I bought a pack of postcard sized shrink plastic from Hobbycraft a few years ago, thinking the kids might like to play with it. But there was a distinct lack of interest so I appropriated it myself. And with the advent of the Gocco, the postcard sized pieces were just the right size. As you know, when I start printing anything that doesn’t run out of the way is a candidate and these were no exception.
Here is a piece with my crow stamped on it:
For the last few months, however, I’ve just had these pieces of plastic sitting there gradually getting used up, and hadn’t got round to shrinking them. So last week I remedied that. It was a bit of a learning curve – I started off with the heat gun but this didn’t give much control and the pieces ended up a bit knobbly and occasionally bits stuck to each other, so I did the rest in the oven. Here they are all together:
I had punched holes in some of them to begin with – one, two, or lots. And I rounded off most of the corners. I did try punching shapes with a punch but that particular one stuck in the punch and cracked when I tried to release it.
I like these of Rouen Cathedral and stamped angel… in reverse! I didn’t realise that the shrink plastic was clear and the side you looked at was the reverse of the side you stamp. But it doesn’t matter.
I stamped this crow and then rubbed a yellow – yes, yellow – stamp pad around the outside.
And this one is my ‘Newport houses’ print, none the worse for being in reverse! I did this with the heat gun as you can probably tell. On reflection, I quite like the irregularities of shrinking with a heat gun. The finished pieces, by the way, are about 1″x1.5″ so they did shrink a LOT – having started out at 4″x6″. I might put one or two for sale on Etsy – they might make good embellishments for journals or small quilts or mixed media pieces. What do you think?