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- Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
- Sweet & Succulent Steel Rule Die
- Simply Succulent Steel Rule Die
- Aluminum from soda cans, or you can order a roll from Whimsie.com
- Alcohol Inks 3 pack Rustic Lodge and 3 pack Conservatory
- Alcohol Ink Applicator or just stick some felt to a wood block with velcro
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- E6000 or other adhesive that works with metal
- Large binder clip (optional)
- Grapevine wreath - they are super cheap at Michael's (use a coupon!)
***Disclaimer: Take care not to cut yourself or burn yourself while making this project. Keep out of reach of children. This blog or writer is not responsible if you injure yourself.***First cut out your aluminum cans to flatten them with metal snips or other heavy duty scissors. Be super careful because there will be sharp edges. Flatten the aluminum and sandwich onto the die following the machine's directions. It's super easy folks! Recycle the unused portion of the aluminum. You will need at least 2 whole die-cuts for each succulent. So that's a minimum of two soda cans per succulent. Yep, that's a lot of soda (or sparkling water!) Lay out your die cuts, silver side up. And prepare your alcohol inks. I used a different mixture of greens, green with a couple drops of denim, green with a couple drops of terracotta or green with a couple drops of gold. Get creative, each succulent is different and beautiful. A few drops of the ink onto the felt pad goes a long way. Be sure your workspace is well ventilated. The alcohol ink has vapors and it can be overwhelming if you breathe them in. Use a fan or open a window. Each time you stamp onto the metal creates a different effect. Play with it! Once the painting is complete, set aside for an hour to dry. Apply a dab of glue onto the center of each layer of leaves and stack. Use a binder clip to hold the succulent together while the glue hardens and cures. I let mine sit overnight, so that the adhesive hardens properly. Once the glue is dry, remove the binder clip and fluff out your petals, being cautious of the sharp edges. To adhere the succulents to the wreath, place a dab of E6000 in the center of the bottom of the succulent. Then apply the hot glue around the E6000. The hot glue will hold the succulent in place on the wreath until the E6000 cures. The colors are gorgeous! I particularly love the blue greens.