Now that I've reached the epitome of spinsterhood which is découpage, where do I go from here? lol. Seriously though, I'm practicing/coming up with ideas for redoing the inside of my steamer trunk. I've had this seriously ugly card box for years and years (and it came with a set of seriously ugly cards. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought it). No need to let it collect dust in the attic, no reason to have ugly cards I'm not going to use take up space, and there honestly wasn't anything I could have done to make the outside of the box any uglier than it was, so I thought it was a safe practice project!
I did what I could to strip off the outside of the box. Figured the découpage would stick better that way. I used some old sewing patterns that I was about to throw out as the base. I thought the sepia-like tone of the patterns would be neat for an antique découpage look. They are very thin and wrinkled when I put them on, but I like the texture that it added. I have some other things that might get découpaged in my sewing room that it would be neat for.
I started with water and glue, but I read that ModPodge would probably be more lasting and have a stronger sealer on it. It was a good move too, it dried SO much faster than the glue, which cut down on the time a lot! I've actually never used ModPodge (what kind of crafter am I??) and had no idea there were so many different kinds! I got a regular matte finish and an antique finish (a yellow hue).
I also found some découpage images while buying ModPodge at Michaels and thought they were perfect. Travel designs. Not that it went with the sewing patterns, but it matches the 'card box' part of it. The postcard on top is a fake, obviously. I googled 'old postcard' and copied the designs onto a piece of cardstock cut into a postcard size. I'm a pro at copying things. That'll get me far in life, I'm sure :P