148 posts categorized "Laura"


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.




Tue 24

3D Embossing Folder Tutorial
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. In the latest Memory Box release, there is a new 3D embossing folder called Heart Bouquet.  The advantage of using a 3D folder is that you get incredible dimensional layers in your paper.  There are a couple of steps though to make sure that you get a good impression. For the tutorial today though, I will be using an embossing folder called Shining Mandala that will be part of the February release.  The tutorial works for any of the 3D folders!

I have a Sizzix Big Shot, so I will be sharing steps for using this die cutting machine.

1.  Spritz your paper lightly before putting it in the folder.  This will give you a much better impression.

2. Open the base plate to "Tab A," which is the embossing folder setting

3. Place folder with cardstock inside on top of the base plate.

4. Place one of the plates on top of the folder (you will only be using one plate).

5. Run the folder through the machine twice to get a good impression.

You can then choose if you want to use the embossed side for your card:


Or, you can flip the paper over and used the debossed (flatter) side:


The impressions you get with a 3D folder are just incredible.  Here is a close up of the background of my card:


To finish the card, I added a heart cut from patterned paper, a strip of vellum and my love sentiment.  I hope everyone will give the folder a try!



Fri 20

Clean and Simple Holiday Thank You
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but this time of year I am in need of thank you cards.  I cheat a little and sometimes make combination Christmas/birthday thank you cards (a perk of having a birthday near Christmas), but overall, I find that it is prudent to have a stack on hand.

To make my card, I started with some beautiful plaid paper from the Dashing Holiday pack and then added my white circle and white die cut letters.  I thought that my snowflakes would get lost in the design if they were also in white paper, so I cut them out of silver metallic cardstock.  Unfortunately, the metallic paper didn't have enough sheen and sparkle to it, so I thought I should help it along by adding some Stickles.

I placed my snowflakes onto a non-stick sheet and painted them with some sparkly glitter glue.  It took a bit of time for them to dry, but I knew it would make less of a mess if I added my sparkle and then added my dried glittery snowflakes to the card:


Here is a closeup of the finished glittered elements:


Good luck finishing up any remaining holiday cards and think about having a few thank you cards on hand.  You just might need them!







Wed 27

Ombre Washi Tape Holiday Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card I made using some of the new wide washi tape from Memory Box.  I decided on a purple ombre card, but you could use any color that you like.  I chose purple because it is my mom's favorite and I wanted to make her a purple Christmas card.  You don't have to restrict yourself to red and green!

Step 1 was to glue 1/2" strips of purple cardstock onto a cardstock base going from dark to light purple.  I added a 1/2" strip of white cardstock in the center as a spacer for my purple strips:


There was a little extra of my base cardstock showing at the top.  I used a larger base than I knew would be on my finished card because I knew once I was done with the strips and tape, I would want to trim everything with my paper cutter so that the strips would match.

The next step was to add a piece of the Twas the Night washi tape over my purple gradient cardstock:


After I added the tape, I trimmed everything and layered it onto my card.  As a final step, I added the Snowflake Marquee die above and below my sentiment that I stamped in purple Versafine ink.

Here is a close up:


I hope if you are traveling for Thanksgiving that you have a very safe trip!







Sat 09

Peace on Earth
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  It has been quite a while since I have played with my watercolor pencils, so I thought it was about time to reacquaint myself with them.  

To make the card, I started by stamping my mistletoe image at the top of white cardstock using black Versafine ink.  I then turned the stamp upside down and stamped it again at the bottom of the card.  I thought the two sprigs of mistletoe made a nice frame for my sentiment in the middle.

To color the mistletoe, I used my Inktense watercolor pencils to color the leaves and berries and then softened everything with a Dove Blender pen.  You could use a paintbrush and water, but I think you have a bit more control with the blender pen because it isn't quite as wet as the brush.  Here is a close up of the coloring to get a better look:


To finish the card, I used the peace die cut and the "on Earth" sentiment before edging the card with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.

Have a great weekend!







Mon 28

Affordable Gifts with Washi Tape
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I recently posted a votive holder I decorated with some washi tape for the holidays.  Today I revisited my local dollar store and picked up a plastic photo album that I thought would be perfect for a quick and easy (and inexpensive) holiday gift.

I first started with my 5" x 6 1/2" album that I got for $1 and chose the Twas the Night washi tape for the cover:


I wanted to go with the washi tape because I knew it would be really easy to adhere to the plastic.  I did remove the red piece of paper that came with the album because I thought the tape showed up much better with white paper behind the cover than the red.

Next, I die cut some holly using the new Dashing Stripes and Dots paper:


I also decided to add a strip of the Watercolor Woodland washi tape to cover the spine of the book.  It wasn't necessary since the photo album looked fine with just the text on the cover, but I thought it added a bit more interest to the finished piece.

All that was left was to add my sentiment:


The Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die cuts four of each letter at a time, so I only had to run the die through my machine once to get all of the letters I wanted.  I decided to cut out my message because I wanted to use paper from the 6" x 6" pack that I knew would coordinate with the other items on the album.

That's it!  It was a quick project, and I am very happy to have a stocking stuffer ready to go this year.  I thought I would add some pictures from years past and leave some room for future pictures.  Although I plan to give the album as a gift, I thought it would also be a nice way to store some of my favorite cards.

I hope everyone has a great week!