141 posts categorized "Laura"


Wed 27

Ombre Washi Tape Holiday Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card I made using some of the new wide washi tape from Memory Box.  I decided on a purple ombre card, but you could use any color that you like.  I chose purple because it is my mom's favorite and I wanted to make her a purple Christmas card.  You don't have to restrict yourself to red and green!

Step 1 was to glue 1/2" strips of purple cardstock onto a cardstock base going from dark to light purple.  I added a 1/2" strip of white cardstock in the center as a spacer for my purple strips:


There was a little extra of my base cardstock showing at the top.  I used a larger base than I knew would be on my finished card because I knew once I was done with the strips and tape, I would want to trim everything with my paper cutter so that the strips would match.

The next step was to add a piece of the Twas the Night washi tape over my purple gradient cardstock:


After I added the tape, I trimmed everything and layered it onto my card.  As a final step, I added the Snowflake Marquee die above and below my sentiment that I stamped in purple Versafine ink.

Here is a close up:


I hope if you are traveling for Thanksgiving that you have a very safe trip!







Sat 09

Peace on Earth
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  It has been quite a while since I have played with my watercolor pencils, so I thought it was about time to reacquaint myself with them.  

To make the card, I started by stamping my mistletoe image at the top of white cardstock using black Versafine ink.  I then turned the stamp upside down and stamped it again at the bottom of the card.  I thought the two sprigs of mistletoe made a nice frame for my sentiment in the middle.

To color the mistletoe, I used my Inktense watercolor pencils to color the leaves and berries and then softened everything with a Dove Blender pen.  You could use a paintbrush and water, but I think you have a bit more control with the blender pen because it isn't quite as wet as the brush.  Here is a close up of the coloring to get a better look:


To finish the card, I used the peace die cut and the "on Earth" sentiment before edging the card with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.

Have a great weekend!







Mon 28

Affordable Gifts with Washi Tape
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I recently posted a votive holder I decorated with some washi tape for the holidays.  Today I revisited my local dollar store and picked up a plastic photo album that I thought would be perfect for a quick and easy (and inexpensive) holiday gift.

I first started with my 5" x 6 1/2" album that I got for $1 and chose the Twas the Night washi tape for the cover:


I wanted to go with the washi tape because I knew it would be really easy to adhere to the plastic.  I did remove the red piece of paper that came with the album because I thought the tape showed up much better with white paper behind the cover than the red.

Next, I die cut some holly using the new Dashing Stripes and Dots paper:


I also decided to add a strip of the Watercolor Woodland washi tape to cover the spine of the book.  It wasn't necessary since the photo album looked fine with just the text on the cover, but I thought it added a bit more interest to the finished piece.

All that was left was to add my sentiment:


The Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die cuts four of each letter at a time, so I only had to run the die through my machine once to get all of the letters I wanted.  I decided to cut out my message because I wanted to use paper from the 6" x 6" pack that I knew would coordinate with the other items on the album.

That's it!  It was a quick project, and I am very happy to have a stocking stuffer ready to go this year.  I thought I would add some pictures from years past and leave some room for future pictures.  Although I plan to give the album as a gift, I thought it would also be a nice way to store some of my favorite cards.

I hope everyone has a great week!






Tue 22

Decorating with Washi Tape
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends!  Did you know that Memory Box has new washi tape for the holidays?  Woohoo!  Both rolls are a wide width, so you can use the tape for cards, envelopes.... or even decorating!  One of the things I love about washi is how versatile it is.  I use it on cards all the time, but I have also been know to sink down the Pinterest rabbit hole and look at ideas for how to decorate with washi.  The wide with lets you do even more.

To decorate with the new Watercolor Woodland tape (pictured above) as well as the Twas the Night tape (in another post), I first visited my local Dollar Tree store to pick up items to use as a base for my washi tape.  I often need small holiday gifts to use as a stocking stuffer or as a little holiday "thinking of you." Starting with a dollar base item is perfect!

This was my first purchase.  A glass jar for a taper candle:


The straight sides of the glass were perfect for the washi.  My advice when working with the washi is to attach it to the jar and then unroll the tape and smooth it as you work your way around the candle holder.  My jar was 3 1/2" tall and the tape is 4 1/2" wide, so once the tape was wrapped around the jar, I cut off the extra 1" at the top using an Xacto knife.  It was surprisingly easy to do. 

Next, I added some red ribbon, berries and some cut out Winter Greenery using my stamps and coordinating dies:


The washi tape give the appearance of frosted glass.  I really liked the look.  Because the washi tape adheres to glass, when you look on the inside of the candle, you can't see any of the adhesive. 

The print of the washi also shows up well when the candle is lit:


What about you guys?  Do you have any favorite ways to use your washi tape?  I would love to know!







Mon 14

Autumn Thanks and New Blog Blitz!
by Laura Fulcher


Guess what?!  Memory Box has new dies to add to your holiday collection as well as brand new papers!  There are two new 6" x 6" packs that coordinate with each other.  The first is called Dashing Holiday:


The second is called Dashing Stripes and Dots:


I used papers from both packs for my card....the dots for the thanks and some striped paper from the Dashing Holiday for the background paper.

This time of year makes me think of creating cards giving thanks.  Therefore, I really wanted to make a thank you card.  I know I will be needing some to have on hand.

To create the card, I started with some Strathmore Bristol paper and cut out the Scribble Leaf Bundle Background (solid leaves).  Next, I added some yellow, orange, red and brown Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to the solid leaves and softened the color with a waterbrush:


Next, I cut out the coordinating Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline dies from dark brown paper and glued them on top of the solid leaves.

The Thank You sentiment are letters that are cut to piece together like a puzzle.  I love the design!  I especially like that they aren't meant to be lined up straight...  a skill that I don't really have.

To finish the card, I outlined the cream cardstock with some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and layered all the pieces:


Want to win your own Thank You Puzzle Letters craft die?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm EST.  One winner will be selected at random from the comments to win the die.  Visit the blog from Monday, Oct 14th- Sunday, October 20th to see more of the new release and for a chance to win a prize each day.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, October 21st at 6:00pm EST.  Good luck!







Sat 05

Glittered Snowflake Ornament
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I felt the need for a little sparkle today, so I made a card that was a combination of both loose glitter and glittered paper. 

To make the card, I started with some white cardstock, added some strong double sided tape on top (from Elizabeth Crafts) and then cut out a circle using a metal die:


Next, I cut out a Holiday Heart Snowflake using white cardstock and stuck it down onto the exposed double sided tape.  The white snowflake was just there as a guide for coloring.  I later glued another snowflake on top of it.


I had a lot of exposed double stick tape that wasn't covered with a snowflake die, so I sprinkled the whole thing with some microfine glitter:


Next, I dabbed Copic markers on top of the glitter to color the hearts.  The Copic nibs aren't hurt by the microfine glitter, but you want to make sure that you dab the marker onto the piece rather than rub it over the surface:


The Copic marker bled onto the white snowflake guide, so I cut out another snowflake from silver glitter paper and glued it on top of the white snowflake.  I was left with a bunch of cut out silver glitter hearts that I am hoping not to lose before I start making Valentines day cards.

Here is a closeup of the glitter:


To finish the card, I added some layers of blue glitter paper, added a white ribbon and bow and finished off everything with a glitter rhinestone in the center.

Thanks for stopping by today!




Fri 04

Watercolored Metallic Background
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I created a quick background with blue watercolor paints and splattered with an assortment of gold and silver watercolor paint.

To make the background, I started with 140lb cold press watercolor paper and spritzed it with water.  I then dabbed multiple colors of blue paint until the colors all bled together.  I let the paint almost dry completely and then splattered the piece with an old toothbrush and some metallic paint.  Here is a close up:


Once my paint was completely dry, I added my snowflakes and sentiment.  I also added a piece of gold metallic paper behind my blue background and behind my white piece sentiment to really bring out the silver metallic paint on the card.  As a final touch, I added a few rhinestones for sparkle:



I hope everyone has a great weekend!




Sun 29

Offset Creepy Spiders
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!  Today I wanted to share a creepy Halloween card with you.  I am really hoping no one suffers from arachnophobia.  Or at least crafting arachnophobia.

To make the card, I started by offsetting the large oval die from the Spider Web Oval Frame set on some medium grey cardstock:


I then made a background with some Distress Oxide ink (Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet) ink:


I cut out another large oval using black cardstock, cut spiders from black cardstock and cut the web oval out of dark grey cardstock:


I glued my spiders onto the card and then added a bit of Wink of Stella to the web to make it sparkle.  I also drew a line from the web to a large spider so that it looked like it was hanging from the web.

Have a great Sunday!




Sun 08

Partial Die Cutting
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about partially cutting out a die rather than cutting out the whole thing.  My card above partially cut out the solid star so that it remained attached to the left side of the card and opened up space on the right side so that you can see the white inside of the card.  Here is a close up:


The first step was to place my solid star onto the front of the card and tape it down with low-tac tape:


You want the run the card through the machine open so that the star won't cut through the back of the card.

Next, you have to place the paper and die into your diecutting machine so that the places you want to cut are between your cutting plates and the parts that you don't want to cut will hang over the edge (not sandwiched between plates):


The right side of the star was between the plates, so it cut.  The left side was not between plates, so it didn't cut:


I then put my card in my paper cutter so that I could cut from the top of the card to the top of the star:


I flipped the card around and then cut from the bottom of the card to the bottom of the star:


When you cut around the top and bottom of the star, you are left with this:


What you are left with is a star shaped flap that shows part of the white inside of the card.  All that was left was to die cut the detailed star die that fits on top of the solid star and then glue it on top before adding a rhinestones and some Stickles for sparkle.

I could have also cut out a solid star and glued it onto my card, but I wanted to show you the technique, because there are times that you want a single layer card or you just want to cut out one part of a die and not the whole thing. 

Let me know if you have any questions about the technique!




Sat 07

Fall Gratitude
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  The latest stamps from Memory Box have really inspired me to break out my watercolor paints.  For my card today, I used a mix of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and some Peerless Watercolor paints.

I love to use Zig markers to outline images and then soften them with a waterbrush to fade to white.  Let me show you what I am talking about:


Step one was to stamp my image onto 140lb coldpress watercolor paper with a black Versafine pad.  Allow the ink to dry completely.  Versafine will take quite a while to dry on watercolor paper.  Next, trace around your image with a light brown Zig marker.  Notice that I worked in small sections.  I outlined a small part of my image and then softened it with my waterbrush:


I work in small sections because if you let your marker dry too much, it makes it more difficult to blend.  I continued the process of outlining and softening with the waterbrush until the whole image was outlined:


It is important to allow your paint to dry completely before painting the leaves.  If the background is still wet, then the paint in the leaves will bleed out into the background.

I colored all of my leaves with red, orange and yellow Peerless watercolor paint.  You could use absolutely any watercolor paint you like.  I simply picked up my colors with a waterbrush and colored within the lines.


Here is a closeup of the card to show you how I finished it.  I stamped a strip of paper and colored it exactly like my leaves in the circle.  To add a bit more depth to both card pieces, I edged the watercolor paper with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and a sponge.  As a final touch, I took some watered down dark brown paint and splattered it onto my card to give it a splotchy look that I think matches well with a fall theme.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great weekend!