Shrink Plastic Magiccomments (10) July 13th, 2008
If you wrote off shrink plastic back in the days when Shrinky Dinks™ only sold pre-designed sheets, it is definitely time to take another look at this awesome medium. There are multiple shrink plastic producers, now, and sheets are available in clear, translucent, canvas white and black varieties. There are even sheets that are specially designed to be printed with an Ink Jet printer. Meanwhile, crafters have been pushing the boundaries of this fun plastic, discovering ways to transform the effect from childish to craftacular.
Blogger June Gilbank of Planetjune has a great tutorial for making shrink plastic rings on her website and Dawn Lippincott at Artchixstudio shares tips for adhering photos to shrink plastic pieces to make charms. For beaders, the Rubber Stamp Club offers their design for these modern shrink plastic beads. Finally, scrapbookers will love the lesson from blogger Lisa Johnson of Poppy Paperie for making page accessories with stamps and shrink plastic sheets.
Etsy user Morgan Shooter of Missbluebirdcreation shows the potential for printing on different colored sheets. Also, don't hesitate to mess around with painting, stamping, and even chalk accents. Make sure to look at the package for specific directions on how to use the product and also keep in mind that you can often layer multiple pieces of shrink plastic for an original 3D effect. For more ideas, check out Jane Roulsten’s book Shrink Art 101.
Have you used shrink plastic to make something unusual or unexpected? Be sure to share your creations with us!