Fun Summer Craft – Shrinky Dinks

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In my ongoing journey for finding fun and inexpensive crafts for my crew as summer arrives, here is a fun project that we have created.

As a child, I remember making charms with Shrinky Dinks… I was lucky enough to find some sheets that we could rubber stamp on. I decided to make some “charms” for my scrapbook pages. Rowan is making some from a kit that were pre-printed.

What are some things that you can use Shrinky Dinks for? Charms, card/scrapbook accessories, for earrings, necklaces, rings, on hair bows, ornaments, accessories in decoration,

So we wanted to try a few different methods for the Shrinky Dink.

  1. We used the Cuttlebug Die Cut cutter and were able to cut ThinCuts in the Shrinky Dinks and then stamp them with Black ink. Unfortunately, the Cuttlebug die cut machine is discontinued. There is still the Sizzix and several others out there.
  2. Then we were able to stamp and cut out the “tag” images. I then took my Crop-a-dile and hole-punched these with ease.
  3. Cricut Maker was a bit more difficult but I was able to cut shapes with the Maker in the Cricut Design Space.
Thin Cuts with the Cuttlebug cut perfectly.

For the stamps, I used some from my stash from Close to my Heart – I LOVE their stamps for so many different projects – They have great paper and accessories for my scrapbook albums and card making too. – Click that link to visit their shopping cart. They also have a permanent archival ink that I used on this project too!

After cutting with the Cuttlebug, I stamped the image on the
These were stamped first and then cut out with scissors.

I made a custom setting on the Cricut Maker for Shrinky Dink – I made it’s pressure to 350 and to 3x cut. I created some hearts and bread tags off of the Cricut Design Space. They didn’t quite cut out all the way. I will try again later with the deep blade. They did pop out of the page very easily.

TIPS: DO NOT put shrinky Dinks through a laser printer… They will heat up too much.

Make sure that your ink is dried 100% before coloring in the designs. Sharpies work great, but many of my stamping pens did not.

Remember to cut holes in your charms with a paper punch so you’ll have a way to attach a jump ring to your Shrinky Dink charms.

Look at those different sizes.
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