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  1. #1
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    Mod Podge isn't as easy as it looks

    I thought it would be simple to mod podge a frame for a Christmas present. I was wrong, it's harder than it looks. Is there any secret to keeping the air bubbles out? Do you use Mod Podge as the top clear coat? I thought I would use varnish, but the directions say something about a clear coat. I'm not sure if it's telling you how to use Mod Podge as a clear coat or how to apply a varnish clear coat. I think I've gotten in over my head.

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    Oh, I know that sucks from experience. I actually tossed my mod podge for spray adhesive and self levelling apoxy! For a photo frame... the mod podge would work fine for a top coat, but sucks when doing table tops.... Things tend to stick to it and leave marks. I even had more luck when I tried using rubber cement for the adhesive and the just using the mod podge as a top coat. Collage is my first love and I've been through it all. Feel free to PM me or email me with any questions, I would be honored to offer any assistance!

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    add some more mod podge and put a little pin hole in your bubbled paper, that will help bring it down. i have success when i use a flat rubber rectangle (or a credit card) and push out from the center. then you can wipe up the excess podge on the edges.

    if all else fails on your current project, you could always sand it down and start over, but i hope it doesn't come to that. good luck!

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    ugh, I know! I tried some on this box I was making to store my love letters in, and it wouldn't dry and got all sticky and gross and some of the pictures overlapped and leaked through and wouldn't stay down and it was just gross.

    Blessed be,
    PrettyPettyThief

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    I put a thin coat on the surface and while its just becoming tacky lay the paper or fabric over it.Smooth it.Put more modge podge over it in a slightly heavy layer.Smooth from center out.After compleatly dry,do another coat to make it shiney!

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    i use old school elmer's for all my decoupaging needs. way less bubbles and easier to smooth out!


 

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