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Old 12-31-2017, 12:33 PM   #1
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Default Altering playing cards, glue question

im making an altered deck of playing cards and want to cover the card fronts with designer paper. I tried using Mod Podge so that it had less chance of warping too much, using it sparingly, and it seemed to work pretty well but then came unstuck after it dried. Iím assuming the issue is the coated surface of the playing cards. Iím thinking about either gessoig the card fronts before gluing on paper, or roughing them up with sandpaper so the glue had more to grab onto. Or maybe Iím using the wrong glue? Any ideas? ThNks in advance!
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Personally, I'd gesso them - that was done in a playing card alteration class at an LSS that I was supposed to attend but couldn't. Our pre-class homework was to gesso them all. : ) Since the LSS does tons of complex mixed media projects (The Queens Ink in Maryland) I trust their recommendations, though there are many ways to do something.

But you could also try using a stronger collage medium - like Ranger Distress Collage Medium (Tim Holtz). It's strong and might not mind the slick surface - and you could use it for other projects if it doesn't work, including cards, if that's your thing. It comes in little bottles and also a jar.


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