234 posts categorized "Laura Fulcher"


Sun 26

Golden Plumed Feather
by Laura Fulcher

Greetings friends. I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Today I want to talk about using up your scraps in cardmaking. I absolutely love making backgrounds with paints and inks. In my early days of crafting, I would throw away the ones I didn't like. Sometimes I didn't like the colors I used and sometimes it just looked like a big mess. Here is a background I made that I didn't really like:


I had taken watercolor paper and dabbed it in a whole bunch of watercolor paints. When it was dry, I tried to stencil over it using a floral stencil and some gold paint. There was a lot going on in the design, and I wasn't really fond of all the paint blobs. However, I knew not to discard it because I knew it would be perfect for die cutting. The beauty of die cutting is that you can just cut out the pieces that you like. Plus, if you use a layering die such as the one I used on today's card, the top layer often hides the flaws of the bottom layer.

Here is what the feather looked like after I cut out the solid background and added the gold detailed layer on top:


Next, I added a second smaller feather on top, a few jewels and a sentiment. Don't throw away your mistakes! I promise you there is always something there you can use.






Sat 25

Celestial Hello
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to show you a night scene with some of the new layering cloud dies. I usually make them into day scenes, but they work equally as well for night.

To make my background, I started with Memory Box watercolor paper then dabbed the paper into puddles of Colorburst watercolor powders mixed with a lot of water. That gave me a splotchy background of dark blues and purples:


To make it look more like a night scene, I then smudged places of my cardstock with black Distress Ink. Start out light and then add more black as needed. To finish the look and to create "stars," I splattered the whole piece with watered down white acrylic paint.

Next, I cut out my layers of clouds from white cardstock. I thought about using a light grey, but I wanted to have a high contrast with the background and settled on white. To add a bit of interest to the clouds, I edged them with C00, c1 and C2 Copic markers.

I layered all of the cloud pieces on top of each other by adding some foam tape between each layer. I liked the dimension of the foam tape. To finish everything, I added silver stars and my die cut sentiment:


Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Sun 26

Best Wishes
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to feature the new Curlicue Plate. It makes a really beautiful background. To make the card, I first started with some of the white Memory Box woodgrain paper and spritzed it with blue and green sprays:


I let the colors meld together and then dry completely before adding my curlicue background that was cut from white cardstock. To finish the card, I added my sentiment as well as a new butterfly die. I wanted everything to coordinate, so I used the same color cardstock as the notecard to cut out the shadow for the sentiment and the details of the butterfly:


Thanks so much for stopping by today!






Sat 25

Hugs for You
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Today I wanted to share a background made out of Distress Inks. It is a good way to really highlight any dies that you might have.

To make the background, I sponged Distress Inks onto white cardstock in the following order: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron Squeezed Lemon, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry. I was in the mood for really bright and happy colors.  I then cut out by sponged background using one of the new nesting dies that has an arch at the top.

Next, I spritzed the piece with water to give it a speckled look. Here is a closeup:


To finish the card, I added my dies as well as some rhinestones to include a little extra bling. I really like the detail you get from the Curved Cap Pinpoint Layer die. The little pinpoints really add a lot of interest to the edges.

Thanks for stopping by today!






Sun 15

Watercolor Sending Love
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I have been making Valentine's Day cards, but I prefer to make cards that can be used year-round. I made this sending love card to have on hand in case I loved one who needs a little bit of support in the mail.

To make the card, I started with the smooth side of Memory Box watercolor paper and wet a strip on the paper with a large paintbrush and some clean water. I then touched different spots on the wet strip with some of my favorite colors of watercolor paint. The paint spread easily because the paper was pre-wet, and the color stayed in the areas I had wet with my paintbrush. Here is the finished look when it dried:


Next, I cut out a heart using one of my new dies. This is what it looked like:


The Pinpoint Burst Heart die adds all the little lines to the heart, which makes it a bit more interesting. To finish the card, I added my sentiment as well as some rhinestones:


I cut my card into a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square, but I will mail it in a standard A2 envelope so that it won't require any extra postage.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!






Wed 04

Love You Coffee
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. The new release of dies has a coffee/tea die that works well for Valentines Day, but honestly, I can see myself using it year-round. Nothing is quite as comforting as a warm and cozy drink, and it is a great way to let someone know you are thinking of them.

To make the card, I made used 8 1/4" x 3 1/4" kraft cardstock and ran it through my die cutting machine. I cut out the heart using mirror paper and then attached it to the kraft background so that the lines matched up.

For the rest of the card, I cut out the cup base and heart using patterned paper and then layered the same patterned paper onto the "love" and "you." I wanted just a touch of bling, so I cut out the hearts for the words using red glitter paper. The nice thing about Memory Box glitter paper is that it doesn't come off your card and go everywhere.

Here is a close up:


The cardstock base is a standard slime line card, which measures 3 1/2" x 8 1/2." The large red heart hangs over the edge a bit, but the card still fits in a standard business envelope. I refuse to pay extra postage!

Have a fantastic day,







Thu 22

Glittery Thanks
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I am once again using the new Valentine dies for holiday cards. I don't know about you, but I have to make a ton of thank you cards this time of year. It might be a bit presumptuous of me, but I think I will need Christmas and birthday thank you card really soon.

To make the card, I first made my own floral textured background with one of Memory Box's wonderful 3-D embossing folders. You really do get a lot of depth and dimension. One thing to remember before running your paper and folder through your die cutting machine is to lightly mist your paper or wipe it down gently with a baby wipe so that the pattern doesn't crack in the embossing folder. The 3-D embossing folders have a lot of detail, but they put a lot of pressure on the fibers of your paper. Pre-wetting the cardstock with water will really help with that.

Next, I cut out my heart outline and inside of the hearts with glitter paper. It might be the holidays, but I really have been enjoying sparkle and bling right now.

To finish the card, I added my sentiment in grey Versafine ink as well as a few clear rhinestones. Here is a close up:


Thank you so much for stopping by!







Wed 14

In Between Seasons
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Memory Box has a new Valentine release, but I'm not quite finished with my Christmas cards yet. I thought it would be a good idea to pair one of the new Valentine dies with Christmas items to make a card. I am a great proponent of practical crafting items that can be used year-round.

To make the card, I cut out my heart from a paper pack called "Garland." I thought it matched the Valentine/Christmas theme really well. I also paired it with a holly branch die as well as a sweet bird die.

The sentiment comes from a clear stamp set called "Sweet Christmas." It includes this sentiment as well as another that would pair well with a heart/hearts. It reads, " Christmas is not about the gifts we receive but rather the love we give."

I added a bit of Pine Needles Distress ink to my bright green leaves to give them a bit of dimension. Here is a close up:


To finish everything, I embossed my sentiment in gold and added a few gems for the holly berries.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!







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!