Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #20

Welcome to the Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #20!  We are kicking off our newest challenge today celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #20

Our latest theme is Distress Watercoloring, Part 2.  Tim and Mario have donated prizes for the Curiosity Crew’s favorite project, and our sponsor The Funkie Junkie Boutique has a $25 shopping spree on their online store for a random winner. You won't want to skip this one!

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #20 (Distress Inks with Distress Watercloring) - Marjie KemperFree Checklist

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I chose one of Dina Wakley’s female stamps from her Face in the Crowd set and a jumbo tag.  After looking through my dies, I chose to diecut a Sizzix polaroid picture frame as an accent.

Supplies for Distress tag - Marjie Kemper

Once I had stamped her on the tag, I put a piece of clear packaging on top of the stamped image to protect it.  Finally, I laid my picture frame dpwn and stamped again, so I could line up her neck.

Using stamps with masks (Marjie Kemper)

I also stamped the image on a post-it, so I could have a mask to protect the stamped parts while I was adding color.

Distress Inks with Distress Watercloring - Marjie Kemper

I really like the 3D aspect of the frame popping off the tag. Pop dots allowed me to do that. I used the same packaging/aligning trick to get the stamping/stenciling to line up on my polaroid frame with the stamping/stenciling beneath.

Winged Dina Wakley stamp - Distress Watercoloring - Marjie Kemper

The metal is Idea-ology except for that  black gear on top (from stash, no clue who made it).  The words ‘why not now' are from one of Dina's stencils, and I used Ranger's black embossing paste for the words.

Why Not Now - Distress Watercoloring - Marjie Kemper

Online Class

If you’d like to see more of what I do with Distress Inks, check out my online class with Craftsy.  It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects and it comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee.

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  1. snazzy JJ on January 31, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Love how you layered and those colors!!!

  2. Lisa S on January 30, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Fabulous tag Marjie! I love the image you used and the colors are so pretty together.

  3. Chris(pearshaped) on January 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    This is a real stunner Marje! I love the way you have coloured this – and with such fab colours!

  4. Deb Lorence on January 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Beautiful tag Marjie! Love your design!

  5. Ruby C on January 30, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Love these beautiful colors. Like the dimensional look of the polaroid frame too. Very creative!

  6. Toni on January 30, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Fabulous Marjie ! love how you have layered your image, and as usual gorgeous deep colours! Toni x

  7. Kay Mitchell on January 30, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Sooooooooo unique and the colors are awesome!

  8. Judy Biggerstaff on January 30, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Beautiful work, good technique with the frame and watercoloring.

  9. Lisa H on January 30, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I love the coloring on this tag Marjie!

  10. Danielle Lounds on January 30, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Beautiful! Love love love the bright and vibrant colors!

  11. LauraVi on January 29, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    wow! That wing gives a magic touch to the composition! Great work!!

  12. Jenn D on January 29, 2015 at 1:47 am

    So how do I enter the challenge? I have left the comments

    • Marjie Kemper on January 29, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Hi, Jenn, you need to upload a photo and link on Linda’s website:

      • Jenn D on January 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm

        Thanks Marjie, I did upload but I am in the process of creating my blog so it only links to the photo of my tag on Pinterest. I am unsure how to link it back or reference the sponsor.

  13. Carol Harper on January 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Love the use of Dina’s products here! So soft and pretty and delicate!

  14. Kimberly C on January 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Marjie you certainly made your girl pop. The colors and coloring are outstanding. A great tutorial on masking…thanks, I am still learning. Love all the layers…just a beautiful tag!

  15. Mrs. Lyla Larimore on January 28, 2015 at 4:22 am

    What an eye-popper!!! I am truly very impressed with you piece! It shows such perfect matchup that I had to read all the details to find out how you did it!!! WONDERFUL work!!!

  16. Sharon Young on January 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Your lovely lady looks so good on that colorful background. Love how saturated the colors are.

  17. Nikki Acton on January 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Oh to have the ability to use so much colour – stunning Marje! Nikki x

  18. Lyn Coogan on January 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    This is so vibrant and the embellishments are fab.

  19. Caroline T on January 24, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Oh my!! This is so beautiful!! Love the bright colours and the stamped images!! The frame is perfect! Thanks for sharing your creative process as well!!

  20. Jenn D on January 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    This is so bright and cheery! I am new to tag and card making and I am loving it! I just wish I could figure out how you all keep your tags so flat and crisp. Mine seem to curl when I use heat on them. Is there a trick?

    • Marjie Kemper on January 24, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Jenn, you’re not alone. Sometimes I need to leave a weight or two on them overnight, but they usually flatten out after that.

  21. Maura on January 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Love your bright colors and the wing is the perfect embellishment!

  22. Kim Young on January 22, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    This tag is fantastic! I love the idea of using the packing tape to align the images, but may need a mental process is wondering how you’re not ripping everything up when you remove it…

    • Marjie Kemper on January 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Kim – it’s just clear packaging – not packing tape. You are right, the tape would ruin it!

  23. Sara Emily Barker on January 22, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Love your brilliant color palette, as usual! It always reminds me of a bright sunny day! Thank you for sharing your tip for getting the stamp impression lined up on the frame! Most inspiring piece!

  24. SusanK on January 21, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Love all the stamps and stencils you used! And the color palette is all YOU!

  25. Terry on January 20, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I am pretty much behind in commenting and have missed some of the CC3C challenges. Maybe this one! Love your watercoloring and that framed image is to die for!

  26. Susan Mostek on January 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I have to say, Marjie, that this is my favorite Marjie tag! I love all the beautiful colors you used. That Dina stamp was perfect and so beautifully done with the technique! Love her added angel wing too!

  27. Sara Jansen on January 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Love seeing the bright colors on your work too! The frame just sets everything her off perfectly.

  28. Cim Allen on January 20, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I love the poppy colors on the tag. The frame around the girl is super cool ! I love the demension .. Super cool !!!

  29. Judy Shea on January 20, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Jeezoman, Marjie.. that is awesome and so dreamy.

  30. Annette Green on January 20, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Marjie, wow! I love this colorful, wonderfully dimensional tag. Your watercoloring is fantastic!

  31. Carolyn Dube on January 19, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Fabulous tag! She is framed perfectly – and with such awesome colors!

  32. Shari T on January 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Bright, Beautiful and Vibrant!! LOVE this tag, Marjie!! That’s right–Why Not Now?? Words to live by in 2015 for sure!! What an inspiration you are, Marjie!! I’m going to go do something-RIGHT NOW!! I may not know what that is…but I’m going!! :) :) LOL :) :) XOXO-Shari T.

  33. Rosann aka Rea' on January 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Yes … I agree Why Not Now … this tag is so awesome … love Dina’s women stamps … your mounting technique with the polaroid frame is so cool ( I gotta try that ) like how it gives depth. The colors are awesome too !

  34. Corrie on January 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Wow, I love your tag, beautiful colours !
    Corrie x

  35. Sandra on January 19, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    This is so pretty, Marjie! Love the wide color palette! The frame is really cool! Hugs, Sandra

  36. Corrine on January 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    So clever you are, that’s for sure. Love the color mix too. xox

  37. Lisa M/Studio Rose on January 19, 2015 at 2:17 am

    So bright and beautiful! I like your frame technique; what a great idea. I’m anxious to get started and hope I can color as well as you did with this technique!

  38. Claudine Criner on January 18, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Oh my goodness Marjie, this is beautiful! I just love your colors and the way you did the frame?!! WOW! Pinning this one!

  39. Kirsten Alicia on January 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I know I’m repeating myself, but I love how you use colour. This is just gorgeous.

  40. Peg Robinson on January 18, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Great colorful tag Marjie. Not the colors I normally reach for but I do like what I am seeing. Looks like another wonderful CHA. Missed going this year.

  41. Kay Wallace on January 18, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I so love the layering here, Marjie! You have taken a stamp very familiar to me and given it a totally new look! Well done!

  42. paula on January 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I think this might be my favorite CC3C project from you! Love the rainbow effect across the tag and the 3-d frame. Super clever use of the stamped image.

  43. Candy Colwell on January 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

    It doesn’t suck. :)

    • Marjie Kemper on January 18, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      Honest to God, I’ve spit out my tea. I miss you so much, girl!!!! Kudos to you on a short blog comment. Did it kill you to leave only 3 words, ’cause I’m thinking it was very hard to do. Much love!

  44. Jessica Sporn on January 18, 2015 at 9:42 am

    what a cool technique for a terrific tag. Love the 3D effect and, as always, your vibrant colors. xx

  45. Jan Hill on January 18, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Wow a lovely bright tag! I really like the way you have stamped over the frame, it looks so 3D. Jan x

  46. Vicki ross on January 17, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Wow! The soft blend of color caught my eye, then I fell in love with the rest. I’m with you, loving how that frame stands up a bit!

  47. butterfly on January 17, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Love how you’ve used the double stamping and the masking to create such depth – the colours are (of course) wonderful, and she looks beautiful!
    Alison xx

  48. Alison/craftytrog on January 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    This is so cool Marjie! I love the framed girlie! xx

  49. Jackie P Neal on January 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    way cool Marjie- Love how you brought her forward- clever idea!

  50. Anita Houston on January 17, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    VERY COOL!!! Love the frame and the collar spilling over…cool use of the mask! Love this artsy tag!

  51. Anne R on January 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Such a beautiful tag, I love the way you raised the frame to add dimension and interest and I always love the way you choose your words so carefully too! Hugs, Anne xx

  52. Candy Colwell on January 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Marjie….LOVE this! The colors are bold and pop off that tag! I love the Polaroid frame and how you have given it so much dimension. Love the female stamp! This is fabulous!

  53. Cheryl Grigsby on January 17, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Love this, Marjie! Great technique with the popped out frame and the sentiments are so empowering!!

  54. Julie Tucker-Wolek on January 17, 2015 at 7:49 am

    This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors, the image and the wing!!!!

  55. Sue W. on January 17, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Love the background! Love the polaroid frame! Love that girl! Oh heck…I love it all!!

  56. Sharon on January 17, 2015 at 3:51 am

    This is stunning Marjie!

  57. Astrid on January 17, 2015 at 3:47 am

    A stunning sample Marjie, love how you coloured your central stamp and of course the background is stunning. Hope you had an amazing time at CHA!

  58. Gigi on January 17, 2015 at 2:55 am

    I really like this tag. Very clever how you lined up the image with the clear packaging. Another trick I have to remember!