'Sentimental Bokeh' with Guest Designer Sharon White

'Sentimental Bokeh' with Guest Designer Sharon White

From time to time, we like to invite guest designers to the blog. We love seeing individuals create with out products and put their own unique spin on things. We are constantly blown away by the talent and creativity of artists across the globe! 

Today, we would like to introduce to you guest designer, Sharon White. Sharon blogs over at Copy Cat Cards. Her style is so perfectly beautiful and we LOVE her vibrant, colorful creations. Please read on to learn a bit about Sharon, and see the card she made with our new Dragon Kisses set! 

My name is Sharon White, and I've always loved cards!  As a young girl, I was influenced by my grandmother who collected used greeting cards and created amazing scrapbooks with them.  She shared her love of color and design with me, and I loved going through her stash of cards and fabrics.  

Long before I knew about rubber stamps, I made my own cards by copying drawn or painted images that I liked.  Hence the name "CopyCatCards"!  I also cut apart  cards, calendars and gift wrap which I incorporated into my cards. I tried my hand at block printing, silk screen, pen and ink drawing with a rapidograph pen and many other mediums.  
In 1999 a friend introduced me to rubber stamping; I was intrigued by the simplicity of stamping an immediate image ready to color or paint, embellish and make into a beautiful card!  Now, it's 2018 and I've created hundreds of hand-stamped cards, many of which are in my galleries on Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram!  You can find more photos, techniques and instructions on my new blog, CopyCatCards!  I'm inspired every day by other card artists, and hope to inspire you as well!


I was incredibly thrilled and honored to be asked to guest design for Brutus Monroe using their super-cute set called Dragon Kisses!  I LOVE this grumpy-faced little dragon and made my first card featuring him! To begin, I stamped him onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock using Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink, then masked in order to sponge the background using Broken China and Peeled Paint distress oxide inks.  I removed the mask and colored the dragon with Zig markers.



I added a shadow beneath him with a gray Zig marker, then decided to create a little gray "cloud" behind him using Iced Spruce distress oxide ink.  Finally, I trimmed down the panel using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies, adhered it to another die-cut panel of black and then to a white card base.  I stamped the sentiment at the top and finished the inside next.


The Dragon Kisses set has a stamp that says “Because I miss your face” so I masked off all of it except “Because I” so I could add the larger sentiment “Miss your face” from the AWESOME set called Super Sentimental!  I cut that panel down using Gina’s Stitched Rectangle dies again and adhered it to the inside of my card. I think this card is SO cute and I had a lot of fun creating something other than my usual flowers! :)


Speaking of Super Sentimental, how perfectly do these sentiments fit with the adorable dragons from Dragon Kisses?!  I mean, c’mon! I stamped the four sentiments on the corners of a base card of vanilla card stock, then set that aside to work on the dragon couple.  I stamped them onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black then colored them with Zig markers. I fussy-cut them out then coated them with a glaze of Glossy Accents and set them aside as well.  Using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Circle dies, I cut a circle of Bristol Smooth then smooshed it into puddles of distress oxide inks of Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin and Fossilized Amber to denote “flames”!


When that dried, I attached the dragons using bits of foam tape to bring the lady-dragon forward!  


My last step was to randomly stamp the little trio of hearts from Super Sentimental all over the base card before adhering the circle.

Don’t tell him, but I may tuck this card aside for my hubby!  AND!! Brutus Monroe will be giving away a $100 gift card to be used in person at the store or online when their Facebook Fan Page reaches 1000 followers!  So be sure to hop on there and join! I’ll be making out MY wish list!!


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Sharon - June 1, 2018

Awwww….thanks for posting here, Lisa! I love you too! XOXO

Cindy - June 1, 2018

Love your adorable cards : ) I have my eye on that sentiment set- so cool how you used four different sentiments on the card and they work so well together! Excellent instructions on how to create these gems. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Lisa Oakes - May 29, 2018

I feel so proud to call you my sister. You are truly the most artistic person I have ever known. I love your uniqueness. Never change. I love your work and I love you.

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