137 posts categorized "Laura"


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!



Fri 30

Watercoloring Die Cuts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about watercoloring your die cuts.  For my project today, I started by cutting my poinsettia and leaves out of 140lb cold press watercolor paper.  I then chose to color them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I like the control you get by using a marker rather than paint and a brush.

I started with my poinsettia petals and placed my darkest color of red:


Next, I softened the edges with a pink marker.  The pink is a much lighter color, but because it has a brush nib, the red won't end up staining the pink nib:


I left a little bit of white space on the edges so that I could soften the pink with a waterbrush and get a gradient of color:


Next it was on to the leaves.  I did the same process, but with my greens:



To finish the card, I added an oval from a Halloween set, a sentiment and a few rhinestones for the center of the poinsettia.

Adding color to a card is wonderful, but what about a monochromatic look?  Dave Brethauer made a gorgeous monochromatic card for the latest catalog.  It is a great card to me mass produced for the holidays:


Now it is giveaway time! For your chance to win the new Ruffled Poinsettia die, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, September 1. The winner will be randomly selected and announced right here on this blog the next day on Monday, September 2. Good luck!







Thu 22

Haunted House
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Aaagh...a new release of Halloween/Fall and Holiday items.  There are stamps as well as dies, so be sure to check out the Memory Box website to see all of the new goodies.

I wanted to make a Halloween card, and I was inspired to make a blue themed card since I had never made a Halloween card with blue before.

To make the background, I started with 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper and taped it down onto a board to help keep it flat.  I then wet the paper with water and added random splotches of blue watercolor paint on top.  Next, I added a bit of white and grey watercolor paint.  I find that those two colors often give you a marbled effect.  Once the paint dried, I splattered it with silver metallic watercolor paint.  I let the paper dry before doing this so that the silver paint would have distinct splotches and wouldn't bleed into the other colors:


One of the things I like to do with a background is cut out my die cuts from the center and then use the rest of the paper as a background.  The layers you add to the card hide the fact that there is a big hole in your background.  You end up with die cuts that match your background and you also get the most use out of your paper:


The final step was to layer everything and add a few silver clouds before popping the witch up with foam tape.


I hope you are as excited as I am about the new release!  Save the date for Monday, August 26th.  We will be starting a blog blitz with the latest goodies and you will have a chance to win prizes!




Tue 13

Very Vellum
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hadn't played with vellum in a while, so I thought that I would bring some out for my card today.  Before I used the vellum though, I first needed to color my image.

I started with some 140lb watercolor paper and stamped my Rose Bouquet on top with black Versafine ink.  I next colored the image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush:


Vellum is a tricky medium because it looks beautiful, but it is difficult to figure out how to attach it without your glue showing.  For my background vellum, I glued the center part underneath the flowers so that the glue would be hidden.  I left the edges free of adhesive so that you wouldn't see it.  I used really heavy vellum so that the edges didn't curl up like thin weight vellum would have.

For the vellum with my sentiment, I stamped by words using black Memories ink and allowed it to dry.  I added a strip of white behind the sentiment so that you could read it easier, but I didn't adhere the vellum to that white strip.  It simply lays on top of the strip and then I folded the vellum behind the flowers and glued it there so that it would be hidden:


What about you?  Do you use a lot of vellum on your cards?  Have a great day!







Sun 11

Warm Colors Watercolor Background
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  If you hadn't heard, August's card challenge is "Some Like it Hot," and features warm colors such as red, orange, and yellow.  I thought I would join in the challenge and share a card I made with some watercolor paints.

Step one was to take 140lb watercolor paper and make watercolor stripes using red, orange, and yellow watercolor paint (I used my Koi watercolors).  Once the lines were painted, I added some gold metallic watercolor paint on top to add an extra bit of interest:


Next, I cut some poppies out of white cardstock and again with my painted background:


Next, I layered the painted poppy behind the white poppy layer so that it had just a hint of color for the center of the flower.

I popped up the white frame onto the card with foam tape and then added my flowers.

Here is a close up of the background and flowers:


I hope everyone has a great weekend!