Creative Expressions iPad / Book Stand Decoupage Project

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This workshop shows how to cover the Creative Expressions iPad / Book Stand using the decoupage papers.

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The Sue Wilson complete petals die & delicate fronds die has been used to create the flowers & greenery that adorn the sides of the iPad stand.

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


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Creative Expressions Wooden Effect MDF Ipad – Book Stand


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL


Creative Expressions MDF iPad / Book Stand : CEMDFBOOK

& All Creative Expressions MDF Products


Oakwood Decoupage Papers : CCDECP084

& Full Range of Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers


Cosmic Shimmer Gloss Glue, Seal & Glaze :  CSGLOSGLUE

Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSMATTGLUE

Flat Paint Brush Section  & Water Brush : WBW

Sanding Block : CO723060

Creative Expressions SmoothiesCESMOOTH   & Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection ~ Complete Petals : CED1421

 Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection Delicate Fronds Die :  CED1426

Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad : DPVINTAGEPHO &

Barn Door Ink Pad : DPBARN

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Spring Green PVA Glue : CSGSPRING


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make up and cover a Creative Expressions wooden effect MDF iPad / book stand and also how to make an extra shelf so it can hold a smaller 7” tablet too.

For this you`ll need the Creative Expressions MDF iPad / book stand.

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Step 2. Select the oakwood decoupage paper pack or choose one of the other decoupage papers in the range.

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Step 3. 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.


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Step 4. Shake the glue / glaze bottle well before pouring some of the glue / glaze into an empty pot.

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Step 5. I have found it easier to tear some of the oakwood decoupage paper slightly bigger than the iPad middle MDF panel as it makes it easier to handle first time around.

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Step 6. Brush the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze over the main MDF iPad panel.

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Step 7. Lay the oakwood decoupage paper over the glue sweeping the paper down smoothly as you go.

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Step 8. Occasionally there might be an air bubble in between the paper and MDF.

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Step 9. If so lift the decoupage paper back up.

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Step 10. 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.

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Step 11. Take the 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.

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Step 12. 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.

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Step 13. 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.

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Step 14. 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 I have added the sides now so that the joins can be covered.

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Step 15. 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.

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Step 16. Lay on another piece of the oakwood 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.

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Step 17 . 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.

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Step 18. Smooth the edges downwards again and use the nail file to get into the curves of the side panels.

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Step 19. Alternatively fold up a small piece if sand paper and use this to get into the small areas of the design. It might seem a little fidderly but it is very therapeutic and well worth the time to ensure the edges stay firmly glued down.

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Step 20. 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.

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Step 21. Take a Tim Holtz vintage photo ink pad 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.

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Step 22. Cut a thin piece of cut`n`dry foam for the even smaller areas of the stand.

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Step 23. Add some of the Tim Holtz vintage photo ink directly onto the inside stand side.

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Step 24. Smooth the ink across the surface using a piece of cut`n`dry foam.

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Step 25. 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 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.

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Step 26. Add a top coat of the Cosmic Shimmer gloss, seal & glaze glue & leave this to dry.

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Step 27. To decorate the MDF stand the Sue Wilson finishing touches complete petals die & the delicate fronds die are being used.

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Step 28. Cut & emboss out a selection of the complete petals in a pearl card. Use the Creative Expressions smoothie with some Tim Holtz barn door 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.

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Step 29. Turn the flower over & press the ball tool in the centre of the flower to raise to petals upwards.

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Step 30. Glue smaller petals into a larger petal to add detail to each flower. Also have the petals with different tones of the red barn ink on them. Ink the delicate fronds using some peeled paint ink on the smoothie pad.

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Step 31. Arrange the delicate fronds onto the side edge of the MDF stand.

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Step 32. 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.

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Step 33. 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 the card on a piece of A4 card) so just cut 2 strips of 1”.

Then cut 2 pieces of card at 2” x 7¾”

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Step 34. 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.

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Step 35. 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.

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Step 36. 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.

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Step 37. 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.

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Step 38. Here it is without and holding a nice heavy recipe book.

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Step 39. or with the smaller 7” tablet. So a useful project for yourself or to give as a gift.


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 I hope you have enjoyed this project and it has given you some ideas on how to use the decoupage papers.

It`s hard to believe it was once a MDF kit.

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Happy Crafting

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3 Responses to Creative Expressions iPad / Book Stand Decoupage Project

  1. elegant lady says:

    Where can we buy the MDF products.

  2. Suzanne says:

    They are available at Creative Expressions and retailers that have bought them , and I`m sure they will be on a Create & Craft show soon. I have just looked and no retailers are listed under the product but as the item is so new I`m sure they will shortly , here is the CE contact details for you to phone after the Easter break
    Creative Expressions
    Vernon Court, Henson Way
    Telford Way Industrial Estate
    Kettering, Northants NN16 8PX
    Tel: 01536 481 778

    I`m pretty sure they`ll be at the Ally Pally show on the 110th & 11th of April if you are attending

  3. Suzanne says:

    I`ve just seen one of the ipad MDF stands on the Emerald Crafts site which may help you ~ here is the direct link
    I hope you get sorted ~ Suzanne

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