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Shrink Film & Wire Candlestick Charm + 6 BIC MARKER SETS GIVE AWAY

Let’s Dress Up Some Candlesticks!

Have you learned that I love shrinking things?  I do!  Here are some other things I’ve shrunk. I used some white Shrinky Dinks shrink film and the Cricut Lite Cupcake cartridge to cut out a simple leaf.

Before Coloring wtih Bic Markers

I’ll tell you right off that I spent an hour and a lot of shrink film trying to cut out extremely detailed Fall images.  They cut out well, but they don’t shrink as well.  If you’re going to use the regular blade you’ll need to turn the blade depth to 6, pressure to 5 and multi-cut to 3 or 4.  The deep cut blade works best for this.  Click HERE for those settings.  In my experience simple images work the best, hence the leaf, LOL!

After Coloring with Bic Markers

I used these great Bic Mark It Ultra Fine Point permanent markers to color the leaf and then I used my heat gun to shrink it.  What I really like about these pens is that they didn’t smear or come off in any way, even the heat didn’t affect them.  That’s GREAT!

Ready for the Table!

I think it turned out really well!  DH gave me a cool set of craft wire a while back and I never used it.  I was so happy to pull it out and use it today.  Yesterday, I used buttons for the first time in a craft and today wire.  Now I’m in love with them both.  I think I’m going to need a whole bolt of wire and a vat of buttons.

Guess what?  That’s another of those candlesticks I bought at the Dollar Tree.  LOVE!  Remember when I used them to create Hurricane lamps?  That was super cool.  I’m now in love with buttons, wire and the Dollar Tree.  LOL.

These are the markers that I used.

These markers will mark on almost any surface including glass, metal, plastic, coated paper + you can use them on shrink film and they do great under the continued blast of a heat gun.  YAY!!  They are also Acid-Free, so you don’t have to worry about using them to journal in a scrapbook.  They’re great for that.  Very Cool.


Bic has been so generous to donate a 36 pack of these Ultra Fine Point Bic markers AND a 36 pack of Fine Point Bic markers (retail $41.98) to THREE WINNERS!!!  EXCITING!!  Please leave a comment on this post and I’ll use Random.org to choose 3 winners on Friday, October 8, 2010.  GOOD LUCK!!


2010/10/04 at 6:56 AM
Awesome give-a-way Joy!! I’ve seen that wire used with beads to wrap around serving forks/spoons. They are kind of cool.

2010/10/04 at 11:15 AM
Joy, you never disappoint us! 🙂 There’s always something new to learn on your blog. I love the diversity of your projects. Thanks for the chance to win!
~ Frances

2010/10/05 at 7:57 PM
I could have used these pens today! lol I made a Daisy t-shirt for my daughter’s friend with paint, but I want to add the meaning of each petal on the shirt also.

Don’t forget you can also click HERE and leave a comment to be eligible to win a Cricut Vinylology DVD!  AND … At the end of October, I will pick 5 winners who’ve left a comment on any non-give away post on Joy’s Life during the month of October. Those 5 winners will win some crafty surprises. So, you can leave a comment on all the give away posts AND on non Give Away posts and till have a chance to win tomorrow!


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  1. I havent played with shrinky dinks since I was a kid! The markers look awesome. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. OK, I bought Shrinky Dink stuff last time I was at a craft store but I still haven’t used it, I am thinking to sorta craft-lift the leaf idea but do napkin rings for Thanksgiving! Also the pens look fab! Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Great idea! I’ve never used these markers on shrink stuff, I’d love to win them and try it!

    Thanks for all your hard work and sharing with us!

  4. Hey joy- i just bought my first package of shrinky dinks!!!! so excited to give it a try. thank you for all your ideas and great detailed instructions that go with them.

  5. I have bought shrink film so long ago and never used it. I have to try this today! Thank you. Kathy

  6. I didn’t realize you could cut shrink plastic on a Cricut! Thanks for the tutorial – gonna have to try this. Thanks for the chance to win the markers 🙂

  7. Thanks for the opprotunity to enter! There is a ton of cool colors there! Great for shadowing and adding depth to projects! Once again, proof there really is a SuperJoy!
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  8. Super Awesome Super Joy…..these would really come in handy for when I draw……:D

  9. I have never used shrinky dinks. I have tried one of those pens and would LOVE to have a set! Thanks for the info!

  10. Ohhh, I would love to win these markers. I’m a teacher and I can think of so many uses in my classroom:-)

  11. I could have used these pens today! lol I made a Daisy t-shirt for my daughter’s friend with paint, but I want to add the meaning of each petal on the shirt also.

  12. I absolutely LOVE these pens!! I only have a small pack though… Would really enjoy using all those colors — I usually stand in WallyWorld and drool at the packs of Bic Markers… Imagine the fun I could have with all those 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win ’em!!

    Amy 🙂

  13. Ohhh neat! I love to use shrink film with punches and dies, but this is an even better idea with a lot more choices. What a great giveaway!

  14. This looks like fun! I love that the markers work, when I went to CHA I made shrinky dinks, and I had to color on them with colored pencils and it took a long time! This looks much easier

  15. I love this, I did wine charms for a gift one year and used shrink plastic. I will have to go and see what size you made these, I missed that part. Love how you wrapped the wire around the wine glass and charm.
    angel hugs

  16. I heart shrink plastic, but I haven’t put it through my Cricut yet. Great project, I love green and copper together. Thanks for the chance to win, Bic and Joy!

  17. This project is awesome Joy!
    I never even thought of using Shrinky Dinks like this!
    Actually…I didn’t even know they were still around!
    I don’t think I’ve used them since my kids were little.
    The bic pens are great too!
    What an easy but effective way to bring beautiful color into your project with no mess!
    I’ve got to try this. You are so talented and I love reading your blog!

  18. Love shrink film too! I didn’t even think about using Bic pens on them….how fun will that be and look at all those lovely colors yum!! Got to say your website is wonderful!!! Now I won’t get my laundry folded looking at all your wonderful projects.

  19. I love these markers. I have a few, but not all these colors. I would really like to try some shrinky dinks too. Thanks Joy! You always have to best giveaways!

  20. Love this idea, I have never tried to cut shrink plastic with the cricut but I will now lol. The colour intensity of those markers is great too once shrunk.
    Kim xXx

  21. Thank you for a novel idea…candlelight is a lovely glow and adds so much to any occasion.

  22. I remember making shrinky dinks with my children when they were little but did not know until recently that you could still buy the shrink paper. I will have to look for it. I would love to win those markers. How do they measure up next to Copic markers?

  23. Love it…wonder how craft paint would hold up if it would work or if markers is the best way to go.

  24. All I can say is wow! I love your site, been wanting to work with shrinky dink but not knowing what to do. All I need now is to win the markers, and I can get out the shrinky dink plastic and have fun. Looking forward to looking around and thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  26. Hi Joy! Thanks for more inspiration! Now I have to add more new crafty products to my shopping list! 🙂 I love reading your blogs. You’re a hoot!

  27. I just discovered you and your wonderful talent and will definitely become a follower! Your stuff is AMAZING!

  28. thanks for the tips and hints….you have done all the “work” for me, now I can have a perfect project the first time!

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