Hi Everyone!

During our team meeting to look at the new catalog last night, I gave Lisa and Vicki the supplies need to make their own Metal Garden Stake. OMGoodness, these things are addictive as you want to try lots of combos with your dies and embossing folders. Can you believe how versatile the Big Shot is?!

They each received a metal die of a Top Note and 2 butterflies from Beautiful Butterfly. I know each has their own embossing folders & I wanted them to experience embossing the metal themselves. That's the fun in crafting for me…creating it myself! And knowing these two, they will blow my sample out of the water LOL. Can't you just see using them as herb markers or a gift for flower or garden lovers? Oh so many possibilities! You can use a permanent marker like a Sharpie to write or Lisa had a FABULOUS idea…use Staz-on ink! You could stamp an image on  your metal…I'll have to try that Lisa…thanks for the suggestion! Vicki had seen where other colors of metal flashing was used too…Oh my!

To make your own Metal Garden Stake you'll need the following items:

Big Shot Die-cutting machine 113439
Die or dies – Top Note  113463 and Beautiful Butterfly 114507 Shown
Embossing Folders – Elegant Lines119277 and Perfect Polka Dots 117335
Metal flashing. Found in hardware or home improvement stores in the roofing area. Mine came precut at 5" x 7" perfect for the Big Shot. $0.39 each or 10 for $2.59. It also comes in rolls which you could cut to size yourself. I'm not into that! so I paid the precut size 😉 Easy Peasy Lemon Squeesy I say!
Garden Stake – I found mine at Home Depot for $0.89. Metal ones can be found online.
Crop-a-dile108362 to punch hole for hanging
Keyring – hardware store or jewelry making supply isle. 

Run the metal flashing through the Big Shot using your favorite dies! For added detail, run the die-cut metal through again using an embossing folder. Adhere layers with hot glue. Punch hole in top with Crop-a-dile. Insert keyring. Loop onto stake and enjoy in your garden!

Feel free to use the metal flashing die images in all your cards too. Treat it like any other embellishments but be prepared for "how did you do that!?" questions.

Happy Crafting!~ Dee