Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Shrinkable Plastic

So I've been fascinated with the creative things people can do with digi art or photographs and an ink jet printer I had to share this one. Thanks to the magic of biaxially oriented thermoplastic polystyrene (also known as Shrinky Dinks).

You can print photos or cute digi/clipart on plastic using your inkjet printer, and shrink them down small enough to make into necklaces, fridge magnets, earrings, or practically anything you can think of.imagephp

somebeachpackThe very talented Kris Mazy, creative team member at our friends Ettes & Company, created these darling earrings using the Some Beach Somewhere collection and shrinky dink plastic. She wrote, "I printed Ettes Some Beach Elements on sanded white Shrinky Dink. Cut them out, punch a hole and "cook" them to the package directions. Add the fish hook... and you have got some SUPER-Cute earrings. (***spray these down with a clear acrylic spray after they cook to prevent the ink from running if they get wet.***)

And from one of my favorite photo websites, I found these fun ideas for using Shrinky Dinks. Make Photo Necklaces, Earrings, Magnets and More using Shrinkable Plastic.  They created some magnets, earrings, necklaces and Zipper pulls with photos. What a great fit for the MMS software. You can create an entire sheet of photographs using the "photo shapes" button in the software and print directly from the software. See the sample page I created in a few minutes in My Memories Suite. Note: I created a portrait 8.5 x 11" page so that I could print directly from the software.

Now I'm off to Michaels to get my shrinky dink plastic!!



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