CC3C #1 ~ Paint Marbling

Wall Hanging with ATCs

Wall hanging with ATCs (Marjie Kemper)

CC3C is short for Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. III (Tim Holtz’s new book) ~ the third C directs us to Linda Ledbetter’s new challenge blog which will host challenges every other week based on the techniques in Tim’s book. I’ve created a wall hanging for this one.

I’m so honored to be part of what’s often called a design team but in Linda’s fun style we are calling The Curiosity Crew. What a team – it’s a total pleasure to work with all these talented gals!

Tim is all about being curious, experimenting, exploring with products and techniques to make things your own. I am, too. The Curiosity Crew really looks forward to seeing YOUR spin on each given theme… be unique, and make it your own.


And the prizes?  Wowwwwww.  We are sponsored alternate weeks by Inspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and wait… there’s more… Tim and Mario have also sent Linda a ginormous box of goodies for giveaways to challenge participants.  I’m thinking there’s a lot of loot at stake!

Wall hanging with ATCs (Marjie Kemper)

The first challenge/technique is Paint Marbling (page 43 of the new CC book).  I started out painting a base piece of wood white and attaching my mini wood clipboards with gel medium.  Each one is 2″ X 3″, so a tad smaller than an artist trading card (ATC).

Wall hanging with ATCs (Marjie Kemper)

Distress Paint Marbling

I colored all my surfaces with the Paint Marbling technique, and added a bit of texture to some of them first by adhering diecuts from Tim’s new Frameworks dies as well as the older but still lovely Washer Border die.  Next my stamps came out and  a few other dies and I went to town decorating my six little clipboards.

I hope you’ll play along with us. Linda has run these challenges on Tim’s other books in years past, and I can say from experience you will meet many like-minded folks along the way.  This is one of those cases where the internet shows what a small world it is, as we all take on a common challenge and have fun with it, leaving comments and encouragement along the way.

Online Class

If you’d like to learn more about the techniques I use working with other Ranger products (Distress Inks, Dylusions Ink Sprays, Distress Stains and more), check out my online class with Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!   It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media EffectsNewsletter subscribers receive an automatic discount code for the class, so sign up here for the newsletter if interested. Here’s a 2-minute preview video:


Let’s Stay in Touch

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See you at the CC3C!



Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. So different, love it

  2. I really love how you made these. And they’re such a unique piece of art.

  3. Beautiful, colorful cards with lots and lots of interesting details. Love them all!

  4. Stacey Stratis says:

    Absolutely love the colors and the unique design of the end result. Thank you for sharing your talents and ideas!

  5. Love the mini clipboards Marjie!

  6. I love the bright colors and the details are fantastic!

  7. This is fabulous, Marjie!!!

  8. Marjie … You outdid yourself with this project. I had to pick my chin off the floor when I saw it for the first time on Pinterest. Amazing!!! Stunning colors and I just adore how you used this paint marbling effect on these adorable clipboards. The black elements really pop on these gorgeous backgrounds. One of my favorite pieces! — Mary Elizabeth

  9. Such a fun project! I love all your bright colors 🙂

  10. Brenda B says:

    Oh, I love the idea of the mini clipboards and love those bright colors you used!

  11. Those are the cutest mini clipboards, evah! Love the bright colors and the positive sentiments, Marjie!

  12. love how your project turned out. Your colour choices are so rich and cheery.

  13. Barbara says:

    I haven’t tried using the clips yet. I love how you used them on your mini tags!

  14. I love your little clipboards- the vibrant colours and textures are just fabulous! So much fun!

  15. Oh snap! Adding the diecuts before doing the technique is genius! Love your project. 🙂

  16. Thank you for being part of the awesome CC3C Crew. Your work and blog is gorgeous! Have a beautiful day!

  17. I love what you did! What a fun challenge.

  18. fab colours – must be braver and try these out xx

  19. Tracie says:

    This is so creative! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Love what you created. Thanks for letting me learn during this cc3c.

  21. Jac'y Kennedy says:

    What a unique way to approach this challenge. I thought at first your clipboards were dominos – especially with the rich vibrant colours.

  22. Your colors are so vivid and bright! Just love this little project.

  23. Thanks for letting me play along in the CC3C!

  24. Pauline Orr says:

    gorgeous vibrant piece… love the design, Px

  25. Haven K says:

    Ok, so it is totally awesome to add texture before marbling, what a inspired idea, thanks for sharing.

  26. Glenda Hart says:

    WOW is all I can say.

  27. These are just beautiful….your full on, deep, vivid colors are such a joy to see, and I love the texture you added. Gorgeous……

  28. Wow, what wonderful colors! It is a gregorous start for the new Challange.

  29. Marjie I love to look at all of your creations. You do wonderful work and I love this piece. Love the colors.

  30. Theresa Fry says:

    I love the colors and your uniqueness of this project. It is beautiful! I have never seen this idea before!

  31. What a brilliant concept, I love it!

  32. Liesl Golding says:

    love the small tags.. awesome idea

  33. Marjie, I love these little bit of wonderfulness. =)

  34. Carolyn Dube says:

    How cool that you are doing a class with these! Another superb class offering from you Marjie!

  35. this is wonderful – I love the colours – brilliant work – thanks for the inspiration xx

  36. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    OMG… absolutely LOVE these , the colors are fabulous and I see some of my favorite stamps… such a cool idea… love the variety in the backgrounds too ! Thanks for the inspiration glad to sere you on the Crew ! 🙂

  37. Love this idea… Soo creative

  38. Hi Marjie love your gorgeous project for CC3, lovely bold colours fabulous stamping and how cute are those little wooden clipboards !! love it x

  39. Marjie this is stunning, I LOVE your colours xx

  40. Your clipboards are awesome Marjie! I love working in miniature, so this is just up my street. The background border dies work beautifully. I really like your style. Thanks for sharing and leading us on these challenges. 🙂

  41. Your marbling is so vivid and bright Marjie! I love your colors and these minis are just adorable!

  42. This projects is really just spectacular! Wow!

  43. Love the mini clipboards and the colors on your example!

  44. Wow! That’s what the combination of bright colors made me say. Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

  45. Awesome! Great idea of adding texture! Why didn’t I think of that?! Beautiful mix of color!

  46. Gorgeous bright colors, love how you have put this together, very original!

  47. So bold and bright! I love the texturizing you’ve done to the plain backgrounds. Definitely a showpiece!

  48. What a wonderful project! love your ‘tags’ – bright colors and layerings – and those cute little clip boards!

  49. This is very cool. I think its the best of all. I think I am going to make this one also!

  50. Absolutely stunning! I love it!

  51. Denise Shepherd says:

    Hi Marjie I love the little mini wood clipboards and what you have done with them, I am in awe they are all fabulous. What a great project. I am so looking forward to playing along. I am very new to it all and looking forward to learning lots of new techniques xx
    Denise x

  52. I love how bright and bold your piece is, so much detail to take in, its stunning xo

  53. Wow Marjie! What a work of art! I love the burst of vibrant colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

  54. Kimberly Cobb says:

    Love the richness of the colors and the use of the technique on a different medium. I am looking forward to your newsletter and following you on Pinterest.

  55. I love the way that you have 6 individual pieces of art, but have brought them together to make one whole masterpiece. Brilliant!

  56. Michelle Johnston says:

    What a great project! How cute are those mini clipboards!! I love the colors and layered dimension on your cards! Thank you for sharing.

  57. LOVE your little clipboards and how they are all so different and unique! Really FAB creation, Marjie!

  58. You never disappoint. I love, love your take on this challenge. What a unique approach. And your colors are amazing. I am so excited your are part of the design team!

  59. Sounds great – have fun. Valerie

  60. I can see those little clipboards as key chains! What a great idea!

  61. Love the vibrancy of your clipboards. Great project.

  62. Love your project! I love the different cards shown altogether. The backgrounds are beautiful! Love all of the different stamps too. 🙂

  63. Your display is so wonderful with all the colorful tags with simple mostly black stamping.

  64. snazzy jj says:

    Very Tim meets steampunk. Love it!!

  65. Wow I love these colours, so vibrant. The idea of doing six different pieces is inspired.

  66. Andrea Gray says:

    I love this technique and you have proved it doesn’t matter what surface you work on. It is such a gorgeous piece of art

  67. I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it!!! Marjie, what a colorful, jaw dropping project!!! It’s so stunning!!! I’m thrilled to be on this new journey with you!!!

  68. These are gorgeous, Marjie! I love the paint marbling technique and the fun way that you’ve displayed these.

  69. This is amazing! Really love the vibrant colors.

  70. What a cute idea! Love the colors and stenciled textures.

  71. Cheri Schwab says:

    I love that you choose mini clipboards to decorate! Awesome project, thanks for sharing your talent with us 🙂

  72. How gorgeous is this! I love all those different panels you made – so original, love it x

  73. OMGoodness!! I LOVE how each of your panels are treated with different shapes and elements! Love the stamped sentiment and just the overall feel of this–I’m feeling pretty inspired and confident!! Thanks, Marjie!! XOXO-Shari

  74. Whoa! This is just amazing Marjie! I love this!

  75. Marita Summers says:

    I love your home decor piece…. so original with the little clipboards so beautifully done. Great job!

  76. I love these tiny clipboards! I must find them for my stash. I really like how you used a bunch to create one overall piece. Gorgeous work.

  77. Marjie, i keep coming back to have a look at your creation- simple yet eye popping stunning!! love it, Debi x

  78. This is a great way to use the marbling technique and the colours are so vibrant.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  79. This is awesome! Looks like it was so fun to make too. You’ve been a busy girl recently with so many great projects you’ve created. Everything is beautiful and so inspiring. I’ve been away on vacay, so I’m catching up on things and I knew your blog would get me itching to get back into my own studio! thanks!

  80. gorgeous projects – as always. Looks like so much fun!!

  81. Sweet project. YOU will be enjoying yourself on this team I am sure. xox

  82. Denise Spillane says:

    Love these.

  83. Wow! Those vivid colours look terrific and I love the assemblage you created! Brilliant stuff, Marjie!
    Claudia x

  84. Love all the bright, vibrant colors you used! Looking forward to seeing more of your projects!

  85. I love the colors you used. The idea of using the mini clipboards is fascinating.

  86. What a fun project! Love all the pretty colors and such gorgeous designs! So happy that you are on the Curiosity Crew! Hugs, Sandra

  87. Beautiful Marjie I don’t have Book three yet..I have to catch up this next week…and get it!
    susan s

  88. Cim Allen says:

    I love love love the bright colors !! Your project is over the top amazing .. thanks for sharing !

  89. I so love your color palette Marjie and these creative lil clipboards are the bomb!!! Just waiting for my Distress paints to arrive so I can play too! “(

  90. Completely fabulous, Marjie – I adore those little wooden tags, and they look so cool with the die-cut texture and glorious glowing colours of your marbling. What a brilliant piece of inspiration, thank you!
    Alison xx

  91. Mixed media project with Paint marbling technique is absolutely wonderful! I Love every every little detail ! Your bright palette is incredible and the black stamps are wonderful! I love so much the way you’ve used the frameworks! BArbarayaya

  92. Your colors are amazing. Love your style can’t wait to see what else you do.

  93. Marjie, your mini clipboards just pop! The color and texture are amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.

  94. Debbie Passamonte says:

    What a great project. Love the little clipboards and how you added layers and texture to each one.

  95. This is everything and more of what I would expect from you Marjie – vibrant colouring, fantastic design, added texture and that touch of Kemper magic. I am thrilled to bits to see you as part of this super team. Jenny x

  96. Marjie… You are taking my breath away. Oh dear.. These colors are fabolous. You do always make the most vibrant color combinations. I just LOVE your work !!! I’m looking forward to try this technique you have shown here. But still waiting for my CC lll to arrive.. Cant wait !!! Sigh !
    Thank you for keeping on inspiring your followers…..
    Hugs from SPAIN

  97. Gorgeous – these are wonderful pieces.

  98. Kathy Jacobson says:

    Clever doing multiple different designs to highlight this beautiful technique!

  99. I like how you incorporated the new frameworks dies as well?

  100. So creative! I love your design. Perfect way to show off the technique.

  101. I totally LOVE this – I wish I could do bright colours. It’s just stunning.

  102. these are brilliant little gems of art!! i love love love this Marjie!!

  103. Great colors! I love that your piece transcends to 3 dimensional art.

  104. Wow, these are gorgeous!

  105. As always Marjie, you knocked it out of the park! Fabulous!

  106. Wow, Marjie! You have really outdone yourself here. What a gorgeous piece (or should I say, pieces?), and a perfect example of the paint marbling technique. So happy this challenge has begun.

  107. Kerry Reader says:

    Love the technique and the way you used the colours and the mini clip boards! Definitely neeeeed! to get some of those!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. What sweet little clip boards. I can’t wait to get started. Karen.x

  109. I love these mini clipboards they look so fun! Great color and layers, thank you for sharing:)

  110. Truly wonderful! xx

  111. Wow! That is stunning. And beautiful. And bright.
    Thanks for inspiring

  112. carol watson says:

    Love your cute little clip boards, and your vibrant colors. Thanks for the discount from Inspiration Emporium and the generosity of Tim and Mario.

  113. I love the background colors and textures, very cool!

  114. Stunning! And this has totally inspired me! I saw a small window frame at Pier1 today with little clipped tags and I thought, “I should get this and make my own tags.” NOW, I will. Thanks for the inspiration!

  115. I love, love, love it! I just signed up for your newsletter! I love your take on the marbling technique, the colors are gorgeous! I look forward to many more inspiring projects!

  116. Hi Marjie, Stunning, eye catcher. Luv it!

  117. I am a definite “word nerd,” so this project definitely appeals to me, Marjie! I also struggle with bright colors, but love these here! Great pieces of art, each and every one!!

  118. Linda Ledbetter says:

    Marjie, this piece knocked my socks off! Seriously, they’re on the other side of the room. Absolutely, positively, FREAKING GORGEOUS!!!

  119. Love your beautiful and colorful mini-clipboards. I already have all the “ingredients” to make little mini-clipboards but I would not have thought of it. Thanks for the inspiration and the beautiful project!

  120. Margie – ;ove your little wood bits. Really nice

  121. Wow, Marjie! Fabulous project! Great start to the Challenge!

  122. Brilliant. I’m digging these little mini wood clipboards!! Must have. And I love your color composition. You’ve added a pop in all the right places!!

  123. loretta trujillo says:

    So, so love it! At first glance I thought they were altered dominos… but mini wooden clipboards?! Genius! Thank you for the great inspiration!

  124. This is classic Tim Holtz inspiration, but with a bolder, brighter hand. WOW!

  125. Heidi Mireles says:

    Love love love

  126. So gorgeous! I love the colours.

  127. I absolutely love what you did for this project. I love the bright colors and the tags are a fun idea like this!

  128. This is fabulous Marjie. the colours and all the images are fabulous and great for the start of the new challenge
    x catherine

  129. Caroline says:

    Absolutely Stunning! The colours are so vibrant, fab images & textures. So Envious, wish I could get involved. May have a hard think about getting the compendium & perhaps there’ll be another chance next year. Wonderful cards! :))

  130. Looks like you are all in for some major fun!


  131. I think your colours are fabulous. This wait for today has been like looking forward to Christmas. I am active on all of the above. Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube and Twitter! See you there!

  132. What a lovely project to show off this technique. I love those mini clipboards.

  133. Wow, love the idea of mini clipboards and the colours are fabulous.

  134. Beautiful. I love the intense colors with the other techniques. The wood and the hardware is intriguing, something I don’t usually think of. Inspiring!

  135. Wood pieces? Genius!! Love how the technique came out.

  136. Sweet little clipboards. Love how bold they are with the bright colors and black elements on the white background. Congrats on being on the Curiosity Crew team. You are wonderfully inspiring.

  137. Adore your little clipboards! They would be a great way to add a name tag to a gift.

  138. I love these mini clipboards Marjie, so beautifully decorated! x

  139. Wow Marjie, you certainly rocked the marbling technique! I love those mini clipboards and your wonderful embellishments – such inspirational words too! I think these may be my new favourites of your work….. Hugs, Anne xx

  140. This is fab!! Love the backgrounds and the stamps fit them so well. Am signing up as a follower too 🙂

  141. Jan Bianchi says:

    Very nice and unique idea. Love all the little individual pieces
    that comprise the whole. Fun stuff. Thank you.

  142. WOW…Love your colourful mini clipboards Marjie, love the marbling effect.. and what you have done with it…soooo creative. I have just got my book and can’t wait to play along with you all 😉 Jan x

  143. Dolly aka scrapthat/scrapscrapthat says:

    So pretty! I love the colors on your piece, it turned out so lovely! TFS

  144. A marbling beauty, Marjie! Love the texture and those mini clipboards with the pops of black from the images. Happy Saturday!

  145. Beautiful! Love the colors!!! SO vibrant!!! This is truly a one of a kind…love all the different components that pull it all together to flow…giddy happy to be on the “crew” with you!! Finally, the fun has begun. hehehe

  146. Color, color and more color! Can’t wait to finish chores so I can play, too!

  147. These are gorgeous! I am LOVING the colors and the quotes!!!!

  148. It looks beautiful Marjie, lovely colors it’s so spring time, so alive!

  149. Happy colors! Love them

  150. I LOVE your little mini clipboards, Marjie! So cute! This would be perfect to hang in the kitchen for family messages!

  151. I love these BRIGHT and awesome tags… BUT I really LOVE how you have used the black to make them really POP… outstanding pieces of ART in all ways …. thanks so very much for sharing these beauties…

  152. Jean Keay says:

    Marjie, your piece of art is wonderful. I just love the colours and the textures you’ve created. Thanks for sharing. Jean.x

  153. wow these really popped out of the page when i went to see the challenge. they are amazing. vibrant, exciting and quirky. i love the effect.

  154. Marjie…your wooden just a tad smaller than an ATC cards are awesome! Love how you added the texture underneath and then did some vibrant, gorgeous marbling. The stamps you chose are good ones and I like the contrast between the black and the colors! I am so proud to be on this team with you, girlfriend!! Hugs, Candy

  155. What a beautifully creative piece of artwork. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the CC3C brings. Thank you

  156. WOW what a stunning creation, thank you for sharing your inspiration.

  157. Janet Goshorn says:

    Wow. What a great start to the CC3C challenge. The mini clipboards are so darn cute. Love the vibrant colors .

  158. Marjie Marjie Marjie, I have always loved your unique style and approach to layering all kinds of inky goodness but this project is my absolute favorite! The bright colors on those fabulous clip boards just speak to me. Should you ever teach a class on this project let me be the first in line to sign up 🙂


    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thank you so much, Amy. I will be teaching this as a class (and one where the ONLY supply you have to bring is a paper trimmer!) on Saturday, June 21, at Great American Stamp Store in Westport, CT.

  159. What an ingenious way to make art. Those Framework dies are just perfect too. Great colours.

  160. Becky Bailey says:

    Wow love what you have done loving the colours.
    Becky x

  161. Fabulous inspiration piece …. great colours and lots of detail, so much to look at. Great way to start the challenge. Linda xx

  162. love your take on it: not only is it your gorgeous personal style, its different components work so well together!

  163. How cooool is this project!! So unique and those dinky lil clipboards are so darn cute!!

  164. Totally cool…Looking forward to checking out your CC3C projects…

  165. Fantastic project and great pieces, just love the colours, images and amazing xx inspiration.

  166. Brilliant piece Marjie, love both the idea and what you made of it. The black stamping against the colourful backgrounds is so effective!! Can’t wait to get started and funnily enough, when I woke up this morning I leafed through the book and thought: I bet it will start with the paint marbling….. Well, this is great inspiration from you, so thanks for that!

  167. I love the different platform you used. The colors are beautiful. Awesome project

  168. I was intrigued when I first saw this project Marjie because I wasn’t sure what the base was. This is a brilliant project and each individual board is so unique. I love it! Going to give this a try, thanks.


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