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Photo Tutorial: Watercoloring with Mimi

September 6, 2016

Don’t miss the new creation on our Simplicity Site today… click HERE to check it out!


And now scroll down for more Top Three fun!


Get ready, here come our designers with their tips, techniques, and tutorials featuring our newest releases Magic of the Season and Autumn Wishes. This week Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain joins us with her Top Three Tree Watercolor Tips.


Not only does Micheline “Mimi” have an awesome watercolor tip for us, she has a complete watercolor tutorial. She’s stamping and painting with our brushstroke stamp, 40-494 Scarlet Majesty.



To complete her card, Mimi used the following supplies.

Penny Black stamps: 40-494 Scarlet Majesty, 30-384 Rejoice with Joy
Other: Distress Ink Pads – Barn Door, Peeled Paint, and Chipped Sapphire; VersaFine Onyx Black Ink; Fabriano Cardstock


Mimi began by inking her stamp with Peeled Paint Distress Ink on the center leaves and one or two others randomly. She used a towel to wipe off the paint in areas where she did not want it.


She then applied Barn Door Distress Ink on the other leaves and berries, taking care not to touch the green ones.


Finally, she used Chipped Sapphire Distress ink on the side of some of the green and red leaves. These colors blend together and add volume.


She spritzed her stamp with water and stamped it twice onto Fabriano watercolor paper.


With a wet paintbrush, she spread the colors, making sure the colors did not mix too much. The look she was going for was a small, soft blending between the colors.


And here’s her first tip of the week:


One leaf at a time, while they are wet, use the tip of an Exacto knife to “scratch” the veins in the leaves. Automatically, in the veins, the colors will darken. This makes for a very chic effect, even better than painting them in with a paintbrush.


To finish things off, Mimi used her “dirty water” to paint around the leaves and she added diluted Peeled Paint ink to the background. Once dry, she stamped her sentiment.

And in the words of Mimi, “Et VOILA!”



Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

40-494 Scarlet Majesty
30-384 Rejoice with Joy



27 Comments leave one →
  1. Holly Saveur permalink
    September 6, 2016 12:08 am

    STunning and great tutorial!

  2. Lercy permalink
    September 6, 2016 12:34 am

    I obviously tamper too much with my watercoloring and will work on lightly enhancing what it wants to do naturally. Thank you for the tip on scratching in the veins! Trying to do it with a brush was definitely not working for me… always seemed too heavy. Your card is beautiful!

  3. Janet Notti permalink
    September 6, 2016 12:53 am

    “Mimi” is an incredible artist! Thanks so much for showcasing her work and the tutorial. I can’t wait to try my hand at something similar.

  4. Mary Lehett permalink
    September 6, 2016 2:14 am

    Wow, Mimi! You are a creative genius! Thank you Penny Black for sharing her technique!

  5. Lynn Dalby permalink
    September 6, 2016 2:55 am

    Lovely Card, thanks for the tutorial.

  6. naylogan permalink
    September 6, 2016 3:42 am

    thanks for sharing this technique..beautiful card.

  7. Cheri Reed permalink
    September 6, 2016 5:41 am

    Thanks for sharing Mimi’s tutorial. Her art is beautiful. I love everything she does. Can’t wait to try this.

  8. September 6, 2016 6:00 am

    Stunning x

  9. September 6, 2016 6:33 am


  10. Shannon permalink
    September 6, 2016 6:50 am

    Really lovely!

  11. barbara lassiter permalink
    September 6, 2016 7:09 am

    “Et VOILA” indeed. This is gorgeous. Thanks for the tips. I always wonder how Mimi creates her beautiful watercolors. Wow!

  12. BunnyD permalink
    September 6, 2016 7:19 am

    Gorgeous results with the Distress Inks! Amazing how well the stamps are crafted to create such watercolour shaped looking images. Bravo!

  13. September 6, 2016 7:22 am

    Such adorable card! Love it!!!

  14. stampersuzz permalink
    September 6, 2016 7:41 am

    Mimi’s watercolors are always masterpieces and gorgeous! Love the tutorial!

  15. September 6, 2016 7:51 am

    This card is beyond amazing! I saw it at Simon Says and saw that you were going to post watercolor tips today and had to come see. This is amazing!

  16. Judy Jung permalink
    September 6, 2016 7:55 am

    Voila .. another masterpiece. Beautifully done and love the instructions.

  17. Bethann d permalink
    September 6, 2016 8:52 am

    Beautiful, Mimi makes it look so easy and these stamps always look gorgeous even if you aren’t as good w w’color

  18. Nancy Bourdeau permalink
    September 6, 2016 9:40 am

    Great technique! Merci Mimi t’es la meilleur! Xx

  19. creatingincolors permalink
    September 6, 2016 12:26 pm

    Beautiful! Mimi never fails to please! Thank you for sharing the technique.

  20. creatingincolors permalink
    September 6, 2016 12:27 pm

    Beautiful! Mimi never fails to please! Thanks for sharing the technique

  21. wendy gerrity permalink
    September 6, 2016 5:40 pm

    am waiting on my first penny black stamp to arrive…!!!

    can not wait to try this technique…

  22. Tona permalink
    September 6, 2016 6:43 pm

    Gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Susie H permalink
    September 6, 2016 11:35 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing the steps with pictures. You are incredible!

  24. mjmarmo permalink
    September 7, 2016 8:19 am

    Just amazing!

  25. Michelle permalink
    September 13, 2016 5:41 am

    Mimi, vous êtes la Reine des cartes! Fantastiquement talentueuse! C’est beau! C’est beau! C’est beau!
    Michelle de Saint-Paul xxx

  26. September 15, 2016 9:45 am

    Absolutely Stunning, Mimi!! Love this!

  27. Tami permalink
    October 2, 2016 5:24 pm

    Wow! Amazing work! I ADORE Mimi’s tutorials so much!

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