Friday, August 21, 2015

Shrinky Dink

I don't make up the names, I just play with the product LOL.
 I thought it was time to dig out the shrinky dink mylar. If you have never played with this stuff, it is always a good time. Here is how its done.
First assemble your supplies:
-Shrinky Dink Plastic
-StayzOn ink black or dark color
-3 or 4 inch stamp
-Copic or permanent markers
- tweezers or needle nose type plier
NOTE: you will want to work on a Heat proof Craft mat
as well as use a high temp heat gun.
1.} Choose a stamp you want to use that will leave you with some spaces to color. I used this butterfly fairy. Pick a stamp at least 3 or 4 times larger than you want it to turn out.
2.} Stamp your image onto the shrink dink plastic using StazOn ink {you want a solvent ink, not a water activated ink} Use your Mylar wisely by positioning your stamp in the corner and working over, you can also cut it with any regular cutting machine and die.
3.} Carefully cut around your image, try to keep your fingers off the ink, it is permanent, but can still move or smear a bit. If you are using a stamp and die set, cut first and stamp second.
4.} PUNCH A HOLE OR TWO FOR HANGING this is a key step, do not skip this step
5.} Color your image
Note: I colored the lightest detail color using Copic markers on the inked side. Then flip it over to cover large area on he back of the piece. This way you do not have to worry about removing your stamped image. I also used black to outline the cut edge of the shape.
Now place on heat proof surface, position your pliers so they are secured in the center of your punched holes. Holding it securely down, hit it with the high temp on your heat gun. Don't panic when it starts to curl and move, keep the heat on it moving it around. It will lay down as it shrinks.
This is the after along side the before
I am building charms for a swap, so made a few in different colors. The copic colors were lighter shades. They darken up as the plastic shrinks.
Have fun!! Sharing with Scrapendipity girls.

Finished ATC's destinations unknown!


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