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Mod Podge Dimensional Magic vs Resin

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic vs resin – which one should you pick? Find out the differences and what projects we recommend using for each.

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic vs Resin

“Mod Podge Dimensional Magic vs resin – which one should I choose?” This is a question I get a lot, and it’s time to answer! They are VERY different products even though they get compared all the time. Oh, and in my opinion?

They’re both awesome products and ones I use regularly. This post is not to try to convince you why the Dimensional Magic is better . . . it’s to educate you about when it’s appropriate to use each.

Dimensional Magic or Resin?

Let’s start with Dimensional Magic.

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic package

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic was originally – back in the day – developed for paper and jewelry crafts. Remember when scrapbooking was hot, hot, hot? This product was developed to make the clear, glossy effects you see on some stickers and other paper crafts. It is:

  • an acrylic, waterbased product
  • a product that can be used right out of the bottle (no mixing)
  • non-toxic, meaning no materials in this product are toxic or injurious to humans (including children) or animals

If you want a glossy effect with a little dimension on something, you’ll simply pop open the bottle and squeeze this on, then let dry. It DOES resemble clear epoxy when it dries.

It’s a hard surface – however, it can be dented if you try, AND it shouldn’t be left in water. It will start to break down. This is because it’s acrylic and that is what acrylic products do!

My primary use for Dimensional Magic is small areas: jewelry pendants, earrings, cards, etc. However, I have used it on items as large as trays (we’re talking like 9″ x 12″). It works well, but you’ll use several bottles of it. You may want to use resin on trays (we’ll get to that).

Just because Dimensional Magic non-toxic, that doesn’t mean it’s food safe. It’s not. Do not put food items directly on top of this product when dry. You should also wash your hands if it gets on them. You don’t need to wear gloves while using DM (unless your skin is extra extra sensitive).

Since we’re talking Mod Podge Dimensional Magic vs resin, now we need to move onto resin!

EnviroTex Lite box

The most common resin that I’m familiar with is Envirotex Lite. According to their website, “EnviroTex Lite® is a water clear reactive polymer compound. It cures to a thick, glossy coating in about 8 hours at 70°F, and reaches full strength and toughness in about 48 hours.”

Note the words “reactive polymer compound.” This means, in basic English, “this product is toxic so use with caution and follow the rules.” This does NOT mean to be afraid of it or not to use it. I love Envirotex Lite!

As far as I’m concerned, Envirotex Lite is used for larger projects or where heat and water resistance is important. It is:

  • a EXTREMELY durable product – more so than Dimensional Magic
  • a product that contains hazardous components so you must wear gloves and possibly a mask if you are sensitive
  • a product that requires mixing

When or where would I use resin? On countertops, tabletops, to make jewelry (the beads/bracelets/earrings themselves), trays (that are larger or need to be heat/water resistant).

I think of Envirotex Lite in more of a DIY/home improvement or serious jewelry maker capacity, where Dimensional Magic is my go-to craft supply for a similar effect, but on a smaller scale.

Am I starting to make sense?

Envirotex Lite can be used in a lot of the same places that Dimensional Magic can be used, but I wouldn’t put it on paper. And remember, you have to mix it – so there’s some effort there.

I’m only going to use resin when I need a REALLY tough solution. Which, sometimes the project requires!

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy, Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, Dimensional Magic Silver Glitter, EnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss FInish

When I’m considering Mod Podge Dimensional Magic vs resin for a project, here are the questions I would ask:

  • How durable does my craft need to be?
  • What is my surface – wood, paper, etc?
  • How big is the area that I’m covering?
  • Does my project need to be heat or water resistant?

Oh, and in case you are wondering, you can embed items (confetti, glitter, buttons, etc) into BOTH Dimensional Magic and resin.

You can learn more about Dimensional Magic here and get a whole bunch of project ideas here.


Let me know if you have questions about either one – or usage – in the comments!

Teresa Chambers

Wednesday 24th of March 2021

Can spray sealant be used over the decoupage dimensional to make it water proof

Amy

Friday 26th of March 2021

So I've tried to spray seal Dimensional Magic and ruined it by doing that. It causes big spots. It is highly water-resistant as-is. However for waterproof - use the resin!

Adaam King

Monday 22nd of March 2021

I have to express my complete and utter disappointment with Dimensional Magic. I’ve tried several different application techniques and no matter what I do it dries extremely cloudy every single time. I’ve wasted and ruined a few projects with this temperamental product. DO NOT USE IT. It’s extremely shocking to me especially since all other Mod Podge products are so wonderful and work so much better than this. Something wrong with the formula maybe? I’m not even close to the only one experiencing these issues either. Sad cause I was pretty excited about it too :/

Amy

Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

Hi Adaam! I'm sorry you've had such a bad experience! I'd like to know more about your process if you can email me. Unless you're just done, but I'd love to help if I can!

Daisy

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Hi! I’m making sea shell/shark tooth jewelry and I’m looking for something to help give it shine and protect it from possible wet and dry environments and decay, and for it to not have a thick coat, I don’t know if I should use MP Gloss or MP dimensional magic or resin? Or if there’s any other products of MP I don’t know that would help me?

Amy

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Since you're not decoupaging with it, I'd use Dimensional Magic. Definitely try a test, and you'll want to have a way to hang the piece as the DM drips off. You don't want it sitting in the DM to dry.

Laura

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Hi there. I am looking to paint some brass buckles / embellishments for the front of shoes, and I am painting them with acrylic paint - I want to add a clear coat of something so it looks like a glass / solid finish, not sure what to use! I’m quite scared to use a rein that needs mixing as I have 1 sample so I can’t mess it up! Worried that the DM would not last. I guess it needs to hold in the rain, but they wouldn’t get completely drenched - they are summer shoes. Any help appreciated. Thanks

Amy

Thursday 4th of February 2021

My recommendation is to use something like this: https://www.zoro.com/rust-oleum-11-oz-clear-engine-enamel-248944/i/G3460003/ It's the most likely to stand up to wear and tear on the front of shoes. I wouldn't use DM or resin either!

Lisa

Sunday 17th of January 2021

I have a vintage paper that I want to lay onto a melamine tray and seal it with resin to be used for a tray.As you mentioned that you don’t use resin on paper, what do you recommend? Thank you sooooo much for any guidance!

Amy

Sunday 17th of January 2021

You can use resin on paper, but you need to Mod Podge it down first. Apply Mod Podge to the tray, then place the paper down, let dry 15-20 minutes. Then Mod Podge several times over the top and let dry overnight. Then apply the resin. You might need to sand the melamine a little bit or use a spray primer if the paper isn't sticking to the melamine. But it should be fine given that you're going to put resin over it anyway.