Hi there! I’m super excited about todays Shrink Plastic Charm tutorial. I’m a huge fan of Shrink Plastic. I loved it when I was a kid and I love it even more now that I’m able to use it with grown up style. Today I’ll be sharing some of my recently discovered tips and tricks on how you can use shrink plastic to create your own grown up style blueprint charms!
I was inspired by Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2013 June technique to create this blueprint charm bracelet. The technique calls for using your favorite stamps with Distress Markers. I couldn’t resist trying out Tim’s Technique on Shrink Plastic with his Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprint stamps.
I created a coordinating tag to display my Blueprint Charm bracelet following Tim’s June Tag Technique. I made a few modifications which I will tell you all about in a bit. You can get all the details on the June Tag Technique on Tim’s Blog.
I simply adore the Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprint stamps. They are so unique and totally capture the essence of Tim Holtz. I just love the vintage style of these super cool stamps designed by Mario’s uber talented son.
A new technique I discovered while creating my blueprint charms was adding foil tape to the backs. I just love the look of metal and how it adds “grown up style” to shrink plastic charms.
How to Make Shrink Plastic Charms
These charms are fun and easy to create. You can use them for jewelry or embellishments for cards, scrapbook pages and other altered projects.
- Shrink Plastic
- Archival Ink (Black)
- Embossing Powder (optional)
- Foil Tape
- Distress Markers
- Distress Paint
- Gelly Roll Pens
STEP 1: Start by stamping your images on shrink plastic in Archival Ink. The great thing about the Stampers Anonymous Min Blueprint Stamps is that they are the perfect charm size when shrunk.
STEP 2 (optional): I like to sprinkle embossing powder on stamped shrink plastic. This is an optional step but I love the look it gives. Holographic embossing powder is my powder of choice. I like shiny sparkly things but that’s just me. You can use whatever your little heart desires…or nothing at all…totally up to you
STEP 3: Color your images with Distress Markers and add details with Metallic Gelly Roll pens if you wish.
*Don’t worry if some of the embossing powder comes off “a dab will do ya” for these charms.
STEP 4 (optional): In keeping with the Tag theme and Tim’s technique I cut some shrink plastic scraps with Tim’s Alterations Tiny Tabs and Tags Sizzix die and stamped them with Stampers Anonymous Classic Favorites 4.
STEP 5: Punch a hole at the top of each image. Do this BEFORE you cut them out and leave a thick band around the hole to prevent the charm from breaking when you add jump rings.
*TIP* Tonic Scissors are the BEST for cutting shrink plastic (among other things) the serated edges will help you achieve a nice smooth edge after shrinking…no sanding required! Be sure to round your edges when cutting.
STEP 6: Bake your charms according to package directions and place them on the sticky side of a Ranger Foil Tape sheet.
STEP 7: Flip Foil Tape over and burnish charms with a bone folder. If you used embossing powder on your charms the raised image will add lovely texture to the foil tape backing.
STEP 8: Carefully cut away excess foil tape with a craft knife. Try to get as close to the edge as possible. Burnish any straggly edges with fingers or tip of bone folder.
Don’t you just love the metallic finish the foil tape gives to shrink plastic charms? It really makes the images pop!
STEP 9: Apply Distress Paint to the back of your charms. I tried to use the same colors of Distress Paint as the Distress Markers I used to color each image. Tap the Distress Paint onto your craft sheet to clean them. Mist with water and dip a piece of Crinkle ribbon (cut to the size of your bracelet). Repeat with each charm.
STEP 10: Once Crinkle ribbon is fully colored mist with Perfect Pearls (I used Pewter), Dry completely and thread through bracelet chain.
STEP 11: Attach charms with sturdy Jump Rings. I really liked these brass jump rings from Vintaj.
Instead of wasting all the extra Distress Paint on your craft sheet keep a tag handy and use it to mop up the excess.
Fill in the Gaps with Distress Ink (salty ocean), Distress Paint (peacock feathers) and blend with Perfect Pearls (pewter).
Follow Tim’s Tag tutorial and Bam! You’ll have a lovely tag worthy of displaying your new Blueprint Charm bracelet!
Now it’s time to hit the town and wear your fun and funky blueprint charms with pride!
This tutorial was brought to you by the letter “S” for Shrink plastic, Stampers Anonymous and Sizzix! Stop by Simon Says Stamp and Show for more Sensational “S” themed creations. And don’t forget to check out Tim’s June Tag Technique.
For more Shrink Plastic ideas and inspiration you can check out some of my other tutorials using this fantastic plastic below.
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Have a charming day!