Wow, the shrink mosaic technique Tim Holtz showed on his blog today for his Day 11 Tag is so stunning I love it!!! Make sure you watch the video.
I couldn't find my shrink plastic, I'm out of UTEE, and don't own a melting pot. What is a crafter to do?!? Get creative!!! Disclaimer: what I did isn't close to how terrific the shrink mosaics are, but an adequate substitute in a pinch.
I remember hearing that some plastic packaging will shrink with heat, but not what I had. So I cut out so plastic packaging to size. A tree branch by hand and the small bird with a die. I coated them with embossing ink, covered with Detail clear embossing powder (ep) and heat set. I did the back side with one coat, and the front side with three coats. The back coat melted off when I heated the top coats. If I do this again, I'll sanding the plastic first and see if that works. Be aware that the plastic gives off fumes when heated, open windows or do in good ventilated area.
Flicked on water with my fingers over the card.