Thursday, November 16, 2017

Making Kawaii Charms using RubberMoon Stamps with Sandee Setliff

Kawaii Cute Charms
by Sandee Setliff

Supply list:
Shrink plastic film
heat gun
spatula, tweezers
acrylic block
fast-drying solvent ink 
color markers or pencils
RubberMoon stamps, any ones you like! 

Here are some stamps that I used: 

I love making shrink art! 
From tiny-house movement to miniature enthusiasts creating realistic micro worlds there's an undeniable appeal to that which has been sized down and shrunken to a fraction of its normal size. Shrink art satisfies my desire to keep up with this fascinating trend plus it's just plain kawaii cute!
If you haven't delved into this let me warn you it can be addicting! 

1. Prior to heating (either in the oven or with a heat gun) Stamp your image and then color in with felt-tip pens, acrylic paint, colored pencils, etc. and cut into shapes. Punch holes for charms now.

*Oily or waxy substances (crayons, or oil paint) will not work because they melt or burn in high heat. The finished piece will shrink to 1/3 the original’s size, but it will become 9 times thicker. 

(I love that the artwork will be brighter and bolder since they intensify: so use lighter colors.)

2. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C), then put your image into the oven on aluminum foil for 1-3 minutes or until it’s flat. Leave space between the pieces or they might stick together

You can also recycle plastic containers into custom charms
Cut shapes out of your #6 plastic container (look for the number inside the logo on the container)  For example, this is the kind of plastic often used in salad bar containers.

Enjoy the video and show us your shrink art!

You can use shrink art in many ways:

-Use them in your mixed media art

Here is a close up on the tiny medallions used as moon flower faces:

-Create your own wearable art:
brooch/lapel pins 

-add charms to:
wine charms 
gift tags

Thanks for stopping by! 

Take care and craft on my friends!
- Sandee


  1. great great great! Love it so much!! `~kp

  2. WOW! LOVE these! The RM images are perfect for them! lol

  3. Just darling. Those charms add an extra special touch. Love them.

  4. Oh I really really love this idea and wouldnt ya know i just found some shrink sheets while *cleaning*.. lolol cant wait to try this.. So happy to see you with RubberMoon.. :)

  5. Omgosh! Can you really use #6 plastic? So excited!!! *digging through trash excitedly* Love all your little charms!

  6. Sandee, I love the way you put the elements together in this project! The cover of the book is gorgeous! Absolutely love it! And all those charms! So much fun.

  7. Sandee this is fantastic! Great video.

  8. Wow Sandee! You are so very clever! I just love those little charms they are adorable!!
    The way you used the shrink pieces as the faces of the flowers is just too sweet! I will re-watch the video later, just cruised it for now- but have to tell you thank you so very much for taking the time to create this for us!
    You are awesome!
    Jackie xo

  9. exciting! so cool . . . can't wait to try it!