Happy Saturday everyone. Lisa here with a masculine card that works for any occasion. I'vve got to admit that masculine projects are always a bit hard for me. I love my Steampunk and grunge and all that, but I also love my frilly lace and owls and girly girl stuff. I'm determined to spread out my creativity this year, and this card is what came out of that attempt.
See that little clock hanging from the twine? I made that. I'm so excited by it 'cause the first few tries were a disaster! Here's a few tips for stamping on shrink plastic before you heat (that I wish I'd known before I started this project!)
- Stamp with Staz-On only. Archival Ink doesn't ever dry, even if you heat it. It just smears and sticks to your project while you're heating it. Give it a good ten minutes to dry and then cut around the stamped design, if desired. (I cut mine right away and smeared the ink.)
- I found that my non-stick craft sheet wasn't a good heating surface for the shrink plastic. I did better putting a piece of wax paper on my cutting mat and then on top of that, a large acrylic block. I used my tweezers to hold the shrink plastic down as it twisted and jumped all around.
- MANY videos will show you to flatten your hot shrink plastic by pressing another acrylic block on the plastic. DO NOT do this if you've stamped the plastic--the ink will stick to your block and then not only is your shrinky dink messed up, it's really hard to get the heated ink (which becomes paint-pen like) off your block.
I hope this inspires you to create a masculine themed project for the guy in your life. Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting! --Lisa Bedigian