Friday, October 8, 2010

New lever card and pumpkin leaf cut out of soda can with my Cricut

Here's a few pics of a card I made for a friend's Birthday. I used a kit from SVG Cuts called Breezy Backyard Lever Cards SVG kit in my Sure Cuts A Lot software to cut on my Cricut Expression. What a fun card to put together! The really awesome twist is that I was able to cut the fan blades out of a flattened soda can!!! How cool is that!?!?! It is my first attempt to make a lever card. It would have helped if I'd had two coordinating pieces of double-sided card stock, but I managed to sort of color the white side with my spritzer and markers (see first picture below). The only paper that I can identify by name is the outer flowered with reverse side purple which is Bo Bunny Marrakesh Vines. The rest is just miscellaneous card stock that I don't keep classified by manufacturer.

Now comes the REALLY fun project! I was looking around for ideas for Fall decorations that I could cut with my Cricut and found the perfect project on The Little Purple Pansie blog. She's got some awesome svg files for sale and also, like this one, some that are generously provided free! It scared the bejeebers out of me to cut metal with my precious Expression and I had tons of questions for her which she promptly and graciously answered. Below is the result of my first attempt at cutting, then embossing a pumpkin leaf cut out of a soda can. The coloring was done using some Tim Holtz alcohol inks. You've GOT to go look at what she did with hers!


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  1. Your card is amazing! Would you consider putting it on the Scrap'n Tote blog as a Guest Blog?

    Marlo Letterle
    Scrap'n Tote

  2. So sorry to hear about your little terrier. Your leaves are gorgeous, thanks for sharing. Cathy V

  3. Wonderful card!! I will have to check out the kit!

  4. WOWOWOWOW!!!! both projects are wonderful!

  5. What an idea. Could you please share your information on cutting the can with your cricut so we don't all drive the woman nuts with the same questions? I would appreciate the info being sent to TIA

  6. Thank you all for your nice comments. It means so much to me knowing that someone is reading my blog and that I can help inspire others.

    @Chris I'll e-mail you directly, but basically the best advice for cutting the pop cans is to do it in several passes and with low pressure. My mistake was in trying to cut deep with high pressure. Also, after two or three passes don't expect the metal to be cut through like paper and cardstock. You have to kind of bend it back and forth in one spot to get it started, then gently tear it away. Be careful of any pointed edges as they are sharp, but the straight and round edges don't pose as much of a threat.


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