Mod Podge

Glow in the dark

Dear Fellow Crafters,

‘Tis the season for ghosts and goblins… and Mod Podge! I am not an expert with this formula so I bring it to you directly from their website:

ALL ABOUT GLOW IN THE DARK MOD PODGE
October 2, 2016 by Amy

Learn all about the glow in the dark Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some unique projects you can make.With Halloween right around the corner, I think there’s a very important decoupage formula we need to talk about: Glow in the Dark Mod Podge! Have you heard of it?! I’m always surprised to find out that this cool craft product is a mystery to a lot of people. And I’m here to take the mystery out of it. Because all it is my friends? It’s the same as basic Mod Podge – except it glows.

Yes, there’s no difference! You can use it as a glue, sealer, and finish. It was specifically developed to glow for kids’ projects and Halloween (and any other projects you want to use it for), and that’s the only difference. You can use it on the same surfaces and in the same way. You should apply about three – four coats for the best success, as well as charge in the sunlight. It *really* glows if you follow the directions.

Questions About Glow in the Dark Mod Podge
1. How is this formula different from “regular” Mod Podge? It’s not! It’s exactly the same base formula, just with luminescence added.

2. What type of surfaces can I use Mod Podge Glow in the Dark on? This formula can be applied directly onto all types of surfaces such as wood, tin, terra cotta, canvas, paper mache and glass / ceramics. It can be used alone or in combination with scrapbook papers, book pages, and other decoupage papers.

3. How should I apply this formula to my project? Stir Mod Podge glow in the dark gently prior to using.

Applying Mod Podge glow in the dark formula is the same as working with any of the other Mod Podge formulas. It is best brushed smoothly onto your crafting surface using either one of the Mod Podge brushes or a foam applicator.

 

4. How many coats do I need to apply? Mod Podge glow in the dark is best applied to a crafted surface in a minimum of three to four even applications allowing each coat to thoroughly dry before applying the next.

5. How can I make my Mod Podge project glow? The “glow” is best when the crafted surface has been “charged.” To charge your project, place the surface in direct sunlight or a high watt light source for a couple hours.

The more applications of glow in the dark Mod Podge and the longer your project is charged, the longer the glow will last. To recharge the glow, simply place your project in the bright light source again for a couple hours.

5. How should I care for my glowing project? A crafted surface using Mod Podge glow in the dark should be intended for decorative purposes only as it is not dishwasher or washing machine safe. To clean your project, wipe over using a damp soft cloth, do not fully immerse in water.

6. Can I use this formula outdoors? It’s not water-resistant or waterproof. So you would need to use a clear acrylic sealer on top that is made for outdoors.

 

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

 

 

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Recycled United States postage stamps

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When I was growing up, my dad worked for an international insurance company. His father, who also worked for the same company loved collecting postage stamps. My dad and I used to pour over those stamps and I started a small collection myself. When they traveled to distant lands, they always wrote me a letter or postcard so that I would have a postage stamp from that country.

Years later when I was married and had become interested in rubber stamping, I was reintroduced to the world of stamp collecting.  Hero Arts Rubber Stamp Company introduced faux postage stamps and envelope set and I remember going through my memory box to see if I had kept any of the old stamps. Not many had made the trip to adulthood but that didn’t stop me. I started again with holiday postage stamps.

I didn’t want the beauty and memories to disappear so I began a hunt to discover ways to use recycled postage stamps.  These are a few ideas:

Mod Podge and postage votive . This idea comes from Hammer Like a Girl.

http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/08/diy-votives-vintage-candle-holders-made-from-glamsses.html

You can bet that I’m adapting this idea for use with a mason jar.

Patriotic Postage Stamp Magnets. This idea comes from CraftJournal. Here’s the link.

http://craftyjournal.com/patriotic-postage-stamp-magnets/

and finally, the easiest one of all – a bookmark. This idea comes from ThinkCrafts.

http://thinkcrafts.com/blog/2014/08/14/stamp-collector-bookmark/

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

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Momogram wood letters for Mom

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Thinking about what to give Mom for Mother’s Day? Here is an easy and fun way to decorate a wood shape with the colors/patterns she likes. Your  children can help too.

Enjoy this video that explains how to do it:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=use+wood+letters+for+mom&&view=detail&mid=1DBE751523B158E98B731DBE751523B158E98B73&FORM=VRDGAR

 

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

 

 

Biggest Challenge

Styrofoam

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Sleigh and Reindeer

Have you ever tried crafting with Styrofoam? I tried using it when making my Sizzix sleigh and reindeer displays for the craft fair last year. The initial results were down right pathetic! I have since learned a few tricks in handling this versatile product.

One of my mistakes was trying to cut up one of the sheets with scissors. I have since learned that a serrated knife, hacksaw, floral knife or x-acto knife work much better.

Since the base was white already, I had decided to glue faux snow onto the “plank.” I initially used school glue but it was runny and didn’t work well. Imagine my surprise, when I found Styrofoam Glue the other day! In the end, I used ModPodge and sprinkled the snow (bought in a bag at Michael’s) all over the plank. The sleigh sat on top of the “snow covered ” display with a mini Dollar Store Christmas tree and several small packages “presents” inside. The die-cut Prancing Deer completed the scene.  Problem solved. I only wish I’d seen that glue earlier!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

 

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Mod Podge Furniture and Holiday Ornament

Dear Fellow Crafters,

The following are 2 tutorials using 2 different finishes of Mod Podge. The first is using Furniture Mod Podge  and the second is Matte.

I wanted to refinish an old table I found at a local flea market. It was just the right size for our hall. I started by collecting my supplies: Furniture Mod Podge, paper, sanding block and a can of polyurethane. The hard part was choosing the paper!

First, I cut the material about 1″ larger than the table top. I wanted to have it hang over the edge. I poured the Furniture Mod Podge into a plastic cup and brushed it on the top of the table. Furniture Mod Podge is super-tough and is made specifically for projects that will be handled. It comes in 3 finishes: satin, gloss and matte. I used matte because it did not really matter. I wanted to put a protective finish on the top which is why I used the polyurethane. I then brushed a layer of the MP onto the bottom of the paper. I put the paper onto the table and smoothed out the automatic wrinkles with the roller. I decided to let the layer dry about 30 minutes.  I applied a second coat of MP and let it dry another 30 minutes. I then took the sanding block and used it on the edges of the table to create a creased edge all around. For good measure, I put 2 more layers on I waited a day and then put the polyurethane on the top of the table. I did this outdoors because of the fumes.

I found this idea on the Mod Podge site and e-bay and decided to give it a try.

Vintage Inspired

Using acrylic ornament shapes, decoupage paper to the back and let dry. Then add paper embellishments to the front with more Mod Podge and craft glue – you can even add painted words with adhesives stencils! Use glue to add the buttons and rhinestones, and baker’s twine to hang.

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie