I love Shrinky Dinks! It’s so much fun to put them in the oven and watch them do their thing. Since I’m going to be traveling next week, I thought I’d make some Shrinky Dink luggage tags.
- Red Capped Zing Blade
- Ultra Fine Sharpie
- Shrinky Dink material (or other shrink film)
- Make The Cut software
KNK Zing Settings for Pen:
- Force – 6 to 15
- Offset – 0
- Speed – 9
- Multicut – 1 or 2
KNK Zing Settings for Blade
- Force – 120
- Offset – .25
- Speed – 9
- Multicut – 2 to 5 (I needed 5 for the white Ink Jet Shrinky Dink)
- In MTC, put cut shape on one layer
- Put sketch design on another layer. If you are using two colors, put each on its own layer.
- Draw a “registration shape” at origin corner and put on its own layer.
- Put Shrinky Dink on mat and insert into Zing. Put pen and holder into Zing.
- Turn off cut layer and keep “Pen” and “Registration” layers on.
- Adjust settings and “cut”.
- Replace pen with blade.
- Turn off “Pen” layer.
- (If you are not using a pen holder, you may want to keep your cut layer off and only have the registration shape layer on. This will allow you to test to see if you have everything lined up and manually adjust if your blade doesn’t cut exactly your registration shape exactly where the pen drew it. If you have a pen holder, you should be able to skip this step.)
- Turn on “Cut” layer, adjust settings for blade and cut.
- If you want to draw on the other side, you can carefully remove the cut tag, turn it over and replace in opening. Make sure you do not remove the mat and that you line it up exactly where it was for the original cuts.
- Heat oven to 275 – 350 degrees. You’ll want to check directions on your shrink film. I used both Ink Jet Shrinky Dink, and Grafix brand Matte Shrink Film.
- When oven is at temperature, place shrink film on pan and cover lightly with tin foil or parchment paper. (This will reduce the curling as it shrinks. I didn’t do that the first time)
- Leave in oven according to directions (about 3 – 5 minutes).
- When it is done curling and has flattened out again, carefully take out of oven and lay on flat surface to cool. If it is not completed flat, you can flatten carefully with a spatula.
- Tie a cute ribbon through the hole.
Completed Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags
I found that I had best luck with the Grafix brand shrink film. I am not sure exactly why that is. It may be because I had practiced a couple of times with the Shrinky Dink brand first. Or, possibly it’s because I made a aluminum foil “folder”, and slipped it in that before putting it in the oven. That helped keep it flat.
I’m not sure there is any way to keep the shrink film from getting somewhat out of proportion as it shrinks. I suppose this is especially true with bigger pieces. (I used half a sheet for these tags.) But that’s okay… I think it’s still pretty cute, and lots of fun.
Don’t be fooled into grabbing the wrong luggage! Go create some of your own Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags and add a little practical fun to your next trip!