Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #11

CC3C #11 Marjie Kemper - Mixed Media Canvas wth Effect Powders

Hello and welcome to our 9th challenge from the pages of  The Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3!   You’ll find all the information for our new theme here: Challenge #11 ~ Effect Powders.  We are sponsored this week by Inspiration Emporium.  They’ve donate a $50 gift certificate to their store and every entry is eligible as it’s a random number draw. Take a moment to read the FAQs so you will be in the running for the amazing prizes.

CC3C #11A Marjie Kemper - Mixed Media Canvas wth Effect Powders

I started out by following the technique in the book using three colors of Ranger’s Distress Embossing Powder (Broken China, Mustard Seed, and Vintage Photo) on several pieces of chipboard. (I ended up not using that rectangular clipboard piece after all.)

CC3C #11F - Marjie Kemper Mixed Media Canvas with Effect Powders

After painting my canvas with Golden fluid acrylics, I stamped my female image (Lynne Perrella – PaperArtsy) onto paper as well as onto masking (sticky) paper.  Here you can see I’m peeling off the mask after coloring the area around the image with Distress Inks and an Ink Blending tool.

CC3C #11B Marjie Kemper - Mixed Media Canvas wth Effect Powders

I was then free to color the image however I liked… I chose Distress Markers and  a water brush, the technique featured in CC3 Challenge #5.

CC3C #11D Marjie Kemper - Mixed Media Canvas wth Effect Powders

I did some stenciling too, with Distress Inks, before putting the frame over her. I like how you can see some of the stamping and stenciling I did to the frame itself, peeking through the powders.

CC3C #11C Marjie Kemper - Mixed Media Canvas wth Effect Powders

The frame was too thick for me to pierce the brads through, so I used some wire clippers to break off the brad prongs and then glued just the brad heads to the frame.

CC3C #11E Marjie Kemper - Mixed Media Canvas wth Effect Powders

My favorite part was using the three colors of Distress Embossing Powder on these grungeboard letters.  I love how they turned out!  I hemmed and hawed on how to spell out ‘follow your’ and ended up wanting to leave the brown canvas showing through the chipboard file frame.  It feels odd not to have stenciled on the canvas itself, but it seemed like it was time to stop at this point.

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  1. Such a cool effect! Wonderful project.

  2. I love the way you used the effects powder!! Using the 3 powders the way you did gives you piece great depth. It’s gorgeous!

  3. I love this Marjie!

  4. WOW what a project!!! Makes me want to make something like it to hang in my craft room.

  5. Love how the colors of your piece work together…what a great idea to combine the different colors of embossing powders.

  6. amazing piece of home decor. i love how you applied the cool CC3C 11 techniques

  7. Yesssss! Marjie love the way you have used the three powders, and love that rich deep background, gorgeous work x

  8. Beautiful Marjie. Good technique for the powders and your your color choice.

  9. very nice

  10. So gorgeous Marjie! I love how you use color and texture, so amazing! Love the imagery you create. Thanks so much!~kim

  11. Love your project Marjie! The colors look wonderful together.

  12. Wow! This is wonderful. I like the background so much.

  13. I love the colors you’ve used .. mustard seed is always landing on my projects. Cool canvas 🙂

  14. Love the combination of the distress powders – cool piece!

  15. This is fabulous! What a great setting for that wonderful Lynn Perella image!

    I love all the stencilling and the wonderful texture you created on the letters!

  16. I hadn’t thought about mixing colors of distress powders before, but I really like how it turned out on your little frame.

  17. I too love Lynne Perrella images and this is a perfect frame for them. The lettering is just fabulous.

  18. Great inky background ! These colours play together so well! Kerstin

  19. cool Marjie!! I love the stamp image too. =)

  20. I am inspired to use brown after seeing the beautiful rich depth of your background. Love that face too!

  21. Love your colors and technique!

  22. She’s and inspiring dreamer, love all of the parts.

  23. I love that inky background on that beautifully colored focal, Marjie! These colors play together so well! What a fun piece!

  24. Really fabulous canvas Marjie, I love the way you use your mask to color around the image. I need to do that more often. Beautiful!!

  25. Beautiful dreams, I follow you Marjie 🙂

  26. Yes I love this too, you always get such great deep colours and textures. The frame is a lovely idea x

  27. Great result to your frame, really showcases the technique applied.
    Julie x

  28. I love your canvas! The embossing powder colors worked so well together, and I love the stenciling/colors around the stamp. And “Duh” when you mentioned gluing the brads…Great idea!

  29. Marjie, you did it again! Love it!!

  30. Marjie your work impress me always for your unique way of using color! Beautiful design and wonderful technique! BArbarayaya

  31. LOVE! Marjie the use of 3 colours of Distress Embossing Powder really created depth in this piece. The use of distress inks and stencils added further depth which I really like and wish that I had used on the framing piece of mine, would have add some ‘oomph’, I’ll remember for next time! 🙂 Really like all the photos and details you included, perfect! See ya in a couple of weeks with challenge 12!

  32. That’s a great creation, fantastic rusty look.

  33. This is gorgeous Marjie. I love the colours of the EP’s and the stamped image is amazing.
    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie x

  34. OMG, Marjie! You’ve made a bunch of goodies with the Effect Powders technique–I can barely think of one thing!! 🙂 Love the frames you’ve created–OH, now you’ve got a spectacular backing piece with the rectangle you didn’t use 🙂 You’ve got my CC3 #11 mojo revving!! XOXO-Shari T.

  35. Lovely mix of colors and effects, Marjie! That image is fabulous and I love how you framed her and added extra interest with the stenciling! Gorgeous canvas and details! Love it, GF!

  36. yes, those tri-colored embossed pieces are fantastic! another wonderfully artsy creation, my dear!

  37. Wow! There’s a lot of detailed work going on in this piece! Love all the work you did with the Effect Powder technique and the choice of colors. Great work on the image with masking, coloring and stenciling!

  38. love your art Marjie, I can tell at one glance that you have made something… this is awesome x

  39. Sandi Parrott says:

    Really nice. I love the blue you used.

  40. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Oh Wow … the frame is amazing with it’s various stenciling sections; powder effect on frame and letters is amazing too !
    Gotta remember that technique for those brads ( a why didn’t I think of that moment)!

  41. What beautiful colors. Love the tri-color combination! Love the colorful lady on the rusty background! You showed such restraint with the background, and it is beautiful together with the colorful pieces!

  42. Really great backgrounds on here, Marjie! Thanks too for the great tutorial! Hugs, Cathy

  43. This is fabulous!

  44. What a lovely color selection! Your lady looks so stylish…

  45. Jan Bianchi says:

    Marjie I love your piece and colors! The layers of stencil in the background add more dimension. Everyone did a great job. Thank you!

  46. Love the warm browns on your canvas and they really are the perfect backdrop for the combination of distress embossing powders you’ve used.

  47. Fantastic! I love the way all three colors look together…and I think the letters are my favorite..storing that one away, wink. I love your art!

  48. Love how you’ve used the darks contrast to make the focal image pop! Another awesome piece Marjie!

  49. I agree – love the letters . Great color choices

  50. Marjie, Your colors are so rich looking!! I love that warm tone !
    beautiful piece as always! xo

  51. Another fun project Marjie… I love the colors and the stamp.. .I think I have that some one… great taste… and the background on this is so wild… I love it all.. Love, Light and Peace…Bonnie

  52. Kirsten Alicia says:

    That looks amazing!

  53. Another wonderful project, Marjie! Love your color palette, and that PA image is over-the-moon gorgeous in that frame! You are a front runner in these challenges in my book!!

  54. Very Marjie!! Love the color and really love you sentiment. The technique was really effective on your frame and label. Very cool!!!

  55. Nice flow to the color spread on this piece. Cute stamp. xox

  56. This is gorgeous Marjie, I love the wonderful colours you have used and the PA stamped lady looks perfect inside the frame. Anne xx

  57. What a gorgeous cover! LOVE the frame and image Marjie! Your color combo is fab too! What a fun technique!

  58. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love that LP image! xxx

  59. Once again your project is fab. Love the style stamp you used and the colors are great too. I look forward to your posts and your take on the projects.

  60. Marjie…this is such a cool project! I love your use of the Distress Embossing Powders on the frames and also the letters. Very cool look! 🙂 That Paper Artsy stamp is totally rad and I love how you colored it as well. I think you were totally right to leave the canvas that deep rich brown tone. The Embossing Powder colors really popped even more! <3 Candy

  61. The distress embossing powders you chose just pop off the brown canvas! And I like that you didn’t overdo the brown canvas…the coloring is just gorgeous!

  62. Love the look of your canvas – that wonderful image and great embossed frame Marjie!

  63. So gorgeous! I loveeeeeeeee the colors … especially the blue!!!!!

  64. I love the colours you chose to use together on the frame and letters. They really work well with each other. Thanks for the inspiration.

  65. Tracy Evans says:

    Adore the lettering on this piece Marjie and I love the rusty backdrop too. The framed image looks fantastic framed with the embossed frame and stencilled background . Fabulous design . Tracy x

  66. Beautifully done Marjie!! What a perfect way to show off this technique. Well Done!! Karen.x

  67. A wonderful textured piece and fabulous design. You really went to town with this and I love it.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  68. Stunning Marjie, love how you put this together!! Great application of the technique with a brilliant end result, love it!!!

  69. What a great way to show off this technique Marjie! Love those letters too. Jenny x

  70. The colors really pop. I love the EP effect on the chipboard. Beautiful canvas

  71. Victoria Sturdevant says:

    Fantastic! I love your color combo.