87 posts categorized "Laura"


Mon 06

Blog Blitz Begins
by Laura Fulcher

Greetings friends.  We have already started highlighting the latest items from Memory Box on the Outside the Box blog, but this week is all about celebrating the new release with projects for inspiration as well as a chance to win prize each day.  We hope you will join us from Monday, August 6th- Sunday, August 12 for the blitz.  Each blog post during the week will have a chance to win a prize.  All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on the daily post.  That's it!  Enter each day for more chances each day.  One person will be chosen at random from each post to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, August 12th at 11:59 pm leave comments and to enter.  Good luck!

Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box Blog at 6pm EST on Monday, August 12th and winners will all be contacted directly by email to get their shipping information.  The blog post of winners will also be tagged under the category of "winners" for easy reference.


The first card of the blitz features the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame as well as the Penguin Cheer stamps and dies.  When you die cut the Snowflake Frame, these are the pieces you get:


You can use as many of the various layers as you wish.  I decided to use everything except the individual snowflake for the card.  The dies came nested within each other, but I was able to easily die cut all of the pieces without cutting the dies apart.  I always like to keep the dies attached if possible so I am less likely to lose them.  I did use a metal shim when diecutting to since the die is so intricate and detailed.

Next, I die cut the penguin using the coordinating die:


Lets talk a bit about the coloring.  First, I put down a base layer of C7 and Y38 Copic markers.  Whenever a want to color something black, whether it is hair, a cauldron, or in this instance a penguin, I tend to color it with dark grey markers or paint. Black tends to be too dark.


Next, I added a bit of shading.  The YR16 was added to the base of the penguin's foot, and the C10 marker was added to the base of the penguin arms and body.  I didn't want to leave the belly so stark white, so I added some C1 and C3 to the outside of the tummy and around the face.


To finish the card, I added some R11 marker to the cheeks and added a little bow tie that was colored with R35 and R46 markers.  I glued a piece of blue glitter paper behind the snowflake frame and then layered everything on top of the glitter paper.  The blue cardstock behind the penguin is a piece of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" paper I cut to fit in the frame and the snowbank I hand cut to provide a little base for my penguin. 

I decided to leave the inside of the card blank for now.  I don't know if I am going to use the card as a Season's Greetings card or if I will use it for a winter birthday card.  I like having a card in my stash with options!

Want a chance to win the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame die to make your own Winter scene?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  Once comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6pm EST.






Mon 30

Easy Chalk Background
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to share the new Pine Tree Deer Collage die with you along with a quick and easy background for your card.  This is one of those holiday cards that you could easily replicate if you have a long list of cards to send.

First step is to take a piece of white cardstock and sponge it with various shades of blue chalk.  I really like to use PanPastels because the blend really well with each other.  I first added the dark blue followed by the turquoise and then blended everything with a soft metallic blue until I got the gradient of color I wanted:


A couple of things about using the chalks.  First, I didn't add anything to the paper before I added the chalk.  I simply sponged the colors on top.  Second, I didn't spray the finished piece with a sealant.  The reason I didn't is that my PanPastels don't really smudge that much, the cards aren't really meant to last forever, I find sealants to smell funny and finally, sealants can also change the color of your chalk.  Of course, if you wanted to add a setting spray on top, you can.  Just make sure to do it in a well ventilated space.  The PanPastel colors I used were Ultramarine Blue, Turquoise, and Pearlescent Blue.

The next step was to run my background through my Big Shot with the Speckled Background die.  That die cuts out randomly spaced and shaped circles, which are perfect for a snowfall effect:


As you can see, the paper underneath the background shows through.  All you have to do is put a white piece of cardstock behind the background to make it look like snow.

Fun fact...  if you take the same paper and rotate the Speckled Background die 180 degrees before running it through the machine again, you get more circles that are spaced in such a way that they don't overlap your first set of circles.  Running it through a second time gives you a heavier snowfall effect:


All that was left to do was cut out my deer scene from white cardstock and pop it up onto the card with some foam tape.  Of course, I can't put a deer on a holiday card without adding a red Rudolph nose on top:


I am definitely going to play more with the color palette of this card because I think it will make a great masculine or Fall card.  I love getting the most out of my dies.






Sat 14

Watercolor Wonderful
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a quick and easy watercolor background with you.  Watercolors are a great way to show off a focal word or words on your card.

To make the card, I started with 140lb watercolor paper and some Peerless Watercolors that I got from Birch Press Design.  I like those watercolors because they are really bright and they blend beautifully.  I also like that you can lay down an area of water on your watercolor paper, add the paint, and the paint will flow to the edges of the water you just placed onto the paper without going over those boundaries.

The first step is to tape down your paper onto a firm surface with some painters tape or some other low-tac tape.  I painted a rectangle onto the paper with water and then started applying paint to my rectangle:


When I first put down the color, you could see distinct areas of color.  I rinsed my brush and then went over the areas where the colors touched each other with a damp, clean brush to soften the look.  I let the paper dry completely while it was still taped down so that my paper wouldn't warp:


You can see in the second picture how different the paint looks when you soften the lines between the colors and the paint dries. 

Here is a close up when you add the sentiment on top:


I encourage you to try drawing any shape you want onto watercolor paper with a wet paintbrush and then adding watercolor on top to create your own backgrounds.  My advice is to not overwork the paint....you never have complete control over watercolor and to never judge your watercolor until it completely dries.  Wet watercolor paint looks very different from dry watercolor paint.  Good luck!






Wed 04

Fourth Inspired Birthday Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  To those of you who celebrate it, happy 4th of July!  Today I wanted to share a birthday card inspired by the 4th of July.

Last time I shared a card with the new Wave Ribbon Collage die, I used it as a frame to weave scraps of paper.  This time I wanted to utilize it for its geometric shape.  I thought the stripes would look a bit like an American flag waving in the wind if I used red and white for the stripes.  Changing the colors you use can make a huge difference.

The first step was to cut out the Wave Ribbon Collage die twice out of dark blue paper:


I decided to put the blue cardstock onto a white card so that the white would show through for half of the stripes and I wouldn't have to cut out more white pieces.  I did have to cut out some red cardstock to create the second half of the stripes.  If you look closely, you can see that the red and white stripes are different heights.

Next, I embossed my birthday sentiment and cut out a bunch of white stars to finish the look.  I debated on whether or not to use the same size star for the card, but I liked the look of the different sizes better:


I am inspired by the die to get a third look out of it.  I love the challenge and I love to see how many uses I can get out of one die.

Have a very happy 4th everyone!







Tue 03

Metallic Butterfly
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I always struggle to take pictures of metallic paper, and I realize that the front facing picture looks like I just used a yellow ochre cardstock.  I hope that the side view will help you see the shimmer better:


To make the card, I cut out the Summer Meadow Collage using black cardstock.  I had a leftover piece of watercolor paper that I had colored with Colorburst powders- both regular and metallic gold.  I didn't like that piece of watercolored paper, but it was perfect to save and use for die cutting.

I cut out a solid butterfly from my watercolor paper using one of the Butterfly Ensemble dies and then layered it behind the  black Summer Meadow Collage paper.  I thought the gold metallic in my watercolor paper would pair well with gold cardstock that I layered onto the card.

Finally, I embossed a sentiment from the Bird Sanctuary clear stamp set and added a bunch of gold rhinestones.  One hint I would like to share with you is to emboss the sentiment before you layer all the pieces of the card.  I made the mistake of gluing all the pieces together and then embossing the sentiment.  The heat from the heat gun ended up reacting to my adhesive and the front of the card became warped.  I had to put it under a heavy book to flatten it again.  Remember...heat emboss and then layer the card.







Tue 26

Woven Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  When I saw the new Wave Ribbon Collage die, I thought of several ways that I wanted to use it....including turning it into an actual ribbon collage.  After all, who doesn't have a ton of paper scraps that need some way to use them?

To make the card, I cut out the wave ribbon from the front of a cream card:


I wanted the area to be bigger, so I moved the die down and cut it out a second time.  I didn't measure anything (not my style), and you can see it didn't match up in one spot on the right:


I used some scissors and trimmed it where the two dies didn't match.  Easy!

Next, I pulled out my assortment of scraps.  I have Colorburst powder papers, Gelli Plate papers, patterned papers, metallic papers, and some interesting handmade/textured papers from Birch Press Design.  I wanted to have a nice mixture of colors, textures, thicknesses, and patterns:


I cut strips of paper and then wove them through the die cut opening.  Hint...when you get to the end, it is easier to put in a strip that is not right next to the border.  I took a picture to show you what I mean.  The open area on the card shows you where I wove the last piece onto the card:


If you try to put in the last piece in next to the edge/border, you will have a better chance of ripping your paper as you weave.

Here is a close up once I trimmed the paper strips and glued them down.  I also added the thanks sentiment that is popped up on the card with some foam:


After I made the card, I couldn't help but think about how it would look out of a gold metallic card so that the tiny paper ribbons I would use to weave would be metallic.  Hmmmm.... plans for next time.







Sat 16

Acetate Hutton Border
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card that uses acetate along with the new Hutton Border die.  The Hutton Border pairs well with the Hutton Gate dies or the Hutton Circle Collage.  Here is a side view of the card that makes it a bit easier to see the border and the acetate behind it:


To make the card, I cut a piece of white paper to make a card with the hinge at the top.  Next, I opened up the card and taped the border die at the bottom of paper using some repositionable tape.  Here is a hint when cutting out border dies- It usually works best to have your long die go through the die cut machine in a "landscape" position so that the roller of your die cut machine travels down the length of the die.  You end up with much better cuts.  However, I couldn't run my die through the machine this way because it was attached to an entire card.  If you have to run a long die through the machine so that the roller doesn't get to travel down the length, be sure to use a metal plate to get a better cut and make your die cut "sandwhich" in such a way that the die faces upwards to cut through the paper.  Here is how I ran the die through the machine:


This is what the die looked like before going through the machine.  All I had to do was add the top plastic plate on top of the "die sandwich."  It is hard to see the position of the die under the paper, so that is why I held it into place with some tape.  I don't know why you get a better cut with the die face up rather than face down, but you do.

Once I cut out the border, I added a strip of acetate behind the border to help support the design and because it added an interesting element to the card.

For the front of the card, I sponged some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide in the middle and gradually sponged away from the center till I had a soft blue background. 

Next, I added the new Hutton Wreath die and the new Large Swallow die.

To color the swallow, I cut it out of 140lb watercolor paper and colored it with an assortment of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers (Flesh, Dark Oatmeal, Dark Brown, Shadow Mauve, and Blue Grey) and softened everything with a waterbrush.  Here is a closeup:


Thanks for stopping by today!







Fri 15

New Summer Die Release
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Memory Box has a new release of dies for the Summer, and you will definitely want to check them out on the website!

I knew when I saw the new Rose Bloom Collage die that it was going to be my first project.  Roses seem to be perfect for so many different occasions.  To color the rose petals and leaves, I used an assortment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Here is a closeup:


One of the reasons I like the Zig markers is that they are really easy to use for watercoloring.  The brush nibs are similar to Copic markers in that it doesn't hurt the marker at all to go over a darker color with a lighter color.  To color each item, I die cut the image out of 140lb watercolor paper.  Next, I drew a solid line of Geranium Red at the base of the petals and then softened it with a line of bright Peach Pink and finally blended with the lightest Blush color.  On the petals that are primarily pink, I started with the Peach Pink, blended with the Blush and then softened everything with a waterbrush.  The coloring itself was very quick and easy. 

For the green petals, I used a combination of Green, Light Green, and Pale Green markers.

When I was done with each marker, I scribbled them onto scrap paper to clean off any residual color from another marker.

To finish the card, I added the Thanks Jotted Script die, which includes both the background and foreground parts of the word "thanks."  I colored the word thanks with the Peach Pink marker to match my rose, but I realized afterwards that it took too much time to do it that way.  I should have just looked for a pink piece of cardstock that was somewhat similar to my rose. 

I hope you will continue to check back to the blog to see the new items and to be inspired.  Have a wonderful weekend!








Tue 12

Coloring Dies with Copic Markers
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about coloring your die cuts with some Copic markers to add a bit of shading for more interest on your card.

For the card itself, I used the new Forget Me Not die and decided to leave the flowers white rather than coloring them blue.  I also cut out a pot from the Simple Garden Pots die using orange cardstock.  I could have left the pot as it was, but I thought it would be much more interesting if I added some color to the edges of the pot, underneath the rim of the pot, and inside the pot to look like dirt.  Here is a close up:


The flower pot on the right is what you get by cutting it out from orange paper.  The flower pot on the left is one that I colored with markers.  I took the darker YR24 marker and added color to the outside of the pot and used the lighter YR21 marker to soften the darker color.  Adding darker colors to the edges and leaving the center light will trick the eye into thinking the item is dimensional and has curved edges.  Can you tell from the picture that I left the very center the original cardstock color and added no marker there?

To finish the pot, I added a line under the rim with the darker marker and used that same marker to color the inside of the pot.  You can't really tell if it is just a shadow on the inside of the pot or if it is dirt.

For the rest of the card, I cut out a window in the center of kraft cardtock and put a piece of heavy vellum behind the window. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the entire kraft "window" is popped up onto a white notecard using some foam tape.  I then added the stems, flowers, and some yellow pearls.

I hope this inspires you to try coloring your die cuts more.  You can achieve so many different looks!






Wed 02

Elegant Birthday
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I am always in need of a birthday card.  Luckily, the Spring Bunnies stamp and die set came with cupcakes, a balloon, a present, and a cake stand as well as sweet bunnies.  I chose to use the line of cupcakes from the set because I knew they would be fun to color.

To make the card, I stamped and cut out the cupcakes using Black Versafine ink and 140lb watercolor paper.  I colored the cupcakes with Zig Clean Color markers and softened the colors with a waterbrush.  To make the card more elegant, I used a clean design and layered everything onto some Circle Ivory handmade paper from Birch Press Design.  The pattern of the paper is embossed and has a pearlescent shimmer.  Here is a closeup to see shine of the paper better:


For extra sparkle, I added some sequins to the card and some Stickles to the cupcakes.