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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Plaid Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Reported by Erin Bassett
When someone says Mod Podge I usually think of the big jar of glue like adhesive that I use to decoupage with, so when the opportunity came for me to try out Mod Podge Dimensional Magic I was intrigued!
Photo from PlaidOnline.com
If you’re familiar with traditional Mod Podge, you know that right away Mod Podge Dimensional Magic looks different! It comes in a 2oz. bottle and has a lid that lifts right off. I’m not sure if the lid is designed so that the product doesn’t clog the nozzle that it comes out of, but I can say that my bottle didn’t clog up at all (something I can not say about similar products)!
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic is similar to Glossy Accents and Diamond Glaze in that you can use it to add dimension to the item you’re applying it to. When you first apply it to the object it appears milky, but when it’s dry it is totally clear and shiny. One thing to note is that my first drop of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic always seemed to have an air bubble; I learned to do that drop on a piece of scratch paper or my craft mat so there wouldn’t be any air bubbles on my projects.
Here is how Mod Podge Dimensional Magic looks when drops are placed on a paper:
In my opinion it seems like the nozzle on the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic is a little bit wider then the Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze nozzle. Also the product comes out without having to squeeze it. Having the automatic flow is fantastic when trying to apply a lot of it to an item since you don’t get that horrible hand cramp we crafters are known to get! However, the draw-back to that is that when you are working on a detailed image (like the leaf on my card below) it can be difficult to get it just right.
Besides using it for dimension, it also works great as glue! I made this flower using it as glue and when it was finished I added some to the flower’s center and then dropped on a bit of glitter.
You can also use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to magnify words slightly. Just look at this dictionary page I played around with :
My favorite thing to use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic for is creating jewelery and other bulky doo-dads. For the pendant shown below I took a metal Imaginisce Brad Daddy head, flipped it over and filled it with some patterned paper and a bit of bling. I then filled it up with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and allowed it to dry over night. By morning it was dry, however not quite as doomed as it had been while wet, so I added another layer of it and allowed it to dry again.
Now, speaking of drying, according to the package it will take 3 hours to dry. I live in Southern California and I created most of these projects on overcast days…it took me longer then three hours to dry most of my projects, especially the ones where I used a lot of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. I recommend that you don’t wait until the last minute to craft because it will take some time to dry!
Pros:
  • Dries clear and shiny
  • Easy to open lid (and my bottle never clogged)
  • Jazzes up plain, patterned paper, and stamped images by giving it glossy, raised dimension
  • Can often be used in place of resin to make jewelry
Cons:
  • Takes time to dry
  • First drop seems to be an air bubble every time I used it; air bubbles can occur at other times as well
  • Free flowing bottle design can make it hard to do small details without going over the lines
What projects do you like to use dimensional adhesives on? For more project ideas, visit the Mod Podge Rocks blog or check them out of Facebook and Twitter.

GIVEAWAY!
Plaid is generously giving one of our readers a gift pack full of these great Plaid products! Just leave a comment on one of the Vendor Spotlight: Plaid articles.  For this article, we want to know…

Have you ever used a dimensional product like this before?  If so, what do you love and/or hate about it?

One comment per person, per article, please.  You have until Thursday, June 17th 6pm CST to enter.

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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Plaid Mod Podge Professional Decoupage Tool Sets

Reported by Jen Geigley

Everyone has heard of (and most likely used) Mod Podge by Plaid. But have you ever tried their decoupage tools? I chose four different projects to test out a Mod Podge brush set (which included a #8 flat brush, textile brush, glue brush and foam spouncer) and a professional decoupage tool set (which included a rubber brayer and squeegee).

Along with these tool sets, I used two kinds of Mod Podge: Gloss and Matte.

For my first project, I decided to cover a small ceramic pot with fabric using the brush tool set (using Matte Mod Podge).

I cut my fabric to fit the small pot I wanted to cover…

and applied a generous amount of Mod Podge onto my pot using the large brush from the tool set.
The fabric adhered very smoothly and nicely on my first try, and the air bubbles and creases were easily smoothed out with the rubber brayer.
I cut notches in the fabric overlapping the top of my pot…

and used more Mod Podge to adhere the fabric over the top edge.

I folded the fabric on the bottom until it was as flat and smooth as possible and then sealed it using the brush.
And finally, painted a coat of Matte Mod Podge over the entire fabric-covered pot to give it a stronger finish.
In no time, my project was dry and ready to go! And it turned out super cute!

Next up – a fabric covered Moleskine notebook.

I cut a piece of fabric to the size of my small notebook (so that the edges overlapped by about 1/4″).
I used the flat brush to apply a solid coat of Matte Mod Podge to the notebook cover.

Then put my fabric on top and smoothed with the brayer. (The brayer works like a charm on fabric! But the roller itself did get a little bit sticky, and stayed sticky, even after washing).

I let everything dry for about 15 minutes, and then trimmed off the excess fabric around the edges of the cover.

I could have left it as-is after the last step, but I chose to give my new fabric cover another coat of Matte for extra durability.

Another fast, successful project!

My next project was re-finishing this wooden tray. I had saved a sheet of this Sassafras scrapbooking paper, thinking it might make a cool kids’ party or Halloween tray.

I painted the inner and outer edges using Plaid’s FolkArt acrylic paint and the #8 flat brush from the tool set.
This paint goes on super smooth and dries fast!

Next, I used a brush to apply a thin layer of the Gloss Mod Podge to the bottom of the tray.

And then I placed my trimmed piece of paper directly on top.

The brayer worked great to smooth out the air bubbles and provided smooth, even adhesion.

Next, I used the Mod Podge squeegee to clean up and smooth the corners, ensuring that my paper was stuck down to the surface right up to the very edge.

After letting everything dry for about a half an hour, I applied a coat of Gloss to the top of the paper. And then I applied two more coats to the entire tray.

Done!
Last, but not least, I wanted to use some fabric, paint and trim to cover a boring cork board. I started by painting the frame with two coats of Plaid’s FolkArt acrylic paint. After the paint dried, I sealed it with two coats of Gloss Mod Podge.

I chose fabric to cover the cork and ironed it before adhering.

Then I used Gloss Mod Podge and a brush to cover the entire cork surface.
Starting with one edge, I smoothed the fabric across the cork board, using the brayer as I went to get even coverage.

Again, the squeegee came in handy to press the fabric into the corners and edges.
After the fabric had been stretched and stuck down to the whole board, I went over the entire surface again with the brayer.
After the fabric had dried, I used a hot glue gun to apply some twill tape to hide the fabric edges along the frame.

And my fabric-covered cork board is complete.

One more look at these Mod Podge projects proves the versatility of this product and the variety of things that the tools help you accomplish with fantastic, professional results.

Pros:

  • The variety of shapes/sizes of brushes included in the tool set was great for both painting and applying Mod Podge
  • Brushes washed clean
  • The brayer and squeegee are the perfect tools to use in any Mod Podge project and I can see myself using them on lots of projects in the future

Cons:

  • The roller on the rubber brayer did get sticky after a couple of uses (even after washing) and I couldn’t quite get all of the Mod Podge off of it
  • Not sure I’d buy a whole set of brushes solely for Mod Podge purposes (since regular sponge brush applicators are so cheap) but the brushes worked great for painting as well as Mod Podging

Both Mod Podge tool sets are available for purchase at Wal-Mart, Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, Hobby Lobby and most other craft stores.

Price:
$4.95 per kit

Resources:

Plaid website

Mod Podge Rocks

Plaid Kids Crafts

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What do you love about Mod Podge? Do you think your Mod Podge projects would be easier and turn out better using these tool sets? We’d love to hear what you think!

GIVEAWAY!

Plaid is generously giving one of our readers a gift pack full of Plaid products! Just leave a comment on one of the Vendor Spotlight: Plaid articles and tell us which Plaid product is your favorite; one comment per person, per article, please.

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Vendor Spotlight: Westcott Titanium Bonded™ scissors and shears

Reported by Lisa Fulmer

I don’t think I’ve ever gone to the store to purchase scissors for a specific purpose. I’ve always just had a couple old, stray pairs floating around the house, and I snip or clip with whatever is closest to me. I don’t actually use scissors much for my papercrafting – more often I use a trimmer or a blade, plus a variety of diecutters and punches. But now that I’ve started to work more with fabric, good sharp scissors and shears are critical, and I discovered some great reasons for why you need more than just one pair.

I played with these five different titanium-bonded scissors and shears from Westcott:

  • 8” bent shears
  • 8” straight non-stick shears
  • 6” spring-assist scissors
  • 5” pointed scissors
  • 3” precision scissors

I had to look up the difference between scissors and shears, I never knew! According to Wikipedia: Scissors have blades less than 6” long and usually have handles with finger holes of the same size. Shears have blades longer than 6” and often have one small handle with a hole that fits the thumb and one large handle with a hole that will fit two or more fingers.

Westcott says the benefit of blades made with titanium bonded to the stainless steel is that they are “three times harder than stainless steel alone, producing a sharper, more durable, and longer-lasting cutting edge…to stay smooth-cutting for years.” I’ll get back to you in 2015 to tell you how that goes. 🙂

Meanwhile, back at the cutting table…I’ve always seen the ladies at the fabric store using bent shears to cut yardage off the bolt. Makes sense for repeated cuts, to be able to slide the bottom of the shears straight along the little cutting guide in the table. But I wasn’t sure I really needed that functionality at home. I have trouble holding bent shears, because there’s no place to rest my forefinger. Could be that I’m holding shears the “wrong” way, but it feels more natural for me to be able to wrap my forefinger around the handle.

I tried cutting several strips from striped fabric using both straight and bent shears, and the bent shears ended up being easier to use, once I got used to the grip. With the bent handle, I could keep the fabric straighter as I cut, plus I didn’t have to grip the handles so tightly. I realized that when I wrap my forefinger around the handle, I tend to hold the shears more tightly than I need to, which makes my hand ache more after repeated use.

The non-stick blade had me stumped at first. With tape runners and precision-tipped glue bottles, I couldn’t come up with anything sticky that I need to cut. Then I had a “eureka” moment…glue dots! Ever tried to cut a large glue dot in half to fit your embellishment better? I remembered wishing the larger glue dots came in semi-circles, because there are times when a mini dot or skinny strip just doesn’t fit as nicely. But when you try to cut it, it sticks to your blade and/or stretches out of shape.

I was beyond thrilled to see how the non-stick blade snipped my glue dots into perfect semi-circles with ease!

I can imagine that the spring-assist scissors would be useful for someone with arthritis, as you can control the cutting more with the palm of your hand, rather than with your fingers. What I liked about them though, is that they are compact for traveling and really quick to grab for a little snip. I belong to a quilting group that meets every Tuesday night; I’m not much of a quilter myself (yet), but I love spending time with this group of friends. I don’t really like to schlep stuff back and forth from home, so I’ll often work on smaller embroidery projects. And I often forget to pack everything I need, mostly because I haven’t gone out to buy a separate set of tools for traveling (yet!).
The women in my quilt group will tell you that I’m always borrowing their scissors. But these little spring scissors are really easy to pick up with one hand (while your other hand is holding your work) and quickly snip threads and floss, plus they’re nice and slim for tossing in a small travel bag, and the blades stay locked shut.

I thought all small scissor tips were the same, but Westcott’s pointed scissors were way pointier, which was handy for cutting inward toward an image, and knowing the tip of the blade will land precisely where you want. But silly me, I was the most excited about the lanyard that comes with these scissors! It has a plastic cap that fits snugly around the blade so you can wear the scissors around your neck.

I could think of tons of times in my office, at quilt group, at crops, when having a pair of small scissors around my neck, at the ready no matter where I am, would be super handy.

Ok, so the teeny-weeny precision scissors sent me to the optometrist. Seriously, now that I have hit “that certain age,” I really need some better glasses for close-up work! But once I got my vision issues worked out, I was able to cut out these cuties from printed fabric to make ATCs. These tiny scissors worked beautifully and allowed me to get in super close without fraying the fabric.


All five pairs I tried are billed as “craft tools,” but they all worked very well on fabric. If the titanium coated blades do indeed stay as sharp as they are supposed to, I imagine I’ll be able to cleanly cut fabric with my Westcotts for a long time. Upon researching some average prices for scissors and shears specifically designated for fabric, the Westcotts are much less expensive than most, so I feel better about having several different pairs, each for different purposes.

I have to say I couldn’t come up with any cons. I thought perhaps the packaging that they are sold in would be a con-ly candidate, but the handles stick outside the package so you can see how their ergonomic Ribgrip® surface feels in your hand before buying. They went pretty green too, keeping the package size very close to the scissor size, the cardboard backer contains post-consumer waste, and the plastic blister is recyclable.

With all my new scissor knowledge, I feel like a real cut-up!

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