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How shall I prepare my surface for decoupaging?
Surface preparation will vary based on the surface you're using. Keep reading to learn how to prepare surfaces such as wood, paper mache, tin/metal, terra cotta, glass and ceramics, and fabrics for use with Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage.
  • Wood: Sand smooth with fine grit sandpaper, wipe away sawdust, apply one or two coats of Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Paints allowing drying time between applications. Sand smooth if necessary.
  • Paper Mache: Wipe clean with damp cloth and apply basecoat. Allow to dry and reapply if necessary.
  • Tin/Metal: Wash with soap and water. Wipe with white vinegar dampened cloth and let dry. (Optional: apply metal primer) Apply basecoat; allow to dry and reapply if needed.
  • Terra Cotta: Wipe clean. Seal pot interior with two coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Sprayable Satin or Gloss Enamel Finish. Basecoat exterior with desired color; allow to dry and reapply.
  • Canvas: Wipe primed canvas clean. If unprimed, apply two coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Gesso Primer.
  • Glass/Ceramics: Wash with soap and water. Wipe with rubbing alcohol dampened cloth and let dry. Once prepared, neatly apply Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint in color and finish desired; let dry. Do not use on surfaces that come in contact with food or beverages.
  • Fabric: Prewash in soap and water according to fabric label. Dry thoroughly without fabric softener or using a dryer sheet. Iron if necessary (without starch).
How should I apply Mod Podge Sparkle to my project?
It is best to brush a coat of Mod Podge onto the project surface as well as evenly over the back of the paper to be decoupaged. Flip the paper over, place it onto the project surface joining glue to glue; and then press to smooth out any wrinkles or captured air pockets using a Mod Podge Brayer or Squeegee.

For a smooth application of paper to the project surface, use Mod Podge Matte or Gloss to adhere the paper. Although Mod Podge Sparkle can be used to adhere the paper, the added dimension of the glitter particles may interfere if using thin, lightweight paper. Allow to dry 15–20 minutes before applying a topcoat of Mod Podge Sparkle.

For a simple and quick finish, apply a smooth, moderate layer of Mod Podge Sparkle to the decoupaged surface.If additional glitter effects is desired, brush on additional coats allowing ample dry time between applications. If desired, a light spray of Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer can be applied as a final topcoat for additional protection.

NOTE: Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer will alter the sheen of Mod Podge Sparkle.

How should I apply Mod Podge Extreme Glitter to my project?
It is best to brush a coat of Mod Podge onto the project surface as well as evenly over the back of the paper to be decoupaged. Flip the paper over, place it onto the project surface joining glue to glue; and then press to smooth out any wrinkles or captured air pockets using a Mod Podge Brayer or Squeegee.

TIP: For a smooth application of paper to the project surface, use Mod Podge Matte or Gloss to adhere the paper. Although Mod Podge Extreme Glitter can be used to adhere the paper, the added dimension of the glitter particles may interfere if using thin, lightweight paper. Allow to dry 15–20 minutes before applying a topcoat of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter.

For a simple and quick finish, apply a smooth, moderate layer of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter to the decoupaged surface. If additional glitter effects are desired, brush on additional coats, allowing ample dry time between applications. If desired, a light spray of Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer can be applied as a final topcoat for additional protection. NOTE: Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer will alter the sheen of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter.

How shall I apply Martha Stewart Crafts ® Gilding Sheets?
Using the Martha Stewart Crafts white pillow-top Gilding Brush, apply one even thin coat of Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive to the prepared project surface. To best achieve a smooth finish and fewer brush strokes, apply Martha Stewart Gilding Adhesive in one direction and then lightly brush perpendicular to that direction while still wet.
Allow adhesive to air dry until surface feels tacky. NOTE: It is best to wear use the Martha Stewart Gilding Gloves while working with the actual gilding sheets as the oils from your skin may discolor or tarnish the metallic sheets. These sheets are VERY lightweight and have a “fly away” tendency. Carefully remove a square gilding sheet and its waxed backing sheet from the pack. Keeping the waxed backing and gilding sheet intact, carefully lay the sheet of gilding directly onto the prepared surface, keeping the backing sheet toward you, gilding sheet down. Using the waxed backing sheet as a protective layer, press and smooth the gilding sheet to the surface by gently rubbing. Lift to remove backing sheet from the gilding sheet. If cracks are found, you can add more gilding to fill in the holes while the adhesive is still wet. Be careful not to disturb the gilding that you have already placed. Allow to dry 1–2 hours. Next, burnish the surface to remove the excess gilding sheet using the natural mop-style gilding brush. If desired, burnish over an open box to capture all loose particles of gilding which can be used on future projects. If desired, finish with Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Enamel Spray to seal and protect your gilded project. It is not recommended to use a water based sealer because it may tarnish your gilding sheets.
How shall I apply Martha Stewart Crafts ® Gilding Sheets?
Using the Martha Stewart Crafts white pillow-top Gilding Brush, apply one even thin coat of Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive to the prepared project surface. To best achieve a smooth finish and fewer brush strokes, apply Martha Stewart Gilding Adhesive in one direction and then lightly brush perpendicular to that direction while still wet.
Allow adhesive to air dry until surface feels tacky. NOTE: It is best to wear use the Martha Stewart Gilding Gloves while working with the actual gilding sheets as the oils from your skin may discolor or tarnish the metallic sheets. These sheets are VERY lightweight and have a “fly away” tendency. Carefully remove a square gilding sheet and its waxed backing sheet from the pack. Keeping the waxed backing and gilding sheet intact, carefully lay the sheet of gilding directly onto the prepared surface, keeping the backing sheet toward you, gilding sheet down. Using the waxed backing sheet as a protective layer, press and smooth the gilding sheet to the surface by gently rubbing. Lift to remove backing sheet from the gilding sheet. If cracks are found, you can add more gilding to fill in the holes while the adhesive is still wet. Be careful not to disturb the gilding that you have already placed. Allow to dry 1–2 hours. Next, burnish the surface to remove the excess gilding sheet using the natural mop-style gilding brush. If desired, burnish over an open box to capture all loose particles of gilding which can be used on future projects. If desired, finish with Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Enamel Spray to seal and protect your gilded project. It is not recommended to use a water based sealer because it may tarnish your gilding sheets.
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