Thursday, May 30, 2019

Tim Holtz Professor With Distress Oxide Sprays -- A Mixed Media Tag

Sara Emily Barker Tim Holtz The Professor Oxide Spray Rub Resist Mixed Media Tag 1

Hello and welcome! It's Tag Friday time at A Vintage Journey, and I was happy to play along. It's always fun to make a tag with no theme in mind--just pure play time! And may I add, it's fun to get my hands inky after putting my mixed media supplies aside for this project.

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Sara Emily Barker Tim Holtz The Professor Oxide Spray Rub Resist Mixed Media Tag 2

And play I did! I added some of Tim Holtz newest Distress Oxide Spray colors and his The Professor stamps to my crafty stash last month, but haven't had a chance to give them a try.  I used a large manila tag and my favorite 'old' DOX spray colors: Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain along with a splash of my newest addition--Twisted Citron. You can see in the photo above just how much impact just one  spritz of this color has among the older, more subdued favorites.

The Story Stick is colored with Black Soot paint, Smolder Alcohol Pearls and Caramel alcohol ink and twisted up with some wire from my stash, since something as grungy as this needs a funkie topper.

Sara Emily Barker Tim Holtz The Professor Oxide Spray Rub Resist Mixed Media Tag 3

I wanted to play along in this month's Tim Holtz Addicts Facebook technique challenge-- Rub Resist, so I pulled out some oldie 'Numbers' Remnant Rubs and applied them to the tag before applying the sprays. This tag is really thirsty, and mostly the colors soaked in right away, but in some instances, I was able to spray them with water and chase them around with my heat tool,  giving it this nice grungy look.

Sara Emily Barker Tim Holtz The Professor Oxide Spray Rub Resist Mixed Media Tag 4

 How could you not love The Professor?!  I used Ground Espresso and Faded Jeans Archival ink to stamp him. I wiped off the excess ink from the rubs, then masked the image and stamped the dial from the same set in Faded Jeans. This time, I heat set the ink so that it would set on top of the Remnant Rub. I actually should have done the reverse, since the dial appears to be in the background. Oh, well! It's all just for fun!

I inked up the tape measure stamp with Peeled Paint archival and colored a Quote Chip with Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo spray and edged it with Black Soot Distress Crayon after giving it a sealing coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte.

Sara Emily Barker Tim Holtz The Professor Oxide Spray Rub Resist Mixed Media Tag 5

 That's all for me, but there's plenty more tag inspiration by my talented fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey, so I hope you'll hop over! And then we invite you to play along, too, and link up any tags you've been working on. Thank you for stopping by! Hugs! Sara Emily

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  1. It's absolutely fabulous, Sara Emily!! I love how you've showcased the professor!! The techniques you used are amazing!! Love the details!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. What a fabulous playtime you had Sara Emily in creating this delightful tag. I love how you’ve used the oxide sprays and created that wonderfully grungy background helped along with the remnant rubs for added interest and the professor shines through brilliantly. Have a great weekend xxx

  3. Amazing tag! I love the professor and you created the perfect tag to showcase him 😊. I so enjoyed seeing the different techniques that you used and it looks like you had so much fun creating it too. I'm so excited to be able to join you as part of the Creative Guide team, thank you for the warm welcome! Wishing you a happy Friday and weekend! Jo xx

  4. Thank you for sharing with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges. Wonderful color choices and the professor is wonderfully put in a harmonious composition. Hugs, Susan

  5. What a great tag Sara Emily, love the DOX background and the hit of Twisted Citron is the perfect addition (have it on order and can't wait to get it!). Don't you love The Professor?! What a great stamp set and you have showcased it beautifully with the Remnant Rub Resist technique. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  6. Oh Sara, never has the professor looked so cool!!! I adore the background you created for him, that hint of Twisted Citron really did make all the difference. The rub ons also made for the perfect finishing touch! A truly fabulous tag!!

  7. A beautifully designed tag with the wonderful stamps (love that professor iimage!) and wonderfully inked background you created Sara Emily!

  8. I adore this tag, Sara Emily... the rub resist technique was one of my favourites all those years ago in the Tim Tags, and the colours here are just irresistible (although not if you're a rub-on!). I've not been that bothered about the professor until I saw this!!
    Alison x

  9. What a great tag Sara Emily!! I love the Rub Resist technique. The techniques you used are amazing! I also love your grungy background, so beautiful. I am so thrilled to have joined as a Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey and I am really looking forward to following your journey with the team. Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs, Ann

  10. I do LOVE the Professor and I really love your fabulous tag! The Distress Oxide Spray background is beautiful and those Remnant Rubs are just the perfect finishing touch! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. Oh, wow! This is so beautifully put together, Sara! Love everything on this tag - the background, the stamped elements, the little embellishments and rub ons...really cool! Thank you for sharing this awesome tag with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xxx

  12. Breathtakingly fabulous Sara - everything about it is stunning! Jennie x

  13. What a stunning tag and you have inspired me to purchase some of those DIO sprays x Love that stamp too xx Wonderful details !

    huge hugs
    Annie xx

  14. Absolutely LOVE your Rub resist Professor tag, Sara. A fab unity of technique, stamp and sprayed grungy colour. A great post to read too .
    Amanda x


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