OnStage is over until the next events in April 2017!!! What a blast I had!!!
Each event gets better and better! As my papercraft journey continued, I met so many people, put faces to names & reacquainted with some stamping favourites.
I was lucky enough to experience it all with Kristel, who is part of my Paper Adventures team.
There’s a blockout period until Tueday, so I can’t start sharing all the new things from the upcoming Occaions & Sale-A-Bration catalogues just yet.
While we wait for tomorrow to tick over, I’ll share the swap item I made to share with other demos. Swapping is a fun, voluntary part of Stampin’ Up! events where demos make samples to share with other attendees. Often, these are the same item, mass produced.
I decided, in some sort of crazy brainwave that using the Large Letters (Letters for You stamp set) and red glitter embossing powder, I’d be able to create a fun Stampin’ Up momento keychain!!!
Thankfully the plan came to life and Mr Papercraft & I made over 100 of these little gems.
I know you’re wondering how we made them!!!
The secret is shrink plastic! For this project I used clear shrink plastic (Graffix band). I’m going to add the starting size when I get home again – I’ve forgotten!
The shrink factor for this project was about 50% of the original size. But, the brands vary, so check the brand before you buy.
I stamped the letters in Black Archival ink, leaving a space for the heart and gave it 24 hours drying time. You probably don’t need this much, but it does need a little bit of time or it might smudge during the embossing process.
I then used the sweetheart punch to create a mask/template, sponged versamark ink onto the plastic through the template and added Real Red glitter embossing powder.
The corners were rounded using my Envelope Punch Board (this is best done before you start stamping) and a 1/4″ hole punched in the top left hand corner.
To transform, they need a visit to the oven. Follow the instructions that came with your shrink plastic for suggested heat & time. Mine took a couple of minutes at 150 degrees Celsius.
Watching shrink plastic warp & set is awesome. We lost a few along the way – crafting is not an exact science.
Did you know that keychain is special!?! Some got a good glitter shower while they baked, some of the hearts spread and some of the letters ran. They were all made with love & I hope the demos that received them loved them as much as I loved making them!!
The final step was adding the keychain – one of Mr Papercraft’s many responsibilities! – and packaging them up!
Then, they made the big trip east!
But not before I added one to my keys first!
I have one more shrink plastic project to share with you tomorrow that was inspired by the catty for the CASEing the Catty team.
I’ll also be sharing more OnStage fun including the projects I made for my display board, swaps I received and a sneak peak of what you can expect in the new catalogues!!!
It’s a fun time of year! If you’re a bit impatient about SU! news, you’re welcome to join us at Paper Adventures anytime! We have an exclusive Facebook page, with instant access for all team members. Want to know how to ‘get on the inside’? Ask me now!!!