STAMPtember® Feature: Carabelle Studios!


Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by to our last STAMPtember® feature of 2016! What a fun ride it has been! Please welcome back special guest designer Birgit Koopsen, who is representing the fabulous brand, Carabelle Studio! Her fun project is a great example that stamping can go beyond the page! Read on to be inspired!
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It’s end of September and officially fall started, but I’m not completely ready to give up on summer yet so I decided to create some Ibiza-style jewelry reminding me of sunshine, beach and freedom and add some of that lovely summer feel-good to my outfit!

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Here’s how you too can create your own fun charms:

You need:

Shrink plastic (I used transparent because then the charms look good on both sides), your favorite stamps, acrylic block, Stazon, Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers, a Crop-a-Dile or eyelet tool, scissors, a paper piecer, flat pliers, a heatgun or an oven, a bracelet, necklace or earrings (ready bought or hand made) and some small jewelry rings.


Stamp the desired images on the non-glossy side of the shrink plastic using a permanent ink. When choosing your images keep in mind that they will shrink to appr. 1/3 of the original size. Let the ink dry well. Coloring right after stamping may smudge the ink.

Color the images with Pigment markers and let dry well again. Then cut out the shapes, make a hole using a Crop-A-Dile or eyelet tool. Don’t make the hole to small as this will shrink too. Use a heatgun or place the shapes in the oven to shrink. Follow instructions on the packaging. The final shapes will be 3 times as thick as the originals.

I used a heatgun to shrink the plastic. While it shrinks the plastic starts to curl and move. I used a paper piecer to gently keep the plastic in place. At the end, when the plastic had shrunk completely but was still hot, I placed an acrylic block on top and pushed it down so my charm turned out really flat.

Add small rings through the holes and apply the charms to bracelet, necklace or earrings.

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Thanks for reading today! Also thank you to Birgit for this fabulous idea!

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  1. What fun. I need to get my shrink plastic out and play. The charms are so pretty. Thanks for keeping the Summer vibe alive.

  2. Thank you so much Brigit for bringing this up! I learned about it years ago, but like so many techniques, unless you use them regularly you forget about them. I have a good stash of Shrink plastic somewhere in my stash. I don’t think I have the transparent one, so have to get some. Another project these would be good for is charms for scisors, stick pins, etc. Thanks again! Stampin Hugs, Lori

  3. I’ll be forwarding this one to my granddaughter.
    She is the jewelry maker. Maybe she’ll show
    me how to do it if I offer to provide the shrink
    Beautiful pieces. I’d love to wear the bracelet.
    thanks for sharing

  4. LOVELOVELOVE Birgit’s beautiful handmade shrink plastic jewelry!! Very classy and a great gift idea for girls of all ages!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    So hard to believe that Stamptember is almost over! Only 1 little day left! Waaaaaaaaaaaa! That makes me sad! Almost time to start the countdown clock for Stamptember 2017!

  5. I love making shrink plastic embellishments! What a great idea to use them for bracelet charms! Super reminder to use that stash of shrink plastic!

  6. Wow, those charms are so pretty, especially the feathers. I’ve only seen cutesy projects with the shrink plastic, so awesome to see some beyond that thanks!

  7. I’m ready! wow the charms are so cool – and I’m completely fine with summer sticking around a LOT longer. Go Carabelle! Now – I need a video. Thanks for expanding my view. Such a nice touch to the Fabulous Stamptember. Denise

  8. Thanks for showing all these earrings and charms, inspired me to get my shrink plastic out again after years. Everything looks amazing!

  9. These turned out so amazing. I can remember doing shrinky dinks with my girl scout troop. It was fun way back then. TFS

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