Friday, August 26, 2011

Hello Kitty Shrinky Dinks Charms

Good Morning and thanks for stopping by today!

I had to create 26 charms for a swap I joined in the Cricut Circle. The easiest way to create charms is to use Shrinky Dinks. When you use Shrinky Dinks the image/cut shrinks and thickens when placed in the oven.

Here is the charm that I created by printing/cutting out the image on my Imagine.

In order to be able to print out an image using the Imagine, you have to use the Cricut Craft Room (CCR).

Narelle, a fellow Circle member posted on the messageboard that she figured out how to print out an entire image using the Imagine and CCR. Check out her website to find out how to print out an image. I was going to show you on here, but she just did an amazing tutorial and I didn't want to take credit for it. (I just checked their website and since the CCR keeps getting updated, it's not allowing to print out a complete image on the Imagine right now, but it doesn't hurt to learn. Hopefully this feature starts working again.)

This is how it looks on CCR. (These are 3 inches each)
Once the images were printed, I let them dry for 2 hours because the ink was still wet. I then used my Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite to punch a hole on the top.

You have to punch the hole on them first because once the Shrinky Dinks harden, it's going to be too hard to do so afterwards. Next step is to place them on a tray and put them in the oven for 5 minutes.
The color changed a bit, but I still like them because they're still Christmas colors. I don't know why they are ovals now, but I am still learning how to use Shrinky Dinks. The charms ended up being 1 inch each.

Stop by tomorrow for a wonderful Cricut Fall Blog Hop hosted by Kristen.


  1. Shrinky Dink is MAGIC! I love your charms! Thank you for sharing the instructions! See you tomorrow on the Fall Blog Hop!

  2. i 'love' these. i cut with shrinky dinks too. i learned really early to cut them 'big'. i don't knwo why they turned out oval either, but they're cute that way. it's projects like these, makes me wish i had an imagine.

  3. How cute is that? Those turned out just adorable, thanks for sharing how you created these little cuties!

  4. How cute is this I love the charms. loved the paper you chose. thanks for sharing. thanks for the info on the ccr.

  5. Well I certainly learned something new from you today. Never even thought about using skrinky dinks with my Cricut. Love your
    'charms'! They are so cute!