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Stamping and Embossing after Shrinking
Shrinking before you stamp lets you use your stamps on PolyShrink without reducing the size of the stamped image. Use your stamps, at their full size, to make a pair of earrings, a pin, or a decorative element for collage.
Number of Layers: 1
Dimensions: Variable- approx. 3/4 to 1 inch wide,1 to 1 3/4 inches tall
Stamp Credits: Impress Me
Additional Instructions Needed:
The PolyShrink General Instruction sheet. Don't have them?
Once you have a PolyShrink Ruler made from the same type of PolyShrink that you'd like to use:
Using the shrunk ruler, measure the stamp you'll be using for both width and height. Decide how much border (if any) you'd like around the outside of the design.
Cut the PolyShrink to the measurements you've decided on, but this time use a standard ruler to measure. Your cut pieces will shrink down to be just the right size for your stamp!
You can cut the pieces to size using decorative scissors. You can also round the corners using scissors or a corner rounder or decorative corner punch.
There are lots of options for coloring your pieces before shrinking. Please see the directions below for the coloring techniques used for the different types of PolyShrink shown on this page.
Make test samples
When you stamp, you'll be hand registering the image and sometimes the image won't be stamped exactly where you'd like it to be. If this happens, quickly rinse the ink from the surface, dry the piece, and stamp again.
Clear PolyShrink (pictured above)
Sand both sides of the sheet, then apply colored pencil in 3 colors on one side. After shrinking, stamp and emboss on the other side. Note that the finish will look matte on the front because it's been sanded. The original clarity can be restored by applying a coat of spray sealer. The sealer will make the color on the back side show through more clearly.
Translucent and Canvas White PolyShrink (pictured above)
Rubbed with chalk pastels before shrinking.
Black PolyShrink (pictured at right)
No coloring before shrinking
is proportioned for trouble free printing.
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