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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.

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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