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« on: August 25, 2008 11:37:19 PM »


Today my fiance asked me if I would re-do his computer desk and printer cart with something that will match his Toronto Blue Jays (baseball for all you folks like me that don't follow sports  Wink ) themed room.  Sooo of course my mind starts going a million miles an hour and I come up with a plan! 

I would like to buy a couple decks of the team playing cards, not trading cards, but more like poker-type cards that have numbers one one side and the logo on the other.  I would like to spray paint the desk, then tile the cards across the top of the desk logo-side up.  I would also like to spray paint the cart (or would regular paint work better for this?  Any suggestions?) and I would like to also tile the cards on the drawer fronts of the cart. 

This leads to my question - I have used modge podge plenty of times to decoupage things with scrapbook paper, tissue paper, pretty lightweight stuff.  The problem with the playing cards is that they are plastic coated.  If I modge podge them to a desk (which has sort of a glossy finish) are they going to peel right off?  I am planning on sealing them with this spray-sealer stuff I have that I've used on other decoupage projects, but I wasn't sure if they would hold up with just the decoupage.  I was thinking of maybe gluing them to the desk, then decoupaging over them, then sealing?

What do you guys think?  Any opinions would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks!

Oh and if it helps, this is the desk/cart we are using, they are from ikea and TOO PLAIN!!!......

We have this desk in a birch and white color

We have this cart, but with two big drawers (same color, matches desk)
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008 03:52:39 AM »

Have you considered photo copying your designs (cards)?  You should be able to work the way you have before with the lighter weight paper copies. You could also have the added perk of being able to change the size of the card or even use some trading cards, pictures from magazines, or even throw in a picture of your fiance playing ball - if available.

If you choice to use the orginial cards, then I personally think you might be better off using a stronger glue and then sealing everything with as many layers as it takes to make is smooth.

I want to add that this is not my speciality and I haven't done this type of thing in years.

Good luck with your project!
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008 04:30:32 AM »

I thought about printing out pictures online, but when I do that, the modge podge always makes the ink run... and I think if I used photos, not only would I have an issue getting the licensed logo printed out, but I would have kindof the same problem as with the cards.  It's about the same weight as a card, it just wouldn't be glossy on one side (but then, modge podge might take off the glossiness of the picture also and make it look streaky?)  Hmmm.

« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2008 07:05:31 AM »

Hi!  I love your idea.  I'm pretty sure that if you print that stuff out on a laser printer that the modge podge shouldn't smudge the ink.  I tested this theory out on a Red Sox project a while back, and it worked, but I would still do a test run just to make sure.  Hope this helps, and I REALLY want to see pics when you are done.   Grin

Oh and check out this previous post from way back when I was doing my research:
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