Eye Draw It

Inkscape, Silhouette, and Shrinky Dinks

Written By: eyedrawit - Sep• 09•13

I had been searching for Inkjet Shrinky Dinks but was unable to locate them. I finally found them at a Hobby Lobby while I was downstate visiting Mom. I wanted to see how some of my Inkscape graphics would look on one of those cutie patootie little shrinkable plastic thingies. Oh what fun!

The teeny, tiny little bike is one of my Inkscape designs printed using our inkjet printer. Pretty cute, eh?  Oh….. but my favorite one is the black and white. I decided to try using a pen (Sharpie fine point) in my Silhouette. I changed my bike design to a black and white line drawing and opened in my Silhouette Studio. After tracing with the software, I had double lines, but I didn’t mind that. So I inserted the pen in place of the blade and let the Silhouette do it’s thing. Wha-la!

After baking and letting them cool, I sprayed each Shrinky Dink with a clear sealer. Then, each got a couple of coats of gloss finish. I wasn’t sure what to do with them when I was done. I had punched holes in the sides of the bigger one, so I grabbed some leftover card stock from our daughter’s wedding invitations, a little ribbon, and made a little note card. The little bike was attached to another note card.

There are so many things that could be done with these. I’m thinking place cards for the holidays….?

Happy drawing.


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