Découpage is, in my humble opinion, one of the easiest ways to decorate and update pretty much any surface and Mod Podge® is the perfect product for doing just that!
It's no secret that I like things that are Quick'n EZPZ. Seriously... our lives are so hectic these days with all those TV channels and internet videos to watch, plus keeping up with texting and Instagraming to see what's happening in "real" life, there's barely enough time to eat...... (insert emoji for sarcasm here).... I had lots of ideas, but decided to revisit the '70's and découpage with napkins. Yes, napkins! Lots of designs, patterns colors and inexpensive to work with.... All I had to do now was pull what I needed from my Plaid goodie box, plus a few other things I always have on hand.
Here's the list:
Mod Podge® Gloss
Mod Podge® Ultra Matte Chalk
Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic
Mod Podge® Brushes for Découpage and Furniture
Ceramcoat® Chalk Paint - White
Waverly® Wood Frame
Clear adhesive dots
1. Paint the frame with white chalk paint. Let dry then re-paint with a coat of the Ultra Matte Chalk.
2. Separate the layers of the napkin then cut strips for the border areas. Note: You only use the printed layer of a napkin for découpage unless it's a solid color.
3. Brush a coat of gloss over the area to be découpaged then gently place the strips on top. Smooth gently with the brush and more gloss. Trim the strips where they meet at each corner. Napkins are pretty delicate to work with so be gentle. Don't worry about wrinkles, some can be smoothed out, but those that can't will add a nice texture to your project.
4. I started to découpage the narrow border at the outer edge, but decided a solid strip of color might look better, so I found some 3/8" green ribbon and glued it in place with the gloss then, who could resist this border of adhesive acrylic bling, perfectly sized to go on top......
5. I could have stopped there, but instead of putting a photo in the frame, I thought I'd print a short saying and add a flower in the corner. This step is optional, of course......
6. Coat a piece of poster board, large enough for the napkin with gloss. Separate the top layer from the napkin then adhere to the poster board. Pat gently in place with the brush, coat with gloss then let dry.
7. To make the flower, cut out the center with 2 adjacent petals. Cut 2 additional, individual petals then use a glue spot to adhere them to the back as shown. I also cut out some leaves.
8. I love additional texture and dimension so I painted a bottle cap with the white chalk paint then glued a flower center to the inside of the cap. Following directions on the package, carefully fill with dimensional magic then let dry for at least 12 hours. The dimensional magic will dry clear and the "flower center" can be adhered on top of the flower you made. This part is optional of course...... When dry, I added another little jewel to the center.
9. I printed the saying on my computer, positioned it behind the frame opening then added the flower to finish. The image below is here on my blog under the "Images for Personal Use" tab if you would like to use it.
You can find a list of other DCC members participating in this month's blog party on the Designer Crafts Connection blog. You can also enter there to win a prize and there are links to some other exciting happenings for Glossie's 50th birthday! Enjoy! Y'all come back now.....
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!