Having fun with Shrinkies

When was the last time you played with Shrinkies? Do you know what they are? These have been around for years and years but I often forget about them. My son had a sleepover at Nanny’s place over the Christmas period and she wanted to do Shrinkies as an activity with him. Unfortunately, they didn’t turn out great because when she put them in the oven she just put them on copy paper and they stuck and didn’t really shrink. They ended up all warped so Hunter was a little disappointed and I said I have got the stuff at home and we will make some more when we get home.

I bought the stuff years ago from a craft shop and it was $10 for the 6 sheets of it. My stuff has the sanded back so it is rough on one side and smooth on the other side. I thought it was a good reason to get ink on some of my new stamps, Hunter also wanted to have a dinosaur too.

You need to stamp with permanent ink and with my Shrinkie paper you need to stamp on the sanded side. Once they are stamped you need to colour them with permanent markers as well. I tried blends, but you had to stay within the inked image otherwise the blend was taking the StazOn ink off the Shrinkie. I also coloured with Stampin’ Write Markers.

The left image is Stampin’ Write Markers an the right image is Stampin’ Blends.

The top image is Stampin’ Write Markers and the bottom image is Stampin’ Blends.

The top image is coloured on the smooth side in Stampin’ Blends, the bottom left image is Stampin’ Write Markers and the bottom right image is Stampin’ Blends.

At this point, either marker will work you just need to be careful if you are using the Stampin’ Blends as it will take off the StazOn image. If you stamped the image in Memento then you wouldn’t have this issue, however, with the rough surface and the plastic nature I couldn’t get Memento to stay on the Shrinkie paper.

Once you have stamped and coloured your images then you need to put a hole punch in them if you plan on putting them on a charm or something. Use the biggest hole punch you have as the hole will shrink too. Then pop them into the oven on a piece of greaseproof paper. The package does say to lay a piece of cardstock or something on the top to ensure they remain flat, however, I don’t do this because I have found it sticks and I personally don’t like cardstock in an oven.

They only take a few minutes so you need to watch them closely – do not walk away. I was going to take a photo but then you would see how dirty my oven door was and I wasn’t ready to share that with the social media world just yet.

These are the images shrunk, you can see most of mine stayed flat except for the flowers. As soon as they come out of the oven they are pliable for a few seconds so you can try and flatten them yourself but they will be super hot.

Once they are cooked you can’t really tell the difference in what pens were used to colour what images, however, when handling these I did notice that my fingers ended up a bit pink from the one where I used a Stampin’ Write Marker and I would suggest Stampin’ Blends are best or any permanent markers.

I had these phone charms I think they are called lying around and used them to put the Shrinkies on and then I have attached one to Hunter’s Day Care bag and the others are just sitting on my desk looking pretty for the moment. These charms came in a bag of 100 I think from Ebay a few years ago for something like $2 with free postage.
If you happen to have this stuff lying around I encourage you to get it out and play, it is heaps of fun and something the kids will love.

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