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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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A show stopper indeed!! The images work for many wonderful surfaces and projects. Thanks for giving us great product!!

Love that apron,will have to check out Laura's blog to see the jewellery though.

great, great, great i've always been interested in transfer techniques but never knew it could be so easy and the best part is i already have everything i need to try a similar project.

And Wow again...the necklace is incredible & sooooo worth the wait to see! Can't wait to get crafting!!!

Both projects are gorgeous; I'll definitely make the necklace and use Tara's technique on a canvas tote--wouldn't that be spectacular?

That apron is a brilliant ide

wow laura you inspire me to be more crafty your necklace is so elegant but you make it seem so do-able because of the familiar elements your use and the way you have with your many project elements brought me to the point where i think i can do it. i love it

These are both great projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

These are both awesome ideas! I'm going to have to try that transfer idea onto fabric sometime, such possiblilities there!

What great projects. The apron is a must have. The necklace is so clever and gorgeous.

Who would have thunk? So many things that can be created by learning to preserve photo. Jewelry, home decor, wearable, photo albums and much, much more. I will be doing many of these tuts. I loveeeeeeee Graphic 45. They cater to my taste.

What an adorable apron and a Devine necklace. A gift for anyone to truly love thanks for the tutorial

The necklace is GORGEOUS!going to have to try it out for sure,tfs.Carol

Amazing ideas! Thank you.

OMG! Love the apron tutorial. TFS.

Such beautiful projects! Happy I stopped by!

That apron is adorable and that necklace is gorgeous.

Love the jewellery work.. just too good.. I am a big fan of G45 and mod podge.. love it..

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and great giveaway!

What a unique idea using Mod Podge to create that gorgeous apron, and the jewelry is fantastic. What talented artists!!!

I love these 2 projects, the necklace is fabulous!

Absolutely ADORE the beautiful necklace. Combines my love of paper & making jewelry & my recent intro to Mod Podge (just wish I could afford to buy more). Stunning. Thank you. This prize would make my Christmas!! :)

The apron is a darling idea and the necklace is absolutely stunning!!

wow, absolutely stinkin fantastic, just adore both projects both thinking out of the box, way to go, now need to try them. Love the apron idea, hmmm methinks canvas and graphic 45 with some graphic 45 embellies for a home deor piece, thanks for the inspiration.

Absolutely gorgeous!

Amazing projects both!! I can see myself doing both.

Both projects over the top. I would love to do both. I so appreciate how you share all the time. The knowledge is great and helps me keep up with new products and techniques.

I like the apron and think it would be a great addition to my well loved/used collection of aprons. I will have to try this. But, I love love LOVE that necklace that Laura made! I would love to have that to wear. Butterflies are my favorite!

Who knew you could Mod Podge an apron? Tara Orr, obviously. Not me, obviously. Very cool. Thanks for the chance to win that prize package.

Definitely beautiful! I love it! Very creative.

LOVE Graphics45 products! Would LOVE to win some and try these projects with Mod Podge. I haven't used Mod Podge since 7th grade. (1964?) I had no idea you could make all this cool stuff with it! How FUN!

Both of these projects are very impressive. Thanks for sharing. This is very inspiring.

That is simply amazing! Really thinking outside the box with paper arts!!

WOW!! Is there nothing that Graphic 45 designers cannot do? Amazing!

Wow! these mod podge - graphic 45 projects are gorgeous!

That apron is just plain cute!! and fun!! A great gift idea--themed for the recipient!! The necklace is so beautiful!! A wonderful 'out of the box' use of Staples and Paper!! I could picture this with dragonflies too! Awesome design team!! Thank you Tara and Laura--you rock!!

I can't believe what these girls can come up with. I love both of the projects VERY MUCH!!! I am GOING to make them both. I am a sewer so the idea for transfers will be great to make a quilt with. thank you for sharing once again.

Wow, amazing! The apron looks just gorgeous!

Love The apron!!! Have to make it for myself!! the necklace is stunning! would be proud to make and wear it. cant wait to try, thank you for sharing and giving us new inspiration!

wow they are so beautiful

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