Saturday, April 26, 2008

Shrink It!

It has been a long time since I have used my shrink plastic so I thought I would dust it off and shrink this great PrintWorks image. So here is what I did.
1. Stamp "rough and ready" clear shrink plastic with black StazOn ink and coloring the rough side with chalks and a "chisel" type brush (the bristles are short and more condensed). Keep in mind the colors really intensify when shrunk so color lightly.
2. Out line some of the images with colored pencils.
3. Before shrinking, rub a light layer of baby powder on the front and back to prevent the plastic from sticking to itself while shrinking.
4. Place the piece in a shoe box lid (so it won't blow away while heating) and heat with a heat gun, moving it slowly across the shrink plastic. As it shrinks it will curl, so don't worry it will start to flatten out when it is done, then place a wood block on top of the piece for a few seconds so it will be completely flat.
The card was stamped with a sentiment by PrintWorks using wisteria ColorBox Chalk ink and it opens in the center.
Shrink Plastic also comes in white, cream, brown and black so the possibilities are endless!

5 comments:

Janine said...

This is just so wonderful... It turned out really well...

Janine said...

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Juliann said...

I really love this, I usually just cut one little thing out of the shrink paper, but this is great with the whole little scene!
Very pretty!
thanks for the baby powder tip as well!

Jenn said...

Beautiful...just Beautiful!!! :D

NancyK said...

It's been ages since I played with my shrink plasic - I'll have to go find mine! Your coloring on this is wonderful!