Saturday, 28 February 2015

2015 #4 You're the Bees Knees! {by Emma Godfrey PA Signature Designer}

2015 Theme 4: Miniature Art

Hi everyone Emma here, joining you this evening with a post about shrink plastic. As soon as I heard the theme was miniature art, that is what I thought of. I love using shrink plastic, as it can give your stamps a new lease of life by changing the size of the finished image.    I also like the way that when you shrink the plastic, the colours become so much more vibrant, and the pieces add lots of dimension to a card. My finished piece is a small card using the JOFY30 stamp set.

Step One: I stamped my images from the new JOFY30 stamp set (available from your local PaperArtsy stockist) onto translucent shrink plastic using black Stazon ink.  


Step Two: I then painted them with Fresco Finish paints Pumpkin Soup, Toffee, French Roast and Metallic Glaze.   I kept the paints watery, but not too wet, as I knew the colours would be darker when the pieces were shrunk.  

Step Three: I cut out all the shapes, and then used a heat gun to shrink them.   Note: don't panic as they will curl up whilst being heated, but they will flatten out.  When they've shrunk as much as they will, press down on top of them with an acrylic block.

Step Four: My first plan was to use a card that was 5.5" square. I cut card mats in black and white card, and embossed the greeting in gold on the front. I also stamped the honeycomb stamp around the edge using Versafine Smokey Gray ink, and edged the black card mat with Brass Treasure Gold. I then stuck the shrink plastic pieces on with Glossy Accents.  Once it was finished I decided that it wasn't "miniature" enough...

Step Five: ... so I peeled all the shrink plastic pieces off of the big card, and decided to use a much smaller card (9cm x 9cm). I had to plan where I was going to place the pieces and the greeting, as there wasn't nearly as much room this time.   I repeated everything that I had done for the large card, just a condensed version.

I love how dinky this card is ... and also how the Metallic Glaze on the wings sparkles so much.

So do you prefer the larger card, or the smaller one? I think the shrink plastic images work rather nicely on both, but the smaller card is definitely my favourite. I've never used paint on shrink plastic before, and I was really pleased with the result. I'm thinking that it could be fun to make a small co-ordinating present to go with the card ... maybe a pair of bee earrings? Just remember to punch a hole big enough before you shrink (as that will shrink too!).
See you again soon!   Emma
twitter: @emmaimaginethat

Thanks Emma, this is a fabby little card. I definitely prefer the smaller version, so dinky. Shrink plastic does scare people because of its unpredictable curling but you have flattened yours beautifully. I love the Metallic Glaze on the wings, perfect finishing touch. ~Darcy

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Helen said...


Unknown said...

Really awesome bees, love the layout.

jojo79 said...

I love it - small card is my favourite x

Kirsten said...

I love the shrink plastic card, the bees look so cute.

Hazel Agnew said...

Small card... Big impact! Fab! X

craftytrog said...

Those bees are so cute! Great card Emma. xxx

massofhair said...

Definitely the smaller card as i do like them better than normal or large cards. Fabulous results! :-) xxx

Deb Riddell said...

Wonderful, love both cards! I've never used shrink plastic, think I'll have to give it a try!

Julie Lee said...

Love them both. Love shrink plastic and you've used it brilliantly! xx

Susan Battensby said...

Great card, love this stamp set. The smaller card is my favourite. Will have to dig out my shrink plastic, haven't used it in ages, thanks for the inspiration.

Cocofolies said...

A very cute and lovely card!! :) Coco x

Carmen Wing said...

So cute and I love the idea of matching earrings as a gift too.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Really cute card love it!

JoFY said...


Colleen said...

Love your little card and shrink plastic. It's one of the first materials I ever crafted with.

Lucy Edmondson said...

Wonderful, Emma! I must try metallic glaze on shrink. It looks amazing on the bees wings!

Lucy x

Unknown said...

Aw, I love this! Love the bee theme anyway but they are so cute when shrunk down. The colours worked so well on the shrink too.

Lesley Xx

Kezzy said...

Wow such a super gorgeous mini card, really love the idea. Happy Art :-) Kezzy xxx

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