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My Dog Kayla Redrottie

My Dog Kayla Redrottie

Hi and welcome to my blog!

Hi Im Karen (aka Redrottie) Thanks for dropping in to see me !! Have a good browse round while your here, feel free to be inspired and please leave a comment if you see something you like xx

Beer Tin Die cutting tutorial

Hello everyone... due to popular demand (lol) ive decided to do a beer tin die cut tutorial..

Ive made a few cards recently using sizzix bigz dies cut from beer tin metal and coloured using promarkers... its a lovely medium to work with and the results can be quite stunning

ok first things first.. the tin....  mine are gladly donated from my other half (his one donation to my craft stash hehe) and i use the slightly longer sized beer tins as they fit nicely over the die. you can use soft drinks cans but they tend to be a bit stubby so you might have to jiggle bits around to get all the die bits cut.

Ok how to retrive the metal from the can... I use my xcut sprug scissors as they are quite robust. please dont use your best paper cutting scissors as I wont be held resoponsible for blunting them hehe!
Carefully pierce one of the blades into the tin and carefully cut around both ends.. taks care not to squeeze the can as this can cause dents that are impossible to remove and will ruin your diecut afterwards

when you have removed the ends be very careful as the cut tin can be very ragged and extremely sharp so keep your fingers away from those little offshoots!
now cut from one end up to the middle - then turn the can and cut from the other end up to the middle to meet your other cut.. doing it this way limits danger to cutting yourself
next to get rid of all those nasty burrs that you can cut yourself on - take a guilloteen or sharp scissors and trim all the edges.
you will have nice safe edges now and a nice clean sheet of metal to work with
choose your die (i have only ever used sizzix bigz and tim holz dies which i know WILL cut through the tin. no damage is done to your die.) Now place the sheet so that the printed side is facing upwards before running through your die cutting machine -  this is important!!!
when the sheet is cut with the die - the blades of the die push the edges of the metal backwards slightly giving a bevelled effect. if you do it the wrong way round the bevel is facing the wrong way and it wont look good!!
carefully punch out any excess bits and dispose of all your scrap tin carefully as it will be sharp. keep hold of one bit for colour testing.
I use promarkers for colouring my tin which works great... I would assume any other alcohol based marker would have the same effects. Using a scap piece - try out your pens to find the colour you require.
when colouring be careful to hold your diecut by the edges or keep laid flat because till it has dried you will leave fingerprints as shown on this scrap piece!!
Colour all over your diecut using the large chisel end of your pen.  you will see that the ink has a pooling effect - this can be drawn out by using long sweeps with your pen.
The pooling effect can be used to an advantage to create special effects like marbled or pannel beaten effects.. to create a marbled effect make large circular motions with your pen and colour the diecut in circular clumps... to make a pannel beaten effect just touch the pen onto an already coloured bit and then lift.. you will see a small pool of ink spread out from where your pen has been.. then move to the bit next to it and repeat (as above)
This is my finished diecut... just leave to dry for a short while (you can spead this up with a quick blast from a heat gun) then decorate if required and add to your card.
This is my finished card using this diecut..  and here are some others I have made using the same principles...


thank you for looking x If you have enjoyed my tutorial please leave me a comment as I love to read them and they are much appreciated xx

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Karen, Thank you for a very clear tutorial, love all the cards that you have done this way. Kathy from DC

Jean said...

This is an excellent tutorial

Thank you
Jaycie x

Anonymous said...

Brilliant tut Karen, thank you so much. Anne x (Mrs Hippy)

annesyme said...

Great tutorial Karen. I have had Coke cans cut up and ready to use for about 3 years. After seeing how you have used yours I might get around to using mine.
Anne xx

kay said...

fab tutorial karen,now need to find someone who drinks that lager.....lol

stacky said...

brilliant tutorial thank you for taking the time to do it, the cards you have done with this method are amazing. All I need now are some suitable dies x

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tutorial Karen.I have a can ready and waiting!! Your cards are fab by the way. Moose x (Mummymoose)

~@ngie~ said...

WOW.... YOU ARE SOOOOOOOOO CLEVER... what a fantastic idea... I'd have to scout bins tho coz no-one has canned drinks in my house lolol... if I ever get the change... I WILL have a go tho lol ;) GREAT TUTORIAL!!!!

love n hugz Angie xXx

mvatkinson.blogspot.com said...

this is an excellent tutorial. Marlene

Anonymous said...

This is a brilliant tutorial and so easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Margaret (craftymarg)

Anonymous said...

Looks great Karen. Sandra x (DecOCards, DC)

JINSEY said...

Great tutorial thank you. Must have a go at this. BIC from DC

JINSEY said...

Great tutorial thank you. Will have to have a try at this.

angie babe said...

brilliant tut red!
must try this, but we don`t drink beer, or fizzy canned drinks! Mmmm
have to raid some bins, on re-cycling day, me thinks! lol xx

Jackie said...

Brillant tutorial Karen, thank you for sharing :o)
Jackie xx

Cazkards said...

Great tutorial Karen, well done. I might have to give this a go.

Carol x (cazkards)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing... lookong forward to trying this!
Miggly x

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this, will definitely have to try it!
Dawn(happypapercrefter)

Dianne said...

Thanks for this great idea Karen. I can see lots of Tim Holtz cogs being made this way. Husband and son will be particularly happy about their participation, I think!

Cheers! (sorry) 80D

Dianne x

Dianne said...

Thanks for this great idea Karen. I can see lots of Tim Holtz cogs being made this way. Husband and son will be particularly happy about their participation, I think!

Cheers! (sorry) 80D

Dianne x

HobbyBook said...

I'm gobsmacked at this tutorial. It's such a clever idea. Thank you :)

HobbyBook said...

I'm gobsmacked at this tutorial. It's such a clever idea. Thank you :)

Nicky Chamallow said...

j'ai découvert votre blog et je viens d'y passer un superbe moment ! merci pour ce que vous partagez. J'apprécie les tutos pour les promarkers que j'affectionne, et là surtout, l'idée d'utiliser le métal des cannettes est vraiment sympathique. Je n'aurais pas songé à utiliser les feutres pour les teinter, mais je vais m'y essayer.
Encore mille fois merci pour ce partage. Amitiés de France

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