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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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