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Sharon Harnist
Wishing I was on a sunny sandy beach lying under a palm tree, listening to the surf and soaking up the sun!
Freelance designer in the papercrafting industry: http://www.paperfections.com/paperfections/papercrafting-resume.html
Interests: Rubberstamping, photography, scrapbooking, papercrafting, family activities, movies & tropical vacations.
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Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom, I'm sharing tips on how to color an underwater scene with your Copic markers. I hope you'll join me there for some watery Summer fun! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafters -- Sharon Harnist with you today, to share some tips for coloring an underwater scene with Copic markers! So let's get started . . . The stamps I'm using today are Essentials by Ellen Otterly Awesome and Otter... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at the CLASSroom
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Hello, Crafters! Today I'm sharing my first attempt at an art journal page (so please go easy on me!). I've wanted to try art journaling for a long time, so when I saw these new Copic Sketchbooks, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to start one! I had so much fun, and that's what counts the most, right? :) I'm using the 5" x 7" Copic Sketchbook, made with the highest-quality Japanese illustration paper. This newest edition of the sketchbook is ideal for use with Copic markers and mixed-media! The 50 sheets of uncoated, medium-weight paper are spiral bound between two heavyweight black covers for stability, making professional grade paper and artwork palette portable and protected. FEATURES: • 50 Sheets • 70 lb professional-grade Japanese paper • Super smooth surface for clean inking • Uncoated paper (ideal for Copic markers) • Warm toned paper for vibrant coloration • Pencil erases cleanly • Super thick covers Here's a little back story on the pretty plumeria flower theme I chose ... My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Hawaii and that was my first introduction to these beautiful fragrant flowers/trees. They were everywhere and their gorgeous fragrance filled the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hi, Friends -- I hope the start to your summer is going well! There is an amazing sale starting today at Ellen Hutson that I didn't want you to miss! EVERYTHING* is on sale, so you get to choose what is on sale! Just click the banner above to start shopping! Also, a stock update -- As of this writing, the new Essentials by Ellen Hinged Alphabet and Hinged Numbers are back in stock ... scoop them up while you can! Happy Thursday! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafters! Were you as excited as I was to see this week's new Essentials by Ellen release of the Hinged Alphabet and Hinged Numbers sets?!! These sets are in the same style of the previously-released Hinged Thanks and were such a huge hit, with many requests for an entire alphabet ... that Julie and the Ellen Hutson team were happy to comply! I was so "happy" (ha!), I had to make this card with the new Hinged Alphabet: For easy placement of the individual Hinged Alphabet dies, I used my Tim Holtz Ruler. Start at the center -0- point of the ruler with the center letter of the phrase you are creating, then add the letters on each side of the center: The fun background was created using the dot stamp from Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops. I inked the dots with Distress Oxide Inks (4 colors on the stamp at once), spritzed the stamp and the paper with water, then stamped, letting the colors run together a bit: Different colors of watercolor paper that were created with Distress Oxide Inks were placed behind the Hinged Alphabet letters. The bear and heart from Essentials by Ellen All Inside were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Friends! Here it is June 1st and Father's Day is right around the corner. I thought I'd better be prepared for the day, with a card for my husband. Golf is his favorite past time, so I thought this new The Golfing Line stamp from Pink Ink Stamps would be perfect for him! The fun background was created by airbrushing Copic G09 onto white cardstock, through a stencil I thought resembled golf balls! After removing the stencil, I airbrushed lighter Copic G03 over the white background: The golf image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White cardstock and colored with these Copic markers: I know the orange golf balls may seem like an odd choice of colors, but that's the color my husband prefers! I stamped, colored, and cut out an additional golf bag, then popped it up using X-Press It's new Foam Mounting Squares. These squares have the same great high tack adhesive and easy to remove backing as my favorite X-Press It Double-Sided High Tack Foam Mounting Tape that comes on the continuous roll, just already cut into convenient 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch squares! The Foam Mounting Squares were also added behind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafters! Today I have another Tommy Art Chalk Paint project to share with you ... this time using these fabulous paints to renew an old candlestick! To see how I used these same paints on a papercrafting project, please see this post. This pretty 12" candlestick has a larger matching mate, along with a decorative bowl that I've had for over 10 years. While the cream, gold, and bronze color scheme served me well in my old house, the new house is full of white, gray/silver, and black, so I haven't had a place for them . . . until now! Enter: Tommy Art Chalk-Based Mineral Paint! This chalk paint dries rapidly, offers superb coverage, opacity, porosity, lightfastness and is available in more than 35 colors! Bonus: Tommy Art chalk colors adhere to most surfaces without preparation! This is what I did: PAINT a base coat of Tommy Art's Clay colored (light gray) Chalk-Based Mineral Paint right over the surface of the candlestick, without any prep work. Use a stiff brush to work paint into the crevices. The paint covers quickly and completely, in just one coat! Let dry thoroughly. Since this paint is fast drying, that will take... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at PaperFections
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Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I'm telling you all about Distress Spray Stains and how they can be used to resemble stamping ... I hope you'll join me there! I also hope you'll have a fun and safe long holiday weekend! Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at PaperFections
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It's been a long time since I worked with ink sprays and boy did I have fun with this week's project! My tag was created with Distress Spray Stains and Tim Holtz Stencils to achieve this look! But yet it... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at the CLASSroom
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Today the Copic / Imagination International Inc. blogging and teaching teams are welcoming the amazing addition of Jennifer Dove to the traveling instructor team! Jennifer has been part of our Fine Arts team and will replace Lori Craig, teaching Copic Certification and Coloring Classes. Lori has moved into her awesome new role as Tommy Arts Brand Ambassador, launching the new Tommy Art product line for Imagination International (my project today uses these paints!). Please join us in congratulating these two wonderful women -- I know they will each flourish in their new positions! It just so happens that today I have a Tommy Art Paint project to share with you! I used Tommy Art Chalk-Based Mineral Paint and Metallic Paint to create this tag: Here's how I created it: PAINT #8 Manila Tag with a base coat of Tommy Art Pearl Metallic Paint. Tommy's metallic paints are available in 5 dazzling colors (bronze, copper, gold, pearl and silver). They adhere to most surfaces without preparation and can be layered with Tommy Art colors or thinned with water for glazing effects! Note: Since the tag I used is a manila color, my tag resulted in more of a vanilla color. If... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at PaperFections
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Happy Mother's Day, Crafters! Before I get started with today's project, I wanted to share an amazing Mother's Day Sale going on at Ellen Hutson: You have until Tues, May 16 to use this coupon code but the earlier you shop, the more items will be in stock! Today I'm sharing a typical Texas Spring scene created with a wonderful new stamp from Pink Ink Stamps -- Bluebonnet Highway: Even though the native bluebonnets peaked here in south coastal Texas early last month, my neighbor has some in her garden that are still hanging on! It wouldn't be Spring in Texas without the ritual of snapping photos with your children in them ... I have lots of fond memories! Here's about the last photo I could coax my girls into taking in 2012: They create a gorgeous sea of blue! To try and replicate their coloring for the stamp image, I used one of Copic's Doodle Packs: 4pc Doodle Pack Blue. The Doodle Packs contain a range of color-matched products that make for a great doodling or coloring experience, and are a nice affordable introduction to Copic products. Packs include two markers, a color Multiliner, and a glitter pen. The... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at PaperFections
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Happy Friday, Crafty Peeps! Today I have one of my favorite projects to make, a shaker card, over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom. I hope you'll join me there for all the details! It uses fabulous products from Pretty Pink Posh -- stamps, coordinating dies, and their gorgeous infamous sequins! And guess what? All Pretty Pink Posh products are on sale this week until Saturday evening at midnight Pacific in Ellen Hutson's store -- just click the banner below to check out their products! Happy shopping! Happy Mother's Day weekend to all you crafty Mothers out there! ;-) Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at PaperFections
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Happy Friday, Ellen Hutson Fans! I'm sure you have been enjoying this week of fabulous Pretty Pink Posh inspiration as much as I have! My card today has one of my favorite elements to make, a shaker tag! It uses... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at the CLASSroom
Thanks so much, Connie!
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Hi, Edna! The book gives wonderful marker color suggestions for achieving fabulous results for many different floral images, along with practice images you can photocopy and practice along with. I didn't feel it was my place to totally replicate the information given in the book, nor to republish here on my blog the information the author gives in the book -- just to show my results. I hope you can understand that?
Toggle Commented May 2, 2017 on Coloring With Copic Reds at PaperFections
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Thank you, Teresa! I just haven't quite mastered the video mechanics -- they are pretty difficult!
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It's the book, Rosy -- The instructions and tips can take anyone's coloring to the next level! ;-)
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In honor of three amazing mothers, Chaitali Narla, Julie Ebersole, and Ellen Hutson teamed up to find a way they could make a difference and honor these very special women in their lives and actively contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer. Together, they created the Courage Stamp & Die Set. The stamp set includes multiple color layering flowers and leaves along with some courageous sentiments that will offer strength to those in need. The coordinating dies are included, along with a wonderful ribbon die. Contains 27 image stamps, 6 sentiment stamps and 13 dies: **$25 from the purchase price of each Courage Stamp & Die Set will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We know that many of you are affected by this disease or other forms of cancer and we are turning to you for help. After much research, our team made the decision to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the nation. To learn more about BCRF please visit their website at https://www.bcrfcure.org/ Through this fundraiser, it is our goal to educate and raise money for research and support services for patients and survivors battling... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at PaperFections
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After a little inspiration from my budding Spring garden, I decided I needed a little Copic coloring therapy this weekend! Naturally, I headed straight to my Coloring Foundations Book: Coloring Flowers with Copic Markers. Using one of my favorite chapters, Coloring with Copic Reds, I chose this beautiful rose image from the Coloring Flowers Book and Line Art Kit which includes this black 5" x 7" photo mat! The kit also includes 8 flower line art designs printed on Copic compatible paper. What could be easier -- just grab some markers and start coloring! Coloring with Copic's reds, since they are so highly pigmented, can be a bit tricky and this book gives some great tips on how to work with them. The book also gives excellent step-by-step instructions on how to color many varieties of flowers and different situations, such as coloring with reds, which can be applied to many other things besides flowers. Here are the stepped-out photos of my coloring process, following the excellent instructions in the book: And finally, B00/B000/B0000 to color the sky: Simple, easy-to-follow instructions that yield wonderful results! If you want to step up your coloring skills, this book has some great tips... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at PaperFections
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Happy Friday, crafters! Are you enjoying Mousse week here in the CLASSroom as much as I am? I never knew there were so many fun and pretty uses for mousses! Today I am sharing how mousse can come to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at the CLASSroom
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Did that title catch your eye?!! :D Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I'm showing you some different uses for Tonic Studios' beautiful metallic Embellishment Mousse, including coloring the backside of an acetate tag! I hope you'll join me there for all the details about this card and also how to color paper and embellishments with the mousse. ALL Tonic Studios products are also on sale this week at Ellen Hutson -- Just click the banner below to shop all their fabulous products! Happy weekend! Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at PaperFections
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If you are a long-time reader of my blog, you've seen me make many custom drink coasters ... I love the originality and being able to customize them! I am very happy to report that I've found some different products (other than I've used in the past: Copic Various Ink Refill coasters and Copic Markers) that work great for this purpose -- Kirarina 2win Oil-based markers! These 2win Oil-based pens are available in 18 color varieties. Each pen is dual-tipped and features TWO original Kirarina colors! 2win oil-based pens include round nibs on both ends, with the exception of the Black marker which has a round nib on one end and fine nib on either end. They are also: Acid-free Available in 5 or 8-piece sets Stick to any surface 2 colors in each pen Fine nib for detailed work (black marker) To make my coaster, first I prepped a 4-inch unglazed tumbled marble tile (found at the home improvement store) by wiping the surface with an alcohol wipe. This step just removes any excess dust or oil from the tile. If you don't have an alcohol wipe, you could just wet a paper towel with rubbing alcohol. (Below, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at PaperFections
Gorgeous card, Lisa -- my favorite colors!
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Happy Monday, crafty peeps! I wanted to update you about a new page on my blog -- Shopping. You can find the page on the far right of my page listings, directly under my blog banner. There I will post current sales and some favorite new products you may have seen me mention on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. So please be sure to check it out each Monday, to see how you can save some crafty cash that week! This week's sale at Ellen Hutson LLC is on all Tonic Studios products! Just click the banner below to see all their fabulous products! (Affiliate links are used, at no additional cost to you ... Thanks!!) I'll be back here on Friday with a project featuring Tonic's marvelous Embellishment Mousse . . . I hope to see you then! Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at PaperFections
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Today I have another beautiful background technique for you, using stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti! Please visit me over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom for all the details. And guess what? All Reverse Confetti products are ON SALE this week at Ellen Hutson! You have until Sunday at 11:59PM Pacific to take advantage of this discount ... Just click the banner below to start shopping! Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at PaperFections