Friday, February 18, 2011

More Shrink Plastic & Joann's Haul

In my previous post, I mentioned that the Melissa Frances ephemera stickers are great for printing on ink jet shrink paper. I've seen four sheets of her stickers that I just love; Air Mail, General Store, Vintage and Paperworks. She's collected wonderful images on all these sheets - you'll love them!

To use these sticker sheets to make shrink plastic, you need to reduce the originals by 90% because it's not the same size as the shrink plastic sheet. I reduce it on plain white paper. Then I use the paper copy to print onto the ink jet shrink plastic. It works great, cause the copy is lighter than the original and works perfect for the ink jet shrink plastic. As Cathe Holden recommended in her article, you should change the saturation of your image to 50% when printing on the shrink plastic since the color intensifies. So, it turns out that just making a copy of an original tends to lighten up the saturation perfectly.
Left side - Original  Right side - 90% reduction
Then make a direct copy of the 90% reduction sheet onto the ink jet shrink plastic. Cut out your pieces, punch holes using 1/8" punch, and bake!
Viola, adorable charms to use on all your projects. Some of these are from Cathe Holden's pdf's she posted.

Also, I wanted to share my latest find at Joann's today. I think this line is new, cause I don't remember seeing it before. It's called Flea Market from ColorBok. I love all the pieces; paper pads, die cuts, stickers, accents and transparencies. To top it off, this weekend at Joann's all the scrapbook accessories are 40%.  Unfortunately, I'm buying more than I'm making. But I get worried if I don't buy it when I see them, it won't be there next time. :-)


  1. I love your shrink plastic and how you have it layed out on the wooden shelf (& thanks for the tips on how to copy). The Flea Market scrapbook accessories are great - I'll definitely have to check it out!

  2. Thanks for posting the instructions for the Melissa Frances shrink paper craft. Your instructions are great and really helpful. I really appreciate you passing along these great projects for us to try.