Sophie has had so much fun with our robot set, she has not been able to stop stamping! Today we are inviting you to join her in a step by step guide on stamping on shrink plastic!
“I wanted to include a little gift in this card for a little boy’s birthday.”
So first, I inked my stamp, Martin in this instance, and placed it firmly on the shrink plastic. Careful that you do not wobble too much as the image will smudge. Cut out your image and punch a hole at the top. This is for us to place the chains through later. Keep in mind that the entire image will shrink to about 1/10 it’s original size. I also personalised the image by including the name of the recipient on it.
Second, place your image in a container, preferably made of paper to prevent the image from flying off your table when you hold your heat gun over the image. Don’t worry should your image curl initially. Ensure that heat is applied to both sides of the image and soon, this is what you’ll get:
See the great difference in size? I love how the image of Martin remains so clear on the plastic, even though it has shrunk considerably. Attach your key ring chain to the plastic image. We now move on to create the card.
I cut out a circle from the cardstock so that the key ring will dangle through it. Using Mavis and Marshall, I stamped them all over the card to create a background. To get a subtle effect, use inks that are close to the base color of your card. Thereafter, I added a die-cut circle round the hole in the card for emphasis.
Next up, we will include a greeting.
I wanted the greeting to continue on to the inside of the card. So inking only part of the entire greeting, I placed my stamping block on the card before shaping the stamp to follow the curve of the circle. That’s the beauty of cling stamps – malleability! Turn the stamp around and stamp on the card.
The remainder of the greeting was inked and stamped inside the card. I also included a hand-written greeting, which is a preference of mine. Martin once again helped me liven up the inside of the card.
Finally, attach your key ring to the card. I used a little tape so that it can be easily removed by the recipient.
I hope you have fun playing with your stamps and thanks once again in following me in my creative journey with the robots!
Thanks for inviting me over this week, I had a great time with the robot stamp set, I hope I was able to inspire you to use your stamps in different ways!