hey, lOOkie! Little Yellow Bicycle has “shrink film” in their new Snugglebug line! Let’s make ’em!!
use sharp scissors to cut the shapes out. leave a little edge around the outside, and don’t worry about your cuts being perfect. once the plastic is shrunk, you won’t be able to tell that the edges are slightly wonky. it also adds a little to the “handmadeness” of them if they aren’t perfect.
color or ink if you’d like, be sure to use PERMANENT ink – Stazon, Sharpies, Slick Writers – if it’s not permanent, it’ll smear and you’ll be sad. i used Bic fine tip permanent markers. I tried coloring on both the smooth and the rough side and the results are about the same colorwise – but it’s easier to color on the rough side because there’s a little more control due to the texture.
place on a piece of parchment paper or foil (it doesn’t matter what side is up) and pop in a preheated oven or toaster oven on a heated pan and watch them shrink! it only takes a minute or two for the film to do its thing, so watch it closely, they’ll be ready soon.
the directions for these said to use an oven temp of 350F, but i found that to be a little too hot. i use somewhere between 250-275 in the toaster oven. this slows the shrinking a little so i could control the shapes a little more – if they curl too quickly, they might stick together and it’s easier to reach in and peel the ends apart if it’s not happening quite so fast. (i have to say that the quality of this particular shrink film is excellent, it’s even easier to use than the actual shrinky dink brand, and mine never curled enough to stick together.)
i also only do one or 2 at a time so i can keep an eye on them. it doesn’t take long to shrink all the shapes, so i only do a couple at once.
once the shape is nearly flat and stops shrinking, take it out of the oven and whack it once with the back of a spatula to be sure it’s nice and flat. the end result is super cute – sturdy embellishments with a little extra something by me. They came with little tiny pop dots too, to add a little more dimention to your scrapbook page or altered project.