Hello there! I am super excited to be sharing today’s project with you, because personally, the technique I am going to share today has been challenging one to feel comfortable with! But I hope at least one of you find this helpful and feel encouraged to give it a try with me!

Before we get into the project, I want to let you know a special occasion I am celebrating this week. Altenew turned 5 this month and there is a week-long celebration of blog hops, giveaways, and shopping spree!!

Make sure to scroll all the way down for fun giveaways, shopping discount codes, and more at the end of the blog post!

I have been fascinated with the concept of transparent watercoloring. I am FAR from being good at it, but I have been practicing and getting comfortable with the technique itself. There are so much more I need to learn and be good at, but I felt some of you might enjoy this when making cards. So here goes!


You can see how I created today’s card by watching the video tutorial above. Since it is hard to explain the technique fully in text, I will be keeping the text portion of the blog post short and sweet. You can see lots of pictures of today’s card below though, with few comments on the products I used.

Airy, flowy, and light look is what I wanted to achieve in this project, along with some detailed look. To create a various look on the watercolor project, I used size 8, size 6, and size 4 watercolor brushes.

A stamped image is a great way to give yourself a guideline when doing this technique. I chose the Sweetest Peas stamp set and the coordinating die set for today’s project.

Two colors were used mainly to complete the watercolored look. Permanent Rose and Sap Green. I used the Mission Gold watercolors for today’s card, but you can use any color of your choice!

I highly, highly recommend using a good watercolor paper. I use the 140lb cold press watercolor paper by Arches. Make sure your paper handles water well for this technique.

I hope you enjoyed today’s video tutorial! I would LOVE to see your projects if you ever give it a try. Make sure to tag me when you share on social media! I will make sure to comment and share my love with you!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click ATN for Altenew, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, or 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!


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  1. So pretty – I love the variety of looks you can get with watercolors!! Thanks for sharing a great new technique

  2. I love the light and airy look to your sweet peas. It looks beautiful! I will definitely try it out! Watching the video now!

  3. Thanks for the great tutorial. You explained everything so well and the card is beautiful!!! many thanks for sharing your talent with us. Can’t wait to try this technique as soon as I complete the blog hop!!!

  4. What a lovely technique, perfect for those dainty sweet peas. Love that stamp set, too!

  5. Hello Nicole! I I just want to say that your card is amazing. I love the technique and I hope to give it a try on a card pretty soon. Also I want to know I appreciate all your efforts you do in order to keep us inspired. Thank you, have a wonderful and blessed day!

  6. I really want to get better at watercolor with markers or paints. Thanks for the helpful video.

  7. Hi Nicole!
    I just love this technique! I struggle with the idea of “no line” watercoloring, and for some reason, this technique seems to make more sense to me, so I think I’ll be giving it a try real soon!

  8. Wow, Nicole, your card is so lovely! I wish I had that much control when watercoloring. You are very talented!

  9. Very pretty card and flower…I like the soft touch of the color pink…..
    well done tfs

  10. Sweet, Sweet Peas card! Thank you for sharing what you have learned about the no line watercoloring technique. Happy Anniversary, Altenew!

  11. Thanks, Nicole! I learned something new today, which is always fun. Love your sweet peas card!

  12. Thanks for showing this technique. I love watercolor and want to learn all the various styles. Your card is beautiful btw!

  13. Love your card and the watercolorin technique. it is lovely.Today i water colored using water color pencils and as you say i must find a good paper. Thank you for the tip.
    Congratulations Altenew let’s celebrate
    love and hugs

  14. Lovely card. TFS the video showing your water coloring technique; it really creates a pretty and refreshing effect.

  15. Happy 5 Altenew!
    This is the first time I have seen this very airy, light and transparent watercolor and it is so very pretty Nicole. I shall have to try it!

  16. I love sweet pea flowers, and your design is beautiful. Love the soft colors. Thank you for sharing your work. I also appreciate your comment about being comfortable with the technique. It gives me hope in learning new techniques. 🙂

  17. Thank you Nicole for this great video and instructions. I will be giving this a try. Love the look of it. And your card is so refreshing.

  18. I really love this! It looks like you layered the colour rather than taking some away. What an awesome technique. Plus, I LOVE sweetpeas. Gorgeous! 😀

  19. Looks like you mastered transparent watercolor to me! I can’t wait to give it a try.

  20. Gorgeous creation, thanks for the video! Altenew, CONGRATULATIONS on your 5 year anniversary! What an awesome celebration!

  21. Ok you are not good at water-colouring, cause you are Excellent at it! 🙂 Thank you for sharing

  22. Nicole, your card is just lovely! Thanks for the great video and the tip for taking the watercolor away with a “dry” brush.

  23. Watercolor is such a versatile medium, and you have given me another idea to try. Beautiful card.

  24. WOW, stunning card. I did learn a great deal from your video and can’t wait to give my hand a try to create a card as lovely as yours. TFS 🙂

  25. Lovely “soft” card. I’m just trying to get a hand on watercoloring,, and I know I have a long way to go. I’m not even going to attempt to do the soft coloring yet.

  26. I love blog hops and Altenew because they inspire me to create as do all the amazing artists. Thank you.

  27. Love this coloring technique. It definitely looks airy and delicate but still defined. Awesome job. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  28. Hi Nicole: always like your work, simple n elegant. Thanks for inspiration and technique. Keep going

  29. Very beautiful and elegant! The flowers look so delicate. Thanks for the video showing the water color technique!

  30. Love sweet peas and therefore love the Sweetest Pea stamp. Didn’t know how I was going to use it. You’ve given me an idea. Thank you!

  31. You achieved your goals of creating a light and airy flower and a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your talent and the how-to for the project.

  32. Beautiful card. I love the transparent coloring technique and the Sweetest Peas set is wonderful for it.

  33. This is such a beautiful design , and technique. Thank you for sharing it, and encouraging me to try.

  34. Love the soft look of the flowers on your pretty card. Thanks for the video showing this technique. Beautiful results!

  35. Beautiful card. I love those flowers they are so dreamy. Thanks for sharing the technique. I can’t wait to try it.

  36. What an amazing card, so light, airy & transparent. The Altenew stamp set is perfect for this technique! Thanks for the inspiration!

  37. Beautiful card! So light and airy and oh so pretty! Huge congratulations to Altenew for five years of amazing products and inspiration!

  38. Just got this stamp set recently and you’ve inspired me to get it out and make something in pink!

  39. Loved your video, Nicole! I will have to try that technique with my watercolors. The sweet peas look so pretty in that pale color.

  40. Such a soft, lovely creation and thank you for the video – I’ve bookmarked it so I can watch it several times! So pretty!

  41. I love the soft pink color used on this card. It is a very simple, yet clean design.

  42. This is such a pretty, delicate card. Love your video explanation.
    Happy 5th anniversary to Altenew!

  43. I believe you achieved airy, flowy, and light on your beautiful watercoloring. Thank you for the tips.

  44. I haven’t seen this technique before. Thanks for a great tutorial, and a very pretty card idea.

  45. very cool technique. I’ve never seen that done before. I love the lightness of the color. TFS!

  46. Your card looks great…..when I try watercoloring….it is a hit and miss….I just need to just keep working on it….they turn out pretty sometimes…I feel that is my lucky day, when that happens…LOL….but I continue to keep trying. Altenew has some pretty gorgeous floral…so that is a great start….thank you so much for sharing your lovely card.

  47. I just love everything about your card!! I have been experimenting with water coloring too and you gave me some great tips!! I already have this stamp and die set, so now I can experiment with your technique!!

  48. Absolutely stunning card Nicole. Thank you so much for the hints and tips. I cannot wait to give this a try.
    Tracey x

  49. You have certainly created the light, airy look on this card, Nicole! So pretty! Thanks so much for sharing and for your wonderful inspiration!

  50. Wonderful watercolor. Thanks for sharing with the video. Happy 5th anniversary Altenew!

  51. Oh wow! These flowers are so soft and delicate. After watching your video I appreciate your card even more. Thank you for sharing the technique…..I can’t wait to try it!

  52. I have never seen this coloring technique and I can’t wait to try it! The video was great. Your instructions were very clear! Thank you!

  53. Incredebly awesome Nicole, your transparant watercolouring is stunning!
    Thank you for your inspiration, video tutorial and participating in this great Altenew 5th Anniversary party.

  54. I have never seen a technique like this before. This is so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  55. Love the transparent watercoloring technique and I love your fantastic card in my favorite color!!

  56. What a lovely watercolour effect. I want to incorporate more watercolour techniques into my card making, so thank you for the inspiration

  57. I love this stamp set, and you achieved the perfect light pink for those blossoms. I just want to sigh over this card like a lovesick schoolchild. Thanks for sharing!

  58. Nicole your card is lovely! The sweet peas look so delicate & almost ethereal. Thank you for taking the time to make the video to show your process & BTW your voice sounds just fine. Happy5th Birthday Altenew!

  59. What a lovely card. Nicole! I love that water color technique….it gives such a soft, airy look to the flowers. Thanks for the video showing us how to do this….very helpful!!

  60. I love the transparent and airy look of your flowers. I can’t wait to try it myself. TFS.

  61. This is a really beautiful card. I’m not very good at watercoloring but think I will give this technique a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

  62. Pretty technique! Love the Sweetest Peas stamp set you used and the soft pink color of the flowers. Thanks for the video tutorial!

  63. Beautiful card ! Great technique ! Very clear video explaining it — you make it look doable, Thanks !
    Thank you for sharing your creativity.
    Spring greetings from Belgium.

  64. Great tutorial for this lovely flower, Nicole. I really like the soft look the no-line watercoloring achieves, and I think after watching you do it, I am ready to try! Happy Day #2!

  65. Gorgeous, love the soft effect you get with the watercolors, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing and Happy Anniversary Altenew!

  66. Congratulations to you for being courageous and accomplishing something that you aren’t comfortable with. Thanks for sharing with us.

  67. Beautiful card. Delicate colors for
    the flowers. thanks for sharing

  68. The video was totally helpful and fascinating and I really enjoyed it. I so want to try it and will soon.

  69. Love sweet peas! I wish you could make it a scratch and sniff card. Happy birthday Altenew! I love supporting an American company with my craft dollars. This set is going to be on my wish list!

  70. Lovely project! I love Altenew blog hops because I can focus on one set at a time. There are SO many beautiful flowers to choose from! kReN

  71. Thanks for sharing your talent – Gorgeous card and the technique video was easy to follow. Happy Birthday Altenew!

  72. This is a very pretty technique. Your flowers look so soft and lovely. I watched the video and am wondering something. On that second layer that you want darker: do you let the paper completely dry before going back in our just dry for a little bit? I’m assuming that going back over it allows the paper to soak up more pigment thus making it darker. I want to try this. It really is a neat technique.

  73. BEAUTIFUL card!
    LOVE the design and soft colours! FABULOUS video too, it was wonderful watching how you moved the colour around the petals!
    Thank you for sharing and INSPIRING 🙂

  74. I had never heard of transparent watercoloring but I love the look you achieved. Thanks for the great video showing us how to get this look!

  75. Beautiful card! Thank you for taking the time to do a video! It was very good! Happy Anniversary Altenew!

  76. What an elegant technique for a card. It DOES feel almost transparent – and this stamp set is perfect for it. The flowers are so delicate, I almost feel like I could see through the petals! Beautiful! Happy Birthday, Altenew! Looking forward to celebrating your successes for many yrs to come. 🙂

  77. I think you did a fantastic job with the watercolouring! Loving the spray behind the sentiment

  78. I love how you did those watercolors! I have Twinkling H20’s at home & I love to water color with them! I love Sweet Peas & yours look so etherial with your watercoloring. This is a very beautiful card & I thank you for showing it to us. Happy 5th Anniversary Altenew!

  79. Nicole this is gorgeous!! I can’t believe you haven’t been doing this technique for years lol, practice does make perfect. I will definitely be trying this and the Sweetest Peas set is the perfect one for this, I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for making the video I will be referring back to it ALOT!! Happy 5th Anniversary Altenew, I am loving this inspiration filled celebration. (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

  80. Your card is beautiful and never heard of transparent watercoloring until I saw it on your post. Thank you for sharing.