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Masterpieces with Mimi: Emboss Resist Technique

June 27, 2015

Happy Saturday! Welcome to our next 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 shares with us wonderful painting techniques which look beautiful when combined with our solid/silhouette floral stamps such as 30-281 Flower Sparks.



MATERIALS NEEDED: Penny Black Stamps (3939K Queen Anne’s Lace, 30-281 Flower Sparks, 30-286 Heartfelt), VersaMark Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers (Weathered Wood, Peeled Paint), Distress Ink Pad (Black Soot), White Acrylic Paint, Watercolor Paper (Fabriana, 100% Cotton, 140 Lbs, Hot Pressed)


STEP 1: Stamp and heat emboss using VersaMark Ink and clear embossing powder both Penny Black stamps: 3939K Queen Anne’s Lace and 30-286 Flower sparks 30-286 as shown on the card or where your inspiration dictates.


STEP 2: With a large paint brush wet the cardstock with water. Add reinker ink on the acrylic block, dilute with water and apply to the wet cardstock as shown. It has to be light at first.


STEP 3: Keep on adding ink, a little at a time, around the embossed area. Make sure the cardstock is always wet.


STEP 4: Continue adding Weathered Wood ink to darken where you wish and add a little Peeled Paint ink. This will enrich the Weathered Wood color. Instead of the Peeled Paint you could also try orange or yellow ink colors.


STEP 5: Put some Black Soot from the Distress Ink pad on the acrylic block, dilute with water, and paint the left corner while cardstock is still wet.


STEP 6: With a small paint brush, color shadows with Weathered Wood ink underneath the flowers. Let stand for a minute or two and add Black Soot (diluted with water).   Choose the side on which the shadows will go. Do not hesitate to lighten the black shadow with water. Let dry a little. Then, with the tip of your small paint brush, add a darker black (less diluted) a small amount at a time, right up against the flowers and stems. This will really highlight the image! Also add Black Soot ink to the empty spaces within the flowers. (Mimi says, “The white spots are the result of me not removing all of the clear embossing powder before embossing and I now realize that it is very pretty… mistakes can give birth to a beauty.”)


STEP 7: With a white gel pen, lengthen the stems and added shadows.   Then add water on the rest of Black Soot on the acrylic block and with a paint brush, sprinkle the card after masking the parts where it was not needed. Mimi only wanted to sprinkle the dark part. Also sprinkle some white paint above over the image. Stamp sentiment. ET VOILA!


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31 Comments leave one →
  1. Holly Saveur permalink
    June 27, 2015 2:00 am

    SO gorgeous..and great tutorial!

  2. June 27, 2015 3:12 am

    Stunning and a fabulous tutorial! Thank you xxx

  3. Pai permalink
    June 27, 2015 4:15 am


  4. June 27, 2015 4:16 am

    HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  5. Jan D., FL permalink
    June 27, 2015 4:49 am

    Your card is so beautiful…I love your step by step instructions…thanks so much

  6. maureenchandler permalink
    June 27, 2015 4:49 am

    Oh I love this and am going to give it a try! Thanks so much for explaining how to do it!!

  7. June 27, 2015 4:58 am

    Reblogged this on Spreading Sunshine with Paper & Ink and commented:
    Love this embossed resist card by Mimi!

  8. Linda S. in NE permalink
    June 27, 2015 6:33 am

    A truly striking card. Thanks for telling us how you created it.

  9. Deborah permalink
    June 27, 2015 6:49 am

    This is beautiful. I love the white specks it gives an impression that the little white flower’s are blowing away. I live this tutorial thank you.

  10. Donna Whitten permalink
    June 27, 2015 7:35 am


  11. cherylquilts permalink
    June 27, 2015 8:08 am

    Oh, Mimi, this is a gorgeous card, and what a wonderful tutorial! You are so gifted and so sweet!! Hugs!

  12. June 27, 2015 8:20 am

    Love the card and I really appreciate the tutorial but why oh why don’t you have a set with all the queen annes lace images? I would buy that set in a heartbeat!

  13. June 27, 2015 8:27 am

    Love the finished card. Want to try that technique. Thanks for the directions. Hope mine looks as good as yours. Edna

  14. June 27, 2015 8:51 am

    The card is amazing! It has such a depth of thanks to the shadows … Thank you for a great tutorial.

  15. June 27, 2015 9:00 am

    AMAZING – I would love to see a video of this process but appreciate the step by step.

  16. Harriet permalink
    June 27, 2015 9:00 am

    Lovely. Such an inspiration for me.

  17. Carole Richardson permalink
    June 27, 2015 9:01 am

    Thanks for the step by step instruction, Mimi! This is absolutely breath taking.

  18. barbara lassiter permalink
    June 27, 2015 9:19 am

    This card is just too beautiful for words. Thanks for the tutorial and all the great tips. Love this.

  19. June 27, 2015 10:23 am

    Awesome colorinng !! Adding shadows with darkcolors has created such an impact !! Loved it n the tut too 🙂

  20. June 27, 2015 11:39 am

    This is beautiful! I can’t wait to try this technique. The black soot would have scared me off from trying but as you have shown it is just perfect for the shadows. Love to see your tutorials.

  21. Maria permalink
    June 27, 2015 2:22 pm

    Beautiful card,fabulous work TFS

  22. alexandra s.m. permalink
    June 27, 2015 7:18 pm

    Breathtaking beautiful Mimi!!

  23. bdengler4 permalink
    June 27, 2015 10:25 pm

    Such a gorgeous card! I don’t see any mention of a blue color. Is that all Weathered Wood or did you use another shade of blue?

    • Micheline Jourdain permalink
      June 28, 2015 5:23 am

      Thanks a lot for your great comments. Yes, I used only Weathered Wood and a bit of Peeled Paint. Maybe the picture look like blue but I do not use for that one. Mais ce serait d’un effet aussi joli si vous utilisez du bleu. It would be nice with blue too for sure! You can see one with dark blue on my facebook’s page Mimi A La Carte… same stamps but with a different position… different look. So funny to do!

  24. Micheline Jourdain permalink
    June 28, 2015 5:26 am

    Just tell to all of you, a BIG THANKS for your lovely comments! You make me so happy! You make sunshine in my heart! THANK YOU SO MUCH ONCE AGAIN!

  25. RuthH permalink
    June 28, 2015 8:00 am

    This card is absolutely beautiful!!! I love watercolor techniques and you nailed it.

  26. mjmarmo permalink
    June 28, 2015 7:27 pm


  27. June 29, 2015 3:21 am

    Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the detailed description of your watercolor technique too. So helpful! TFS Hugs, Kristina

  28. June 30, 2015 6:29 am

    This is so stunning! Love the watercolourtechnique with those stamps; the result is breathtaking!

  29. July 2, 2015 8:29 am

    Gorgeous card! Thanks for the tutorial!

  30. Daria permalink
    April 1, 2016 1:25 pm

    Beautiful card. This is one of my favorite techniques.

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