Long time lurker with a question

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Mommy2APickle's picture
Joined: 01/03/04
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Long time lurker with a question

Hi! I'm Christine and have been a lurker on this board for many, many years. I usually just stick with paper or digital scrapbooking, but I have been looking more and more at making an altered clipboard for my oldest sons teacher. I *think* i've read on here that several have made these before, and am looking for some advice.

For starters, is Mod Podge best to use for not only attaching the paper but for the "top coat"? Also, if I use Mod Podge, do I not use it until I add embellishments/lettering or do I add them after I coat the chipboard with Mod Podge? (I wanted to add a monkey die cut and his teachers name to the front of the board and wasn't sure if I also coat those with the MP.)

I've seen tons of tutorials and some say use the MP as well as an acrylic sealer......GAH, i'm thinking I should have picked something else to do for his teacher!!! ROFL

Anyhoo, thank you for any and all help! Smile

AshnBill's picture
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I think ModPodge would work great on a clipboard. I don't think you'd have to use the Sealer at all since it won't be getting wet? I have used ModPodge quite a few times, and it's super simple to use. I would adhere everything that's paper to the clipboard first, and I would just use whatever adhesive you would use for scrapbooking to put all of that on (double sided tape, whatever), and then I would modpodge over the top of all of that. ModPodge whatever you have that's paper...so the monkey cut too. After the ModPodge has dried, then I'd add whatever embellishments (buttons, ribbon, flowers, etc) on top of that, maybe using some glue dots or another stronger adhesive. Hope that helps!!

I usually use a foam paintbrush to apply ModPodge.

LMCH's picture
Joined: 02/05/07
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I would also recommend using mod podge MATTE...the glossy has a tendency to show the brush streaks (even with a foam brush) and can remain a little tacky. not really sticky but a little tacky, because I made something for a holiday decoration for my parents and my mom said the tissue paper she wraps it in to store it still kinda sticks to it a little.

i agree that an acrylic sealer or similar wouldn't be needed for something that isn't going to get wet. and yeah, i would put the letters, die cuts, etc. on then coat with mod podge

Mommy2APickle's picture
Joined: 01/03/04
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Thank you both SO much!! You both explained it perfectly.....now it seems ALOT less daunting to work on. LOL

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Joined: 08/28/06
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I did this with a clipboard a few years ago. I did like mentioned above. I used regular sb glue first and then covered it all with mod podge. I used matte and it worked perfect.

Mommy2APickle's picture
Joined: 01/03/04
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Thanks, Angie! I'm hoping to get a few more things needed tomorrow and get started on this......I can't wait!

Thanks again for all the wonderful help!