I am really excited to have an awesome guest poster here today- Amy from Mod Podge Rocks! I was so thrilled to guest post there recently, and even more excited to get such a fun idea to show you from Amy! If you don’t read her blog regularly, you are missing out! She has so many fun ideas, and gets some brilliant guest posts. Plus, who doesn’t love mod podge? Thanks so much for stopping by today, Amy! And welcome Mod Podge Rocks readers! I hope we can be friends!
This is Amy from Mod Podge Rocks , so pleased to be here at Sweet C’s Designs today! I have been blogging for almost four years at MPR, and I am (as you can guess) addicted to crafts and DIY. I love creating, but I also love writing. I co-own Decor Hacks with Heather Mann, and I contribute to Babble.com’s The New Home Ec. Not to mention that I have a new book coming out this June called Mod Podge Rocks . You could say I keep busy.
I hope you enjoy my little gift canvases. I love bright colors and so these are totally me, but you can customize them to your taste or to the taste of your recipient. Here’s how I made them.
These gift canvases are my style, but please adopt them to fit your own (or the hostess’s). All you need is two hours before you have to be somewhere, and you’ll have enough time to whip up a fantastic little treasure for the hostess. She’ll love it.
First you’ll need to gather these supplies:
Canvases – I used 4” x 4”
FolkArt Acrylic Paint, coordinating colors
Mod Podge Gloss, 8 oz.
Scrapbook paper, 1 sheet per canvas – I used K & Company’s Berry Sweet papers
Embellishments – I used K & Company’s Berry Sweet collection, as well as a few buttons and rhinestones from my stash
Flat Paint Brush
Craft Knife and Mat
Start by trimming your paper to fit the canvases. My craft mat had a ruler guide so I was able to quickly measure and cut a 4” x 4” square. If your mat doesn’t, simply measure with a ruler. This is the easiest cutting you’ll ever do – I whipped out three 4” x 4” squares from three different pieces of paper in about five minutes! Set the paper squares aside.
Paint your canvases with the acrylic paint and flat paint brush. You don’t have to paint the entire top of the canvas since you’ll be applying paper over it. Get the sides well and don’t forget the back. I applied three coats to each canvas. Allow them to dry.
Now that each canvas is dry, apply the Mod Podge. Use a medium layer and coat the entire top – don’t forget to cover the corners well.
Apply the paper and smooth it down thoroughly with your fingers or a brayer. I even turned the canvas over and smoothed it down that way. If Mod Podge comes out the sides, that is fine – simply wipe it away with your brush. Apply the papers to all canvases and allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Apply a top coat of Mod Podge to all three canvases. Coat thoroughly and allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes. Apply another coat, and this time don’t forget the sides! Allow to dry for another 15 – 20 minutes. You are almost done.
Now add the embellishments with craft glue. Get creative! You probably have about an hour left before your party, so get together some buttons and random embellishments from your stash. Attach them with the glue and allow to dry while you continue to get ready. Right before you leave, throw everything in a bag and have a great time!
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