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AllisonF Offline
#1 Posted : Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:16:29 PM(UTC)
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Did you know that you can combine your cricut markers and shrinky dinks and get amazing results?? I have been wanting to play with shrinky dinks for awhile but only this week got around to experimenting with them.

Here is Tink after I drew her with the markers and cut it out (she was done at 6 inches)


Then I colored her in with my watercolor pencils


and here she is after I baked her! (insert evil laugh here)


My daughter and I also did Fawn and Silvermist. I don't know why Silvermist did not draw as well as the others and I tried to fix her face with the marker myself (which is why she looks kinda funny). Fawn is at 4 and 1/2 inches and Silvermist is at 6. I was not allowed to color these in.





Thanks for looking!

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#2 Posted : Friday, December 31, 2010 10:14:58 AM(UTC)
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I love these and would love to try them. What did you use for the plastic? Every time I see Shriny Dinks they already have a design on them. I have had the markers for about a year and never used them so this gives me something to try them on. Thanks for sharing.
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#3 Posted : Friday, December 31, 2010 12:14:51 PM(UTC)
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You can buy the packages of plain shrinky dink plastic at Micheal's - it is in the stamping section with the inks - I use the kind called "Frosted Ruff and Ready" - they are sort of a frosted plastic. Then I drew them with the markers, cut them on my cricut (blade depth 6, max pressure, multi cut 2), colored them with colored pencils, and shrunk them in the toaster oven according to the package directions.

Have fun experimenting!

(Oh and some people said you can get them at Walmart but I have never seen them at mine)

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#4 Posted : Friday, December 31, 2010 12:22:24 PM(UTC)
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ThumpUp Thanks for posting this! I just got marker sets for Christmas, and my kids LOVE shrinky dinks! I'm going to make some CARS ones for my son :)

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#5 Posted : Wednesday, January 05, 2011 3:26:27 AM(UTC)
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Love these but would never have thought of using shrink plastic with the cricut. I was given 2 sets of markers only yesterday by a friend who had never used them so they are still brand new. Thanks for the inspiration!
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#6 Posted : Saturday, January 15, 2011 3:14:50 PM(UTC)
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This is SCRAPTASTIC! Now I do have a question. I can see you drew them as a regular cut for detail but did you do the cutting on a shadow or blackout feature? So that you only cut the outer edge of the image? These are awesome and I can't wait to try this. I read somewhere that you could not cut thru shrinky dinks. So glad you tried BigGrin .
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:48:46 AM(UTC)
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I actually have some shrinky dinks and was wondering what to great with it! Just wish my cricut markers would arrive in the mail so I could try this! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:15:55 PM(UTC)
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sunflowerbug wrote:
This is SCRAPTASTIC! Now I do have a question. I can see you drew them as a regular cut for detail but did you do the cutting on a shadow or blackout feature? So that you only cut the outer edge of the image? These are awesome and I can't wait to try this. I read somewhere that you could not cut thru shrinky dinks. So glad you tried BigGrin .


If you mean did she use the markers and then use a different function for the cutout, I think I can help with that.

You first use the markers and without unloading the mat, you allow the blade to go back to where you started the marker cut and CUT your shape. In order for this to work, you must ALWAYS start your cut in the upper right hand corner of the mat. That is the only way markers and the cut function work together.

1. Insert the marker and hit "cut".

2. When finished marking, hit "load paper".

3. Very carefully, exchange the marker for the blade. Be sure the arrow on the blade is facing out toward you when you replace the blade. ALSO, make sure you don't move the housing when you unscrew/screw the clamp. If you don't move it when you're putting the marker in, chances are you won't when you put the blade back in, but it is easy to move the housing. Moving it will cause the blade not to go back in the exact start position you need to stay on the markings.

Another tip, when putting the marker in and out, is to insert a little piece of scrap paper/waxed paper under where the marker/blade goes, to keep from marking on your project as you move the marker in/out.

4. Hit "repeat last". This will move the blade back to where the marker started.

5. Hit "cut".

It may take a few times to get this just right.

Hope this helps someone.

Char
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#9 Posted : Thursday, January 20, 2011 7:15:00 AM(UTC)
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If you change back to the blade before hitting Load Paper, it doesn't matter as much if you slightly jar the carriage arm. Or use DS or a Gypsy and the cut will always be where you have it on the screen.

Great job on the shrinky dinks!
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#10 Posted : Saturday, January 22, 2011 10:15:52 AM(UTC)
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Wub Thanks for sharing your work and thanks to the ladies who posted the helpful information. Now I want to go out and buy some Shrinky Dink and try it out with my markers.
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#11 Posted : Saturday, January 22, 2011 10:46:05 PM(UTC)
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Yes I understand the drawing and cutting process and the scrap paper under the marker cuz I "doodled" when I didn't mean to,lol. But it looks as tho she drew the figures with all the detail but when it came to cut it out it was done with a shadow function because it doesn't look like the part between the arm and body was cut out. I don't have this cart so maybe it doesn't actually cut that section. I don't even know if it's possible to hit "load paper" and then change to shadow feature to cut.Blushing Maybe I should just try it myself,lol.DUH Huh
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#12 Posted : Sunday, January 23, 2011 2:42:10 PM(UTC)
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Oh, after I look at this again, it says she colored first and then cut out; and, the way she said it, I'm getting that she cut Tinker out with scissors!

Only she knows for sure!! Can you verify for us, Allison? It's really easy to not read what you say and just read between the lines before we actually read what you said!! LOL!

Char

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#13 Posted : Monday, January 24, 2011 10:03:43 PM(UTC)
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CricketCMV wrote:
Oh, after I look at this again, it says she colored first and then cut out; and, the way she said it, I'm getting that she cut Tinker out with scissors!

Only she knows for sure!! Can you verify for us, Allison? It's really easy to not read what you say and just read between the lines before we actually read what you said!! LOL!

Char


LOL yep that's how I did it at school and it didn't work so well then,reading between the lines. If she cut that free-hand then WOW she's good BigGrin .
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#14 Posted : Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:34:13 AM(UTC)
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I am actually using my Gypsy. So on the first layer I drew the detailed Tink, and then on the layer behind it I positioned the shadow layer (blackout would work too). So after drawing Tink with the Cricut Markers, I selected return to Design instead of unload mat, switched to Layer 2 and then cut out around Tink.

I hope that is clear!
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#15 Posted : Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:29:42 AM(UTC)
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Gotcha...it really is soooo cool. How big are they after they shrink?
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#16 Posted : Tuesday, January 25, 2011 6:07:06 PM(UTC)
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It depends on how big your cut is to start. On the inside of the of the shrinky dink package is a little scale.
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#17 Posted : Sunday, January 30, 2011 4:58:12 PM(UTC)
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I love Poly shrinks and all the kids loved it as well when they made pins. I used my stamps and colored them with permanent marker. I never thought about using my cricut expression to do them. Thanks for the post must give it a whirl. I do know a lady used tin and cut it in the cricut. she said it took some work but it did work. So I guess anything is possible
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#18 Posted : Tuesday, February 01, 2011 1:49:41 PM(UTC)
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Great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!
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#19 Posted : Friday, February 11, 2011 9:03:13 PM(UTC)
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My daughter would freak if she saw these. I'll have to check Michaels. I've heard they carry it but have never seen it at my local Michaels.
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I did the bunny on Give a Hoot and I drew it out with all the swirly's and then changed to a blade,hit load paper and then hit the bunny-shadow and hit cut.It worked out except the rollers smeared the marker inkCrying . How come tinker bell didn't get smeared?
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#21 Posted : Monday, February 14, 2011 7:08:40 AM(UTC)
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sunflowerbug wrote:
I did the bunny on Give a Hoot and I drew it out with all the swirly's and then changed to a blade,hit load paper and then hit the bunny-shadow and hit cut.It worked out except the rollers smeared the marker inkCrying . How come tinker bell didn't get smeared?


Did you draw on the shiny side of the shrinky dinks? I drew on the rough side. That's the only thing I can think of. I also use the "rough and ready" kind of shrinky dinks.
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uuuhhhh I don't know,lol. I didn't look.Thanks for the tip.I'll try again. BigGrin
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#23 Posted : Monday, February 14, 2011 2:07:45 PM(UTC)
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This is so cool. I just have one question. What settings do I need to use on my cricut to cut the shrinky dinks? I got my cricut pens yesterday and was all set to try this out what realized I didn't know settings. I dont want to ruin a sheet of shrinky Dinks if I can help it! Thanks girls
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#24 Posted : Thursday, February 24, 2011 8:40:03 PM(UTC)
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Stacy I used my regular blade, the blade depth at 6, the pressure at max, and did a multi-cut two times. That should work for you - if it doesn't cut all the way through I would multi-cut 3 times!

Good luck!
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I have the Tink cartridge & have been frustrated in using it...Now I know what to do with it!! This will be fun!

Thanks bunchesWub
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