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How To Color 2 Ways + Simple Masking

Learn how to color 2 ways + simple masking. Welcome to the Altenew Cozy Creatures Blog Hop and Giveaway! In addition, to new critter stamp sets, we also have Marker Topper Decals and small blending brushes to share!

Altenew Cozy Creatures Blog Hop

Big thanks to Vicky Papaioannou for sending you over to my blog. If you’d like to start at the beginning of the hop head to the Altenew Card Blog. The full blog hop list is below too.

How to Color 2 Ways + Simple Masking

All the details on how to color 2 ways with alcohol markers are in this video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share with your crafty friends!

Artist Marker Toppers Decal Set

Before I get to the amazing new stamps and dies I must introduce a couple of new tools. I’m so excited to share the Artist Marker Toppers Decal Set!! Easily identify your markers by adding the color name to each end!

Altenew Artist Marker Toppers Decal Set

There are four decals for each marker, two with the color name and one each for the bullet nib and brush nib. You can configure these labels anyhow you like. Use all four labels or two or three.

The marker barrels are triangular. So, I found it helpful to add one label on the apex of the side of the barrel. This way when the marker lays flat, I can see the label as shown above.

Altenew Artist Marker Toppers Decal Set

Small Ink Blending Tool (Set of 4)

If you love the Altenew Large Ink Blending Tool, you’re going to love it’s little babies! Each box of Small Ink Blending Tools comes with four blenders to get into those tight spaces. Grab two boxed to have one blending tool for each color of the rainbow plus neutrals!

Altenew Small Ink Blending Tool Set of 4

Full Release

Of course, I have to share the full release too! This wonderful release is sure to please with critters, botanicals, and new tools.

Altenew Cozy Creatures Full Release
How To Color 2 Ways + Simple Masking

How To Color | Vibrant Hello Hydrangea

Vibrant colors make me crazy happy so I pulled out all the stops with this ginormous Hello Hydrangea Stamp Set.

How To Color 2 Ways + Simple Masking

Stamp | Crisp Dye Ink

Flowers | Hydrangea, Fuchsia, and Arctic
Leaves | Frayed Leaf and Evergreen
Sentiment | Persian Blue and Sapphire

How To Color 2 Ways + Simple Masking

Color | Altenew Artist Markers

Flowers | Rose Quartz, Lavender Fields, Caribbean Sky, Purple Wine, Persian Blue, and Warm Sunshine
Leaves | Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades
Sentiment Strip | Warm Sunshine and Caramel Toffee

How To Color 2 Ways + Simple Masking

Shade & Highlight

Shadow | Regular household pencil
Highlight | General’s White Charcoal Pencil

Altenew Free Gift

How to Color | Simple Roses & Friends Forever

Florals, coffee, and cardmaking? Yes please! Simple masking turns this to-go coffee cup into a perfect vase.

How To Color 2 Ways + Simple Masking

Mask | Simple Roses Mask Stencil

First, I stamped the coffee cup image on a full-stick Post-It note to use as a place holder. This helped me determine the visually pleasing placement of the Simple Rose and leaves.

I used the Simple Roses Mask Stencil Set to mask off the rose and leaves prior to stamping the coffee cup. Make sure you offset the masks so it won’t leave a white space between the cup and the florals.

Stamp | Crisp Dye Ink

Rose | Blush
Leaves | Frayed Leaf
Coffee Cup | Silver Stone
Sentiment | Obsidian Pigment Ink

How To Color 2 Ways + Simple Masking

Color | Altenew Artist Markers

Rose | Blush, and Rouge
Leaves | Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades
Coffee Cup | Morning Frost, Limestone, and Colorless Blender
Coffee Wrapper & Table | Rocky Shores and Colorless Blender

Birch Forest Bonus Card

This clean and simple card comes together quick and easy thanks to the Birch Forest Stamp Set.

Altenew Birch Forest Stamp Set

Stamp the full Birch Forest background stamp with Frayed Leaf Mixed Media (pigment ink). Mask an area for the sentiment on the top third of the card. I simply used washi tape.

Partially ink the stamp with Volcano Lake Crisp Dye ink and remove some of the ink with a microfiber cloth. Stamp over the washi tape mask.

Altenew Birch Forest Stamp Set

Remove the tape and stamp a sentiment from the Birch Forest Stamp Set with Obsidian Pigment Ink. Finish off the card with Sea Shore Enamel Dots.

Altenew Happy Pomegranates

Fear of Mistakes Know When to Persist or Quit

I’m keeping it real in my latest Color Connection episode.

I share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Check it out here!

Pin | How To Color 2 Ways

If you love it, pin it, and share it with your crafty friends! Visit me on Pinterest for more design inspiration, patterns, and color combinations.

How To Color 2 Ways + Simple Masking


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/11/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/14/2020.

Altenew New Stamp Release

Next Stop

Check out all the amazing talent to inspire you! The next stop on the hop is my good friend Jenny Colacicco!

Altenew Card Blog 
Vicky Papaioannou
Amber Rain Davis <<< You Are Here
Jenny Colacicco
Jaycee Gaspar
Nenette S. Madero
Nicole Watt
Jennifer McGuire
Nathalie DeSousa
Tenia Nelson
Virginia Lu
Emily Midgett
Tania Ahmed
Amanda Baldwin
Laurie Willison
Mindy Eggen
Lilith Eeckels
Vicki Finger
Therese Calvird
Dana Joy
Maryam Perez
Norine Borys
Kelly Griglione
Svitlana Shayevich
Keisha Charles


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  1. I love the designs and creativity

  2. Sherri Little says:

    Thanks for the video tutorial!

  3. Beautiful colouring! And your masking techniques are superb in these cards.

  4. I think my favorite from the new release is that coffee friends stamp set. I love your coloring. Your cards are fantastic. That you for sharing the video.

  5. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards!

  6. Lyn Huecker says:

    Two of my favorites from this release are the birch tress and hydrangeas. Your color blending on the hydrangeas is perfection! Thanks for sharing your techniques and know how.

  7. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful cards! Love the coffee cup design!

  8. Beverly Kozlowski says:

    Thanks for sharing the video – great inspiration! These are two beautiful cards! Love the rose with the coffee cup, and the beautiful sentiment!

  9. Anne+Sturgeon says:

    Love these and thanks for the helpful tips. I think the birch forest is amazing. Might have to come home with me. Thanks for sharing these.

  10. Linda Peix says:

    The Hydrangea card is fabulous! Using a white pencil for highlights is perfection!

  11. Laura Holmes says:

    Gorgeous hydrangeas!

  12. What wonderful colors and effects. Great inspiration and technique. Thank you!

  13. Jill M Belina says:

    I absolutely love the hydrangeas! Your coloring is stunning! What a gorgeous card!

  14. Absolutely beautiful ❤️ Will be sure to try a chalk pencil next time. First time I’ve seen it done and it was incredible! Thank you 👍😊

  15. Cyndi+Morris says:

    Those cards are gorgeous! That hydrangea – WOW! I always learn something watching your videos. I’ll never be an artist, but you inspire me to try.

  16. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Your cards are beautiful! I love the yellow border on the hydrangea card- those colors together are gorgeous! Thank you for the awesome video!

  17. Heidi+Rees says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the Hello Hydrangea! It’s my favorite from the release!

  18. Inkin' Chickie says:

    Great look to the flower bunch. Can’t wait to check out the color video.

  19. Your coloring is mesmerizing as always Amber, love all your designs, thanks for the inspiration and the video!

  20. Donna de Gale-Kalloo says:

    So pretty!! I love those large flower dies and the birch forest stamp set!!

  21. Ummekulsum+Kutub says:

    Amazing cards!

  22. Silvia Hutchinson says:

    Fabulous card!! Your hydrangeas and stunning!!

  23. Dorothy+A says:

    Lovely cards. I especially like the hydrangea stamp and card- your video was so helpful and inspirational

  24. Julie+Wexler says:

    Amber, with some time limitations today, I was just going to breeze thru the hop pics, not even stopping to comment.. until I saw your projects. I watched the video from beginning to end, and appreciate hearing your thought process as well as what you’d do differently next time. So worth the time! Thanks! I hope your flare-up calms down quickly.

  25. Melissa+Friedrich says:

    Beautiful cards, love the vibrant hydrangea card and the soft coffee and rose. The birch tree card is amazing too, love it!

  26. Gorgeous cards! Love the coffee cup and rose. TFS

  27. You are just so talented Amber! I don’t think your videos could ever be too long for me to watch. The way you coloured the Simple Rose on top of the coffee cup – wow! I’m sorry to hear you are having a flare up of Hashimotos. Hope it settles down soon.

  28. Becky Moore says:

    Wow! Beautiful cards! I love the rose/coffee cup card. How creative! And thanks for sharing the tool info too.

  29. I love your use of the charcoal on the hydrangea flower. A new technique I will have to try!

  30. Joan Mastronardi says:

    Stunning cards! love your videos

  31. Joanne M Hoffmann says:

    Gorgeous cards, Amber! I LOVE your color palettes and card designs…so realistic and lifelike! Breathtaking!

  32. Sharon Gullikson says:

    Your hydrangea is so beautiful. I LOVE your technique. I will try this.

  33. Your cards are beautiful. Great job.

  34. Marisela Delgado says:

    I love hydrangeas! So beautiful! 💜

  35. Love your coloring. Thanks for sharing tips and ideas too!

  36. These cards are beautiful. I can’t believe the detail in the hydrangea-it’s amazing!

  37. Beth Merrill says:

    I love the vibrancy of color in all your cards.

  38. Shirley Coopet says:

    I love your style! I liked both cards, but my favorite had to be the rose.

  39. I am naturally drawn to vibrant colors, so loved the hydrangea! However, I also loved the realistic pastel rose…and that you paired it with the coffee cup!

  40. Gorgeous cards!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  41. Michelle P says:

    Love this release and the cards you made. I especially enjoyed the video highlighting the process you used. Thanks so much for all you do!!!

  42. Nina D Adams says:

    Putting the rose in the coffee cup is so creative and unique…my favorite card!!!!

  43. Thanks for the amazing inspiration! I really love the second card with the Hello Hydrangea stamp set!

  44. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Your coloring is OUTSTANDING! I LOVE the coffee cup!

  45. A wonderful release, looking forward to the mini blending brushes

  46. Vickie Davis says:

    Your cards are awesome & I love your creative tips. I learn something each time I watch your videos.

  47. Vickie Davis says:

    Your cards are awesome & I love your creative tips. I learn something each time I watch your videos.

  48. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing

  49. Such pretty cards Amber!

  50. Carolyn R says:

    Once again I love all three of your cards. Love how you colored the birch trees, just beautiful.

  51. Yvonne Boucher says:

    Amber, you are clever and creative. I’m always learning the best tips and techniques from you!!! Love both of your cards!

  52. I love both styles of coloring, so different but both cards are just beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to make a video and explaining your process throughout. It really helps someone like me to see the ‘how’ but also know ‘why’ you’re doing what you do.

  53. Kim M Jacobs says:

    Thanks for another great video. You cards are absolutely beautifulL. Thanks for the inspiration

  54. Terrific cards, Amber! Love both looks.

  55. MAXINE Renee PERRY says:

    love your coffee takeout with rose on top.

  56. Your cards are incredible! I was blown away by the hydrangea card!!! So lovely, great colors and exquisite!

  57. Amber , love your coloring technique
    and the idea of the cheatsheet is great .
    Get better soon.

  58. Wanda S Radler says:

    Beautiful cards. I love those mini blending brushes.

  59. Michelle Hackett says:

    These are all wonderful. I love the idea of the Rose in the coffee cup, it made me think of my youngest daughter who is a coffee lover.

  60. Lisa M Byers says:

    I love your great cards. The new labels for the markers are an excellent idea. A set for the waterbrushes would help as well. I love all of this new release!!

  61. Stacey Kowbel says:

    Wow, stunning cards! I really love the life begins cards!

  62. Sure do love to watch your creating process. Your videos are awesome, as are these new stamp sets! Hope you get to feeling better soon.

  63. What a great release. I’m so happy about the artist marker lables. It’s been so frustrating having to take each marker out and find the name of the color. Having it on the top and visible on the barrel wil be a great time saver.

  64. My gosh these cards are gorgeous. I had my eye on Sweet Flowers but am now lusting after Simple Roses!!! Love your coloring, Amber.

  65. Lauralee Cosgrove says:

    Wonderful set of cards! I am partial to the coffee cup card because it’s so pretty and shabby chic.

  66. I love your clean and simple birch card – the colour variation in the trees is lovely, and your hydrangeas are wonderful!

  67. Gorgeous cards – I love the colour variation in the birches, and your hydrangeas are stunning!