Thursday, 3 March 2011

Shrink Plastic Tutorial

Hi Sassy Fans,

Now I know everyone has started off by saying how nervous they are doing tutorials, and I'm no exception, so take it easy on me please.

I thought I'd show you how I stamp with shrink plastic.  You should alwasy use stazon ink when stamping on shiny or slippery surfaces so this is a must for shrink plastic.

Above is what you will need.  StazOn ink, your stamp, some shrink plastic, hole punch if fixing as a charm, file and your heat gun and of course whatever colouring medium you are using.  I have previously used copics, chalks and pencils.  I have also shrunk it without using colours and added different colour glitters, which worked well with shrunk christmas baubles.  Will you look at my heat gun, I decided it looked boring in white so I added some alcohol ink to make it more exciting.  Although it's starting to wear off on the handle, that's down to how much I use it, lol.

Using your StazOn ink stamp your image onto the shrink plastic

Cut the image out or into the shape you require.  I then flipped over to the back and gave it a little file.  This just helps the colour medium grip onto the surface.

I wanted my shrinkie to match my main image of the card.  When you heat the shrink plastic the heat intensifies the colour so you can see here I have had to colour the shrink plastic a few shades lighter.  I used copics and prismas to colour.

I am going to add her as a charm so if you are doing this don't forget to punch a hole somewhere so you can add your jump ring to afix to your chain.

I used some tweezers to try and keep her on the mat as once you start the heatgun if your image is small it may want to blow away.

Move the heat gun around and you will notice that your image will curl up.  This is correct.  It will probably curl right up into a ball and then it will then start to uncurl.

As soon as it straightens again I usually put something heavy onto it to make it completely flat as it cools very quickly and becomes hard and you don't want a banana shaped image, well I don't think you do, lol.  I used my acrylic block, but it could be whatever you have handy, like a wooden stamp etc.

I know my photo is a little organey, please tell my husband I neet an ott light or daylight saving lamp, lol.  Anyhow you can now see that after heating the colour intensified and it now matches my main image.

And here's a reminder of the finished card, Skater Girl and mini Skater Girl.

I hope this tutorial has been of help.  If you would like to leave a comment as to what you would like to see in a tutorial we can try and accomodate where possible.

See you Monday.


  1. This is fabby hunni I did one of these on tuesday for a DT project I've had the stuff for sooooo long but as everything else ends up sitting in some sort of box for quite a while lol. Fab tute shug.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  2. It's fab, well done! Looking forward to having a go - haven't done it since Christmas! Susie x

  3. Thank you so much for tutorial. This is something I have wanted to try and wasn't 100% sure about. Going to try it over the weekend if I get the chance. Donna

  4. Thanks for that Tracy, I'll give it a go over the weekend !!!

    HUgs, sandra xx

  5. Adorable. I remember doing these as a kid and how much fun it was. Time to give it another try. Looks great on your card. Thank you.

  6. fab tutorial Tracy...and I love your customised heat gun!xx

  7. Fab tute, must confess that each time I try SP I make a mess of it....but I will try again now, thanks so much for sharing.xx

  8. Wow !! Stunning card and fab tutorial !!!

    Thanks Jenny

  9. I love it Tracy! Thanks for the tute, I will have to get myself some shrink plastic and give it a go :D!


  10. Fantastic tutorial Tracy. I can't wait to try it.

  11. Fabulous tut, TFS! Your card is gorgeous!

  12. Brilliant - however many times one does something it is so helpful to see someone else doing the same. This is brilliantly methodical & really guides at each step helping prevent the pitfalls & explaining why - just the way I like it.
    Paula (PEP)

  13. Fabulous Tracy, Thank You! I have some of this stuff laying around my stash somewhere, but haven't yet broken into it, now I have some helpful tips, yay!!

  14. wow Tracey...this is fab...will need to give it a bash!!

  15. omg, this is awesome Tracy, i seriously need to pick some of this fun stuff up!!!

  16. What a great idea! I will be trying this soon :)

    Samantha x