Monday 2 March 2020

The Professor of Possibility...

Hi everyone...

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and ready for the week ahead! This week, on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, we are showcasing Tim Holtz products and incorporating them within our challenge theme ~ Tag It!

My project for this week was one that I was so honoured to be asked to create for the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous booth at Creativation 2020 and I'm really excited to be sharing this double layered Etcetera tag, because yes ~ *drumroll*, The Professor is back, and he's bigger than ever and twice as much fun and I thought this piece was the perfect project for this week's challenge.
So, let's get started because it's time to tag it!

To begin with I'll start with the tags themselves and I used the small and medium sized Etcetera Tags as my base. I primed both tags with a coat of gesso and once the surface was dry, taking the larger sized tag, I applied the paint layers ~ Ground Espresso as my base colour, followed by Antiqued Bronze and Black Soot, both of which I applied using the dry brushing technique and always making sure that I dry the layers of paint between each application.

Once the painted tag was dry, I added some Evergreen Bough Distress Paint ~ just a touch, here and there, applying it with a palette knife and scraping it over the surface.

Now we move onto the second tag and for this I used a base coat of Evergreen Bough. Once the surface was dry, I started adding more paint layers of Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and some white gesso. Each time using the dry brushing technique and just applying the paint randomly to the Evergreen Bough background.

To add some interest to the background, I used the Newsprint Background stamp, inked with Black Soot Archival Ink and again stamped it onto the background, just allowing the stamp to kiss the surface and not create solid blocks of stamping. If you click on the photo below, you can see more detail of the stamping on the background...
Heat dry the tag surface to set the ink and then, using Crackle Paste...I applied the paste to the tag, allowed it to dry and crackle and then accentuated it with the Pumice Stone Distress Crayon.

For the final layer of rusty goodness, I used a combination of Distress Paints and Crayons, Vintage Photo, Antiqued Bronze, Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso and Black Soot and applied the rust finish around the edges of the tag.

So we now have the tags ready and I just mounted the smaller tag over the top of the larger one, adhering it with Matte Collage Medium and adding a banner of paper that was actually an offset from a larger piece and I just loved the look of the numbers placed behind the smaller tag.
I then attached the hole reinforcer piece which I painted with Candied Apple Distress Paint and added a Sprocket Gear and a Star Adornment ~ both of which I 'rusted up' with a little paint.
Moving on, it's time to get the Professor ready for his outing and I stamped the main image onto a piece of Mixed Media Heavystock card and then watercolored the image with Distress Marker Pens and a water brush.

I then stamped a second image onto scrap paper to create a mask and after fussy cutting around the outline, placed the mask over the top and inked the surface with a combination of Distress Inks and Oxide Inks in Old Paper, Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap.

After heat drying the surface and leaving the mask in place, I inked up the stamp from the set in Hickory Smoke Archival Ink and stamped the advertising material onto the background, together with a postmark stamp from the Field Notes Stamp Set, inked in Barn Door Archival Ink and stamped in the bottom left hand corner.

I removed the mask and stitched a border around the outside before matting it onto silver metallic kraft stash and a layer of paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash and mounting the layers onto the smaller painted tag.
To complete the stamped panel, I added a strip of metal card, embossed using the 3D Foundry Embossing Texture Fade and placed this across the bottom of the professor, adding a Faucet Knob, again painted with a combination of Candied Apple and Black Soot Distress Paint and some Hardware Heads.
To complete the stamped image, I used the "Agent 29" stamp from the Field Notes stamp set and stamped this onto a label, again stamped with images from the same stamp set. I attached a mini pin to the label and adhered the piece onto the stamped panel.

Finally, I added a Pen Nib which I rusted with Distress Paints ~ Antiqued Bronze, Evergreen Bough, Ground Espresso and Black Soot. I then tied a piece of twine around the nib and attached it with Collage Medium.
The Professor is now in place but he needs his laboratory and for these I crackled a combination of Tiny Corked Vials and Corked Vials. I applied some Matte Collage Medium to each corked vial, allowed it to dry and then applied a generous layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the top. Allow for the crackle paint to do it's thing and once it has, I applied some Alcohol inks ~ Rust, Mushroom and Gold Mixative over the top, letting the inks drip down the bottles and seep into the crackles.

I added labels to each of the bottles and tied some twine around their necks, adding an 'E' Typed Charm to the one.
To make the ledge that the bottles sit on, I used three various lengths of Bracket Etcetera Trims and built these up to create one shelf. I then painted the shelf with gesso, and once it was dry, used the same paint colours as I used on the larger tag.
After heat drying the trims, I then sanded the edges for more of a vintage feel to the ledge and then attached the ledge into place with Matte Collage Medium.
I arranged my corked vials onto the shelf and placed some dyed Mummy Cloth around them and some Sprocket Gears painted with Distress Paints for a rusty finish.
As the final detail on this tag, I used the Tiny Text Stamp Set and stamped the "See Possiblity Everywhere" quote onto some inked card. I then attached the banner to the tag, placing it directly below the shelf and added a couple of Hex Fasteners to either side, again painted with the Candied Apple and Black Soot Distress Paint combination.
Don't forget, if you would like to see more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today and hope to see you again soon, love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:


  1. Hi Emma, this is one gorgeous tag! Loving the background and all amazing details...and the professor of course, he is so cool.
    Lisa xx

  2. Product Queen definetly on duty !!

  3. Oops definitely ! #GiddyQueengonesideways

  4. Hi Emma, I've just discovered your wonderful creation which I think is absolutely delightful. I have just one (possibly stupid) question - were the little vials stuck down with super glue or are they just sitting on the ledge. As I said, brilliant work.
    All the best, George

    1. Hi George...
      So sorry for not replying sooner but thank you so much for your kind words about this project, I really do appreciate them! With regards to sticking all those little bottles on the ledge, I always use Tim Holtz’s Matte Collage Medium to attach and adhere absolutely everything everything I add to the projects ~ it really is amazing stuff and so far, I haven’t had anything fall off, once it’s stuck it’s there for good! So I hope that helps and as really do recommend this as an adhesive! Thanks once again for stopping by and stay safe, Emma

    2. Hi Emma, thank you for getting back to me. I didn't think that the collage medium would be firm enough to keep the bottles in place. But I've since tried it and, as you rightly say, it appears to have stuck the bottles firmly in place and for probably for ever! Thank you so much for your help. All the best , George


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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