Thursday, July 12, 2012

When life gives you shrinky dinks...

So, I was working on a layout, having fun with shrink plastic, and got totally stuck! Luckily I came across the Sketchabilities site and found a great way to finish off my page.

Here's the sketch from the site:

And my layout:

I had the background of the page completed before I found the sketch... all of the horizontal strips of paper were on, the title, the fussy cut strips of flowers at the top and the bottom and the lemons. But it looked a little bare, so I'm glad the sketch fit well with my layout. I think the frame helps break up the horizontal lines and adds some interest to the layout.

The most fun part (my kids would say "the funnest") of making the layout was making the lemon and lemon slice.

I started off by finding a lemon image in my Silhouette Studio library and I traced it with a Copic marker onto the plastic sheet over my monitor. Again, washi tape to the rescue as a lightly sticky tape to hold the plastic to the monitor.

Then I cut out the shape

Used my cropadile to punch out a few holes

and coloured in the lemon with my Copic marker. I coloured both sides to add extra intensity to the lemon.

Then I used my heat gun to shrink it.  This part is soooo fun. :)

For perspective, here's the original size with the ending size. The orignal piece was about 4 1/2" wide, and ended up about 2" wide. I used lots of Beacon's glue to stick it to the layout. I freehand cut out some leaves and twigs from glitter cardstock.

Because I spent more than a week fussing over this layout, I added lots of little details. Such as dots with my Viva Gel. I managed to do this without making a giant explosion. (Yeah, last time I used it, I squeezed too hard as the end was clogged, and the whole lid came off and made a giant mess! Even worse, it was brown and colorfast. Looked nasty on my capris. :(  )

I used the Kraash font to make the STAND title. I used more of the lime green glitter cardstock and used my Cameo to cut it out. Each letter has an inside and an outside cut. I coloured the outer line of the letters with dark brown Copic and popped them back together. I like the font on this page... it's cartoony and matches the bright colours.

LEMONADE is made from Heidi Swapp Color Magic letters. I tried colouring them with Copics, but the white part didn't stand out because they're alcohol inks. I resorted to using my kids' Crayola markers. The white stood out perfectly.

I made a mistake in cutting the frame so I wanted to cover the mistake... washi to the rescue again. I ripped it into little bits and covered it in a decoupage manner.

Supplies:  Copic markers, shrink plastic, BoBunny "Ad Lib" patterned paper, Technique Tuesday chipboard frame, Heidi Swapp Color Magic Letter Box Alphas, orange Crayola marker, various washi tapes, Viva Gloss gel, Bazzill cardstock, Smash date stamp, glitter cardstock (manufacturer unknown)


  1. How fun! Your shrinky dink accents are awesome!

  2. What a cute the shrinkydinks!

  3. this is clever and so cuttttte!

  4. I love the layout and the lemons are FAB! I really wish I hadn't given my shrinky dink oven to Goodwill.

  5. Now I want to make some Shrinky Dinks. Such a fun page!

  6. Such a fun looking layout...especially playing with those shrinky dinks! Thanks for playing along at Sketchabilities :)

  7. I love how you made that lemon! The whole color palette is so refreshing. Great page. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. How cool are those Shrinky Dinks! Such a fun, awesome, summery page. Wonderful work with that sketch, too!

  9. What a fun layout! I love that lemon embellie you made, so cute!!! SO glad you joined us at Sketchabilities!!