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December 13, 2012

Unique Gift Ideas With Graphic 45 & Mod Podge Tutorials!


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another happy day here at the Graphic 45 blog! We are so glad that you've stopped by to see what's new in the land of papercrafting! There is so much to discover on today's blog! We've got two incredible tutorials from Tara Orr and Laura Denison. They have combined Graphic 45 papers and embellishments with Mod Podge products to create unique and beautiful crafts. They are going to show you some splendid techniques that you're sure to love! All of today's crafts are just perfect for holiday gift ideas! To celebrate today's Graphic 45 and Mod Podge collaboration, we're giving away this fantastic prize pack of goodies! This is your chance to win a Le Cirque 8x8 paper pad, Le Cirque Cling Stamps, Metal Flower Staples, Stamped Metal Brads, Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, Mod Podge Super Gloss and Mod Podge Antique Matte! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win! We will be announcing our randomly chosen winner on tomorrow's blog so stay tuned!


Speaking of prizes, there's still one more prize winner to announce from yesterday's Place in Time contest! Today's winner was chosen at random from comments left on our Facebook page! They will receive the wonderful Place in Time prize pack that we were giving away during our Place in Time Calendar Tutorial Series. And the winner is...

-Pati Nuce: "Absolutely gorgeous!"

Congratulations, Pati. Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Big thanks to everyone who left us comments during our amazing calendar series! We are so glad to have been able to share all of those beautiful tutorials with you!

And now it's time for some crafting fun! First up is this superb tutorial by Tara Orr! She took an ordinary dollar store apron and turned it into a one-of-a-kind treasure by combining Graphic 45 papers and Mod Podge! This is such a great idea and it would make a great handmade gift! Follow Tara's easy instructions to create one of your own! Take it away, Tara!


Graphic 45 Supplies:
Cotton Apron
Mod Podge Gloss


I first purchased an inexpensive canvas apron from the dollar store.


Next, I cut out several images from the Cut-Apart pages found in the Place in Time 12x12 Paper Pad and arranged them in a type of quilt-like pattern on the apron. Once I was satistied with the arrangement I began to prepare my images.


Coat each image very generously with Mod Podge.  The side which you wish to appear on your project, is the side that you should be coating with Mod Podge.


Transfer image, face down, onto your work surface and smooth out, ensuring to wipe off any excess product.  Continue these steps until all your images have been placed on your project and let dry overnight.


With a spritz bottle, soak your images with water - REALLY soak them.  Using a circular motion, rub off the top layer of paper with your fingers.  Your image should appear.


Once complete, you can leave as is, but I found my images quite faded looking so I decided to finish with an extra coating of Mod Podge which helped to bring out the bolder colours again.



Next up is this incredible jewelery tutorial by Laura Denison! This is another perfect gift idea! Laura used Graphic 45 Metal Staples and Mod Podge to create these unique and beautiful accessories! It just goes to show you what a variety of gorgeous crafts you can make when you combine Graphic 45 and Mod Podge! Enjoy this fabulous tutorial by Laura to create your own marvelous jewelry! Take it away, Laura!

Graphic 45 Metal Staples - Keyholes, Keys, Butterflies
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Assorted beads and chain (from my stash)


A necklace made from metal Staples and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic


Here's how to make one for yourself


Step One:  Punch small shapes from G45 paper to fit on one of the Small Metal Butterfly Staple


Step Two:  Glue punched shapes in place


Step Three:  Punch Holes in corners of wings of large Metal Butterflies


Step Four:  Cut patterned G45 paper slightly smaller than Large Metal Butterfly. Glue in place.


Step Five:  Add color enhancement to G45 Metal Keyholes. Use ink, paint, or wax based metallic paste.


Step Six:  Place and glue keyholes over G45 patterned paper for a peek-a-boo through the opening.


Step Seven:  Fill in Keyholes with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic in clear


Step Eight:  Cover the entire surface of both the small and large Metal Butterflies with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic in clear.


Step Nine:  Layer Metal Butterflies, an additional Keyhole, a Metal Key, and a Metal Brad to create central medallion. 



Step 10:  Add chains and bead dangles as well as G45 Metal keys to create a cascading necklace.

That's all for today, G45ers! Please join us tomorrow for a very special guest artist, the amazing Lyn Bernatovich! Plus we will be announcing the prize winner from today's Graphic 45 and Mod Podge blog contest! It's going to be amazing! We want to thank Tara Orr and Laura Denison for their gorgeous work today. We had a great time bringing you these fun tutorials! Have a beautiful day, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45



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Stunning projects!

Gift ideas like these are just perfect! I especially love the apron. Going to try doing that soon. :)

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Wow! Tara zástěry je úžasný! Nikdy bych si myslel, že jsem mohl udělat něco tak krásného a univerzální, protože to, ale teď jse

Beautiful accessories. I also loved how you made that apron. :)

Absolutely awesome creations , my fab has to be Apron this technique can be done on many creations .
The necklace thanks for inspiration and sharing , so LOVEEE this blog!

Dollar store. here I come!! Love these ideas!!

I love all these fantastic ideas; that apron idea is great for birthay and Christmas gifts !!!!!

Have not used Mod Lodge for years! How about pillows for the sofa or a canvas work for the wall? Love you giveaway package too. Thank you for the inspiration. Love Graphic45!

That necklace is such a great idea. I have to make me one now :)

Gorgeous projects! I'm especially loving that necklace-- the dimensional magic Mod Podge is so cool.

Lovely. Never heard of the dimensional Modpodge so definitely need to check it out.

Fab to see such wonderful projects. Love the apron, and the necklace is so different, love it!! And I think I may be making it!

love the transfer project and the necklace is gorgeous...beautiful creations ladies

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