iPad / Book Stand Decoupage Project

This workshop shows how to cover the Creative Expressions iPad / Book Stand using the Decoupage Papers from Craft Consortium.

This project also shows you how to make the false shelf so that you can use the iPad MDF pack with a 7″ tablet.

Select the Oakwood Decoupage Paper pack or choose one of the other decoupage papers in the range.

You'll also need the Cosmic Shimmer Gloss or Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze or even the Sparkle Glue, Seal & Glaze if you prefer along with a flat paint brush. Shake the glue / glaze bottle well before pouring some of the glue / glaze into an empty pot.  We've found it easier to tear some of the decoupage paper slightly bigger than the iPad middle MDF panel as it makes it easier to handle first time around.  Brush the Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze over the main MDF iPad panel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lay the decoupage paper over the glue sweeping the paper down smoothly as you go.  Occasionally there might be an air bubble in between the paper and MDF.  If so lift the decoupage paper back up and smooth it back down. This paper is great for this kind of handling . Press down right up to the edge so you know the paper is firmly stuck to the MDF.  Take a sanding block and hold at an angle & sand downwards over the edge of the MDF to create the smooth finish to the edge of the MDF.  Make sure you work in all the small areas of the MDF . Here a nail file ( not a metal one ) is used to get to the small areas of the MDF pieces.  Once the edge has been smoothed off this will create an edging where the decoupage papers cannot be peeled back as the sanding along with the strong glue makes for a lovely neat finish to the piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat the process and cover the back of the MDF main panel. You may find you have to sand back some of the paper off the tabs of the main panel so they fit into the side panel slots. For this project the sides have been added now so that the joins can be covered.  Add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze making sure you have the glue right up to the edges of the intricate swirls.

       

Lay on another piece of the decoupage paper. This might have to be done in 2 pieces if you work with a smaller section of the paper but just make sure you line the wood effect up as you go.  The detail of the side pieces can easily be seen in the light so pierce a few holes to allow you to get a sanding block into the design.  Smooth the edges downwards again and use the nail file to get into the curves of the side panels.  Alternatively fold up a small piece of sand paper and use this to get into the small areas of the design. It might seem a little fiddily but it is well worth the time to ensure the edges stay firmly glued down.  Save the excess pieces of the decoupage paper as these can be used for a different project and even for another step later on. The beauty of the papers is they can be added in small pieces using the Glue, Seal & Glaze.

Take a Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress InkPpad along with a new Creative Expressions Smoothie. Add some of the ink to the edges of the decoupage papers as the sanding can take a bit of the colour way.  Cut a thin piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam for the even smaller areas of the stand.  Add some of the Tim Holtz vintage photo ink directly onto the inside stand side.  Smooth the ink across the surface using a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be a very thin line where you will not have been able to reach with the Cut 'n' Dry Foam so take a Tim Holtz Water Brush & move some of the Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the blank MDF. Be careful not to paint over the paper as the ink will come out in the glue when you seal the paper in the next step.  Add a top coat of the Cosmic Shimmer Gloss Glue, Seal & Glaze glue & leave this to dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To decorate the MDF stand the Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Complete Petals die & the Delicate Fronds die are being used.  Cut & emboss out a selection of the complete petals in a pearl card. Use the Creative Expressions Smoothie with some Tim Holtz Barn Door Distess Ink on it to pounce it up and down over the card petals. Once the ink is dry press a large ball tool on the reverse of the petal on a foam mat.  Glue smaller petals into a larger petal to add detail to each flower. Also have the petals with different tones of the red Barn Door ink on them. Ink the Delicate Fronds using some Peeled Paint Distress Ink on the Smoothie pad.  Arrange the Delicate Fronds onto the side edge of the MDF stand before adding the prepared flowers descending in size down the side. If you have a large iPad then leave this as is or you may wish to use it as a book stand and then the project is complete. Add some faux pearls in the centre of the flowers using some Cosmic Shimmer Spring Green PVA glue.

If you have a smaller tablet then here's how to make a false shelf for the tablet to stand on. Take a piece of grey board that is often used in packing card or just use a thick 350gsm card.  Measure 2 panels at 1” x 8¼” (the long measurement is just the width of a piece of A4 card so just cut 2 strips of 1”).  Then cut 2 pieces of card at 2” x 7¾”.  Hold the thinner card piece under the wider card on the iPad stand & stick it to the reverse of the wider card once it touches the back MDF stand & the sides slot nicely on the side hooks of the stand. Mirror this on the 2nd pieces of card so you can stick the 2 pieces together with the thinner pieces in the centre of the card.  Cut 2 small pieces of card to make some stoppers for the tablet & to add as a support under the card as this strip with have to carry the weight of the tablet.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add glue over the card sandwich & cover the 2 card blanks together. It is easy to match up the design of wood with the main MDF panel and it really makes the design pop if you do this. Cover and stick on the small stopper. Add glue, seal & glaze over the decoupage paper to match this piece with the rest of the iPad stand and it will protect the project if something spills on it.  Add the covered piece back into the stand but make sure the glue is fully dry so it doesn't stick into stand. This way it can be added or removed depending on which use you want for the stand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 It's hard to believe it was once a MDF kit!

 

 

Below is a list of all the main tools and materials used to make this project.

 

Cosmic Shimmer Glue - 30ml
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SmoothiesSmoothies
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Cosmic Shimmer Glue, Seal & Glaze - Glossy - 100 ml
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Pinflair Glue Gel - 80ml
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Distress Ink Pad - Barn Door
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£4.99 inc VAT
Cut-N-Dry Stamp Pad FoamCut-N-Dry Stamp Pad Foam
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Dry double-sided stamp pad foam sheet for use with pigment and viscous inks, paints and glues. This pad has a non-skid backing and is resuable.
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Cosmic Shimmer Waterbrush & Spray Bottle SetCosmic Shimmer Waterbrush & Spray Bottle Set
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