Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #5

CC3C-05 Marjie Kemper Tag

Hello and welcome to our the 5th challenge from The Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3.   The new challenge focuses on Distress Watercoloring, Part 1  (pg 39 of Tim’s book). You’ll find all the information for Challenge #5 ~ Distress Watercoloring, Part 1 ~ on Linda’s CC3C blog.  One thing we do ask is that you not post tutorials on this technique, as we’d like to encourage people to get their own copy of the book.

CC3C-05 Marjie Kemper (A)

I started out with a jumbo tag cut from watercolor paper and some stamped images from Stampers Anonymous.

CC3C-05 Marjie Kemper (B)

I cut two of the stamped images apart and adhered them all to the tag with matte medium.  Once dry, I added several layers of stenciling with Ranger Distress Inks.

CC3C-05 Marjie Kemper (C)

I made a rough copy and cut up the words from this stencil by Dina Wakley, to be sure of positioning.

CC3C-05 Marjie Kemper )(D)

I like to use post-its to make sure I don’t end up stenciling parts of the words around the ones I do want.

CC3C-05 Marjie Kemper (E)

I used a Sharpie to connect the open letters (looks like I missed that first “d” though…. ooops!)

CC3C-05 Marjie Kemper (F)

Hope you’ll join us this week at CC3C… you have two weeks to enter, and don’t forget the prizes! We are sponsored this week by Inspiration Emporium and there are additional prizes donated by Tim and Mario. Honestly the prize packages have been crazy generous.  Just  pop over to Linda Ledbetter’s blog to see the rules and FAQs.

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  1. Lovely tag and your stenciling works so well in contrast with the watercolour. Sorry I couldn’t play this time, I was on holiday, but look forward to playing this time. 🙂

  2. Fantastic tag this is! Love your color combo and the stencilled images and sentiment are superb. Thanks so much for your inspiration.
    Hugs, Katie

  3. Great tutorial and tag. Thanks

  4. Love the bright colors you used and the way you place the sentiment on the tag. Truly an inspiration.

  5. Debbie P. says:

    A beautiful, colorful tag. Love the layers you used to create the background.

  6. Absolutely love your background!!!

  7. Carol B says:

    Beautiful layering and color choices!

  8. What a fabulous tag, all the layers and color are incredible!

  9. Denise Shepherd says:

    Loving the tag, the colours and textures are fab x

  10. Wow, the colors just pop! Your stamped and colored images seem to jump off the tag. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Your use of colour is always amazing and this tag is no exception. I also love the stencilling

  12. What a wonderful tag Marjie! The colors are so pretty!

  13. Amazing work!

  14. awesome tag!!! love it!! =)

  15. This is really amazing,. What work it took to stencil those words!

  16. I always enjoy your tags Marjie! Love the colors and the compasses. 🙂

  17. Cim Allen says:

    This tag is one of my faves .. the colors .. the layers in the background. I love your project !! Happy Fourth !

  18. Wonderful tag! I love the quote. Thank you for the tip to use post it notes when stenciling.

  19. Fabulous tag…the colourful background is amazing…Love it!!

  20. Wow! Love the vibrant background, & how you made your own quote!

  21. I’m just getting to commenting on your blog, but NICE! I always love the color and vibrancy you bring to your work and the words always grab me. I’m a word girl. 😉

  22. I love the background it compliments the stamping and watercolour technique.

  23. Sandi Parrott says:

    The stenciling background is awesome.

  24. So Love the colour you’ve used on this tag and the layers are so well done.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  25. Kourtney Vallee says:

    Beautiful color combination! I always Love how you build all of your layers with stencils.

  26. great colour combination, beautiful.

  27. Great tag. Love the colors. Love how you did the saying.

  28. Tags are such a great medium for using really fun sentiments- love your choice!

  29. Love all the textures and colors. So pretty. Love the message too! Love your work!

  30. I love your tag! And thanks for the tip with the stencils; great idea.

  31. Love the background you did! Thanks for letting me play along.

  32. This is lovely. and especially I love the stencilled layers

  33. Marjie, such lovely colors! I always love the way you use color, it is inspired. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! ~kim

  34. How beautiful and eye catching. It looks so 3-D with the layers and colors. Another great job, Marjie.

  35. Such great colors and you know I love words!

  36. I love your tag! The colors and watercoloring are wonderful. =)

  37. Really pretty, Marjie! Love the bright colors and the layers you’ve added. Hugs, Sandra

  38. Great tag, amazing colours and wonderful message.Nikki xx

  39. I ADORE your colorful BG and that sentiment with the compasses is so perfect!

  40. That background is fabulous. Want to try it someday! And the way you use the word stencil is fab! Thanks for the post-it note tip (I am always getting bits I don’t want because I get in such a hurry, I forget to mask the stencil!).

  41. This background positively glows…what a great way to use the markers. The compasses really POP. Super cool (sorry that sounds so dorky, but it is really a GREAT tag Marjie!)

  42. Lovely project gorgeous colours but still able to see all the stamping & clever use of stencil journaling .

  43. there is so much going on that I have to keep looking and the excitement continues

  44. What a BEAUTIFUL background! I love the watercolor technique combined with the stenciling; really, really great. Thanks for sharing this!

  45. The background on this is just as great as the featured technique. Bright and fun all around.

  46. Gorgeous.. Love the design the colours.. Everything.. Great inspiration for the challenge.. Thank you, Px

  47. Isn’t that sentiment so true? Lovely watercolred tag, Marjie! I love the colors and design along with all the stenciling goodness! Hugs!

  48. Beautiful shading and colours used, gorgeous layers created, wonderful tag!

  49. I Love this tag, Marjie!! The colors are so bright and happy!! I use post-it notes in that manner, too!! Great for keeping things masked off 🙂 This is such a FUN inspiration for the CC3#5 challenge 🙂 Thanks, Marjie!! XOXO-Shari

  50. This is a beautiful tag. I love the colors and the stenciled/stamped background. The sentiment is perfect.

  51. This is such a different colour palette to the other curiosity crew pieces, I love the vibrancy and all the stencils work together really well, lovely!

  52. Fantastic layers! xxx

  53. carol watson says:

    Iove the back ground, with all the colors, and the depth you got with the stenciled layers,really nice. Woderful tag.

  54. Your technique to create the background is so creative! Thanks for sharing with us! Your blog is always inspirational! BArbarayaya

  55. The background you created is positively dreamy Marjie, gorgeous colours and I love the stencilling. Great tip about the post-it notes too. As ever, a beautiful tag! Hugs, Anne xx

  56. Great colorful tag as usual. Love it.

  57. Excellent use of the lettering stencil, so glad I’m not the only one who does that!

  58. Love the way you used the markers to create your background.

  59. Outstanding tag Margie. Great color choices. I remember at Ranger U when you went crazy for that compass stamp. You put it to good use here for sure!

  60. A fantastic creation and I love your colour combination and choice of stamp! 🙂

  61. That fantastic stencilling really shows off the watercolouring to great advantage Marjie. Love the whole design of this. Jenny x

  62. This really is very nice, not just saying that, I love the mix of colours, dreamy and gorgeous

  63. awesome tag!!! fabulous!! =)

  64. Beautiful Tag Marjie! Love the stamps and the thought is great!

  65. This is so colorful and beautiful! I especially like the tip on word placement. Thank you for the tutorial.

  66. I have my eye on that stencil, you used it to such wonderful effect on this fabulous tag.

  67. Love this, Marjie!! You use of the watercolor techique here is brilliant and I LOVE your compasses and the message combined. Makes me think, makes me happy, makes me want to go out and choose to live fully. Love your work, every time.

  68. A wonderful tag, thanks for the details.

  69. so beautiful I adore this..thanks for the lovely inspiration.
    susan s

  70. Your tag is glowing. How true that statement is!

  71. Marvelous inky background. Cute stencil. xox

  72. Everytime I look at your tag I see something new. Love the depth and dimension you’ve created with the layering of watercolor, inking through stencils and lightly stamped text on the background and then the addition of the stamped and watercolored compass rose images. I hadn’t thought of using the Archival inks with stencils but it is a very bold look and balances the stamped pieces. Fascinating! Thanks for the inspiration.

  73. Fantastic Tag.

  74. wouw what a bright colors. Really very nice

  75. I love this tag, Marjie! you have such a beautiful and versatile style which definitely pleases! I love the techniques you used for this piece…the watercoloring is absolutely beautiful!

  76. This is just beautiful Marjie, I love what you have done with the technique.

  77. Beautiful colors for watercoloring with great layers of stencils.

  78. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Tag is so pretty… may have to name you the layer stencil Queen LOL !

  79. Beautiful colours and design Marjie and I agree with that fabulous sentiment. Love this xx

  80. Wonderful tag! Valerie

  81. This is a fun tag!! Love it 🙂

  82. Wonderful tag with great background.

  83. Loved the post it tip Marjie as it is so useful 🙂
    Your tag is fabulous and you are so kind to share the tutorial. I love the colours you have used and of course the stamps are wonderful too

    Hope you are well x Sending huge hugs from Scotland

    Annie xx

  84. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Wow, gorgeous tag! The layers of colours look wonderful.

  85. Fabulous tag Marjie, love the background with the distress markers and the stenciled distress inks, and say a D, would anyone notice it if you don’t mention it?

  86. Janet Goshorn says:

    Love the sentiment on your tag. Beautiful colors.

  87. Jan Bianchi says:

    Simply stated and very well done. Love all the stencil layering on the background.

  88. Love the happy colors you used on your wonderful tag Marjie! Your background is beautiful! The stenciled sentiment looks great on this!

  89. Very, very cool!

  90. Great tip on the post it notes! Love that stencil too! The quote is brilliant and so true! Love the compasses…great designing!

  91. Love it all… great colors and composition used here… nice tag… Love, Light and Peace…Bonnie

  92. this looks awesome – absolutely brilliant – love how you’ve built it up! Hugs Rachel x

  93. Oh the watercoloring is fantastic! Love how it all comes together. SO fun and light and airy! Love your tag!

  94. Dolly aka scrapthat/scrapscrapthat says:

    love your tag!! TFS 😀

  95. What a great color combo on your tag! And I love that sentiment…so so true!

  96. This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the quote!!!!!!

  97. Marjie…this is such a cool tag! I love your compasses and how you’ve colored them. Your tag background using several different stencils to create all of those lovely layers is fantastic. I also love how you used Dina’s word stencil to create your sentiment. I forget to do things as simple as this sometimes!!! It looks so good! <3 Candy

  98. Great tag, Marjie! I am in love with Dina’s words stencil. You’ve created a wonderful tag with her words.

  99. What a fabulous tag – such clever tips for stencilling the words in exactly the perfect place!
    Alison xx

  100. Absolutely Stunning Marjie. The colours look so fantastic along with those fabulous stamps. TFS. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxxx

  101. What a great looking tag and fab stenciling (of course, – you are the queen of stencils …). The end result looks wonderful!

  102. What a fun tag. I love that it looks very ‘art journal-ish)’but on a smaller scale. The colors are fabulous.

  103. Great tag! I love how it’s like a journal page.