Terry here to welcome you to this week's Friday Focus and the product being showcased is "Shrink Plastic." To watch an item shrink and become a miniature of itself is absolutely amazing! The first time I played with shrink plastic, I was not happy with the results. The more you play with this amazing material, the more you will love its properties and results! Now here are a few of the items I shrunk for this week's Friday Focus and I hope this will inspire you to add a new layer of excitement to your creations!
|Inked and Embossed|
|Closed pen is used to hold down folder|
|Top two just waiting for thread|
Things to know! Color will intensify when shrunk, so keep that in mind. Practice first! Some cuts are more detailed, so you may have to separate some of the pieces that may stick together. When I baked the little bird and branch, two of the branches and the birdie wanted to unite. I took a metal skewer and separated them and then placed them back into the oven for a few seconds. Took them out of the oven and then proceeded to flatten. Many pieces flatten just fine, but some need a little help, so I just do it. You can use a regular home oven or heat tool. When using the heat tool, I use that metal skewer to gently hold down the piece while heating, but it will leave a little mark. I also don't hold the gun too closely, but you will need to figure out what works best for you. Results will vary. Archival is waterproof and permanent, but I find that even after going through the baking process, it can smear, so I give a quick spray with Krylon Matt Sealer after baking. I also use Stazon ink, but actually like the coverage better with Archival.
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|Die cut, alcohol ink and masking|
|Background stamp, hearts in bottle|