I saw a blog post recently from
who had found a box of Friendly Plastic amongst her craft stash that
she'd bought many years ago when it was being
sold off in a closing down sale.
She offered to share some of her supply but said as it was so
old it was quite brittle.
This is what she very kindly sent me (along with some Grungeboard pieces)
The individual strips were all in tact (apart from one tiny bit that had
broken off) when it arrived and I thought that it was fine.
When I cut into a strip though it shattered into tiny pieces!
Elaine was right - it had become brittle with age.
I compared it with some of my own strips (which I'd bought about
four years ago) and although they looked the same,
the newer ones were much more pliable and didn't
snap when flexed.
However, I kept calm and carried on - spoke to it nicely
and the plastic became friendly again!!!
I cut the brittle plastic and made little piles of it
on my black craft sheet - starting with the red central cross
and heated it with my heat gun - and it all melted together nicely.
I then made piles for the white sections and then the blue -
it melted into each other so the Union Jack flag
took on a rather stylised image, but I quite liked the effect.
I made a little post it note book using two chipboard covers
with a Bind-it-all spine and hot glued the Friendly Plastic flag on.
The 'Keep Calm and Carry On' is a rubber stamped image
from the 'London Underground' set from 'Artistic Outpost'.
I stamped another image from the same stamp set
onto the back of the book.
This little book will be winging it's way over to Elaine
as a thank you for her generosity.
Thanks for looking x