Happy New Year! I hope you are having a great start to the new year and are ready to get crafty with me this year! Today I am sharing a tip on getting an easy color blending when coloring with watercolor brush markers.ย 

Altenew just released its 2nd watercolor brush marker set – Winter Wonderland. So for today’s project, I used a couple of colors from the set to create a nicely blended look on a stamped image.

Before we get into the photos of the project, I do have a step by step video tutorial to share, so sit back, relax and enjoy the video tutorial.


Watercolor brush markers are so much fun and easy to use when coloring, especially if you are a beginner. Their synthetic rea-brushlike brushes offer lots of flexibility when coloring with other colors or when used with clean water.

This card features Build-A-Flower: Poppy Set which was released last December. Its outlines and detailed images are perfect to be colored on using the watercolor markers so I decided to go with this.

I chose 2 colors from the set, Rouge and Ruby Red to add a hint of peach and red tones to these flowers. The 1st image I colored one (the top one) uses less water and the 2nd one (the bottom one) uses more water. You can easily control the intensity of the colors when using these markers with water.

Rest of the card was put together pretty easily, I heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set using the gold embossing powder on black cardstock to create a contrast to the brightly colored flowers.

Before adhering everything to the card base, I took out Jet Black Ink Spray and added splatters to create some simple interest on the background. Little goes a very long way, so you only need to tab a couple of times.

Do you have a favorite color from the Winter Wonderland set? Tell me your picks by commenting below, you will automatically be entered into giveaways!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click ATN for Altenew, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, orย AMZ for Amazon. I participate in several affiliate programs where I get a small commission at no additional cost to you when products are purchased through links I share here. Thank you for your support!


There are TWO giveaways you can enjoy!

  1. Altenew is giving away SIX $40 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win.
  2. I am giving away $20 gift certificate to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by Jan 15th, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 16th. Good luck!!


Congrats, Patt! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 1/31/2019 with the subject line Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!


I am participating in a fun blog hop to celebrate today’s release! Next stop on the hop isย Agnieszka Malyszek! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

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  1. Definitely beautiful blending. I love your card. I will watch the video… the hardest thing for me is the stamping part onto textured watercolor paper.

  2. Oh Nicole, your coloring is sooo beautiful! I love this card! i NEED this set of markers! My favorite color is the Ruby Red but the new silver metallic is close. I’ve been looking for a great silver metallic!

  3. Stunning card – thank you for the video. I love seeing creative minds at work, it’s so inspiring!

  4. I have been stalking your blog and I like that each of your projects are unique and use different techniques. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you Nicol for that great video explaining how you achieved the beautiful look on this card. These new markers seem pretty great…thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Nicole, your card is simply lovely…thanks for your video tutorial–it’s so helpful. As for a favorite color, it’s the Lagoon…but I do like all of them!

  7. I love the color that you can get from these watercolor brushes! I’m afraid to use them but might have to try them out

  8. I would choose lagoon and emerald, but this is a great collection of colors. Your card is elegant. Love the simplicity of the design.

  9. Lovely! I like all of the reds in this set. I’m having trouble acheiving deep, bright reds with my pan watercolors and like how vivid these brush marker colors look.

  10. Your poppies look spectacular. You asked if we had a favorite Winter Wonderland color–they are all so pretty and I have seen so many wonderful examples…I would have to say Lagoon is my favorite now. But that could change! Thank you for a wonderful card!

  11. The colors in the flower petals are just so bright and warm! You have a wonderful skill!

  12. It’s amazing what a few spots of black spatters and some gold added to your card’s beautiful watercolor flowers. Love the CAS look!

  13. Iโ€™m a red girl , so it will always be my pick . I really think I need these new watercolor markers , they seem to blend so well !

  14. Hi Nicole ๐Ÿ™‚ Your card sentiment absolutely fits it! Your card is “blooming gorgeous”!!! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. This is so beautiful Nicole and quite honestly, ALL of the colours are vibrant and beautiful. I don’t have the first set yet however the Ruby Red, Emerald and Metallic Silver look amazing!

  16. The blending video was a wonderful addition to the lesson. The card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Loved watching you watercolor. As a novice, it is very helpful to me to see how to lay down the color. Your video shows that well. And your card is simply gorgeous. Love the splatters and the gold centers, too! Can’t wait to get these new markers in my mail!

  18. Beautiful card and gold embossed sentiment. I loved watching you watercolor. You make it look so easy. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Ooo, I love how the reds look on these poppies. What a choice of flowers to go with these new markers, and what great use of white space. Thanks for sharing with us!

  20. Pretty card! These watercolors blend so beautifully, and the winter set has so many nice colors – love the emerald green.

  21. LOVE your card! Thank you for showing with more water and with mostly marker and how to get a gradient between the two colors.

    I think I will love all the colors but so far the ruby red and Persian blue look like my favorites.

  22. Like this simple card. The colours used show up so much more using them like this. I have already ordered both sets of these watercolour brushes as I love them so much. Thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I love your cards! You make watercoloring look so easy- I’m hoping to get these watercolor brush markers soon.

  24. Thank you for sharing your technique in the video. I’m still learning and appreciate the tips. I am partial to the Lagoon and Rouge colors in this set but they are all pretty.

  25. Thank you for the watercoloring tutorial and these Winter colors look great! Loved the gold touches to show off the red of the poppies especially!

  26. Beautiful card. The color is lovely and your watercoloring is just great. Thanks for the video. It’s great to watch you paint. I can’t wait to use these. I think my favorite color will probably be the rouge. I love it’s shade of red.

  27. Nicole, thank you so much for sharing your card! I am new to card making and have not used watercolor brush markers yet, but your blog made me really inspired to check them out! I absolutely love the Rogue shade in this new release. Thank you for the awesome inspiration! The card is just beautiful.

  28. You did a great job of creating beautiful cards! Thank you for teaching us how to TRY to attempt our own. Congratulations on your achievements!

    • I’m sorry, I missed the question about the colors, I love the 2 reds you chose. They blended so well. I also appreciate how you showed us how additional water can mute the color down. I also saw how beautiful the silver one is, too. I really, REALLY want this new set to go with my 1st set! I’m so excited Altenew is expanding the line!