Monday, May 12, 2014

"Treasured Friend" Mixed Media Card for Helmar

One of my latests purchases is a set of Pan Pastels. This is my first project using them, and the colors and blending are fabulous. However, to keep the colors in place a fixative is suggested. Helmar's Crystal Kote Fixative spray worked perfectly with this medium. It's a workable fixative, so I could continue to work with the colors while avoiding unwanted smudges.

A birthday card for a very dear friend.

Tips and Techniques
I started with a card size piece of mixed media paper. I rubbed on and blended Pan Pastel color. Once I achieved the color I wanted, I misted the paper with Helmar Crystal Kote Fixative before moving on to the next step of stenciling with molding paste. Once the molding paste was dry, I applied more color then another misting of fixative.

The colored and stenciled paper was then adhered to a card base with Helmar Premium Craft Glue. I love that I this glue does not warp my papers, and that it gives me a few moments to adjust the placement before setting.

I also added color to my flowers with the Pan Pastels, and then misted them with Helmar Crystal Kote Fixative. I spread them out over a scrap piece of paper and misted them all at once. 

This retired Leaky Shed Studio border was heat embossed with Frantage Embossing Enamel.

The enameled chipboard and flowers were arranged, then adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. A couple of the flowers were raised and positioned with Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots.

Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive adheres well to mixed media backgrounds like this. 

Helmar Products

More information on Helmar Product can be found here.

Other Products
White Cardstock
Mixed Media Paper
Petaloo ~ Color Me Crazy Trumpet Vine Spray, white
Petaloo ~ Penny Lane Forget Me Nots, mint
Wild Orchid Craft ~ 20mm Open Rose Ivory/Pale Pink
Jolee's Botique ~ Parisian Flowers
Leaky Shed Studio ~ Chipboard - circle border
Prima ~ Stencil - Flourish
Inkadinkado ~ Friend Stamp
Frantage ~ Embossing Enamel
Clearsnap - Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx
Clearsnap ~ Embossing Powder
Pan Pastels
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste

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~ Blessings ~


  1. Beautiful, Tracey - the colours of the pan pastels look delish behind the chippy & flowers...lovely, lovely card:):)

  2. So gorgeous! I loveeeeeeee the flowers!!!!

  3. Really beautiful card, love the flowers and love the back ground on your card too!!

  4. This is the most elegant mixed medium project I have ever seen!

  5. Wowzer Tracey is that really gorgeous, I love the soft colors you achieved with the pastels and the texture and flowers are really beautiful :) What a wonderful card for your friend!!

  6. Your card is stunning. So much time and love has gone into it.

  7. Totally awesome card Tracey!! Love the soft colour and textures and your tips are always so helpful!! Absolutely stunning work!! ox


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