Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Incredible Shrinking Christmas Ornaments


It is Wednesday and that means another fun Wednesday Blog Hop from the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team. Today we are all creating with Brutus Monroe Shrink FilmThe Brutus|Monroe premium shrink film can be used to create all kinds of super cool embellishments. The  unique matte finish will allow for the Brutus Monroe surface inks to adhere to the surface of the material. Once dry you can either cut out the image or use a coordinating die for the perfect trim. Then take your favorite heat tool and the image will shrink down to 1/10th the size! 
I decided I wanted to create tiny ornaments using the Yuletide Greetings stamp set. There are several small stamps in this set that were perfect for making images that could look like ornaments. 

To begin the gingerbread man, stocking, gift, bells, ornaments, and Santa hat stamps were positioned in a Misti Stamping Tool. You could also use an acrylic block if you do not have a stamping tool. The shrink film is a slippery surface similar to acetate. I used Midnight Surface ink to stamp all of the images. Each did have to be stamped twice. Next, I gently applied heat, just enough to set the ink, not to shrink it up at this point. 
I have found it is easy to color the images with colored pencils before shrinking. Once all of the images were colored each was fussy cut. It is very simple to fussy cut images on the shrink film

To shrink the images I tried several ways to shrink using my heat tool. The first was "chasing it around my desk" which worked ok, but made it difficult to keep up with, then I tried holding it with tweezers, this did not work well at all. Finally. the best way I found to shrink was to put the image inside of an open ring, such as a lid to a mason jar. The ring kept the image confined as it was shrinking. The film shrinks very quickly. It will curl up and the panic will set in at first that it isn't going to work correctly, but then as if by magic it starts to flatten out. As soon as you see it start to flatten turn the heat off and apply something heavy, such as stacked acrylic blocks. 

For the background I used Christmas Eve embossing powder, the November embossing powder of the month, on the Unity Stamp Christmas Over Again background stamp using clear embossing ink on a panel cut from Brown Butter cardstock.  
To add the "ornaments" I used twine that had a mix of gold and light tan attached to each piece with a glue dot. The panel was added to an A2 card base and that completes this fun shrinking ornament card. 

Don't forget to check out the rest of the teams shrinking projects below. 

Have a great day!

-Heather B.

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