Sometimes I get in one of those crafty moods where I want to experiment and get a little messy. During one of these caffeinated sessions- I pulled one of my empty aluminum cans from the trash can, and thought “I wonder if this can be embossed?” Well, It can! It did! I am excited to show you how these butterfly DIY embellishments turned out!
Supplies needed to make your own butterfly DIY embellishments:
- Studio 71 Alcohol Ink Markers
- Fancy Butterfly Die Cut Shapes
- Embossing/Die Cut Machine
- Cuttlebug Embossing Mat
- Fine Spray Mist Bottle
- Squared Border Embossing Folder
- Brights 4.25 x 5.5 Paper Pack
- Glue Dots
- Empty Aluminum (Soda) Cans
The first thing you will want to do is empty a can or two. Any regular soda (aluminum) can will work. Rinse it out and let it air dry a bit.
Using an kraft knife, make a slit in the top of the can large enough to insert scissor blades.
Arrange your desired die shapes on your die cutting machine base.
Cover the dies with the aluminum piece with the printed side of the can facing upward.
Leave the aluminum inside the dies.
That is where my Studio 71 Alcohol Ink Markers came into play!
Choose a palette that will blend nicely with each other.
These markers are vibrant, have wonderful pigmentation and are way more affordable than other alcohol ink markers I have shopped around for. This is a perfect project for you to get to know your marker colors, and practice blending.
The rubbing alcohol helped to bleed the colors into each other, and dried in a cool texture! I experimented with a lot of color combos. Even just a single color looked really cool with this technique. The color did not wipe off of the aluminum like water based markers would.
When I finished a few, I decided to be practical with my finished butterflies and throw them on a card base and some tags. The aluminum made it easy to slightly bend the wings upwards to create some dimension on the cards.
I adhered the butterflies easily with some Glue Dots.
I especially love this Squared Border Background Embossing Folder.
It is perfect for this butterfly DIY project. I just added a gem to the top and bottom of the frame, and a sentiment to the bottom.