Some time ago, I bought some plain shrink plastic for crafting from either Hobbycraft or The Range, I can't remember which, but I've never really got on with it. All the colour seems to come off my finished pieces. Or at least it DID, before I realised that my grandchildren were colouring theirs with pencils, not markers! I'd completely forgotten that important point from when my girls were children themselves. The pencil colouring looks quite faint on the full sized plastic, but after shrinking it contracts into a really bright finish.
It's absolutely amazing how much the image shrinks - here is my shrunken image next to the butterfly stamp it was created with:
A few tips for using shrink plastic:
- If you are using a heat tool, protect your work surface with lots of heat insulation. I have an insulated tablecloth, a craft mat and an inch thick wodge of scrap paper between the work and the table top.
- Always use Staz-on ink for stamping. Even that will smudge in the first few seconds if you aren't careful!
- Whether you shrink it in the oven or using a heat tool, have a couple of wooden sticks (not metal, it conducts heat too much. I use satay sticks) to hold the plastic in place if it threatens to curl up too much.
- If it DOES curl until it sticks to itself, you can usually persuade it to unstick by heating the stuck area. An extra person to hold the heat tool while you prise it apart with wooden sticks is ideal, if you can rope somebody in to help!
- Have a clear acrylic block ready to press down on the image immediately you remove the heat source. It will flatten out any bumps and wrinkles.
The current Butterfly Challenge is K is for Knots and I'm playing along with this card.