Thursday, June 26, 2014

Season of Friendship keychain

I made these for my stamp club girls - the Laughing Ladies.  I had some leftover shrinky dink sheets that I cut with the top note die.  (Note:  I learned it is better to cut the scored inner layer, as the edges sometimes separate and create a gap or curl over top of the image.)  The image is from SU's retired set Season of Friendship.  The tree is stamped in Close to Cocoa craft ink.  The leaves are stamped in Certainly Celery and Old Olive.  The bird is stamped in Tempting Turquoise.  The letter is stamped from CTMH giggle lower case in Jet Black Staz-On and the flower in Blazing Red Staz-On. 
If you have never used SU's craft ink, it is very different from their classic inks.  It is thicker and stays wet for quite a bit.  It is great for embossing, scrapping, or shrink plastic because once it is dry, it is long lasting and fade-resistant. 
close up of keychain
Shrinky Dink Tips:  Once you get the plastic cut, use a bit of sandpaper or a sanding block, to slightly rough up the surface.  You have to be pretty straight with the stamping as the slickness with cause some blurring.  Be sure to punch any holes BEFORE you heat the plastic.  I would also suggest making the hole a bit bigger to give some extra room.  I used the 3/16" crop-a-dile punch 2x for the jump ring and once for the mini brad in the flower.  You need to punch it 2x if you want to use a gem brad or regular size brad. 
Thanks for looking!  April

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