220 posts categorized "Laura Fulcher"


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!







Sun 22

Many Hellos
by Laura Fulcher


Greeting friends. I posted another card the other day using the same flower and hello dies. I wanted a chance to share a different design with you. One piece of advice I have for cardmakers is to cut several extra dies while you have your die cutting machine out. There is nothing better when making a card than to find out that you had already die cut the pieces. I store my extras in the same envelope as the the dies so that I don't lose them.

For today's card, I cut out the word hello many times from the same pack of green paper to get a gradient of colors. On my last card, I used the solid pieces of the word hello, and on this card, I used the outlines of the letters. It is great to get different looks from the same die.

I layered my words onto the card so that each row was a different color of green. I started at the bottom and then worked my way up to the top so that I wouldn't have a weird gap in the middle of the card to try and fit my letters.

Here is a close up:


To finish the card, I added some flowers that I cut the other day and added some leaves from an older die set.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!







Thu 19

Layered Daisies
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I needed a happy card to send a friend, so I automatically thought of the new Daisy Stem die. I thought it would also pair well with the Exquisite Leaf Frame.

For my card, I decided to use the frame but wanted it to be smaller in size. I started by cutting the frame roughly in half:


Next, I layered the two pieces together to make a smaller frame:


To make the flowers of the card, I die cut the petals, stem and stamen from cardstock and then edged the pieces with Distress Ink to give them a bit of dimension. For the yellow petals, I added some Fossilized Amber ink as well as a smidge of Wild Honey ink. For the centers of the flower, I added a touch of Walnut Stain ink. When I assembled the larger flowers, I added a touch of foam tape between the layers to make them pop:


Thanks so much for stopping by today!







Tue 10

Marvelous Metallics
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. One of the most exciting things about the new Memory Box release is that there are now new foil plates and dies! Break out your foil machines and start adding dynamic and elegant shine to your projects. I decided to pair some of Memory Box's Mirror Paper with the foil to really make the shine of the card "pop."

To make the card, I first used a foil machine to add the Sunburst and Posh Hugs sentiment to black cardstock. If you haven't seen foil on cards, you end up with a very shiny surface that looks like letterpress. It isn't raised like heated embossing powder. The results look quite professional as if they were printed onto the paper. Here is a close up of the shine:


The Sunburst Plate created a frame for my butterfly in the center. The Stella Butterfly die comes with the solid background die as well as the detailed/intricate die that is layered on top of the background. I used gold mirror paper to cut out the solid butterfly and black cardstock to cut out the detailed butterfly. To finish the card, I popped up the wings with a little foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by!







Sat 23

Watercolor and Copic Florals
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to share a card I made with a quick and easy watercolor background as well as some die cut poppies I colored with Copic markers.

To make the background, I started with some Memory Box watercolor paper, an acrylic block and some Distress Inks. I inked up the acrylic block with blues and greens to give the impression of sky and ground, spritzed the block with water and then gently placed it onto my watercolor paper.

Hint...it is a really good idea to let the block sit for a bit on the paper so that the paint has a chance to absorb into the paper and you won't get ink splatters everywhere.


One thing I learned the hard way is that if you have an acrylic block with a grid and use that side for your ink, the grid will actually transfer onto the paper. I didn't realize this would happen because I couldn't feel the grid with my finger. Here are the two backgrounds I created. The one with the grid is on the left side and the one using the smooth side of the block is on the right:


I will save the grid background for another project.

For my poppies, I used the picture on the die package as a guideline for colors and shading. I didn't use the picture exactly, but it was a great inspirational piece:


The Copic markers I chose for the petals were R20, R35 and R46. For the leaves, I used G24, G14 and YG05.

To finish the card, I layered everything onto an embossed background. I purposely left the card blank because I haven't decided what occasion I will use for the card.

Have a fantastic weekend!







Wed 23

Watercolor 2-Ways
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I made two watercolor backgrounds that I used for die-cutting and I thought I would share both of them with you.

For the first background, I used Colorburst watercolor powders and watercolor paper. This is what the background looked like before I cut it:


To make the background, I sprinkled blue and green watercolor powders onto a non-stick craft sheet and then spritzed the powders with water. I placed my watercolor paper on top of the wet powders and smooshed it into the puddles of color. I set the paper aside to dry. Once it was dry, I sprayed the paper lightly with water to get little droplets on the paper. I like the splotchy look you get by doing that. I then cut out the leafy frame using this paper. I like all the variegation of color you get from this background.

For the flowers, I did a second watercolor technique. This is what the finished paper looked like:


For this background, I took watercolor paper, wet it with water and then randomly colored it with red, orange and yellow watercolor paint. While the paper was still wet, I placed a piece of bubble wrap on top of the paint. I let the whole thing dry and then removed the bubble wrap. Next, I cut out all my little flowers.

Here is a close up of the frame and flowers:


To finish the card, I cut out the background for the sentiment from the same green background and added the yellow letter layer on top. For the flowers, I popped up the center (yellowish) flower up with some foam tape and added orange rhinestones to the centers of all the flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!








Sun 13

Mirror Card Birthday Greetings
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I was in need of a birthday card, so I thought I would break out some of the new mirror paper. Nothing says birthday to me quite like vibrant and shiny cardstock! To make the card, I cut 1/2" strips of mirror paper from the same 6" x 6" paper pack. I like using paper from the same pack because you know the papers will coordinate well with each other.

I placed the strips of paper onto a piece of 5 1/4" x 4" cardstock so that I had two directions of diagonal stripes. For my flower, I cut out a gold flowers using paper from the same paper pack. The floral die comes with three layers, but I chose to only use two. Here is a close up of the flower. I love the detail you get from the dies:


To attach the flower, I glued the bottom layer of petals to the card and popped up the second layer of petals with foam tape for some dimension. I finished by adding a leaf and my birthday greeting.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you aren't too tired after losing an hour, but the extra sunlight is always welcome.