| Basic Supplies |
| Specific Supplies Used: |
Summer Trees (The Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Perfect Plaid Scrapblock® by Cornish Heritage Farms
Red Pepper Adirondack dye inks by Ranger - for card
Graphite Black Brilliance Black ink by Tsukineko
Jet Black StazOn ink by Tsukineko
Simply Smooth white cardstock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Red and Green cardstocks by C'oredinations
White plastic plates and glasses (Dollar Store)
Sandpaper and block (from Tim Holtz line)
Shrink Film by Graphix
Paper Piercing Tool by Making Memories (to hold shrink film)
Crop-o-dile hole punch by We R Memory Keepers
Oval Scallop punch by Marvy
Jump Rings (Craft store- jewelry aisle)
| Step One |
Punch your desired shape from the Shrink film and lightly sand on one side. I like to punch out the shape first, because the ink has a long dry time and I don't want to smudge the ink.
| Step Two |
Stamp images on the sanded side of the Shrink film with Brilliance ink. This is a good choice if using Copic markers.
The sanding makes the surface more receptive to ink and less likely to "slide" during stamping.
| Step Three |
Using the Crop-o-dile, punch a hole in the top. Once the shrink film is heated, it's virtually impossible to add a hole for your findings.
Set aside to thoroughly dry. You can use your heat tool to aid in the drying step, but it needs to be done at a GREAT distance to avoid the shrinking from starting prematurely.
| Step Four |
Color your image. Colored Sharpie markers are a great alternative.
The ink should be completely dry before coloring in the images. And even though the Brilliance ink is a good choice for the shrink film / copic marker combination, you can and will rub off the lines if you aren't careful.
| Step Five |
You have two options:
1- Follow the manufacturer's directions and heat shrink the film in the oven according to the packaging instructions.
2- Using a heat safe surface and a great deal of care, you can use your heat tool to shrink the film. I recommend using a paper piercing tool to hold the film through the hole in the top and to have an acrylic block nearby to help flatten the image. Gently heat and watch as the film curls. When it unfolds, the film is at it's reduced size.
| Step Six |
Using Stazon ink, stamp around the edges of the plates.
NOTE: If you make an error, use a bit of Stazon cleaner on a cotton ball to clean and try again.
| Step Seven |
Align a few images on one block to create a center image for the plate. Stamp with Stazon ink.
| Finished Project |
Add an inexpensive basket, a blanket and cutlery from the Dollar Store to round out a quick and inexpensive picnic set.
Consider grouping together and giving as a gift.
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Tie the charms onto your glasses with a bit of ribbon or twisted wire.
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And if the set is for you... add a fun invite to entice a friend to join you for a fun afternoon at the park.
Please be careful when heating shrink film in a manner other than prescribed on the manufacturer's instructions. Remember safety first!!!