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!
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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!



Copic-Imagination International Announcements, Blog Hop & Giveaway!

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 the Pearl paint is applied to white paper, the result is whiter.


NEXT, I used Tommy Art Pale Blue Chalk-Based Mineral Paint to sponge color thru a Tim Holtz stencil.  Tommy's Chalk colors are high-quality, rapid-dry, chalk-based mineral paints which offer superb coverage, opacity, porosity, and lightfastness and adhere to most surfaces without preparation. Therefore, you will want to clean up your brushes, work surface, stencils immediately!  They are available in more than 35 colors, are suitable for a wide range of decorative styles, and come in three color ranges: pastel, neutral, and intense. I thinned the paint just a tad, with a little bit of water mixed directly in the lid and dipped my sponge applicator into the lid. (Please note the jar I'm using is a small 30ml sample size. The jars sold through Imagination International are 140ml jars and also available in a larger 750ml can).


The reason I sponged the paint was because I first tried painting the color through the stencil using a paint brush. Since I'm not accustomed to working with paint on papercrafting projects, evidently this application method allowed for paint to seep underneath the stencil and resulted in a messier look than I was going for (shown on the left in the photo below).  I preferred the more controlled look achieved on the right below, with the sponge, but wanted to show both results to you, in case you may have a need for a messier version!


After working on the layout of my tag, I decided it needed an anchor in the lower right corner, so I applied paint to the large circle blob stamp from Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops and stamped it into the corner. The paint worked wonderfully with the stamp!


TO CREATE THE LARGE BUTTERFLY, Tommy Art Timbrillo (a pearlized liquid medium) was mixed with Tommy Art Fuchsia Chalk-Based paint. The Timbrillo is a magical pearlized gritty substance, when mixed with Tommy paint, creates a GORGEOUS sparkly effect!  The mixed paint was applied to white cardstock and allowed to dry. Once the painted paper is dry, lightly buff it with a sanding block to release all that sparkly goodness!!  Next, I die cut the fuchsia paper with Concord & 9th Butterfly Card dies and popped them up on the tag using X-Press It's new 1/2-inch Foam Mounting Squares, to give the wings wonderful dimension:


The Shine sentiment is from Essentials by Ellen Hello Gorgeous stamp set.  It was heat embossed onto more of the Fuchsia paper I created, with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Two small butterflies from Concord & 9th's Butterfly Beauty stamp set were also platinum embossed on the upper left and lower right corners of the tag. You can REALLY see all the gorgeous sparkle the Fuchsia paint has in it below!


TO COMPLETE THE TAG, I wrapped white silk ribbon and silver twine around it, securing with Tim's Tiny Attacher.  

I hope this Tommy Art paint papercrafting project shows you how versatile these products are on paper.  I'll also have another project or two for you this month that uses Tommy Art paints in more traditional home decor painted projects, so I hope you'll check back in with me!


Please visit each of these Copic instructors on the hop today -- I know most will have some inspirational artwork to share with you!  

Sharon Harnist <--You are here! 
Michele Boyer
Lori Craig
Cindy Lawrence
Debbie Olson
Michelle Houghton
Jennifer Dove

You can also congratulate Lori Craig and Jennifer Dove on their new roles!

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To celebrate these lovely ladies, we are giving away: 
A new Copic Small Sketchbook
Copic Doodle Pack* (*Color of Doodle pack may vary from photo)!!

Leave a comment on each blog participating in today's hop by Sunday, May 28 at 11:59pm Eastern, and you'll be entered into the drawing!  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 30th.

One final note: You can find a list and description of available Copic classes for the remainder of the year HERE and a class date schedule HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon




Bluebonnet Mother's Day!

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:

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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 pack I used contains Ciao B12, Ciao B24, Baby Blue Atyou Spica Glitter Pen, and Cobalt 0.3 Multiliner:


After stamping the Bluebonnet Highway with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press It Blending Card, this is how I colored it:

1. Color all the flowers with a base coat of B12.  2. Color centers of flowers with B24:


3. Color stems, leaves and grass with YG23 and G07.  4. Darken behind and in between flowers with B26.

5. Color fence posts with E42 and E44.  6. Color bird with N1 and N4 to resemble the Texas state bird, Mockingbird:


7. Using lighter YG01, B00 and B0000, color behind foreground bluebonnets to create grass and flowers in the background field.  8. Using a die cut cloud stencil, airbrush B00 for the sky. Not shown: Airbrush the remaining lower white space with YG23 to create grass.

9. Using the Baby Blue Atyou Spica Glitter Pen from the Doodle Pack, color over the lighter parts of the bluebonnets so they sparkle in the sun!


10. To create a little more depth in the flower centers, I dotted them with the Cobalt Multiliner from the Doodle Pack:


To finish my card, I used X-Press It 1/4" Foam Mounting Squares on the back of the die cut Hello frame.  These new high-tack adhesive foam squares come in handy 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch pre-cut squares and are the same fabulous high quality foam and adhesive as my favorite X-Press It Foam Mounting Tape!  <3


The framed image was mounted to a Neenah Desert Storm (kraft) card base using X-Press It Double-Sided Tape Runner:

I hope you all are having a lovely Sunday afternoon!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

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Butterfly Tag Shaker Card

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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!

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Happy Mother's Day weekend to all you crafty Mothers out there!  ;-)

WC Flower Signature-Sharon


UNITED WE CONQUER! Ellen Hutson BCRF Fundraiser

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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:

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**$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

Through this fundraiser, it is our goal to educate and raise money for research and support services for patients and survivors battling breast cancer.

Won’t you join us?

Donate, stamp, share, create — there are many ways you can contribute! Visit the Ellen Hutson BCRF fundraiser page to find out how and to follow our progress.

Together we can!

For my project, I had fun stamping all of the flowers and leaves from the gorgeous Courage stamp set in different color combos, die cutting them with their coordinating dies, and making a beautiful flower arrangement on a watercolor background created with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. Gold watercolor was splattered onto the background.

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Please note: I haven’t included any product links in this post because I really wanted the focus to be on this amazing fundraiser. If you’d like more detailed information about the design or products I used, please feel free to contact me!

The ink color combos I used for the flowers and leaves are all Taylored Expressions dye ink pads (clockwise from the large upper left purple flower): Lavender Glaze/Plum Punch/Jelly Donut, Salt Water Taffy/Sprinkles/Cookie Monster, Strawberry Milkshake/Lollipop, Potato Chip/Lemon Meringue. Leaves, also clockwise from the large upper left: Granny Smith/Peapod/Sweet Basil, Granny Smith, Granny Smith/Peapod, Mint Julep/Granny Smith/Peapod, Peapod.

All of the flower centers were stamped with Delicata Golden Glitz, to coordinate with the gold splatter on the background.  There is a handy downloadable PDF flower stamp layering guide that can be found here, to help you with the 2, 3, and 4-step layered flower and leaf stamps.

The pretty sentiment was gold heat embossed onto a strip of Essentials by Ellen 40 Lb. Vellum and wrapped to the back of the background panel.

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Please visit all of these crafty bloggers on the hop today, for more fabulous inspiration using this amazing set!

Sharon Harnist  <--You are here!

Thank you for your commitment and support of our BCRF fundraiser!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon


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