Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Checking Out The New Tim Holtz Stencils & Rub-Ons!

Hello everyone, Annie here today to share some ideas and inspiration with you.

I was very excited to open my parcel from SJ Crafts this week, because amongst other things it contained some Tim Holtz goodies and I'm a big TH fan!

In my parcel were two of his Layering Stencils - Dot Fade and Splatters and some Remnant Rubs - Botanical and Life Quotes. There are lots of inspiring vids on YouTube showing you how to achieve some really cool effects with these products, so I was very excited to have a go myself!

After some experimenting I ended up with some seriously inky fingers and this colourful collection of 4"x6" cards and embellishments ...


I used several gorgeous colours of Distress Ink and Distress Paint and a water spritzer - I love the way they all work together. Another essential ingredient not shown here is baby wipes!


Tim said during a demo that the Remnant Rubs will stick to all kinds of things as well as paper, such as wood, glass, metal and fabric, so I wanted to try this out - on the left you can see some wood and metal bits from my rummage drawer, a couple of Ranger Fragments and some canvas fabric to experiment on.

Here are a couple of amazing Tim Holtz demos to give you an idea of what can be done - this one using Remnant Rubs - and this one about the Layering Stencils. I love to watch YouTube videos for ideas and will often have them playing on my iPad whilst I'm scrapping.

For this project, I combined several of the ideas from Tim's demo, adapting slightly to fit what I had available. I started with plain white cardstock and applied matching Distress Paint through the Dot Fade stencil to create a resist background pattern for my first layer ...


Then I added another layer of pattern over this, using two more vibrant colours of Distress Paint and the Splatters stencil ...


Next came the Remnant Rubs - these went on SO easily, because they're REALLY STICKY. You could use them in a "tidier" way if you preferred, but I was going for the messy, grungy style as demonstrated by my hero! This is achieved by rubbing randomly here and there and then quickly snatching the sheet off your project to leave "remnants" of the words and images on your design:


The next layer was created with Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade and Orange Marmalade - I love the vibrant colours and the evocative names of these inks ...


A baby wipe swiped over the surface removed ink from the stencilled areas and helped to blend the colours. It's great how the stencilled design keeps its true colour because the paint resists the ink. The other thing you notice at this stage is that despite all the layers you've added, the surface is still totally smooth, so it's perfect for stamping on ...


I used archival ink, so that it wouldn't smudge if I wanted to go back in with more Distress Inks later. Unfortunately the butterfly just didn't work on this card - it stamped perfectly well, but it just didn't look right and I threw it away in a fit of pique and started again :o)


Here's another background - I added Remnant Rubs and stamping to this ...


and repeated the process until I had three cards I was happy with ...


Then it was time to turn my attention to some other types of surfaces ...


The flower was cut twice from canvas fabric using the TH Tattered Florals Bigz Die with my Cuttlebug. I applied the Remnant Rubs before colouring with Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry and Scattered Straw - it was quite difficult to make myself add them truly randomly!

Then I tried some wood and metal - a garden label leftover from our wedding tables and an old front door key, which will both find a home in our wedding album!


I applied the Remnant Rubs to the stick first, then coloured with Distress Inks. I love the way the Rubs act as a resist, so that when you go over the surface with a baby wipe, it blends the colours and leaves a white "halo" around the words and images.

The key got a base coat of Distress Paint in Picket Fence, then I added some Rubs and finished with some Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers around the edges.

One of my favourite home-made embellies is a beer bottle top squished in the Cuttlebug, so that's what I tried next, as well as a Ranger Fragment, just to see how well the Rubs would stick to such a smooth surface ...


The bottle top was treated in much the same way as the key, with a base coat of Distress Paint, followed by some random Rubs and finished with Distress Ink in Scattered Straw and Peacock Feathers.

The Fragment was initially coloured with Alcohol Inks on the back, which looked very pretty, but when I added the Rubs to the front I realised that you couldn't see them very well against the alcohol inked background, so I got the Blending Solution out and removed most of it. Interestingly, although I ended up with the Blending Solution (which is a solvent) all over the place, those Remnant Rubs stayed put, which was pretty impressive - having struggled with rub-ons in the past, I was very impressed with how well and easily these stuck to any surface I tried - just bear in mind that they really are super sticky, so you need to be careful (but that's hardly a negative point!)

What a lovely time I had with these - and I'm stull bursting with ideas to try out! Have you tried Remnant Rubs yet? Do you Love to Layer? Are you a Tim Holtz groupie or a YouTube junkie like me?!

Remember to check out all the Ranger / Tim Holts goodies in the SJ Crafts shop HERE!

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Cheerio for now
Annie :o)xxx

Annie is often experimenting and sharing her fabulous results over at her blog Arty Farty Annie, go pay her a visit!

P.S. Louise will be here with more Tim Holtz inspiration tomorrow!

4 comments :

Lizzy Hill said...

Wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing - those 'rub on' ish thingies look fabulous) And I do so looove the bright pops of colour...nice stencils, too:):)

Louise said...

I love what you heave done here Annie and you've given me lots of ideas too x

MiniOwner said...

Wow! Such an inspiring post. :o)
Sue x

Lisa-Jane said...

I LOVE what you've done with these goodies Annie!