226 posts categorized "Laura Fulcher"


Sat 15

Winter Landscape
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a card that is rather quick and easy to make, even if it looks like it might take a bit of time. It is actually a good one if you need to crank out about 20 holiday cards.

To make my winter scene, I cut a wavy hill free hand out of a scrap of cardstock. I then placed it at the top third of my card and used it as a mask as I sponged my sky in Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink. I added a bit of Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink around the top edge, but to be honest, It blended a lot with my first color and you can hardly see it.

I flipped my hill mask over so that the hill was going in the opposite direction and then placed it in the middle of my cardstock and lightly sponged the top of the hill with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.

For the final hill, I flipped the hill mask over once again (you can see that it matches the top hill) and once again sponged the top of the mask with Broken China ink. I then spritzed the whole thing with water so that the ink would look splotchy and give the impression of snow.

Here is a close up of the hills:


For the trees, I used the new Little Trees dies and cut them out of three colors of green cardstock. I kept the larger of the trees in the front and cut them from the darkest paper. As the trees move farther away, I made them smaller and used lighter paper. Things in the distance often look smaller and grayer, so I thought I should keep that into account for my card. The top trees I cut even smaller than the die so that they would look very far away. I then added a bit of Dew Drop glitter glue to the top of each tree for sparkle.

As a finishing step, I added my sentiment and then added a bit of C1 Copic marker to the base of the trees for dimension.

Have a great weekend!






Sat 08

Glittery Winter Wonderland
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a Christmas card with you that has a lot of sparkle. It is a layered scenic card that has a white pine framed layer on top of a white and blue glittered forest path.

To make the card, I first cut out the Pine Needle Frame using plain white cardstock. I wanted the top layer to coordinate with the rest of the card, but I didn't want to have it blend in too much with the glittery background.

Next, I cut out a white sparkled background from the Majestic Hues glitter paper pack. The nice thing about the glitter paper is that it doesn't flake off of your card and go everywhere. I then ran the die through my die cut machine a second time using blue glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Paper pack. I used more of the same blue glitter paper for the sky.

To see more of the sparkle of the card, here is a second view:


To finish the card, I die cut my sentiment and birds out of dark red cardstock.

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






Sun 04

Creating Halloween Decor
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I thought now would be a good time to share a 3-D Halloween ornament with you for those of you who enjoy making their own holiday decorations. My design can either be hung like an ornament, or I have it sitting up on my desk for decoration.

To make the display, I used a combination of new release die cuts as well as older dies. I encourage you to look at the various dome layer dies because there are so many that can be used for Christmas or winter as well as Halloween and fall.

The highlight of the display is the new Fancy Gate Globe die that I used in the front. I really wanted it to be the star of the show and open up to reveal an vignette in the back. I cut the gate out of black mirror paper so that it really shines and looks different from the plain black cardstock I used in the back of the card.

I also used a couple of the new ghost dies in the gates so that they added a spooky front to the card.

When you open up the gates, this is what you see:


I added some spooky trees in dark grey as well as a hill and the brand new Creepy Cabin die. I chose a bright orange for the house so that it would really pop, but I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the top to give it an aged look.

To finish the display, I added some Halloween twine to the top.

Here is another view of the layers:


A list of the items I used on the card:

94623 Fancy Gate Globe die

94532 Nested Globes die

94491 Snowglobe Backer

94509 Winter Wood Dome Layer

94508 Haunted House Dome Layer

94634 Creepy Cabin

94622 Ghosts in the Forest

FP1003 Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad


Thanks so much for stopping by today!





Sat 06

Sprayed Backgrounds
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a background I made using some of the white woodgrain paper by Memory Box. The paper has a subtle print to it and holds inks and sprays really well. I sprayed this piece with a lot of Dylusions sprays and water. The woodgrain paper hardly warped at all. Here is a close up so that you can see the woodgrain a bit better:


I cut out my sprayed woodgrain paper using a rectangle die. I cut the die out a second time so that I would have a white frame that would fit the colored background.

To finish the card, I added some leaves I die cut and then embossed. The butterflies were an excellent excuse to use up some paper scraps I had. I don't know about you, but sometimes when I create my own backgrounds with inks and stencils, some of them don't turn out very good. I always save those scraps for diecutting. After all, when you cut the papers into smaller pieces, you tend to not see the imperfections.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Fri 29

Leaves and Butterfly
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a card that really highlights the new Tropical Leaves embossing folder with coordinating dies. I absolutely love the detail and texture you get with these items!

To create my leaves, I first cut out my leaves using a die cutting machine and green cardstock. Next, I lightly spritzed my leaves with water and placed them into my embossing folder and ran it through the die cut machine once again to add detail to the leaves. The light misting of water will give you better results. Here is a closeup of the leaf when it is just cut out next to the same leaf that has then been embossed. You can really see the detail you get:


Next, I ran my white cardstock through my die cut machine using the pinpoint leaf plate. I love the soft detail it gives you for a background because it doesn't detract from anything you layer on top of it:


As a final step, I added my butterfly on top of the leaves. I decided to leave off a sentiment because I want to have it as a generic blank card to add to my emergency card stash. Do you have one of those as well?

Thanks for stopping by!







Thu 28

Soft Monochrmatic Floral Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Monochromatic cards are one of my favorite looks. They often lend themselves to a clean and simple look. To make the card, I first started by creating my soft blue background.

For the background, I used my favorite Distress Ink color, which is Tumbled Glass. I like how it is a lighter blue that you can also easily build up the color. I find that if you start lightly applying the ink in the center and then slowly working your way out from the center in larger and larger circles, you are less likely to get lines from your sponge transferred onto your paper. I repeated this process four times until the ink was the color I wanted and all the splotchy areas were replaced by smooth coverage. As a final step, I lightly spritzed the paper with water to give the background a mottled look. Here is  a close up:


For the next step, I diecut my flowers out of white cardstock and lightly colored the stamens with a very pale Copic marker (YG0000). I wanted there to be just a hint of color. As a final step, I added my sentiment and a few clear jewels.

Thanks so much for stopping by today? What is your go-to monochromatic color you use a lot on cards? Do you have one?







Sun 03

Ahoy There!
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. The new release of products has me in a nautical frame of mind. I chose to use the new fish 3D embossing folder, and although you can get great results using the coordinating dies and stencils, I wanted to show you it is also a great folder on its own.

As with any 3D folder, it is a good idea to spritz your paper lightly with water before running it through the die cut machine. You get such incredible detail from the folder:


After I embossed my fish, I cut out out an anchor and rope frame to add to the card. The "You Anchor Me" stamp/die set included both the sentiment I chose and the anchor die. To add a bit of dimension, I popped the anchor up with some foam tape and added some neutral twine.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!






Mon 06

Rainbow Butterfly Ensemble
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I am sharing a bright and happy butterfly card with lots (and lots) of bling. I just couldn't help myself!

To make the card, I started by running my pinpoint leaf plate through my die cut machine to add a subtle design to the background. I like that the background is subtle and doesn't interfere with all the colors on top.

Next, I cut out the butterflies using different colors of mirror paper and made flight trails using a large assortment of rhinestones. Finally, I added a foiled sentiment to the card using the new hot foil die plates. Here is a close up:


Thanks so much for stopping by today! What is your record for number of rhinestones on a card? I think this is my record breaker.






Sat 04

Layered Distress Oxide Inks
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I wanted to share a card I made using multiple layers of Distress Oxide Inks for a tone on tone look.

I started with a piece of white cardstock and then sponged stripes of Candied Apple, Spice Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks:


My tip would be to use a very light touch and gradually build your colors. You don't want to end up with sharp edges from your sponge and ink. Don't be afraid to go back and add more color to smooth out the transition between different colors.

Next, I placed my stencil on top of my background and sponged the same exact colors of Distress Oxide inks through the stencil openings:


Add lots of ink to the stencil openings. Looking back on my finished card, I wish I had added a bit more orange ink so that those butterflies would be darker. Here is a close up of the tone-on-tone inked butterflies:


To finish my card, I added my hugs die cut sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Sat 28

Embossed Stencil
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Memory Box has a new butterfly stencil that I wanted to use for today's card. I started by laying down strips of leftover cardstock onto a white panel of cardstock. this is a great way of using up your scraps. I then placed the butterfly stencil on top of the stripes and adhered it to the card using washi tape.

To color the butterflies, I sponged white Unicorn ink onto the open spaces of the stencil and then embossed the piece using opaque white embossing powder. Here is a close up:


I thought the cardstock stripes and the spacing of the ink looked like shiplap you put on your walls. Of course, I may just be watching too many remodeling shows on tv.

To finish the card, I added some jewels as well as my diecut message.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!