Canberra – stamping and shrinking

April 15, 2012

Hi Canberra Owls!

Our next meeting will be held on Sunday 29 April, and this month we’re having another crack at something we’ve had lots of fun with before: eraser stamp carving! Speaking of fun, we had so much with shrinkies last month, we’re getting double crafty this month and will be shrinking again too!

You can pick one or try both (or, as always, bring along something else you’re working on!) – here is some more info to help you decide:(or skip to the end for all the important information!)

Eraser stamp carving
I always think eraser stamp carving sounds a bit crazy, but really you can get the most amazing results by carving a plain old eraser! You can have a look at what we’ve done with eraser stamps before here, and there is loads of inspiration on flickr, pinterest and heaps of tutorials you can turn up with google – just search for ‘eraser stamp carving’.

What to bring:

  • erasers for carving – just any will do, but make sure
    they are big enough for the design you want to carve. You can pick
    them up super cheap at $2 shop type places – my favourite are the HUGE
    ones you can get at hot dollar. We’ll have some spares you can buy if you get really stuck.
  • the design for your stamp – remember to think about size – unless you get your hands on one of those lovely big erasers, your stamp will be little and cute!
  • a pencil for drawing your design onto your stamp
  • tracing paper
    to transfer your design to your stamp if you aren’t confident drawing
    it on by hand. (greaseproof paper like Glad Bake works really well for
  • a stamp pad and paper for testing your stamp when you’re done with the carving!

We’ll bring two sets of carving tools to share, but we could use a couple
of extra if anyone has any. We’ll also bring a couple of spare erasers and some paper and stamp pads for testing the stamps, just in case anyone can’t get their hands on some.

There are plenty of tutorials and ideas around
if you google ‘shrinky dink’ or poly shrink, and of course Pinterest
and Flickr have heaps of inspiration too!

What to bring:

  • the design or idea of what you’d like to do with your shrinky
  • permanent markers – we’ll have some, but if you have your heart set on particular colours it’s best to bring your own
  • jewellery findings – If you plan to make a brooch or pendant then you’ll need
    findings and adhesive. 
  • scissors – to cut out your design (obviously!) 
  • craft punches – Some craft punches will be strong enough to punch through the shrinky plastic (I made those bunny earrings using Martha Stewart and Fiskars punches) – if you’re brave enough to try you could bring along your own punches
have some shrink plastic sheets for purchase at cost and some permanent
markers, a hole punch and a light-box available for use.

All the important details to remember
Sunday April 29, from 1pm – 3.30pm

Downer Community Centre

Don’t forget to bring:

  • $5 for room hire and a couple of dollars for shrink paper/erasers if you need. 
  • a plate of something to share for arvo tea if you’d like.
  • anything you’d like to share with us for show and tell!

And please RSVP in the comments so we know you’re coming! This is especially important if you would like to purchase any supplies (including the shrink paper) on the day – we need to know how much to have on hand!

Please let us know if you;d like any more information!

Looking forward to stamping and shrinking with you all!

xo Canberra Prefects!

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  • Reply Kuka April 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I'll be there!
    I have developed a serious shrinky addiction, but i think I will stamp!
    Or maybe squeeze in both!
    Bron S

  • Reply SadieandLance April 15, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I'll play it by ear, but am hoping to be there and will be bring a "guest"… But she won't need supplies 😉

  • Reply Jule April 16, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I'd like to come and I'll need to buy shrinkie supplies :)

  • Reply suzy hausfrau April 17, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I'll be a no I'm afraid, I'm working that day. :(

  • Reply costume jewelry April 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

    You share such nice shrinkie crafting work. Its too beautiful and amazing. You have done amazing work. Its too good.

  • Reply Vilet April 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing you all again so I will be there.
    Sandra A

  • Reply Michelle April 20, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Will see you there!

    I'll be quilting or something else so will say "no" to the craft supplies.

  • Reply Anonymous April 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I'll be there – I have always missed the eraser stamp carving meets before, so can't wait to try this time!
    Georgie K

  • Reply Joanne K April 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Hello i'm new to Canberra and love getting crafty, would it be OK for me to come along? I don't have any shrinky or stamp gear.

  • Reply Anonymous April 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Joanne
    Of course – we'd love to have you along!
    Please get in touch using our email if you have any questions (so we can get back to you) canberrabrownowls@gmail.com
    Canberra Prefects

  • Reply Danielle A April 28, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Sorry for late reply… I am able to make it tomorrow. I think I will do shrinkies again as that was fun! I have my own supplies

  • Reply Anonymous April 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I'll be there! Naomi

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