Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Helmar Dust Away

Recently for the Helmar Creative Team I have been having some fun using the
  Helmar Dust Away Spray.


I sprayed the paper with water. Then I added puddles of watercolour. 


I found that you had to work quickly so the watercolour did not absorb into the paper. I dabbed the watercolour on with a watercolour brush adding more water as well. Then when you could see you had a puddle. I used the Helmar Dust Away Spray and pointed the long nozzle in the direction I wanted the puddle to go. 


Once they were dry I cut them up and added some stamping in black. I then backed them in black card stock and mounted them on a white card. 




I liked using the Helmar Dust Away Spray it really made it easy and fun. I think this would also make an awesome background for a scrapbook layout. 


Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Playing card ATC's with Helmar

Over on the Helmar Creative Team page I recently posted about an Artist Trading Card or ATC swap with the Australian art swap group on facebook. It's where you re-use playing cards to make mini art. They have been traded by artists for years.  With this swap you had to make 22 ATC's and send them off and then they were mixed up and you got 22 different ones back. 
So these were the ones I made for the swap. 


So to start they said the easiest way was to glue all the cards on to a piece of card stock and treat it as one page. Thought that was a brilliant idea so I used my favourite product the 
Helmar Decoupage Craft Paste to glue all my playing cards on.


I like to glue the paper and the back of the cards and then press any bubbles out with the Helmar glue spreader. You get a really good finish and it dries clear.

 

I used Decoart Americana paints and some of my home made stencils to do the shape at the sides. The stamps were Tim Holtz and Darkroom door for the dragonfly, lady bug, be free and fly words. Also the Prima honeycomb stamp. 

To put my quotes on I used the Helmar Tacky glue.


This was such a fun project to do and I am looking forward to getting my 22 ATC's in the mail. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Follow Your Heart

Recently for the Helmar Creative team I made a small canvas using some scrap papers and my favourite Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste for the collage background. To see even more details pop over to the Helmar Creative Team page.






I covered my canvas with torn scrap papers, I just choose some that appeal to me. I have been given a few random pieces of different papers as gifts with letter journals that I have received. So this has some of those included, it was really nice to be able to use them in this project.


Using the Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste and the glue spreader. I added glue to the canvas and the back of the paper and then use the glue spreader to ease out any bubbles. This gives you a great smooth finish.


Then I added some Decoart paints in 3 different shades of blue and Gesso. Then added some stencilling with the Crafter workshop chicken wire stencil.


While this was drying I worked on the layers. I used some Gesso on the hessian and the gauze to blend them together a bit. Then used some Helmar Tacky Craft Glue to stick them together. For the Heart I used some Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste and glued it on to some cardstock to give it strength. Then I cut it into a heart shape and added a little plasterers tape, gesso and paint. I also painted another sheet of book paper so that I could stamp the words on it for my saying.


To add all the layers on top of my background I first placed it all together without glue and then took a photo to see if it looked right.


Then when I pull it off to glue it all on, I have a reference to know where my layers went and what order I wanted them to be. I have learned this is a great step when working on layers as otherwise you might not get the placement were you want it to be. You can look at your photo and go yep that is right. I wanted all of my postage stamps showing from the background so that is why I was a bit fussy with where I wanted it to be placed.


I wanted the plasterers tape on the background then the hessian and gauze layer. I glued these together with Helmar Tacky Craft Glue. Remember to pop some of the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue over the plasterers tape even though it is sticky you will still need to put some of the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue on it. It dries clear so you wont see it. I spread it around over it. Next is the heart layer that I have used the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue to pop the torn stamped words on.


When I stuck the heart on top using the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue I noticed that I had a bit more dimension than I thought. So I used some of the Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots wonderful stuff that. I just raised the bits up that needed the extra dimension and squeezed the Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots on the parts that needed it. It was under the ends of the words and the tips of the heart.


Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Helmar glue doodle flowers.

I needed to re-stash my cards they were getting rather low. I like to have a few on hand for quick gift giving and for thank-you notes.
So today I am using the Helmar Decoupage and craft paste. I filled a Fineline applicator bottle as I wanted to do some doodling with it. So after filling my bottle, I grabbed a piece of watercolour paper. Then using the fine line applicator bottle, I doodled flowers, leaves and added some spots. It worked really well and was really easy to use. I liked that it gave me such fine lines of glue.








I then left it to dry and sprayed the paper randomly with Dylusions ink spray blotting any excess.


I made 3 different cards have a few more yet that I can make but these are the 3 sizes I made so far. 14x10.5 cm 10x10.5cm and an ATC 9x6.5cm. I backed the watercolour paper with black cardstock and then I placed it on white cardstock.



This was a quick and fun project to do and I know I will be making more.

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Denim Journal Cover

  Today I have a recycled denim journal cover I made using up some more of my old denim jeans. To check out more great tutorials head over to the Helmar Creative team Blog


I cut the denim fabic into pieces and sewed the leg of the jeans and the back pocket together to make one long length. I then ironed it flat so you get a nice seam. 


Then figure out how big you want your journal to be. Mine ended up being about 9 inch high x 6 inch wide. I wanted to keep the pocket on the front so that I could store pens in it.

Using the Helmar Fabric Glue spread it over the cardboard and press it on to the fabric. Smoothing it as you go. My denim is a bit stretchy so this was tricky but if you glue it bit by bit you will get it to work.


I cut the corners on the inside folding it over so it makes it neat and then put the  Helmar Fabric Glue on the fabric edges. Fold over onto the cardboard on the inside. Working the corners in neatly as you go.

 

I then grabbed some card stock and cut it to size. Using the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue I glued it to the inside, to cover up the edges of the fabric and make it neat. 



I threaded some of my paper beads on to some hat elastic and tied it in a knot so it fit around my journal. Then I can just thread my letter journals onto the elastic. I will be able to put a few in this. I will make a note book and a few blank journals for the inside so I have a all in one journal to suit me. 

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :) 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Crocheted daisies and a bag..

 This is a project I did for the Helmar Creative Team if you would like to see more details pop over to the Helmar Creative Team Blog
Well I have done crochet a lot over the years and thought I would crochet some flowers and decorate a bag for my pens. 



So the first thing I did using the Youtube tutorial from Happy Berry Crochet was crocheted three flowers. I just stopped the video and crocheted along with her. Don't you love Youtube.


I needed a bag to pop my pens in that will go in my handbag. So thought I would make one. You could skip this step and decorate any bag you have but I have a bag full of zippers a friend gave me, so it was nice to use one.  I made a triangular bag at a class a while ago when I went to a craft expo. It was much simpler to do a rectangular one. For the sizing, I just grabbed my pens and made it longer than that so they fit and thought it turned out ok. I was quite happy with my little bag.



So after my bag was sewn together. I grabbed my Helmar Fabric Glue and some buttons and glued the buttons in the center of my flowers. 


Then I popped some Helmar Fabric Glue on the back of my flowers and glued them to the top right hand side of my bag, pressing firmly. 


Of course you don't have to make the bag you could easily decorate anything with the same method. On a t-shirt would be cute or a headband. I hope I have given you some ideas to decorate something easily with Helmar Fabric Glue. 

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Helmar art journal cover

Over on the Helmar Creative Team page I created an art journal. I  have been joining in with Rae Missigmans doing the Art Marks 30 Day Challenge Rae announced during the week that she is doing another challenge in March so a whole new set of prompts.  So I needed a new art journal for the new challenge. So it was time to make another one.


First I grabbed my craft knife and cutting mat and cut my cardboard. So my cover ended up being 
8 1/2 inches ( 21.5 cm) by 5 1/5 inches (13.97 cm).


I used the cardboard backing that was with my paper. The cardboard is quite sturdy and I cut it in half. So that meant it was the perfect size for my book. The paper I use is Monte Marte Watercolour paper and has 30 sheets so I will get 2 books of 30 pages so it works out so well and the paper holds up to sewing really well. I punched holes 4 cm in from each inside edge. I spread Gesso over the cardboard and then painted with my palette knife. I used a stencil to add some details and interest.

I then placed some book and dictionary papers together with a bit of plasterers tape and tacked it together with some Helmar Tacky Craft Glue to hold. I added a little paint over the paper, so it matched in to the background. Let that dry a bit, then I sewed with my sewing machine in a zig zag motion. Add this to the cardboard cover on the background with the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue


Then on the inside I thought I would add some interest with some painted desk papers that I use to cover my desk when I paint. 


So I drew around it and cut it to size.


Then I spread the inside cover with the Helmar Decoupage and Craft Glue with the paint and glue spreader. I also added the Helmar Decoupage and Craft Glue to the back of the painted underpapers and used the paint and glue spreader to remove any excess glue and bubbles so I get a nice smooth finish.
I used some Payne's grey Decoart paint on the edges.


I then cut my watercolour papers to size and using the cover as a guide I punched the holes to suit and added the rings

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)