Step 2: The Art for Decoupage
Here is the art you will need. Make more than one copy to work with, and if you only have an ink jet printer you must seal both sides to protect the image from the glue. Every printer has it's limits but these should print out the right size. The garden images for either side need to be 7 inches, for instance. The arch elements should be 2 and 3/4th inches high at the column. The tiled roof is a lot bigger in case you make a mistake cutting around the hinge at the top of the lid. Remember to angle your scissors when cutting, to produce a thinner edge, and blacken the cut edge so that it disappears. The file sizes are the smallest I could make them without losing detail. Because I make dimensional details mostly in the black and white art, make extra to make those arches and columns look deeper. You can layer them while they are wet with the Mod Podge.
I printed in Corel Paint Shop Pro, at 100%, offset from the upper left corner for the black and white art. The color templates, numbers 4-7 all printed better at 100%, centered on the page. It's quirky and I hope to figure out why. Measure each piece, and fit it dry onto the box to make sure it is the right size. If your printer makes it just a teeny bit bigger you can trim a sliver off the top or bottom, you should still get good results. Don't print to fit the page, because it will change the size too much. Making art to print an exact size was the hardest part of making this tutorial! Am hoping to change over to PNG to see if I get better results. Any comments about that would be so welcome. I have an MFA in painting, and wish I also had at least a BFA in digital art.