Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A New Best Friend, Besides Hot Chocolate - Decoupage with Helmar

This week for Helmar, I have been playing around with Decoupage and Craft Paste, and created a pencil/brush holder from an empty Hot Chocolate container.  I look at items around the house with a new light of re-purposing the empty containers, or packages.

Firstly, I painted my container, as I knew I was going to use tissue paper, which is quite transparent.  I applied the Decoupage and Craft Paste with a paintbrush to the actual container, having previously cut the tissue paper to size.  The process of adding the paper was simple, and a wipe with a damp cloth afterwards, eliminated any wrinkles or creases... you cannot even tell where the join is!
The printed image, I sprayed with Crystal Kote Fixative, just to seal the image - especially as I had printed it myself, and was not sure of the inks stability.  Spraying with the fixative, seals the paper and is a fast process with quick drying time.  I applied the Decoupage and Craft Paste to the area where I wanted the image and added the image, wiping any excess adhesive away with a damp cloth.  No wrinkles, no creases, and no lengthy time to dry.  I did have the help with a heat gun though!
The embellishing of my container was completed using the 450 Quick Dry adhesive.  I also added lace to the inside of the container, so the items sitting inside would not be damaged by the metal rim. 
Also, his month you have a chance to win a great prize with the Helmar Challenge, just upload your challenge entry into the Helmar Flickr Group before the end of the month.  So get creative and come and join in with the fun!
Happy Creating!
Products List:
Helmar: Decoupage and Craft Paste, Crystal Kote Fixative, and 450 Quick Dry
Hot Chocolate Tin
Hand-Made Hat Pins
Tim Holtz Tissue Paper
Braid, Hand-Dyed Laces, Flowers, Ribbon
Computer Generated Image


Teresa said...

This is gorgeous Sandie, the colour is beautiful and the lacey embellishments are gorgeous. Teresa xx

Lean said...

This is a lovely creation you have made cool challenge at Helmar to.

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow this is stunning, love what you did, so creative. Have to say that Hellmar stuff really seems to work, can't believe the quality of how the main image came out. That fixative stuff sounds amazing!

Christina C. said...

OMG, Sandie, this is so, love it!!!!!
Beautiful image!
I used a fixative on my Stampscapes sceneries....makes a wonderful seal!

Adriana B said...

gorgeous sandie, love it :)

Carole said...

Hi Sandie, love that you visited, thank you. Wow, what an awesome tag, you are growing leaps and bounds and everything you create is fab! Carole xox

carlies said...

hey blog friend love what here have done sooo gorgeous

xx Carla

Vicky Alberto said...

so very gorgeous!!!

Jodi said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!! Way to pretty for storing pencils! :-)

Keren Tamir said...

Love the project!! thats so beautiful!!

Gayle Price said...

Hey Sandie, love this beautiful "tin", just gorgeous. Also love your tea time tag, so very delicate and pretty. xx

Lisa S. said...

I'm a huge fan of recycling Sandie so this project is right up my alley. You've done an amazing job with this and turned it into a treasured keepsake. It's gorgeous!!!

Eila Sandberg said...

Crikey Sandy! how clever to use a hot chocolate container and turn it into something as gorgeous as this! love love love the colours and the techniques you have used. This is amazing! xoxo