93 posts categorized "Laura"


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.








Tue 10

Lovely Lighthouse
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I was really excited about the new Lighthouse Collage die because I love anything nautical/beach related.  Lighthouses are fun to work with because they can really be used for any occasion.

For today's card, I used both the Lighthouse Collage as the Rolling Wave Collage.  The two dies are meant to together as well as separately for extra versatility.  The two dies also work with the other Memory Box Open Studio circle dies. 

To make the card, I cut out the lighthouse scene out of white cardstock and then colored the rays with a Y04 Copic marker and the lighthouse window parts with  Y14 and E53 markers.  The die comes with a solid lighthouse part, so I cut that out with black cardstock and then layered it behind the white lighthouse outline.

For the overlaying wave, I cut it from navy cardstock and again in medium blue cardstock and then pieced the two parts together to create a two-toned wave.

Finally, I added a piece of light blue cardstock behind my lighthouse collage, attached a white circle layer and attached a navy circle in the background.  Here is a closeup:


I hope everyone has a great day!







Sat 31

To the Moon and Back by Laura Fulcher

Greetings friends.  Memory Box has new celestial dies, and they were perfect for me to make a card for my mom.  I am sure I am not the only one who has a mom that says "I love you to the moon and back to them."

I first started by making some galaxy backgrounds.  After all, why not make several for future cards?

To make the backgrounds, I used a Ranger felt applicator and sponged various colors of alcohol inks onto Yupo paper.  Yupo is  synthetic paper that works really well with alcohol inks since the ink sits on top of the paper rather than absorbing into the paper.   I used various alcohol inks including inks from Ranger and my Copic refills.  It didn't matter that I mixed both brands on my Yupo.  Here is what they looked like:


Next, I sponged each of the papers with black Copic refills.  I tried my refill 100 (black) as well as the 110 (special black) and C9 (Cool Grey 9).  They all looked the same, so use whatever dark alcohol ink you have on hand.  Here are some of the backgrounds once they were sponged with black alcohol ink:


You get similar galaxy looks for all of the backgrounds, but you can see a hint of the first layer of color peeking through each of the black second layers.

Whenever I have seen people making alcohol ink galaxy backgrounds, they often splatter the black ink with watered down white acrylic paint to create stars.  Instead of doing that, I put some Copic blending solution into a spritz bottle and lightly spritzed each of the black cards to create the splatters.  I thought it worked really well.  You could also use blending solution from Ranger.  Another option is to try regular rubbing alcohol from the drug store.  I have had mixed results with rubbing alcohol and my alcohol inks.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.  I tend to use blending solution for consistent results.  In any case, rubbing alcohol works great for cleaning up any messes you might make with this project.

Here is a close up of the finished galaxy background on the card:


To finish the card, I cut out the rocket and moon using white cardstock and colored the pieces with Copic markers...  C3, Y13, R27, YR68 and stamped a sentiment from the new Outta this World clear stamp set.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!







Mon 26

Puppy Birthday Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I love making dog and cat cards.  I tend to have a lot of animal lovers in my life, and pet cards are always well received.

For today's card, I paired the new Long Dachshund die along with the new Perky Puppy die.  They are so cute!  I wanted to make a scene with the two of them, so I added the speech bubbles from the mini Dog Gone clear set and a present from the Spring Bunnies clear set.

To decorate the die cut dogs, I cut them from white paper and then colored them with the following Copic markers:


To add a bit more of a decorative element, I mixed a couple of different strips of washi tape from Birch Press Design with varying patterns and colors (Block Pink Tape and Stripe Black Tape).  As a finishing touch, I added a saying from the Wishing You Sentiments clear set:


I hope that you have a wonderful week!







Fri 02

Bee Happy
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to show you the Intricate Bee die paired with a background made from the Honeycomb Square craft die.  I absolutely love using bees and butterflies on cards and tend to use them for just about every occasion.  For this particular card, I made it a "bee happy card" by using a "be mine" die and a "happy birthday" die.  I appreciate being able to get more out of my dies than just their intended uses.

To make the card, I cut out the bee and words from black cardstock (you need to cut out the word "be" twice to make "bee").  Next, I cut out the honeycomb three times to get it to fit across the card.  When I glued the honeycomb onto light yellow paper, I made sure to glue some of the inside hexagons onto the card to make it look more like honeycomb.  I glued dark yellow cardstock behind the bee wings and bee body to give it color.  As a final step, I added Glossy Accents to wings to give them shine and dimension.  Here is a closeup of the wings:


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!