Tuesday, August 28, 2012

IE Designer Challenge - Shrink Plastic!

This month, the Inspiration Emporium DT was asked to create something using Ranger's Shrink Plastic. For me, it was a true challenge! I used up at least two sheets trying to make something that I liked - it took me awhile to really get comfortable with it for some reason.

I knew the skull from Stampers Anonymous' Apothecary set would look amazing shrunk down. Since I'd never tried shrinking the plastic in the Melting Pot, I decided to try that. It is such a cool technique! I love the bubbles and amber look of the skull. I originally wanted to make earrings, but the charm ended up being just a bit too heavy, so I decided to turn it into a necklace. I backed it with a piece of Tim's new idea-ology Mirrored that was cut using the Sizzix Mini Tickets die. I used a bit of Slate alcohol ink to give it a spooky, old look. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the skull to the ticket.

After I punched a hole in the mirror, I added an idea-ology Jump Ring, Ball Chain, and a Halloween Muse Token. The Bauble was tinted with Slate Alcohol Ink - I love that shade of grey!

All the supplies I  used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Don't forget, you can use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order!


20 comments:

  1. I love your skull necklace Shelly!! One of my favourite ever stamps made into wearable necklace totally Awesome!!
    (thanks for your kind words on my blog too....made my day :0) x0

    kaz x

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  2. Fabulous necklace, I love the skull and your use of the slate alcohol ink, lovely touch. Great piece of wearable art. Tracy x

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  3. Shelly,
    As usual, this is fantastic! Love the color and look of the skull...you were right, it shrunk down beautifully! Need to get my hands on some of Tim's mirrored. I love how you smoked it with AI. Gorgeous all around and something I'd actually wear!

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  4. Wow Shelly, what a fantastic result, even if it did take a couple of attempts, the result is fabulous. Love the amber colour and the smoky grey, they both make it look so old and the bubbles just add to it's character. Wonderful piece. The TH Mirrored looks interesting too. A x

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  5. it's hard to believe that this was a challenge for you! It's awesome! That skull DOES look amazing shrunk with the melting pot! Love that technique too!

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  6. Ooh, very very cool - it looks absolutely amazing with that spooky translucence and the bubbles!
    Alison x

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  7. Cool!!! Love the color of the skull.

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  8. Very cool! I love how the skull turned out, the coloring is fantastic!

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  9. I normaly don't like skulls, but this one from shrink plastic looks so great!

    Greetings, Alie :-)

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  10. Your results were well worth the trouble and experimentation. Really cool!!!

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  11. Love your necklace, Shelly. I really don't care for skulls but I think I'd wear this one:) Have a great rest of the week!

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  12. Wow.That's fabulous. I pinned it.

    I didn't know about the new Ideology Mirror stuff. Oh no! :D

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  13. Very cool, Shelly! Love the vintage tints the melting pot gave to the skull and the mirrored is the perfect backing. I have always been less than happy with my shrink plastic results - think I'll give it a try in the melting pot though. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  14. Very cool! Let me know if you need someone to model it, lol. You did an awesome job!. I can't wait to try this myself.

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  15. A great necklace Shelly
    A littlebit spooky
    Love it.

    Greetings Janny

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  16. I spied this on FB yesterday and hopped right over to the IE blog to ogle it... LOVE your shrunken skellie! The Mirrored ticket is a fabulous backer and I can't get over how the Slate AI transformed the white bauble. Gorgeous!

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  17. very cool!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  18. This is VERY cool! Love your creativity!

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  19. Oh I love shrink plastic and any excuse to play with it!! Have yet to use that melting pot for anything other than a dust collector! Shame on me! The skull backed by the mirrored ticket is really cool as - you know!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate your comments so much!