Using Shrink Plastic
There are several different colours available, as well as clear. Choosing a colour is really dependent on what you want to do with it, I have some ivory coloured and it is perfect with stamped brown images and needs no further colouring.
Some will come pre-sanded and some doesn't, the pre sanded is easier to use if
you are a beginner. By it being sanded it means that you will get a
better key and less chance of slipping, the colours dry better as well.
You can lightly sand it yourself, or just use it without sanding. You must only
lightly sand it, with a very fine sandpaper, otherwise you will get tiny
scratches on your project.
You can buy shrink plastic for ink jet printers and it should some with full instructions.
The Artistic Stamper has made these
couple of projects using Shrink Plastic.
She sells a range here
A friend of mine cut me some blank gekkos in white
shrink plastic, and I already had in mind a project for 2 of them. I
punched some holes in them, and shrunk them down. Here the trouble started!
Because they have curls and are thin in places, they curled right up, and I
could not uncurl them. Serves me right for not doing them in the oven. I had
used a heat gun! Finally they behaved, and I coloured them with alcohol inks
after shrinking, and used blues and yellows, which mixed to be green!
I used some Tim Holtz stamps from my personal stash, and used one of them on shrink plastic to make a little brooch, and then attached it to the card. Here I used the swirls, which I covered in Glossy Accents, and the Harlequin background is one of the texture mats. I attached the brooch to a piece of chipboard, and distressed inked all the elements. .
I made this watering can using a stamp on ivory shrink plastic, and a permanent brown ink pad.
Sorry the picture is a little poor!
The little flower on the ribbon is punched with the same punch as the big flower, and 'stitched' with a gelly roll pen.
© Crafts by Carolyn October 2009