If you’re a child of the 80’s like me, you definitely played with Shrinky Dinks. My favorite were the Cabbage Patch Kids, I used to loooovvvveee to watch them curl and shrink up in the oven. Imagine my glee when I saw them in the store. I immediately bought them and took them home, and passed that joy onto my 3 year old.
Then, I thought about how cool it would be to create a custom, 3D embellishment with them. Lo and behold, someone else must have made that same assumption, because there was shrink plastic at the craft store! So… follow along and see how I turned a digital stamp into a 3D embellishments.
I started with 2 digi stamps (Dustin Pike), no need to waste card stock as you’re not coloring on the paper and a sheet of shrink plastic:
Next, I traced the digital stamps on the sheet of shrink plastic. Be careful not to smudge the ink with your hand! After the images were traced, I flipped the plastic over and sanded the back with a file. I did this so my marker would stick to the plastic better.
Next, I colored the stamps. Make sure you color on the back, where you’ve sanded. If you color on the front, you’ll mess up the lines of the image. Bright, vivid colors work best. If your color is too light it won’t show up on the plastic. For the bird I used B04, B06. For the bear, E37, E39.
Next, cut out around the images. Be careful not to smudge the ink. Cover a cookie sheet with some tin foil. Bake them at 300 degrees. You’ll see them curl up like crazy! When they flatten all the way out, they’re done. They’ll be so much smaller than when you started!
After they’re finished cooling, you can use them to create a scrapbook layout, a greeting card, or anything else you can think of! I used the bear to create a greeting card, the humming bird was stolen by the same three year old that I introduced the awesomeness of shrinky dinks to. I adhered the bear to the card with Xpress It tape… that stuff holds anything!
I can’t give away the bear or the hummingbird as they’re not mine, but I’ve still got some freebies for you!