Hi everyone! It's Tracey here to share my final project as a regular Helmar designer.
I'll be popping back in now and then to share projects as a guest designer.
I thought it would be fun to share how I started using and adoring Helmar products. It all started several years ago when I responded to a joint challenge with Helmar and May Arts. My design package included a bottle of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. I had been a tape runner gal, but as I was using more mixed media products in my work found that the elements were not staying adhered to these textures. As I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive on that challenge layout, I became hooked. When that bottle was gone, I had to have more and had my local scrapbooking store special order it for me. (It's now available at craft stores such as Hobby Lobby.)
~ Adjustment Time- although it dries quickly, I have a few moments
to adjust and straighten my adhered elements.
~ It's not stringy
~ No warped paper
I've now had the opportunity to work with most of their fabulous products. Although Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive remains my favorite, I've been delighted with all the Helmar products.
Today I've created a mixed media layout. Of course, I've featured Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. Our niece has always adored our son, Joseph. When he married Rachel, that adoration extended to our beautiful daughter-in-law as well. Here's a fun double selfie from Labor Day. Those sweet smiles show just how much they adore each other.
Tips and Techiques
I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to adhere many of the elements on my layout, but I'm showing the process I used for this piece of crackled chipboard.
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive holds very well, so there is no need to apply glue to the entire piece, I just spread it over the oval center portion.
I included this photo so you can see just how textured the background is where I adhered the chipboard needing a very strong adhesive, indeed!
This gorgeous Leaky Shed Studio chipboard flourish is also adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive but this time to one of the paper mat layers.
I have found that using adhesive under the clear portion of these clear light bulbs often bubbles and shows through. A nice dallop of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive behind the base holds it securely in place with no chance of visible bubbles forming. All flowers are adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.
A close-up of the chipboard portion of my title. I raised and adhered the photo mats in two layers using one layer of Helmar 1/2 inch round Zapdots on the lower portion and two Zapdots stuck together under the higher portion shown here. To adhere the thread. I spread Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive under the mat and tucked the thread into it. The thread showing is not glued down, but securely adhered under the mats. The mats are colored with Pan Pastels and to fix the color, I spritzed with Helmar Crystal Kote Fixative Spray.
I hope you've been inspired to try out Helmar 450 on your next mixed media project.
Did you know craft adhesives can be used in mixed media art journaling? Most people think their paper or embellishments should only be adhered to mixed media projects using gesso or gels. I have found using those as an adhesive doesn't guarantee a secure bond, and items tend to eventually fall off the page. I actually prefer using Helmar adhesives to secure my embellishments to the page.
Today I will show you just one of the ways I use Tacky Craft Glue in my journal.
As you know when creating any mixed media projects a lot of wet mediums are used. With this you want to make sure to use the very best adhesive that will bond well on those various mediums. For this journal page I used my Tacky Craft Glue, because it bonds well and dries clear.
After you have added your base of textures, mediums, etc, now it's time to begin adding embellishments to the page.
Here I have two butterflies printed on cardstock that I'll adhere to each page. Add a modest amount of adhesive to the back of each butterfly then spread it evenly then adhere.
Note: the film strip has already been attached using a tiny staple to prevent time wasted on drying. The film strip is made of medium acetate and can't be heat dried.
Next give the top of each butterfly a good coat of the same adhesive. This will serve as a great sealant being that each of these butterflies are printed on basic cardstock.
Next I spread a little adhesive on my craft tile, this will be used to adhere my words and embellishments. I will use a small brush to spread the adhesive over my page.
As well as adhere decorative fragments
And finally tiny spots of Tacky Craft Glue is added over both pages to adhere pearl bling.
And now you have a completed mixed media journal page.
My Mom is a quilter and every once in a while she'll have extra "scrap" blocks that she'll give to me. That is what these 2 blocks were, just extra blocks waiting to be used. I thought they would be adorable on cards, so I used Helmar fabric glue to adhere the blocks onto the card fronts and then finished them off with scrapbooking embellishments.
1. Cut your quilt block down to the right size to fit your card.
2. Apply the fabric glue to the back of the quilt block. I made sure to go all the way around the edges, as well as spreading it around the middle.
3. Place your quilt block onto the front of your cards and finish embellishing! I used the Quick-Fix adhesive runner to secure my paper embellishments and Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive to adhere on the wooden hearts.
I have one of those wonderful husbands that likes to complain about the cost of cards for any occasion these days, he will go on and on about how ridiculous the prices are!! So for Father's Day (the first Sunday in September in Australia) I decided to make a good ole recycled card for him so he would have nothing to complain about :) Now I do not consider myself a card maker in any way (which you will probably agree with by the end of the post) but it does go to show there is no excuse for not giving a card to someone special.
Another thing about my husband is that he's a bit of a 'mountain man' and doesn't really like anything frilly or fussy so that made it even more perfect!
Firstly cut your packaging box to the size of the card you want to make, I like using packaging boxes because they have wonderful 'well worn' folds already done for you.
To the front of your card place a piece of 'tatty' fabric (or similar), I used Helmar Craft Glue for this so that it is held nice and firm.
Next is a piece of scrunched up brown paper
which I cut to fit loosely over the fabric
I then placed a small piece of the packaging cardboard and layered some sand paper (yes you heard right, he's a painter so it was his anyway, lol) and bookpaper for my sentiment which was a piece of old envelope and a rub-on
A 'manly' style embellishment made from an old wooden buckle, twine and string and the front was complete.
I was so happy with how the card turned out that I decided to embellish a lidded glass mug which I'd picked up from a cheap shop for $1.00 a couple of weeks ago. I punched some large flowers out of the bookpaper and sandpaper and put them on top too, he will have to deal with that if he wants the sweeties inside ;)