93 posts categorized "Laura"


Sat 13

Peace Ornament
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been working on holiday gifts, so I thought I would share.  Today's project is an ornament I made using a porcelain disk, some Memory Box dies, and some glitter.  It is a fast project and VERY inexpensive.  I bought a set of disks at Michaels last year after Christmas for a cheap price, but even at full price, they shouldn't be over $1 each.  Adding the paper, glitter, tape and ribbon will still keep the project under $2.

To make my ornament, I cut out a circle from white cardstock that was the same size as my Peace Circle die.  Before running the white cardstock through my Big Shot, I put very strong tape (from Elizabeth Crafts) on both sides of the white paper.  I did that because I wanted the circle to stick really well to the porcelain and I wanted to add die cuts and glitter to the other side without either falling off the ornament.


I removed the tape backing from the front of the circle and then added my tree die, the peace circle and a red bird on top.  Once all the dies were in place, I sprinkled the open spaces with glitter so that all the open areas were covered with sparkle.  As a finishing step, I cut away the rest of the tree frame, taped my bird scene to the disk and added a ribbon:


What about your guys?  Do you make any of your holiday gifts?  I am always looking for new ideas.







Wed 10

Pan Pastel Thankful Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about making a background using some Pan Pastel chalks and some of the new Memory Box geometric stamps.

First, I took some cream cardstock and sponged three colors of Pan Pastels (Magenta, Orange, and Gold) on top:


Next, I put my cardstock into my MISTI stamp positioner and stamped a row of triangles on top of my background using Versamark ink.  I then rubbed the same three colors of chalk on top of my Versamark ink:


Notice how the chalk really makes the pattern pop.  Don't worry about brushing the chalk on top of your Versamark ink.  It won't smudge the pattern.  You can even rub quite hard and it won't mess up your pattern.  My background did change a bit in color as I added more and more chalk to the paper.  I didn't bother setting the finished look with a sealant.  I don't like the smell of sealants, they can change the color of the chalk, and you can still handle a card with Pan Pastels quite roughly without a lot of chalk coming off on your fingers.

To finish the card, I added my thankful sentiment and added some gold leaves I cut from the Stitched Maple Circle Frame.  I cut those out in gold cardstock to match the gold shimmer from my Pan Pastel.  It is rather hard to see the shimmer in the picture, but I promise you it is there!







Wed 03

Faux Enamel Maple Frame
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Not to long ago, I posted a card of mountains and sky using a watercolor powder background.  Today I want to talk more about using those backgrounds on cards and especially for diecutting.  Long story short, I love the effect you can get with them when cut with dies!

First, a brief reminder of the technique. All you have to do is take a coffee filter, sprinkle it with some watercolor powders, spritz the filter with water to get it nice and wet and then lay it down on a piece of glossy photo paper.  I used ColorBurst powders form my watercolor powder, but another popular brand is Brusho  watercolor powders. 

The really nice thing about this technique is that if you go through the steps once, you get a bright/bold background.  If you remove the filter, spritz it again and place it on another piece of glossy photo paper, the next "printing" of color would be a bit fainter.  I often got 4-5 prints out of one coffee filter with powder on it  I never added more powder to the filter, I just kept adding water.

Here are the two backgrounds I used for the card:


The background on the left is one of the first printings from a coffee filter, so it is much darker.  The one on the right is much more muted after multiple printings.  The swirls on my backgrounds were caused by wrinkles on the coffee filter.

These backgrounds are fantastic to pair with your diecuts.  I cut a square out of the paper on the right that was the same size as my frame.  I wanted a soft background in the back.  I cut the leaves I wanted to really "pop" on my card out of the paper on the left.  Here is a closeup:


I loved the effect of the cut out leaf parts on the card.  They had the look of a thick enamel or perhaps a heavily embossed paper or paper covered with Glossy Accents. The shine of the leaf parts contrasted nicely with the matte brown cardstock I used for the frame.

One word of warning...  you really do have to use glossy photo paper and not regular glossy paper.  The watercolor powders dry beautifully on the photo paper without warping it at all.






Tue 25

Peace Mountains
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Last weekend my mom and I played around with making backgrounds using watercolor powders, coffee filters and some glossy photo paper.  We were inspired by a Splitcoast Stampers tutorial on YouTube, which you can view here.

The process itself was very simple.  We took a coffee filter, sprinkled a few powders on top and then spitzed the filter with a lot of water.  Next, we placed the filter on top of the glossy photo paper and let the watercolor transfer from the filter to the paper.  If we didn't get the look we wanted, we spritzed the filter again with water and placed it again onto the glossy photo paper until we were happy.


When I used this combination of colors, I ended up with a background that looked like this:


The background reminded me of a night sky, so I thought it would make a nice backdrop for the Snowcapped Mountain die:


To make the mountain circle, I started with a kraft cardstock circle and then cut out the mountain:


The die comes with the mountains as well as the mountain caps, so I cut out the caps separately from white cardstock and glued them onto the mountains.  To add a bit more interest, I sponged some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink at the bottom of the circle and then added a blue "peace" sentiment.






Fri 14

Be Merry Snowman
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to make a Season's Greeting card instead of a Christmas card.  I changed up the colors a bit and chose a die and sentiment that could be used for various occasions.

When you cut out the All Heart Snowman die, it looks like this:


I placed a piece of white cardstock behind the large heart openings and lightly traced around the edges with a pencil:


I used the pencil marks as a guide to color the hearts with an RV02 Copic Marker and an RV55 Copic Marker.  Notice I didn't bother to stay in the lines:


I put a piece of strong double stick tape from Elizabeth Crafts behind the die cut openings and then stuck the die on top of my pink splotches:


You could still see the pencil marks since I didn't line up everything exactly, but I didn't worry about it because I knew I would be adding some glitter on top.  I also didn't worry about the small hearts because I knew I would be coloring the cut out hearts red and sticking them down onto the exposed double stick tape.  Once I colored the small hearts with an RV29 marker and the nose with a YR12 marker, I placed them onto the card.  The larger hearts still had exposed double stick tape, so I sprinkled glitter onto the sticky surfaces:


To finish the card, I added a sentiment and some die cut snowflakes.






Wed 05

Holiday Gift Giving
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but if I am going to make any sort of gifts for the holidays, I need to start now.  I was inspired to start with some little metal tins I found at my dollar store that were two for a dollar.  They are the perfect size to add a small treat.

The latest Memory Box release has several circular dies that would be perfect for the top.  However, I thought the Pine Wreath would be more practical for a sample since it could be sized to fit whatever containers you have.

To make the wreath, I first cut out a lot of greenery using the die.  It cuts four pieces of evergreen at a time:


I wanted there to be a bit of variation to the branches, so I colored some of them with a YG67 Copic marker:


Candy or nuts would be great to fill the tins, but I thought for a crafter friend, a bit of peppermint striped baker's twine would be a a wonderful holiday treat:


For a finishing touch, I added a few red rhinestones and a red bow to the tin. 

How about you guys?  Do you make any of your holiday gifts?  Have you started yet?






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!