Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Handprint Name Tag

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is especially for kids - it's a Handprint Name Tag! I tried a little variation with shrink plastic, so I have some tips to share.

I traced my hand on the plastic first, and then added ink to the plastic to give it a soft color.

Remember that the color will darken when the plastic shrinks. I was using Versafine ink here - be sure to use ink that is permanent when heat set - Stazon works... chalk inks, Memento Luxe and Stazon will work but won't be dry until after shrinking. Dye inks aren't recommended.

I cut out the hand before stamping, because I didn't want to handle the piece too much with wet ink. If you do this, be careful cutting between the fingers - the plastic tends to 'tear', so instead of trying to cut those curves, just cut in to a point.

I did my stamping with the MISTI... clear stamps will stick to the plastic, so ink up first and just trust your positioning... I tried lining up the piece first with uninked stamps, and they would pull it out of place every time. The big 'blessed' I used is from Honey Bee Stamps - I love it! I also used a couple of stamps from Impression Obsession - French Letter and Grunge Wash.

Here's my hand before it went in the oven...

...and after! I have done shrink plastic with my heat tool in the past, but because of the shape here - the broad palm and those little fingers... it really needs the surrounding heat of the oven to shrink evenly.

The more intense and direct heat of the heat tool made my little fingers curl and stick, and I ended up with this mangled oops.

Our tutorial is sponsored by Clearsnap, and is perfect for crafting with a young child - I hope you'll grab a little buddy and try it out!
Thanks for stopping by!

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