Flashing can be fun with a Big Shot!

Hi All,

Hows that for a spicy title??  Does anyone still flash these days?  Well my upline Cheryl and I do..at home..in our stamp rooms…with roofing supplies!  Intrigued?  Read on.

I’ve been getting more and more into flashing…well with the Big Shot (okay Wicketcat might have gotten flashed on my way out of the shower – that kitty has a thing for the bathroom for some reason!) and aluminum roof flashing supplies.   And while todays post shows aluminum flashing similar material is also available in slightly pricier copper!

The Amerimax flashing Cheryl and I used turned out to be two toned. Brass on one side and silvery aluminum on the other or the brown/white combo. Purchase flashing from a home store such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. Available in rolls of varying widths and prices as well as colors. Copper is also available by special order. Some thinner craft aluminum sheets in a variety of colors are also available on line or in craft stores locally.  As for pricing…the per project cost came in well under $1 per tealight holder and even less for the ornaments!  Copper would have been right at about a $1.  Can’t much more frugal for a gift than that!   So with that as basic info here we go……


Todays projects are oldies but goodies that for some reason I forgot to post at Christmas time.   My partners and I  had a small group of ladies attend a Christmas gift stamp camp and ever since have been getting requests for these flashing goodies to make a return appearance – hm….might be perfect for Mother’s or Father’s Day don’t you think.  After all Mom’s love candles right?  And Dad’s, uncles and other male relatives will probably think the metal is very cool!  Talk about a two-fer!   Works too for Teacher Appreciation, birthday rememberances, new neighbor gift and of course the ubiquitous Craft  Fairs!!  So……

Got one of these? 


And some aluminum flashing or metal pieces from a craft store or online store.

If so you can make several of these


The fancy version

The basic version


Basic version top view


cut petals and odd sizes

The one non embossed tealight.


This one is actually two separate pieces made using the 3 smallest flower fold petal pieces.  but I can’t find the picture showing them side by side.  The bottom is one large open petal and the top piece is a smaller piece with the petals folded down to form the base of the stand and the upper section of that piece is a medium open petal piece slightly folded up to hold the tealight in place.

Or These

Of course being Christmas we had to show ornaments too!

Ornaments were made using left over pieces from the Flower Fold tea lights above.

Holes for ribbon hangers were made with crop-a-dile and eyelets.  The Crop-a-dile cuts through flashing like butter!  Rhinestone jewels added for bling. Snowflake die cut is from Northern Frost Strip die & joy was cut with “Joyful” Sizzlit

And Lastly….we had a birthday to celebrate (are you still partying Linda?) so we made this:

Cupcake holder is die cut with flashing using the Perfect Settings SU Exclusive die, rivetedtogether with Crop a dile and eyelets and covered with retired DSP (cupcake was eatenbefore picture was taken so decorative label tag is sitting lower than otherwise).

Stamp set Curly Cute was used for the Happy Birthday banner.

Perfect Settings Bigz XL Die – Order # 115961 $42.95


If you would like the basic instructions you can download an abbreviated PDF here Tea Light Holder Instructions – abbreviated version (365KB file)

Or you can download a larger version here that has all the pictured tealight holders and more Tea Light Holder Instructions (17MB file) Apologies for the size – I had trouble resizing the pictures.  I’ll give it another try and see if I can get the file size down later and will post on SCRIBD



Tip:  Cutting Aluminum Flashing and the Big Shot die cuts safely

While the die cuts themselves are fairly smooth on the edges the actual cutting of the strips to run through the Big Shot and the poking out of the die cut pieces really do require heavy duty gloves ( Ask me how I know this and I’ll show you my scars! )  and probably a pair of tin snips.  Although if you have a Ginsu knife they do say those will cut anything – LOL!   For future projects I think I would go ahead and go for the 6″ wide material even though it is a tad pricier.  Then you can just whack off 12″ strips to run through with the die.

Tip:  On adhering pieces

While sticky tape did work and others have used Pop Dots and Tombow and Crystal effects.  I think in future I’ll probably go for a hot glue gun.   The other choices tend to separate a bit during cold weather though they can be pressed back together.   If the Crop a dile had a longer reach I’d probably consider riveting pieces together with eyelets like I did the cupcake holder.

Tea Lights from Aluminum Flashing


Big Shot, Flower Folds XL die, aluminum flashing, Finial Press Impressions Folder, dimensionals, Sticky Strip or hot glue gun.

Most flashing used turns out to be two toned.  Brass on one side and silvery aluminum on the other or the brown/white combo.   Purchase flashing from a home store such as Home Depot or Lowes.  Available in rolls of varying widths and prices as well as colors.  Copper is also available by special order.   Some thinner craft aluminum sheets in a variety of colors are also available on line or in craft stores locally.

1.  Die cut strip of flashing 5 ½” x 12” (longer is okay) with Flower Folds Bigz XL die.   Wear leather gloves while pulling die cut pieces away from background.  Die cut pieces are reasonably smooth but the background matrix has some sharp points as are the edges of the flashing itself.

Set aside the smallest flower piece.

2.  Decide what color order and style of candle holder you want – see samples.

3.  Decide if you want plain or textured. 

If Textured then:

4.  Texture the 3 flower pieces with Finial Press Impressions Folder – note the side you want raised impressions on and place in folder accordingly.

5.  Carefully bend the petals up or down depending on design along the scored lines – Caution if bent two different directions too many times petal may break – so plan before you bend!

6.  Apply (2) 1” strips of sticky strip to back of flowers to be adhered (most will have a total of 4 strips).  Rub the strips, pull packing and press together firmly – rub if necessary.  For better long term hold during storage use the hot glue gun in place of sticky strip.

7. Insert tea light.

Note: flower petals make great ornaments as well as tea lights

Additional notes and links:

If you don’t have a Lowe’s in your area try an online search looking up home center stores you do have then input flashing as a keyword for your search.   Some craft stores also sell rolls/sheets of metal though its usually thinner.  The flashing from Lowe’s seemed to have a thickness in the range of .010 to .092 though I was told different batches might be fairly variable.  This range is suitable for the Big Shot.

Various sandwiches are recommended on different tutorials.  Sandwich I used for my Big Shot was from the top down

Extended Cutting Plate


Flower Folds XL Die

Paper Shim

Extended Cutting Plate

You’ll hear lots of popping and cracking and that’s normal for these materials.

Video tutorial (to see the process in action): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozjeUOHEswQ

Product information

Flower Folds Bigz XL Die– #115970,  $42.95

You can use Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive Flower Folds Bigz die to create multilayered, multicolor flowers, perfect for using as accents on scrapbook pages, cards, and gift boxes and bags. These flowers look beautiful as single flowers or layered.
■ Designed to cut through one sheet of paper or card stock at a time
■ Use with Sizzix Big Shot machine and extended cutting pads
■ Die size: 6″ x 13-3/4″ 

Flower diameters: 4-7/8″, 3-7/8″, 3-1/8″, 2-1/2″


This Fabulous steel rule die also works on any number of alternate materials.  The Wood Sheets Stampin’ Up Sells also make awesome die cuts with this die and if you are careful with the bending can also make a basic tealight holder for tealights of the non flamable kind.

For a downloadable list of what other materials you can cut with this die click here http://www.stampinup.com/us/documents/big_shot_materials.pdf


Links to other tealight holders:




http://www.peanutsandpepperspapercrafting.com/2010/03/stampin-up-la… – lattice die candle holder


Snowflake #2 Sizzix Originals die works too:



http://riverfrontstampin.com/wowser-wednesday – Cute packaging for the candle holder too.


Big Shot references:

Big Shot Product Insert PDF – http://www.stampinup.com/us/documents/big_shot_inst_blk_SU.pdf

SplitCoastStampers (SCS) – Big Shot FAQ discussion – http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/tool-product-talk-f128/big-shot-faq-t374557.html


Wow!  One gigantic post today…I guess that’s what happens when you let the project and related info pile up for a few months and more keeps collecting.  I hope you’ll try these for yourself.  The little darlings are totally addicting!  Let your creativity run wild as you come up with new ways to fold and present this very fun material.   All materials except the flashing are SU and can be purchased in my On-line store – just click on the link at the top of the sidebar.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean


2 Responses

  1. Wow…lots of information – and thank you! A friend used the snowflake die last Christmas for these but I think I like the ones made using the EFs…a bit more sturdy but they are all fabulous!

  2. What an amazing post. Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

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