Welcome Helmar Holiday Hoppers (and regular readers too)! I am so excited to share with you a tutorial for something I think makes a great holiday (and non-holiday) decor item and also a nice gift! As I have shared the past few days, there are tons of ways to decorate custom shades for the Febreze Luminary.
Today’s tutorial will show you how I made this snowflake themed shade. You can take the basic construction and easily adapt it to all sorts of mediums and designs. This is truly a project that is limited only by your imagination.
Don’t forget, way down at the bottom of the post is a link to the next blog in the blog hop. You will want to keep hopping for more inspiration and prizes along the way!
- Febreze Luminary (you should be able to find these in stores like Target and Walmart)
- Acrylic Sheets
- Helmar 450 Quick Dry
- Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive
- Inkssentials Memory Foil Tape
- Non-stick Craft Sheet
- Craft Knife
- Craft Scraper (or other straight edge tool)
- scotch tape
Supplies for this specific Example:
- Alcohol Ink (Stonewashed, Cloudy Blue, Cool Peri, Sailboat Blue, Eggplant, and Pearl Mixative)
- Ink Blending Tool with felt
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Masks
- Tim Holtz Alterations Snow Flurries Die
- Elegant Flourishes Die
- Thin metal sheeting
Begin by cutting four 3″ x 5″ pieces of acrylic. You can vary the height (5″) to I have tried several different weights of acrylic. For the best finished look, choose one that is about the thickness of chipboard. Lighter weight acrylic like shrink plastic or transparencies are too thin and not rigid enough for the shade walls. Save those instead for fun clear embellishments for the outside of your shade (like on the Classic Black Shade).
The acrylic sheets I use have a clear film on both sides. Peel the film off of one side of each panel. Place those panels so that the side that still have the film is face up. Use scotch tape to tape the four panels together. After you tape the sections together, flip the whole piece over so that the side without the film is facing up. I like to leave the film on the back side just to help protect it from scratching and to keep it clean while I am working.
I cut four strips of Tim Holtz Masks with the Snow Flurries On the Edge die. I cut out each snowflake to create individual snowflake masks. I also cut two flourishes from the Elegant Flourishes die.
I placed the masks on the strip of panels on the side without the film. I placed the partial snowflakes along the edges so that the missing part of the snowflake would be off of the edge. Two small snowflakes can be placed together to create a whole snowflake image.
Apply alcohol inks in an assortment of colors (I chose a variety of blues) to the felt pad of an ink applicator tool. Apply the ink to the panels working over the tops of the masks. Keep applying the ink in layers until you achieve a look that you like. I generally apply about 4 layers.
Apply Pearl Mixative to a clean felt. Dab the Pearl Mixative onto the surface over the alcohol ink to create a frosty look.
Remove the masks and place them back on the storage sheet. You can leave the dried ink on them or clean them with Alcohol Ink Blending Solution.
Turn the strip of panels over and remove the tape and film from the back side.
Apply a thin line of Helmar 450 Quick Dry to the right edge of the first three panels.
Lay the panels ink side up on the craft sheet, pressing the edges together so that they are bonded by the glue.
Cut a 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of vellum in half so that you have two 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ pieces. Spray each with Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive. (I sprayed mine in a wooden spray box I use for glimmer sprays to control any adhesive over spray.)
Place one of the two pieces of vellum over the first two panels (ink side up), lining up the edge of the paper with the right edge of the second panel. Use a craft scraper to smooth the vellum onto the surface and smooth out any air pockets.
Place the second piece of vellum on the remaining two panels. Overlap the left edge of the second piece of the vellum onto the first about 1/4″. This will help to keep the two sections of panels together. Use the scraper again to smooth out any air pockets and wrinkles. Let the panels set until the adhesive is try. If the vellum tries to peel up, place something on top of it until the adhesive is dry.
Once the adhesive is try, turn the panel over and trim away the excess vellum. Leave a strip about 1/4″ wide along the side of the last panel.
**You will notice that the masked images have softened and blurred. The ink reacts to the chemicals in the V2 Vellum Spray. It causes a reaction very much like applying blending solution. If you do not want a blended look you can use a glue stick to adhere the vellum to the acrylic, which is what I did on the Leaves, Houses, and Classic Black luminaries. In this example which reminds me of a frosty window, I think the blending is a beautiful effect.
Fold the flap toward the back of the panel so that it is out of the way for the following step.
Apply strips of Memory Foil Tape along the seams of the panels as shown. Trim the tips of foil even with the panels.
Apply a thin line of 450 Quick Dry along the folded flap.
Apply a thin line of 450 Quick Dry along the edge of the panel without the foil tape.
Bend the panels at each seam. Bring the two ends together, pressing them together to set the adhesive.
Press the flap down on the inside to help adhere the two sections together. Fold the flap of foil down around the corner.
Place a line of foil around the top edge of all four sides of the shade.
Fold the foil over the top edge into the inside.
Place the assembled shade in the base.
Die cut four strips of thin metal using the Snow Flurries On the Edge die. Trim the piece to 1/4″ below the snowflakes. Trim the the strip to fit the side of the shade (it should be slightly wider than 3″).
Apply 450 Quick Dry adhesive to the back of the metal piece.
Place the metal pieces on each side of the shade, placing the bottom edge of each metal piece slightly below the top edge of the luminary base.
With the light on, the shade glows with a soft and frosty effect.
Thank you so much for joining me on my leg of the Helmar Blog Hop! I hope this project give you a bit of inspiration for something you could create for your home or for a gift. Please be sure to click on the graphic below to visit the next blog on the Hop!