Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Lifetime Is . . . for Helmar with Rusty Metal Chipboard Tutorial

I'm so excited to be sharing my first Helmar design team project with you. If you have a spare moment, please stop by the Helmar Blog to leave some love. 

The photo in this layout is one taken of our son, Joseph, and his bride, Rachel, on their sunny Florida honeymoon. I adore the way sun rays stream over the two of them. They will be celebrating two years of marriage in December already. Rachel is so precious to us and a wonderful wife for Joseph. 

For today's project, I have featured Helmar Acid Free Glue to create this "Rusty Metal Chipboard." I've included a tutorial so you can create some rusty goodness for your next project. I've also used other Helmar products which I will be telling you about as I describe my page.

 "A Lifetime Is Not Long Enough to Love You"
I used the October Prima BAP sketch for inspiration along with lots of Prima goodies!!

I've also used this gorgeous October Mood Board at Berry71Bleu

Tips and Techniques
Here's a close-up of one of my "Rusty Metal Chipboard" pieces. Check out my tutorial below. I adhere all my heavier embellishments like chipboard using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

Another Rusty Metal Chipboard close-up with this fab texture! Here you can see some of my mixed media background. I stamped and then stenciled with molding paste and mist. 

The flowers and wood veneer pieces all started out white or natural and were spritzed with mists in yellows and teals. 

The photo mat is raised by adhering with Helmar White Round 1/2" Zapdots so that I can tuck flowers and other embellishments under the mat. All of my dimensional items like these flowers and veneer pieces are adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to make sure they stay in place. For paper to paper, like for my photo mat, I like to use Helmar Premium Craft Glue  It does not warp the paper at all and when you put the papers together, you have a few moments to move things around and make any necessary adjustments. 

 A close-up of the flower cluster near the title with wood veneers and button.

Here you can see my mixed media background with stenciled molding paste and misting beneath my flower cluster tucked in and under the photo mats. If you are starting to work with mixed media, you will find that it can be a challenge to get your elements to stick to the media used. Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive is higher in solids content and works wonderfully to get a great hold when attaching your embellishments.

I painted and inked this Dusty Attic chipboard title and adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

Now it's time to share how I created the Rusty Metal Chipboard. Who said glue is just for adhering? I've used it as a mixed media product to create this grungy, textured, rusty looking chipboard!

Rusty Metal Chipboard Tutorial
Rusty Metal Chipboard Tutorial for Helmar ~ Tracey Sabella
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Chipboard (Dusty Attic Key Holes used)
Ranger Alcohol Ink in rusty colors
Heat Tool
Nonstick Craft Sheet (Ranger used) Wax paper or foil could also be used
Small tip paint brush
  • Step 1. Cover chipboard piece liberally with Helmar Acid Free Glue. Be sure to get all the way to the edges. If you are working with a larger chipboard piece you can apply the glue and heat in phases instead of all at once.
Note ~ do NOT attempt this technique with glues that are flammable such as Helmar 450 or Helmar Premium Craft Glue.

Rusty Metal Chipboard Tutorial for Helmar ~ Tracey Sabella Step 1
  • Step 2. Apply heat to the glue using a heat tool until it bubbles up and even pops. Sometimes the heat causes bubbles that are quite large, when you're done heating and it is cool enough to handle, you can push those bubbles down. You will see the glue look like it is bubbling and boiling down below the surface - that's what you want to see. It's OK if some of the glue get's a little browned since you will be covering it.
Rusty Metal Chipboard Tutorial for Helmar ~ Tracey Sabella Step 2

  • Step 3. Select colors of Alcohol Ink that resemble the color of rust you would like to achieve. Place a small pool of each on a craft sheet or scrap of waxed paper or foil.
Rusty Metal Chipboard Tutorial for Helmar ~ Tracey Sabella Step 3
  • Step 4. Start by brushing some of the lighter colors of alcohol ink onto your bubbled glue chipboard piece.

  • Step 5. Brush on rust and red alcohol ink to blend with the golds. I don't clean the brush between colors, but let the colors blend and bleed into each other, pooling in and darkening the cracks and crevices.

Here's the finished "Rusty Metal Chipboard" keyhole on the layout:

I hope you will give this fun technique a try!

Helmar Products used on this page:
Helmar Zapdots

Prima Products:
Sunrise Sunset Collection: Celsius; Corona; Aura; Del Sol; Aperture
Romance Novel Collection: Wordsmith
Cottage Blossoms ~ Canary
Mini Sachet Collection ~ Pearl
Wood Icons ~ Leaves & Flowers
Craftsman Collection ~ Wood Embellishments - Clocks and Tickets
Toggle ~ Wood Buttons - Quirky
Junk Yard Findings ~ Small Typo Bulbs
Sarah Flowers
Say It In Crystals ~ Hearts
Stencil ~ Static, Flourish
Build-A-Frame Collection 1 & 2

Other Products Used:
Dusty Attic ~ Baroque Frame Circle DA0542; "A Lifetime Is . . ." DA0910; Decorative Keyholes DA0224
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - CHOX Mix'd Media Inx
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Heidi Swapp Color Mist
Golden Light Molding Paste
Dusty Attic Acrylic Paint
Ranger Distress Ink
Zutter ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Distrezz-it-All
Darice Heat Tool
Tonic Scissors

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Lovely work, Tracey.....that rusty iron tech looks great...was back on your page earlier today looking up the double bow links. AGAIN. One day I'll be able to do it all by myself!!! And thanks for the good wishes re: my Scrap365 gig...I am very excited!!!!

  2. Goodness. The texture on the chipboard is amazing! Thanks for sharing your technique! :)

  3. This looks gorgeous Tracey, love that chunky textures you have created.. love the design too!

  4. This is soooooooooooo gorgeous! I love love love the colors and loving all the texture you created!!! Off to leave ya some love on Helmar!!!!!

  5. Beautiful page, Tracey! Thank you for another wonderful tutorial too! :o)

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous, Tracey!! I love all of the texture!! The rusted metal technique is amazing!! Thanks for sharing your technique!! Happy Wednesday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. such a gorgeous page and LOVE LOVE that title!!!!

  8. wow so gorgeous thank's for the tut

    hugs carla

  9. I love your design Tracey and all the techniques! Amazing!

  10. Very pretty. Love the technique effect.

  11. Great layout Tracey and thanks so much for the terrific tutorial!

    1. Thank you, Heather!! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial! ~ Blessings

  12. Wow! Such a gorgeous page .. and the chipboard treatments are a-ma-zing! Hugs! Miss you!

  13. This tutorial is terrific Tracey! I would never have thought to try something like this and it's such a great technique. I just love your layout - it's beautiful.

  14. What a clever technique & so darn effective! Just brilliant!! Thank you for sharing!!! Your layout is fantastic too!!!!

  15. Tracey, Your LO is soooo beautiful, I love the fabulous treatment on your chipboards. Lots of beautiful embellies to show off your son and dil in the precious pic! Thank you for the great tutorial I just have to try this :)

  16. I love the texture you did on the chipboard piece!! Wonderful layout!

  17. What a superb tutorial! I had no idea that chipboard can be made to look like metal, as you did.

    Thanks also for your kind comments on my layout for the OUAS October challenge!

    1. Thanks so much, Salla!! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial. ~ Blessings

  18. Stunning layout......fabulous tutorial, thankyou! I really would like to give this a try! Have a great week!

    1. Thank you, Tracey. Let me know when you try out my Rusty Metal Technique. ~ Blessings

  19. Wow! I'm loving the texture the Helmar glue gives the chipboard! It's fabulous and how creative!! Thanks for sharing your technique. Beautifully designed page & you picked the perfect flowers to give it that "Autumn" feel! Thanks for joining us at Berry71Bleu!

  20. Gorgeous page Tracey! I love the treatment on the chipboard. Thanks for joining the challenge at Berry71Bleu!

  21. Hi Tracey! Gorgeous layout and fun technique, TFS!!! Thanks for joing the Berry71Bleu Challenge.

  22. Tracey...Thanks for the tutorial...That really is amazing!! Your LO is gorgeous too....Thank you for sharing with us at berry71bleu!

  23. Gorgeous page Tracey! fabulous techniques....Thank you for joining the Berry71Bleu

  24. Gorgeous lo Tracey! love that technique you shared, it really transforms the chipboard pieces!!!


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