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Masterpieces with Mimi: Seashore Scene

July 25, 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 how she created this beautiful summertime seashore scene.


MATERIALS NEEDED: Penny Black Stamps (4365K Delicate Branches, 40-289 Soft Whisper, 40-376 Winged Beauty), Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers (Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire), Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (Black Soot), Tombow Dual Brush Pens (N25, N57, N79, N15), Fine Point Pen (Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V7), Fabriana Watercolor Cardstock (100% Cotton, 140 Lbs., Hot Pressed)


STEP 1: Using N79, ink a tree stump. Make sure you do not touch the branches with the pen. Spray with water and stamp. Repeat using N57, overlapping and off setting. Repeat technique with N25. This will give the illusion of an old fence stump.


Step 1 Note: Here are the three prints with the various colors mentioned above. If you print the three left prints close together, side by side, you will obtain the stump on the right.


STEP 2: Repeat the above technique for the other two stumps. Keep in mind that they are further away, thus getting smaller. Color the last one to appear weather beaten.


STEP 3: Wet the water area, and, using Distress Ink Reinkers (Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, and Peeled Paint), add paint color as shown. Use Antique Linen Reinker to make the shore line and blend a little with the blue. This will give the illusion of water over sand. Let dry. Once dry, with a wet paintbrush, go over the stumps to smooth the contours.


STEP 4: Masking the card as shown, stamp the bird and the vine giving the illusion of a climbing vine. Use Black Soot Distress Ink for both.




STEP 5: Wet the cardstock at the stumps’ base. Using Antique Linen Reinker, paint the sand in that area. While the cardstock is wet, using Black Soot Distress Ink (HIGHLY diluted with water) to create shadows on top of the Antique Linen sand area. Stamp the top part of Delicate Branches using Black Soot Distress Ink pad, creating the twigs in the sand.


STEP 6: Using the fine tip black pen, draw the barbed wire fence.


STEP 7: To create the light effect/reflection in the water, use the tip of an Exacto knife to scratch the paint off. This same technique was used for the waves over the sand.



STEP 8: Trim watercolor panel and mount to card. Et Viola!


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30 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathy H permalink
    July 25, 2015 12:47 am

    Absolutely amazing!

  2. July 25, 2015 2:13 am

    Stunning, stunning card, love it.
    Di B.

  3. July 25, 2015 3:53 am

    A stunning piece of art! Truly wonderful xxx

  4. Holly Saveur permalink
    July 25, 2015 3:54 am


  5. July 25, 2015 4:19 am

    This is so GORGEOUS !!!

  6. Jan D., FL permalink
    July 25, 2015 4:38 am

    AMAZING….you are so talented.

  7. July 25, 2015 5:46 am

    So wonderful, it is simply gorgeous, congratulations for all your talent

  8. July 25, 2015 5:57 am

    Reblogged this on Spreading Sunshine with Paper & Ink and commented:
    What a stunning watercolor by Mimi for Penny Black!!

  9. July 25, 2015 7:00 am


  10. Carol permalink
    July 25, 2015 7:05 am

    Oh so beautiful

  11. Chris R. permalink
    July 25, 2015 7:50 am

    WOW! Gorgeous!

  12. Debbie permalink
    July 25, 2015 8:43 am

    I love this scene. I would not have thought of using my stamps in this way. Now I’m off to see the stumps and parts in the stamps I have….

  13. Deb L permalink
    July 25, 2015 8:51 am

    ditto ditto ditto

  14. July 25, 2015 9:12 am

    Stunning card! Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial and hints.

  15. Virginia L. permalink
    July 25, 2015 11:38 am

    This truly is a masterpiece! Thank you for sharing your ART with us, Mimi! Absolutely inspiring!

  16. mjmarmo permalink
    July 25, 2015 12:03 pm


  17. July 25, 2015 12:49 pm

    What an interesting way to show water. Thank you.

  18. barbara lassiter permalink
    July 25, 2015 1:49 pm

    I would just have to frame this instead of making it into a card. Wow! It’s just gorgeous. You are so talented and I’m thankful we can see the art in progress. Thanks Penny Black.

  19. judka permalink
    July 25, 2015 1:52 pm

    You are an amazing artist … It is amazing how you have used the stamps and then enhanced them with our freehand art.

  20. July 25, 2015 3:43 pm

    Absolutely a master piece. It is beautiful and I love it. Such a talented woman.

  21. Micheline Jourdain permalink
    July 25, 2015 3:57 pm

    Thank you so much to all of you!!! Your comments make me so happy! Sorry for my English… je voudrais TELLEMENT vous dire à quel point vos commentaires me touchent! I would like to say you how much your comments touch my heart… is it okay in English? THANK YOU SO MUCH – MERCI BEAUCOUP !

  22. maureenchandler permalink
    July 26, 2015 3:53 am

    What a gorgeous piece of art and incredible use of stamps, inks and talent!!! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty!

  23. DAnn C permalink
    July 26, 2015 7:19 am

    Thanks for another fabulous tutorial!! Some day I’ll have the time to sit down and try to follow some of them as I LOVE your work!!

  24. July 26, 2015 4:25 pm

    Absolutely stunning!

  25. jan metcalf permalink
    July 28, 2015 7:06 am

    Amazing! Love it!!!

  26. val jones permalink
    July 30, 2015 7:32 am

    Omg how amazing

    val in spain

  27. cherylquilts permalink
    July 31, 2015 3:42 pm

    Oh, Mimi, this is amazing and stunning! Thank you for sharing your artistry and this wonderful tutorial! You continue to delight! Hugs, sweet friend!

  28. August 4, 2015 2:55 am

    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! This may well be framed and with a hefty pricetag! It is really one very lovely piece.

  29. August 7, 2015 12:22 pm

    That’s gorgeous!

  30. Tami permalink
    August 19, 2015 4:24 am

    Wow! This is stunning!! Thank you Penny Black – I am so happy you started this awesome Tutorial Series with Mimi! Mimi is unbelievable! Love the Step-by-Step Photos! Please keep the tutorial series coming!! Please add videos too!!

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