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Guest Designer Extravaganza Week 4

January 5, 2015

HOW-TO: A watercolor scene with stamps… It’s the final week of our Guest Designer Extravaganza and we have even more inspiration in store for you. Join us for beautiful winter scenes and artistic stamping.


Today we are soooo very excited to announce our next Guest Designer, Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain! Micheline brings stamps to life with beautiful watercolor scenes. And as a special bonus this week, Micheline will help inspire you to get even more from your holiday-themed stamps…they aren’t just for Christmas!


Hello everyone. I am Micheline Jourdain, AKA Mimi A La Carte, from L’Épiphanie, Québec.  I am so thrilled and honored to be a guest designer for a week for Penny Black. I live with my husband and ‘Ti-Minou’ the cat.  My daughter and 2 grand-daughters live next door. I used to have a boutique in Montréal and Penny Black was taking a great deal of space in the boutique.  All my clientele was addicted to those beautiful stamps.  Each time I would get a shipment from PB, the girls would applaud the UPS delivery man and then it was like Christmas all over again. I currently am using Flickr, Facebook, and Pinterest to show my creativity. Hoping that my cards will motivate everyone to use PB stamps, they are so gorgeous!


And to give you a peek at her techniques in achieving this stunning look, Micheline created this tutorial just for you.



MATERIALS NEEDED: Watercolor paper, 100% cotton (Fabriano) 140lbs, hot pressed; Penny Black Stamps 4202L Berry Red, Snow White, 30-251 Nature’s Gift (bird); watercolor paint brushes; Distress Ink pads from Tim Holtz (Chipped Sapphire, Rusty Hinge, Broken China and Black Soot); Winsor & Newton masking fluid


Apply masking fluid as to make snowflakes and let dry.  Draw a circle for the sun.  Wet the paper where you make your sky and apply Chipped Sapphire and Broken China.


Let dry thoroughly as shown above.


Wet the sun and reflection area, then color with Rusty Hinge and paint the reflections.  Use Chipped Sapphire to paint the snow bank.


Ink the Berry Red, Snow White stamp with Black Soot, spray water on the stamp and stamp the card.


Go over the fence with a paint brush and black soot ink.  I then stretched the left part of the fence and stamped the small bird from Nature’s Gifts set.  I then made the last 2 snow banks by the tree and diluted the Black Soot to make the fence shadows.  LET DRY THOUROUGHLY before removing the frisket.


Et voilà!  Enjoy!

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. Darlyne Wagner permalink
    January 5, 2015 12:54 am

    I adore watercoloring on cards and this one is magnifique! The stamping and coloring are just stunning.

  2. January 5, 2015 1:57 am

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. Went to Michelle’s Flikr group, all her work is absolutely exquisite, suitable for framing!

  3. January 5, 2015 1:59 am

    I apologize…should have said “Micheline’s Flikr group”

  4. January 5, 2015 2:19 am


  5. maureenchandler permalink
    January 5, 2015 4:18 am

    Beautiful work – thank you so much!

  6. Jacky A permalink
    January 5, 2015 4:35 am

    Thanks so much for showing the tutorial for this beautiful card. Looking forward to the rest of this week’s posts from Micheline; she is a talented lady.

  7. mjmarmo permalink
    January 5, 2015 4:52 am

    Wow – love these backgrounds!

  8. Dianne Crowe permalink
    January 5, 2015 5:02 am

    Love the look of these cards, what a wonderful way you use this stamp. Thanks for the tutorial.

  9. January 5, 2015 5:17 am

    Incredible art! great tutorial. This will be a beautiful week.

  10. Susan Roberts permalink
    January 5, 2015 6:11 am

    Beautiful, beautiful! And thank you for the step by step instructions.

  11. Donna Whitten permalink
    January 5, 2015 8:24 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

  12. barbara lassiter permalink
    January 5, 2015 8:40 am

    This is so exciting. I love using water colors with my stamps and Micheline’s card is gorgeous. Can’t wait to check out her projects on Flickr and to see a week’s work of her talent here.

  13. January 5, 2015 10:05 am

    Stunning card! TFS how you made it – certainly inspiring!
    Paper Hugs,

  14. January 5, 2015 11:49 am

    Love all the wonderful PB watercolor artists. Micheline’s cards are worthy of framing.

  15. January 5, 2015 1:22 pm

    Beautiful landscape cards. Love them both.

  16. Pagoda permalink
    January 5, 2015 2:24 pm

    Lovely card but it very difficult to reproduce your expertise.

  17. January 5, 2015 7:13 pm

    Thank you so much to all of you! I really appreciate your kind words! It makes me very happy! Thank you !

  18. D.Ann permalink
    January 5, 2015 7:29 pm

    Fab! Bookmarked this to come back and try some day!!

  19. KatieP permalink
    January 5, 2015 8:35 pm

    WOW, beautiful art!

  20. January 5, 2015 10:16 pm

    Beautiful cards, fantastic colours.

  21. January 6, 2015 6:53 am

    Reblogged this on Spreading Sunshine with Paper & Ink and commented:
    Get a load of what gorgeous creations this wonderful guest designer for Penny Black has come up with!

  22. Joanne permalink
    January 6, 2015 8:12 am

    I am absolutely in awe of your creations. Just can’t get enough of looking at them. Joanne

  23. January 7, 2015 8:45 am

    Wouw! lovely cards! You are so talented! TFS!

  24. January 8, 2015 4:29 am

    I am EXTREMELY happy to have dropped by the Penny Black blog today! Mimi [I’ll use this as my first bff shares that name and I love it] your cards are indeed works of art!! Thank you for the tutorial… I highly doubt I’ll have as much success, but will certainly be studying each and every one of your creations for inspiration!! Thank you so very much for sharing…
    Michele [my grandparents come from Rimouski!]

    • January 11, 2015 8:15 am

      Thank you so much for your comments. Yesterday, I putted a tutorial at my Facebook page: Mimi A La Carte. Charmed to know for your grand-parents come from Rimouski… Me I come from Sept-Îles… accross St-Laurent from Rimouski!!! Just take a look at my page Facebook…

  25. May 15, 2015 5:57 pm

    Very lovely!! Thank you for sharing how you makes such beautiful little art pieces!
    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  26. May 22, 2015 9:31 am

    Oh, Mimi, your work is exquisite, and I love this tutorial (and your beautiful photo!). Hugs, sweet friend and DD sister!

  27. Susan Klepper permalink
    December 11, 2016 8:22 am

    Is Frisket the same as masking fluid?

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