This week I have done two craft techniques that I’ve never done before and always wanted to do! Both were really fun and both were techniques I could do with my kids. Bonus! I have been so mojo-brimming lately that though this week was intended for house cleaning and back-to-school planning, I’ve spent most of the time at my craft desk. Doesn’t help that Paper Crafts magazine has a new call for submissions out.
For today’s Doodle School I want to share a little fun with shrink plastic. I bought a package of shrink plastic (Lucky Squirrel brand) about six months ago and I hadn’t even opened it before this week. It looks a lot like overhead transparency sheets, only slightly thicker. I easily die cut several flower shapes using Spellbinders Blossoms dies.
Because it’s plastic, I wasn’t sure what medium to use to write and colour on the die cuts. The instructions say that after shrinking, most colour media will be permanent, but I didn’t want it to rub off in the process. I chose a pigment pen from Staedtler and Copic markers for the colour.
I doodled sketchy shapes on my flowers, keeping in mind that when the flowers are shrunken, the lines will grow thicker and the design stronger.
I flipped the flowers to colour them in, since I knew the alcohol inks would smudge the pigment ink. On paper this isn’t an issue but on a non-porous surface it could happen. The colours darken when the flowers are shrunk so I kept the colours fairly light.
The shrink plastic can be heated in the oven or with a heat gun to reduce it. And since I had a heat gun on hand, it only took seconds to shrink the flowers down. At first the shapes start to curl and that’s a little freaky, but as they reach their finished size (45% of original, according to the package), they flatten out. I allowed them to cool and admired the finished product! So cute!
The final card was thrown together using Sassafras paper, Spellbinders Labels 4, a Stampin’ Up! punch and a sentiment stamp from Lawn Fawn.
So I encourage you to try shrink plastic! It’s affordable and fun to use!