Making an ATC Using Friendly Plastic®
I’ve been making and swapping ATCs for a couple of years now, using a variety of media. I love using Friendly Plastic® on my ATCs because it is versatile and easy to use and works well when combined with other media. It can be bright and cheerful or distressed and old-looking depending on the effect I want to achieve. The range of different effects that can be created is amazing, and it’s brilliant for someone as impatient as me because it doesn’t take very long to set. I’ve made this ATC using Friendly Plastic®, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel and various items to add interest and texture to the Friendly Plastic®.
AMACO® Friendly Plastic®—your choice of complimentary colors
AMACO® WireForm® Metal Mesh or similar, three different types
AMACO® Needle Tool
2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of mounting board or thick card
Inkpad (and sponge to apply ink)
Small piece of sparkly mesh
Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
Clear embossing inkpad
Gold marker pen
Silver micro beads
Various small colored gems
Heat-proof craft sheet or Teflon baking sheet
Take an ATC sized piece of mounting board or thick card (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″) and color it using ink.
Spray over the inked background with a shimmer spray and either leave it to dry or quick dry using a heat tool.
Cover the card with clear embossing ink and sprinkle some clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel onto it. Melt the UTEE using a heat tool.
Press a piece of sparkly mesh into the UTEE while it’s still hot (don’t worry if some of the UTEE sticks to the mesh as it will be melted again. Add another layer of embossing ink over the top of the UTEE and mesh and sprinkle on some more UTEE and melt with the heat tool. Repeat this one more time until you have a smooth surface with the mesh embedded into the UTEE.
Allow the card to cool for a couple of minutes and then draw around the edges of it with a gold marker pen. Set the card aside.
Cut six long triangles of Friendly Plastic® in a variety of complimentary or coordinating colors and arrange them in a fan shape on a heatproof craft sheet or Teflon baking sheet. If you are using a heat tool that’s very powerful, stick them down with a glue stick before you start. Heat the Friendly Plastic® for about 40 to 45 seconds and then use a needle tool to swirl it in alternating directions in a semicircle.
Heat for another 10 to 15 seconds to smooth out the lines and then use the needle tool to pull out “spikes” at the outer edges at the points where the triangles join and at the ends. Add a large gem at the point where the triangles all join.
Check to see if the Friendly Plastic® is still soft. If not, heat it for another 10 to 15 seconds. Then, place a piece of triangular metal mesh slightly smaller than the triangle of Friendly Plastic® on top of one of the triangles. Use the needle tool to press down on the mesh in various places so that the Friendly Plastic® oozes up through the holes. Do this again on two other triangles using a different type of mesh or sequin waste. (you can use AMACO® WireForm® mesh, jute mesh and sequin waste).
Heat the Friendly Plastic® again for about 20 seconds as it will be starting to cool by now and things won’t stick into it if it is too cool. Press some micro beads into one of the triangles. The easiest way to do this is to wet your finger and pick up the beads on your wet finger and press your finger down on top of the Friendly Plastic® (your finger won’t stick if it’s wet).
Press some small gems into the remaining triangles. Allow the Friendly Plastic® to cool.
Take your card and reheat it with the heat tool until the UTEE is liquid again (this will probably take about 30 to 45 seconds depending on the type of UTEE). Then press the Friendly Plastic® fan into the UTEE using your fingers. The Friendly Plastic® may soften a bit around the edges but it won’t melt. The Friendly Plastic® will stick in the UTEE as it cools and you will have a completed ATC.