Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: Playing with watercolor
Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: I just love packaging orders and sending them off to customers. If I have the time, I decorate the package and include a handmade thank you note. Just another way of saying thank you for choosing to work with us on your special day.
Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: So happy at how our prints turned out. The colors are gorgeous! We will be giving a print each for participants of our upcoming workshops. If you’ve participated in our workshop before and would like to get one, please email us. You will need to pay for shipping but the print is free. Size 5×7. Hop on over to Ruth’s website for more details on our next class is on September 6 with @happyshop
Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: We wanted to give our lovely goddaughter her first birthday present since she will be flying back home for her celebration. Advance happy birthday Avie baby!
I’ve been toying with Shrinky Dinks for the past few months because I wanted to release a series of Shrinky Dinky DIYs on our blog. A few weeks ago, I was hired to teach at a children’s party. During the planning stage, I proposed some crafts that are appropriate for girls from the ages of 3-12.
One of the crafts that came to mind was making Shrinky Dink* jewelry. Although this project was not picked to be included in party, I thought I’d share it here because I love how it turned out.
- “Shrinky Dink*” type plastic from Daiso $2
- Pack of $7 ring base from Lai Guan at People’s Park Centre
- E600 glue
- $10 Oven toaster from Cash Converters
- Sharpie Markers
- Aluminium Foil
- Baking Paper
- Katrina Alana Flower Pattern (optional)
- Sealants like Modge Podge, Diamond Glaze, clear embossing Powder, clear nail polish or spray acrylic sealant (optional)
- Work in a well-ventilated place since using a heating device and the baking process might release fumes.
- Be careful of sharp edges. Make sure you cut or sand down any sharp corners before heating your piece so you don’t have sharp edges on your final piece.
- Use tweezers or tongs to remove the aluminum foil so that you do not accidentally touch any hot surfaces.
- Get a cheap oven toaster on sale to use for your crafts. We prefer to keep our craft materials and equipment separate from items we use for food preparation.
- Draw your design on the Shrinky Dink plastic. I used Sharpie markers to trace my design on the shrink plastic.
- Line the tray with crumpled aluminium foil.
- Bake the Shrinky Dink in an oven toaster according to the instructions of the manufacturer. The plastic will twist and warp as it shrinks.
You can take the piece out once the plastic stops warping and it has reduced to about 40% of the original size.
- Take out the shrunken piece using a pair of tweezers.
- Place the ring that is lined with baking paper on both sides in the middle of a heavy book to flatten it.
- Take out the ring after a minute and wait for it to cool completely before handling it with your hands.
- This step is optional. You can use a sealant and coat the surface of the ring so that the design does not get scratched off easily. Make sure that the sealant that you use is non-toxic. I did not seal my ring because I like the matte texture and I am still testing different types of sealants.
- Attach the Shrinky Dink piece to the ring base using a bit of E600 glue.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you decide to make a ring using this tutorial, we would love to see a photo of your ring or hashtag us #katrinaalana. *Shrinky Dink is a brand of shrink plastic. We are not using the Shrinky Dink brand of plastic however since the company name / product is more well-known than the material, we refer to Shrinky Dink as shrink plastic.
My godchild Mavi is celebrating his first birthday party next month and we helped create the party decorations for the party. His mom Meliza has been a friend of mine since high school.
The theme is little gentleman and mustache. The colors for the party is blue, green and yellow.
We decided to create a custom cake topper to match the theme. I hand-painted the wooden cake topper and sealed with nontoxic sealant so that it will be safe to put on top of the cake.
We brainstormed the idea for the invitation and the gingham and other illustration were made specifically for this occasion.
Unfortunately we will not be able to fly over for the party so we will be sending our love and birthday wishes to Mavi from Singapore.
Note: Please contact us via email@example.com for custom cake topper orders.
Suzi from Tiramisuzi is one of our leaders from Singapore Handmade. She is hosting a craft party at her place this weekend. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow crafters and make new friends. The linocut craft party will be on Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Interested parties can book a slot buy purchasing a ticket via Eventbrite.
Linocut Craft Party hosted by Tiramisuzi
- When: Sunday (September 2) 2:00 – 5:00 pm
- More Info: Tiramisuzi’s blog post
- Sign-up here: Eventbrite