Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015

"American Hero"

Greetings all Kathleen here to present to you "American Hero".  Memorial Day; a day to remember all of those who have served and are serving in the armed forces to protect and defend our liberties and freedoms.  With this in mind I decided to do a layout of my son's grandfather who severed and fought as a helicopter pilot in the Army.  I wanted to showcase more on the side of what our service member see and endure while defending our country.

Tips and techniques: 

I like making my own molding paste because it is quick and easy and affordable.
1/4 cup baby powder
2 tablespoons white acrylic paint
mix these three ingredients in a small container which has a lid for storing.  If needed add a few drops of water to thin it out if it appears to thick.

After applying my mask and first round of paints and allowing it to dry I apply a liberal amount of Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA glue to the back of the paper.  Then flip it over and adhere to your base paper.   Rough up the edges and it's ok if small tears happen.

Now begin my layering with strips of paper torn to look like mountain landscape.  I run a piece of paper from an old dictionary down the center then layer in a few tags. It's time now to get out those stamps and have fun stamping around the perimeter of your design.  I even use a winter icicle stamp upside down!  

Last step is to secure my chipboard pieces in place.  To give these chippies a grunge look I painted them first with Shimmerz Coloringz Chocolate Brownie the spot painted the with Shimmerz Vibez Egg Noggin.  I used Helmar Acid Free glue to secure the last pieces in place.

Thank you for stopping by the Helmar blog today, I hope you will give Helmar Craft& Hobby PVA glue and Helmar Acid Free glue a try on your next project!  Please stop by my blog Talking Papers for a visit.

I wish you a safe and memorable Memorial Day Weekend.  May your creativity take flight!

Items use:
Craft & Hobby PVA Glue 4.23 fl.oz.Acid Free glue 8.45 fl.oz.


  1. This looks amazing! Love all the texture and the colours are wonderfully masculine.. Wonderful tribute!

  2. Beautifully textural, and a wonderful way to create awareness about those in the military. Thanks so much.

  3. wow. This is so interesting and full of texture. LOVE it.

  4. This is perfect and a wonderful tribute! Wowzers! I just made a tribute as well and have to agree with you about remembering our brave. Thank you for sharing this stunning make. ~Niki