Monday, September 13, 2010

Dog Tag Keychains with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic + Giveaway

This Giveaway is now closed!
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.


GOOD LUCK!
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!!!


41 comments:

Nancy's Couture said...

I would LOVE to win this. I can't find it anywhere around here!!! I would make some necklaces and key chains. They would be great gifts for my parents!!!

amybyrd said...

I have been wanting to try this stuff and can never find it either!

ShadowCase said...

Thanks for the awesome tutorial! Just when you think Mod Podge can't get any better, they come out with more amazing stuff. Gonna be trying some projects with this stuff soon...

--strings and things-- said...

I think i'd try to do this project! I wanted to get some tags for my husband with pics of the baby on them, but didn't want to pay what the companies want for them!

I have been looking for this stuff forever, but can not find it in any craft stores!

Kellianne said...

Oooh, necklaces. Fun!!
Thanks for the giveaway.

Margie said...

Oh the fun to be had. Please let me win. I wanna make a necklace.

celticmystyc said...

Ladies, you'll soooo love this!! I finally FOUND me a bottle and not trying to take away from this fabulous giveaway, but check your Joann's in the adhesive aisle, it's not in scrapbook aisles....

This dogtag picture idea is FABULOUS and I can't wait to make my own!! So excited to have discovered your blog!

Beth said...

Awesome project, turned out great! I would use this to make necklaces. Thanks for the giveaway!

Summer said...

Great project! I would love to win this to play around with for jewelry making purposes!

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Jewels said...

I LOVE IT! Definitely going on my 'tudu' list. :) Thanks!

BloomJenn said...

OH MY! I would love the MOD Podge Dimensioanl Magic for MANY projects with my daughter! We love to do arts and craft projects and it would be wonderful!!!

Heather said...

Great project. I think I would do a pretty scrapbook paper pendant. I see these cut necklaces on etsy and I think I could do that and this mod lodge would make that possible.

Missy said...

If I won the modge podge I would make Christmas Presents!
Thank you for this giveaway!
Missy
missy93073@yahoo.com

Pam Emerson said...

Well, the possibilities are endless...keychains, jewelry, scrapbooking embellishments. This would be great for just about anything! :) Thanks for the great ideas!


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The How-To Gal said...

You know how much I love Mod Podge!!

shoni said...

I would *love* to win this as I, too, cannot find it locally.

I would love to make Scrabble tile pendants with my 6 year old niece (gotta start 'em young!) with the Dimensional Magic.

Thank you!!

Dawn said...

love this.
i saw the unit patch and i said "austin!! He's in the same unit as you!" and then i proceeded to try to figure out who it was. Duh!! You're Richins' wife (like how i only know last names) i thought you're picture looked familiar. haha.

noreen said...

I am not sure of the project maybe dogtags too for my Daisy troop

Estee said...

Pendants, key chains, lots of stuff!

Judiwithaneye00 said...

I've been trying to find it here, too....no luck. I wanted to use it on some dried leaves and grass that has gone to seed, then use it in collages. I also thought about trying it on some tiny leaves after they turn red to make a pendant and on and on. I love the idea of the resin look without the hassle.

Kristi said...

I would love this! I have been looking for it locally an unable to find it yet. I would like to use it to make some jewelry pieces with.

Christa said...

Cool idea. I'd love it to make photo jewelry.

Lolly Jane said...

that is darling. i love our military! what a sweet reminder. great job! found ya on jax's site where you guest blogged, glad to be a new follower. :)

Judy said...

I've been trying to find this product. it really gives a great look to your art work and I'm looking forward to trying it.

thanks for all of your great ideas.
Judy

Liz said...

I've never seen the MP Dimensional outside of this site. I'd like to use it to give some oomph to chipboard, make it shinier and bigger.

Nesiejean said...

You simply cannot find DM in my area anywhere, so I would love to win this!

Arathi said...

I would love to make dominos pendants for all my friends with this.. Thanks for the giveaway!
-Arathi (arathi.prakash@gmail.com)

cheekymonkey said...

What a precious project :]
I'd love to use this super special Mod Podge for bottlecap pendents and keychains!

Swedie said...

I would like to try making some bottlecap and washer necklaces, but I really like your dog tag idea, too.

Jen said...

I would love to win this and see what kinda neat creative necklaces I could make or whatever other cool things I can come up with!
I love your dog tag idea very cool!

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rlwshkspr said...

This is too cute! And such a good idea! Oh, how could I use Dimensional Magic--there are so many ways. Jewelry, cards, redecorating, you name it!

911barb said...

Always ready to try something new.
Would love to make one of these for a friend.
thanks
barb91 s/e mi

Kim said...

I would love to try to Scrabble tile pendants I've seen on a couple sites.

One Creative Queen said...

Your dog tag keychain turned out darling!! What a great unisex gift - it can be hard to find things military people can carry with them. Especially men - but this is perfect! Thank you for such a great tutorial.

I would love to win this! I can't find it anywhere, either. A hardcore crafter should not be without some...so I feel like my studio is missing something. I have a bunch of projects I would love to use Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on - from cards to tins I've covered with polymer clay. What can't you use it on?!

Thanks so much!
Katherine

Cindy J said...

Well, I have to confess I am new to the Mod Podge world and had never heard of this product but it looks like it would be very versatile! I am an Expressive Arts therapist and I'm always on the lookout for products/projects I could use with my clients (pregnant women and mother addicted to substances) and I think this would be great for having them make some charms of their children to help remind them why they are embracing recovery.

she wears flowers said...

Found you via Mod Podge Rocks and so glad I did! This is a great idea! I would also love to win some of this because I can't find it anywhere (including Joann's--even in the adhesive aisle). I have also talked to the buyers from several stores who tell me that they have never even heard of it!!! I'd love to win some before I have to break down and order it through the mail! ;)

GrannieEv said...

Want to make this very same thing for my son when he goes back to Afghanistan and put his baby boy twins on each side. Love Mod Podge and your ideas are gr8.

cofkris said...

I would love to get my hands on this. I can't seem to find it anywhere and just read an article about it. I think it would work great on the bottlecap key chains that I make.

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

I want to put some pictures into cold drink caps and then some of this on top of it. Everytime I go to the city I look at Michael's and Hobby Lobby and neither of them have this yet. Maybe I will be lucky and win some. I surely do hope so. :-)

StephanieC said...

I think i'd use it for fridge magnets! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Holly said...

Fabulous idea...very clever and that is just so sweet.

 
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