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Thursday, November 26, 2015

DIY Craft: Rubber Stamped Fabric Bag

Here I go again .. wanting to carve rubber stamps and obsessing with getting my handbag organised. =)
I carved out a couple of rubber stamps and started stamping away on my plain fabric bags with a fabric ink pad. Now I have 2 of these bags for my knick-knacks! =)
DIY Craft: Rubber Stamped Fabric Bag

This is what I used:
  • A set of linoleum cutter
  • Soft rubber / eraser block
  • Fabric ink pads
  • 4B pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • 2 fabric bags
DIY Craft: Rubber Stamped Fabric Bag

This is what I did:
  1. Have an idea of what you want to make and draw / sketch / trace out your idea out onto a piece of tracing paper with a 4B pencil.
  2. Stain your rubber block with an ink pad. This will make carving much easier as it will allow you to see that areas that you have craved out. Allow time for the ink to dry or you can stamp the stained rubber block on a piece of paper a few times to fast track the drying.
  3. Transfer your image from the tracing paper to the rubber block. You do this by laying the tracing paper faced down onto the rubber block and rub the back of the paper with your finger tip.
  4. When you have the whole image traced onto the rubber block, start craving with the linoleum cutter. Start with the thinnest cutter first to carve out the lines of your image. Follow with the thicker cutters to complete the rest of the carving / stamp.
  5. Ink your completed rubber stamp and start stamping! 
Rubber stamping is a great way to personalise your notes, bags, photos, scrapbooking projects, etc. If you are interested, shop for your DIY Rubber Stamp Kit here. Have fun!
Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)

Monday, November 9, 2015

DIY Craft: Shrink Plastic Bag Tags

An idea for your next shrink plastic project. This possibilities are endless! =) 
You can make bag tags with shrink plastic. No more mixing up of bags!
DIY Craft: Shrink Plastic Bag Tags

This is what I used:
  • A sheet of shrink plastic
  • Sharpie Permanent Markers
  • Scissors
  • One-hole puncher
  • Ball chains
  • Oven
DIY Craft: Shrink Plastic Bag Tags

This is what I did:
  1. Draw and colour images on the shrink plastic. Now, remember that the plastic will shrink to about a quarter to half of its original size, so we have to make our images and words big. As the plastic shrinks, the colours will become more intense, so using lighter and brighter colours would yield better results.
  2. Cut the shrink plastic to shape. Punch a hole at the top to string the ball chain later. 
  3. Now to the shrinking part ... To shrink the plastic, pre-heat the oven to between 175 degree Celsius and 180 degree Celsius. When the oven is heated, place the shrink plastic onto a piece of aluminium foil and place it into the oven. The side of the shrink plastic where we have coloured on should be facing upwards.
  4. Watch the shrink plastic while it is in the oven. It will first curl up and then flatten out. Wait until it has flatten out to remove from the oven. Once it is out of the oven and still hot and pliable, quickly place it into a flat surface and put a book on top for a few seconds to completely flatten and set it hard.
  5. String the tag with a ball chain.
  6. Ta-da! Ready to be attached to your bag!
If you are interested in shrink plastic, check out our DIY Shrink Plastic Kit in our shop! =)

Till the next blog post, make something with your hands! =)
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