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Masterpieces with Mimi: Blooming Poppies

April 25, 2015

Happy Saturday! Join us once a month as the talented Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain shares a beautiful card along with her creative process.


The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming as Mimi brings to life our Creative Dies, 51-117 Glamorous and 51-112 Poppy Pair, using her Distress Ink reinkers as paints. If you love the look of artsy no-line watercolor, this is a great technique for you. Just paint your dies and adhere them to your watercolor background!



Materials Needed: Penny Black Creative Dies 51-117 Glamorous, 51-112 Poppy Pair, 51-107 Splendid Wishes, 51-104 Hello; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinkers: Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge; Enamel Accents: Black; Watercolor Paper


Step 1: Die cut twice (or more, to your liking) Glamorous and Poppy Pair Creative Dies. Dilute Wild Honey Distress Ink reinker with water and paint all the flowers EXCEPT one of the biggest blooms on the Glamorous die. Let dry a little bit. Apply some Fired Brick reinker on the remaining large bloom, leaving one section unpainted.


STEP 2: Apply diluted Spiced Marmalade reinker to the flowers. Follow the same process with Fired Brick reinker. Between each layer, let dry a little so that the colors do not mix.


STEP 3: While the ink is still damp, use a paintbrush with water only, and remove some of the coloring. (This will add volume to the flower).


STEP 4: Enhance dark patches by painting with Fired Brick reinker and add Wild Honey reinker to the unpainted part of the flower. Let dry and use care not to touch the red portion of the bloom as you paint with Wild Honey.


STEP 5: Add Rusty Hinge and Fired Brick reinker to obtain additional shaded effects. Let a dry a little bit between each color, but do not allow to dry completely. The color/paper has to be somewhat damp for the colors to mix and blend.


STEP 6: Paint the stems and leaves with Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss reinker.


STEP 7: Adhere painted die cuts to watercolor background. Embellish blooms with black Enamel Accents. (Optional: To add additional volume to the flowers, die cut extra blooms, paint, and layer on top of each other.)




And as an added bonus, here’s another variation using these same die cuts and techniques.


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21 Comments leave one →
  1. Holly Saveur permalink
    April 25, 2015 12:32 am


  2. April 25, 2015 12:46 am

    Gorgeous. Love the hello card. Black sentiment with the bright colours and white is great.

  3. April 25, 2015 3:36 am

    Magnifique Micheline!!

  4. mjmarmo permalink
    April 25, 2015 6:03 am


  5. Tami B permalink
    April 25, 2015 6:24 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous.

  6. BeverlyBL permalink
    April 25, 2015 6:33 am

    Wow! Those cards are amazing.

  7. Jacky A permalink
    April 25, 2015 7:12 am

    Great technique, lovely cards.

  8. April 25, 2015 8:25 am

    Beautiful. Thanks.

  9. Carole Richardson permalink
    April 25, 2015 8:44 am

    Oh, my……..absolutely gorgeous! Now, I may have to purchase this set, as well!

  10. barbara lassiter permalink
    April 25, 2015 8:47 am

    These are indeed, masterpieces. Mimi’s techniques and work are amazing.

  11. April 25, 2015 3:35 pm

    Gorgeous poppies.

  12. April 26, 2015 2:31 pm

    WOWZERS! These poppie cards are over the moon GORGEOUS!

  13. April 27, 2015 5:55 am

    Thank you soooooooo much to all of you for your kind comments! You make me very happy! See you next month…

  14. Tish Rowe permalink
    April 27, 2015 12:41 pm

    You are incredible. I have tried to respond to your work before but cannot figure out how on facebook. We appreciate your showing us how to do this. Such a great teacher, too.

  15. April 28, 2015 5:11 am

    These poppies look like they could fall off the page they are so realistic. I would love to watch a tutorial and learn as I go with it. I just adore these flowers. You did an excellent job making them look so real.

  16. jan metcalf permalink
    April 28, 2015 5:57 am

    Simply stunning!

  17. Sandra Colebank permalink
    May 11, 2015 2:06 pm

    I love the poppies.

  18. Beth permalink
    August 11, 2015 3:46 pm

    I can’t wait to try this technique, thanks for sharing it with us

  19. Sharon Lones permalink
    March 12, 2016 4:17 am

    Spectacular! It’ll be a challenge but i’ll give it a try. Thanks.

  20. Tami permalink
    March 20, 2016 3:51 pm

    Gorgeous card! Please keep the “Masterpieces with Mimi” coming! We LOVE her tutorials! Please do videos too Mimi!

  21. Michelle permalink
    May 1, 2016 7:36 pm

    Hi! Mimi, its Michelle (the other Mimi!), you are by far the best! May I know which glue you use and like always thanks for sharing!

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