Monday, March 7, 2011

Hi, Everyone. I’m Patti Behan, Ranger’s Marketing Coordinator. I’m excited to share my favorite Ranger product of the moment with you….our New Inkssentials Shrink Plastic.
You can do so many fun things with it! One of the things I love most of all is its thickness when it shrinks, it’s really durable for jewelry making. You can make charms and custom embellishments. What’s really cool is that you can even die cut letters for titles on scrapbook pages and sentiments on cards. Here is a charming project where I did just that.

Here are some additional tips when using our Shrink Plastic:
• The pieces will shrink about 45% from original size and to 1/16” thick
• You can shrink them with a Heat Tool on an Inkssentials Non-Stick Craft Sheet or bake on a non-stick surface in a regular oven or toaster oven at 300-350 degrees for several minutes
• Stamp on it with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink or Adirondack Pigment Ink
• Color with Adirondack Pigment Pens or Alcohol ink
• Paint sanded and shrunken pieces with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic Paints or Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers

Need some more ideas? Check out these other Shrink Plastic projects on Ranger’s Website to jumpstart your creativity. Be sure to leave your comments by March 21st for a chance to win a prize package of Ranger goodies!! Contest winner we will announced March 22nd, so watch this space!

Inkssentials Shrink Plastic Thank You Card
Created by: Patti Behan

Materials List:
• Inkssentials™ Surfaces Shrink Plastic
• Archival Ink™ Pad -Jet Black
• Tim Holtz® Adirondack® Alcohol Ink-Red Pepper and Cranberry
• Inkssentials™ Alcohol Ink Blending Tool and Felt
• Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet™
• Inkssentials™ Heat it Craft Tool™
• Inkssentials™ Pop It Shapes-Circles
• Inkssentials™ Wonder Tape
• Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium-Matte
Tim Holtz® idea-ology®:
• Lace Chain
• Sanding Grip
Core’dinations Distress Cardstock-Fired Brick, Black Soot and Antique Linen
Jenni Bowlin Red/Black Line Extension III - Petite Red Floral paper
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stamps by Stampers Anonymous Art Colors Life stamp set
Prima Clementine Bella flower
• Cricut Expression Machine
• Gypsy
• Mini Monograms Cartridge
• Tim Holtz® Alterations™ Stylized Label Bigz Die
• Heart Die
Hole punch


1. Cut an 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” rectangle from Fired Brick cardstock. Fold in half to create a 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” card.
2. Cut a 4” x 5-1/4” rectangle from Black Soot cardstock and glue to the center of card.
3. Cut a 3-3/4” x 5” rectangle from Petite Red Floral paper and glue to center of black cardstock.
4. Diecut Stylized Labed from Antique Linen Paper. Sand diecut and ink edges with Jet Black Archival Ink by swiping the pad along the edge. Glue to the center of the card.
5. Cut a 2-1/2” diameter circle from Black Soot cardstock using Mini Monograms cartridge and Expression machine. Attach the circle to the center of the label using Pop It Shapes.
6. Cut “THANK YOU” out of shrink plastic using Mini Monograms cartridge (Note: Use Gypsy to size letters so they are 5/8” in height and put the multi-cut setting on 3.)
7. Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, use Heat It Craft Tool to shrink plastic.
8. Color shrunken letters with Red Pepper and Cranberry Alcohol Ink. Let dry. Glue letters onto label with Multi-Medium.
9. Cut 1-1/2” heart out of Shrink Plastic Using Sizzix Heart Die and Big Shot Machine. Punch a hole in the top center of the heart. Stamp flowers onto heart using Jet Black Archival ink. Shrink with Heat it tool. Color opposite side of heart with Red Pepper and Cranberry Alcohol Ink.
10. Cut a small piece of chain and attach to Prima flower and heart charm with jump rings.
11. Attach flower to card with Wonder Tape.


LisaAnn said...

very cute and I would SO love to win some Ranger goodies!!

Danielle said...

Thanx for the chance! Super cute project!

Geralyn Gray said...

I love this....didn't know Ranger carried shrink paper.

Debby said...

Thank you Patti for the tutorial. I really liked how you used the shrink paper. I can see using it on my scrapbook page layouts. Thank you for an opportunity to win as well.

Scrappy~Sarah said...

great work, looking forward to it :)

beth said...

Beautiful as always patti! I loved shrinkie dinks as a I know I would love playing with rangers shrink paper! Thanks for sharing.

Lucy said...

Wow. That is really nice. Would love to win some Ranger goodies! Thanks for the chance. Lucy

Jamie Cox said...

Love shrink plastic, how did we ever live without love your project. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

SusanK said...

Great tutorial! Now to find some at my LSS or on-line store. And winning some Ranger goodness? A dream!!!

Becky Conley said...

oooh! This sounds really fun!

Clare H said...

Really struggling to read your tutorial they light gray colour combined with the small font is really difficult to read sorry

Kirsten Alicia said...

This is a lovely project, thanks for the tutorial. I'm determined to try Shrink Plastic this year. Thank you for the chance to win.

Gerri Herbst said...

Adorable project. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jodie Heuser said...

Great ideas guys, I enjoyed all the projects.

Manhattan Mandie said...

I can't WAIT to try this out!!! I loved Shrinky Dinks as a kid and would have some FUN with these!!!

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

I haven't used Shrink Plastic in years..time to start playing with it again! I would love to win some Ranger goodies, thank you!

Carolyn Bosley said...

Love this info. Getting ready to do some shrinky charms. Just in time. Maybe I'll get some new Ranger supplies. Thanks for sharing.

Chris Kent-Sharma said...

Thanks for sharing - who doesn't love Ranger products!!!

Dee said...

Thanks for the contest!! I love shrink plastic!!! Have been playing with melting stuff and crafting with it since I was a kid.

Marcia said...

What a unique way to make a card or project! Get ideas - I need to get me some :)

Froggietalks said...

What a beautiful card!! Thank you for the chance to win some goodies :)

humel said...

Ohhh gorgeousness!! Can't wait to have a play!

Kim said...

Very cute card and such a cool product!!! Reminds me of Shrinky Dinks:) Thanks for sharing and having a cool giveaway too!!

Chastity Hinkle said...

Love the card and the new product! Thanks for the chance to win, Ranger is my favorite!!!

Bernice said...


Karen said...

Great project! One question though, can you color the shrink plastic before baking?

Elaine A said...

Hi Patti -

Great tutorial. I've made jewelry and charms from shrink paper, but never thought of cutting letters. What an awesome idea! Thank you.

Elaine Allen

Barbara said...

Just great! I would definitely love to win some Ranger goodies! Really cute project!

Lisa said...

love it. I have been wanting to play with the shrink plastic for a while, but maybe I should start. TFS.

Sheri said...

Very cute card!

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Wanda H said...

Wonderful card!!! The letters came out really well!! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!!!

lisastuf said...

Oh my, this is so cute!
I'm excited to hear that Ranger carries the shrink paper.
I can imagine so many cool things to do with it!
Thanks so much for the inspiration and a chance to win some Ranger goodies!
Lisa H.
lisastuf at gmail dot com

Vic said...

I love it! Making minis is so fun! TFS

suedeines said...

Great idea for die cutting another material!

Trexxann said...

That card is so sweet! I can't wait to get shrinking - I need me some pronto!!

Kathy Kurth said...

Patti I just love your projects! Thank you for sharing with all of us!

Anonymous said...

LOVE shrink plastic! Made a zipper pull for my grandson with it. He loved it! I'm so glad I found Ranger products!

Cher said...

well how cute is this! would love to try to replicate..ty so much for a chance! xo cher

Jaygem said...

THAT is very cute! Nice job. Can't wait to try my hand at it. Wouldn't hurt to win some Ranger goodness!

Linda said...

Thank you for the tutorial, Patti! Sounds like loads of fun. I have never worked with shrinkplastic but you make it look easy :)
Thank you for a chance to win Ranger goodies.

Anonymous said...

Wow I love it... Something new to play with!

Bette Loray

Christine said...

I've been wanting to try this stuff. Thanks I think I'm going to try it out:0

POSH said...

Love the card...the letters are so crisp....I love shrink many delicious possibilities.
Thanks for the opportunity to win some Ranger goodies...they are my fave crafting supplies!!!!

Anonymous said...

love the new shrink paper from ranger. would love to win some thanks!
debbi g

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