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« on: November 08, 2012 12:27:58 PM »

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I'm making a bulletin board of old wine corks for my girlfriend's birthday. I decided to place my wine labels around the frame as well. I'm considering decopaging them to the frame (thoughts?) Some of the labels still have glue on the back, and I'm trying to figure out how to get that off. Also, I'm considering staining over them to make them less bright white and more uniform, any advice on that?

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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2012 06:46:00 PM »

That sounds like a cool idea!! If you are going to decoupage, do you need to remove the glue on the back? It should just be covered up. You may want to try tea staining for aging the labels a bit. I hope you share the complete project. It sounds great!

« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2012 03:01:40 PM »

I still haven't decided about whether or not I want to decoupage over the labels or not. If I don't, I think it will be more important to remove the glue. I just wanted to make the labels more uniform, as the ones with glue are much stiffer than the ones where the glue was removed. I will definitely share it when its done! I'm really excited, I don't really ever do this kind of stuff but my girlfriend is a huge wine enthusiast, and I've been saving the labels and corks for almost the entire time we've been together (which she has no idea about!).

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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2012 11:45:48 AM »

That is quite sweet and romantic.  I would definitely experiment before doing the final project, but what about steaming the label to soften it up if it is a matter of trying to shape the label to the frame.  Not sure if the glue would come off or not.  If it is a matter of removing a bit of the glue, you could take some fine sand paper and lightly sand down the higher areas of glue - gently, not like you're sanding down burrs on metal.  As for aging, again, I would practice on scrap paper to get the colours you want, but you could do it by taking a soft cotton rag and wiping on/wiping off acrylic paint or ink.  Tim Holtz Distress inks come in nice aged/distressed colours.  Or even the cheap craft acrylics in a nice aged brown, or golden yellow.

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