Hey hey! You’ve got Judy here with you today! I am going to share something fun, and a little different, that you can make with your SOG digital images. We’ll be having fun tutorials here ALL WEEK LONG about fun things you can do with your digis but today is all me!

I was an 80’s kid and we had the coolest toys…ever.  One of my favorites was Shrinky Dinks. Remember those??? Basically you color an image, bake it, and watch it shrink down to a hard plastic charm. They were so much! I thought we could get in touch with our inner child and put an Odd Girl twist this old school craft today.  So, grab your favorite Some Odd Girl digis and let’s get started…

You’ll need:

  • Some Odd Girl digital stamps
  • Shrinky Dink paper for Inkjet printer (find at craft stores)
  • colored pencils
  • an oven…toaster or conventional – they both work.
  • parchment paper
  • scissors
  • ultra thick embossing powder

Shrinky
Start in the same program you normally use when printing your Some Odd Girl images.  I like to print out several images on one sheet so I have plenty to work with.  I want mine pretty small, so I need to change the size at this point.  When you adjust your size, keep in mind that image will shrink down to 1/3 the original size when it bakes.  After you have the layout and size you like, go ahead and print it out onto the shrink sheet.

Now it’s time to color your printed images, but be sure the ink is completely dry first. I suggest colored pencils because markers tend to make the print smear. The colors will get much darker as they shrink, so you may want to use lighter colors.  After coloring go ahead and can cut them out.  Make sure to do all of your cutting, trimming, and hole punching BEFORE you bake them. Place the colored images on  a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 275-300 degrees.  It only takes about 3 – 5 minutes for them to shrink completely. You can bake more than one at a time, just be sure to space them out because they tend to curl and move when they bake.

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If you see them curl up like this, don’t worry…that’s normal, they will flatten back out. If for some reason they don’t, you can flatten them with a spatula while they are still hot.

Here is an idea of how much the size will change:

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shrinky1

  After they are baked, you can leave them as is with a matte finish, or you can add embossing powder to make them shiny.  If you want them shiny, sprinkle a little Ultra Thick embossing powder on already baked charm, then put them back in the oven for a few minutes. You will see the embossing powder melt and when it is completely clear you can removed them from the oven. It gives them a very nice finish.

Here we have matte, covered in embossing powder, and what it looks like after the powder has melted.

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I bet you are wondering what you can do with these fun little creations aren’t you?!? Let me just show you a few things you can make…

jewelry

I have made a ring, key chain, necklaces, hair pins, and earrings.

You can also use your new Odd creations as paper crafting embellishments on your cards and scrapbook pages. This project would also be perfect for a slumber party. I hope this helps to get your creative juices flowing for different ways to use your Some Odd Girl images.   If you get your old school craft on and make Some Odd Shrinky Dinks, be sure to share your projects with us!