Welcome to a fun blog hop! A new set of brush markers by Altenew has just been released and we celebrate with an inspirational blog hop and lots of giveaways.

The set comes with 10 brush markers in all the colors of the rainbow. It;s a great addition to your collection if you have their first set but if you don’t it’s a great way to start since it has all the basic colors you need!

And here is my card using these markers!

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

I used one of the gorgeous flowers from the Inked Flora Stamp Set ( ALTN | SSS ). Love those sketchy lines and the artist look and feel to it. Plus they pair up beautifully with the watercolor look. Fo rcoloring everything I used only colors from the Watercolor Brush Markers – Winter Wonderland Set( ALTN | SSS ).

Notice that I didn’t care going outside the lines. I think it adds to the loose watercolor look I was going for. But you can always be neater and remember that if you emboss your image then you have separated areas to work with. This will ensure that your colors will not bloom into each other between petals … depends on the look you are going for.

I combined a couple of green shades for the leaves and I did the same with reds for the petals. I worked on watercolor paper and the markers  blend and bloom beautifully! As my background I used a patterned paper from the Verdant Walk 6×6 Paper Pack( ALTN | SSS ). Those black brush strokes on that paper really complete the look.


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Watercolor Brush Markers – Winter…
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Inked Flora Stamp Set
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Inked Flora Die Set
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Verdant Walk 6×6 Paper Pack
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Permanent Black Crisp Ink
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Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
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Therm O Web PURPLE TAPE Easy Release…
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
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There are many ways to win prizes:

  • Leave me a comment below for a chance to win $20 gift certificate. The winner will be announced on my winners page by 1/16/2019
  • Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to six lucky winners! For more details please visit  Altenew Card Blog
  • There are more giveaways on every stop of the blog hop!

next stop

The next stop on the blog hop is my amazingly talented friend Kathy Racoosin


  1. Love the intensity of those colors, but sad to say, it will be 100 years before I need more markers. Might have to have that stamp and die set however.

  2. This card is absolutely stunning. The watercolor pens seems to flow effortlessly. Altenew did great job of creating them to coordinate with their beautiful floral stamps.

  3. I am so in awe of your talent Vicky…it’s so natural and impressive. I can only aspire to that level!
    Love your videos, please don’t ever stop 🙂

  4. I love this stamp set. I purchased it recently and hve used it a lot. Have used alcohol markers, but you inspired me to try watercolor. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  5. Another fabulous card, Vicky! You are such an inspiration! These markers look awesome & they are at the top of my wish list!

  6. I am not very brave about using water color, but I would love to try these pens and learn more. Your tutorial is very helpful.

  7. I think I have a problem. I am becoming a watercolour hoarder. ? But I read a quote somewhere. } why buy a card when you can buy $100 worth of art supplies and make one”. Lol.

  8. Your card is beautiful!! I love the colors in the new watercolor set. I think it will be joining my other set soon!!

  9. Stunning card! Your choice of background paper was spot on, Vicky, and I love the font that Altenew chose to pair with this stamp set!

  10. That’s the first time I have seen watercolor brush markers. I loved your video. Your card looks modern with just a piece of background. Thanks for teaching me new ways to color & layout a card. Beautiful.

  11. Vicky – Another beautiful card. I get so much inspiration from your video’s. What a great stamp set and it makes a beautiful card, love your idea of using the pattern paper on the diagonal. These look like a beautiful set of markers – these would be on my never ending wish list, that never gets any smaller. Thank you for sharing your never ending talent with us. I so enjoy each and every post that you do.

  12. I have been afraid to try brush water colors , but you make it look so easy I am going to give it a try. Your cards are simple but beautiful. I love the patterned paper on the diagonal ! Thank you for sharing.

  13. Vickie, I absolutely could watch you color and create everyday! Love your tutorials and I thank you so much

  14. This card is absolutely beautiful!!!!I love the colors you chose and also the pattern paper is gorgeous. I love the triangle idea too!!thanks for all the inspiration.

  15. Gorgeous card, I love how you boardered the pattern paper with the gorgeous flower! Love those brushes! Thanks for the video!

  16. I love this stamp set. It is a new one to me. You make it look so easy using the watercolor pens.you are very talented and I get so much from your video’s. You inspire me to keep practicing..

  17. Hi Vicky, what a great rose card! Love you making diagonal cut. What a great idea! I always enjoy your videos because you make me believe I could make this card! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Vicky your cards are always beautiful and so inspiring, your color combinations are always spot on Thank you for sharing Hugs and Smiles

  19. Vicky, Your card really shows depth in your coloring and the new Winter Wonderland Brush Markers make that possible. I agree yours cards are always beautiful.

  20. My goodness Vicky is there anything you cannot do to perfection? This card turned out absolutely gorgeous and you made everything look so easy! Which I am sure once I order everything (because now, of course, I HAVE to LOL) I will put my hand to it and it will maybe look half as lovely as yours. Thank you for your continuous inspiration. Your videos are my absolute favourite!!!

  21. Oh, I LOVE your card! It is beautiful. You and the watercolor markers make it look so easy. Thanks for a chance to win.

  22. Love your card Vicky! I might need those watercolor brush markers in my stamping supplies.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  23. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas with all of us, it make life easier when we have someone to guide us and inspire us with so much creativity ….have a Wonderful day!

  24. Very beautiful card! The diagonal cut of your pattern paper created an extra special touch. Thanks for sharing your creations!

  25. This card is beautiful and I agree it would be a great page for your Flower art journal!! I am looking forward to starting my flower journal – it was a great idea!!! Thank you as always!

  26. You blend colors so easily–and that’s a great incentive to try it. Thanks. And the new colors look yummy.

  27. Beautiful card, I like the way you used the patterned paper. And yes, this would look awesome as a journal page!

  28. Hi Vicky, Another stunning card, your colouring is always so natural looking and your cards are so inspirational, Thank you for sharing, I love the look of the markers, Altenew have come up with another great product

  29. Gorgeous Vicky, love how you coloured everything and putting interest by using a triangle of beautiful patern paper under the flower. Thank you so much for showing.

  30. Beautiful as always, thank you for all the inspiration each day!
    Can’t wait to start with my flower journal!!!!

  31. Gorgeous card Vicki and I really enjoyed your video too! I can’t wait to try out the new Altenew Water-colour Brush Markers.

  32. Beautiful card Vickie! These markers seem very easy to blend, which is an improvement over another brand that I have, TFS!

  33. What a lovely card! These watercolors look very nice to work with. I use ones from tubes, am anxious to try a new system and see what kind of results I can achieve! Thanks for the inspiration!

  34. Love how the background paper set the flower off. Thanks for showing the watercolor markets and how you can work with them

  35. This is why I love watching your videos. I would have plopped the flower straight on top of the paper, but not you. You gave it so much more interest by cutting, lifting and covering the entire join. Wonderful!

  36. Beautiful coloring. I like the way you cut the pattern paper in half to give a different look to the card,

  37. I like the use of patterned paper as well as having the flower and leaves covering up the edge. I always find your designs inspiring.

  38. Beautiful card Vicky and fabulous water markers…something I haven’t experimented with yet but very intriguing.

  39. Beautiful work as always Vicky. Thank you for the lovely vido also…YOU are great about that.. I would love to own these new markers…..thanks so much for sharing your great work.

  40. Just lovely as always. The patterned paper was a great choice to highlight the flower and leaves in this card design. The brush markers look easy to use and the colors just right to coordinate and blend. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win a gift certificate.

  41. Another beautiful card and video from Vicky! This is gorgeous and we so appreciate your terrific videos, you always inspire me and give me new ideas.

  42. Your card is lovely! Thanks for sharing the coloring process. I have Arteza brush markers but have not had success with them. I tried to use them like regular markers and that was disastrous.

  43. Such a beautiful stamp set. I love to watch you water color…I love to watch you do anything when it comes to art. Thanks for always inspiring me to go outside my comfort zone.

  44. Vicky,
    I loved the bright new colors of the brushes!! I am new to Altenew & its products, but I am loving everything I see on the videos, the sharin blogs, the inks, stamps, etc.!!!!!
    Thank you so much!

    Sr. Diana L Bode

  45. Vicky–did you also use a light gray for shading behind the petals and leaves, or are those actual shadows I see? Regardless, your work is beautiful as always.

  46. Thanks for the great video! I love seeing the watercolor brushes in action! Your card is wonderful, I loved it before you cut the background on the diagonal and I love it with the diagonal cut.

  47. Beautiful, Vicky! I hope we get to see it again on a journal page, although I imagine you have so many products to highlight, it’s not easy to use them on more than one project.

  48. Hah—-I wasn’t going to buy these markers until I saw the absolutely gorgeous card you created using them! Love the paper you chose too, and the triangular cut was the perfect idea! Thanks for your ever-inspiring videos, Vicky!

  49. Gorgeous card! I find watercolor to be intimidating, but one of these days I’ll be brave enough to try it myself!

  50. What fun creative supplies – you always make your art look so easy.
    Thanks for inspiration galore! Love your art journals – have started on of my own
    using your tips & tricks.
    God Bless You!

  51. Beautiful coloring! When I saw these new brush markers I thought they had a nice mix of shades that would create almost any design. Seeing you use only colors from the set shows how true that is.

  52. Gorgeous coloring, as usual. I appreciate the little tips to give the card a little extra oomph. I really like the flower and leaves over the seam between the patterned paper and card base. I’ll have to try that. Thanks for sharing your immense creativity with us!

  53. I am so so new to all of this but oh how inspired I am to begin to be a part of things! I love all of the mediums and techniques that are shared .I am building my supplies up and these watercolors I hope will be an added addition! I can’t wait to begin! You truly are my inspiration To get going!

  54. Vicky, I really love the new set of markers! The colors are so vibrant! And, of course, you are the expert colorist to blend them beautifully! Thanks for this inspiration!

  55. Pretty card and I like the look of those vibrant pens. love the way you used the paper pack too, inspiring as ever thank you .

  56. I would love those water colour brush markers, you make them look easy enough for anyone to use!
    This is stunning.

  57. Vicki, I love your work. I’ve been following you for about 5 years and never told you how much I love your art journaling tutorials. You are an inspiration. Will be starting this new art endeavor!

  58. I really like the way you covered up the edge of your patterned paper with the flower. A small detail, but it makes the card more interesting!

  59. The beautiful rose that you water colored in Vicky is stunning! I really like how you put the black and white paper on the back, but only on half of the card–a really eye-popping idea and it really makes the lovely rose pop off the page!

  60. Beautiful vibrant card and I’m noting for inspiration. I’ve been watching for ideas to make gift sets of cards.

  61. Love your card, and love watching your videos too. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. I can’t wait to get these new brush markers now.

  62. As always, gorgeous inspiration! I love the edgy design of the black and white background. Would love a set of these Altenew Watercolor Brush markers for myself!

  63. Watercolor is my new favorite way of adding color to my cards! You have given me the confidence to use them and experiment. Thank you, Vicky, you are such an inspiration!

  64. All of your designs are beautiful. Thank you so much, Vicky, for all the inspiration. You are a wonderful artist.

  65. Vicky, your card is AMAZING! I love seeing your video showing how you colored your flower and leaves! Love the “lined” printed paper you chose and how you cut a triangle of it and raised it up with foam tape. The placement of the flower and leaves on top is wonderful. And so is the sentiment placement! Thanks so much for sharing your creative ideas!

  66. I really enjoy using watercolor brush markers because the colors are always so vibrant. You are a natural teacher…always making me feel like I can make beautiful things with whatever medium you are using. You inspire me to work hard and practice often! TFS.

  67. Beautiful card. Really like that you used the black and white paper with the large floral image. It’s a great look. Thanks so much for sharing your art.?

  68. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful flower. I love that you go out of the lines. It does make it even more special. thank you.

  69. The colors in this new marker set are gorgeous. Your card is beautiful and the coloring is amazing. And – how have I missed that amazing Inked Floral stamp set??? Now I need that, too.

  70. Your card is beautiful. I love that you were carefree on the lines. It really made the project pop. thanks for sharing.

  71. beautifully watercolored! I love the design as well. traiangular background with the flowers and leaves covering the edge…just a small change creates big effect!

  72. What a gorgeous card! I love the way you cut the patterned paper and you watercolored the flower beautifully.

  73. Vicky, thank you for sharing this beautiful card! Your video and blog were so helpful in terms of reviewing these awesome markers. Such great colors and technique!

  74. These water brush markers are amazing! I’m looking forward to trying them! Your card is just beautiful, and I love that you encourage us to try a more sketchy and messy look…not to worry about going outside the lines! I’ve got to try that too! : ). Thanks for the inspiration!

  75. Excellent video on How to use the Altenew Water Color Brush Markers Winter Wonderland! Your card turned out beautifully! You inspire my creativity! I love watching your videos!

  76. I love the color of your flower! It’s so pretty! I’m thinking I am really going to like these markers. You also used my favorite color in the whole wide world, yellow! That is a big plus in my book! I want to see just how these markers work & I can do that when I win. I’m really liking this hop!

  77. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely card. It’s so bright and vibrant and I really like the way it pops against the background you’ve chosen.

  78. Your card making style looks so effortless as I watch the videos and yet you always produce such WONDERFUL cards!!! I love how much color and depth you achieved by using these new watercolor pens. I would love to try them and see what they are like!

  79. This is a lovely card, so elegant and yet so simple. I am amazed by the water color brushes. Thank you for demonstrating how to use them!

  80. Love this card. Also love your journaling. I began following you on YouTube long ago. Not sure if this comment qualifies me to enter the contest for the Hibiscus Die set or the watercolor brushes but both are great giveaways!

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