Thanks for the assistance guys!!
I don't know what you mean by a separate "protective spray"...as far as I know, that would be just any clear acrylic spray.
The spray is "Preserve it" by Krylon:http://www.krylon.com/images/products/large/preserve-it.png
And the sealer I use for the record is Krylon's Triple Thick spray sealer, my favorite. I've that it's a no-no to mix acrylics with water-based sealers, but regardless, even when I seal my images with the acrylic spray first, once something water-based hits it it starts smearing, usually not until it's almost dry though, which is extra aggravating. Arg. And I do make sure the edges are sealed before I do anything, by the way.
I will be sure to check out that web page right now Diane, thanks so much!
I'm surprised so many people have luck with regular printer paper....like I said, when I use that for pendants it just can't handle all the layers of sealer. Maybe it's because I usually go for the cheapest paper they have at the store though!!
I do use regular printer paper for decoupaging things like boxes and frames and whatnot, for I use just Mod Podge and that's it. It's just the pendants, where I attempt to add liquid sealers like Diamond Glaze to the mix, that is so problematic.
Like I said before, I was starting to use bezels for the first time. I had to scrap a couple first attempts that involved the DG, so in the end I ended up coating them with the "preserve it" and then sealed it, once in the bezels, with Mod Podge. Not the look I'm ideally going for, the ink didn't smudge surprisingly. I don't get it! I've tried Mod Podge in the past, after preserving the images, and it smeared.
Soo...I'm even more confused now, hahah!!