Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Funky House Key Chains by Alison Hall



Another surface that PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint works brilliantly on is shrink plastic, and Lin Brown's Funky Houses make fun charms for a key ring for your house keys!


Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Heat Gun
Paint Brush - Small, Round
Coffee Stirrer
Flat Nose Jewellery Pliers 


1. Use your chosen colour of Fresco Finish paint to stamp the house shadow image on the shrink plastic. An opaque colour is best for this. I used Bougainvillea for the large house, and Caribbean Sea for the small one. I find it easiest to use a sponge to apply the paint to the stamp. Be careful not to let the slippery paint covered stamp move on the plastic, and make sure to clean the paint off the stamp as soon as you're done.

2. Use a small paint brush to add colour to the windows and doors, then leave the paint to dry naturally. The paint dries quite quickly if you haven't put it on too thick.

3. Use the black Archival ink to stamp the house outlines, then once the ink is dry, cut out the shrink plastic houses.

4. Punch a hole through the tops of the houses. It's important to remember to do this before shrinking the plastic.

5. Place the houses on a craft mat, then, one at a time, heat them with a heat gun until they are fully shrunk. Use a wooden coffee stirrer to gently stop the houses from blowing away. Immediately the houses are shrunk, place a stamp block on top to flatten them fully.

6. Use flat nose jewellery pliers to attach a swivel clasp to each little house charm, to finish.


I hope you like these bright and funky little keyrings.


Alison x


  1. fantastic! thanks for the tutorial! xo

  2. Great tutorial....the houses look fab on shrink plastic Alison, I haven't shrunk them myself yet......must give it a go.

  3. This is a great tutorial, Alison! Lin's houses look so sweet shrunk and I love the colours! This is a project definitely on my To Do list now! I love Shrink Plastic! xx

  4. What a fab idea,Alison. Really interesting re stamping with paint as I always think of shrink plastic being stamped with stazon which I'm not keen on. Think I might be trying this,thank you ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  5. There are super Alison and what a great idea to use paint on the shrink plastic...hadn't thought of that!

  6. The houses look so good painted and shrunk - and so appropriate, of course.Brill!

  7. Brilliant .... most definitely fun and funky.

  8. How cute are they?! Love'em!
    Alison xx


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