A couple of months ago, we were contacted by Amy of Mod Podge Rocks! and Paint Me Plaid fame, and asked if we would be interested in doing a review of an awesome plaid product (of my choice). Well I had been dying to get my hands on some Mod Podge Dimensional Magic since it came out, but, alas, was unable to find it anywhere in town, so of course I told Amy that I would love nothing more than to try it out for myself and tell you all what I thought about it! And can I tell you something? It was everything that I had dreamed of and more. Whether it is the star of your project or you are just using it as an accent, it adds so much character to whatever you are working on. It dries crystal clear and I had no problem with color bleeding or with the product running anywhere other than where I put it. A couple tips: 1) Get your bottle out a couple of hours before you start your project to ensure that it doesn't have any bubbles in it. I found it a little bit difficult to remove bubbles from my project, but by letting the bottle sit still, it got rid of the problem 2) Make sure that your product has time to dry fully before handling, it's a little hard to fix a mess up 3) When doing a double-sided project like the one I'm showing you today, make sure that when you flip it over to apply Dimensional Magic to the other side, lay your project on something soft like a dishtowel. Laying it on a flat surface can cause it to stick and leave marks if it isn't completely dry (I say at least 24 hrs) and 4) When ready to use the product, dab a tiny bit on a paper towel to get all of the air out of the tip before applying.
So for today's project I am showing you a project where Dimensional Magic is the star. This is my dog tag key chain. I have a lot of military in my family. Besides my husband, I also have a brother in the Navy, a brother-in-law and uncle in the Army, and Grandparents who have served in the military. This particular project I made for my father-in-law who is currently serving in Afghanistan so that he would have a picture of my boys (currently his only grandbabies) with him at all times. I picked up this plain dog tag at my local Army Surplus store. It's just down the street from my parents house which is super convenient when you are looking to make a dog tag key chain. I've also seen them as scrapbooking supplies, but I don't think that they are as sturdy as the real thing.
My first step was to trace the dog tag onto some cardstock and cut it out.
I did have to trim it down a tiny bit so that it would fit inside the edging of the dog tag, but this gives you a good place to start.
Then I used the pattern to cut out a picture of each of my boys that I had printed of earlier. (Dog tags are approximately 1x2" so it needs to be a little pic.)
Next I place the picture into the tag and turned it over to draw in where the hole in the top needed to go.
And then punched a little hole at the mark on each picture.
Then I painted a thin layer of mod podge directly onto the dog tag and laid the picture on top, flattening out any air bubbles. Then I turned it over and repeated on the other side. If you only have one pic don't worry about doing anything to the other side, just leave it in its original state.
Now take your Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and lay a coat down on one side of the tag. It looks blurry and milky when you first apply it, but as it dries it will clear up completely, allowing the picture to show through is if it had nothing on it at all.
When it dries completely (I would recommend waiting about 4 hours at least!! Overnight if you have the time) turn it over and do the same thing to the other side. I actually did 2 coats on mine. One on each side and then when it was done I repeated the process because I loved the thicker look, and it still dried completely clear. And I ended up with a really cool sentiment for my father-in-law that he could keep with him while he's gone, and to help keep his spirits up!
So what do you think? Do you like it? Do you want some Dimensional Magic to try out for yourself? If so, then today is your lucky day! We will be giving one lucky reader their own bottle of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic so that you can try it out for yourselves and see how you like it. All you have to do is leave us a comment telling us what you would like to use your very own Mod Podge Dimensional Magic for. Easy Peasy.
Giveaway closes on Friday 9/17 at midnight MST and the winner will be announced the following Monday!
For more fabulous ideas for using Dimensional Magic head on over to Mod Podge Rocks! to see some other great projects like this and this. Or check her out on facebook where she is always highlighting different Mod Podge projects, including ones where Dimensional Magic is involved!!!