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Thursday, 17 March 2011


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Well, as promised, here's your midweek post. OK, I admit, I'm a day late, lol. The plan was to get it up by Wednesday evening at the latest so sorry about that.

Debbie has released some fabulous new images recently so I'm going to show you those and also Maggie has written some excellent info for you on using Shrink Plastic.

All the new images are available from The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs HERE.
There is a lovely set of 'Wishing Well' images and you can see these in the DT cards this week. There is also a great set of 'Window' Images including a little girl and some animals peeking through a window. This though, is the empty window and you could add any image you like or print a sentiment into it or cut out the aperture and put something behind it.

Debbie has also designed some really cute Easter bunny stamps.

Added to these, there is also a fabulous selection of sentiments in circular and ticket designs for all sorts of occasions.

So why not pop over to The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs and treat yourself and don't forget that if 5 or more of you use a CP stamp in your challenge post, you'll go into a separate draw to win another image.


First some basics. Shrink plastic is an acetate like material, it comes in sheets and in a variety of colours.
You can cut it with scissors, punch it or cut with dies in die cutting machine. Once you have the shape you want, you heat it up with a heat gun. I did not sand any of the pieces I've made but for best results always follow manufacturer's instructions.

Below I've cut 4.5x4.5cm square piece of shrink plastic just for demonstration purposes.

Always make holes in shrink plastic BEFORE you apply heat. Otherwise the plastic will get too thick and you won't be able to punch it through.

I'm using an old box as otherwise the piece of shrink plastic I'm about to heat up will get blown away. Once you apply heat the shrink plastic will start warping and bending which is normal. The big shadow on the right is made by my heat gun. :)

It takes probably less than a minute for the process to finish.

Shrink plastic will shrink and get thicker.

Once it stops warping put an acrylic block on top to flatten the plastic - do not press the acrylic block down as it will leave marks on warm shrink plastic.
Now the pieces measures 2x2cm and is much thicker.

Below are some photos of what you could make from shrink plastic.
Here's a sun catcher.
First I stamped some flowers with Brilliance ink, next heated up the piece of shrink plastic. To finish off I painted the piece with glass paint. The bottom square piece is a piece of acetate.

Close up of one of the pieces. One side is painted with yellow glass paint the other one with red.

Earrings - stamped the piece with flower stamp, inked edges with green Brilliance ink and rounded the corners. The earrings are a part of a jewellery set - brooch, bracelet and earrings.

Another set of earrings. Here the piece of shrink plastic was inked with silver Brilliance ink on one side and stamped with flower stamp on the other.

3 key rings - I used the scraps that I had left. Stamped them with different swirl stamps and cut with decorative scissors.

Jar embellished with some beads on jewellery wire and pieces of shrink plastic. The pieces were stamped with flower stamps. Here I used Translucent shrink plastic instead of Clear.

As I got carried away I made some buttons and other embellishments. :) I store them in a jar and use them whenever I need them. Santa is coloured with felt tip pens as they become permanent after shrinking. Also remember that colours become more vibrant when the shrinking process is done so be careful how much colour you apply. Chalks work brilliantly..

So, thanks to Maggie for that, it's brilliant and we'll see you again on Sunday.


aqualeiga said...

Fab tutorial Maggie, thanks so much! I've never been brave enough to have a go with shrink plastic (always think I'd freak when it curls up during the heating/shrinking process!!!) Feel able to have a crack at it now though. Hugs, Ali x

tracy said...

wow what great ideas, i have shrink plasic some where lol, my youngest and i are going to try making earrings in the next school holidayjust got to get some hooks and pins, beads on way, when i find the shrink plastic i can practise, only done it a few times without success. have a quest though, how big a hole do you need before shrinking to allow the hole big enough for the hoops, most holes i find shrink to next to nothing

Lorraine said...

When I use shrink plastic, Tracy I usually use my hole punch that is the size of my eyelets. It's about 3/16th inch if I remember rightly.

Anonymous said...

Hi Maggie, I just love the new stamps especially the window one. Awesome.
Much love

Tracey said...

Great tutorial Maggie, well done :)

Debbie said...

Fabulous tutorial Maggie - so clearly put and fabby pics too. :)
Thank you ..:)