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Masterpieces with Mimi Photo Tutorial

March 21, 2015

Happy Saturday! Welcome to our second edition of “Masterpieces with Mimi.” Join us once a month as the talented Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain shares a beautiful card along with her creative process.


Today Mimi brings us one of her top-requested tutorials. Yay! And if you are looking to create a card with more of a springtime appeal, simply substitute green grassy hills for the snowbanks.


MATERIALS NEEDED: Penny Black stamps 30-260 On the Town, 40-246 Skyline, 30-258 Prancers; Tombow Dual Brush Pen #993, Distress Ink Pads Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge; Distress Ink Reinker Chipped Sapphire; Masking Fluid (Frisket); Black Felt Pen; Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black Ink; Fabriano Watercolor Cardstock (100% cotton, 145 lbs, hot press)


STEP 1: With a toothbrush, apply Frisket masking fluid to cardstock. This will make the snowflakes in the end. Let dry before stamping.


STEP 2: Ink the Skyline stamp with Rusty Hinge ink, leaving the lower part of the buildings free of ink.


STEP 3: Spray with water.


STEP 4: With a paper towel, remove the ink at the base of the stamp.


STEP 5: Stamp, making sure you apply pressure all over as the dried masking fluid “bubbles” make slight unevenness on the cardstock which can making the stamping difficult.


STEP 6: Once again, ink the Skyline stamp with Walnut Stain ink, always trying not to ink the lower part of the stamp. Spray with water, and with a paper towel, remove a little color from the base to leave a haze. Stamp image, offsetting lower than the first time. This will leave the impression of two rows of buildings seen from afar.



STEP 7: Put a small amount of Chipped Sapphire reinker onto an acrylic block and mix with a small amount of water to obtain a lighter blue.


STEP 8: Wet the cardstock all around the orange buildings, one section at a time, and do not be afraid to touch the colors. The color will seep a little and leave a beautiful effect of cold and humidity (or pollution depending on the effect you want to leave on your card). Here Mimi has shown cold and humid, as seen in her downtown in the winter.


Add a little blue color. Do not rub too much with the paint brush (do not swipe paintbrush across the paper), leaving the blue to blend on its own with the water. Just help it here and there, adding as you desire.


STEP 9: With a lightly wet paint brush, slightly water down the orange to make a ‘far away’ impression of a cold haze.


STEP 10: With Walnut Stain ink, sharpen the roofs here and there. This will sharpen the buildings, creating the effect that they are closer as opposed to the ones in the background.


STEP 11: With a little water, remove/fade some coloring at the base, sponging with a paper towel. This will leave a space where the fir trees will go.


STEP 12: Using torn pieces of paper, mask off portions of snow banks before stamping trees. Stamp the fir tree from the Prancer transparent set. First inking the tree with Forest Moss Distress ink, spraying with water, and then stamping. Use larger fir trees for the foreground and smaller trees for the background near the buildings. Remove masks after stamping.



STEP 13: Before painting the snowbanks, place the stamps on your card to plan placement.


STEP 14: Wet the base of the trees and add Chipped Sapphire ink, without rubbing, just allowing the color to blend with the water. (Tip: Turn your work to make it easier to blend and soften with additional water painted on with the paint brush.) This will create the look of tree shadows on the snow.



STEP 15: Double-check placement of stamps… it’s okay to change your mind!


STEP 16: With VersaFine Onyx Black ink, stamp the street lamp and bench. If needed, add additional length to street lamp, at the base, using a black felt pen. Add a little water near the bench legs and paint shadows using the same technique as shown above for the fir trees.



STEP 17: With VersaFine Onyx Black ink, stamp the people from the On the Town set. Leave the top left part free of ink so you can paint a yellow reflection from the street lamp. Stamp image.


STEP 18: Paint the street lamp using Tombow Dual Brush Pen #993, and with a little water, dilute the same color to add to the man’s shoulder (street lamp reflection).


STEP 19: Add a touch of Tombow #993 at the base of the street lamp and underneat the bench to show reflection on the snow.


STEP 20: Wetting the cardstock first, just to the right of the people’s feet, add a diluted Chipped Sapphire ink. Also add diluted Chipped Sapphire ink under the street lamp base. When the work is dry, remove the masking fluid/frisket (rubbing softly with your fingers) to reveal the snowflakes.


Trim your panel to your liking and mount to a notecard.

Et Voila! Your card is complete!!


Card design inspired by Heather Telford’s work as seen HERE and HERE.

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52 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne Sweeney permalink
    March 21, 2015 12:30 am

    Oh my gosh !! Mind blowingly beautiful … Do a video !!please …. Yours

  2. Pitchoune57 permalink
    March 21, 2015 12:38 am

    gorgeous card! I love it, thank you for this steps by steps

  3. Holly Saveur permalink
    March 21, 2015 1:37 am

    This is in love with it…it is a masterpiece!
    thanks for the great tutorial…would also love to see a video..please?

  4. Dianne Crowe permalink
    March 21, 2015 2:57 am

    Lovely card, thanks for the tutorial.

  5. Deb L permalink
    March 21, 2015 3:39 am

    A masterpiece. Lovely

  6. Louise W. permalink
    March 21, 2015 4:25 am

    Truly a work of art! Beautiful.

  7. March 21, 2015 5:05 am

    This was so awesome .,I love her work and this picture . .,I will be buying these samps soon . Thanks so very much .

  8. ninewood permalink
    March 21, 2015 6:25 am

    This is true art! Beautiful!

  9. D.AnnC permalink
    March 21, 2015 6:29 am

    Thank you SO MUCH for the step-by-step! I LOVE how you do these and seeing the process helps… bookmarking for the day I can sit down and try it!

  10. mjmarmo permalink
    March 21, 2015 7:25 am

    Wow!! A masterpiece!!

  11. March 21, 2015 8:59 am

    This is gorgeous! TFS!

  12. judka permalink
    March 21, 2015 11:17 am

    Oh, Mimi! Thank you for all your work taking so many photos to clearly show us how you created this masterpiece! It is an awesome design and a perfect way to use those stamps. I promise to give this a try .. I so want to be able to create these amazing scenes. I look forward to your future posts .. so much to learn!!

  13. barbara lassiter permalink
    March 21, 2015 5:26 pm

    Mimi’s art is gorgeous. The design, the painting……just perfect.

  14. March 21, 2015 7:25 pm

    Your card is beautiful, magic.

  15. March 21, 2015 7:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I’ve been in love with this scene since you posted it, and wanted to copy it. Thanks for sharing. It is gorgeous !!!

  16. March 22, 2015 3:50 am

    Thank you so much to all of you for you kind comments! You are sooooooooooo nice with me. Hugs!

  17. March 22, 2015 5:03 am

    I love your technique for fading the ink on the building stamp ! Thank you very much for sharing this with us 😉

  18. Di W permalink
    March 22, 2015 7:19 am

    When I make a card it’s crafting. When YOU make a card it is true art!

    • Barb permalink
      March 23, 2015 8:03 am

      Recently took up watercolor painting and this is so inspirational I can’t wait to try it — like today, even! Thanks, it’s beautiful

  19. March 22, 2015 4:48 pm

    Wonderful card! Brilliant tutorial thank you! xxx

  20. March 23, 2015 1:40 am

    Wonderfull card, thanks so much for the tutorial!

  21. Audrey Sharples permalink
    March 23, 2015 6:09 am

    thank you. Like the tut

  22. Alene Lopau permalink
    March 23, 2015 6:10 am

    This technique takes card making to art. Lovely watercolor adds so much. I really appreciate your talent.

  23. Sherry D permalink
    March 23, 2015 6:20 am

    Love how you’ve pulled all of these sets together to create this Absolutely Stunning card! Masterfully created..thanks so much for this tutorial it actually gives me the courage to try my hand at watercolor!

  24. Laurie permalink
    March 23, 2015 6:25 am

    Thank you for this tutorial! Results are fabulous!! Can’t wait to try it!

  25. Jan Koennecke permalink
    March 23, 2015 6:49 am

    This is my first time in your site and I will certainly come back. I do watercolor painting and pen & inks. Will certainly start incorporating it into my card making after seeing this fantastic tutorial.

  26. ChristineZ permalink
    March 23, 2015 7:17 am

    Oh my word, the artistry on these creations is wonderful!

  27. Jan Graham permalink
    March 23, 2015 7:28 am

    What a beautiful card and outstanding tutorial!

  28. Nan permalink
    March 23, 2015 8:35 am

    Thank you so much for sharing the detailed instructions which helped me to understand how you obtained the final result of an exquisite piece of art. Soooo beautiful!

    One question, how would you compare using the Fabriano cold press to the watercolor paper you used? I just bought some cold press for the smoother finish and to experiment with different watecolor papers.

    • March 24, 2015 5:43 pm

      Hope you can read in French… not able to tell you in English… 😦 J’utilise le Fabriano “hot pressed” pour la finition du carton qui est lisse et sans relief. J’ai essayé le “cold pressed” et j’ai moins aimé le résultat final justement à cause du relief. Merci – thank you so much for your so kind comments! Hope you can understand my French comment! If not, let me an email at my Facebook page… my husband help me to translate for you! Thanks again!

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  30. March 23, 2015 9:01 am

    Awesome scene! Very beautiful!

  31. Barbie permalink
    March 23, 2015 9:29 am

    so cool!

  32. adie permalink
    March 23, 2015 10:11 am


  33. chris4beads permalink
    March 23, 2015 10:17 am

    Fantastic step by step

  34. March 23, 2015 10:38 am

    I loved this tutorial on how to make this card. I just signed up to follow your blog!

  35. Diane J permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:34 am

    What a great card!

  36. Donna permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:46 am

    Wow! Incredible card.

  37. Sara Tann permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:59 am

    Love this tutorial and the stamps are wonderful, I can hardly wait to buy them. There’s just something about the city scape and couple walking that really calls to me. 🙂

  38. Kathiep permalink
    March 23, 2015 3:40 pm

    I never concidered that you can apply frisket with a toothbrush! Can not wait to try it.

  39. Maria Teresa Dittig permalink
    March 23, 2015 3:57 pm

    simply gorgeous ,,,building this scene was such a great lesson ! Thanks so much for your artistic touch…

  40. Ausra permalink
    March 23, 2015 6:17 pm

    Absolutely beautiful.

  41. Barbara Pyle permalink
    March 23, 2015 7:08 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for showing the “secrets” to doing this. Can’t wait to try it.

  42. Gaijinjoy permalink
    March 23, 2015 7:34 pm

    Thank you so, so much for the step-by-step tutorial. It is greatly appreciated.

  43. Yvonne permalink
    March 23, 2015 9:31 pm

    Absolutely a masterpiece! I love MiMi’s watercolor work. I am taken away by the definition of detail! Thanks you for sharing!!! Yvonne Y.

  44. Bonnie Thrasher permalink
    March 24, 2015 3:50 am

    This is gorgeous. I would love to create this myself. Thank you for the tutorial. Would you consider doing a video of this? .

  45. Lee Kendel permalink
    March 24, 2015 9:23 am

    Love your stamps so much

  46. March 24, 2015 10:18 am

    Such a beautiful project. I am anxious to try it in my multi media journal too. Thanks for the play by play and wonderful inspiration.

  47. March 24, 2015 5:37 pm

    wow… Just so happy to read your comments!!! In French: Je suis tellement honorée et heureuse de pouvoir partager mes techniques avec vous tous! Merci à Penny Black pour l’invitation! Je n’ai pas de mot pour vous dire MERCI À TOUS! I would like to write it in English… THANKS THANKS AND THANKS AGAIN!

  48. March 31, 2015 8:57 am

    Wow, Mimi, this is absolutely amazing and gorgeous!! You are one amazing artist, Mimi! I so love seeing how you made this! Thank you!!

  49. Kathy H permalink
    August 7, 2015 11:25 pm


  50. Tami permalink
    August 19, 2015 4:16 am

    I am so happy you started this awesome Tutorial Series with Mimi! She is unbelievable! Love the Step-by-Step Photos! Please keep the tutorial series coming!!

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