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Introducing “Masterpieces with Mimi”

February 28, 2015

Happy Saturday! We are very excited to announce a new feature here on our blog, “Masterpieces with Mimi.” Join us once a month as the talented Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain shares a beautiful card along with a photo tutorial detailing her creative process.


For today’s tutorial, Mimi has featured our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-372 Divine.


Here’s a look at her gorgeous card!


And now the how-to…

MATERIALS NEEDED: Penny Black Stamps Divine 40-372, 30-286 Heartfelt; Tim Holtz Distress ink pads and re-inkers: Mustard Seed, Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick; Tombow Dual Brush Pen 098; Watercolour cardstock Fabriano, 100% cotton, 140 lbs, hot-pressed; (Frisket, optional)


STEP 1: Ink flowers with Rusty Hinge ink and stems with Tombow Dual Brush Pen 098 and spray with water.


STEP 2: Spray Frisket (if desired) on the cardstock, let dry, and then stamp. (Note from Mimi: Personally I love Frisket and put it on all my cards… it gives an airy and soft effect.  You can see how I apply frisket (a type of masking fluid) HERE.)


STEP 3: Place a few drops of Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge and Forest Moss re-inkers on an acrylic block. Wet one petal at a time and add a little bit of diluted Rusty Hinge to the base of the petal and let it blend with the water, as shown in the next two pictures.



STEP 4: Let the water blend the color as to give a shaded effect from dark to light. Do all petals one at the time and come back to the first ones that are starting to dry up. Add a few drops of Fired Brick, always at the base, which will intensify the coloring. At this point, use a heat gun to dry and stop the blending. This will leave a darkened base.


STEP 5: With a wet paintbrush remove little bit of color from the top of some petals. This will enrich the shading effects.


STEP 6: With a larger paintbrush, wet a few centimeters around one flower (more water than less). Work one region at a time.


STEP 7: Add diluted Forest Moss re-inker along the flower and let it blend with the wet cardstock. Add small amounts at a time. Do not paint, just deposit it small areas at a time. This will give a shaded effect and will look like watercolor. Do not be scared to touch the flowers and stems with the water… you will get a better watercolor effect.


Work around the flowers and the stems to obtain the desired effects. Highlight each flower base and stem with Forest Moss and add a little bit around each flower bloom.


STEP 8: With your paintbrush, mix all the colors on your block with water and splatter some drops on the card, here and there, by hitting your finger against the paintbrush.


STEP 9: Remove frisket (if necessary), stamp sentiment, trim, and mount to notecard.




Thanks so much Mimi for sharing your tips and techniques! We can’t wait to see what you’ve cooked up for us next month…

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 **Edited to add: Thanks everyone for your excitement for Mimi’s tutorial! We’ve had a lot of questions about masking fluid/frisket. Essentially, masking fluid/frisket, goes on like a paint and, once dry, protects/masks whatever surface is beneath it. When you are done painting, it can simply be rubbed off the paper using your fingertips. On today’s card, Mimi flicked her frisket on with a toothbrush before painting her image. When she removed it when she was done painting, it revealed the white flecks you see on her card. Our designer Heather Telford has also done a great video about masking fluid which can be used like the frisket Mimi reference in her tutorial. Heather’s video can be found here.

58 Comments leave one →
  1. Pitchoune57 permalink
    February 28, 2015 1:46 am

    lovely card

  2. Hope permalink
    February 28, 2015 2:28 am

    Beautiful card.what is Friskit please

  3. Dianne Crowe permalink
    February 28, 2015 3:26 am

    Very pretty card. Yes, I would also like to know what Frisket is?

  4. pwilley21 permalink
    February 28, 2015 3:57 am

    Beautiful idea with the Forrest Moss as your background rather than typical blue hues, it’s gorgeous with Rusty Hinge! Love the airy look you achieved with the Liquid Frisket, I did not know it came in a spray aplicator? Fristket ladies is Liquid Mask, usually painted on an image you’ve spent time coloring, let dry and go ahead with your distress background. Then rub off and your painfully colored image is safe n sound!

  5. naylogan permalink
    February 28, 2015 4:23 am

    beautiful your use of white do you “spray” frisket? thanks for sharing your art.

    • February 28, 2015 6:58 am

      Thank you Naylogan for your so pretty comments. I spay (sproutch…) frisket with a toothbrush… You can see a picture of it on my Facebook page.

      • naylogan permalink
        February 28, 2015 7:08 am

        thanks so much..again..beautiful art..thanks for sharing your it!

  6. mjmarmo permalink
    February 28, 2015 4:52 am

    MAsterpiece is right ! Wow – just so beautiful!

  7. Jan D. permalink
    February 28, 2015 5:21 am

    Really beautiful card and I always love and appreciate step by step tutorials since I don’t have natural talent for coloring/painting….I do follow instructions pretty well, so this is very helpful.

  8. February 28, 2015 6:00 am

    So beautiful ! Thanks for sharing the steps..

  9. February 28, 2015 6:00 am

    Beautiful card but how do you SPRAY frisket? Won’t it clog a sprayer or do you just flick it?

  10. February 28, 2015 6:27 am

    Oh thank you so very much . Merci beaucoup . I love her cards . I hope I can get a similar effect .

    Janice R Stone. Joy and peace and love


  11. February 28, 2015 6:41 am

    Fantastic water coloring – love it!!!

  12. judka permalink
    February 28, 2015 7:03 am

    Awesome tutorial … beautiful result! I am going to keep trying. Thank you, Micheline for the inspiration … can’t wait to see more!!

  13. Carole Richardson permalink
    February 28, 2015 7:25 am

    This is absolutely beautiful! What is Frisket?

    • February 28, 2015 7:49 am

      Frisket is liquid mask usually painted on an image you’ve spent time coloring, let dry and go ahead with your distress background. Then rub off and your paintfully colored image is safe n sound… thank you to Pwilley21… I take your comments… because my English is not very good. Also you can see on my Facebook page how I SPROUTCH frisket with a toothbrush… Thank you Carole for your king words!!!

  14. Carole Richardson permalink
    February 28, 2015 7:32 am

    I just realized that Micheline is the artist for this beauty. How I love her work. I study her cards constantly to achieve some of her techniques. She is my current favorite designer! Thanks, Mimi for the tutorial. That will be helpful.

  15. MA Evans permalink
    February 28, 2015 7:42 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! I just started using frisket/masking fluid and love it!

  16. bdengler4 permalink
    February 28, 2015 7:56 am

    Oh, my! This is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous water coloring! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

  17. Pai permalink
    February 28, 2015 8:09 am


  18. Darlene G permalink
    February 28, 2015 8:17 am

    This card is just stunning. Beautiful. I’m sitting here with my mouth hanging open. Gorgeous.

  19. barbara lassiter permalink
    February 28, 2015 8:44 am

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I’m so glad you could share this with us. I love to create a watercolor look on my cards, but it’s not so easy for me. Love all the tips and ideas I can get. I love the word SPROUTCH…it seems perfect for the technique used!

  20. Cheryl Robertson permalink
    February 28, 2015 8:52 am

    Beautiful card! So talented! What is frisket?

    • February 28, 2015 9:28 am

      Frisket is liquid mask usually painted on an image you’ve spent time coloring, let dry and go ahead with your distress background. Then rub off and your paintfully colored image is safe n sound… thank you to Pwilley21… I take your comments… because my English is not very good. Also you can see on my Facebook page how I SPROUTCH frisket with a toothbrush…

  21. Tona permalink
    February 28, 2015 9:13 am

    This is truly a ,masterpiece! Thanks for sharing & also thanks for the great tutorial.

  22. February 28, 2015 10:00 am

    This is beautiful. Gorgeous. And great tutorial!

  23. Judy B permalink
    February 28, 2015 10:25 am

    What a gorgeous card! I can’t get over how beautiful this is. I have never heard of frisket before so was glad to see you explained it. It sounds like a fun product. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work of art.

  24. February 28, 2015 10:44 am

    Absolutely stunning!

  25. Holly Saveur permalink
    February 28, 2015 11:29 am

    such a gorgeous card..LOVE it!

  26. February 28, 2015 1:22 pm

    Oh…this is lovely. Beautiful water coloring.

  27. D.AnnC permalink
    February 28, 2015 2:48 pm

    Oh HORRAY! I only click like on things I truly like on fb… I end up liking almost every one of Mimi’s cards! They’re all just as gorgeous as this one!! I’m thrilled to get to see how she does them and am sure I’ll be bookmarking every entry (already bookmarked this one). Thanks!

  28. Jacky A permalink
    February 28, 2015 2:57 pm

    Congratulations, Micheline on your new venture with Penny Black stamps; well deserved. I’ll look forward to these monthly tutorials as I love your style and technique. I found this tutorial clear and easy to follow. Must order this stamp and give it a try. Thank you for your inspiration.

  29. February 28, 2015 4:37 pm

    I am so happy to read your messages… your so pretty comments… tears in my eyes… I just thanks so much Penny Black and Jill Foster for all of that! Je voudrais dire à quel point je suis honorée d’ëtre ici avec Penny Black! Merci du fond du cœur à Jill Foster sans qui tout ceci n’aurait pas été possible… I love you Jill… I love Penny Black et and I love all of you for your support and comments! C’est un rendez-vous… see you next month… XXX

  30. maureenchandler permalink
    February 28, 2015 6:28 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous – thank you so much!!!

  31. Ruth permalink
    March 1, 2015 6:57 am

    Beautiful….love it.

  32. March 1, 2015 7:19 pm

    Beautiful! Amazing depth!

  33. Adie permalink
    March 2, 2015 4:22 am

    This is stunning, do you have to use hot pressed water colour paper, I have lots of cold pressed paper at hand

    • March 2, 2015 9:34 am

      Yes Adie, I use hot pressed water colour paper, Fabriano, 140 lbs, 100% cotton. Thanks so much for your comments!

    • jillianfoster82 permalink*
      March 2, 2015 9:42 am

      Hi Addie, I have tried similar watercolor techniques with cold pressed paper and had success, too. Happy stamping!

    • Daria permalink
      February 3, 2016 6:43 am

      If you use cold-press watercolor paper, stamp on the smoother side. You’ll get a better image. Hot-press watercolor paper is very smooth.

  34. March 2, 2015 2:07 pm

    This is great news!! Congrats Mimi, and thanks for sharing all your awesome tips, I’m RUNNING to my craft room!!!

  35. March 3, 2015 7:41 pm

    Bravo! Micheline c’est magnifique, merci de partager ta technique que tu maîtrise si bien!

  36. Shelley C permalink
    March 17, 2015 7:05 am

    Beautiful card! loved the tutorial – very clear and helpful directions. Thanks!.

  37. March 23, 2015 10:47 am

    Love the flower and the effect the frisket gave the card. The tutorial was great.

  38. May 23, 2015 12:10 am

    Beautiful card and the painting tutorial is so helpful.

  39. August 5, 2015 5:36 am

    Reblogged this on Spreading Sunshine with Paper & Ink.

  40. JudyB permalink
    August 5, 2015 7:45 am

    Absolutely stunning Micheline! Thanks for sharing.

  41. Tona permalink
    August 5, 2015 9:30 am

    Beautiful card!

  42. Daria permalink
    February 3, 2016 6:40 am

    As always, I love your card and appreciate your tutorial. Last year, I watercolored a bird image for a Christmas card. I thought I was done until I went online and saw a card of yours using the same image. I went right back in and added more watercolor and splattered it with gesso. It still didn’t come close to your card, but it looked a great deal better than my original card, and I had fun with it. Thank you. Daria

  43. Sandra permalink
    February 29, 2016 9:20 am

    Gorgeous! Your technique is fantastic and your tutorial is easy to follow. I have all the supplies including the Fristket so I put this on my must try projects for March. I don’t even have a Facebook account and never go there but clicked on the link to see more of your creations and was blow away. Thank you for sharing and looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  44. March 5, 2016 8:53 am

    Beautifully done! I’m looking forward to the next one! Thanks so much!

  45. Robin Earp permalink
    March 31, 2016 10:32 pm

    Love this series, really. I am an artist for more than 40 yrs now and always appreciate a new take on things. Keep it up! Thank you.

  46. Suzanne E. permalink
    May 9, 2016 8:30 am

    I just saw this and I’m so happy to see how Micheline does her beautiful works of art!!

  47. Janice W. permalink
    August 1, 2016 5:13 pm

    This is so wonderful Mimi. Happy you’re showing me how to “try” to imitate you. Beautiful.

  48. TrishP. permalink
    April 18, 2017 11:12 pm

    How do we sign up so we don’t miss a masterpiece?

  49. TrishP. permalink
    April 18, 2017 11:24 pm

    Can you use an ink pad of the same color instead of the reinker by putting some ink on acrylic & picking it up from there? Thanks.

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