Shrink with Ink Fridge Magnets/Tacks

  • November 29, 2018

I don’t know about you, but it seems that I am always looking for fun magnets and tacks for my fridge and cork boards that aren’t the same old boring ones that I see everyone else using. So why not use your favorite personal pictures to create a one of a kind magnet! These are great for gifts to the grandparents! See the step-by-step tutorial below:

Step One: Choose the pictures that you want to use to create your magnets/tacks. After you have selected your photos, make sure that you reduce the opacity/transparency to about 70 – 75%. The original color of the picture will return after it has been shrunk.

Step Two: I decided for this project to use the Cricut and Cricut Design Space to remove the background of the pictures and cut around my images ( you could also just use a  square picture and make that into a magnet. However, I wanted to go one step further and make them cutouts.

Here is an example of a picture that I used before and after, removing the background so my finished product after cutting it out was the shape of the individuals in the picture and not a square:

Step Three: Create the image as a “Print and Cut” using Design Space, then print your image according to the instruction on your sheet. Then place the printed image on the Cricut to cut it out — you will want to adjust the setting on your Circut to the “Poster Board” setting to ensure it cuts though the slightly thicker Shrink Ink Film Paper.

Note: If you will be using a scissors and not a cutting machine, you can simply print after adjusting the transparency/opacity using the instruction on your sheet with an inkjet printer. The Shrink Ink film cuts like normal paper.

Step Four: Allow the ink on the images to completely dry before preparing them for the oven.

Step Five: After your over has preheated, place your pan (without any Shrink Ink) in the over to warm up. For best results, place parchment paper on the bottom of the pan, then place your Shrink Ink face down on the paper.

Step Six: Leave in the over for a FULL 90 to 120 seconds. Although sometimes the Shrink will look done, leaving it in the over will allow it to continue to shrink as needed.

Step Seven: Allow the images to cool, them remove them from the pan. Below is an example of the images before and after they were placed in the oven:

Before placing images in the oven
After placing images in the over

Step Eight: Place ModPodge over the image to create a finished look on the Shrink Ink

Step Nine: After the ModPodge has dried, use hot glue to apply magnets or tacks to the back of you images

Step Ten: Enjoy!

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