Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mixed Media Scripture Card Holder for Helmar

Wishing each of you a happy and blessed New Year!

Helmar asked me to create a New Years resolution project to share with you. I'm not big on resolutions; however, one of my goals this year is to commit more Scripture to memory. I created this lovely card holder for the window ledge above my kitchen sink. I'll place special verses there to think about and learn as I work. This would make a great recipe holder as well. I've used Helmar Decoupage & Craft Paste to adhere and seal my background papers.

Scripture Card Holder

Tips and Techniques
I found this giant clothes pin on clearance after Easter last year. It was decorated with some "lovely" cartoon Easter bunny paper. I peeled off the paper and sanded to get a smooth finish and also sanded all the painted edges to distress, revealing the wood below at all the edges. 

Once all my sanding was complete, I cut sections of cardstock weight patterned paper by Prima just a little larger than the flat panels on the clothes pin base. I brushed just the wood panels with Decoupage  Paste then laid the paper pieces onto the decoupaged wood. I rolled over the paper with a brayer to make sure it would be completely adhered without any air bubbles below. Here's a hint when using a brayer. I laid a sheet of computer paper over the patterned paper before using the brayer to make sure I wouldn't leave markings or transfer stray bits from the brayer. 

When this was completely dry, I trimmed close and sanded the edges to distress so the paper blended right into the wood edge. Then I brushed more Decoupage & Craft Paste over the top to seal the paper beneath. Since I plan to use this in the kitchen I want a nice sealed surface to protect the paper from splashes. Set aside and allow to dry completely.

When dry, I applied molding paste with a dot fade stencil, then used tinsel and gold Color Shine mists to add shimmer and drips. When this was dry, I sprayed with Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish

I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment and lantern, then colored with inks and watercolor pencils. I wanted to seal these to protect against those kitchen splashes, but didn't wanted to keep a natural finish to contrast against the glossy background, so sprayed with Helmar Crystal Kote Matte Varnish.

Finally, I selected some gorgeous flowers and arranged my elements onto the clothes pin. Everything is adhered into place with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, which is my favorite go to adhesive when adhering to a mixed media surface. 

Helmar Products

Other Products
Prima ~ Ledger Pad 12 x 12
Petaloo ~ Botanica Faux Dried Blooms - Ivory; Canterbury Magnolia Blossoms - Burgundy; Color Me Crazy Mini Pearl Daisies - All Whites
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 25mm Cottage rose - Mixed White/Cream
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx and MMI Embossing Powder, Leather
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs, Scattered Straw
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine - Gold, Tinsel
Prismacolor ~ Watercolor Pencils - Spanish Orange Crimson Red, Sienna, Goldenrod
Stampers Anonymous ~ Dot Fade Stencil
Inky Antics Clear Set Stamps ~ Shining Lantern
Giant Clothespin - craft store
Darice ~ Heat Tool, Brayer
Stampers Anonymous ~ Grid Blocks
Ranger ~ Water Brush
EK Success ~ Honey Bee Scissors
Monteverde Fountain Pen

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~


  1. This is a stunning idea and thanks so much for the how to.
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  2. Very nice idea, Tracey! I like the backround paper and the embossed embellies. I want to wish you a happy New Year, may all your wishes come true.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous!! You decorated it so beautifully!! Have a safe and happy New Year :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Fabulous idea! I love practical crafting & I love pretty crafting....so this one just makes me sooo happy.....love those dots on the bg...gives it a lovely finishing touch:):))

  5. This is sooooooooo gorgeous! I loveeeeeee the colors and the lantern!! Happy New Year!!

  6. Beautiful Tracey! Happy New Year!

  7. Love your very awesome scripture holder Tracey Great idea !! One of my favorite scriptures on it too :) Wishing you a blessed New Year!

    1. Thanks, Davi!! Yes, my favorite verse, too!! ~ Blessings

  8. Happy New Year.. awesome work too :)

  9. This looks wonderful and as we spend a lot of time in our kitchens it will be in the best place to help you see your verses to learn.. lovely idea and beautiful verse holder.. Blessings to you for this New Year!

  10. Very beautiful and meaningful. Wishing you a 2014 filled with His peace, love and joy.

  11. This is so gorgeous and so practical at the same time! Lovely idea!

  12. This is so beautiful and such a lovely idea.

  13. Beautiful and gorgeous little piece! Love it! ;-)

  14. stunning and what a wonderful beautiful way to work on your memory verses!


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