136 posts categorized "Laura"


Tue 30

Masked Stenciling
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I was inspired to make a challenge card.  I was over on the Splitcoaststampers.om site and the "Try a New Technique" theme was "Masked Stenciling."  The basic idea is to mask off part of your card front, add a stencil and then add some ink so that you end up with a decorative backdrop for the card.  You can read all about their current challenge here.

For my card, I started by cutting out a circle mask using Eclipse masking tape and a circle die.  I made sure to adhere the masking tape to some cardstock first so that it would run through my die cut machine:


Next, I placed my mask onto my card front so that it ran off of the bottom left-hand corner:


I placed the stencil on top of the mask and then made sure to tape it down really well:


Finally, I used my Copic airbrush to color over the stencil.  You could just as easily sponge the piece with ink.  Important..make sure that you airbrush or sponge the stencil with a straight down motion.  You don't want to have ink seep under the stencil if you can avoid it:


To finish the card, I curved a clear sentiment around my masked stencil area and added some flowers I colored with Copic markers.

Colors for airbrush- B02, B18, G07

Colors for poppy 1- R22, R27

Colors for poppy 2- YR15, YR07

Colors for stems and stamens of both poppies- G09, Y13, Y38

** Please note, I used an older Memory Box stencil that is no longer available.  However, there is a very similar Memory Box chevron stencil that is still available.  I will attach a link to that stencil at the end of this post.

What about you guys?  Do you do a lot of challenges?  Do they help inspire you to be creative and try new techniques?







Sun 28

Copic Refills and Yupo Paper
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I am sharing a card created with Copic refills and Yupo paper.  Copic refills not only can refill your markers, but since they are alcohol ink, you can use them in any project that calls for alcohol ink.  One of the popular methods right now is to pair alcohol ink with a synthetic paper called Yupo.  Yupo works well because it is an incredibly slick surface that lets the alcohol ink blend beautifully on top without losing any of the vibrancy of the color.

To make my background, I started with a a piece of Yupo and then dropped green and blue Copic refill ink on top to make splotches of color.  I sponged the colors a bit with a piece of felt to help the colors bleed even more.  As a finishing touch, I spritzed the whole piece lightly with Copic blending solution to give the colors a splotchy look that I thought paired well with an underwater theme:


I cut out a circle of my background paper and layered the shells on top:


I liked the look of it, but I wanted space in the center for my sentiment, so I glued the white circle piece from the die on top of the center area.  I could have also embossed my sentiment in white.  Here is a closeup of the shell die with the background:


I popped up a nautilus shell that comes with the Seashell Circle Frame set and added my sentiment.  The phrase actually comes as a single line.  However, because the stamp saying is a clear stamp, I was able to cut my phrase in half and layer it as two lines instead of one.

Have you all been using alcohol inks on Yupo?  Do you have a favorite technique?







Sat 27

Rearranging Your Dies
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but sometimes I take my dies and use them exactly as they are when they are cut.  However, you can get a lot of different looks if you cut out your die and then rearrange the parts.

For today's card, I used the Delicate Orchid die, which is an orchid stem positioned inside a circle.  It looks great in that configuration, but I decided to cut out several floral circles, cut them out and make a new design with the pieces.

To make the background, I started with 140lb watercolor paper and painted it with a rectangle of water.  Next, I added some Peerless watercolor paints to my wet rectangle and let the colors bleed together.  The nice part about painting a wet rectangle base first is that it helps the colors blend and lets the paint move up to the edges of the wet area before stopping at the boundary:


Allow the paint to dry.  It will get lighter in color as it dries.

Next, add your die cut pieces and add a few rhinestones for flare:


I encourage you all to cut out some of your dies and play around the pieces to create lots of different looks.  Have a great weekend!







Tue 23

Pan Pastel Backgrounds Pt. 2
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  As you probably have noticed, I have been playing around with my PanPastel chalks a lot with the my diecuts.  I like the soft effects you can get.

For this card, I was inspired by a card by Dave Brethauer where he only glued part of his floral die.  I really liked the 3-D effect you get with having the petals curl away from the card.  Plus, it makes gluing a detailed die SO easy if you only glue part of it!

To make the card, I started with a white notecard and sponged some Violet PanPastel in the center and then added a little  Magenta followed by some Permanent Red Tint (the light pink). When I finished sponging the colors, I decided that I wanted a crisp circle rather than a hazy edge of chalk, so I took an eraser and removed extra chalk to form a circle.  One of the nicest characteristics of PanPastels is they are completely erasable:


To finish the card, I added my peony, my sentiment and a few black glossy dots:


I hope everyone has a great day!








Sat 20

Pan Pastel Backgrounds
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about creating a simple background with PanPastel chalks to really highlight your diecuts.  For my card today, I started with a white cardstock and masked off an area for my sky using large post it notes.  I sponged the area above the post it with Turquoise and Ultramarine chalk.  When I removed the mask, I was left with this:


Next, I reversed my post it and colored the bottom of the card with Chrom Oxide Green and Phthalo Green chalks:


When I removed the Post It, you can see that my chalks didn't quite meet each other in the middle:


I spent a little time buffing my edges with a sponge until the transition was smoother.  To finish the card, I added my daisy silhouettes, a rhinestone for the flower centers, a little washi tape and my sentiment:


I hope everyone has a great weekend!






Sun 14

Spotlighting on Cards
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  One of the nice things about a large stamped image is that you have a lot of versatility.  You can color the whole stamp for a colorful background or you can spotlight one part of the image with color for a dramatic effect.  The advantage of the spotlight is that it is also a lot quicker!

For today's card, I started by embossing the entire Rose Bouquet image as a background using white embossing powder on white cardstock.  It is a subtle effect, but it adds a shiny and elegant background for the the central rose.

Next, I die cut the focal rose and leaves from some 140lb watercolor paper and colored them with watercolor pencils and a Dove blender pen.  The leaves are glued to the card and the rose is popped up with a little foam tape.

The words on the card also come from the Rose Bouquet stamp set.  They were simply stamped on white cardstock strips with black ink and then added to the card.  As a final step, I added a few rhinestones for extra sparkle.

Here is a close up of the embossing and the coloring:


Thanks for stopping by today!







Sat 06

Coloring with Watercolor Pencils
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been using the Rose Bouquet stamp image a lot lately and trying it with different coloring methods.  Today I want to explore coloring with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  You could use a wet paintbrush with watercolor pencils, but you have a bit more control if you use a Dove Blender pen.  The pen is filled with glycerin, so your paper doesn't get as wet as it does when you use a paintbrush.  I also tend to use regular cardsock when I use a blender pen rather than more expensive watercolor paper.

First, I stamped my image with black Versafine ink and then softly added some watercolor pencil to the areas I wanted to be darker:


It is important to not color too hard because harsh lines are harder to soften with the blender pen.  Next, I colored the petals with my blender pen.  I started in the white areas and softened the color into the darker areas.  If my blender pen picked up too much color, I wiped it off onto some scrap paper and continued blending.  Here is a blended flower:


To finish the card, I added the Antique Rose cluster die cut out with black paper and then watercolored the open areas with my pencils and blender pen.  The nice thing about the black cardstock is that if you get pencil or blender pen on the die cut, you won't see it.

Here is a close up of the coloring:


I like the soft look that you get with the pencils, and although there is a lot of area to color, the coloring is really quick and easy.







Thu 04

Striped July Birthday Wishes
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  If you are in the United States, happy 4th!  I wanted to make a card today that used some red, white and blue for the holiday, and I also wanted to include some stripes since that is this month's challenge theme.  One of the nice things about big, bold graphic flowers is that they are so easy to change colors or patterns to fit the occasion or recipient.

To make my stripes, I took a kraft notecard and some Eclipse Masking tape to tape off  a rectangle for my stripes.  Whenever I do this method, I usually start by inking my lightest color over the entire taped off area.  However, when I did this step on my card, my ink was VERY similar to the color of the card:


Yep.  Pretty much the same color.  I tried a couple of layers to try and make it darker, but to no avail.  I do think that this step did make it easier for my next stripes to be applied with smoother ink though, so I don't think the whole process was wasted.  If you do have a slightly darker ink than your card, I would go with that.

Next, I added more strips of tape and sponged on my colors:


I sponged the piece with Vintage Photo, removed the tape, and added more tape before finishing off with some Walnut Stain ink.

Here is a close up of the flowers and stripes:


As a final nod to Independence Day, I made the card into a birthday card. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful day, and if you are celebrating it, a very happy holiday.







Sat 29

Watercolor Poppies
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I am sharing some watercolor poppies that are accented with a little washi tape. I started by making some watercolored paper using some matte and metallic paints:


The paper is 140lb watercolor paper that I wet with water, added some red, pink, and white paint and then finished it with a splattering of gold metallic watercolor paint.

When you cut out the poppies, you get an outline as well as solid pieces to layer behind the outline.  The solid parts are particularly  nice  because you don't have to paper-piece the petals.  Here is the die along with the cut out pieces:


I cut out extra flowers to make a nice arrangement and then layered on some washi tape.  Here is a hint about the tape- if you layer tapes on top of each other and the top one is a bit too see-through, attach the tape to a strip of white cardstock so that the tape is more opaque and vibrant:


I hope that everyone has a great weekend!







Sun 23

Let's Talk About Coloring With Pencils
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I want to talk about coloring with Prismacolor pencils today.  I hope that by breaking it down into step by step pictures will help you with the process.  For each of the flowers ad leaves, I used a light, medium and dark pencil.  You don't have to use three, but I find that it is often a good number to get a gradient of color.  For the tutorial today, I am going to focus on the bottom red/pink rose.

These are the three shades I used.  Pardon the photo.  I took a picture that included the labels I use as a reference, but I didn't position the pencils so that you could read the color names!  I used were Magenta (dark), Process Red (medium) and Blush Pink (light):


Before I began coloring, I stamped my white cardstock with black Versafine ink (my favorite) and allowed it a long time to dry.  Then I placed my cardstock with the flowers on top of a couple scraps of cardstock.  Having a little extra "give" underneath your image will help the coloring go on a little smoother.

Step 1:


Start by laying down your darkest color.  I hope you can see from the picture that I added the color heavily at the base of each petal that was in shadow and then gradually colored with a lighter hand as I moved away from the shadow.  Use small circles when you color so that you don't develop lines.  Take your time to build up the color.

Step 2:


Next, take your medium color pencil and start coloring over the darker color.  Leave a little bit of the darkest color untouched, but cover up some of gradient you created with the darkest color using the medium.  Your coloring will be similar in step 2 as it was in step 1.  Start with a heavy hand of adding color and then soften the pressure as you move towards the outside edges of the petals.  Leave a bit of each of the petals white around the outside edges.

Step 3:


As a final step, add your lightest color.  This time you are going to color from the outside edges of the petals towards the base of each petal.  Continue using small circles to avoid lines.  Don't be afraid of using a heavy hand to really crush the pencil pigments together.  Just a heads up...if you use enough pencil and pressure to your piece, you will saturate the image with wax and you will notice that there will come a point where you can't add any more color on top of the wax build up.

One of the reasons why I like using the pencils themselves for coloring rather than using a blending pencil or gamsol is that you get a very vibrant finished product.  A blender pencil dulls the color and gamsol makes the image look more watercolored.  Both are fine, but I really like the vibrancy you can get from Prismacolors.

Here is a close up of the flowers and leaves:


To finish the card, I sponged a little Turquoise PanPastel chalk around the flowers and added my die cut sentiment.

I hope my instructions were clear.  Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.