Saturday, February 26, 2011

Book Study - Friendly Plastic

We are continuing with our study of Bernie's book "Artist Trading Card Workshop" on NGS group. This week is making ATCs out of friendly plastic, sounds intriguing.
Bernie says to place a card template over a Teflon craft sheet and lay down cut pieces of friendly plastic. I had some left over mixed and friendly plastic sheets (from a project I no longer remember) and used some of this in my project.
Use a heat gun to heat the plastic and fuse it together, I let it cool somewhat and pushed in the cute strips so the edges would not be completely straight.
Bernie mentions that you can fill in gaps with small pieces of friendly plastic and reheat. I wanted to add some thickness and more color, so layered on more bits of my flatten friendly plastic and reheated. When the plastic is cool enough to handle, use scissors to trip off any extra plastic.
If you want to add stamped images, reheat the plastic and impress with stamp inked with Pigment ink. Leave stamp in the plastic until it cools and stamp easily releases from the plastic. Reheat before each time stamping.
If the plastic curls up while it is cooling, use the heat tool to reheat and bend it flat.
You can also press eyelets or other embellishments into the plastic when you heat it.
Here's my finished ATC:
You can achieve lots of different looks depending on the colors and number of different pieces of friendly plastic you use, whether you stamp or add embellishments or whatever you choose to do. Fun! Several gorgeous samples in Bernie's book.


Lourdes said...

I found your blog when I was looking for some new techniques in order to apply to my scrap projects....It's absolutely WONDERFUL all your work and thanks for sharing all your techniques....

Your work is inspiration for me!....

Hugs from Spain


Pauline h said...

Nice one Carol.I must dig out my Bernie Berlin book.I must have missed so much in it.

Rosie Rowe said...

I LOVE this Carol! I really must get some FP and have a play - looks like it's right up my street!
Thanks for sharing again... xo

Daphne said...

that is beautifully gorgeous!

Julie B. said...

This is so interesting, Carol. The texture is fabulous. I don't have any friendly plastic, but I may have to find some. I can see that it has lots of potential.