Up-cycled Embellishments

Up-cycled Embellishments

Julie Heyer

Turn items headed for the recycling bin into gorgeous embellishments for your scrapbook pages, cards or projects. An aluminum container can be taken to new heights!

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Trim the sides from a disposable aluminum pan with scissors. Be careful with the sharp edges.

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Die cut flower shapes from the gold side and centers from the black side of the container. Lay the gold side face down when creating the Sizzix Alterations Tattered Florals flower. 

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Trim the center out with a pair of scissors.
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Add texture to the flower centers with a ball stylus tool and foam mat.

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To eliminate unsightly ridges from the die cuts, run them through the machine with the non-steel side of a cutting die facing the die cut. Flatten the ridged side walls of the pan with the same technique.

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The flower is sandwiched under the flat side of the die and one acrylic plate. To flatten, add a second acrylic plate to the top of the die and run through the machine.

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Attach centers to the flower petals with foam adhesive circles

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For each flower, stack two die cuts and adhere with glue dots. Die cut leaves with the flattened side pieces from the pan.

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Color the leaves with a permanent green marker.

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Dab the marker ink with a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol to create a mottled effect.

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Add embellishments to the layout with foam adhesive circles.

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I chose papers and washi tape included with my Sunflowers Deluxe kit to create the layout. The sentiment is from the Jumbo UM stamp set. I had extra die cuts to make a card, too!

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What items do you like to up-cycle in your crafty projects?

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