Step 19: Glue Down the Tiled Roof Art
This is the perfect time to also glue down the tile on the top lid: I made it too big so you have some wiggle room in case you cut out the slot for the hinge wrong. Just lay the top of the faux tile against the hinge and mark where each hinge end touches the paper. You are cutting out a 1/8th inch slot. There are some small carvings I have included if you want to add them now. I put one on either side of the big arches on each side, and on either side of the big mask shield. You can put them down plain, but on some projects like this I have glued them onto little wood disks so that they are raised. Notice that the two spots are gone where I dropped my brush (see troubleshooting below). If you don't want the aging effect of crackle, stop here and just give your box several coats of varnish. I love the crackled finish for this project because I love the illusion of great age.
TIP: Wet your larger brush with more Mod Podge, and gently brush outward from the center to push the paper into the glue and the air bubbles out. These larger pieces can get air bubbles easily, and sometimes you can't see them until it starts to dry. Troubleshooting tip: The white spots disappeared by filling them in with paint. I dabbed darker marks to match the printed area with just the tip of my little square brush. Gray, with a teeny bit of white to match.