Hello crafty friends, Sarah here with my first Helmar Creative Team project for you - a scrapbooking layout with a mixed media background. Some of the key products you will need for this project are a heavyweight cardstock (or watercolour cardstock), a water mister, Gelatos (I have selected three that match the colours in my layout), some clear packaging material, Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue, Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and Helmar Scrap Dots.
You will also need your chosen embellishments, stamps, stamping block, texture paste, palette knife, heat tool, trimmer, patterned paper to mat your photo on, pencil and a chosen stencil. I first made a pencil mark on the cardstock as to where I wanted my photo positioned.
Now to make our background - the fun bit! Take one of your gelatos and scribble it onto a piece of clear packaging material. Spritz with a little water.
Fold the packaging over and 'smoosh' the gelato mixture. Turn it over and onto your cardstock.
Press down on the packaging with your fingers to spread the gelato around. Continue doing this to get the effect you desire. If the colour isn't dark enough, continue this process until you achieve the colour you're happy with. Dry in between colours with a heat tool.
Next grab your texture paste and chosen gelato colour. Use a palette knife to shave a little of the gelato off onto your craft mat or stamping block. Then mix the texture paste and gelato together - continue to add more gelato to get the colour you're happy with.
Here's what the background looks like once dry
For this layout, I used a circle wooden veneer piece from Whichcraft. I coloured this using the red gelato spread with my fingers.
Now time to mat your photo with your chosen patterned paper.
Adhere the photo to the patterned paper using Helmar Acid Free glue. I like to add some cardboard to the back of my photos to add some dimension. The acid free glue is great for this as well - adheres paper well and dries clear!
I used the liquid scrap dots for edges of the photo mat to help give it dimension. The liquid scrap dots provide a clear 3-Dimensional effect.
Stick down the photo mat to the layout. Now to adhere the circle wooden veneer piece. For this, I used Helmar quick dry adhesive. I LOVE this adhesive - it dries so fast (as the name implies) and great for heavier items and embellishments that are not paper based.
Here it is stuck directly onto the photo. I like how the wooden piece highlights the faces in the photo (my son and his toys that is!).
To complete the layout I added a title - sticker letters and a wooden veneer word 'fun' from D-lish Scraps. I also added some thread and a D-lish Scraps flair button to embellish the title. and a gorgeous heart from Charms Creations - adhered again by the using the Helmar quick dry adhesive. Here are some close up shots;