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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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Hello, Crafters! Did you see that the new Essentials by Ellen December release is already available in the Ellen Hutson shop? You can find all the fun, new stamps and dies HERE! If you have an occasion to celebrate, these new stamps and dies have you covered!! In this release is another cute new Leading Lady by Brandi Kincaid: Celebration Lady stamp set and coordinating dies! And here's a card I created with her: I imagined Celebration Lady at a holiday party ... either Christmas or New Year's perhaps? :) The glowing background was created with the emboss resist technique: First I stamped the sentiment and confetti/ribbon with Versamark ink, then clear heat embossed them. Next, I used Delicata Golden Glitz metallic pigment ink to sponge over the the Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White card base. It has such a beautiful shimmer in person! Her dress was paper pieced from yet another one of my Copic Various Ink backgrounds I created in this session << Full background technique details can be found there. I just stamped her dress onto the alcohol-inked Yupo paper using my Misti (the Yupo paper is a bit slick and sometimes it takes several impressions to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at PaperFections
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It's that time of year again, for one of my favorite projects -- Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist! You can find all the instructions for my Copic Various alcohol ink background tag over in the CLASSroom. << Simply leave a comment on that blog post and you'll be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 gift certificate to spend at EllenHutson.com! Or if you are inspired to get creating and join in the challenge fun, you could win a $150 gift certificte! You can find all the details here. Happy Holidays! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at PaperFections
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Hello, friends -- Today I have a card to share that uses one of my favorite techniques, alcohol ink blending, to create a fabulously glitzy background for the holidays! My alcohol ink of choice is Copic Various Ink Refills, since I already have them on hand to refill my Copic markers. They are also my #1 pick for one of the Top 5 Gifts for Crafters this holiday season! There are a few different ways to work with alcohol ink. My first go-to method is to place drops of the alcohol ink onto a felt ink blending pad (I used YG03 & G46), attached to an alcohol ink applicator tool or ink blending tool. I also added in some drops of festive gold metallic mixative. You can also add a few drops of 0-Colorless Blender, to help keep the felt pad moist. Then just pounce the ink blending tool all over a piece of Yupo paper: The Yupo paper is coated, which allows the alcohol ink to move around on the surface of the paper, creating wonderful shade variations! You can keep working the ink until you achieve your desired effect. Another way to use the alcohol ink is to:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at PaperFections
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CRAFTY CYBER MONDAY DEALS! Specials Continue Through Cyber Monday! Stamp-N-Storage's holiday specials continue with 15% OFF your entire order* plus FREE SHIPPING! To make it even more exciting, spend $90 or more and receive a FREE PACK of 5x7 MAGNET CARDS! Just add the pack of Magnet Cards to your shopping cart and they'll be marked FREE during the checkout process. *Sale excludes already marked down Starter Kits & Holiday Bundles. GET YOUR 5X7 MAGNET CARDS Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at PaperFections
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I think you all know how much I adore my Marker Nook from Stamp-N-Storage, right? (Unit on the left below): Well, hold onto your seats again . . . Shop Small Business Saturday Stamp-n-Storage is proud to be a small business with all their products made here in the USA! They are celebrating today by offering a FREE Pop-Up Waste Basket with any order over $50! PLUS, use coupon code MARKERS5 for an ADDITIONAL $5 OFF Marker Holders! This special even includes the latest Marker Holder for Stampin' BlendsTM. FREE WITH ANY $50 ORDER Add a Pop-Up Waste Basket to your shopping cart and you'll receive it FREE with any orders over $50! No coupon code needed. Offer available November 25-26, 2017. Get Your Pop-Up Waste Basket >> SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $5 OFF WITH COUPON CODE MARKERS5 Just add a Marker Holder to your shopping cart and the coupon code MARKERS5 during the checkout process for this special savings. That's on top of the 15% OFF discount! Offer available November 25-26, 2017. Shop Marker Holders >> 15% OFF PLUS FREE SHIPPING Shop Stamp-n-Storage products through Monday, November 27, and receive 15% OFF your entire order. Sale excludes Starter Kits and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at PaperFections
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I can't believe my dear friend Ellen Hutson has had her wonderful online papercrafting store open for 11 years! I'm so honored and proud to say that I've been designing for her for 10 of those years, this month! Today's project features just a few of my favorite essential papercrafting items you'll find in Ellen's shop, including her fabulous line of Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies, by various designers. One of my favorite lines is Julie Ebersole's Mondo Flower series, which I'm using today! Ooh-la-la, meet Mondo Peony, one of my favorite Essentials by Ellen sets! This is the largest in this 4-bloom set. I allowed it to take center stage, by stamping it in Memento's waterproof Rose Bud and Peanut Brittle inks onto watercolor paper and watercoloring it with Kuretake's Gansai Tambi 36-color set. The colors I used, #34 Dark Pink, #36 Wine Red, and #42 Bright Yellow (for the peony), and #53 Mid Green for the leaves, are all also available individually. After die cutting the peony and leaves with their coordinating Mondo Peony dies, I popped them up over a watercolor cardstock base on which I painted stripes with #90 Gold. To finish the card, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at PaperFections
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Happy Black Friday, Crafty Friends! I wanted to let you know about the fabulous 11th Anniversary sale going on at EllenHutson.com starting today! Just click <-- that link or the banner above to start shopping! More details: -Sale is Friday 11/24 until Sunday 11/27 11:59pm PST -20% off everything but new Mama Elephant (anything released in the last 90 days) and the BCRF fundraiser set -Must use the code celebration17 to receive discount -Anniversary sale code cannot be combined with any other codes and is not valid on previous purchases Happy holidays and happy shopping! Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafters! If you've been around my blog for a while, you probably already know how much I love my craft room storage units from Stamp-N-Storage! So I wanted to give you a heads-up about some holiday specials they have for you! Find a perfect gift for the papercrafter in your life (or yourself)! Browse through Stamp-N-Storage's Holiday Gift Guide storage solutions that will help your special someone organize their craft and unleash their creativity. You'll find gifts in all price ranges and for every papercrafter enthusiast, available now through December 30, 2017: The Ultimate Gift Bundle Gift bundles offer a savings of over 25% OFF and they are sure to make any papercrafter's day! Gift Certificates A Stamp-n-Storage Gift Certificate is great for any occasion and can be delivered within minutes! Looking to save it for another day? Just email the certificate to your inbox and print for your special someone. Purchase a Gift Certificate Gifts under $25 Magnet Cards Accessory Trays Pop-Up Sizes: 5x7 / 6x7 for Drawer Cabinet Waste Basket Gifts under $50 Standard Ink Pad Holder Marker Nook Stamp Case Shelf Sizes: 30 or 24 Gifts under $100 Lock-Down Punch Holder 12x12 Paper Holder Washi Tape... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hand lettering is all the rage right now, and I'm on a mission to practice and get better at it! So I put together this list of helpful tutorials: Check out this fabulous Hand Lettering with Copic tutorial over on the Imagination International Inc. blog. David Sorrell walks you through everything from beginning to end -- choosing your word or phrase, spacing, balance, details, ink, etc. He used Copic Multiliners SP (0.2, 0.5, 0.7) and Copic Classic Marker to create this wonderful hand lettered Courageous sign! This tutorial by Lisa Funk and Addi Robison walks you through and easy process on how to create a faux calligraphy Thank You note. They used the Copic Multiliner Brush Medium Pen, the Copic Multiliner 0.8 Pen and the Copic Multiliner 0.5 Pen. This Mother's Day card tutorial by Melody Howe gives you a free downloadable template you can customize, along with a free downloadable alphabet which you can trace. To make this an easy process, use X-Press It Graphite Transfer Paper. Customize it and make it into a faux hand lettered card or sign for any occasion! In this Father's Day Mug Card tutorial, Melody Howe gives you another free downloadable coffee mug... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at PaperFections
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I hope you are ready for a week filled with amazing inspiration using the latest release from the Essentials by Ellen line of stamps and dies from Ellen Hutson LLC! Today I'm using the newest adorable Leading Lady by Brandi Kincaid, Photo Lady! I stamped the Photo Lady with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White panel and colored her with these Copic Markers: (Skin: E00, E11, E21. Hair: YR21, YR24, E23, E25. Rainbow shirt: R24, YR15, Y18, YG25, B23, V06, RV55, C1. Jeans: B32, B34. Shoes: N5, N6.) Then I decided to play off her rainbow shirt and continue with the bold and bright by putting the Photo Lady in a garden filled with colorful flowers, created with Julie's Rustic Botanicals stamp set and Distress Oxide Inks! After masking off the Photo Lady, I used Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey, and Peeled Paint to stamp the flowers: To finish the card, I used Essentials by Ellen Stitching Lines dies to create a stitched border along the top edge and top third of the sides. Then I die cut a photo frame and stamped it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello Crafters! Today I'm sharing a sweet figurine I've had for many years. It was originally painted bronze and gold and looked fantastic in our old house, but since moving into our new house last year, it just didn't fit in with our new gray and silver scheme. So I turned to my Tommy Arts Paint to save the day (and the figurine)! Before, with the plaster figurine painted all the same color, none of the details really stood out. I love all the depth and details you can see after she was repainted! To start the process, I painted the plaster figurine with a base coat of Tommy Art's Rock Gray chalk based mineral paint: Tommy Art chalk colors are high-quality, rapid-dry, chalk-based mineral paints. Each chalk color offers superb coverage, opacity, porosity, and lightfastness. Tommy Art chalk colors adhere to most surfaces without preparation and are available in more than 35 colors. Next, I painted the girl's hair, the bird, and the base of the figurine with Tommy Art Brown Black chalk paint: The two different colors really helped bring out the details! Next, I painted Tommy Art's White Coating over the Brown Black chalk paint, focusing on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at PaperFections
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There's a new Essentials by Ellen release available NOW!! Check out the latest gorgeous designs from Julie Ebersole & Brandi Kincaid, available exclusively at Ellen Hutson LLC: Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 by Julie Ebersole: Abstract Paint Strokes by Julie Ebersole: Leading Ladies, Photo Lady Stamps & Dies (available separately) by Brandi Kincaid: We are going to kick off the celebration with an inspiration hop this Sunday, November 5th so make sure you stop back by! Here's a little sneak peek of what I colored up for the hop: Have you had your eye on the fabulous Leading Ladies stamps and dies? Now's your chance to get all five (including this latest Photo Lady!) at a savings! I just discovered this stamp bundle and this die bundle in the store: Wouldn't they make a great stocking stuffer or gift for any crafty person you know (even yourself)?!! Thanks so much for visiting today ... I hope you'll be back on Sunday to see all the details I'll have of this project for you! Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello Crafty Friends! Today I have a fun chalkboard look card to share with you! To achieve this look, I started by white heat embossing Taylored Expressions Happy Flowers Background stamp onto black cardstock. Then I had fun coloring the background with Kirarina WiNK pens: The Kirarina WiNK pens are available individually (there are 18 beautiful METALLIC colors from which to choose!) or in four different 4-pack sets. These multi-purpose pens are compatible with a variety of surfaces and feature specks of glitter! They are acid-free and ideal for decorating paper, photos, plastic, and glass! They also give a wonderfully opaque coverage, as evidenced on the black cardstock I used ... I think the look resembles a pretty colored chalk chalkboard, don't you?!! These are the Kirarina WiNK colors I used: Bordeaux (dark pink), Dandelion (golden yellow), Orange, Lime Green, Emerald (beautiful aqua!), and Violet: To finish the card, I used the White Pearl Kirarina WiNK pen to dot the centers of the yellow flowers: The pretty sentiment was created with Taylored Expressions You're in my Prayers sentiment stamp set (gold heat embossed) and Prayers Script die (cut from shimmering white pearl cardstock), placed on a Stitched Fishtail Banner die... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at PaperFections
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Are you ready for another United We Flourish collaboration between Ellen Hutson and one of your favorite stamp companies she carries? This month that company is My Favorite Things and this is the sweet Good Friends stamp and die combo set, available exclusively at Ellen Hutson: So sweet, isn't it?!! Here's the card I created: Because we all have those impossible-to-forget friends, right? :) The sentiment is what inspired this card ... Once I saw it, I knew I HAD to stamp and color up all the sweet dogs and cats in this set! Here are the Copic Markers I used to color them: To finish this card, I did a wash of Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue watercolor on Ranger watercolor paper. Then I stamped the sentiment on Neenah Solar White 110 Lb. cardstock, die cut it with MFT's Stitched Oval Stax, and popped it up over the animals. The sweet heart is a stamp included in this set; it was colored with B01 Copic marker, then glittered with Tonic's Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen (love!): BLOG HOP: You can find out more info about the United We Flourish campaign HERE. And for more inspiration, you can find the full... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at PaperFections
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I hope you all have been enjoying the Color Trend Palette inspiration over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom this week! Today it is mine and Carolyn Peeler's turn to provide our 2 takes on this trend! To take out some of the color guess-work, the hard-working staff at Ellen Hutson put together this coordinating color product list for this Color Trend: Distress Inks: Broken China, Scattered Straw, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Tea Dye, Aged Mahogany & Fired Brick Pigment Inks (Mama Elephant & Avery Elle): ME Rainwater, ME Buttercup, AE Strawberry, ME Piggy Bank, AE Raspberry, AE Kraft, AE Sugar Plum, AE Conch Shell & AE Papaya Dye Inks (Hero Arts): Aquatic, Dandelion, Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Mulled Wine & Dark Quartz Dye Inks (Altenew): Ocean Waves, Sunkissed, Crimson, Puffy Heart, Cosmic Berry, Rocky Shore, Coral Berry, Rouge & Paper Bag Copics: BG02, YR31, R35, RV17, RV19, E39, RV69, E15 & E17 Zig Clean Color Markers: Persian Green 033, Bright Yellow 052, Light Carmine 021, Pink 025 and Oatmeal 064 Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh): Sea Breeze, Marigold, Raspberry, Pink Peonies, Sand & Pumpkin Cardstock (Taylored Expressions & Bazzill): TE Sprinkles, BZ Banana Split, BZ Candy Hearts, TE Strawberry Milkshake, TE Lollipop,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello and welcome to another inspiration blog hop for this month's new Essentials by Ellen products! Oh.My.Goodness! Are y'all ready for some serious cuteness?!! Meet Bear Hugs by Julie Ebersole -- one of this month's newest Essentials by Ellen die sets! I had SO much stinkin' fun stitching and stuffing these adorable felt bears and their JOY gifts! Bear Hugs is a huge version of Julie's popular All Inside stamp set & coordinating All Inside die bear -- he measures 5" tall x 2-3/4" wide, so he will also fit on a card front ... or BE an adorable folded card! I chose to stitch these three bears into felt Christmas ornaments. The JOY letter dies are from the Concertina Tags die set -- they measure 1-3/16", which were just a smidge larger than the gift die in the Bear Hugs set. Or you could use a small alpha die such as Taylored Expressions Sweet & Simple Alpha-Uppers, which are about 7/8" tall -- My first idea was to use those to monogram a bear for each member of my family! These guys were simple to make. I just die cut two of each color of bear from Taylored Expressions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at PaperFections
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It's release week for some more fabulous new Essentials by Ellen products! Are you loving the Leading Ladies as much as I am?!! Well, you are in luck because there is another wonderful new one added to the family this month ... Meet the Cozy Lady! She was SO much fun to color! I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press It Blending Card, then used her coordinating die to die cut her. I used these Copic Sketch Markers to color her to match the hues in this wonderful new Reverse Confetti Every Little Bit patterned paper: The sentiment piece is another pattern of the RC Every Little Bit paper, die cut with Taylored Expressions Stitched Essentials banner. I love all the different items included in this stamp set that the Cozy Lady can carry in/on her arm, and that the die automatically cuts out her arm to carry them ... so clever! I opted for the cup of tea, to coordinate with the "friends are the spice of life" sentiment I chose. To create the basket of leaves accent, I used some fun new X-Press It Cork Deco Tape. I just applied the tape (it has an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at PaperFections
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Happy Fall, friends! The weather is cooling down and starting to feel like Fall, so that put me in the mood for some Fall crafting! Some of my very favorite Fall decorations are pumpkins ... I have them scattered all over the house! So naturally, when I spied this plain bisque pumpkin at the craft store, I had to scoop it up and find something fun to do with it! To transform this pumpkin, I turned to my Tommy Art paints and began by giving it a base coat of Brown Black Chalk Color (I left the stem unpainted for now, so I could use it as a handle to hold the pumpkin and turn it as I painted. You can see the original color and texture of the pumpkin/stem in the photo below.) The pumpkin started out very smooth: Tommy Art Chalk Colors are high-quality, rapid-dry, chalk-based mineral paints. The chalk color offers superb coverage, opacity, porosity, and lightfastness, which adheres to most surfaces without preparation. Available in more than 35 colors, these chalk-based mineral paints are suitable for a wide range of decorative styles and come in three color ranges: pastel, neutral, and intense. Next, to give the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafters! Today I have a few more projects for you featuring this month's Ellen Hutson United We Flourish collaboration with Altenew's new stamp and die combo set, Poppy Fields! Because, well . . . I adore flowers! :) I love creating my own backgrounds, and the outline stamps in this set made a wonderful pattern, I thought! For this card, I randomly stamped the largest outline flower with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink onto a Neenah Solar White 110 Lb. panel, then trimmed it down a little. Next, I die cut Essentials by Ellen Hinged Thanks out of the panel, colored the letters with Black Copic Marker, then mounted the panel onto a Bazzill Lollipop card base: I love how the rose colored card base shows underneath the hinged "Thanks" letters when they are open! Next, I stamped two of the layering poppy stamps, using Hero Arts Bold Rose Madder Ink as the lighter base, then Hero Arts Bold Crimson for the darker accents. The center of the poppy was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink, then shimmered with Clear Wink of Stella marker (ooh-la-la!) The poppy was die cut with its coordinating die (included in the Poppy Fields... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at PaperFections
Susan -- You are so very kind! Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment!
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Wow, Helen -- thank you SO MUCH!!
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Last November Ellen Hutson began celebrating their 10th anniversary with the theme United We Flourish. And what does "United We Flourish" mean? It means that our company would not be here without the amazing companies we work with, the designers who create stunning projects showcasing the wonderful products being created, AND you -- the fabulous customers! Your response to United We Flourish was overwhelming and heart-warming! We heard repeatedly from you that you appreciate how our little company works together with the other manufacturers we carry, to bring you their products and education showing how to use those products. To thank you for your constant support and encouragement, we have partnered with some of our friends to offer exclusive limited edition stamp and die sets! These sets will be available for a limited time (most likely 3-6 months) after each release, depending on how quickly you snap them up. The theme of these stamps sets are uplifting and fun. This month's United We Flourish collaboration is with Altenew and here's the beautiful die and stamp set combo they created, Poppy Fields: Isn't this layering stamp set wonderful?!! It creates two different sizes and shapes of poppies, and also has the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello, Crafty Peeps! Just passing along a little sale info I KNOW you will be interested in!! Celebrate September by picking up some fresh new STAMPS at 20% off!!! Friday through Sunday, use the code saveonstamps17 to take 20% off all stamps in the stamp category at Ellen Hutson!! Coupon codes cannot be combined and are valid on in-stock items only. Not good on previous purchases. Sale ends September 17th, 2017 at 11:59PM PDT. Please note, we anticipate that the number of orders will alter our quick shipping time, so please expect that your order may take up to a week to ship. And please understand that we will not be able to combine orders. Thanks & have fun shopping! Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at PaperFections
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I am extremely honored and excited to be guest designing for Pretty Pink Posh this month -- what an adorable assortment of new stamps, coordinating dies, and pretty confetti! You can find all of this month's new products here. My first project uses the cute new Happy Turkey stamp set: The three leaves in this set are the perfect size to group on a background. I gold heat embossed them on a Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White card base. Then I made a shaker tag by stamping the turkey onto a Stitched Duo 1 tag and cutting out the insides of the turkey feathers! Simply place an acetate sheet behind the turkey, secure the edges of the acetate with narrow foam tape, and fill the well with Metallic Gold Confetti sequins. Then place another die cut tag on top of the foam tape and sequins, to seal them in. Turkey Day Supplies >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black VersaMark Ink Pad Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk Tim Holtz Tonic Retractable Craft Knife Hero Arts Acetate Sheets, 3 x 4-3/4 Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Bag Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold Ranger Heat It Craft... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at PaperFections
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Hello Crafty Friends! Welcome to the first day of inspiration hops for the September Essentials by Ellen release! This month brings some fun new accessories (and pals!) for the adorable All Inside bear, with the Bear Ware 2 stamps and coordinating Bear Ware 2 dies! Another one of my favorite additions this month are the Concertina Tags: So I combined all of these elements to create this fun tag card: The Concertina Tags each have different decorative bottom edges and are hinged together but you can easily trim them apart, to make die cutting multiple tags super quick and easy! For the base of my tag card, I die cut through two layers of Neenah 80 lb. Solar White cardstock with the tags die, leaving the top edge uncut and "hinged". This creates a card base 6-3/8" wide x 3-1/4" tall that will fit in a #10 business envelope: Next, I die cut a single layer of Solar White cardstock Concertina Tags, cut them apart, then used the following Distress Oxide Inks to sponge color onto the white tags, in an ombre effect: When the card is closed, the hinged tags can be Z or accordion-folded: I had fun dressing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at PaperFections
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