I've tried my hand at a mini tutorial I hope you find it helpful.
The smiley faces comes from a shopping bag. You can cut out any motive or word that you like and use that.
Take standard shopping bag, cut off handles and slit bottom open
Fold bag in half and then half again (8 thin layers)
Layer your folded shopping bag image and see thru plastic.
I found that dark ink smudges so I use a thin layer of clear plastic (from the veggie isle) over dark colours otherwise it tends to stick to your brown paper.
Applying the heat is not an exact science and takes a bit of practise, test the heat on different plastic thicknesses. Sandwich your plastic between two layers of paper (newspaper can come off on your plastic specially working with white)
Remember to work in a well ventilated room and keep little people away from the hot iron. Always be careful when you touch the plastic you've just melted it, it's going to be hot.
After the initial melting together I cut the excess thin plastic off
Iron both sides of your plastic till your happy with the result.
As you practise you'll get the results your looking for.
I cut a template, traced and cut round my tags.
I cut a template and traced round my tags.
Some eyelets (these from the scrapbooking section) gives it a nice sturdy hole.
I decided to tie it to my suitcase with a cable tie.
|There you go ready for the journey.|