Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Shrinking Heart

Welcome to the first week of Dreamweaver's February Challenge! This month, in keeping with tradition, but adding a slight twist to our theme, we're going to be using "LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP" for our theme.

BUT before I get on with my challenge post for this week, I have some EXCITING NEWS to share: DREAMWEAVER IS HOLDING A DESIGN TEAM CALL! Yes, you've read that right, its time for some new friends to join the Dreamweaver Design Team. Sounds interesting? Well head on over to Pam's blog for all the details.

Now on to my challenge post. As any one who has followed this blog for any period of time knows, I like Clean and Simple and I like inexpensive. I also like to customize little pendants for different occasions. Today I'm doing all three!

Remember "Shrinky Dinks"? Well that is the base for this lovely (easy, inexpensive) pendant!

LL425 Heart Bouquet on Shrink Plastic

  • Begin with a 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" square of clear Shrinky Dinks and color the backside with Dreamweaver Winter Red Color Solutions using a felt pad. (Note: because these inks are artist-grade, they take a few minutes longer to dry than other alcohol inks on the market.) 
  • Once dry, flip over and secure the LL425 Heart Bouquet stencil to the plastic. Using a Tsukineko finger dauber and Stazon Opaque White ink, I lightly dabbed the ink over the stencil openings. It looks very light when you apply it but as it shrinks, it really does become quite opaque.
  • Next I rounded the corners with a paper punch, punched a 1/8" hole in the center the jump ring and placed the piece inside my toaster oven to shrink.
  • After 2 minutes I removed it and set it aside to cool.
  • Once cool, I edged the back and sides with a Krylon Leafing pin, attached a jump ring and the chain.

Finished necklace, all ready for Valentine's Day!

Like I said, very easy, very quick, very inexpensive and perfect for the outfit I had planned for today!

I hope you've enjoyed this little inspiration piece. It really is so simple to do and takes so very little time. Wouldn't this be the perfect accent for your Valentine's attire next week? Remember, if your local store doesn't carry Dreamweaver product, ASK THEM TO! And if you don't have a local store, you always purchase Dreamweaver's entire product line at Stencil with Style.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll take some time to visit the other Dream Team blogs. They always inspire me. And remember, give some thought to joining the Dreamweaver Design Team. I promise you, its a great experience you won't regret.

Hugs until next week,


Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

This is a darling pendant "dahling"! Very clever...I love making shrink plastic charms, but have to admit I haven't tried it with the Color Solution inks. Now I'll have to give it a go.

Uniquebynancy said...

What a great way to use stencils. Very cool.

Laura Drahozal said...

I LOVE that you used the shrink plastic! What a great idea!

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Evelyn S. said...

Hi Cherylynn! This is darling!

rose s. said...

what a wonderful idea - i luv shrink plastic.

Louise said...

I don't know how I missed this last week, it is wonderful! Perfect for this month's challenge!