With the weather being so warm and sunny, I’ve been feeling like playing with lots and lots of colors on projects lately. Today is no exception! We are going to create a colorful, rainbowy background using the wet-on-wet watercolor technique.

Altenew just released brand-new watercolor brush marker set and I’ve been having so much fun with the colors. This set is perfect for creating a beautiful and bright range of rainbow colors!


The technique I am sharing in the video above is great for any new watercolor enthusiasts who are cardmakers or scrapbookers. It is also a very fun way to test out the colors you have and just let them blend effortlessly.

Any background stamp set is perfect for creating a nice watercolor background. For today’s card, I went with the Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set and heat embossed the whole image. This is a great way to ensure the colors do not go over the lines.

You simply pre-wet the surface you want to work on and drop pigments using the watercolor brush markers. Then you let the water do all the work for you! All you have to do is give a bit of swirl with a watercolor brush to achieve the blended look you want.

Watercolor brush markers with synthetic brush tips are perfect for the wet-on-wet technique, as they work just like a real watercolor brush. You can blend, mix, drop pigments easily.

Another great thing about these markers is that it is a one-way flow, so the brushes don’t suck up the pigments on the watercolor paper to contaminate the pigment barrels! You can mix different colors easily with these.

I hope you have fun with these markers! These are great tools if you want to dabble into the watercoloring world without breaking the bank.


Do you have a favorite color from the Tropical Fiesta set? Share your pick by comment below! You will be automatically entered into fun 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. My blog readers get another chance to win a $20 gift certification to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by March 30th, 11:59pm PST. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2019 Good luck!!


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

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  1. This card is beautiful! I don’t know how to pick one color to be my favorite but the lemon and Lime make me feel like spring so I will go with those!

  2. Gorgeous card! I love this fun and easy technique! My fav color from this set??? OMG so hard to pick but I’d say Purple Wine!! It’s so pretty!

  3. Vibrant card! Love these tropical Altenew watercolor brush markers! Happy Spring!

  4. Beautiful card. Love the tips and technique you shared ad very helpful. You are very creative and I thank you for sharing your talents.

  5. This is really gorgeous. I love these colors and this is a fun way to use them. It’s a dreary, rainy, rainy day here and I’m loving the bold colors from this set as I look at all the cards!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous colors! Fabulous inspiration Nicole, love the rainbow background! My favorite color from this set is the Turquoise but all of them are must haves of course! Thanks for all you share!

  7. Love this card! So pretty. These watercolor markers are very beautiful. I think I must pick the Purple Wine as my favorite color in this set. But, each one is absolutely gorgeous.

  8. Love the card and love that you used this stamps wet. The sentiment is perfect for this card. Thank you for this creative card!!

  9. Too many favorites in this set, but if I must choose, Desert Night & Purple Wine are my faves! Love using the background stamp . I may try using stencils too!

  10. Fabulous card! Gorgeous new colors of Watercolor Brush Markers. Love your fun bright colors.

  11. Your card turned out great….I think that my favorite color in this new set is the Purple Wine…with Turquoise runing a close second. But then, I would love to have the whole set. LOL…thank you so much for sharing today.

  12. I like your idea to use this technique on a scrapbook page. Your colors look beautiful on your card. I look forward to trying it.

  13. This is so pretty. Thanks for the video. Great demonstration on how well thes colors blend beautifully.

  14. Amazing card design as well as amazing tips on the video. Love these colors blending and pigment.

  15. Love how quick and easy it is to watercolor with these pens. Thanks for sharing your awesome card.

  16. Love your “lots of colors”! And your card is wonderful. Great idea with great results. Thanks for the inspirtion!

  17. Nicole, the moroccain stamp looks great the way you colored it. This new set of colors are beautiful!

  18. What a perfectly fun way to showcase the colours in this set Nicole! Thanks for sharing that great idea. I love background stamps. My favourite colour is Dessert Night. Love the depth of colour it gives.

  19. These watercolors are so perfect for a vibrant rainbow! Awesome job. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  20. You’ve given us a fun way to swatch the new watercolors, and I’m so pleased to learn that these new pens don’t allow back flow into them. Thanks!

  21. Your card is stunning. I love how you made a rainbow background using a background stamp and embossing powder to hold the watercolor in place. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

  22. Beautiful Card!! I love all of these bright colors! Thank you for the video and inspiration!

  23. I love this card! That is a very doable project for anyone new to watercolors- that’s me. Thank you for the inspiration!

  24. I love the way you used these gorgeous Tropical Fiesta watercolor markers on this background stamp — just beautiful.

  25. What a great technique, Nicole! Love all the vivid colors & how easy it looks. My favorite of the new colors would be Turquoise! They are all fabulous, though!

  26. I am definitely going to try this technique, Nicole. I never thought about how the watercolors would stay within the embossed lines….a great tip, and one that seems good for a newbie like me! These new colors are yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  27. This is a great card and idea! I think I love this fiesta set best! Love the color choices in the set

  28. Love this card! Nearly everyone else chose to use this new tropical marker set to color florals – this inspires me to look at my other non-florals sets too! Happily, even geometrics can be “tropical”! Beautiful design and perfect for so many occasions!

  29. Just love the abstract look of your card, amazing how you kept the colors apart1 Great job, thanks for sharing…

  30. Your card is so wonderfully bright, Nicole! Love these bright new colours! So vibrant and used them to perfectly in your clever design! Thanks so much for sharing and the great inspiration!

  31. I love this stamp set and how you colored it, so this is a win all the way around! My favorite color in this set is Desert Night. I’m a blue gal all the way, and I love how many shades you can get from the pigment in this brush in particular.

  32. This Tropical Fiesta set has the most awesome colors in it but my favorite is the Purple Wine, I can’t get enough of that color lol. I will be very excited to get this set and get some play time with it ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Beautiful card and this is the first time I’ve heard about this technique so thank you for the video! Springtime makes me happy too!

  34. Nicole, your work is always so pretty. I am working at watercoloring…having fun with it…but it is not so beautiful as yours yet…but I will continue to try. I do not own the beautiful Altenew watercolors yet…but hope to someday. Thanks sweetie for sharing your pretty work…and enjoy the sunshine…it is raining here…with a spot of sunshine intermittantly….have a great day.

  35. This is one of my favorite Altenew backgrounds and I absolutely adore how you colored it with the brush pens!

  36. Wow Nicole! Did you really ask us to pick a favorite color?!? You’re breakin’ my heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ Fresh lemon, purple wine, desert night…need I say more…they’re ALL very luscious colors!!! Such a fun and relaxing technique on your card too! Thanks for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Gorgeous card! I love your colors and really want to try those markers out. The look is great!