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Shrink Plastic Blueprint Charms

by Amy Bowerman

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Supplies:

  • 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.

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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 :)

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STEP 3:  Color your images with Distress Markers and add details with Metallic Gelly Roll pens if you wish.

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*Don’t worry if some of the embossing powder comes off “a dab will do ya” for these charms.

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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.

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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.

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STEP 6:  Bake your charms according to package directions and place them on the sticky side of a Ranger Foil Tape sheet.

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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.

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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.

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Don’t you just love the metallic finish the foil tape gives to shrink plastic charms?  It really makes the images pop!

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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.

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 STEP 10:  Once Crinkle ribbon is fully colored mist with Perfect Pearls (I used Pewter), Dry completely and thread through bracelet chain.

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STEP 11:  Attach charms with sturdy Jump Rings.  I really liked these brass jump rings from Vintaj.

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Instead of wasting all the extra Distress Paint on your craft sheet keep a tag handy and use it to mop up the excess.

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Fill in the Gaps with Distress Ink (salty ocean), Distress Paint (peacock feathers) and blend with Perfect Pearls (pewter).

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Follow Tim’s Tag tutorial and Bam!  You’ll have a lovely tag worthy of displaying your new Blueprint Charm bracelet!

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Now it’s time to hit the town and wear your fun and funky blueprint charms with pride!

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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!

Amy*

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1 Nunt July 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

I love the shrinkies! Great idea :)

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2 Hokiecoyote July 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Congrats on having a winning tag. Your charms are leaving me speechless.
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3 Donna lee July 2, 2013 at 5:49 am

Great idea to make charms with the shrink plastic!

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4 Ruby C July 2, 2013 at 12:32 am

Your charms and tag are adorable
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5 Mary Elizabeth July 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Amy — Top 3 on SSS&S and now a win from Tim … It’s been a good month for you :) I really love this project. I pinned it last time. So incredibly creative and definitely worth multiple wins!! Congrats again.

– Mary Elizabeth

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6 Sara j July 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Just wanted to pop back by and say Congrats!! I love these more than the first time I saw them!
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7 Winnie July 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Love your tag and adore your bracelet! I think those stamps lend to the perfect look for charms! Congrats on your winning tag!!

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8 Hetty July 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Awesome tag and bracelet. Well deserved winner!
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9 butterfly July 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

So happy to see this get the recognition it deserves from Tim too… loved it before, love it now!!
Alison x
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10 Chary July 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I love your tag.

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11 Buttons July 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

Such clever ideas here Amy! LOVE the bracelet and the incredibly colourful tag/ribbon. The tutorial is spot on again as ever too. Well done on your well deserved win. Hugs, Jenny x
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12 Anne July 1, 2013 at 10:42 am

Well done Amy for winning Tim’s tag too for this month! Your bracelet and tag are amazing – two wins – fabulous! Hugs, Anne x
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13 Brenda Brown July 1, 2013 at 10:42 am

Congratulations on your Tim Holtz June tag win, so well deserved.
hugs {brenda} x0x

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14 Dolly July 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

Very cool bracelet!! WTGG! and congrats on your win on Tim’s blog!

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15 Sara j June 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

This is downright awesome. Those stamps are the PERFECT size to shrink…love the charms, the braclet and the tag. Great Job!

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16 Tincan Crafter June 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Wow, I was on this site yesterday but I had linked to it via Pinterest. It was for the hanging sign cake toppers. Then today I went on the Tim Holtz blog to see what other cool things people were making and I clicked on yours because I liked it so much that I wanted to see more – and it brought me here – and I was like “Wait a minute I was just here on another post yesterday!”. What are the odds of that? It must mean that I am completely drawn to all the things that you do!

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17 Amy Bowerman June 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

It’s a small world after all :). I love Tim’s stuff…it just makes my fingers itch to create!! Thanks for sharing how you came upon my lil ol’ blog. Made me smile big smiles!

Amy*

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18 Maura June 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Love it! I am going to get mine out and follow your idea – thanks!!
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19 butterfly June 15, 2013 at 5:38 am

Your charms are so cool – thank you so much for the detailed step-by-step… and a big old WOW for that amazing take on Tim’s tag – it’s just fabulous. Congrats on your top 3 at SSSaS – so glad as it led me to your blog… off to have an explore!
Alison x

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20 Rebecca Hoot June 14, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I have Pinned this project… haven’t worked with this shrinky plastic in a while. Turned out great!

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21 Barb king June 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Great idea, I will have to try this, I have that blueprint set and the plastic! Thanks, Barb

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22 Anne June 14, 2013 at 10:17 am

Woo hoo Amy, well done on your win at Simon Says for your fabulous bracelet! Hugs, Anne x
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23 Mary Elizabeth June 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

Oh my gosh!!! I am such a big fan of shrink plastic! I love how backed these with the foil and paint. And then to add it to them to the tag that contains some of the same images … WOW!!! Can’t tell you how much I love the effect!! Congrats on top :)

– Mary Elizabeth
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24 Elizabeth K June 12, 2013 at 7:09 pm

rawrsome! =^_^=

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25 Elizabeth K June 12, 2013 at 7:09 pm

oops … sorry about posting 2x.

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26 Amy Bowerman June 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

Elizabeth “Rawrsome” is my new favorite word! I want it on EVERYTHING! You just inspired my next project :)

Amy*

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27 Elizabeth K June 13, 2013 at 7:41 am

*Smiles and purrrrs* =^_^=
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28 Elizabeth K June 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Rawrsome! (and adorable) =^_^=
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29 Caroline June 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Love your tag. And the charm bracelet, simply to die for. Must make one of those once.

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30 Amy Bowerman June 13, 2013 at 8:23 am

Yes you should! They are so fun :)

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31 Anna-Karin June 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

Fabulous post and tutorial! I love shrink plastic and it was a great idea to use it together with the blueprint stamps. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

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32 Cath Sheard June 10, 2013 at 12:51 am

Very cool take on Tim’s tag – but my oh my … that bracelet is awesome!!
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33 Helen June 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Amy your charm bracelet inspired by Tim’s tag is fab! You really did make shrink plastic for grown ups. I love the foiled backing it looks like enamel and you definitely made me want to buy more Distress Paints. I hope Tim gets to see your version of his June tag. I am playing along and hope to do mine this week.
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34 Amy Bowerman June 12, 2013 at 7:37 am

Thanks so much Helen! I would die if Tim saw it and liked it:). I would totally make him a manly version.

Buy those Distress Paints girl! They are by far my favorite craft product I own…I use them on EVERYTHING. So worth it!

Can’t wait to see your take on Tim’s technique!

Amy*

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35 Giusi June 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Ciao ! I’m sorry, I do not write well in English and use the translator of google, but your work is amazing!
Giusi

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36 Anita Houston June 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

What a great tutorial and fabulous project! You are so full of creativity! I love the bracelet and the tag is gorgeous too!
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37 LauraJane June 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm

GREAT project..Must go try some of that SHRINK PLASTIC.
Thanks for the tips:)

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38 Linda, the funkie junkie June 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Wow, wow and wow again! This is just the coolest thing ever, Amy! I have the worst luck with shrink plastic, but you have inspired me to give this a try. I really love how you backed them with the painted foil tape too. Thanks so much for the step by step tutorial. The results are fantastic.

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