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Mod Podge Decoupage Glue Finishes and Formulas

Decoupage FAQ

Decorated candles using Mod Podge ® or Royal Coat ® Decoupage Finish are meant for decorative purposes and not for illumination. Many of the decorations would catch fire and be hazardous if the candle were burned. However, if you are using a wide pillar candle and the decorations do not go to the top of the candle, it can be burned down slightly to create a well, then a votive candle inserted into the well. A new votive candle can be inserted when the old one is finished. Use extreme caution and good judgment when burning candles that have been decorated.
This is called decoupaging in reverse. To decoupage in reverse, please refer to 33302 Botanical Birds. To create the look of these plates, simply apply the Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Finish of your choice to the backside of the glass plate after it is properly prepared.
Then apply the Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Finish of your choice to the front side of the bird paper cut-out and apply the image to the backside of the plate. Continue with the standard decoupage procedure applying the Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Finish of your choice and allowing proper drying times between applications. Complete the look of the reverse decoupage by painting an opaque application of paint over the entire backside of the plate. Allow to cure for 21 days prior to use.
First check to see if the napkin is 2 ply. If so, separate and lay aside. Brush Mod Podge directly on the your surface. Carefully place the printed napkin on the surface and lightly blot down with a dampened sponge. Start blotting in the center and work to the edge. Once it is in place, let dry. After about 30 minutes lightly apply a top coat of Mod Podge.
  1. Apply a coat of Mod Podge® to the inside of the form and allow to dry slightly. Place the Napkin design where desired and gently rub it flat with your thumb.
  2. Cover the image with a second very thin coat of Mod Podge®, beginning in the center and brushing out. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  3. Add special sponging or spouncing effects, as desired, around the design and let dry.
  4. Paint the whole inside with a light color of FolkArt® Acrylic Colors. If you want to use a darker color inside, first paint around the Napkin design with a light color, let dry and then add the darker color.
  1. Cut the design out of the Napkin and separate the layers.; you want to use only the top layer of the Napkin.

  2. Using the Glue Brush, apply a coat of Mod Podge® Gloss, Matte or Sparkle Finish to the surface area where the Napkin will be applied. Let dry slightly – until it’s slightly sticky – then place the Napkin on the surface and press it down gently with your fingertips. The Napkin should not become wet. (If it does, you applied too much Mod Podge; apply a lighter coat next time.) Let dry.

  3. To finish, apply a second coat of Mod Podge® and apply it beginning in the middle and gently brushing out to the edges.

  4. Alternately, you may apply Mod Podge® to the area and let it dry completely (to speed up drying, you may use a hairdryer set on low). Then place the Napkin onto the surface in the desired position. Cover the Napkin with a piece of parchment paper and iron (on the cotton setting) to adhere the Napkin to the surface. Allow the parchment paper to cool and then remove. The Mod Podge® will melt and adhere the image to the surface. The advantage of this technique is that you can move the image until you iron it down. Also, the Napkin will not tear or show bubbles, and it will be completely flat like the surface it is on. Again, finish with a coat of Mod Podge® on top.
There are two different ways to prepare your napkin or paper for appliqué, depending on what look you wish to create:

Cutting:
Use small, sharp scissors for cutting out the napkin or paper designs. Cut away any inside areas you don’t want. Hold the scissors stationary while turning the napkin or paper for a clean-edge cut. Trimming is easier when you cut through all three layers of the napkin or paper. Remove the two white layers after cutting out the design.

Tearing: Tearing can be a good choice for some designs because is creates a more handmade or natural look. It’s perfect for children and others who cannot or do not want to cut out the designs. For best results, cut all three layers and then separate.
To decoupage the back of a clear plate, you must use a technique called reverse decoupage. This involves applying the prints to the back of the plate so that the design shows through.

Here’s how:

Cut out design. Apply Royal Coat Decoupage Finish to the front of the print. Press the print face down on the back of the clear plate. Smooth with your fingers, then use a damp paper towel to remove excess Decoupage Finish from the glass.
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).
Curved Surfaces:
To apply a flat print to a curved surface, cut slits in the paper wherever it will buckle. Let the paper on each side of the slits overlap as you carefully conform the print to the curved surface.
Corners:
Before applying glue, fold the print around the corners of the project surface as you would wrap a package, creasing along the edges to mark them on the print. Rather than overlapping the paper as if wrapping a package, cut away excess paper. The new edges of the paper will meet at the corner.
First, prepare your project surface. Then using the Martha Stewart Crafts Soft Bristle Decoupage Brushes, apply one even, smooth coat of Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Finish of your choice to the surface.
Apply one smooth, even application of the Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Finish to the side of the paper you want to adhere. Place the wet decoupage paper to the wet decoupage surface. Use the Martha Stewart Crafts Brayer to press the paper onto the surface, smoothing from the center towards the edges of the paper to remove air bubbles and excess decoupage finish. Wipe away any excess finish with a damp paper towel. Once in place and smooth, allow to dry 2 hours. When completely dry, brush a smooth application of the Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Finish over the paper, leaving at least a ¼-inch border to seal edges of the paper. Allow to dry 2 hours and repeat. If decoupaged item will serve a purpose other than decorative, a third top application may be required. Your project should completely cure by air drying for 21 days before using outdoors, placing on top shelf of dishwasher, or washing by hand.
First, prepare your project surface. Then using the Martha Stewart Crafts Soft Bristle Decoupage Brushes, apply one even, smooth coat of Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Finish of your choice to the surface.
Apply one smooth, even application of the Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Finish to the side of the paper you want to adhere. Place the wet decoupage paper to the wet decoupage surface. Use the Martha Stewart Crafts Brayer to press the paper onto the surface, smoothing from the center towards the edges of the paper to remove air bubbles and excess decoupage finish. Wipe away any excess finish with a damp paper towel. Once in place and smooth, allow to dry 2 hours. When completely dry, brush a smooth application of the Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Finish over the paper, leaving at least a ¼-inch border to seal edges of the paper. Allow to dry 2 hours and repeat. If decoupaged item will serve a purpose other than decorative, a third top application may be required. Your project should completely cure by air drying for 21 days before using outdoors, placing on top shelf of dishwasher, or washing by hand.
Use small sharp scissors such as embroidery or cuticle, or a craft knife to trim papers. s

Or try decoupage scissors with curved blades are also available at craft stores. A craft knife is handy to cut details from the inside of a design.

When creating a decoupage project, it is best to have on hand the following tools and/or supplies: scissors or a craft knife for trimming excess paper or fabric, Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Brush set for applying the decoupage finishes and a Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Brayer for smoothing the decoupaged paper or fabric.
When creating a decoupage project, it is best to have on hand the following tools and/or supplies: scissors or a craft knife for trimming excess paper or fabric, Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Brush set for applying the decoupage finishes and a Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Brayer for smoothing the decoupaged paper or fabric.
  1. Lightly coat the back of the print with Royal Coat or Mod Podge, using a sponge brush or flat brush.
  2. Place the print in the desired position. To work out all the air bubbles and excess glue from under the print, press lightly with your fingertips, working from the center outward. Be sure that the edges have adhered well. The squeegee and brayer in Mod Podge Professional Toolset are also helpful.
  3. Wait a few minutes for the glue to set before gently dabbing around the edge with a damp sponge or paper towel.
  4. When layering designs, allow the first layer to dry completely before applying the second layer. Apply the second layer in the same manner. Allow the project to dry completely before proceeding.

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