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« on: October 19, 2003 05:45:53 PM »

I loooooove decoupage!
I enjoy a good clip art fix!
Here are some samples!


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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2003 05:49:38 PM »

Very cute.  I'm doing something right now with decoupage with mini frames, i'm gonna glue them together in different layouts and have victorian and other pictures althrough out them.  Will post picture when I am done.  Smiley  Very Nice Work by the Way!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2003 07:11:31 PM »

I love to decoupage - what a satisfying craft!  I dig the stuff you've done.  I have a question though - can you easily decoupage a photo album book cover?  I use one with slots for 4x6 photo as my cookbook (just print my favorite recipes on notecards and stick them in the slots) but I want to jazz up the cover.  It looks like vinyl, but it's kinda squishy.  Easily deoupaged?
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2003 07:52:38 AM »

ok - so i have never used modge podge question --- i heard it never dries really - it stays tacki - so i am making a cigar box purse right now and used acrylic paint and stuck my image on top of the wet paint - i want to seal the box with a glossy finish - but i want it to be durable, clean to touch, nice looking - if modge podge is tacki and wont work what do I use to seal it???
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2003 10:29:50 AM »

I have only been dippin' into my mod podge recently, but my USUAL technique involves using any kind of craft glue (white or clear) to adhere the image, followed by a GLOSS or SATIN interior varnish (i prefer Delta Ceramcoat) as the sealer.  2-3 coats and you're good to go.
Mod podge is really just glue.  You can use it to adhere images and seal them.  It's probably on the stickier side, but it DOES dry.  It's just stickier is all.  You could water it down if you want.  The varnish is very light and sheer and dries quickly.  Play around with each kind and see what your preference is.
Oh, and I do think you could easily decoupage a vinyl album cover.  The great thing about decoupage is how many place you can stick an image!
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2003 10:55:58 AM »

so i should just use a varnish - in gloss or matte and you prefer delta creamcoat.... now i know delta cc makes acrylic paints - but varnish??? is it in the same craft aisle normally as their paints - will i find it in the craft aisle at super walmart???
is it as cheap as thier paints ---- around $.50???

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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2003 08:04:42 PM »

I find Delta cc at JoAnn and, believe it or not, Menard's.  The varnish is usually at the bottom of the acrylic display.  they make a 2 fl. oz and an 8 fl oz (they might have discont'd the larger size, but don't quote me on that).  They are a few bucks more than the acrylic colors, but they are by no means expensive, and they go a long way.  I always choose gloss or satin, b/c i prefer a shinier surface.  use matte if you don't care for the glare (hey i like how that sounds!)
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2003 01:44:24 PM »

Steph, I like to use modpodge for my cigar box purses and switchplate covers because it gives you a thick, glossy look, and it covers the edges of the stickers/photos/whatever you're using to decorate the item with. However, it can stay tacky for a long time (found that out when a bunch of switchplates turned into a switchplate loaf...) so I'd recommend a couple of coats of acrylic gloss spray on the top after it all dries. And don't pull a Melissa and try to store freshly modpodged items by stacking them... Ha!
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2003 02:44:11 PM »

i found the delta varnish - and i really like it - it's not too smelly - goes on smooth, etc - it was also like $1.89 at michael's which i love - only prob is looks so similar to my delta white paint that one of the first times i used it i picked up the paint instead and brushed white paint on something i was trying to deco - i had to quickly wipe it - off -
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2003 07:39:56 AM »

First off, HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! one of the things im thankful for is this kick a$$ forum and its great advice and inspiring ideas.. Kiss

anyways, I was wondering.. im going to decopauge for the first time... a neat little cabinet from the goodwill
anyways... people say to use glue that'll dry clear for putting the images down..
im a rubber cement addict... will that work ok? do u have to be careful what type of primer, glue and sealer u use? so that they are compatible and don't get all bubbly and stuff?

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« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2003 10:48:14 AM »

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!  I agree that this forum is "kick a$$"!!!

Ok, without ever claiming to be an expert, here's what I've learned about my trials with decoupage.

1. I think rubber cement has a tendency to yellow.  If you use it just to glue down the image, it might be alright, but I wouldn't put it on top of an image, unless you are going for an aged look.
2. Make sure you sand the piece you work on. You don't have to go crazy, but a light sanding is worth the elbow grease. Things will adhere much easier and you-hopefully-won't run into many lumps or bumps.
3. Paint your piece before gluing images to it in order to prevent seeing through any of your images.  Once the images get wet from glue/mod podge/sealant/whatever , you may find that they are see through.  By then, it's not a good time to find that out  Undecided
4. When gluing, use more glue than less glue. I learned this the hard way.  It's especially true for when you are gluing on glass.  Using more glue helps smooth out bubbles more easily with less risking of tearing your paper.  It also gives you more "open" time to adjust and readjust your image. You can always wipe of the excess rather than try to figure how to add more glue to something that's already half-dried and may tear if you move it.
5. Finally, varnish/seal like it's going out of style.
You won't feel like adding extra layers of varnish later, so just add those extra layers now!  If the item is going to be regularly used, add even more varnish!!!  If it's decorative only, you can get away with fewer layers. Roll Eyes

Oh, and nail/cuticle scissors (the ones that have a slight curve to them) are hands-down the best tool to cut out intricate and rounded images.  
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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2004 02:37:35 PM »

I love to decoupage anything i can find! i have one question though: can i use images i print out from the computer or will the mod podge glue make the color/ink run? so far i have only used magazine cutouts when decoupaging.

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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2004 01:13:33 PM »

Can you decoupage plastic? I just had a brilliant idea, and I have some nasty "bedside tables" (re: tupperware drawer things with fabric draped on them) and an asian theme in my bedroom! Great inspiration!
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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2004 01:34:02 PM »

i posted something you may be interested in -

http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=5;action=display;threadid=429
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2004 01:43:39 PM »

Wow, thanks so much! I wasn't sure about painting them since I'm sure it would chip off without a zillion coats of sealer, that's why mod podge sounded cool. Maybe I'll try a mix of both!
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« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2004 02:03:16 PM »

ok a note on decopaging:

you can decopage anything to anything. it dries quite fast. if its tacky, then 10 seconds under the blow dryer is all it needs. inkjets, spray with acrlyic adhesive. its supercheap too. $5.55 was all i paid for 16fl oz. i love it!!!! its waterproof too!
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2004 06:46:46 PM »

those look so awesome, wow!! btw, quick question. Is decoupage the same thing as modge podge?
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« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2004 07:05:30 AM »

those look so awesome, wow!! btw, quick question. Is decoupage the same thing as modge podge?

thanks, conclusion!  Kiss
the word 'decoupage' means the art of cutting and pasting something to something.  'mod podge' is a glue product that many decoupage artists use to adhere something to something.

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« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2004 07:11:49 AM »

i think i am going to try this with an old history book i got at the salvation army
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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2004 02:26:48 PM »

right! thanx firehead. I was wanting to decoupage a desk of mine, and if i was looking for decoupage glue..things might not have worked.
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« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2004 01:57:39 PM »

where do you guys get your decoupage art from? i'm looking for vintage styles so the magazines would be too modern looking. any suggestions?
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« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2004 04:15:50 PM »

Decoupage art can be found in many places

The first place I would check is the local library. Often times they have very old editions of magazines and newspapers - old New York Times adds are great. As well as early Ladies Home Journals. The advertising is from another world. You can make copies, I like the graininess of a good ol black and white xerox machine, but if you are going for a cleaner look, color copies will cost ya a little more, but look more professional.

also, check for older botanical drawing books, these often have very elegant, pen and ink drawings of flowers in a victorian style. these be found again at a library, or at an antique book dealer. if the antique book shop is too expensive, oftentimes reproductions were made, although those will still cost you a pretty penny.

one time at Borders, i was lucky enough to come across a reproduction book of victorian food illustrations on clearance! you should see some of the pig and meat drawings there are.

some old cookbooks have nice victorian food drawings in them. christmas cards often have nice illustrations.

personally i take my decoupage art from anywhere I can find it - labels, wrappers, garbage, photocopies, books at yardsales, textbooks, scientific magazines, technical drawing books, children's books, art postcards - pretty much any scrap of paper I get my hands on. I especially love finding ambiguous handwritten notes, or drawings people have done.

It's nice because there aren't really any rules to it either, so it's impossible to ruin.
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« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2004 04:26:49 PM »

i've never decoupaged before but it seems like so much fun. i want to make something small to start, but useful. i want to practice before i take on my "ultimate" decoupage project, an unfinished wooden dresser drawer leftover from college now sitting in my mother's garage!

great ideas for resource materials, thanks!
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« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2004 08:19:15 PM »

Okay, I know it's been said you can decoupage everything to everything but I was wondering if that would apply to a shower curtain as well...I'm doing a retro them in my bathroom and wanted to decoupage some pics to my shower curtain but was worried about the constant dampness.
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« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2004 10:02:15 PM »

I'm doing a retro them in my bathroom and wanted to decoupage some pics to my shower curtain but was worried about the constant dampness.

Yeah the dampness might cause some issues... here's an idea though. What if you made a vinyl shower curtain (or bought one) and sewed clear vinyl pockets on it. Then you could slip laminated pictures into the pockets. With that method you can even change which pics you had in the pockets as your decorating plan changes.
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« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2004 12:55:49 PM »

Lightswitch plates and outlet covers are really easy to decoupage. This is a cheap and easy way to add some interest to a room, and can be changed back if you are renting and will need to move.



Reuse your current plate or buy the cheapest plastic ones at Home Depot/Lowes. Just give the plastic plate a light sanding before you start and you should be able to decoupage with no problem.



I like using mulberry papers and other papers with a lot of fibre in them and layering them (this also works well on glass). On this plate (which looks better in person than in the photo) I also added a gold leaf skeleton that I got from the scrapbook area at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. The scrapbook section actualy has lots of good papers and cutouts to use for decoupage projects.
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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2004 10:34:14 AM »

Would something thicker... say cardboard still decoupage well?  Actually I am specifically  thinking imagines from a Kleenex box onto a table.  
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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2004 10:49:56 PM »

I'm hooked on decoupage! My latest projects have been containers for pens, cat treats and crochet hooks.





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« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2004 08:12:45 PM »

i love doing that to lightswitch plates...yours looks so classy though...hehe...love it!
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« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2004 06:30:13 PM »

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I'm interested in decoupaging some cheapy dollar store notebooks but does anyone know how to get a crackle effect that won't flake off too easily? I want it to look antique but of course still be functional.

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3. Paint your piece before gluing images to it in order to prevent seeing through any of your images.  Once the images get wet from glue/mod podge/sealant/whatever , you may find that they are see through.  By then, it's not a good time to find that out  Undecided



Am I stupid?  How does painting the peice prevent the image from becoming transparent when glueing/mod podging?
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3. Paint your piece before gluing images to it in order to prevent seeing through any of your images.  Once the images get wet from glue/mod podge/sealant/whatever , you may find that they are see through.  By then, it's not a good time to find that out  Undecided



Am I stupid?  How does painting the peice prevent the image from becoming transparent when glueing/mod podging?

I would guess she means this tip for if you are decoupaging onto a surface that is already decorated in some way, like a coffee can or cigar box.  If you paint it a uniform color underneath, it won't matter if your images become transparent, whereas if you had left the object as is it could interfere with the images.
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« Reply #33 on: May 18, 2004 11:09:41 AM »

exactly, nicegirl512! Wink

and don't forget, some images are more transparent/porous than others (e.g., tissue paper or cheap paper)
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« Reply #34 on: June 16, 2004 11:28:56 PM »

I had a small trashcan that looked so plain and spruced it up with a map from an old National Geographic.

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