Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Beer and Alcohol!

Some time ago I surprised OH by telling him he needed to drink more beer...... he obliged for a short while then decided that even for art's sake consumption had to be curtailed. No matter - I had enough beer cans by then.
The challenge at Less Is More this week is to use metal. My carefully stored stash of flattened and washed beer cans has been systematically used on various projects but there was the remains of one can left which was just big enough for what I wanted.
 Cut out the beer can with a leaf shaped nestie die.

Out with the Alcohol Inks! I thought about using shades of green but decided that although hopefully Spring is on it's way, I like Autumn colours better.

I used Butterscotch, Caramel, Sunset Orange and Red Pepper.

Leaf duly coloured, I turned it over and began to emboss the back with a metal embossing tool. Most of it was done freehand and I'm happy with the way it turned out.
Even the small bits of can left were utilised by cutting out the sentiment and two tiny corners -  not a scrap of can left!

I dyed the string with Distress Inks Dried Marigold and Tea Dye and used an Embossabilities folder for the woodgrain background.
As this was made using a scrap of a beer can I am joining in the fun at the Snippets Playground this week!

Other Challenges -
Cuttlebug Mania - Add Texture
SOS - Heavy Metal
CAS on Sunday - Masculine
Crafting Cafe - Embossing
2 Sisters - Embossing

So that's it from me today. Not quite 100% but feel much better than I have done and thanks to everyone who sent me good wishes. Have a great day whatever you're doing! x


  1. Love your metallic leaf Viv looks stunning against the white..


  2. LOVE that leaf and the simple background embossing.xxAnnie

  3. I am so loving the leaf Viv and can't believe that you made it from beer can, that's fab!! Its one stunning card hun :)
    hugs and xxx

  4. Super card Viv, love the copper tones

    Thank you for joining us

  5. Still chuckling over your hubby falling for that one. Love your resourcefulness though. Also love the card. Are you giving it to the mister, with a smile of course. You are obviously feeling better.

  6. Wow Viv - that really is one stunning card, how cleverly done with just a beer can. Love it!

    Glad you're feeling a bit better :)

    Hugs, Di xx

  7. How very clever you are Viv, what a great idea. Thanks for leaving such a kind compliment on my card. :)

  8. Very creative of you Viv. Good on your Hubby for "helping" you out! Love what you've made here.

    Hugs, Darn Sarn xxx

  9. Stunning creation Viv...fab recycling of a beer can, so clever.
    Wendy xx

  10. This is fab Viv, I never realised you could use your dies on beer cans. I am going to tell my DH to get slurping! The church in the picture is St Chads in Poulton-le-Fylde. Susan xx

  11. Thanks for the kind comment. This is lovely and what a great idea using alcohol inks to colour the metal - that's all the excuse I need to go shopping as I don't have any alcohol inks in my stash!!

  12. Wow Viv, what a stunning card, love that leaf! I'm a wimp when it comes to metal I can't believe this was a beer can:)
    Val x

  13. Hi Viv wow what a great idea to recycle your husbands beer cans it looks great on your card :)

    You have a new follower :)

    Vic x

  14. What a transformation you gave that beer can! Love the colors of this card, great autumn feel (everything is better than winter right now!), beautiful CAS design.

  15. Viv what a stunning leaf, fabulous colours, just amazing
    Thanks for joining in this week at LIM for the metal challenge.
    Guest LIM commenter :)

  16. Great beer can tip. I'm a cider drinker, no doubt Scrumpy Jack cans go through the cuttlebug just as well. Love your card, the autumnal shades and dyed string. Yes Ian Gillan was well tasty in his youth!

  17. Love this technique, and when I did it, I used soda cans. Your choice of alcohol colors made a stunning golden-copper leaf that just gleams. Loved the died trims too. The tiny corners just drew the eye around the embossing and great idea to even color the metallic sentiment. Will have to remember this idea! Beautiful card. See ya in the Playground. TFS & Hugs

  18. Oh wow, wonderful use of a beer can. Love the leaf, in fact I love everything about this fabulous card :o)
    Jackie xx

  19. So stunning, Viv, love it. The leaf looks so real and what super embossing. Glad that you are getting better.

  20. I love that you made the leaf from a beer can!!! Awesome!!! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash for the "heavy metal" challenge!!

  21. What a great leaf and a super card!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  22. Stunning card - love the white space and probably would have missed off the metal corner embellies. Just love alcohol inks on metal :)

    Thanks for joining us at The Crafting Cafe this month, and good luck!


  23. Oh my goodness! This is amazing! I had no idea you could cut metal with dies….I may have to give that a try! I also am a huge fan of autumnal colors and this card is gorgeous! You did a fabulous job! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash this week!

  24. Oh wow Viv this looks stunning, just adore that super leaf too :) Viv xx

  25. simply gorgeous viv.i love the leave and fab cas design :D

    xx coops xx

  26. Great job, very creative. You have really embraced the metal, challenge!

    Who knew you could die-cut beer cans?

  27. Oh wow, that is gorgeous! I am so impressed with that leaf, it looks stunning! Thank you for joining in with the challenge at The Crafting Café. Sammy-x

  28. Beautiful CAS card Viv.
    Yvonne x

  29. Love the leaf, it looks stunning. Thank you for joining in with our Let's Feel It challenge at Cuttlebug Mania x

  30. This is just perfect. Love the embossed background too. Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania x

  31. Sorry I haven't been around for a while, Viv. I've sure enjoyed catching up and am I ever glad I scrolled backwards to see this! So spectacular! A sure winner in my book!! Hugs, Darnell


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