Step 7: Prepare the Art for Decoupage
Prepare a damp pad of paper towels (not dripping wet) for the artwork to be glued down. Make sure your spritzer is full of water. Make sure you have good lighting where you work, so that you can see any small air bubbles that need to be pushed out. Fixing a trapped air bubble is a decoupage artist's nightmare, so watch out for them. You can push them gently out toward the edge with your brush, while lubricating the surface with a generous bit of Mod Podge to protect it.
Make another copy of the top molding for the top part of the floor: you are only going to use the straight top lines and the dentil molding. Keep adding cut-outs to the tray as you go.
TIPS: Do not pull at all on the damp paper as you lay it down. I have been doing this for a long time, but still tore one piece. Smooth it into place with the brush, moving from the middle outward. You will find that it moves easily under the brush if you have laid down enough of the Mod Podge.
Always keep your brush in a jar of water; dried Mod Podge is impossible to get out of a good brush. Do not use natural bristle brushes with water mediums in projects like this: the bristles absorb water and can become too soft. Bristle ends can scratch the toner right off the paper.