I have a rule about insomnia: after an hour of worrying about clowns eating me, I get up and do something. Last night, the clowns wanted to play with shrink plastic.
Usually, I’ll use #6 plastic containers for my shrink film. This time, I wanted a white background, so I headed for my small stash of commercial sheets. Everything except for the cat is stamped in StazOn Jet Black.
I used four stamp sets:
- Mindscapes Halloween by Inkadinkado (pictured above)
- Halloween Hauntings by Tattered Angels
- Trick or Treat by Studio G
- Beware by Studio G
When I first stamped the cat (Tattered Angels), I had the hole by the tail, and it was so long it curled completely over and fused to the body. Oops. I went to re-stamp, and discovered I was out of white shrink plastic. I decided having a black cat would be cute, so I got out the White Opaque StazOn. I was right, it’s way cute.
Once everything was shrunk, the blank backs looked sad, so I grabbed a damask stamp from Great Impressions.
Now they’re as pretty on the back as the front. That’s an idea I’ll be going back to.
Time for beads! Maybe. I was originally going to go lazy, and use stretch cord, but it wouldn’t work with the beads I wanted, so I rethought…
…and ended up building a charm bracelet from jump rings. It won’t be the strongest, so I’ll have to wear it carefully. At this point it’s about 2:00am, and I probably shouldn’t be trying to put together patterns from recalcitrant bits of metal.
This looked good, but ended up being four inches long. Sigh. I took it apart and re-designed, and got a decent start before I fell over at 3:00am.
Yay! All done. I managed to get the “Trick or Treat” charm on backwards, but hey, it wouldn’t be me if something wasn’t cockeyed. I absolutely love this thing. I’m keeping it forever and ever. Or until I catch it on something and the jump rings separate.