Saturday, January 30, 2010

Faux Nestabilities with Juice/Can Lids

I've been back at my craft table lately and I've come up with a trick that's cheap and easy and will add a fun extra touch to your winter cards.
These round, embossed shapes were made by running juice and can lids through the Big Shot! I love the look of the metallic Nestabilities that emboss and cut beautiful shapes, but I don't have any yet. You know I love using things I have laying around the house too, so this is what I came up with!

To get a better idea of how to do it, watch this video. (If you are reading in a reader, click here and you'll be transported to YouTube.)

If for some reason, you can't see the video, here is the basic recipe:
First, put the white platform on the bottom,
Followed by shims, (if needed)
Embossing pad
Juice lid
Then top plate

*IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER MACHINE and you have the recipe for, let's say, the Cuttlebug, please feel free to share it in the comments and I will add it here. Thanks ;)

A friend that I told this idea to asked about square shaped embossing and I told her she would just have to look for a square soup can or settle for this other cheap and easy "faux nestie" trick: Add a layer of plain white cardstock that is 1/8" larger than your white focal point layer for a look that mimics embossing. It's simple, but it does add a little something to a card.


Lisa said...

Wow, you are so very clever!!! I would have never thought about this. I do have a question, can you used it in the cuttlebug as well, would you just use the embossing pads?

Thanks so much,


Avis Anderson said...

You hit it out of the ballpark with THIS one, Julie! Would it be possible for you to post the layers (sandwich recipe)? This is so great!!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea.

Laurie said...

How creative are you? Love this idea! Even if you have nesties, this still gives another fun look! Thanks for sharing our time and talents with us!!!

Milly D said...

1st time commenting on your blog, it's new to me. I've learned so much discovering all these blogs out there. This video on the enbossing with the can lids looks great. I also have a Big Shot and am definately going to try it out.
Thanks for sharing!

Jackie said...

I love that idea! I will definitely look at can lids in a different way. Thanks for the video :-)

Carol said...

It's always fun to use items we have around the house! Thanks for sharing a great idea. I'm anxious to try.

Cynthia said...

Thank you so much for sharing your "juice lid" idea with me. I love it!! You always amaze me, simply brilliant. Also thank you for sending me the link, I am soooo nosey:) I just had to know what you were talking about!


Jewels said...

That's a good question, Lisa! I would think you could use the comparable plates/platforms on the Cuttlebug. Do they sell an embossing pad for the CB? You could probably use the Sizzix or Wizard one. If any other readers have a recipe for other machines, feel free to share ;)

Michelle said...

WOW look at you! Love this idea! I really like the square embossing look by using another sheet of white - how easy is that?! Thanks for the "how-to"!

- - Sheryl - - said...

Hi - I own the Cuttlebug, this is how I got my circle impression.
*A plate (white plate)
* black embossing pad that I previously had from Sizzix (Or you can use plumber rubber so I hear from the hardware store)
* card stock
* fruit can lib (Libby's is what I had in my recycle bin)
* C plate

I experienced no tearing as long as you keep the lid as you would see it from the can. Do not flip it or it will tear
I also did not have to spritz or use shims - because the C plate is thicker than the B plate.


Unknown said...

I'm going to try this! And it was great "skyping" with you yesterday!

Bridgett Owens said...

I also enjoy using the faux embossing but I had never heard of the juice can lid! I love the way your mind works!!!
Angel Hugs,

Amy Kolling said...

Julie--You come up with the most amazing ideas!! Thanks for skyping with Laurie this weekend! It was great to see you!

BarbL said...

TOO clever!! Love it!

KellyRae said...

Great idea Julie, thanks for the instructions. Sometimes I'll make my own shape embossing templats too by gluing 10 diecut shapes together and then putting them in a similar sandwich. (Think 10 butterflies, or 10 flower shapes)

Conniecrafter said...

How clever, tfs!

Chris said...

What a cool idea - how did you ever come up with something so clever! Glad you are back crafting! :)

Junieb said...

Thank you for this FAB idea!!

Sabrena said...

this is such a neat idea...I was immediately thinking canning know theres a regular and wide mouthed sized lids? If you know anyone who cans they might have some you could have!!

Jewels said...

Great idea, Sabrena!

Nancy said...

What a wonderful idea. I have the CB instead of the Big Shot but may just have to get the Big Shot too. I don't think the CB could do this. Thank you@

Anonymous said...

I love this! I've resisted buying the Nestabilities so far - maybe now I won't have to! :) TFS!