Friday, May 28, 2010

Blog Swap with Mod Podge Rocks!

Holy Cow! We are so excited to have Amy from Mod Podge Rocks! here with us today! She is the absolute know it all when it comes to mod podge, and I'll admit, I'm a little obsessed with her blog. So here she is showing us a little some of her awesome skills!

Hi there - I'm Amy from Mod Podge Rocks! I'm pleased to be your hostess today, and I have to start by giving major kudos to Sammy and Ruth. This blue polka dot background is completely awesome. Yes, I love polka dots, I love the color blue and I LOVE Mod Podge. The name of this blog actually inspired me to do a Mod Podge project with fabric scraps that I had laying around. I call it "Mod Podged plate in the grass."

Ha! The reason I took a picture of this plate outside is because the nature colors and textures of my green fabric give it a natural feel. This decorative plate can be hung on the wall or as a candleholder, centerpiece plate to serve food at a party, etc - you see, it's Mod Podged on the BACK of the plate. It's a great beginner project, and I used many small pieces of fabric which lends itself to avoiding wrinkles, the bane of a Mod Podger's existence. If you've never had success with Mod Podge before, give this project a try. All you need is fabric, Mod Podge, a plate and a brush. Oh, and scissors. Let's begin.

If you have fabric scraps, they are probably already washed and dried, but if you haven't done that then you should. Take some Fabric Mod Podge and prepare your fabric. Make sure the fabric is ironed so that it is relatively flat. If you are like me, then you are the worst ironer in the world and so it will never be perfect. That's okay.

Make sure you are on a non-stick surface (wax paper works well), and spread the Mod Podge in a medium layer onto the fabric with your brush. I did this with a few different scraps. Let them dry.

Here's the background piece - it's a very neutral color. Give it the same treatment.

I decided that I wanted to do a flower-esque shape on the back of my plate, so I cut one petal out of one scrap. I then used that petal as a template to cut five more petals for a total of six.

Cut the background fabric into small squares. These don't have to be perfect because you are going to layer them.

Spread a layer of Mod Podge down onto the plate and place your pieces where you want them. Repeat until you have the right pattern and then allow to dry for about 15 minutes.

Once your flower shape is dry, paint Mod Podge over the top of the flower shape. Give it a few minutes.

Now that you have your design, layer the background pieces on top, all over the back of the plate. Put down some Mod Podge, lay the piece down and then Mod Podge over the top. Keep repeating over the entire back of the plate. It's safe to overlap the edge of the plate, because you are going to cut around the edge when it's dry with your scissors. The fabric cuts easily. It will take overnight for your fabric to completely dry.

It's that easy! Note that if you have a die cutter (for example, a Sizzix Big Shot like mine) you can run Mod Podged fabric through it to make shapes. Replace my large flower shape with other shapes or letters - really anything. After you complete your plate, don't forget to share it with me in the Mod Podge Rocks Flickr group!

Thanks to Sammy and Ruth and to all of the Scraps N' Strings readers - you've been awesome to have me. Swing by Mod Podge Rocks any time for project ideas or advice. Hope to see you soon!

Once again thank you so much Amy for swapping with us and make sure that you head on over to her blog and check out all of the amazingness there! (Oh yeah, and we are also hanging out over there for the day, so go check us out too :D )


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