We are so excited and happy to introduce you to our new reporter and Mod Podge Queen, Amy Anderson. Amy has lots of crafty experience and we just know that you are going to love her as much as we do.
I’m the blogger behind Mod Podge Rocks. I was born from creative genes, so I’m carrying on the tradition. I have been knitting for 18 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just a few. I do all of these things on a daily basis, or at least as much as I can. In addition to Mod Podge, I love the color blue, dogs, reading, cold weather, funny movies, road rallies, yogurt, garden gnomes, sock monkeys, running, tattoos, being outdoors, buttons, snuggling and apparently blogging. Who knew I would love it this much?
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I am more than pleased to review Imaginisce’s i-bond cordless glue gun. I’m old enough to remember when everything, including phones, had a cord. Even when the first phone went cordless, it was like talking on a brick. Life was so inconvenient back then! It’s really handy that the i-bond is cordless, especially since most of us like to have a glue gun in our crafty arsenal. I decided the best way to test this tool was on a project, and as you would expect, I did something with Mod Podge. My scrapbook paper and embellishment line of choice was Imaginisce’s new Garden Party:
It’s such a pretty paper stack, don’t you think? This line comes with coordinating die cuts, brads, stickers, ribbons and paper flowers in soft shades. I’m going to walk you through the frame tutorial as I review the product.
Gather These Supplies
Mod Podge Gloss
Imaginisce Garden Party paper and embellishments
Imaginisce i-bond cordless glue gun
FolkArt paint – Graffiti Pink (or coordinating color)
Scissors or craft knife and mat
Pencil or pen
Start with a standard issue wood frame.
Measure and cut your papers – I went for the patchwork look, so I cut four separate sheets of paper (coordinating). Imaginisce’s paper comes in 12″ x 12″ sheets and is nice and thick. If you have issues with Mod Podging wrinkles, you won’t with this paper.
Basecoat your frame with a few coats and allow to dry.
Spread a medium layer of Mod Podge onto the frame and then place your paper down. The paper went on nicely. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Smooth the paper out with your fingers or brayer. I have to say, this paper is very vibrant and I like it. It also didn’t tear when I rolled over it with the brayer. Yay! Apply a top coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry.
Time for the glue gun! This is where I get really excited – this glue gun is SUPER cool. The i-bond operates on batteries (included) and warms up quickly. It also has a headlight. I didn’t understand why at first. I’d never used a glue gun with a nozzle light before.
I started hot gluing on flower embellishments to test my gun. I totally understood the headlight after gluing the first flower down. It truly makes it easier to see where the glue is going. I LOVE this feature.
I glued ribbon down on the back for a hanger. The glue came out of the gun smoothly and with little stringing. I don’t know what causes glue gun stringing, but I didn’t have many problems with the i-bond. I was able to bead a thin line of glue quite easily.
The gun is lightweight and has an ergonomic grip, so it was easy to maneuver. It fit in my hand quite nicely and didn’t cramp my wrist. I think I’m in love.
The finished frame – Mod Podged and hot glued to perfection. You’ll notice the vibrant colors of the Garden Party line. It’s truly a gorgeous paper collection. This might be a great Mother’s Day gift!
I know as crafters that we all have a lot of choices in tools and papers – and sometimes it’s difficult to discern good from poor quality. From my experience with Imaginisce’s i-bond cordless glue gun and papers, I’m definitely going to be a repeat buyer.
- i-bond glue gun is lightweight and ergonomical
- Nozzle light makes placement of glue easy
- Pink color is delightful
- Papers are bright and colorful and tear-resistant
- Cute embellishments in a variety of types
- None, except distribution. I can’t find these in my local big box craft stores but you can buy the
I-Bond Cordless Hot Glue Gun from Amazon.com.
What do you love or hate about the glue gun you are currently using? What would you make with this glue gun?