March 3, 2018


In the past several weeks, I have published a few posts about embossing heavy weight aluminum foil. You can re-read the posts HERE and HERE

In the Comments, Julie from Sum of Their Stories, who resides in the UK, wondered if it would be possible to do this technique using heavier-weight aluminum food containers, such as what a restaurant would offer for take-outs.

Her comment completely intrigued me, and I replied to her that I would be interested in trying that. 

That same weekend, we ordered delicious food to be delivered. One of the selections arrived in this container:

The container, which held a side salad, featured a bottom that only measured about 3" x 3 1/2". It had some pretty serious writing and line work. I wondered if it would be a good candidate. So, I cut the sides off the container, to be left with just the bottom portion. 

After running it through the same embossing folder I used in the Canada goose card, I was delighted with the results! I was actually impressed that simply running it through the Big Shot one time inside the folder virtually erased all those extraneous letters and grooves. Plus, since it was made from the heavier foil container, it seemed to be much more durable than just heavy-duty foil.

After getting it in place on my card front, I decided that I wanted to do some further stamping on the bottom half of the card. However, because the aluminum portion  was more raised (from the back) than the area I wanted to stamp, I cut a few pieces of chipboard and stacked them up to bring the front more level with the embossed piece.

I turned the card to the front with the chipboard pieces in place, 
and did some background stamping, as well as a brief printed verse.

Since the resulting card contains snowflakes, and winter is getting ready to wind down (I hope!), I thought I'd better post this card before it's too late.

This is the card that I ended up making with the 
heavy duty foil food container that held my salad:

It is easy to see in the following photo, with the card turned slightly to one side, how deep the embossed portion of the card is compared to the rest of the card. I did this to offer as much protection to the embossing as possible.

A close-up of the lovely embossing:

I attached the diecut snowflakes -- from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits on page 216 -- with Mini Glue Dots (page 202). 

Turned toward the sun:

The following photo shows really well the sunken section that contains 
the embossed portion of the aluminum food container:

Julie, thank you so much for your query about using heavier aluminum food containers for embossing. I am so glad that I took you up on your idea and gave it a try. I love the results!



  1. Wow Linda, it turned out amazingly well. I'm so pleased I asked!!

    1. I am pleased you asked too, Julie! It was an awesome suggestion. I will definitely do it again sometime.

  2. WOW this looks amazing - what a transformation.

  3. That is so beautiful! I have never thought of embossing foil. Pinned to try.

  4. I just love this! This technique makes such a beautiful and substantial card! Thank you so much for sharing this. Truly the ultimate in I have another reason to save my aluminum pans ;)

  5. What a clever use for foil!!! Thanks for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty!

  6. Linda, that is amazing! Next time I'm feeling crafty, I'm coming back here for inspiration and instructions!