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WT30!!! Play with us at the Ways to Use It Challenge!
This week's challenge is one that I have been wanting to do but have been putting off for a long time. This item is something not everyone has and also I kept putting off finding mine and digging it out. This week the challenge is to use POLYSHRINK or shrink plastic in your stamping creations. This product used to be available through SU and can also be found in many hobby and craft stores. I believe I also heard somewhere that you can use some of the clear plastic lids that you get food or other things in at the grocery store. If someone knows anything about this, please let us know.
Please remember to put WT30 in the keywords section when you upload your creation and post a link back here. If you are not a fan club member and wish to play along, just post your card as an attachment to this thread. If you need help with this, please private message me and I will try to help.
I'm doing a stamping night for the girl's in our youth group adn was thinking they might have fun with some polyshrink so I can't wait to see what ideas you come up with this week.
How do you get the polyshrink to not curl up so fast? I've made a few Christmas ornaments, but it took forever b/c I couldn't control how fast it shrunk. I used a heatgun and in my toaster oven. Any tips?
"Golly Beaver... Mom doesn't have any polyshrink. Do you suppose the lid from the chip dip will work?"
I dunno Wally. But if we set the house on fire what will we tell her?"
"I'M telling her it's all YOUR fault"
*goes to kitchen - throws old dip in garbage can- stamps on lid- heats in oven for 3 minutes*
"It ain't workin' Wally. I told you it wouldn't work."
"You told me no such thing!"
"Quick Wally. Here comes Mom. Throw it all in the garbage."
*slams cupboard door - smiles angelically*
"Hi Boys. Watcha been doin'."
"Nuthin' Mom. Nuthin at all.""
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GarnetJ that was so funny. It is 11:14 pm and I was half asleep when I started to read your post. I am now awake from laughing at it. I need to get some polyshrink and try it. I always wanted to make something from it.
Okay, it's now 2:30 AM, I can't sleep so here I am laughing my myself silly over Beaver and Wally! GarnetJ, you can come over to my house and I'll share my polyshrink with you! I have black, beige and sort of clear. The clear stinks real bad for months if I cook it in the oven so let's do the heat gun trick, okay!
Julia, I promise to get to work on this once I sleep and wake up again!
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Polyshrink........one of my favorite techniques. It is ok if your piece curls, just keep heating with your gun and it will uncurl. I use my double boiler pot because it is deep so your piece can fly around without flying out......also you can hold your piece down with a chop stick or fork or whatever until you are finished shrinking. Be sure after you stamp your image with stazon ink that you let it dry completely before cutting out. I also like to use TP to color in more stazon ink onto the dry stamped image. Let that dry before shrinking. If you are not totally happy with your shrinked image you can continue shrinking even if your piece has cooled. Can you tell I have done a few?!? Try it........it is really fun. Hope this helps, Nancy
I tried the plastic substitute shrinking this morning and the plastic I used actually worked quite well. GarnetJ...sorry yours didn't work out...your post was too funny though and made my morning. My keyboard is not happy with the coffee on it though! The plastic I used was the very thin brittle clear plastic I got muffins in at the bakery...hope this helps someone out. ****Disclaimer....use at your own risk!****
I would think it would be fine to use a punch. Might even sharpen your punch.
I used a punch on mine but found the Marvy long reach to work better than the hand held but mine were small objects as you'll see...if the gallery cooperates. Oh and I forgot to list that the punch was a 1/8" hole size.
I loved these little punkins when I saw this stamp at a resale event. They look like their trying so hard to me mean looking but it just isn't working...to cute!
Great fun with the polyshrink and after re reading my 2:30 post to this thread I can tell I needed sleep - my myself! It's Beaver and Wally's fault! Here's the card
FYI, if you use a hole punch on the polyshrink, don't hold it down with a stylus while you heat! I used a stylus on one and put it through the hole, but when the hole shrunk I couldn't get it off the stylus because of the ball on the end of it!
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Thanks for the tips! I made a cute card for my step-father's b-day. I'm so excited now that I know how to use Polyshrink. I wasn't heating it long enough. I don't have a gallery yet, but hope to have one soon.
Well, mine isn't the best example. I had uploaded it a couple of weeks ago. I had made fabric frames with the L, O, V, E in each corner and wanted a card to go along with it so I shrunk the letters and mounted on the card. I think I would have been happier if the letters hadn't looked so dark. IRL the contrast isn't as great!
Here is my card using polyshrink. I colored the images on the paper and polyshrink with prismacolor pencils.
I teach a 4th and 5th grade Sunday School class. We made polyshrink cross necklaces (they colored and I shrunk....to keep the church from burning down). They LOVED it! I think polyshrink brings out the kid in all of us! Hee Hee
I fnished this up yesterday but couldn't get it uploaded, I tried fifteen times in a row and gave up last night. It worked first thing this morning on the first try before the world was awake yet!
I love this design and hope you do too.
I was looking through these threads as a newbie looking for inspiration and I went upstairs to play with Polyshrink plastic, and I discovered that the polished stone effect works great on the shrink plastic. So far I have only tried clear plastic but it really does work well.