Hi OA fans! Alex here today, bringing you a fun tutorial. How many of you have tried to shrink an empty plastic bottle in your oven? My daughter loves that little experiment. That's what we are going to do today; we are going to shrink plastic. Not bottles though ;-)
I had this sheet of shrinking plastic laying around and I wanted to make something fun of it. I am loving the frame trend I am seeing everywhere around me, so I decided to make one. This is what you'll need:
A sheet of shrinking plastic (transparent or white), your favorite OA stamps and StazOn inks.
Start by cutting your sheet to a frame. I used my magnetic mat to keep it in place while cutting. I slipped once with the knife, hence one edge is not perfectly straight. Next time I am going to try to use the trimmer. But honestly, I don't mind that it didn't turn out 100% perfect. It makes it even more unique ;-) Use the whole sheet. It will shrink down to approximately 40% of it's size.
Next: start stamping on it! I have used the tiny little heart from the Travel Girl collection.
I stamped hearts in several different colors.
I also punched out couple of circles and made a few extra embellishments.
The pointing hand stamp is also from the Travel Girl collection.
When you are done decorating, it's time to put it all in the oven. You could use a heat gun, but the result is much more even when you use the oven. Especially with large designs. Preheat the oven to 275-300 degrees F, place your frame on a non-stick baking sheet and put it in the oven.
Pretty fast the edges will start to curl up and then go down again. After couple of minutes, the frame will lie flat. Flat means done. My frame happened to curl over itself, so I had to use a wooden skewer (after burning my fingertips!) to help it uncurl. This is what it looked like while in the oven (sorry for the bad picture!).
To help it keep flat, place a book on top of it when you take it out and let it cool.
And voila! Here is the result:
Needless to say, I had to use it right away! This is the layout I made:
Here is a close-up of the frame:
And another one...
I hope you feel inspired to make your own plastic frames! If you do, please share them with us! Upload your work to OA's Flickr gallery.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!