Heart Art for CHA

Textured Hearts Tutorial - Mixed Media Art - Marjie Kemper

“Make Heart Art” sounds like a strange task to have on my To Do list, doesn’t it?  It was one of the most enjoyable To Do’s on my list recently.  This year at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Tradeshow (now named Association for Creative Industries (AFCI), the Designer Members participated in a program called “Sharing the Creative Heart.” 

Random Acts of Kindness

We left Random Acts of Kindness (or Random Acts of Art) around the show floor as surprise gifts for attendees.  Each heart had a tag on it suggesting the visitor enjoy and share their ‘find’ using the hashtags #CHAShow and #Creativation.  Two of my designer pals shared links with me to their work. Click here to see: Ann Strecko Koeman and Marjolaine Walker.

Textured Hearts Tutorial - Heart Art for CHA (Marjie Kemper)

Here’s how I made mine:

I made my hearts with Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Paste and a heart stencil. Product links are affiliate links which means the shop gives me a few pennies on your purchase, but the links don’t affect your purchase price one bit. In fact, I link to The Funkie Junkie Boutique, which always has Ranger products at 20% off MSRP.

Embossing Paste Heart Tutorial - Marjie Kemper

I applied the paste nice and thick and added some marks with my palette knife. After it dried overnight, it was ready for my Distress Spray Stains. I chose Peacock Feathers and Wild Honey.

Textured Heart with Stencil Tutorial - Marjie Kemper

Even after drying overnight, the paste was very absorbent.  I used use several coats of Distress Spray Stains to get the rich colors I desired. It’s a good idea to have a water bottle/spritzer handy whenever you’re working with spray stains. Mine is a lifesaver when I work wet. A few squirts/spritzes can make all the difference in moving the colors around before the Stains dry.

Textured Hearts Tuorial with Distress Stains (Marjie Kemper)

I left mine on the show floor (one near a water fountain and one by an exit door).  CHA provided labels with hashtags for finders to use, that we were to attach to the back of each piece. I was delighted to find that both of the people who found them shared their finds on social media, so I’d know who received them.

Textured Hearts Tutorial A (Marjie Kemper)

It was pretty fast work making two at once, minus the drying time. I just varied the positioning of the colors and the stenciling.

Textured Hearts Tutorial B(Marjie Kemper)

Online Mixed Media Class

If you’d like to learn more about the techniques I use working with Distress Stains, Distress Inks, Dylusions Ink Sprays, 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 Effects.  Newsletter 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:

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. These are gorgeous Marjie. Love the colors (as I always do with your work)

  2. LUCKY me to have found your piece – one of my fave people with a great name! LOL!! I see your art everyday and it makes me 🙂 Thanks again!!!

  3. Beautiful project Marjie. It was a pleasure to participate in the event. Thanks for the share.

  4. These must have made the day for the lucky people who found them, they are beautiful Marjie! xx

  5. Love those heart pages and the idea of the RAK’s. I bet the finders enjoyed it!

  6. Love the simplicity of your dimensional heart. xox

  7. I didn’t know you did that…wished I would have found one…lol! LOVE it Marjie!

  8. Beautiful! Would loved to have seen the faces of the finders! What treats!

  9. Beautiful heart art Marjie!! Thanks for sharing mine!

  10. What a great idea and such a beauty to find! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee these!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Love the whole idea of this!!! Your piecces look absolutely amazing, – lucky, lucky people who found them!