watercolor cards

Today I am sharing 3 fun ways on how you can use your watercolor brushes. Of course you can stamp and color your images but let’s see 3 other ways you can use them …coloring outside the lines!

Altenew has released a new watercolor brush set that I am showcasing today. It’s called Tropical Fiesta and it comes with 10 colors. The set has a complete range of all the colors of the rainbow so it’s a great set to start with. And if you already have their other two sets then it’s a great addition to the current palette.

We celebrate this release with an inspirational blog hop and lots of giveaways. If you want to start the hop from the beginning please visit Altenew Card Blog.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

For this card I used the Bold Bunch Stamp Set( ALTN | SBC | SSS ) and 4 brushes from the set. For the green leaves I used Lime and Sweet Leaf and for the flowers I used  Fresh Lemon and Sunkissed. I apply the watercolor on the clear stamp, spray with water and then stamp. The result is a water colored looking background with no effort at all.

The sentiment is from the Script Words Die Set( ALTN | SBC | SSS ).I finished off the card with a few nuvo drops at the center of the flowers.

For this card I used Lime and Turquoise on a stamping block, Sprayed with water and stamped with that on watercolor paper. I got an instant water colored background … super easy to do… no watercolor skills  required! Then I used the same technique as in the first card to stamp my flower.

The colors I used for the flower are Purple Wine, Lime and Sweet Leaf. The flower and the sentiment are from the Lavender Bud Stamp Set( ALTN | SBC | SSS ). It’s a little stamp set that is inexpensive but has everything you need to make lovely cards.

Finally for my third card I used again my watercolor brushes on stamps. This time though I sprayed lots of water on top of them and used my Mini MISTI ( SBC | ALTN | SSS ) to do the stamping. If you have lots of water on top of your stamps and force the door of your MISTI to close with speed then you get splashes! I just love the look, so artistic and perfect card for teenagers! Check the video tutorial for the technique.

The circle stamps and the sentiment are from the Trendy Circles Stamp Set ( ALTN | SBC | SSS ). The colors of watercolor brushes that I used here are Lime, Turquoise and Desert Night.


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Watercolor Brush Markers – Tropical…
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Bold Bunch Stamp Set
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Lavender Bud Stamp Set
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Lavender Bud Die
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Trendy Circles Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SBC | SSS ]
Script Words Die Set
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Permanent Black Crisp Ink
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Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Studio Katia APRIL Crystals sk0418
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Mini MISTI – Most Incredible Stamp…
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Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
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There are many ways to win prizes:

  • Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, March 28th for a chance to win.
  • They will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each blog on the blog hop list. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2019. So leave me a comment below!

next stop

The next stop on the blog hop is Norine Borys

more projects using watercolor brushes

Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers…
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Watercolor Brush Markers + Giveaway |…
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Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 2…
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  1. I love the misti water splashing idea!! It’s fun, and would be great for masculine cards too I think. I have to try that out now! Thank you for the neat idea.

  2. I love the misti splashing technique! That’s such a cool idea! I can see using it for masculine cards too. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  3. Just watched the video at you YouTube and loved all the colors in the brush markers set and I loved what you did you them! Thanks for sharing!☺

  4. Vicky as always amazing cards and super techniques to using the pens. You always make it look effortless and so appreciate your sharing. Love your tutorials and how you always inspire. Thank you so much for being so helpful and inspiring.

  5. All of these cards are so cool!! Just watched the video and loved it!! I’m going to have to get some of these markers! They look like a lot of fun! TFS!

    1. ? $40 for 10 beautiful watercolor markers is way out of my league sadly. But I will enjoy seeing what others create with them!

  6. I love the mini card! I have lots of these little sets and find them more intimidating than the large ones because I feel like I need to fill the card. This sweet little simple design is perfect!

  7. You always amaze me with your talent. Love the splash circle card so much I’m going to go into my room and try to do the same thing. Wish me luck.

  8. Love all your cards. I like the stamp block background the best and will definitely have to try that “splat” technique with the Misti. It looks so cool!!

  9. Amazing colors! So bright and festive, perfect for spring and summer! I love the variety of ways you gave us to play with these fun water color brushes, all 3 cards are fabulous.

  10. Beautiful cards! I’ve been wanting some of these markers! They turn out beautiful no matter what you are coloring!

  11. Love the quality of your how to’s. You have inspired me this morning! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous and vibrant creations!

  12. Beautiful use of the watercolor brushes! I am inspired to try making a card similar to your purple card. Lovely!

  13. Thanks Vicky. I am always on the look out for creative ways to make cards with a watercolor look, since I am “watercolor challenged” 🙂 These are all beautiful and inspiring, and I especially love the Misti watercolor splat card, as I’m always looking for something suitable for my teen-aged grandson. I think I can do that! LOL! Altenew watercolors are so vibrant and hold that look and that’s why I like them. I own the 36 pan set, but not the brush sets yet!

  14. Super great colors in this set! LOVE the splash card… Very fun and it looks easy enough… well, we will see haha

  15. Your creations are lovely and your teaching style is so welcoming! I love these markers and am thinking about trying this set!

  16. Really enjoyed your creations! Love the color choices and techniques — and, of course, the great cards you created! Have not tried these pens, yet, but love the colors in this set!

  17. Thank you Vicky. I love the creative ways you design with a watercolor look! Your cards are always beautiful and inspiring. Love the Misti watercolor splat card too! Altenew watercolors are so vibrant and intense. I plan to try these ASAP!

  18. These cards are so beautiful, Vicky! Love the splat idea using the Misti. Thanks for a wonderful video.

  19. Great cards. Fun ways to use the markers and stamps. Really enjoyed watching the video. Thanks for sharing your art.?

  20. I had loads of fun playing with the lavender bud stamp and new inks last month. I didn’t think about having trouble lining up the die with my design until half way through. I did discover that I could cut the bud and not the stem and then flip and cut the stem and not the bud. It left me just a few snips to cut the whole thing out. So happy it turned out. Hope I remember to use your technique to set it into a cut out.

  21. Love the different looks you have created, Vicky, and now I want to make some splashes using my MISTI. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Marianne x

  22. Love your cards, but my favorite is the Happy Birthday card, those blues and green colors are such happy colors!

  23. Fabulous cards! Love these new colors of Watercolor Brush Markers. Your video is so inspiring!

  24. Beautiful cards! I especially like the last one with the circles. I love your technique to make the splatters and the colors on this card are gorgeous! My sons would really like that card!

  25. Great technique! And I think I can pull this one off too!! Very easy and not something I ever thought of doing. Thanks Vicky!! Your cards never disappoint. They are always beautiful and very cool!!

  26. These are all wonderful! And super colorful 🙂 Your card with the green and yellow combination reminds me of a similar one I made recently, I’m yet to post it 🙂

  27. Vicky, I have been subscribed to your blog for a long time. I truly love everything that you do. I take a watercolor class once a week. I really love what you did with the altanew watercolors. I was particularly impressed with the small flower stamp. I am going to have to try something similar. You make it all so much fun.

  28. I’ve been playing a lot with my pencils recently so I tried getting the watercolors back out the other day and giving them some love. It’s been a while and I found I forgot how to use them (was trying to use them like pencils). All that to say, your video is timely and I’ll try a few of the techniques you shared today to get me back into playing with watercolors. Thanks, Vicky!

  29. Absolutely beautiful, I can’t get over how vivid these colors are especially using stamps with water. Love your cards, thank you

  30. I love the different techniques you show. And the cards are very nice. I will try these tonight while my hubby watches basketball .

  31. I love your cards! I’m sure the water brushes are great but I just got the regular 36 watercolor set. If I had lots of money I would buy all of the water brushes.

  32. These are great techniques that I would like to try. Love all the vibrant colors! Thanks for sharing, and thanks Altenew also!!

  33. I love the different techniques that you used. Being able to watch, rewatch the video at my leisure is always appreciated!

  34. These colors are just scrumptious! Can’t wait to try these! Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards!

  35. Awesome cards, Vicky! I love seeing how to use my stamps with watercolors, and it looks pretty easy for a beginner like me! I especially like how you used the circles in a different way. Always good to get another way to use the stamps I have. I have a little grandson who would love that card design. Thanks for the inspiration!

  36. Love your beautiful cards! The Tropical Feista Brush Marker set have a fantatic color range. Thanks for sharing your cards via process video.

  37. Vicky, thank you for showing me another way to color with watercolors. I wouldn’t have thought to add the color to the stamp first. This looks so much easier than the way I do it. I will be trying this soon. Your cards are beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  38. Hi Vicky! So cool! Just love the techniques you shared and the cards are beautiful. I’m thinking about those brushes and perhaps I will try the entire set and see the other cards you have done. Thanks for sharing this fine product, Denise

  39. Just love all your cards they are so bright and beautiful. You used so little of the marker ink, but the colour remained intense. Another lovely set to add to my stash. Thank you for your hints, tips and inspiration.

  40. I love the vibrant colors and the beautiful cards you created with them! These are my kind of cards!

  41. Your cards are beautiful, Vicky, and I love the new watercolor color pallet from Altenew! I have one quick question: In each project, did you spray your watercolor paper before starting, or did you stamp on dry watercolor paper Thank you for sharing!

  42. Love the idea for the easy watercolor background. So quick yet beautiful. And the splashes would be so fun to make!!!

  43. Love the vibrancy of these watercolor brush markers and your cards truly bring out their intense color. Thank you for sharing.

  44. Wow. I Love these Stamping techniques.. The circles is my favorite.. They are all so pretty and inspiring.

  45. Brilliant way to make those colorful splatter circles. My granddaughter loves color and would think that was just the best! I’m excited to try the watercolor brushes-truly lovely colors. They’re on my wish list!

  46. You have inspired me. I watch each and every video you post. And I can’t say that to any other designer or presenter.

  47. Super variety in the three cards you made & the video is appreciated. Love these bright summery colours. The third card is my favourite. As you said, great for teenagers, or guy cards & what a fun way to create it. No fuss. Love it!

  48. Thank you Vicky for sharing ow you created these three one-of-a-kinds cards. You are so talented!

  49. Great ideas, Vicky. I love the look you got from just painting on the stamping block. I have to remember that!

  50. Love these vibrant colors. Card #3 is my fav, but I don’t think I could make splashes in my Misti (I try to keep it pristine) ?

  51. Great video. I would have never thought of using the brushes in this way. Also loved your backgrounds. Great cards! Thanks for the inspirtion!

  52. Vicky, these cards are gorgeous! I just love deep vibrant colors you can get from these Altenew watercolor markers! They’re definitely on my list ?. I really want to try all your suggested techniques! ? Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us! ?

  53. I mostly like the ‘splatting’ and the lavender floral card. I will try that ‘splat’ style next time I’m making cards for younger people. It would be nice to win and purchase some makers.

  54. Beautiful coloring. Your cards are so vibrant and fun! Awesome job. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  55. Thanks for sharing these fun watercolor techniques! I love the splash look on the circles card, and the lavendar card is just lovely to look at!

  56. I laughed out loud the first time you slammed that MISTI door! Can’t wait to try that technique to make coffee stains.

  57. Big thumbs up for these cards. It is so funny, but the tiny little Lavender Bud is my favorite…and the card with the Splats…LOL….I really love these new watercolor marker colors….everyone is making such beautiful cards. Thank you Vicky for always giving us such pretty samples.
    And thank you also for fixing the page so that it would load on an IPad…it is appreciated. Big hugs!

  58. Gorgeous cards that really show off the vibrant new colors. You have shown us a great, easy watercolor technique.

  59. Such pretty cards Vicky! I’ve followed you on another stamp site also. Thanks for sharing these sweet cards with us.

  60. Love the striking black and white striped background and the jaunty way you placed the watercolour panel. Love the technique for the circles it was very clever, looks quite achievable but we shall see, must remember to use lots of water. The flowers looked great too especially the lavender sprig. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  61. Love, love, love the cards. I was at my friends house today stamping and she made a card from your technique. It turned very nice. Really like your videos.

  62. I love all of your cards! I want to thank you for sharing and doing the video. I plan on purchasing the watercolor brushes, but now I also plan on purchasing the “trendy circles” stamp set. I didn’t know I could do splatters that way as well! Thank you for teaching me!

  63. this post is inspirational. I love the pens and how you have uses them. I hope they will be available in the UK.

  64. Thank you so much for sharing these great cards . I loved the splatter effect with the circles and the color combination was very fresh. The simple little flower packs a big punch on your card!. Stunning!

  65. These cards are so fun! These markers are so vibrant and thanks for showing us different techniques for using them.

  66. Thanks, Vicky, for sharing the techniques – I love the results. I think I’ll have to try out the circles with the kindergarten children. I am sure they will have huge fun making the cards! The new palette colours are gorgeous. For me, the best thing about watercolours is the range you get from a few colours.

  67. I absolutely love all your cards they are so inspiring! I especially love the Thanks card it’s simple but beautiful!

  68. Thank you for giving me more ideas on how to use these beautiful markers. Your cards are just so happy looking!

  69. Hi Vicky! Your creations are bright, cheery and always showcase the releases sooooooo well! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  70. Thanks so much for sharing those fun techniques. I don’t have watercolor markers (but I definitely think I need them), and this new Tropical Fiesta set is wonderful. I love the vivid colors.

  71. Awesome cards, Vicky! Love the new vibrant colors & the way you made the spattered circles. Thanks for sharing!

  72. Yet another very helpful video, invested in a small set of similar markers at Christmas and haven’t really known what to do with them. So this was a fantastic source of inspiration especially since mothers day is coming up and its always nice to get new ideas.

  73. I love the lavender cars. I need to add that set to my next order. Your work is stunning. Thank you for sharing.

  74. Thank you for your video showing different ways to use the watercolor markers. These colors are so bright and pretty. I want to go play right now.

  75. Fun techniques! I don’t have any of the watercolor markers yet, but I do have the Altenew watercolor paints and I think these techniques would work with those, as well. I really like the splattering technique you did with the circles!

  76. Watching you slam that Misti door made me laugh…I’m definitely going to have to try that technique…I love the splats! The colors in this set are perfect!

  77. Love the card with the splotches. So many
    times my pens decide to burp (all over my
    page). that hasn’t happened with the
    set of Altenew brushes yet – hopefully
    won’t ever. The orange flowers are
    gorgeous. Great cards.
    thanks for sharing

  78. Really nice, bright colours and I love your fun cards. I love the lavender sprig one the most – but I really love how fun and carefree the last card is.

  79. Amazing techniques and gorgeous cards! I love how you used the small stamp in the second card and I really like the splattering technique you did with the circles stamp! Thanks for the inspiration.

  80. Thank you so much for the great ways to use the paint brushes in these wonderful colors! I’m really thinking of getting them!

  81. I love to use that technique of distress ink on stamp then spritz with water… I love the idea of trying it with these watercolor brushes. Great cards!

  82. I really like the contemporary card, Vicky! And I think you are correct that it’s great for teenagers — boys in particular. Thank you for the video.

  83. These techniques are amazing, your cards are beautiful! These watercolor markers are definitely on my wish list.

  84. As always, I absolutely kove what you have created here Vikki. Your cards are beautiful, as is all of you artwork. You continue to inspire me!

  85. These are wonderful techniques. I love the thought of splashing the color using the MISTI. Thanks for inspiring me today

  86. Great ideas and wonderfully bright happy cards, Vicky! Love these bright new colours! Thanks so much for sharing and the great inspiration!

  87. All 3 cards are gorgeous Vicky! I cannot get enough of the Purple Wine color, it is going to get a massive amount of use lol. I love your circle splats, how fun is that??!! Thanks for sharing all 3 cards and for the always amazing inspiration. ([email protected])

  88. Wonderful creative cards! I love the last one with the splashes! Thanks for sharing these techniques.

  89. I love but fear watercolor. The method you describe sounds like a good place to start – thank you – beautiful and happy!

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