153 posts categorized "Laura"


Sun 29

Sunflower Greetings
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Have you tried the Memory Box 3-D embossing folders yet?  They really give you a lot of detail and the image is deeply etched on the paper.  Here is a close up of the embossing folder details without ink:


And with ink.....


To run a 3-D folder through a Big Shot, you are going to open the base plate to Tab 1 and then run the folder through with one of the clear plates on top (instead of the usually two).  Important!  For a crisp image, spritz you paper lightly with water before running the folder through the machine.

To make my colorful sunflower, I ran white cardstock through my Big Shot with my sunflower embossing folder.  Next, I airbrushed the flower with Copic markers using my airbrush machine.  You could also use water-based markers with a hand-pumped airbrush pump or sponge color on top with an sponge blender and ink.  I recommend Distress Ink or Distress Oxide ink.  It is important to use a VERY light hand when applying the ink with a sponge.  Take the time to gradually blend the ink up to be the color you want.

To finish the card, I added my sentiment as well as some glitter paper for extra pizazz and some pretty Spring patterned paper.

I have to admit, when I ran the paper through the machine with my white cardstock, I really liked the image as-is.  I kept telling myself that I couldn't just emboss some paper and then stick it onto a card, but the thing is, I really like the look of the plain floral card.  It is a 5 minute card.  Emboss, glue, done.  I made a greeting card, but it would make a great quick thank you card or thinking of you card.  I couldn't resist adding a bit more of the glitter paper though.  I am addicted to the stuff:


I wish you all health during these trying times.  Be safe everyone.







Tue 25

More with Stencils
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been playing more with my watercolor paints and stencils.  I did another post with this technique, and I just can't stop making cards.

I started with the new Memory Box watercolor paper, spritzed it with water and then painted it with red, yellow and orange paint. 


While the watercolors were wet, I placed my stencil on top and let the piece dry so that I was left with the ghost image of my stencil on my paint:


Here is the finished look.  I chose the stencil because it reminded me of sunburst, which I thought would pair well with my sentiment:


I cut out a circle with one of the Scallop Pinpoint Circle Cut Out dies.  The nice thing about the nesting Memory Box dies is that they are already pre-cut for you.  You don't have to separate them using wire cutters and don't have to file away any parts that didn't cut well.  The circles come with tape on the back to help keep them together before you use them the first time:


I layered the pieces of the card and added my sentiment.  Here is a close up of the stencil background:


Is there a stencil technique you would like a tutorial for?  Let me know!







Mon 17

Blog Blitz Begins Today
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Memory Box has a lot of newly released products and we will be focusing on them this week starting today (Monday, February 17th) and going through Sunday (February 23rd).  Every designer this week will also be offering one of the new products as a prize.  All you have to do is leave comments for a chance to win.

I really wanted to focus on glitter today.  Specifically, I want to talk about the new glitter papers and glitter glue as well as a technique I like to do with glitter glue and acetate.

Memory Box has two new glitter 6" x 6" paper packs.  One of them is called Delicate Pastel and the other is Twinkling Jewel.  Both paper packs include 24 heavy weight sheets (12 colors per pack/2 sheets per color).  The best part?  The glitter does NOT come off onto your fingers!  Your card recipients will not be covered in sparkle.

Another thing I like about the paper?  The glitter glues look fantastic when paired with the papers.  Look how closely these colors match.  You could add a layer of glitter paper to your card and then coordinate it with a glitter glue:


For my card today, I used some patterned paper for the background and a piece of glitter paper behind the egg opening.  It is hard to tell from the picture, but there is a piece of acetate behind the egg opening for extra support and the white die cut is popped up on top of the glitter paper with foam tape.


To make the eggs, I wanted to use one of my favorite acetate/glitter glue techniques.  I love the look of acetate, but it is often difficult to figure out how to adhere it to a card so that the adhesive doesn't show.  In this case, I used the glitter glue as the adhesive, so you are meant to see the glue.


I cut out eggs with white cardstock and acetate.


I then added a blob of glue to the center of the white cardstock and then stuck the acetate on top.  Notice that I didn't bother spreading out the glue.  I just let the acetate spread out the glue when I place it on top.  It will take a bit of time for it to dry before you can adhere the eggs to the card.  I love using this technique to make shiny butterfly or dragonfly wings.  You could use colored cardstock instead of the white, but I let the colored glitter glue do all of the work and I ended up with specked shiny eggs.

Want to win the new Bunny Egg Collage die?  Leave a comment to this post before 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, February 23rd.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 24th at 6pm EST.  Good luck! 









Fri 14

Watercolor Stencil Print Technique
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I to talk about how to combine watercolor paint and the stencil of your choice to create a decorative background.  Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design all have new releases of stencils, so I thought this would be the perfect time to show you one method for using the beautiful patterns.


To begin, I took a piece of the new Memory Box watercolor paper and taped it to a heavy piece of chipboard using some washi tape.  The new watercolor paper is a thick 140lb paper that resists warping.  I taped it down to really keep it flat, even if I ended up using a ton of water.


Next, I wet my watercolor paper in a free-form shape with some water and a paintbrush and then added some blue and green watercolor paint to the pre-wet area.  I used Peerless watercolor paints, but you could use absolutely any paint you like.  I wanted to give the impression of grass and sky without actually painting distinct lines.


While the paint was still wet, I placed my stencil (Birch Press Design Ring Tile stencil) on top and then placed some heavy objects onto the edges of my stencil to hold it down onto the paint.  Don't worry if the stencil pops up a bit in places.  With this technique, you will have some areas with distinct patterns and some areas where the stencil didn't make great contact with the paper.  I think you will find that the finished piece looks great with the variety of impressions you will get.

Let the stencil and paint air dry.  This will take 30 minutes or so.  It really depends on how much water you use.  I would recommend letting the stencil dry naturally so that you don't burn your stencil with a heat gun or hair dryer and you don't move the paint around trying to blow it dry.


When your piece is dry and you remove your stencil, you are left with a patterned watercolor background.  Think of all the possibilities you can create by changing colors and stencil patterns!


To finish the card, I added my floral die cut, some brand new Fairy Sugar glitter glue for dimension and interest, and a sentiment tied with a bow.

I hope you will give the technique a try.  My advice is to do several backgrounds at once and give yourself some space to have them air dry.  The backgrounds are a fantastic thing to have on hand when you need to make a quick card.







Fri 07

Copic Friendship
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I am continuing my striped theme with my latest card.  Once I glued my pink/red strips to another piece of cardstock, I ran the paper through my die cut machine with a heart die to cut out a heart window.  The die has faux stitching around the edges that adds a nice embellished element to the card.

Next, I stamped my flower onto XPress It Copic paper using Black Memento ink.  I colored the flower with several red markers (R22, R32, and R39) and the leaves with green markers (G14 and G19).

I don't know about you, but I am not very good about fussy cutting around an image, but I am not the best at it.  Here is what my image looked like:


I definitely didn't want to cut deep into the leaf areas.  Who has time for that?  One of the things I like to do is color the white areas with a grey marker so that it isn't quite as noticeable.  Here is a close up after I colored it with the grey marker:


It is a subtle difference, but it helps "cover" the areas that weren't cut out very well.


To finish the card, I popped up my flower and added a few rhinestones to the center.

Have a great weekend!







Sun 26

Continuing with Stripes
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  The other day I posted a striped hugs card.  While I was making that card, I made several cards using up my pink and red scraps of paper.  After all, if you are going to glue strips of paper together, you might as well make several cards at the same time.  Right?

For the first card today, I glued my strips of paper to cardstock first and then die cut through the strips at the same time.  Here is a close up:


Next, I glued some vellum behind the heart shaped window and glued everything onto magenta cardstock.  To finish the card, I added a pink heart to the center, added a rhinestone and then stamped my sentiment.


For the second card, I made two sets of striped paper.  The first was red and the second was pink.  I cut both using heart dies and then popped the pink heart up with foam tape on top of the red.  To finish the card, I stamped my sentiment, cut it out by hand and then popped it up onto the card as well.


I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend.







Sun 19

Vellum Hugs
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been seeing so many cards with stripes lately that I was inspired to make my own.  For my card, I went through my scrap bin and cut pink and red cardstock into 1/4" strips.  I tried to use lots of different shades as well as a few metallic papers for interest.

Next, I lined up the strips onto another piece of cardstock and glued them all down.  Gluing them onto another piece of cardstock allowed me to cut the top and the bottom of all of the strips using my paper cutter so that they would all line up.

Here is a close up of the center:


For the central part of the card, I cut out the hugs sentiment using black cardstock and a vellum heart using one of the Double Stitch Loving Heart dies.  Both the Hugs die (in black) and the Double Stitch die (in vellum) are meant to coordinate with each other, so it makes layering the two quite easy.  The vellum is completely optional, but it adds a bit of interest to the card and it makes the word "hugs" easy to read over the stripes.

You could use this card for Valentine's Day, but the design allows you to use different colors and send the card year-round to someone who just needs a hug.

Have a fantastic Sunday!






Sun 12

Copic Valentine
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend.  I wanted to share a Valentine to you, but honestly, it can be used year-round. 

To make the card, I started by cutting out the big heart:


The heart cuts out a solid white heart (which I will save for another card).  It also leaves a stitched heart decoration that makes an excellent frame for the rest of the card.

I placed a piece of vellum behind the open heart:


Next, I cut out a leafy heart and colored it with a BG45 Copic marker:


To add a bit more interest, I colored part of each leaf with a BG49 Copic marker:


To finish the card, I glued the leafy heart on top of the vellum heart and added my Love sentiment:


Have a fantastic Sunday!







Sat 04

Happy Thoughts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a card that I thought was fitting to start the new year.  I think all of us could use a little positivity to begin 2020.

Before I talk about today's card, I want to talk about the embossing folder I have used in my last couple samples.  It is called Shining Mandala and will actually be part of the February release. Consider the samples a preview of what is to come. I was sent the folder early and didn't realize that it wasn't part of the January release.  I apologize for not noticing my mistake. The tutorial works for the new Heart Bouquet 3D folder, which is the embossing folder that is currently available.  I hope you will anticipate the next 3D folder that will be coming shortly.

For today's card, I used a couple of my favorite art supplies... Distress Oxide inks and Pan Pastel chalks.

I started by creating a background:


I started with white cardstock, sponged it with some Distress Oxide inks and then splattered the whole thing with water to get the splotches.


To color the butterfly, I sponged the butterfly with Pan Pastel chalks that I thought matched the colors in my background.

The new Pinpoint Leaf Circle Collage die makes a nice frame for the card.  It runs through your die cut machine like any other die and creates a pinpoint pattern of leaves as it cuts out the center of the circle.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!







Sun 29

Friendship Across the Miles
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  When I wrote my tutorial about using 3D embossing folders, I went ahead and made a ton of backgrounds.  After all, when you have things set up, why not make a bunch to have on hand? The Shining Mandala folder will be part of the Memory Box February release.

For today's card, I used the embossed background as well as one of the images from the Friendship Floral Heart clear stamp set.  I absolutely love that the set has a ton of sentiment to send your friends. I stamped the image onto 140lb watercolor paper with black versafine ink and then colored my flower with Zig clean color real brush markers.  I then softened all of the colors using a waterbrush.

Here is a close up of the flower:


I cut out the flower with detail scissors and then glued it along with the sentiment onto my 3D background.

Do you send more cards to your friends or family?  I am just curious.

Have a wonderful end to your weekend.