244 posts categorized "Laura Fulcher"


Sun 06

Happy Halloween
by Laura Fulcher


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:


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:


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!







Thu 27

Bubbling Cauldron
by Laura Fulcher


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:


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






Mon 24

Floral Sympathy
by Laura Fulcher


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:


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


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!






Sat 08

Playing with Stencils
by Laura Fulcher


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:


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







Fri 09

Alcohol Ink and Metal Dies Background Technique
by Laura Fulcher


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.

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.


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:


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.


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!







Sun 07

Faux Batik Technique
by Laura Fulcher


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.


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.


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.

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.


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!







Sat 06

Magnolia Bud Vase
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to share a project of something other than a card. I was inspired by a TikTok video I saw where the person took one of the seasonal ceramic vases from the Dollar Tree, removed the graphic on the front then added their own design. I thought it might be a perfect fit with the new Memory Box rub ons. I am really pleased with the finished project and want to give you a few hints to get good results.

This is what the vase looked like before I did anything to it:


I apologize to the world's best grandma, but I removed the graphic with some nail polish remover and a cotton ball. The following picture gives you a better idea of the size of the mini vase. It is about the size of a typical votive holder:


Once the graphic was gone, I washed the vessel with soap and water and let it dry completely. Now it was time for the rub ons.  As you turn the vase, this is what the rub on looks like from various angles:




The magnolia rub on goes around approximately half of the vase. The best part about the rub on is that it does all the coloring and shading for you.

Here are some tips I learned from the project:

  • Work around the center of the vase. Areas that I had too close to the top or bottom were too curved and it was difficult to add the rub on. The flatter areas are much easier add the rub on.
  • Cut the rub on into smaller sections and add a little at a time. It was so much easier to rub down a small section than trying to do the entire rub on at once. The good news was it was really easy to line up the sections when I added the next one and you can't really see where they connect.
  • Think about how you want to finish the piece. My vase has no sealant on it because I might use it with a votive and I don't want it to be flammable. Plus, it gives me the option to remove the rub on at a later date if I want to change the pattern. If you use the finished piece as a bud vase, you might want to seal it so that the water doesn't take away the rub on pattern.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired to make something other than a card!







Sun 23

Plaid Magnolia
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I hope the weekend is treating you well. My card today features some of the new Magnolia Plaid paper as well as the Magnolia Blooming Bud die. I made it into a "hugs" card for support, but you could leave it bland and then save it as an emergency card to use for just about any occasion. I think it would work just as well for a birthday card as it would a sympathy card.

To make the card, I once again used the die envelope to help me figure out how to color and assemble my flower. I'm going to play around with the colors for my next magnolia cards, but for now, the image helped me get started. I sponged a little pink and green dye-based ink onto my petals and leaves to give them a bit of shading. For extra dimension, I put some foam mount tape under some of the flower petals to make them pop up off of the card. Here is a close up:


To make the background, I used some of the pretty paper from the Magnolia Plaid 6" x 6" pack and then added the leaf corner die to the left side and bottom of the card. I then added my flower with extra leaves and my sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Wed 19

Magnolia Birthday Wishes
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I have an April birthday card I needed to make, so I thought I would combine a birthday message along with some of the new magnolia dies.

I selected the Magnolia Blossom Trio for the card. You can assemble it any way you want. I used every piece from the die set, but you could just as easily pick and choose how many layers you want. This was for a birthday card, so I wanted to be as elaborate as possible!

To assemble the pieces of the flowers, I used the envelope of the dies as a reference for how to color and assemble the various pieces.  You can also use the Memory Box website as a reference point. Here is a link to the flowers on the website.

To color the flowers, I used my Copic airbrush to add a splash of color. You could also sponge the pieces with pink ink. For the background, I used one of the new 3D embossing folders for extra dimension. Here is a close up of the background and the flowers:


Thank you so much for stopping by today!







Sat 15

Magnolia Hugs
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. The new magnolia line of products is here, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. For my card today, I paired one of the new 3D embossing folders with some rub ons to highlight pieces of the card.

I started by embossing my white cardstock. Remember to lightly mist your paper first to help prevent cracking:


Next, I cut out some flower blanks that came with the embossing folder and used some rub ons to color them. For this card, I cut out my flowers first and then added some rub ons. Next time I am going to first add rub ons to paper and then cut them out with dies. I want to see which method I prefer:


I added my flowers onto the embossed background and added my die cut sentiment. Of course, I had to add some of the new beautiful 6" x 6" papers in the background. I love papers that are already coordinated for me!

Here is a close up:


Thanks so much for stopping by today!