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Step 10: Laying Down the Large Pieces

  Now you want to lay down the large bottom pieces. It's easier to do the front first, and then the side. The larger pieces of paper are much more likely to trap air, so watch carefully as you brush. Work from the center out toward the edges. If your fingers are very sensitive, you can push a bubble out to the edge, but your fingers need to be wet with the Mod Podge.  One of the reasons I keep writing  to just dampen the paper, is because really wet paper can easily tear, and can also swell enough with water to not  fit right. TIP:  If you find a bubble after the paper has dried, your only option is to cut around it's edge with a NEW blade, and glue it down again. Putting a crackle finish on will disguise any fixes like this, but do not use an old blade or you could ruin the whole area, as old blades will start tearing the paper instead of cutting it. When that happens, wet it down and scrape it off.  It's a good lesson about patience.
Beautiful!&nbsp;I&nbsp;also love the crack finish. This would be cool to make a bird house out of =) Great job very clear instructions!<br /> <br />
Crackle not crack <br /> My bad &gt;.&lt;<br /> <br />
Thank you for that idea. You know I was also thinking of a bat house, because they like the close fit, but the lid would have to be attached against the wind. I&nbsp;have been trying to find out if they texture the inside walls of bat houses. A board on the bottom inside, glued down, plus a new little hole on the front! I&nbsp;read an article that many places are making their bird house entries smaller so that cowbirds can't get in them--they lay eggs in other bird's nests like the cuckoo and are enjoying a population explosion. I&nbsp;am going to make sure and tell the carpenters about any multi-use Idea, and think up a decoupage for a bird house--which could be sealed with outdoor epoxy. Great idea!<br />
Thanks!&nbsp;Ya&nbsp;I heard about that too. This is my new account =) (so same person)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cheers,<br /> Meheh<br />
Wow, great project, I love the crackle finish.<br />
Thanks! I&nbsp;only wish manufacturer's would stop messing with crackle kits. The best one on the market, Anita's, went out of business!&nbsp; It was all the rage, and then suddenly no longer &quot;cool.&quot;&nbsp; <br />

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