For me this hop is very personal. 2 of my 3 boys have Autism. Over the last 10 years, we have seen awareness improve. There is still so much to be done. My husband and I have become advocates for them on so many levels. The battles that we and other familes face is everywhere everyday. We battle for medical coverage and support in educational systems. We battle for representation and our rights. Although we are not alone, Autism can leave a family feeling isolated. We need to continue to spread the word. If you'd like to learn more about Autism, its signs, treatment, and current legislation, please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org
So now for the yummy craftiness I have to share today:
I filled the image with RBG code: R 188; G 248; B 255. This image was cut at 8.5 inches.
The variety of Shrink Dink material I bought is for Ink Jet Printers. On my first attempt at this project, I messed up. I will show those pics at the end with some pointers. My trouble is I hate reading directions. I am jump in and experiment kinda gal.
I used Pink By Design's Background stamp "Puzzled" to cover the cut. CLICK HERE TO BUY. actually my husband stamped this image using Staz-On in Jet Black. He was so fascinated that Sarah's background stamp can be tiled. Here's how to do it:
I placed the ribbon cut on top of a wooden block and began to slowly heat the material with my heat gun. If you have dual temp, use low.
Move the gun slowly and evenly across the cut.
It will distort heavily
I will slowly begin to harden and flatten back out- The magic of Shrinky Dinks!
Once it cooled, I used these metal barrette backings I bought at hobby Lobby in the jewelry department. I use these also for clips because they will not puncture clothing. Dab a bit of E6000 to the metal barrette. Let it dry for about 15 minutes.
Thank you Alexander for being my model!
Now here is my first one.
I made it into a key chain for Alexander. It didn't bother him one bit that it wasn't perfect.
It did not turn out "horrible" but I made some errors. So here are my tips:
1. Any ink will darken- significantly! So if you flood the image on your Imagine pick a lighter RGB with very little black influence.
2. Use Staz-on for stamping and coloring. I used Archival and it bled.
3. I colored in the image using Bic Mark-Its- they were easy and quick to use- just be careful of color choice since they darken so much. I am not sure how Copics would do since I really don't own any.
4. Use a pair of tweezers to help manuever the plastic as it unwraps.
5. Make sure you print on the "correct" side of the material. You want to print or stamp on the non shiny side or the tacky side.
6. Shrinky Dinks will shrink down to 1/3 the original size. So if it starts at 9 inches, it will be 3 when its done. 3:1 ratio or divide your image size by 3 and you will have your finished proportions.
7. If you want to punch a hole- do it before you heat the material. Keep in mind the hole will shrink too!
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The next stop on this journey is Paula at http://www.morethanfavors.blogspot.com