Hey there Sweet Stamp Shop fans! It’s Kristie here checking in with you on one of my most favourite days of the year. I love Christmas Eve! I chose a special project today to help you with any last minute gift giving you need to take care of in the next 24 hours! So let’s get cracking!
How many of you love Shrink Plastic? Well, guess what… I do! I wanted to make up some shrink plastic jewerly for a gift for a friend’s daughter and I think Sweet Stamp Shop has some sweet images that work great for this! You can also use these images for keychains, bracelets, earrings, pencil toppers, brooch pins, cupcake toppers… you name it! The sky is the limit. And they aren’t just for kids. You could make something nice and fancy for an adult depending on the image you use. Because don’t forget you can use sentiments too!
Here is what I did: First stamp your image onto the scratchy side of the shrink plastic. Tip #1: Be careful not to press too hard with your ink. These plastic sheets are absorbent and if you get too much ink it will bleed out and in turn ruin your image when it shrinks down.
I chose this flower image as my favourite and coloured it up with some pencils. Tip#2: Use a light hand when getting close to the stamped lines. They can still smudge if you run over them with pencils or even your fingers.
Then comes the fun part. The next step is to shrink your plastic! (I couldn’t get a shot of this because all of my hands were being used!) Holding down your trimmed image with some tweezers, heat your plastic image with your heat gun. It will bend and fold and flip as it gets smaller but keep applying heat, because that is normal! Once it completely stops shrinking I like to tap it lightly with something flat to make sure its level and even. Then I applied some Versamark to the image and covered it with some clear embossing powder and heated it quickly with the heat gun again. This covers the pencil and ink and seals it off, so there is NO smudging!
I actually made up a second stamped image and laid them both out to create a necklace and bracelet. I added some little beads to each of them to finish them off.
To package it, I trimmed out two 3.25 x 3.50 cards and taped them together. I stamped them using the Drops background set and punched some notches in the sides so I could lay in my necklace. It looks just like the cards you get at the store when you buy fashion jewellery.
I also stamped the name using the Monogram Alpha set. Both using Memento Luxe Inks.
So now that I have my gift, I HAVE to wrap it, right?! So I pulled out my Pho You set and Just the Basics and made up a Christmas tag. Tip #3: Don’t forget these stamps BEND! I curved my sentiment to make sure it fit my banner.
And that’s it for today! I hope you all have a magical holiday season and find plenty of time to spend with your family and friends! I have had such a great time being on this design team. Thank you to Nicole and Chrissie and all the other DT gals for making this term so memorable for me! I have learned so much and hope you have enjoyed spending time with me too. Thanks so much for all your comments and visits and crafty love!
Be sure to check out our Facebook page and Pinterest for all sorts of inspiration and info about new releases and stamp restocking. There is another release just around the corner, and let me tell you now, its great! So keep an eye out for it!!
Until then, take care and keep on crafting!