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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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A Note From Ellen Hutson: Last November Ellen Hutson began celebrating our 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, our fabulous customers! YOU are such a vital part of our creative community - you inspire and encourage us! 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. We are thrilled to present the second one to you ... G’Day Mate stamps and die combo by Avery Elle exclusively... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at PaperFections
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Hello and welcome to Christmas in July! There's nothing like thinking about cooler weather and getting a head start on holiday cards than in the middle of the hottest part of the summer -- right?!! :D Plus, a SALE doesn't hurt, either -- Just click the banner above to shop the Christmas category! The Ellen Hutson team has a little blog hop going on today for you, to help get you in the holiday cardmaking spirit! We hope you'll join us -- You can find a list of all those participating today over in the CLASSroom. Here's my project, in a chilly shade of blue! When last year's Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2016 stamp and die release came out, I never got the opportunity to use the beautiful dove from Julie's Bird Shapes die set, so I was elated to get to use it now! Isn't it gorgeous?! More inspiration for #WorldWatercolorMonth -- I created a quick background using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors: #57 Turquoise Green (very watered down). After washing the background with the lighter Turquoise Green wash, I splattered it with a darker/less watered down Turquoise Green and a mixture of both Bluish Gold and Antique Gold,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at PaperFections
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As promised earlier this week, here's the card I created with the adorable Mermaid's Tail stamp set from the new Essentials By Ellen July release: In keeping with #WorldWatercolorMonth, today I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, to make this card a breeze to quickly color! After stamping the Mermaid's Tail and heat embossing it with gold detail powder, I colored the "scales" directly with the markers and then used a waterbrush to spread the color over the rest of the image: The colors I used were: Light Green, Light Blue, Cobalt Blue, and Persian Blue. To create the water, I just scribbled more of the same Zig marker colors underneath and around the mermaid's tail, then blended with a waterbrush: To create more of a bubbly underwater ocean feel, I clear heat embossed the dot stamp from the Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops set, on the lower left and mid-to-upper right corners (hopefully you can see those glossy bubbles by clicking on the photo below for a larger view). Then I spread around some Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets in 4mm and 6mm size: To finish the card, I die cut the watercolored image with MFT's large... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at PaperFections
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I'm loving #WorldWatercolorMonth -- how about you? I thought my Copics might be getting a little jealous, so I decided to incorporate them into the watercolor mix today and use my Various Ink Refills in one of my favorite ways ... you guessed it -- by "watercoloring" with them! Don't you LOVE that vibrant color?!! "Watercoloring" with your Copic Various Ink Refills is quite simple -- Just squeeze a little of the ink into a palette, fill a waterbrush with Copic Colorless Blender, then pick up your desired Various Ink color with the brush and paint away on watercolor paper! Note: It may take you a bit to get used to the flow of your waterbrush and how much Colorless Blender it dispenses -- if one brush flows a little too much or not enough, try a different brand of brush. I have several different brands and they all flow a little differently. If there is not enough Blender solution on your brush when you pick up the Various Ink color, the resulting color going on your paper will be dryer and may streak and not color smoothly. But, this can sometimes work well to add shading to previously laid-down... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at PaperFections
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It's here and finally available ... New Essentials by Ellen!! <== Just click that link or the graphic below to see all the new stamps and dies! Here's a sneak peek of the project I'll have to show you here on my blog this Friday, July 14, featuring gold heat embossing and watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers along with the new Mermaid's Tail stamp set: I hope you'll be back here for all the details on Friday! Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at PaperFections
Thank you, Celeste! 😘 Sharon Harnist www.PaperFections.com
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Today I have another page to share with you from my Copic 5x7 Sketchbook Art Journal. You may remember my Plumeria page from a few weeks ago, where I airbrushed in the journal. But I really wanted to try coloring with my Copic markers directly on the paper, since the paper in the journal is made with the highest-quality Japanese illustration paper and claims to be ideal for use with Copic markers and mixed-media. Sure enough, the uncoated medium weight paper colored on beautifully! For this page I used Copic's Tracing Memories app on my phone, to turn a photo I took on vacation last week into a line art sketch I could color! Here's my reference photo (beautiful Flamingo Beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica): You can find out more about the Tracing Memories app here and here, and download the app in the iTunes store. Then I printed the sketch on a page from my Copic Sketchbook Art Journal and colored it with Copic markers! To do this, I just used scissors to snip the paper in between the spirals, and gently took the paper out of the journal: Next, I used washi tape to tape the journal page... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at PaperFections
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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 Jun 22, 2017 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 Jun 22, 2017 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!
Toggle Commented May 2, 2017 on Coloring With Copic Reds at PaperFections
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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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