Hello there! Happy 2017 and thank you for spending some time with me! I am so excited to share a tutorial with you featuring some fun products! (I also have a giveaway and a product discount code, so make sure to read through the blog post!)

Altenew just released a brand-new, fresh and hot product – Artist Markers! They are so much fun to work with and very easy to use with your favorite stamps.

These markers are alcohol based and come with 4 shades of each color family, just like Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks. Color guessing game can be a frustration when coloring stamped images, so with these shades, you do not have to worry about color combinations!

I used the Hibiscus Bouquet stamp set to create the project with the Artist Markers. This stamp set is not yet available on its own, but you can get it early as a special bundle!


For this project, I used the Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink to stamp the outlined stamp and colored with the markers.  Since the ink pad is water based, be careful not to go over the black line too much when coloring as they will smear. (Altenew is coming out with permanent black ink you can use it with these markers real soon!)

You can easily add details using these markers onto solid/layer stamped image using the dye inks, though. Detailed shading and partial shading can be achieved with just a few strokes!

Since the markers and the inks are formulated differently, you will see some colors are not matched 100%. These markers are designed to complement the inks, not necessarily match the colors. You can see the stamped ink colors and scribbled marker colors side by side in the reference chart above. I created this chart so you can easily see them in person. You can also download your own chart here. This will help you understand the colors better to use them to their maximum potential!

So when assembling the card together, I stamped the leaves directly onto the card layer with some of our inks and then added a bit of shading using the Forest Glades marker. A perfect way to using both the ink and the marker to get the look you want!

Give the Artist Markers a try! These are not only great for seasoned color enthusiast but also would be a great set for coloring newbies to start with to get better at color combination and blending.


I am a part of a special release blog hop along with many great designers! You probably came from my dear friend Kathy‘s blog. After this, you can check out TaeEun‘s blog to see what she has up on her sleeve for you! A full blog hop list is at the bottom of this blog post.


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


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Monday, January 16th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Wednesday, January 18th.


I am also giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner! Please leave a comment below by Monday, January 16th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. I will announce the lucky winner on Tuesday, January 18th here on my blog.


Congrats, Nancy! You are the lucky winner of this blog hop giveaway! Please email winner@altenew.com with the subject “Markers Release Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog.” Thank you!


From today till 12th, just for two days, you can get ALL of these stamps in a special bundle! The Ultimate Floral Script Collection is 25%, which is a rare deal! If you have not tried these, this is a great chance!! (No code needed!)

Blog Hop List

Hop along with us! There are so much inspiration waiting for you. Click each stop to check out the projects and for a chance to win prizes!


Prev **VIDEO+SALE+GIVEAWAY** Warmest Wishes Holiday Card
Next **VIDEO** Galaxy Background w/ Daniel Smith Extra-Fine Watercolor


  1. Wow, really excited about the new markers and your card is lovely, love the simplicity of it. I dont own any copic markers but may invest in these to go with the altenew inks I have.

  2. As I stated in your YT tutorial, “Absolutely “stunning” Nicole! Geez I love your cards!!! Amazing that ALT has come out with some alcohol-based markers and hopefully will compete with our Copics – I am a firm believer in competition and feel it not only improves the quality of products but also drives more competitive pricing! Looking forward to giving these a try, even though I have many of the Copic markers. TFS Nicole!”

  3. First, your card is beautiful… I love that you did the ink comparison chart for us…. It is so helpful!

  4. Such a elegant and clean card! Look forward to give the artist markers a try! Thank you so much for the inspiration and the opportunity to win this generous gift! Would love to win this!

  5. Wonderful card. I love the color chart. I do this with every product I use and it makes choosing colors so much easier. Thanks for doing the hard work for us.

  6. What a pretty card! LOVE the colors!! So glad I can now add these markers to my stash because I love Altenew’s ink colors! TFS!

  7. I’m sorry I don’t have a website. I have Facebook.

    This is an awesome giveaway please enter me ❤️

  8. Beautiful Card. Thank you for the thorough introduction on the new markers. They look like a lot of fun.

  9. Flowers are my favourite stamps to colour. I love the simple but elegant look and cant wait to try thr markers myself.

  10. Your card is very subtle and beautifully done. The markers seem to blend really well. Will have to give them a try.

  11. You did a beautiful job! I don’t have a favorite pen to work with yet because I don’t have any pens! I am new to stamping. But I do need to get some. There are so many it gets confusing!. Thanks for showing your techniques

  12. BEAUTIFUL!! Love your card and the new Hibiscus stamp set. The new Altenew markers look fantastic as well; love the color combinations offered in the set. TFS your helpful video.

  13. What a gorgeous card! Simple elegance there! Love your new alcohol marker colors and the fact that they coordinate with your ink pad colors.

  14. Gorgeous card and really helpful video! Love the soft look you were able to give the flowers using these new markers. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Love the simplicity of the color families. So easy to blend. Your card is soft and beautiful.

  16. Thanks for the color reference chart. It’s great to have that information. Especially for someone like me who will start researching the pens to decide what features I would love and which I have in other pens. These sound fun! Thanks!

  17. What a beautiful card! I love the colors and the blending you did. These markers look like they are awesome…can’t wait to try them.

  18. Just Lovely! Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive ‘Thinking of You’ with such soft and pretty flowers. Your coloring is amazing.

  19. Your card is lovely. The petals look dimensional, with the smooth shadowing affect you created. Very nice.

  20. Your card is lovely! I have my eye on that set! Now I just need the markers. Thank you for the opportunity to win a gift card! I appreciate your talent and generosity!

  21. Thanks for demonstrating the markers in action with the inks on the leaves. I really wanted to see that. Gorgeous clean and simple card. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Gorgeous card and fabulous review! Living where I do in Canada, I cringe at the price of copics (which explains why I have but a handful that I don’t use…sighhhh) so these are a marvelous, fresh alternative! Love that they match the inks, which I do have and love!

  23. Wow, the graduation of color on the flowers is seamless! Cannot wait to get my hands on these markers. Thanks for the great card design.

  24. Your flowers are beautiful.
    they are a good advertisement for the new
    markers. Looking forward to trying them.
    thanks for sharing.

  25. I agree, the markers look awesome and helpful for the inexperienced…. like myself. Your card is so pretty. Thanks for sharing and thank you Altenew for coming up with these markers.

  26. Thank you for your video, great information. Thanks for sharing a lovely card. I love the colors you used.

  27. Your card is beautiful. I am looking forward to trying out Altenew’s new markers. I love that they come in color families which is perfect for blending.

  28. Beautiful card! I am so excited about the new markers. I love that they match up to the altenew inks too.

  29. The Altenew markers have such pretty colors; I can’t wait to try them out! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  30. Great cards, the colors are beautiful! I want to get started with alcohol markers so these would be great! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Lovely card your coloring is beautiful. The markers sound quite exciting. Looking forward to seeing more dt members use them. But, I’m sure I’ll just have to have them.

  32. Your hibiscus card is beautiful. I love the CAS style. The way you showed how to use the markers looked so easy. I believe I will give it a try. Thanks so much for your talented video and overall talent in creating this card.

  33. Just love your card and the tutorial on the new markers. Thanks for the chance. Hugs, Nellie.

  34. Your card is gorgeous specially for the simple elegance it conveys! Would love to try the markers!

  35. Beautiful card! Thank you for using the markers in your video and for sharing the link to the comparison chart.

  36. Your flowers look amazing and I really appreciate the fact that you made a color chart so we can be educated before we buy. Thank you for that.

  37. Thanks, Nicole for sharing your artistry. Love the simplicity of your card. These are really exciting new alcohol inks and stamps.

  38. The new Altenew markers look like a great compliment to their line of products. I enjoyed seeing how well the blend through your video. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Your card is so soft and lovely! I love the little bit of added blue to the background and the sequins.

  40. Your card is so beautiful and I love the coloring you did on the flowers of my new favorite set. Those markers are on my wish list!

  41. Beautiful card, awesome coloring – these markers look awesome! Thanks for the tips and handy reference chart with inks and alcohol markers.

  42. Oh wow, those flowers are stunning! They look like they are water colored. I love that blue color. I am such a sucker for colors and I see a lot that I like. I want to win some markers and possibly an ink pad or 2 and maybe a flower stamp or 2 or 3. Altenew has some great things. I have a few of their stamps and they are amazing. Great card!

  43. Wow, your card is absolutely beautiful! I love the coloring & the wonderful color blending. These markers look phenomenal & I’m excited to try them.

  44. Beautiful card! Love the flowers and the coloring is so pretty. These markers seem amazing and I love your color chart! Such a pretty comparison!

  45. Awesome new products ! Fantastic video! I love how you created this card. thanks for the inspiration!

  46. Oh the possibilities, loving the new Altenew alcohol markers and the new stamps. I really appreciate your tutorial, I think this is something I can do!

  47. Gorgeous coloring and shading on your beautiful card! Love that these markers coordinate with the inks! Fabulous!

  48. Wow, beautiful design and I love how these markers blend! They are lovely colors. Thank you for sharing!

  49. The card you created with these new markers is beautiful! Thank you for the coloring chart to show how the markers complement the inks and don’t match exactly. I would have been diaspointed if that’s what I had been expecting!

  50. Beautiful card and blending Nicole. I can only hope to get there with some practice. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  51. Those flowers look very nice colored with these new markers! Thanks for sharing the coloring chart! These look like great colors.

  52. WOW Nicole ! What a great video ! This card is absolutely stunning and your colouring so gorgeous ! These markers look so great ! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring !

  53. Thanks for showcasing these Altenew markers! I am so glad I haven’t invested too much in copic markers yet so I can give these markers a try!

  54. What a pretty card – you’ve shown off the new markers so well! Thanks for the comparison chart too!

  55. Very beautiful card. Thank for the video showing your colouring technique and thank you for the ink reference chart

  56. I really love the softness of this. I was actually surprised to see on the video how much color you actually used! It all comes together so beautifully! Love that you popped up the flowers as well. The whole look is really ethereal. Thank you so much.

  57. I’m really excited about this markers, love it that they coordinate with the inks.
    Your card is lovely and I enjoyed the video very much, thank you.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  58. WaaaaW! What a great news today. You card is so beautiful and stuning coloring. I’m in love with this markers already 🙂 Thank you for a chance to win, that would be an awesome gift for my upcoming birthday 🙂 Hugs and kisses from Slovenia :*

  59. Love the way you combined the ink and markers! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!
    God bless!

  60. Beautiful card! And thanks for the colour comparison chart. I am fairly new to Altenew but have a few of their stamp cubes? The more I see of these markers the more I’m thinking they may be good to invest in. I am not a colourer but I challenged myself that this is year I’m going to give it a try. I don’t have any markers and these seem quite reasonably priced

  61. Your card is just beautiful – love the colors and the way you used them! Thanks so much for the video too!!

  62. I am really looking forward to playing with these new markers. LOVE that they come with the ‘shading partners’ grouped together. NO MORE trying to figure it out! THANKS for the great artistic inspiration today!

  63. This is gorgeous! I love the colors of the new markers, they also look so smooth and fun to use! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  64. Awww! Such a cute card! The Alcohol markers are so so good and blend so well! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  65. Beautiful Color on a Beautiful easy to do card. Thanks for the Idea. I would love to try these markers, but like most of us the beginning of the year budget is tight, but we also have other alcohol markers we might try too. I truly am a fan of ALTENEW and maybe this year I will win one of these Fabulous prizes!!

  66. Thanks for showing so many techniques. I keep waiting on getting alcohol markers because they are such a big investment and I never know where to start. They are a little intimidating. These seem like a good starting set.

  67. I just purchased all the ink cubes. I think I’m going to have to purchase the matching markers.

  68. Very pretty card. I have not dabbled in alcohol markers, so I agree that these markers seem like a good way to get my feet wet. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

  69. Altenew was very smart to come out with a collection of colors. I’d love the chance to purchase my first alcohol markers 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration!

  70. Love that you explained how to match a color closer by the tip to tip. Your card is very beautiful.

  71. Your card is lovely. Thanks so much for the chart. I was under the impression that the markers matched the inks exactly; now I know they do not all match, but seem to complement well.

  72. Wow – I think spring has just come to Helena, Montana. We have 7 feet of snow outside, but your card just brought us (or at least me) spring. Beautiful. Thank you.

  73. Such a beautiful card! Love Altenew’s floral stamps and these markers look amazing! Thanks for the video!

  74. Thanks for the chart. Looks like those greens are a little off…maybe just my computer. But the rest look very complimentary to their dies.

  75. Thank you for sharing the color chart, I am sure it will be very helpful. And your coloring is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

  76. Cool Markers, I like the way they kind of match up to the ink pads. That is so wild. I LOVE your card and that stamp is so pretty. Your coloring is STUNING. Thanks for sharing. I just found your blog thru this blog hop and I liked it, so I signed up, I like your style.

  77. Thanks Nicole for the video and the colour chart. Looking forward to getting my hands on these markers. Love your work.

  78. I love the subtle shading and blending on this BEAUTIFUL CAS card! Thank you for the color comparison chart too.

  79. I haven’t worked with alcohol markers before. I’m excited about these. I’m going to give them a go.

  80. Gosh, your card is just LOVELY! Thanks for sharing the inspirational video and the helpful colour reference chart!

  81. I love your cards Nicole, thanks you for creating the Ink and Pen comparison chart it’s a really helpful tool.

  82. Love this video and how easy it is to use your new markers. The card is beautiful and so simple. Thank you for a well done video.

  83. Beautiful card! I will be purchasing the new hibiscus stamp set when it becomes available. Do you have a link or can you tell me the name/brand of your sequin storage containers, please?

  84. Beautiful card, I love how you added the floating dots in the background! I can’t wait to try out these markers, they look amazing. Thank you for the great video too, I really liked the way you did the tip to tip to created such a gorgeous blend on your flowers.

  85. Love this card and the colors that you choose would love to get some of those marker as well. Thanks for all your do.

  86. Thank you for showing the color chart and how to use the markers so easily. Love the colors from Altenew!

  87. Thank you for sharing! Love the colors and stamp choice. Card looks beautiful! I have been using distress inks and watercolor pallets mostly, and now that Ivery gotten the hang of them I can’t wait to try these markers out!

  88. I do not have any markers, but after looking at your card and cards of other designers definitely want to try them 🙂

  89. Gorgeous card! Love the soft blending and colors and that the markers match the ink line colors, thanks for the inspiration and generosity! Have a wonderful day!

  90. Here’s to the new year! New craft supplies!
    This is awesome. Looking forward to using these new products. Thanks for sharing.

  91. Love these new markers and thank you for showing how fabulous these new markers form Altenew work. Your card is beautiful.

  92. These flowers are just beautiful! I appreciate your video showing in detail how you did the shading and created new colors with the tip-to-tip method. Thanks for sharing!

  93. So beautiful. I’d really love to try these markers. I love your video showing the process, and I love the dots and sequins you added!!

  94. Beautiful coloring! Love these new markers Altenew has created and love the fact that they blend so beautifully together! Great blog hop with so much talent! Great way to start off my birthday! Definitely see some shopping in my future!

  95. Nicole your card is so beautiful!!! I’m so excited about these pens. I love that they are in color families and that they coordinate with the dye inks!! Yay! Your coloring on these flowers is so pretty! Thanks for the inspiration

  96. I just love the concept of where Altanew is going. I know that having the different hues grouped and matching stamps for the 3-D effect is so super cool and very versatile. Thank you for sharing your stunning art

  97. This is the first time I have ever been to your site. It is easy to use and cheerful. I have never done a blog hop before. I would never have found your site without that. The card was beautiful and the tutorial was easy to understand.

  98. Excellent video. Thank you for the great coloring tips. The card looks great and I love the idea of stamping the leaves and then adding the cut out flowers. I wouldn’t have thought of that. Well done.

  99. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards and video with us! And for being part of this great hop and giveaway.

  100. This is such a lovely CAS
    card! Those flowers are
    exquisitely colored. The
    addition of the dots and
    the sequins for a simple
    background is perfect.
    I’d love to try these markers!

  101. Love this stamp set! Was nice to see how the markers worked on the larger petals. The Permanent Ink will be most welcomed to take the stress out of staying within the lines!

  102. I love your card-simple & beautiful. I also really enjoyed watching your video-I think I could watch you color for hours.

  103. Beautiful card! Your coloring is spectacular! Thanks for the informative video, for the inspiration,and for the opportunity to win!

  104. Wonderful card, simple and very elegant. Thank you for sharing and giving us another example on how to use these beautiful new markers.

  105. Wow.. Loved this clean and classy card. And such seamless blending with the alocohol markers! Woo! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! Wish i win one of the gift vouchers 🙂