Hi Helmar fans, It's Tracey back to share a wedding card with you. One of my dear scrapbooking friends was married last month. Since we've been friends for several years and have spent many an hour creating together, I wanted to create something extra special for her. The focal piece of my card is a chipboard mannequin I dressed up with eyelash yarn and feathers. Helmar Fabric Glue is the perfect adhesive for this task.
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I started by painting the chipboard with a pearlescent medium. It's not shown here, but I precut the yarn pieces a little longer than the distance between the waist and the hem.
and placed the yarn and feathers into this bead of glue.
I covered the glued area by adhering a strip of ribbon across the waist, over the edge of the yarn pieces. I finished it off with a strip of pearls and tiny rose buds. These are adhered with Helmar Fabric Glue as well.
I painted this delightful chipboard corner flourish and added half pearls to embellish. Because the background is uneven from the stenciling, I needed a strong adhesive to hold it in place. Of course I grabbed my Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive for this job.
I stamped the love sentiment on a scrap of cardstock. I wanted it to lay flat, so I used Helmar Clear Zapdots where there was no stenciling and a dab of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesiveon the stenciled areas. Because the clear Zapdots are so thin, they gave just the right amount of dimension to help my sentiment to sit evenly on the card.
Hi all, it's Vicki-Ann here today. I have been using a Moleskine sketch Art Journal and I just love the paper in it. My problem is, the black cover is just so boring and I want to wait till I finish the journal before I do the covers. If I did the cover at the start by the time I got to the end of the journal it would be covered in so much paint and everything else I use to make art. I am a messy Art Journaler. So my solution. I just love fabric, so thought ok I will make something I can slip over my Moleskine journal. Something that is easy to get on and off and still uses the handy elastic strap that comes with the Moleskine Journal, to keep it closed.
So first I had to select fabrics. I had to work out how big it had to be to cover it and allow for seam allowance. I didn't have a pattern, I just popped the journal on the fabric and cut out a piece of fabric allowing for seams. That was my inside piece. So then I wanted strips for the outside pieces joined together, so I used the inside piece for a pattern, also allowing for seam allowance between the pieces and cut and sewed these together. I cut fabric wadding the same size so three pieces. Cover, batting and backing. I also made an allowance with the cover to be a little longer as my art journal will expand with use.
I wanted some fabric words on my art journal cover and I had this wonderful So Soft fabric paint from DecoArt. I just stenciled the letters in Lamp black onto some linen fabric it worked a treat. I then frayed the edges I like the scruffy look it gives the word blocks.
This is the part for the Helmar Spray adhesive is to the rescue. I sewed one of the word blocks on with pins and my sewing machine. Yea that was ok but thought I really don't know how I am going to do the closure with the elastic, that was the tricky part. (I ended up making a piece that the back cover slides into and sewed it into the back of the cover to hold it). I did not know where the word blocks were going to be positioned yet. If they were going on the front and side and did not want the words to be in a spot were you could not see the design of the cute girls on the Kimmidoll fabric. This is what happens when you are not sure where things go when you are experimenting and making something for the first time. So I sprayed the back of the 2 remaining words with Helmar spray adhesive and well that was fabulous.
You have no idea how many times I stuck and re-stuck were I wanted those 2 remaining words. It was wonderful to be able to move them around, put my journal in and out to look and see how it was positioned.
I even forgot I had stuck them on when I turned my journal to the right way after sewing and there they were still stuck. It was so handy no jabbing myself with pins (yes they are sharp and I always do it). Then I just hand sewed those 2 remaining stuck word blocks on with a cross stitch and embroidery thread with them still being sticky this was no problem. It has been a while since I have done any decorative hand sewing and I enjoyed the process. I also went around the edge of the whole cover with a blanket stitch. My old sewing machine did not like all those layers and would not sew around the edge for me. I like the blanket stitched edge of the journal though, it gives a nice finishing touch to it. Three red buttons sewed on and it was all finished.
Well hope you liked my project for today. I love the feel of the pretty padded fabric cover, it will be a pleasure to see and use it now.
Hey hey folks, I don't know about you, but when I have an excessive amount of art papers and I tend to make a books of some sort. The junque journal or the accordion are my favorites. I love to make books even if I have absolutely nothing to put in them. (laughs) Today's book was actually created with inspiration from the Ladies of Live, Love Laugh and Art Journal on Facebook. We have done many swaps, where we have traded background art papers. Sure I could create journal pages or ATCs with these papers, but sometimes you just need to sit back and be inspired by artists within your circle. View their works like it's being done for the first time.. with new and brighter eyes. Ponder the process and infer any meanings you like. I still didn't use all the papers I was given but I did make use of some of those given to me and some of my own. Here is today's project....
I took a number or painted papers from my stash and swaps, and began by taking the chipboard and covering it with the papers. I use Helmar's Craft and Hobby PVA Glue. It's the best for adhering paper. After my covers were done, I created the spine, scoring every half inch and leaving the ends of 1.5 inch to tuck into the covers.
After I cut my flag pieces, I stuck those down wtih Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue. I used it in case I decided to not to adhere pictures or words to the sheets. This glue is awesome for album use and on pitures.. So I am guessing it will not yellowing/aging near the glued areas of my precious papers.
Here is a little collage I made of the book. Trying to give you a view of all the possible angles I could think of.
Thanks a lot for checking out my post and project today. I hope I have given you some ideas to create your very own Flag Book with Helmar Adhesives!
Hi! Martice here, sharing a fun and quick way to use up those scraps of leftover, monoprinted papers!
This is a really cool technique to show off the best parts and to play with different patterns and textures in your artwork. I have a plethora of scraps, created from my Gelli Arts® - Gel Printing Plate. If you're anything like me, you never want to throw away those precious paper scraps. There's always a future project you could use them for, right? Right?? ::wink::
We're making this... Monoprinted Scrap Collage with Martice