Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Helmar - Altered Vintage Inspired Frame - Sketch Challenge

Size 5" X 7"
Today, I am here with my first creation as part of the Helmar Design Team - very exciting to be working with these amazing products. This week the focus for the Design Team is the Helmar 450 Quick Dry, a fantastic product with unlimited uses. Helmar 450 Quick Dry is especially fabulous to use in altered art creations - the time to dry is fast, no holding onto embellishments, and guaranteed not to budge once adhered.

Recently a friend and I were rummaging through a local second hand shop, and came across a pile of old, well worn, chipped and scratched frames.  At the bargain price of $2, they all came home with me!  
The process of altering began with a light sanding of the frame, and then two coats of Gesso, giving a light sanding after each application to attain a smooth surface.  Craft Glue was applied over the entire frame, and then  'Music Note' tissue paper, by Tim Holtz was placed over the frame - a damp paint brush was used to gently push the tissue paper into the crevices of the frame, and to remove any air-bubbles.  This step is not as daunting as it may seem, and I urge anyone who has not attempted to use this method to do so - lots of fun!

To achieve an aged appearance, 'Walnut Stain' distress ink was applied lightly over the entire frame. All embellishments, flowers, leaves, and die cuts were adhered using Helmar 450 Quick Dry.  It does not matter the size of the embellishment, or the material substance of the embellishment, Helmar 450 Quick Dry will adhere without any issues at all. 

The May challenge is up on the Helmar Facebook Page, with a delightful sketch courtesy of Lydell Quinn. There is a great Helmar prize up for grabs this month, and to be in the running to win, all you have to do is create a project on this particular sketch.  It does not have to be a layout, it can be 'anything' from a canvas to a card. Just remember to state what Helmar product/s you used on your creation, and tag your photograph with your details.  I hope to see some familiar names join in, and have some sticky fun!   

Thanks for looking at my project, and I look forwards to sharing with you again soon...


Adriana B said...

wow Sandie this is so gorgeous, love what you did to that frame :)

Astrid Maclean said...

What a stunning piece, LOVE IT!!! Such a great photo too!

Lean said...

Stunnning work with the frame.

Carole said...

Beautiful work Sandie, you always seem to create something fab!

Gayle Price said...

Hey Sandie, congratulations !! I had no idea you were on the Helmar DT, did I miss a post ? any way, well done ! Your frame is beautiful, and what a great idea, thanks for sharing. I have never used Helmar products, I have never even seen them in the craft stores I visit, so I must keep an eye out for them now. After doing Finnabairs classes on the weekend I am looking for a really strong, easy to use, quick drying glue, maybe Helmar is it . xx

Eila Sandberg said...

Wow! the frame turned out really spectacular! We don't have Helmar in Sweden either, have only seen Lydell use it in her tuts and what I hear it's absolutely outstanding. xxx

Donna said...

oh I love what you've done with the frame, you've really achieved the antique look to it, great job Sandie.
Donna xx

Colleen Dietrich said...

You must have felt all giddy, finding those timeworn frames for only $2 each!! So jealous! You transformed this one beautifully.