Compendium of Curiosities 3 – Challenge #3

Mixed media tag with embossing and more (Marjie Kemper)

Compendium Challenge

Hello and welcome to our 3rd challenge from The Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3.  We were all amazed by the creative entries for Challenge #2 — thank you so much — winners will be announced on Tuesday!  This third challenge focuses on Faux Tea Roses  (pg 65 of Tim’s book). You’ll find all the information for Challenge #3 ~ Faux Tea Roses ~ on Linda’s CC3C blog.  I made a super huge tag that I think I’ll mount on a skinny canvas.

Embossed tags (Marjie Kemper)

I planned to emboss and layer a number of textures on one giant tag, but then I liked the large one itself as is and didn’t want to cover it up.

PaerArtsy Treasure Gold tutorial

After diecutting my flowers and embossing them with different Sizzix Texture Fades,I colored them with several colors of PaperArtsy’s Treasure Gold.

Mixed media tag with embossing and more (Marjie Kemper)

Dry Embossing

I colored the tag with a combination of Distress Stains and Distress Inks. I added some of Tim’s Remnant Rubs and used the Tiny Attacher to staple the greenery on, since I knew the flowers would hide the staples.  Not sure if you can see clearly but right above the stapler one of the flowers is turned upside down and you can see I’ve attached a paper punch circle to the base.  I find this to be the easiest way to hold the flowers together… after assembling them, I put a dab of hot glue onto a paper circle and then push the assembled flower right into the hot glue. This also helps them sit flat on the project.

Mixed media tag with embossing and more (Marjie Kemper)

I dry embossed the delicate phrase with about half a dozen pieces of printed paper scraps behind it.  This helps keep it from tearing as all those scraps absorb some of the embossing pressure.

Mixed media tag with embossing and more (Marjie Kemper)

I used my jet black archival ink pad directly on top of some of the raised areas.

Mixed media tag with embossing and more (Marjie Kemper)

I also added one of Tim’s idealogy metal arrows, as it complemented the Remnant Rub arrows up above.  Fabric paint fills in the flower centers, which I attached with hot glue.

Online Mixed Media Class

If you’d like to see more of my mixed media work, check out my online class with Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!   The class is called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media EffectsNewsletter subscribers receive a discount, so click this link if interested. Here’s a 2-minute preview video:


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  1. Your tag is beautiful…love your use of color and layering.

  2. Beautiful!

  3. Debbie P. says:

    Lovely tag. Great texture and colors, as well as lots of little details.

  4. Carol b says:

    Very colorful!

  5. Lovely Marjie piece ! gorgeous colour and texture with your bold stamping . love it x

  6. I love your choice of colors and texture added to the tag, beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Pauline Orr says:

    I love the colours and textures of this piece… beautiful, Px

  8. Wow! Love the whole tag, but especially your ‘take’ on the roses – so clever, and simply gorgeous!

  9. Great tag Marjie! Love all the color!

  10. Denise Shepherd says:

    I love the extra large tag and the colours are gorgeous, I really enjoyed playing with the tea roses xx

    Denise xx

  11. Beautiful tag, I absolutely love it!

  12. I love all the color and texture in this!

  13. This is gorgeous, I love your style. That is a great tip for seating the roses, thanks for sharing! Have a lovely day! ~kim

  14. loretta trujillo says:

    Wow! Look at ALL that goodness! Great tag!

  15. Jac'y Kennedy says:

    Beautiful colours and love the idea of embossing the roses!

  16. Marjie, that was the BEST tip ever. My embossed images always tear through. I will definitely try the extra paper inside the folder. Thanks oh, and your tag? Super awesome.

  17. I always love your fun color combinations Marjie and can spot your work anywhere. Another amazing tag!!!

  18. Fabulous tag …. so much detail. Love you tea roses the Treasure Gold gives a beautiful look to them. Linda xx

  19. I love the unique way you used a center for the roses to give them a different look. Beautiful tag!!!

  20. What a great tip — that paper punch circle idea. I’ll have to keep that in mind as my roses keep wanting to open up and fall apart!

  21. Wonderful texture and gorgeous colors on your tag!

  22. I love all the colors! There is so much to look at. I like all the textures and colors and inventions. Beautiful!

  23. This is awwwwwwwwwwwsomeeee!! I think this is my favorite of the COC3 Wk3 DT projects, it’s just so colorful and fun!!

  24. I like how the flowers set against that amazing background tag, instantly gives them a completely different feel than if they were embellishments for a vintage style project. They look edgier.
    This tag would look amazing adhered to a skinny canvas.

  25. Your tag is lovely and gives the flower technique such a funky look. The stenciled background is incredible. Thanks for sharing your project, fingers crossed that my pinecone die arrives in time for me to play. 😉

  26. Love the tag, such bright cheerful colours. The roses are a good contrast.

  27. Such a fabulous project Marjie. The colours are just so wonderful and a super addition with your faux tea roses
    x catherine

  28. your tag is beautiful. Love all the colours you used.

  29. Love all the layers on your tag, such depth. and your roses, I have just recently become treasure gold addict.too lol

  30. Marjie, LOVE all of your stenciling, the colors and how you used the remnant rubs! GREAT tag!

  31. So much texture in one little tag! Amazing color. Love that you textured the flowers too.

  32. I hadn’t thought of embossing the flowers, they look fab, I am def going to try this out myself. Thanks for sharing the idea. I love the colours you have chosen and blended for the background, looks really funky and I think the black embellishments set the whole thing off a treat.

  33. Marjie – you totally warm my heart with all your encouragement and support for my silly little craft experiments. Thanks for sharing my “pipes” everywhere and for all your lovely comments everywhere as well!

  34. Theresa Fry says:

    I love everything about this tag, the texture, the colors, the roses, the extra adornments! Everything!

  35. Thanks for the great tutorial. I love this tag it has so much detail.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  36. I love the layering and the colours. Thanks for the inspiration

  37. Your roses look so different just through embossing them, what a cool effect, and it’s a great tag they are attached to 🙂

  38. What a happy, bright, cheery tag. Lovely!

  39. Wow, I love your tag. I”ve got to find those huge tags – so much more real estate. I loved the use treasured gold. It reminded I have some in my ‘stash’. I really love all the great colors and how it all works so well together.

  40. WOW, what a striking tag Marjie…fabulous background…Love it!! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration….Jan x

  41. Awesome Tag! I love all the elements you’ve used to create this.

  42. Cheri S says:

    Your tag this week is very inspiring. thanks for the tip on holding the flowers together with a circle punch!

  43. Love the layering. Inspires me to try it more. Thanks for letting me play along in the CC3C for tea roses.

  44. Nice colors, very different creation but great!

  45. awesome tag!!! fabulous details!! =)

  46. So awesomely grungy! I love all of it!

  47. Love how you pulled all the different colors in and it works…Very nice.

  48. Love that yellow GIRL! Beautiful depth…..I gotta watch your technique! xo

  49. Fabulous colors on this one. Thanks for sharing all the details with us.

  50. Scrumptious colours and textures – totally fabulous tag, Marjie! Not sure I’ll get this one done either – no Pinecone die and the pre-cuts I bought ages ago are dark brown (to make Pinecones!!)… have to see what I can do with some paint!
    Alison xx

  51. I do love your bright colors! And thank you for the tip on the paper backing…I love how your roses are so open and upright (if that makes sense) And that you can texture them; it probably helps loosen them up too!

  52. Cim Allen says:

    I love how you did the flowers .. Why didn’t I think of that ??? 🙂 I love the tag, the colors are so pretty !

  53. WOW Marjie, I love your art, I know I say that all the time… I just so admire the way you use colour and elements and layers and none of it looks too messy or heavy.. you have a perfect eye for mixed media… LOVE it! xx

  54. Sandi Parrott says:

    Interesting use of the die. I very much like the middle of the flowers.

  55. wow!! You always amaze me wih your outstanding backgrounds!

  56. So pretty…looks like a true Holtz inspired creation, love it!

  57. Kourtney Vallee says:

    Beautiful tag! Love the Treausre Gold on the roses and the texture it adds by embossing them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  58. These roses look very different as if they have opened right out, and I love that you’ve embossed them before assembling them. The background is fabulous, wonderful colours and textures.

  59. That is a wonderful tag. I really love the color combinations and how my eyes keep moving.

  60. Marjie before all I want to thank you for your kind words on my blog! I’m so honoured for this! Your works are all absolutely amazing! This tutorial is fabulous, your interpretation of the roses is completely original and I love that touch of gold that you have given! Thanks for the inspiration! BArbarayaya

  61. Oh, I just love this tag Marjie! It is fabulous!

  62. This tag is Fabulous, Marjie!! My eyes are all over the place–so many colors to look at and the embellishments that you’ve used and the textures!! Fabulous!! And the embossed faux tea roses!! Love Them!! Another wonderful inspiration for us, Marjie!! XOXO-Shari

  63. Marjie, your tag is gorgeous!!! I really like the mix of colors!!!!

  64. So many cool details and textures on your tag! I love how you incorporated it all into one cool tag!

  65. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    WOW Marjie… so much Tim goodness going on !! \These techniques are amazing; and the flowers … such detail !!

  66. That’s a gorgeous tag. Fabulous details.

  67. I LoVe it, girlie! Your signature bright colors & collage and I love the way you embossed the die cut shape before creating your roses. I’m inspired and can’t work anymore today!

  68. Amazing tag, Marjie! Love the colors and thanks for the tip about embossing those delicate die cut pieces. Hugs, Sandra

  69. This is a stunning tag. I am loving your color mixture as well as all the cool textures you have added with the stencils and embossing. Beautiful flowers!

  70. Oooo love all the texture and color.

  71. Oh my word how many layers made up this little beauty? As a lover of Treasure Gold this has to be my favourite for sure.

  72. Gorgeous tag and I love all the texture that shows from inking up the embossing. Thanks for the tips about securing the flower to a circle punch out and about the tissue behind the words before embossing. I keep telling myself I will participate and the 1st two challenges got away from me… I will do this one I hope!

  73. Very nice, hope to get in this time. Need to get an app that will allow me to post my finished project.

  74. The colors are great and there are so any details, i just keep looking at it.

  75. Okay, now I’ve actually read the post instead of just drooling at the pictures…thanks so much for the tip of the circle on the back of the flower.

  76. I am totally in LOVE with this take on the challenge Marjie!! It is totally your style and exudes just tons of vibrancy. The colors, the layers, and all those great embellishments. It’s wondrous!!!

  77. Your embossed background with its mixed media look is so great! I’m glad you decided not to chop it up.

  78. Marjie, your embossing is really intense and very lovely… I have never done that much embossing on any one project, but will have to give it a try… love the effect that you generated from it… it is delightfully fun and creative.. .Love, Light and Peace…Bonnie

  79. Marjie! THANK YOU for such a wonderful photo essay on your process. It is a blog like this that really get me excited about ‘the process’. I’m inspired.

  80. What an amazing tag! I love the use of all those products, all the layers are great.

  81. Marjie, love the tag.. a perfect place to showcase new techniques.

  82. I just love these soft botanical colors and the wonderful combination of straight and curved lines. It’s lovely!

  83. Fantastic tag. The roses look great & as always, you’ve created a gorgeous background.

  84. Love your process for this tag Marjie! Your shabby roses are beautiful- the distressing makes them! I must say, You really rock the embossing! “)

  85. corrine says:

    Great building of layers and color Marjie. You are the master! xox

  86. I have updated my gravatar to be the same as on blogger with my pink hair… I just want to see if it has worked

  87. I love the colours you have used and the fact that you embossed the roses. Great take on this challenge and thanks for the inspiration.

  88. Janet Goshorn says:

    Wonderful details on this tag.

  89. Linda Ledbetter says:

    This is a brilliant tag, Marjie, and I love the embossing on the roses! It adds so much. Gorgeous colors, amazing composition– pretty much perfect!!!

  90. Hi, Marjie, thanks for the reply about my URL. I had incorrectly spelled my last name when I entered my URL on your site. Fixed now…thanks! Kay

  91. Sue Manion says:

    I absolutely love this big tag. I love the bright colors and the embossing along with the sayings and added findings. Great inspiration.

  92. Oh my Marjie! Your multi colored travel tag rocks, and the matching roses top it off perfectly! I love all the rub ons!

  93. Great tag! You have layered it up beautifully. Great colors and design!

  94. I can’t believe it’s #3 already! I’ve been so busy!
    Love all the colors on this tag … There’s like, a million of them! Thx for the tip on embossing delicate die cuts!

  95. Your tag is amazing! So colorful and fun! Love how you added the roses in. Love it!

  96. A fabulous tag retaining your inimitable style whilst incorporating those altered tea roses. I love the mix of embossing throughout. Jenny x

  97. Your tag background is fabulous. I love the placement of the roses, embellishments and words. Everything works together so beautifully.

  98. Love this, Marjie, and I am glad that you let the giant tag stand on its own! Admittedly, I am curious about how the torn strips would look on another tag! 😉 For another day, perhaps!

  99. I just love the your pieces are so colorful! Embossing the smaller pieces is great. Thanks for the helpful hints.

  100. germaine says:

    really nice tag. I wouldn’t have covered it up either! would love to win some prizes!

  101. I love this jumbo tag. It’s so bright and fun. All the techniques are great.

  102. Julie S says:

    Wow, Marjie. Great variety of textures by using the folders on the different pieces. Love the background color too. BTW, that prize pack is crazy!

  103. Stunning tag! I keep forgetting to use my embossing folders. Thanks for the reminder!

  104. Another amazing creation Marjie, you never disappoint. I love all your texture here and your flowers came out so pretty.

  105. Gorgeous tag, Marjie! I love the faxt that you dry embossed the roses! What a great idea! Changed the look of them and made them so much more versatile! your colors are gorgeous too!

  106. so beautiful..that mario right? love him. ok gotta go read on this challenge..only wish mine was one half as pretty as your beautiful tag
    hugs and love
    susan s

  107. lovely tag with a lot of techniques piled on it. thanks for tip about flowers, very useful xx

  108. Lots of lovely color and texture going on here! Beautiful tag, Marjie and the flowers look amazing embossed! Happy Memorial Weekend, GF! Hugs!

  109. Jassy Veale says:

    I love your gorgeous textured tag and roses, thank you for the inspiration xx

  110. Love the myriad of colors you have used on your wonderful tag Marjie! So many textures as well – your embossed blooms are beautiful!

  111. Such a gorgeous intricate tag,love the mixture of colours on here


  112. The colours are vibrant and happy and I love all the embossing

  113. Dolly aka scrapthat/scrapscrapthat says:

    How bright and FUN!! TFS

  114. Your roses are so unique and I love them! As soon as I saw the tag I knew it was yours…color, techniques and layout speak your name. Can’t wait to get into the ‘greenhouse’ and make my own roses! Thank you!

  115. So gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the flowers!!!!

  116. Loving the color and shine on this piece Marjie! All that glorious texture complemented by bold sentiments revs my creative mojo! Thanks for the creative juice boost 🙂


    PS Eileen is coming our way for #PaperTrail2 I’ll send you some dates if you want to come along for the ride again 🙂

  117. Marjie! The TEXTURES! Wow! Beautiful!

  118. Marjie, what a great tag! That large embossed compass is such a great focal point. Treasure Gold? I may have to look into getting some of that stuff. Great job!!

  119. Beautiful tag, Marjie! Love the embossed background!

  120. i love the way you use colour. your tag has a fantastic mixed media look. I am a huge fan of treasure gold too. I have been buying their products for years and years (long before paperartsy started stocking it) some of the tubs I have are 8 years old and they still work wonderfully. they are a great finishing touch to your mixed media tag…

  121. Great Tag Marjie!! Karen.x

  122. Marjie…your tag is awesome! There is so much going on with this beauty! I love your embossed background. You are so right…it is gorgeous just the way it is and it would have been a shame to cover it up. Your colors are awesome on this! I love how you colored and embossed your faux tea roses! Very cool idea. I also love your little tips about embossing to keep things from being too perforated. The addition of the rub ons and the black highlights of the raised areas of the embossing really finishes off the tag beautifully. Love it! <3 Candy

  123. Caroline says:

    Great embossing, flowers & bkground. May have to invest in the Compendiums for next yr :))

  124. Gorgeous tag, a love the wonderful colours!
    Have a nice day, Eva

  125. As always, your colour combinations are stunning Marjie, I love the stenciling too and that is such a great tip about putting a circle on the bottom of the rose – love that. Thanks so much for your inspiration. Hugs, Anne xx

  126. Stunning vibrant colours, another wonderful take and love the embossed roses.

  127. Jan Bianchi says:

    Love all the vibrate colors and how well they all blend. Gorgeous tag and
    theme. Love your flowers and all the details. Very nice indeed.

  128. What an amazing way to make Tim’s faux tea roses! These are beautifully creative. I love the vibrant colors of your tag and the mix of Tim’s techniques.

  129. Very pretty tag!

  130. Fabulous tag Marjie and a great tutorial! Love how you did the background and your roses look great! Can’t wait to get started!