Upcycling Pop Cans to Make Embossed “Tin Panels” by Christy Riopel

I was inspired by old tin ceiling panels when I created this page. I love how they go with the vintage feel of the photo.

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Supplies: Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper and stickers, Spellbinder’s dies and embossing folders, gesso, Stephanie Barnard for Clearsnap ink sprays, Beacon Adhesives 3in1 glue and Decoupage gloss sealer, Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock, marvy gel pen.

To make the panels I cut the top and bottom off a pop can and down the side. I then took my Spellbinders embossing folder and embossed the metal from the can. I then painted it with gesso and let it dry. I sprayed it with Stephanie Barnard for Clearsnap Ink sprays and when they were almost dry I sealed them with Beacon Adhesives spray on Decoupage Gloss Sealer. This keeps the colours vibrant.  I sanded some of the areas to reveal the shiny metal.

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I also used Spellbinder’s dies to make the large skinny frames on my page out of Bazzil Basics Paper metallic cardstock.



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    Hellen Micklwright Reply

    I love spell binders, I have some of my own and they great. Thanks cs for those a they’re awesome

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    Robin Mowat Reply

    Great use of the Spellbinder dies and I love, love, love the altered cans!

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    Susan Huston Reply

    Wow — what amazing up-cycling! Love the use of the pop cans for the tin ceiling look! It’s amazing what Spellbinders dies can be used with.