter on them. So soft and pretty!
So start thinking out of the box as far as die cutting materials! One caution I would use, is NEVER to force a sandwich through your die cutting machine - if it doesn't go through smoothly, it's too thick! Also - BE CAREFUL WHEN CUTTING THE SODA CANS AND HANDLING THEM!