Friday, August 21, 2009

Shrink Plastic Fun!

I remember as a child tracing and coloring images onto a plastic sheet. Once my images were complete, my mother and I would cut them out and place them in the oven, then in amazement I would watch them magically shrink to a third of their original size. Grafix has brought the art of shrink film to a new level and allowed that child from days gone by, to emerge and create beautiful pieces of art today!

Each Grafix Shrink Film sheet is 8.5 x 11 inches in size and comes in a variety of colors; red, blue, green, yellow, orange, and purple. Now that is a lot more fun than the clear shrink film that we had when I was a child! And if that wasn’t enough, Grafix also has Clear and White Shrink Film that not only can be used in a traditional manner, but you can also use your ink jet printer to create all sorts of unique designs and images!

Shrink Film, once it is completely shrunk, will remain very hot for a short period of time which allows you to mould, shape, or even apply texture to the surface of your project. After it’s completely cooled it becomes a very sturdy embellishment that you can apply to virtually any project. A few extra helpful hints when using the Shrink film are; if you are going to stamp or use colored pencils you will need to use 300-400 grit paper and lightly sand the surface before transferring your image onto the Shrink Film and if you are going to be using your ink jet printer, make sure that the clear or white Shrink Film that you are using is labeled for ink jet printers before proceeding with your project..

Because of the nature of Shrink Film, I wanted to be able to estimate how small my project would be when complete. Therefore, I created a “shrunken” ruler, so I could closely determine the size of my finished project. I cut a piece of Shrink Film that was approximately 8.5 x 2 inches then made my ruler markings with a permanent marker. Once I was finished, I shrunk the film and now I am able to closely estimate the size of my finished Shrink Film project. Ruler

I was very intrigued by the ink jet Shrink Film so I decided to create this little birdhouse pin using a CD that I purchased from Darcies and the white ink jet Shrink Film from Grafix. Once my images were printed onto the white Shrink Film I noticed that they were immediately dry so I didn’t have to worry about smudges or smearing the ink. Next, I cut out each of the pieces and used my heat tool to shrink each one. I noticed that their was a minimal amount of curling and once the pieces were completely shrunk down to size, I placed an acrylic block over the top of the pieces to make sure they were completely flattened. When all of my pieces where finished, I glued them together, added a bit of glitter and my project was complete! These are going to make some pretty neat looking Christmas gifts!

Birdhouse-Pin
Title: Birdhouse Pin
Products used: White Jet Ink Shrink Film (Grafix)
Shrink Plastic CD 12 (Darcies)
Glue Pen (Sakura)
Glitter (PK Glitz)
Pin Back (Hobby Lobby)
Diamond Glaze(Judikins)

Since I am a collector of digital kits, and then rarely ever do any digital scrapping, I realized that I could combine my digital kit embellishments with the Grafix Ink Jet Shrink Film. I had purchased this digital kit with my son in mind, and I loved the tractor images in the kit. I used my ruler to determine how big I wanted the final embellishments for this page then I sized the images in my photo editing software. I lightened the images slightly then printed them out onto the clear ink jet Shrink Film. Again, I cut them out and shrunk them down to size using my heat tool. The Shrink Film had minimal curling, so I used an acrylic block to flatten the final images. I now had the perfect embellishments for this page!

Sign-Embellie Tractor-Embellie
Hoggin'-It!
Title: Hoggin’ It!
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics and Core'dinations)
Patterned Paper (Cosmo Cricket)
Clear Ink Jet Shrink Plastic (Grafix)
Clover Branch Digital Kit (Betty Jo Martin http://www.ndisb.com )
Adhesive Transparency (Grafix)
Border Punch (Fiskers)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

With all of the beautiful colors of Shrink Film sitting in front of me, I couldn’t stop thinking that they would make a cute cupcake for a card. I found a coloring book image for a pattern then traced each of the pieces onto the appropriate colors. Before cutting out the bottom of the cupcake, I drew lines with a permanent marker so that it would look like the cupcake liner. The cupcake icing was originally to be yellow, but after three failed attempts, because the yellow Shrink Film would permanently curl onto itself, I changed colors. The green Shrink Film worked very well and I continued to shrink the rest of the pieces. The red Shrink Film had a slight buckle in the center but it added character to my piece and decided to leave it as is. I glued all of my pieces together and added a little glitter to the melting candle wax. Once it was dry I then adhered it to the front of my card.

Cupcake-Card
Title: Happy Birthday card
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics & Bazzill)
Patterned Paper (Prima)
Colored Shrink Plastic (Grafix)
Markers (Bic Mark it)
Border Punch (Fiskers)
Glitter (PK Glitz)
Glue Pen (Sakura)
Stamps (TAC)
Ink (Ranger)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

The Grafix Shrink Film is a high quality product that is sure to bring out the kid in you! The fact that I could actually use my ink jet printer on the Clear and White Shrink Film sheets makes the possibilities of using this product endless!

When trying to find the perfect embellishment for your scrapbook page or project, why not use Grafix Shrink Film to customize your own?

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