cute! what do you use to draw on the shrinky dinks with? everything ive ever tried bubbles up when it shrinks and leaves an excess. this may have been mentioned before, i dont really read into the shrinky dink threads too much, but i heard you can use number 6 plastic to do shrinky dinks, as opposed to buying it. neat way to recycle. havent tried it myself.
ok sorry for not keeping up with this post better. here is my update on the laminated images for the magnets.
after laminating the image, we punched them out with a 1 inch craft punch -NOT FUN! the brand new puncher would hardly punch the thicker laminated paper, it hurt our hands big time. we bought another one, it was awful too. we ended up with terrible sore hands and cut some of them with scissors which looked like crap because we were mad and our hands hurt.
then we punched the magnet sheet with the same craft punch, which worked flawlessly.
then we progressed to the gluing stage. first, we used elmers gel to glue the image (laminated, remember) to the marble. this seemed fine.
then, we glued the marble/image to the magnet with e6000. this seemed to work very well. we let them dry overnight. then uh oh! it seems that the crazy strong e6000 actually was so strong that it curled the magnets up around the edges and pulled the image off of the marble. this sounds nuts, i know, but i guess i had squeezed a blob of e6000, which is pretty goopy, onto the middle of the marble/image and stuck the magnet on, pushing it down to squish the glue around. then i guess it didnt squish around too well, and the edges were left unglued, which shouldve been fine, except this stuff is crazy strong!
so those puppies popped right off the glass, leaving a weird mangled magnet glued to the laminated image, and the marble with dried clear elmers gel behind. so that sucked, but luckily i only did a few.
so we tried aleenes tacky glue, which is what we finished with. if you used enough strength, you can still pop the image off the glass, but we just try to be careful (=
hi! i just randomly checked this post again to see a new reply! thank you! i am always the one that the replies super late and i always hope someone sees it to get the info.
i have found something like what you are talking about, i think, at hobby lobby. i found a plastic thing that is basically an unfolded envelope template, you put it on top of a paper and then pull the paper up, tearing it along the edges of the plastic. it works...ok. im still watching out for that perfect solution, but with the schedule ive had lately, its easier to buy them premade!
my fiance just informed me that there is a laminator at his work we could use. this would work just as good or better than tape right? being able to get both sides might eliminate the need for that cardstock right?
ah perfect grammar gremlin. while im sure the other solutions suggested would work too, tape will be easiest for me. im making so many for my wedding favors, 3 per person for about 130 guests. what i have been doing is printing out my images, which are coordinated with my invites and such onto my paper, then punching them out, then making the magnets. now i can just add another step, i will tape onto the paper before punching them out. i still need to get that e6000 to put the magnets on with. when i get some done, i will post how it went. thanks for your help!
this thread is pretty old, so im hoping there are some active ppl so i can figure this out. i am making glass marble magnets as wedding favors. we are printing out our images on regular computer paper, in an ivory color. we are using brown ink. my problem is that when i tried elmers, the ink bled. i want to try a glue like gem tac, but im afraid the same thing will happen. any suggestions on glue that wont make printer ink bleed?
hi i almost ordered some of these from etsy, knowing it would be easy to make them myself, but at the time i was trying to get our invites out and felt overwhelmed. now that part is done and i have time for this! did you get marbles from the floral section of a craft store or is there a better option? i know they are irregular sometimes, but you said yours were too. i just havent made these before and want to get the best deal. thanks!
the image was purchased from istock.com. look at illustrations or vector images. i do not know the designers name, but she just gave me the image. i found her on indiebride when she posted her invitations. i think its about $5-$10, last time i bought a vector image it was about that i think. you buy credits on istock... i just took some butterfly images out of the bigger image and made a few tiny other little changes using illustrator and photoshop. there are cheaper programs like those, some are listed above. most programs used for graphics and designing that are really just a glorified paint when you really think about it. more options, nicer features, better quality. if you can use paint, you can teach yourself to use on of them.
i used photoshop and illustrator with target invite kits $30 for 50 invites, blank cards and envelopes for both. i used a font called dream orphan from dafont.com and an image from istock, given to me by an indiebride/designer, that i changed up a bit. i love the way they turned out but id love some feedback also!!!
btw- if you are a student you can pick up creative suite for cheap at campustech.com. i recently replaced my not so authentic versions of photoshop, illustrator, and indesign with a real version of creative suite for $180-something bucks. awesome deal really. they verify that you are a student btw. not a plug, but i wanted to share the deal so no one overpays if they have that opportunity.
my invites- the ink is brown, the edges are gold deckle, the paper is ivory.