This is my FIRST EVER tutorial! Let me know what you think, but be kind, please. lol Seriously, if I miss anything, or if there is anything I could do better, please let me know!
Supplies & Tools Needed:
Hole punch (I used Crop-a-dile)
Shrink plastic (I used Shrinky Dinks)
Stamps of your choice
Shape punch (I used Stampin’ up scalloped circle, and Marvy Uchida square scalloped punch)
Permanent markers for colouring/tracing (I used fine point Sharpies)
Solvent ink pad (I used Stazon)
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for shrink plastic. However, I didn’t bake mine in the oven – I used my heat gun. I have used the oven before, and didn’t have much success with it. The charms would curl, and stick to themselves.
Step 1: Punch out shapes. You can stamp first, and then cut out the shapes. I just prefer to punch first. If you’re using Stampin’ Up’s punch, you can see where you’re punching, (the lever action allows you to turn it upside down and see the image) – so it does make it easy to stamp first.
Step 2: Transfer images to shrink plastic – stamp with Stazon, or trace with a permanent marker. Colour in images, if you wish.
You don’t need to be super-precise with your colouring – the shinking is very forgiving – when you shrink, the colours darken, and any spots you missed are barely noticeable. Be careful not to touch the stamped portion of the image with your colouring marker – it will bleed into your colour.
3. Punch one hole (for charm) with hole punch (Crop-a-dile). I’ve made “buttons” by punching 2 or 4 holes.
4. Shrink, using heat gun. This is the tricky part. I used a piece of corrugated cardboard, and secured the unshrunk charm with a pin. Then, using tweezers, without touching the plastic too much (it will leave an impression wherever you touch), turn on your heat gun and hold it about 6″ away from the plastic, and keep it moving to distribute heat. The charm will curl up – use your tweezers to keep it from folding and sticking to itself. Keep heating until it curls, and then uncurls – remove the pin, try not to blow your project around with your heat tool, using your tweezers. Keep the heat gun moving, and don’t overheat – it will burn. It takes about 10-12 seconds to shrink. While it’s still warm, you can flatten it out, if needed, with an acrylic block.
It will shrink to about 1/3 of its original size.
There you go! Give it a try! Show me your creations – I’d love to see your results! 🙂