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Masterpieces with Mimi: Poppy Time

September 5, 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.


Flowers are blooming on the blog today, thanks to Mimi. And lucky for us, she’s also sharing her gardening (ahem…stamping and coloring) secrets!


To create her card she’s used our popular Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-323 Poppy Time.


MATERIALS NEEDED: Penny Black Stamps 40-323 Poppy Time, 30-176 Sentimental; Tombow Markers 993, 837, 969, 126, 847, 856, 905; Round Tip Watercolor Paint Brush #6; Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V7; Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink; Watercolor Paper (Canson, Cold Press, 140 lbs)


Please note that Mimi cut up the stamp so that she can adjust the angle to suit her design needs. She says, “Don’t be scared to do it, it doesn’t get damaged!”


STEP 1: Partially ink the stamp with Black Versa Fine ink. Mimi did not want all the lines inked inside the flower, just the contours.


STEP 2: Use Tombow marker 993 to color the petals. Color them one at a time.


STEP 3: Add color using Tombow marker 905, coloring on top of 993, leaving some of 993 visible. There’s no need to let each layer dry before applying the next coat of color.


STEP 4: Apply Tombow marker 856 using the same technique as above, layer by layer.


STEP 5: Apply Tombow marker 847 as shown. Using the same technique, use Tombow markers 837 and 969 to finish the petal base.


STEP 6: With the paintbrush and water, blend the colors by making small circles moving from light to dark and never going back over an area that has already been blended. Do not worry about the little “lumps” in the paper. Let it dry completely and do not remove them yet.


STEP 7: Once dry, use a dry paper towel/tissue to delicately remove the paper “lumps.” You can see them on the picture below, above the flowers.


STEP 8: To complete the card, color each petal using the techniques shown above. Color the stems with Tombow marker 126 and stamp the sentiment. Use a fine tip pen to draw lines on the petals, if needed. The finished product looks like velvet once complete. Mimi says, “Practice this technique. You will love it!”



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22 Comments leave one →
  1. thepaperbaker permalink
    September 5, 2015 1:14 am

    Absolutely STUNNING!!! Love Love Love the tutorial with fabulous step by step photos! Thank you 🙂

  2. September 5, 2015 3:09 am

    So beautiful! Fabulous colouring! xxx

  3. September 5, 2015 4:06 am

    Absolutely beautiful. A poppy has a special place in my heart. Thank you for the inspiration!!!

  4. September 5, 2015 5:28 am

    Beautiful! Love the placement of the elements!

  5. September 5, 2015 5:57 am

    really gorgeous!

  6. carol permalink
    September 5, 2015 6:13 am

    I’m always anxious to see your posts, Mimi! This is beautiful. Thanks for the step-by-step photos showing how you did it – very helpful!

  7. Jan D., FL permalink
    September 5, 2015 6:54 am

    I’m so excited….I have this stamp and I absolutely love it….I’ve used it a bunch and never get tired of it….loved your tip for adding back lines. It looked like some of the lines from the original stamped image disappeared from coloring. Is that a result of the type markers you used? I don’t have the same kind you have. So happy to see your take on coloring this poppy…you got my imagination and creative juices flowing this morning. Thanks so much.

  8. Jan D., FL permalink
    September 5, 2015 6:57 am

    Oops….I went back and re-read your instructions….got my answer about the missing lines. Pardon me. LOL

  9. Harriet permalink
    September 5, 2015 7:50 am

    Beautiful………I have this stamp and think I will give your creation a try. Thank you.

  10. Dianne Crowe permalink
    September 5, 2015 9:27 am

    So bright and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  11. September 5, 2015 9:52 am


  12. barbara lassiter permalink
    September 5, 2015 10:13 am

    Gorgeous card. Wow! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  13. September 5, 2015 11:26 am

    AWESOME coloring, thanks for the tips!

  14. September 5, 2015 12:20 pm

    WOW!! I didn’t know you could do this with Tombow markers. Thank you for this tutorial. This card is lovely!!

  15. mjmarmo permalink
    September 5, 2015 1:32 pm

    Simply stunning!

  16. cherylquilts permalink
    September 5, 2015 3:45 pm

    Oh, amazing Mimi! What a beautiful card, and I love the step-by-step tutorial with the great tips. And what a great idea to cut this stamp apart! Another stunning card, sweet friend! Hugs!

  17. jan metcalf permalink
    September 6, 2015 7:20 am

    Thanks for showing us how you got this brilliant color!

  18. Debbie P permalink
    September 6, 2015 12:50 pm

    Such a beautiful card. I love that you chose to leave all the white space so the painting really pops. I always get inspired by your work. TFS!

  19. knurse22 permalink
    September 6, 2015 6:47 pm

    Awesome card and coloring, and I love that you were brave enough to snip the stamp—the results are fabulous!

  20. September 7, 2015 1:32 am

    What a wonderful tutorial you made it seem very simple to create this gorgeous card!

  21. September 7, 2015 3:25 pm

    Stunnning card

  22. September 8, 2015 10:46 am

    Oh, what a great idea, thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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