Monday, June 8, 2015

Trust in the Lord ~ Canvas for Helmar/Scraps of Elegance

Hi everyone, it's starting to warm up with hot summer days here in Ohio. I'm so grateful for air conditioning! I hope you're finding a way to stay cool as well. 

Birthdays are a special time to show appreciation, and I've created this canvas with an encouraging verse for a dear friend. She has a creative sweet soul and adores anything vintage. I've featured Helmar Découpage & Craft Paste as well as other Helmar adhesives on my canvas. Be sure to scroll down for all the details. 

I've also used products from the gorgeous April Scraps of Elegance Kit.

"Trust in the Lord"

Tips and Techniques
It can be tricky to adhere paper to canvas smoothly without wrinkles or bubbles. Helmar Découpage & Craft Paste worked perfectly for this application. The Découpage Paste is rather thick, so for my 5x7" canvas I put about three tablespoons or so of the paste on my craft mat and added water until it was a nice consistency to brush onto the canvas. I'm guessing about 1 part water to 2 parts Découpage Paste. I then used a foam brush to apply the paste onto the canvas, I also brushed it onto the back of my patterned paper. Finally I gave another quick brushing to the canvas to make sure there weren't any spots that had dried out. I put the paper in place and gently rubbed with my fingers to make sure there weren't any air bubbles. I set it aside to dry before continuing to decorate the canvas.

I wanted to make sure everything was securely adhered so that all the elements will stay in place over the course of time since a canvas will be hung or displayed on an easel. Of course I grabbed my Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive for this job. This is not a place where a little dab will do. I used generous amounts of adhesive. I didn't worry about adhering every little place on the clock chipboard, but rather focused on applying glue to the thicker outer rim and in places where the chipboard design was a bit thicker.

Here's a close-up of the flower cluster using gorgeous flowers, metal leaf, and resin bee from the April Scraps of Elegance Kit. To allow for added dimension, I only adhered the leaves at the base. The skeleton leaf is a metal piece I colored with pearl medium and is actually floating above the other leaves. It's quite secure though with a generous dollop of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive at the base which is hidden by the other flowers clustered over the glued area.

I stenciled the clock with a pearlized medium resulting an a slightly raised an uneven surface. I applied the stamped sentiment strips using Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots which allowed me to apply them over the textured surface without warping the strips. The butterfly, chipboard, and flowers are all adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. The gorgeous butterfly and background paper are from the April Scraps of Elegance kit.

I hope you've been inspired to grab some Helmar Découpage & Craft Paste to use on your next canvas project.

Helmar Products Used

Please hop on over to the Helmar blog to leave a lovely comment HERE.

SOE April 2015 Kit
Prima ~ Butterfly Collection - Princess Papillon
Prima ~ Butterfly Collection - Vintage Collage
Reneabouquets: Our signature hand-crafted butterflies
Prima: Butterfly Collection Flowers - Bulbe
Lindy's Stamp Gang: Magicals Pigment Powder - Sweet Violet Purple Teal
Elements Add On:
Fabscraps ~ Filigree Embellishments - Old Silver 2
Prima - Shabby Chic Treasures Resin - Bugs
Floral Add On:
Prima - Butterfly Flowers - Chenille
Prima - Butterfly Leaves - Aile
Creativity Add On:
Faber Castell ~ Texture Luxe Metallic Paste - Pearls
Faber Castell - Gelatos Designer Series - Bali Set (Limoncello)
Color Add On
Viva Decor ~ Paper Pen - Rose

Be sure to check out the SOE/SOD Store for $10 off a $50 purchase through June 12.

Other Products
Canvas - 5x7
Leaky Shed Studio ~ Flower Corner
Leaky Shed Studio ~ Clock #2 Small
Leaky Shed Studio ~ Cross Set
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Rosebuds 4mm - pastel
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Rosebuds 8mm - white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Heather Stem Flowers - white
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Sweetheart Blossoms - white
Liquitex ~ Gesso - white, clear
Pan Pastels ~ iron oxide tint, burnt sienna, burnt sienna extra dark 
The Crafter's Workshop ~ Mini Time Travel 6x6 Stencil

Thanks for stopping by today! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings 


  1. Soooo full of vintage beauty! LOOOVE the clock and that crackle in the bg too.....gorgeous work, as always, Tracey!!!

  2. This canvas looks beautiful, love the soft dusty pink colours, love the clock and chipboard flourishes and flowers! Love the quote too, very inspiring!

  3. So gorgeous! LOVING the flowers and the butterfly!!!!!


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