Shrink Plastic (or Shrinky Dinks) has been around for many years and every now and again it gets dragged into the spotlight again as a whole new slew of people are amazed at how this product contorts and shrinks to around 1/4 of the original size of whatever stamp you use. I have used both the clear and the sanded for this class but in both cases have used only alcohol inks to colour. If using the sanded, one side has a roughened surface to take colour before you shrink and the stamping goes onto the smooth side so you have depth with the stamped image being on the top and the colour showing up underneath. If colouring before shrinking, you must use very light colours as the colour intensifies dramatically when shrunk. So for this reason, I like to colour with the alcohol inks after I've shrunk. Obviously, it depends on what type of stamp you use as to if you can do this.
(clear shrink & coloured after shrinking)
(Clear shrink & coloured after shrinking. The
weeds on the shrink were added after shrinking
to continue the design from the stamp on the background)
(Clear shrink, alcohol ink added before shrinking.
Alcohol ink was spread using rubber puffer to blow
the ink around, can also use canned air or straw.
Mounted on silver foil to bring out design)
(Sanded shrink coloured before shrinking - very
light application of colour!)
Finally, this is the last sample from last week's Dot Liner Embellishing class.