This is a version of a post I put up at CraftsUnleashed.com, but with my special “CraftTestDummies” touch for you!
Mod Podge is a true crafting staple, and every craftersâ€™ closet should have a bottle or two. This miracle 3-in-one product is a glue, sealer, and finish, all in one bottle. Whatâ€™s more, you have a choice of finishes: gloss, satin, and even sparkle and fabric versions!
So hereâ€™s what you should know about Mod Podge:
- Itâ€™s a glue. You can use it just as you would any white glue, and itâ€™s non-toxic. It starts out white, and dries clear, and has the viscosity of honey. That makes it great for working on vertical surfaces. And it cleans up with water and is non-toxic, so your kids can use it, too.
- Itâ€™s a sealer. Use Mod Podge on the top of a project to protect it from moisture. While I wouldnâ€™t dunk your paper projects in water, it does for example make a great sealer when decoupaging paper to game tiles for jewelry purposes.
- Itâ€™s a finish. You get to choose from glossy or matte, too. Working on a project that uses different papers, and want to homogenize the look? Brush on a top coat of MP and it all marries together! Want something to have a glossy shine? MP can do that. Itâ€™s a nice finishing touch.
Mod Podge comes in many fancy-schmancy formulas- but today I’m sticking with the basics- Glossy and Matte. Like the names imply, each has a different finish. They both work the same- but depending on your project, you might like one over the other. Here’s a swatch comparison of Glossy versus Matte finishes:
However, no matter which finish you choose,Â Mod Podge has some constants:
- It’s always opaque when you apply it, but dries clear.
- It has a mild, distinctive odor.
- Has a tendency to show brushmarks. (Use a sponge-type brush to help this.)
- Has the viscosity of honey.
- Can be tacky to the touch when it dries. (But a quick coat of clear acrylic spray remedies this.)
- Non-toxic, safe for the kids.
- Works on any porous surface- paper, wood, cardboard, chipboard, fabric, cork, and more!
It’s no secret that I love MP and use it often. Check some of my projects featuringÂ the illustrious Mod Podge:
(And if you need more inspiration, visit The Creative Goddess’s blog- she’s got quite a few!)
For more about the full Mod Podge line and itâ€™s history, visit PlaidOnline. (Did you know that itâ€™s been around since 1960?)
I also have to give a shout-out to one of my blog heroes:Â Amy of Â ModPodgeRocks fameâ€¦sheâ€™s always got great projects up! And she’s generous, too! She’s sponsoring a GIVEAWAY!
Just leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite MP project is- and we’ll draw a lucky winner to receive some Matte and Glossy Mod Podge to play with! We’ll draw a name on Monday, 10/18/10. (And here’s a little insider tip- we’re giving Mod Podge goodies away all week!!! Come back every day for a chance to win!)
Thanks for reading, but this giveaway is CLOSED. Please read HERE for the winners!