How to Mod Podge a Clipboard Without Streaks

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Mod Podging a clipboard without streaks is a lot easier if you follow a few basic techniques. Find out how to Mod Podge a clipboard without streaks with help from an artist, designer and creative entrepreneur in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Cherish Flieder, designer of SomethingToCherish.com. Today, I want to talk to you about how to Mod Podge a clipboard without streaks. So to begin, you're obviously gonna need a clipboard. And when you buy them in the store, they make them now so it's easy for the top to come off. So, as you take the pieces out, make sure you save them, 'cause you're gonna need them to put it back together. Next, you're going to sand it down, and just make sure that it's nice and smooth. I've already worked on this one. So this one is ready to go. And of course, you're gonna want some Mod Podge. I'm using a satin finish. And the reason why I'm going with a satin finish is it really reduces the appearance of streaks, and it's easy to really have a nice, clean, even feel with it. Okay. So let's get started. The first thing we do after we print out our design, is we're gonna cut it so it perfectly will be folder over towards the back. I left about half an inch or so, so that way we can fold it over to the back and have a nice finish. I've also pre-cut this other piece, which is a just a little bit smaller than the clipboard itself, and this will cover up any of those folds and create a nice seam for the back. So that we'll put on second. Alright. To begin, we're actually going to add some Mod Podge to the board. And of course, we wanna keep our streaks low, so we're going to just be very conscious of about how we're applying it. So we're gonna keep everything going in one direction, and have a nice medium mixture of Mod Podge. As I push down to the side of the brush, you can see I'm getting more ridges, if I pull from the top of the brush, you can see how much more smooth it goes on. So this will be very helpful with keeping your streaks down on your clipboard. So now we're ready to apply the paper to the clipboard. And just be aware of which side you want to go up or down on your board. And since we're gonna do this from the top, that way we can keep a close eye on any wrinkles or bubbles that may form. So, just feel the edges, and then once you're happy with the position, start smoothing down from the center and work your way out to the sides. And you can kind of crease around the corners so you can see where they're at. And that looks like it went on just beautifully. If you do have problems, you can always use a brayer, and you can also roll that onto help you remove any wrinkles or bubbles that are forming. Okay. So now we're gonna flip this over. Just double check for bubbles. And, I'm gonna make sure that you're not setting it back down on any glue. That's not good. Alright. So now, we're gonna add some glue around the corners and fold these flaps. So I'm gonna start by folding this bottom flap, and pushing it up and out, and pushing any extra glue out towards me. Okay. So I'm gonna go ahead and turn this and I'm gonna do this other side as well. I'm gonna do the corners last, so just kind of let them hang out there. We're gonna work a little bit of glue up into these corners. Now that we have everything pressed down, I'm gonna continue adding Mod Podge to the back, and this will be what will help apply that back sheet to our clipboard. Alright. So again, you wanna position this. Cover up your seams. And then push from the inside out. And then of course, feel free to cover up any extra sides. Now that you have the first layer of paper and Mod Podge onto your clipboard, you're gonna let this dry at least an hour or two. Before it dries, you're gonna wanna make sure you press a hole where you had the original holes, so that way you can get the hardware back on it, without any problems. And you don't want those to dry closed. Once this is completely dry, run another layer of Mod Podge onto the top, and you're going to do the same thing, keep it very nice and smooth using the tip of your brush, and it's gonna look beautiful. So, this is what the finished piece would look like after we get that second layer on. I'm Cherish, thanks for joining me today and learning how to Mod Podge a clipboard without streaks. I hope you'll go live life to the fullest, and make something to cherish.

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