Saturday, March 14, 2015

REMNANT RESIST FOR COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES III

Happy Saturday!  

Welcome to my blog and the next challenge at 
Compendium of Curiosities III.  Linda Ledbetter and the Curiosity Crew invite you to play along with us as we explore the products and techniques of Tim Holtz

This challenge is all about the Remnant Rub Resist Technique.  What a fun way to use those miscellaneous rub on pieces or even create a fun background using a brand new sheet of Remnant Rubons. So turn to page 51 in your Compendium of Curiosities III book and check out Tim's instructions for this technique.  



The inspiration for my #8 Manila tag is from Tim's new Life Quotes stamp set.  The second I saw "NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEYS" I knew I HAD to have that set! How many of us can totally relate to that sentiment?  

While I cannot show you the technique in creating the background for my tag, I will share as much as I can with you about products used and other techniques I used to put this whimsical tag together.

I used various images from some of Tim's Remnant Rubon sets ... ones that I thought sort of coincided with a "circus" theme.  And speaking of the rub ons; Tim just released a new Remnant Rub Tool at CHA.  


Here is a picture of it and let me tell you, it's AWESOME!  Are you sick of trying to transfer rub on images using the popsicle stick that come with almost all rub ons? Well, here is your answer!  This is a METAL tool with a stylus point on one end and a large flat angled surface on the other. I used it when doing this technique and I am SO GLAD that I bought one of these bad boys! 



I found some vintage circus monkey images online, sized them to fit my tag and cut them out.



I used an old Vaseline Resist trick to make sure a few of the Rubons remained clear and the manila tag would show through after applying the inks.

I used Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks to colorize my tag background. I chose these colors because of the areas on the vintage monkeys images.  They had those colors behind them so I carried that color theme to my tag background. 

The images I stamped onto the tag are "Cirque" from The Big Top stamp set, the eye from Oddities stamp set, and the artsy butterfly from the Urban Chic stamp set.


And here is a look at the finished tag background. Granted, much of it will be covered by the embellishments that I layer on top but it was so fun to create and parts of the subtle "chaos" that is the background will still show through.  Finally, I added black to the outside edge of the tag to sort of "frame" the tag and pull everything together.



Since this tag will have a sort of "circus" theme, I decided to create a big top effect for the top of the tag.  I used a piece of scrap cardstock and stenciled "BIG TOP" stripes using the fabulous Wendy Vecchi's Yikes Stripes Stencil. I mixed a combination of Wendy's White Texture Paste and some Carnation Red Archival Reinker and scraped it through the stripe stencil. Perfect BIG TOP!



Next I die cut the bottom edge of the BIG TOP using Tim's Postage On The Edge die cut and sized it to fit my tag.  I left an extra 1/2" at the top of the BIG TOP and scored two 1/4" stripes across the top.  The first would be my fold back line to secure the BIG TOP to the back of my tag.  The second scored line would allow the BIG TOP awning to push out and create some dimension to the tag.



When I laid the monkeys on top of the background, I noticed that they seemed to sort of get lost in all of the pattern and color.  To soften the colors just to the right side of where my two monkeys on the bicycle would be, I swiped a bit of Picket Fence on top of the tag and gently rubbed it in. I repeated this process a couple of times until I was happy with the more muted background area. Then I went over the Picket Fence with Antique Linen Distress Ink to dull the white. That worked really well to help my monkeys stand out against the background. 

I secured the BIG TOP to the tag using 1/8" double sided Scor Tape.



Now for the inspiration of this tag ... the "NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEYS" sentiment.  For this tag, I wanted a sort of old fashioned sign to hang from the BIG TOP displaying the sentiment. So I stamped it onto a piece of cream colored cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.  I then cut between the lines of the saying and glued each strip onto a piece of chipboard; to resemble boards or sections of the sign. I clipped the corners of each strip and distressed them using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Once they were all finished, I glued them together onto a scrap piece of cardstock (on the underside of the sign). 



Next I pierced holes into the sign and also into the BIG TOP awning. Using three jump rings on each side, I created a chain and secured the sign to hang freely from the BIG TOP awning.



Finally, I heat embossed "AND SO THE ADVENTURE BEGINS" also from Tim's Life Quotes stamp set to place at the top of the tag.  I heat embossed the sentiment onto black chipboard using Distress Embossing Ink and Ranger's White Embossing Puffs Powder.  After it cooled, I added some light beige paint to the edges of the black chipboard using my finger.  I then glued it in place using 1/4" Scor Tape. 

This was an easy technique and honestly, I put this tag together in less than 3 hours. 

Now it's YOUR turn to try your hand at Tim's Remnant Rub Resist and then enter your art into our Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge.  There are two chances to win some wonderful prizes with every challenge.

This challenge is being sponsored by the lovely and gracious Linda Coughlin of 



The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  She is rewarding one of our winners with a $25.00 Gift Certificate to shop at her wonderful online store. Click on the image above to check out The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Our other prize package is from those very generous guys who we love and celebrate with this challenge, Tim and Mario!  They have sent a plethora (how's THAT for a fancy word?) of Tim Holtz Products for a very lucky winner each challenge. 

So don't delay!  Get out your Remnant Rub Ons and get busy!  

Good luck!

58 comments:

  1. what a wonderful piece, i love your base tag with the technique and the creative way you have finished it x

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  2. What a super fun project Candy! Love the vaseline resist technique and your monkeys are so much fun! Great idea with the sign, I just love it all! happy weekend :)

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  3. I LOVE this tag!!! You outdid yourself with it!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! OMGOSH!

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  4. Great use of the postage stamp die, cute circus theme. Love your tag!

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  5. Love those monkeys, what a great idea to do a circus theme. I like the Vaseline resist. X

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  6. You never cease to amaze me! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this, and I adore those monkeys!

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  7. Oh my your tag is gorgeous!!! Love your monkeys :)

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  8. Candy, I am LOL at the monkeys - what a hoot - and the big top awning is awesome! So glad to see someone also bring back the "oldies" in the Vaseline technique - thanks so much!

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  9. fantastic and imaginative. love the circus tent top....

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  10. Another amazing tag....just stupendous!

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  11. Absolutely fabulous background ; love how you did it and also how you gave dimension; love the monkey's and the stamp sentiment one of my favorite ... always brings a smile !

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  12. The sentiment is fabulous and love that you added the brilliant monkeys and the remnant rubs look fabulous in the background. But then you took it to another level by creating that fabulous awning - this is an incredible creation! Hugs, Anne xx

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  13. Candy!!! This just really, really, really does not suck!! Seriously, I wish I could get inside that creative mind of yours and see how it works. Using that On the Edge die for your big top is so cool!! The stripes are brilliant, its so cute on that polka dot paper. I can't wait to use the "not my circus" stamp, too, you've inspired me to do that sooner rather than later!!

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  14. Brilliant! You never stop amazing me with your fabulous projects. Love!

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  15. Wow!!!I love every detail of this incredible tag!

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  16. Sweet. Such a cute card. I love the monkeys... Such an amazing background too. Thanks Candy

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  17. Oh Candy, I had such a good laugh when I saw this project - I really needed that so Thank You! That new sentiment has to be one of my new favorites too! Thanks also for sharing that wonderful Vaseline technique - so clever! Love, love, love!

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  18. Such a hilarious take on the resist - this made me laugh out loud when I first caught sight of it!! Brilliant tip with the vaseline for added resist.
    Alison xx

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  19. Your tag is GREAT! I love that saying, too, and this just sets it off perfectly! Great tip about the Vaseline treatment too.

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  20. Completely HILARIOUS, Candy!! :) LOL!! I LOVE this tag!! AMEN to the quote!! This is just fabulous through and through!! I could be laughing too hard to write any more!! :) :) (I've got 3 older brothers that fit this quote perfectly!) (and you've got 3 monkeys on your tag!) :) :)
    Happy Circus--I mean Weekend!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

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  21. OMG, Candy, this is amazing! What a clever idea to use the Vaseline on remnant rubs! I love all the details and the monkeys are awesome! Great, great tag!
    Branka xxx

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  22. Candy, there's SO much to say here. First off: I love that saying too and mutter it in my head all the time. LOL! Secondly, that awning is genius with the texture paste. And finally, the over all whimsy of your project just makes me smile and feel so happy. Thank you. :)

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  23. I like that white paint/vintge linen ink approach to pushing back the color a little.

    I'm with you on hating to cover backgrounds that look so pretty...but then, a background alone does not a great tag/card/canvas make. And your tag is great!

    The dimension on this tag just blows my mind!

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  24. Candy, this is hilariously cute!!! The 'popcorn' topper is perfect, and the monkeys make me soooo want to point out to one and say "Next, I suppose one of yous is gonna tell me yer name is 'Not Me'?!?"
    VERY CUTE play, hon!! BRAVO!!

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  25. Oh my! This one made me smile! so inquisitive!

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  26. Interesting idea to add the vaseline! I love the subject matter and the saying as well. :)

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  27. this is so cool!! I love the monkey Candy! =)

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  28. Love your tag those monkeys are so cute thanks for the tip with the vaseline .

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  29. GORGEOUS!!! Absolutely loved seeing the process unfold. Truly inventive and creative!!

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  30. Always blown away by your creations, Candy! I can't believe how you turned your tag into a total first class circus act! Love the monkeys and love, love, love this! Hugs!

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  31. Ms. Candy I so love all the precious details you put into this. What a great make and love
    the little chimps!!! Outstanding...

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  32. Just amazing!!! And a fabulous tip on the vaseline, something I had never heard of or seen before, many thanks.

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  33. I was in Cheryl's shop and saw the butterfly stamp set that I'd seen Hel's use on a couple tags. I had my eye on it, but didn't decide to buy the set until I say the monkey phrase. I LOVE that you used it here. SO true. Not my circus (drama) not my monkeys (problem) so fitting for me right now. Thanks for being you!!

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  34. Candy your big top is fantastic and the way you've hung the sign is just fabulous. Love your creation!

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  35. This made me laugh out loud!!! I love it- the whimsey, creativity, the colors and the Vintage feel. This is an amazing tag oh forget tag this is an awesome piece of Art.

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  36. OMG Candy!! I love love love this! Of course anything circus related gets me really excited but your cool techniques really set this off! Most excellent tag!!

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  37. What a fun Circus theme. Love that stamp too!

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  38. What a stroke of bizarre genius, this tag really made me laugh. Fabulous!

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  39. Brilliant piece Candy, I adore the canopy and I have to say that sentiment is absolutely brilliant combined with your imagery. The background is fabulous, love the vaseline trick too. Gorgeous design beautifully executed. Tracy x

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  40. I hate to tell you this dear but these are not monkeys, they a chimps.........and chimps are not monkeys. But too late now, right? Don't feel bad though, a lot of people make the same mistake.

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    1. Sorry for the error...I'm an artist not a Primatologist. For the sake of "artistic interpretation", these chimps will remain on the tag referring to "monkeys".

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    2. Oh my word... I am sorry Can.your project is the absolute dogs doodahs and the above comment is totally uncalled for... I for one love your artistic licence, monkeys are making me laugh and your art, as ever, is making me heart happy. ... love ya girlfriend xx

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  41. So many clever techniques! Vasoline? I'll have to remember that one and try on next project. I love the way you but the circus awning together. Again, so clever...

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  42. Beyond fabulous with so many great tips.

    I love those monkeys and that quote could not be more perfect.

    I adore your tent top too!

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  43. Fabulously creative as always! Just love your monkeys and thanks for vaseline tip. Nikki xx

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  44. Awesome piece, Candy! That quote is the bomb! How true it is!!! Love how you added the awning to the tag.

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  45. Thanks for the laugh Candy...your tag has brightened my day. Love the resist technique and the circus awning is just inspired. Thanks for the Vaseline resist tip. I definitely need to pick up that stamp set.

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  46. Such a creative design Candy. Who doesn't love the circus and your monkeys. I like how you used the vaseline on your rubs, thanks for sharing that tip. I love watching them at the zoo too. They are always so funny!! You are always so amazing Candy!!!

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  47. Oh my goodness! The circus and monkey themes are so fun! I love the big top effect! I want to jump in and join these monkeys. Thanks for sharing Candy!

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  48. Fabulous MONKEY tag! It must be a day for snide comments...I got one, too! Anyhoo! Candy, this is such a darling tag and one I feel I need to hang on my front door! Love your circus tent idea--very cool and just overall a really creative piece!

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  49. Candy, this is over-the-top fabulous I love it! That circus awning is awesome, you always come up with the COOLEST ideas! I for one LOVE the "monkeys" they are adorable and perfect for this tag! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  50. I always learn so much from you Candy! This is one awesome tag and I adore those monkeys. :) Love, love, love this tag!!!

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  51. This is awesome Candy! Love the monkeys!

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  52. Just makes me smile! The background is fabulous as is but your take is so clever. Love the awning and the hanging sign. Great job!

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  53. Okay this is an AMAZING project!!! I really love all the details you put into it and OMG the vaseline trick I love it!!!

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