Once upon a time I had an inspiration to buy some Shrinky Dink plastic. So I did... buy it. I did not use it, but I did buy it.
Well the perfect project came along when I got the Damask stencil.I also selected a couple of Spellbinders dies to cut the plastic with.
To get perfect placement of the Damask, the shrink plastic needs to be cut first. I did this in the Cuttlebug - one piece at a time (do not try to cut more than one layer).
You will need to have two of each shape.
Line up your stencil on the shrink plastic shape. Use a PERMANENT marker to trace and color in your stencil design. I used Copic for the first set.
Copic markers are pretty juicy so you can see where some color ran on the left side. This can be cleaned up with some blender solution and a cotton swab.
See, no more blob.
An alternative is to use Sharpies or Bic Mark-It pens as the tips are more rigid and their inks are not as runny. That's what I did with the second set with a much cleaner result.
Next you need to punch a hole in the end. I used a 1/4 inch standard hole punch.
Then take a permanent marker and run it around the edge of the shrink plastic shape.
These are my two sets of earrings, ready for the oven:
Screeeeech! Did you say 'oven'?
Well, in reading the instructions (always a good idea) to see what temperature and time it would take for these pieces, I saw and was reminded that the shrinking could be done with a heat tool!
Immediate gratification - I'll take that.
So I laid the shrink plastic one at a time on my heat station and zapped it with the heat tool.
What fun to watch it wriggle and squirm. When it was shrunk I slapped a COLD craft iron over it to make it entirely flat.
The addition of earring wires and some beads (to one pair) finished off these cute gifts.
What an easy and elegant use of a stencil!