Blog Hop with Craftin Desert Divas and Card Marker

Welcome to the Craftin Desert Divas and Card Maker Magazine Blog Hop!  


If you have been following along with the Hop, then you should have made it here from Jan’s page.

If you are just starting on the journey, then you should head back to the start of the hop here at Craftin Desert Divas Blog.

For anyone just joining the fun, there is a $75.00 shop credit at Craftin Desert Divas shop.  The winner will be picked from the comments from any where along the blog hop, so make sure you comment on everyone’s page, giving you more chances to win!  And if you have missed the news, Craftin Desert Divas just had an amazing new Stamp and Die Release!

Today I am sharing two cards, both featuring stamp sets and dies from the new release.

EK Gorman CDD BH 0The first card features the new Ocean Friends stamp set.

To create this card, I stamped out the pair of whales and the sentiment onto some white card stock and colored it in with my copic markers.  I could have stopped here, but decided to really see if I could make that water move!

I pulled out the new Ocean Borders die set and created a mask using both of the wave dies on some really thick card stock (so the mask would hold up).

I taped the card down and then taped the mask down.  Pulling out my distress inks, I started blending some broken china ink onto the card.  I continued doing these with both of the dies over and over again, till there was some real depth in the water.

I grabbed the tumbled glass distress ink and added it to the sky, blending down into the whales.  I added some chipped sapphire around the edges of the water, creating just a bit more depth.

I pulled out an embossing folder and dry embossed just the sky.  I made a pretty big mistake and had the folder upside down, causing the clouds to be embossed the wrong way.  However, this just happened to be a happy accident.  It turned out looking really cool.  Finally, I die cut the whole image with CDD’s Crazy Stitched Frame Dies and added the image to an A2 card frame!

EK Gorman CDD BH 0

My second card today features the new Jawsome stamp set!

EK Gorman CDD BH 1

I decided for this card, I wanted to do a little no line coloring, so I stamped out the shark and octopus in some desert sand Memento ink and pulled out my prismacolor colored pencils.

EK Gorman CDD BH 2

I decided to draw in the rest of the scene by hand, so I pulled out a couple of pale pencils and sketched in the horizon line, the surf and some rocks for the octopus to sit on.

EK Gorman CDD BH 3

Then the coloring really began.  I paid very carful attention to the shadows of the rocks, and tried to put in foot steps in the sand from where the Shark had been running.  The ocean was created using five blue tones and then blended out with oderless mineral spirits.

For the sky, I wanted to created some really fluffy clouds, so I pulled out CDD’s Rainbow Dies set and snagged the cloud die.  I traced the cloud die, creating the outlines of my fluffy clouds.

EK Gorman CDD BH 6

Then using a pale blue, a sky blue, and a white colored pencils, I created the clouds.

I left the card as an one layer card, and adhered it to an A2 frame.EK Gorman CDD BH 1

There is still one more blog to visit along this hop.  From here you need to hop on over to Card Maker Magazine’s page.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today.  Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win the $75 store credit!

EK CDD blk watermark 2

CDD Products:

 Ocean FriendsOcean Friends


Ocean BordersOcean Border Die

Crazy Stitched Frame DiesCrazy_Stitched_Frame_Dies__36446.1465337162.500.750

Rainbow Dies17620467_1344791202235209_7845105261733289491_o


  1. your coloring is perfection, both the ocean in the whale card and the clouds in your shark card totally rock! All of the coloring is terrific!

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  2. The second card using the Jawsome set is just amazing. I loved how you added the background scenery as well as the effects you got with your colored pencils.

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  3. Both of your cards are amazing! I really love how you did your clouds on the second card! Thanks so much for sharing your techniques. They are all inspirational! Great colouring and scenic designs too!

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  4. These are really wonderful! Your shark looks like he could just run right off the page and your clouds look soft as cotton candy! I can’t wait to get my Jawsome stamp set so I can play!!

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  5. I just love your stencil idea for the waves- look great! Fun whale images too! Your drawing and pencil no lie coloring is awesome- love the idea with the clouds too!

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