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WCMD Celebration Day 4: Watercolor Masterpieces

October 4, 2019

Did you know that World Card Making Day is coming up on October 5th? Well, why limit the fun to just one week? We are celebrating, along with the fab folks at, from October 1st through the 7th with tutorials, videos, and top tips here on our blog. Oh, and did we mention GIVEAWAYS??? Don’t miss your chance to win Penny Black stamps and dies at the end of this post!

Today Mimi joins us with not one, but two, watercolor masterpieces!

Mimi’s first card features our cling stamp, 40-702 Homespun.

Top tips from Mimi: Splatter Canson hot-pressed 140 lb. watercolor paper with frisket and allow to dry. Using a stamp positioning tool, stamp wreath image with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Peeled Paint Distress Ink, and a Tombow Marker #969. With a paintbrush and a little bit of water, spread the stamped color gently. Paint background with diluted Peeled Paint Distress ink. Allow to dry. Remove frisket by gently rubbing it off of the panel. Stamp sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

for the products featured on the card above

40-702 Homespun
30-606 Xmas Costume

Next up is the feathered friend from our cling stamp, 40-704 Ruby Trill.

Top tips from Mimi: Splatter Canson hot-pressed 140 lb. watercolor paper with frisket and allow to dry. Stamp image in a stamp positioning tool using Versafine Onyx Black Ink for the bird, Peeled Paint Distress Ink for the leaves, and Fired Brick Distress Ink for the berries. With a paintbrush and a little bit of water, spread the stamped color gently. Darken color and add additional shading by pressing Distress Ink pads onto a nonporous surface (used as palette) and painting it on with a paintbrush. Allow to dry. With very diluted Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink, paint the sky/background. With the fine point of Tombow marker #969, add very slight detail to the leaves. Remove frisket by gently rubbing it off of the panel. Stamp sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

for the products featured on the card above

40-704 Ruby Trill
30-608 Nature’s Decor

We’re celebrating World Card Making Day with SEVEN chances to win a $50 shopping spree to our online store. Enter by leaving a comment on today’s blog post. For an extra entry, “like” our Facebook page and leave a comment there. And there’s one more way to enter! Follow us on Instagram @pennyblackstamps, and leave us a comment there, too. Giveaway closes Monday, October 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will be announced here on our blog on October 14, 2019.


58 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2019 2:01 am

    Indeed masterpieces !!

  2. October 4, 2019 3:00 am

    Beautifully coloured cards shared today!

  3. October 4, 2019 3:04 am

    The dreamy backgrounds to these gorgeous cards really make the fabulous colouring stand out, Mimi … wonderful! Anita 🙂

  4. Carol Cooney permalink
    October 4, 2019 3:24 am

    Love your style, good to see it again.

  5. ROSALIE JOHNSON permalink
    October 4, 2019 3:50 am

    Your stamps are so beautiful – these cards are gorgeous! Wish I could color like that!! What is frisket?

  6. October 4, 2019 3:50 am

    These stamps are beautiful. Especially the cardinal. We enjoy watching them at our feeder. I really like both of the cards and effect the frisket makes.

  7. Maria Alder permalink
    October 4, 2019 4:33 am

    Beautiful coloured cards but what is frisket? x

  8. joanlught permalink
    October 4, 2019 5:29 am

    Wow! So beautiful!

  9. October 4, 2019 5:50 am

    Absolutely STUNNING! I LOVE the wreath!

  10. Dee Earnshaw permalink
    October 4, 2019 6:25 am

    these winter scenes are so beautiful – would look great framed and hung on the wall!!

  11. Beatrice Fotty permalink
    October 4, 2019 6:28 am

    I enjoy the step by step instructions. Fabulous cards.

  12. October 4, 2019 6:39 am

    Gorgeous creations I especially love the beautiful cardinal!

  13. Suzie Martin permalink
    October 4, 2019 6:42 am

    Love the red cardinal!

  14. Sue D permalink
    October 4, 2019 6:45 am

    Beautiful natural type Christmas cards.

  15. Pamela Munch permalink
    October 4, 2019 7:04 am

    Penny Black flower stamps are my favorite! I also love their YouTube videos for technique inspiration

  16. tish rowe permalink
    October 4, 2019 7:25 am

    I was especially happy to see Mimi in todays posting. I cannot get a chance to email since I am not on facebook and her work is extraordinary. You can always count on her doing a work of art on whatever stamp she is given. This is one reason I can’t resist the stamps…when you see the beautiful work she does.


  17. October 4, 2019 7:33 am

    beautiful watercoloring – that is what I have been playing with lately – easy to travel with also

  18. Janet Sisk permalink
    October 4, 2019 7:34 am

    I love these Christmas cards! The artwork is spectacular. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. 😀

  19. Jan Castle permalink
    October 4, 2019 7:50 am

    Beautifully done!!!!! Winter and Christmas are right around the corner and these cards are perfect for the season!

  20. Mel H permalink
    October 4, 2019 8:19 am

    The cardinal is simply beautiful. Just a lovely card for the holidays

  21. barbara lassiter permalink
    October 4, 2019 8:24 am

    The combination of Penny Black’s beautiful stamps with Mimi’s beautiful watercoloring is stunning. 🙂

  22. barbara lassiter permalink
    October 4, 2019 8:26 am

    The combination of Penny Black’s beautiful stamps with Mini’s beautiful watercoloring creates stunning results! :

    • barbara lassiter permalink
      October 5, 2019 8:36 am

      Oops! Didn’t mean to do that!

  23. Patt H. permalink
    October 4, 2019 8:35 am

    Such beautiful coloring on these gorgeous creations! Love the use of brisket. I’ve never used it but will be trying it now!

  24. October 4, 2019 8:48 am

    Wow, what gorgeous watercolored cards!!

  25. mjmarmo permalink
    October 4, 2019 9:29 am

    These cards are works of art!!

  26. Henriëtte permalink
    October 4, 2019 10:12 am

    Wow, these are truly masterpieces. Awesome art work Mimi, I love how made them.
    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration, have a great weekend.

  27. Nancy bourdeau permalink
    October 4, 2019 10:46 am

    Beautiful stamps and we all know Mimi dos such a beautiful job with them. Would love to win!

  28. karenladd permalink
    October 4, 2019 11:22 am

    Wow, I love the water coloring on that twig wreath and gorgeous coloring technique on the cardinal. Thank you so much for explaining how she got that beautiful effect.

  29. Karen Lingel permalink
    October 4, 2019 11:25 am

    Splattered Frisket!!! That’s genius! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  30. Miriam Prantner permalink
    October 4, 2019 1:18 pm

    Beautiful watercoloring! I need to get in gear on the Christmas cards!

  31. October 4, 2019 1:32 pm

    These cards are amazing and I love the splattered background for a little bit of texture. Thank you for sharing such gorgeous projects

  32. Marisela Delgado permalink
    October 4, 2019 2:28 pm

    Mimi, you rock that watercoloring! Awesome cards.

  33. Gretchen Wilson permalink
    October 4, 2019 2:48 pm

    Mimi is such an amazing artist, she makes a rubber stamp come to life on a piece of pape! Absolutely gorgeous Mimi!💜🤗

  34. October 4, 2019 3:12 pm

    I have always Mimi’s artistic talent ever since I saw a card she did a few years ago. Mimi you have great talent and I simply love, love your work. Thanks for sharing.

  35. October 4, 2019 4:36 pm

    Gorgeous cards. I would frame and hang them!

  36. Eileen M permalink
    October 4, 2019 5:26 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  37. Sandy permalink
    October 4, 2019 5:44 pm

    Such pretty cards!

  38. October 4, 2019 5:45 pm

    Beautiful cards, The colouring is just perfect!

  39. Jeanne Beam permalink
    October 4, 2019 5:50 pm

    Such beautiful cards. Amazing colors…
    Thanks for sharing.

  40. October 4, 2019 6:36 pm

    Awesome cards and I love the designs.

  41. crafty47203 permalink
    October 4, 2019 7:19 pm

    Your cards are stunning! I love your cardinal card! Nice coloring! Thanks for the inspiration!

  42. Tona permalink
    October 4, 2019 7:31 pm

    Wow! I love these cards, especially the wreath.

  43. October 5, 2019 4:31 am

    Lovely work on both cards!

  44. janetd23 permalink
    October 5, 2019 5:35 am

    Love all Penny Black images, these are gorgeous!

  45. Kathy Hering permalink
    October 5, 2019 6:55 am

    Wow these are beautiful thank you for the chance

  46. Janet Durbin permalink
    October 5, 2019 10:20 am

    The wreath is gorgeous and the cardinal is so vibrant! Excellent!

  47. Kailash permalink
    October 5, 2019 4:16 pm

    Stunning cards!

  48. Yolanda Gonzalez permalink
    October 5, 2019 4:19 pm

    Beautiful cards.

  49. Lindarub permalink
    October 5, 2019 4:40 pm

    Love the cardinal card!

  50. Kate Byrne permalink
    October 5, 2019 5:57 pm

    Beautiful stamps and amazing artwork! ❤️

  51. October 6, 2019 12:07 am

    Always amazed to see Mimi’s ‘Masterpieces’!…two of my very favorite things…Mimi’s art and Penny Black stamps! ♥

  52. Maura permalink
    October 6, 2019 6:23 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Enough said!!

  53. Laurie Brown permalink
    October 6, 2019 3:19 pm

    Gorgeous cards!! The cardinal looks so real! Thanks for sharing!!!

  54. karenajo permalink
    October 6, 2019 8:17 pm

    Awesome watercoloring and spectacular cards !

  55. Birgit Norton permalink
    October 7, 2019 5:22 am

    Wow! These are stunning and worthy of being framed and hung to always enjoy.

  56. Trina P. permalink
    October 7, 2019 3:27 pm

    Gorgeous cards. Agree… these are watercolor masterpieces.

  57. October 7, 2019 3:45 pm

    Beautiful watercolor pieces! I’m not sure I could part with these.

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