Monday, 7 September 2009

Hunny, I shrunk the card!!!

Hey everyone, First of all We'd all just like to say a Great BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Birthday sale day on Saturday, Thank you also for all the cards and best wishes for our 6th Birthday, A special thanks also to Toni & Kristy for our balloon. Everyone should have a balloon on their Birthday I think!!! and it is defo a good one as after Three days it is still floating... So thank you one and all. We hope you all enjoy your bargain purchases.. You certainly cleared us out!!!

Today, I'd like to share some cards we have prepared for our Shrink Plastic lesson this week.. I Have had so much fun preparing these. I hope you enjoy them and they give you some inspiration to try this great technique for yourselves...

Firstly, I stamped my images out using StazOn Black Ink. Two images were stamped onto White Shrink Plastic. I used the rough side as I intend to colour them in. Stamping on the glossy side would not hold the colour and would potentially come off. If I was not going to colour the image then I would probably stamp onto the glossy side. The third image was just stamped onto some White card stock. The Image is from the Popcorn Bear range from Crafters' Companion.
I coloured the images in using Derwent Watercolour pencils, which are available in the shop. As I wasn't sure which images I was going to use I decided to colour everything in and then decide afterwards...
Once coloured, I cut out the Bears and Ducks from the Shrink Plastic, at this stage I decided to loose the Golf Clubs....

Lining up the images I then thought that the Ducks were not working for me so I put them to one side for another project.
So with my Two Shrink Plastic images ready to be shrunk, I placed them in a small box and shrunk them one at a time with a heat gun.. I have done this quite a few times over the years and it can potentially be a hit or miss technique.. However my preferred method of shrinking the images is to use the slower heat setting on my heat gun. I also start heating in the middle of the image, as this shrinks, it means the corners don't tend to roll over on themselves and stick to each other. Once shrunk, I flattened the image with an acrylic stamping block..

I then cut out 2 balloon images in Shrink Plastic and One image in White card stock from the Celebrations Cartridge from the Cricut machine. These images were cut out at 2" in size.. I used the Multicut function when cutting the Shrink Plastic to make sure it cut through..
Again these were coloured with Derwent Watercolour pencils

and the Two Shrink Plastic images were shrunk as I did with the Bear images..

Once all the cutting, colouring and shrinking had been done I found some great card stock from Kanban which suited the images perfectly...

I also found one for the ducks as well!!!

Later in the week I will show you a Christmas version, so thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check back..


  1. Glad you all had a wonderful birthday celebration and thank you for all our super bargains.

    These cards look sooooooooooo cute.

    Toni :o)

  2. Happy Birthday!!!! I hope that you have many more.Can everybody remember to vote again,the link is on top of the home page.We have to have our shop,the top shop!!! thanks Becky-bex