248 posts categorized "Laura Fulcher"

01/30/2024

Tue 30

Floral Greeting Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends! The new Anemone collection has some really lovely blossoms that can make beautiful cards year-round. I left a message off of the front of my card because I didn't know what occasion I was going to send the card. I like having a stash of generic cards on hand. Unfortunately, I need to send a sympathy card, and I thought this design was quite fitting.

To make the card, I cut out the pieces of my flower using white cardstock and then colored the petals with various Copic markers (BV0000, BV31, and BV02). I then colored my stems and leaves with an assortment of green Copic markers (YG03, YG25, YG63 and BG49). I chose the Copic markers because they matched the colors of the background patterned paper I had chosen.

I wanted a bit of extra dimension and texture for the card so I ran some white cardstock through the die cut machine with the Anemone Drift embossing folder. I then cut out a strip of the textured paper to add to the card.

Here is  a close up of the card and all of the layers:

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Thank you so very much for stopping by today!

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01/04/2024

Thu 04

Using Christmas Supplies Past Christmas
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I don't know about you, but I always want to get as much use out of my art supplies as possible. I received beautiful Christmas items from Memory Box, so I wanted to used them even past Christmas.

For today's card, I used items from the 2023 Christmas release, and I want to talk you through my reasoning for choosing each item.

First, I absolutely love the poinsettia rub ons. I used some of the flowers, but I realized that I still had beautiful leaves and berries that would make great cards for winter and spring.

Next, I paired it with the Bundled Bird die. On the sample on the envelope of the die, the little bird was accessorized with a Santa hat and scarf that focused on Christmas red/white. I changed the colors for a more winter look. Take of the hat and scarf from the set, and you have a perfect bird for the rest of the year. He is a really nice size to be the focal point on a card.

The frame die was a no-brainer really. It is perfect for all of the seasons. I didn't really have to change anything.

I added a few classic pine sprigs to the card as well as a sentiment from a Christmas word set that doesn't need to be used for Christmas.

Here is a close up of the bird:

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So, there you go. Christmas has turned into a winter card. I know I will be using certain elements of the card such as the frame and bird year-round in my cardmaking. I guarantee that bird will be wearing a birthday hat at some point!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

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11/21/2023

Tue 21

Brayered Embossing Folders
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. As this is Thanksgiving week, I thought it was my last chance to post a Fall card. I used a poinsettia embossing folder for the card, but I thought the colors I used made it look autumnal instead of wintry. You could just as easily change the colors for a Christmas card.

To make my design, I started with white cardstock and sponged Distress Inks on top. I used Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin and Vintage Photo:

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Next, I spritzed the back of the paper with water (I didn't want to alter the ink) and ran it through my die cut machine with the Poinsettia Corner embossing folder:

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I really like the dimension you get with a 3D embossing folder.

To add more dimension to the card, I then brayered the top of the card with Brink colored ink to really make the leaves and flowers pop:

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To finish the card, I added a layer of gold metallic paper as well as my die cut sentiment:

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Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.

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10/08/2023

Sun 08

Non-Traditional Christmas Colors
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. Today I wanted to share a card I had in my mind that stepped away from traditional Christmas colors.

To make the card, I started with white cardstock and then sponged it with different shades of PanPastel chalks:

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Once I had the colors blended as I wished, I stamped the whole thing with the newest snowflake background stamp using Versamark ink. I am including a photo, but Versamark is clear, and you can only faintly see the snowflakes stamped on top of the chalk:

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Next, I sponged the exact same PanPastel chalks on top of the inks to make the snowflakes show up darker than the background. The beauty of this technique is that you don't need to be gentle. You can press the chalk firmly on top  of the snowflakes and the ink doesn't smudge.

To finish the card, I cut out my snowflake and added a green gem to the center and a Merry Christmas sentiment to the top:

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What about you? What non-traditional colors have you used for your holiday cards?

Thanks for stopping by today!

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08/06/2023

Sun 06

Happy Halloween
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends! Have you started making your fall cards yet? I absolutely love then new Witch Hat die. For my card today, I cut the base out of black glitter paper and added the accent piece out of black mirror paper. I have seen it done in different colors, and it always looks great.

For the background, I started with kraft woodgrain paper and started layering Hickory Smoke Distress ink on top to age it:

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Tip: Be sure to build up your color slowly and gradually. I'm always tempted to do it quickly, but then I add up with smudges from the sponge.

For the pumpkin, I cut it out of orange cardstock and then edged it with dark orange and brown ink. For the stem and leaves, I cut out the pieces from green cardstock and then edged them with dark green and brown ink. Here is a close up of the pieces:

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To finish the card, I added a few more of the pumpkin leaves tho the hat.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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07/27/2023

Thu 27

Bubbling Cauldron
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. Memory Box has some new dies for the fall, and we think you will really like them. Don't forget to add some extra mirror or glitter paper for extra bling.

To make the card, I cut out the Fanciful Gilded Frame using purple glitter paper and then cut the die cut piece in half. The die covers a standard A2 card, but I wanted it for just the left side of the card.

For the cauldron, I cut out the base in black mirror paper and added some black glitter paper for the cauldron overflow. For the contents of the cauldron and the bubbles, I used green mirror paper.

It is hard to see all the different papers from the picture, so here is a close up:

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To finish the card, I popped up my circle piece using some foam tape. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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07/24/2023

Mon 24

Floral Sympathy
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a sympathy card I needed to make recently. They are always so hard to make, but I love the look of Memory Box solid florals on top of an inked background. It is a quick and easy way to design a card.

To make the card, I first sponged Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries and Dusty Concord onto white cardstock:

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I then spritzed the whole thing with water to activate the ink:

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When it was dry, I cut out the piece with a rectangle die to layer it onto a standard A2 card.

For the flowers, I die cut them out of black cardstock and attached them to the card. I added the sentiment and then a few rhinestones that matched the colors of the ink.

I originally planned to have the yellow at the bottom and the purple at the top, but I realized that my message would show up much better on the yellow ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

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07/08/2023

Sat 08

Playing with Stencils
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. The Gracious Floral release had a beautiful layered stencil in it that I used to create this card. Once of the best things about the stencil set is that it comes with a little booklet that shows you how to order the stencils and gives suggestions for colors. Of course, you don't have to follow the directions and create the floral design any way that you want.

For my card, I followed the layered suggestions exactly to give you an idea of what the finished product would look like. I also used ink colors as close to the picture as I could. For each layer, I taped my stencil down with repositionable tape and then sponged my dye ink on top.

Here is a close up of the layers:

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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06/09/2023

Fri 09

Alcohol Ink and Metal Dies Background Technique
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. Today I want to share another background technique using your metal dies. This time I chose to pair the die with Copic markers (alcohol ink) as well as some blending solution (alcohol) to create a tie-dye looking background.

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Step one was to take a piece of Yupo paper and draw some stripes onto the paper using Copic markers. Yupo paper is a synthetic paper that works well with alcohol inks because the ink doesn't sink down into the paper as it would with normal cardstock.

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Next, I placed my die on top of my striped paper (die cutting side facing up) and spritzed the whole thing with Copic blending solution. You could also use Isopropyl alcohol for this technique. This was the result:

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I spritzed my paper a lot, so the colors really blended with each other. You can control the amount of spritzing you do to change the look of the card.

Here is a close up of the background as well as the sentiment I selected. When I spend the time to create my own backgrounds, I try not to cover them up too much with more layers.

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One last tip. I used a black rhinestone for the dot in the "I" instead of the die cut piece. I find that the rhinestones are easier to use. Plus, they add a little extra bling.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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05/07/2023

Sun 07

Faux Batik Technique
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I was playing around with Distress Inks and the Curlicue Plate die and thought that the end result looked like a batik background. I would like to show you how you can recreate the look.

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First, I started with white cardstock and sponged on a thick layer of Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Chipped Sapphire Distress ink. I started with the lightest color and added a circle of color to the left of the cardstock and then added the medium and dark blue inks.

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Next, I placed the Curlicue Plate die cut-side up on top of my inked paper. You can use a die for more than just cutting! It worked a lot like a stencil, but I think it also had the advantage of weight in that it didn't move around like a plastic stencil does. I didn't even tape the die into place.

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Next, I spritzed the die with water and let it sit a bit on top of the paper. I then removed the die and let my design finish drying.

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To finish the card, I added the Backyard Wren die that I airbrushed with Copic markers (you could also sponge the ink) and added a branch to place underneath my popped up bird.

I was really leased with the finished look. I especially liked that when I sprayed the die with water, the edges of the die created their own border. The finished background looks like it was layered onto several pieces of blue cardstock, but it is just the effect of the die/stencil and the ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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