Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Night

When in the UK I bought some Shrink Plastic and today I eventually got round to trying it out. With Halloween approaching I wanted to make a card for a friend of mine who decorates her house to the hilt, has a brilliant party every year and likes her party going guest to dress up lol.  Unfortunately this year she has moved away from where I live so alas hubby and I will be missing the party so I will be there via a card instead.

Here is a mini step through of my Shrink Plastic experiment lol
First I used a piece of clipart of a raven and printed onto the shrink plastic using an inkjet printer.  This really was a bit of a risk as the only instructions with the shrink plastic are are hand colouring.  I was not daft, I used the hubbies printer just in case it went badly wrong lol.  As you can see it printed really well. Next I had to cut the raven out ready for the next step.
 With the oven heating up nicely I raked out a baking tray and following instructions, lined it with tin foil (aluminum foil)
I don't have a picture of the next bit, but after placing the tray and raven in the oven I cringed watching this lump of plastic twist and curl.  The instructions warned this would happen and said it would go flat when ready (I didn't believe them) but they were right.

When ready, only took about 3 minutes, I took the tray out and placed a book on top per the instructions to keep it flat while cooling.  I now have the perfect use for a cookery book - those who know me know I detest cooking and am in a disaster in the kitchen :)

 Time to remove the book and see what has happened.  The instruction said the shrink plastic would shrink to one seventh the size of the original image.  Well like my cooking my maths is equally bad and demonstrated here as my raven turned out a lot bigger than I anticipated.  Oh dear, now I have to re-design my card to make him fit.  Apart from being to big I am absolutely delighted with the outcome and already got a few more ideas lined up for other projects.

Now for my card. I used the Halloween Night Digi Stamp and Paper Pack by Coosty Creations and added a couple of spider webs which I created and cut on my die cutter.  I then used black embossing powder on the webs. After hunting for ages I found a quote which I think goes pretty well with the card by Edgar Allan Poe - 'Convinced myself, I see not to convince' and then added a bit extra on myself lol - 'For tonight I take up my broom and FLY'.  This was printed onto one of the digi papers from the pack. The digi was coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut then put to one side for the time being.  Now for the hard bit, as my raven turned out much bigger than expected I had to think how to position it on the card.  A trip to my garden was in store to find a suitable twig for him to sit on. I coloured the twig with my black Promarker and attached it to the card with a strong adhesive. I then added a small green gem to the eye of the raven, attached the witch on her broom with foam tape and then stuck the raven into place.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-


  1. Oh wow, this is a awesome scene you have crafted here. Loving the vibrant colouring and all the creative touches.
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  2. Fabulous and Fun!
    Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
    Have a wonderful day,
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
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  3. Great card!! Thanks for joining us at PFP and good luck :)
    X Anna DT

  4. I *love* the intense, warm colours on this. Your raven is fab and the witch is great. Love all the cobwebs too. :)


  5. Sounds like you had fun with your Shrinky experiment. You did a great job on the crow. I think it was worth all the work.
    Thanks for linking to Cut it Up Halloween/Day of the Dead Challenge!


  6. Wow - this is a fabulous Hallowen card - the background color is perfect. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Pile it On Challenge!!

  7. What are you trying to do to me Treasure? I'm shivering and quaking all over at the sight of my worst nightmare .....that evil raven! ,,, mind you, some of the quaking is the laughter at you finally finding a use for your very favourite book .....whoever would have imagined you would even own a cookery book? Well not me :-) Ok, you obviously enjoyed learning a new technique to create your raven (he only turned out bigger than you intended because he was coming to haunt me) and I'm looking forward to seeing more use of your shrinkie plastic but Raven apart, I love the Halloween scene you have created in this card. Your backing paper is awesome, your witch brilliantly gruesome and those spiders webs wonderful. I love your sentiment too, just so apt and fun. This is a great Halloween card worthy of the friends whose party you will be missing out on. Love you xxx ♥

  8. What a lovely card. Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog

    Stella xx

    TCT DT

  9. Such a great and scary card, I haven't played with shrink plastic in an age. I love the EAP quote too. Hugs Jennie xx

  10. This is so fun! Love your shrink-plastic raven! The only time I ever use our toaster oven is for shrink plastic LOL. Best, CG

  11. this is a great scene! i saw it at dream valley and though i'd mention that there is a challenge at with the theme of witchery... xo

    1. Thanks Michele - I will pop on over now and enter :) xx

  12. Thanks so much for joining my Witchery challenge at Lunagirl Moonbeams! Great Halloween card -- beautiful rich colors and I love the three-dimensional effect. I look forward to seeing more of your cards in future blog challenges!

  13. I love this. Love the rich colors!

  14. Fab technique and love the vibrant colors and the sparkles too! So glad you joined us for our Halloween Challenge at Digi Haven!

  15. Love your card! Happy Halloween!! Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley for our latest challenge!
    Claire xx
    DVC DT

  16. A fantastic scene and so much Halloween like scary! Thank you for joining the Lunagirl Moonbeam witchery challenge.

  17. Love this card! The witch is spooky and I love the web hanging off the edge--too fun! Thanks for playing along with us at the Cut It Up Challenge blog.

  18. Fab Halloween card. Thanks for joining us at CFAS for our "Too Cute To Spook" challenge. Carol DT x

  19. Awesome card!! Thanks so much for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  20. how spooktacular.. great colouring and perfectly witchy ..thanks for joining us at Digi Galore


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