It's no secret on this blog that I am a huge fan of good old Mod Podge, so when I got the chance to review some of Plaid's new products in the Mod Podge line, I was really excited. Those Mod Podge scientists have been concocting some really cool new formulas. :)
Some of the new ones:
There's now Outdoor Mod Podge, Antique Mod Podge, "Dimensional Magic" Mod Podge that behaves a lot like resin for jewelry-making, Hard Coat Mod Podge, Super Gloss Mod Podge, and so many more.
For this project, I used the incredible Photo Transfer Mod Podge, and I was seriously blown away by the results. If only I had known this stuff existed earlier. Le sigh.
Here is my inspiration:
|This gorgeous blouse from Anthropologie. As a huge photo dork and lover of the snapshot aesthetic, I love this shirt. And I am so happy I was able to recreate the look.|
I bought my shirt at Goodwill, and I chose to go with a chambray shirt instead of a white one because white shirts tend to be short-lived in my closet. ;)
What you need to make the Anthropologie-inspired shirt:
-Photo Transfer Mod Podge
-Fabric Mod Podge (Optional. I wanted my picture to be secure.)
-Picture printed with a LASER printer. Inkjet printers do not work for this. It's got to be a laser printer.
First you need to cut out the photo and lay your shirt out flat. Then brush on a layer of photo transfer Mod Podge on the printed side of your image. You should have a layer of Mod Podge about 1/16'' thick. It will be all white, you don't want to see any of your image.
Then you need to lay the image in place flat on your shirt. Let this dry 24 hours.
And now to the magic part. After the photo has dried for 24 hours, get the paper wet and start rubbing it off. You might have to do this a few times until all the fuzziness of the paper is gone, but it is incredible how the photo stays in place after such rigorous rubbing. I placed a thin layer of fabric Mod Podge on top of the finished product to make myself feel better, but I'm sure you can use a little bit of the photo transfer Mod Podge if you don't feel like buying another bottle of the stuff.
And about washing this shirt-- it says on the package that you can wash the photo transfer medium in the washing machine, but I will probably wash this shirt by hand. I didn't believe that the photo transfer would be machine-washable when I first read the package, but after I went to town scrubbing the paper off the fabric, I believe the directions. ;)
Who says Mod Podge is just for crafts? It is such a fun medium to use on clothes. :)
And a gratuitous picture of *one* of my mom's gardens...
Want more Mod Podge ideas? Check out these other awesome projects in the crafty blogosphere. And be sure to follow Plaid on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. They are one crafty brand doing the Internet right. ;)
And here are a few other projects I've made using Mod Podge:
Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own-- like the fact that I think both of these companies are totally bomb-diggity.com. ;)