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This butterfly was made during of the weekend shrink plastic project with my son. I wanted to try an image with a bit more detail, so my son choose the butterfly from one of the Martha Stewart cake cartridges to make a key chain for his Nana.

Because the inner & outer edges of the wings were different thicknesses, the wings of the butterfly curled a lot as they shrank. At one point during the shrinking process, the wings were completely rolled up.

Once I pulled the butterfly out of the toaster oven, I noticed that the inside of the wings was quite a bit thinner than I was expecting. All of the other plastic words & images were almost perfectly proportioned after shrinking, so I wasn’t expecting that.

The butterfly was painted with diluted Jacquard Lumiere paints (Halo Pink-Gold, Pewter & Pearl Turquoise).


  • 4.0″ <Buterfly> Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art pg. 48


  • Gypsy
  • Cricut Cutting Machine
  • Cricut Marker
  • Shrink Plastic
  • Paint supplies (brush, water, paper towels, etc)
  • Jacquard Lumiere paint (Halo Pink-Gold) – diluted with water
  • Jacquard Lumiere paint (Pewter) – diluted with water
  • Jacquard Lumiere paint (Pearl Turquoise) – diluted with water
  • Toaster Oven (follow instructions for shrink plastic)
  • Oven mitts
  • Wooden dowel or other heat resistant tools
  • Embossing mat or other heat resistant surface for cooling shrink