178 posts categorized "Laura Fulcher"


Sun 19

Using Your Scraps- Glitter Edition
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I wanted to use up some of my Memory Box glitter paper scraps, so I thought what better way than to make a birthday card.  After all, everyone needs a little sparkle on their special day.

To make the card, I chose the Cascadia Background Strip because it reminds me of pennants hanging for a party.  When I cut out the die, I first cut it out of a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of white cardstock.  That was the front of my card.  For all the individual sections, I placed my die onto my Big Shot and taped all of piece on top so that I could cut them all at the same time:


Once I cut out all my pieces, I glued them in each of the various sections on the white card.  To finish the card, I cut out the "celebrate" from a piece of purple glitter cardstock and added some glitter dots for decoration:


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.







Wed 08

Spotlight Stenciled Background
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to share a stencil technique that I would like to share with you.  It is a way to use a stencil to create a partial background that acts as a spotlight for your focal image.  It involves using a stencil, some Versamark and some PanPastel chalks.

First, I started with white cardstock and sponged some dark and light green chalk (Chrom Oxide Green, Hansa Yellow Shade)

in the center:


Next, I placed a stencil over the chalk and sponged some Versamark ink on top using a cosmetic sponge.  I covered the entire chalk area as well as some of the area around the chalked circle.


You can see some of the Versamark on the chalk once you removed the stencil:


Next, I sponged over the versamark using the same two colors of PanPastel chalk.  You don't have to worry about being gentle when you do this step.  You won't smudge the ink.


One of the reasons I use PanPastels is because if I make a mistake, you can use an eraser to clean up the smudged areas.

To finish the card, I added a peony that I had colored with Copic markers and added a little bit of glitter glue to the center of the flower for extra sparkle:


Copic markers used- Y13, Y17, YR04, YG13, G09

Thanks for stopping by!







Sat 04

July Birthdays
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  On America's birthday, I'm inspired to make a card for not only the day but for July birthdays in general.  Am I the only one that often uses a red/white/blue theme for cards other than the 4th?

For this card, I went to town using the Diagonal Stripe Collage die.  I started with a kraft piece of cardstock and then cut the die three times out of the kraft paper.  I then added a piece of kraft cardstock behind all of the openings so that I had a tone on tone effect with a lot of dimension to it.

Next, I took a piece of white cardstock and cut out the stripes before putting red cardstock behind it.  I layered my red/white stripe piece on top of some blue cardstock, added my sentiment and finished with some red, white and blue starts.  Here is a close up:


Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. 







Sun 28

Paper Weaving With Die Cuts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  When I first saw the Diagonal Stripe Collage die, I knew that I wanted to try paper weaving with it.  When you cut out the die, you are left with this:


It cuts diagonal stripes on your card, but it doesn't separate the bottom of the card from the top.  You could put decorative paper behind the lines, but I decided to weave some paper.

Before we get to the weaving, I want to talk about the process of cutting out the die.  I wanted a top folding card, so when I ran the die through the machine, I had to run it through like this:


This is not the ideal way to run a long die through a machine.  Ideally, you want to run it the other direction (horizontally) so that the roller slowly moves across the die as you cut.  I had to run the die through the machine though because of the layout of my card.  Another hint...  tape the die down to your plate so that it doesn't shift as you cut. 

Next, I chose some left over strips from the new Garden Folly paper pack:


The advantage of using a paper pack is that you know all of the papers will coordinate and work well together.  The papers are all 65lb, which is perfect for weaving.  It is thin enough to weave in and out of the openings without creasing or tearing.  Heavier cardstock is really hard to weave.  You could measure the strips, but I just randomly cut pieces of various sizes.


Once I wove all of my strips, I glued down the pieces at the edges and then used my paper trimmer to cut everything nice and even:


To be honest, I kind of liked the card "as is" because it really focused on the weaving.  I also like that the weaving on the outside of the card matches the weaving on the inside of the card.

I did go ahead and pop up a peony flower and added a sentiment to finish the card:


To color the peony, I used Copic markers (YR21, YR23, YR24, G82, YG95) and added the sentiment in Blue Spruce ink from Impression Obsession.

How would you have finished the card?  Would you have left the weaving alone?  Just added a sentiment?  Add a flower and sentiment?  I'm curious.







Fri 26

Abstract Alcohol Ink Background
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to share a card that I made with some Yupo paper and alcohol ink.  For this project, you can use any alcohol ink that you like.  Ranger makes a ton of colors, but I often use Copic marker refills.  I like the refills because I can use them for alcohol ink projects as well as refill my markers.

Yupo paper is a synthetic paper that is really slick and the ink moves well across the surface.  You can also use glossy paper, but the results aren't quite as good. 

Here are the colors I used for the project:


I added a drop of ink onto the paper and then used my airbrush to splatter the color:

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Don't worry if you don't have an airbrush.  You can use a simple straw and blow the ink around the paper.  The only trick is that you need to work quickly because the ink will dry fast.  Add more colors and then repeat the process until you get the look that you want:


Bonus project- you can spritz your alcohol ink with Copic blending solution or regular alcohol that you buy at the drug store.  The alcohol with give you little "bleached" dots:



Which look do you prefer?  The regular alcohol ink splotches or the ones that were sprayed with alcohol to get a bleach look?

I found the abstract background to be a great way to highlight whatever sentiment I wanted.  Have a great weekend!






Sat 20

One-Layer Masked Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to share a one-layer card with you.  You could make this card with layered pieces instead of masking, but sometimes I really want the flat look of a one-layer.  Plus, it makes it really easy to adhere the die cut flowers onto the paper when there aren't any layered edges.

To make the card, I first masked the outside edges of my white card as well as a section in the center when I would later add a sentiment.  I used Eclipse Tape for my masks, but you can also use Post-Its...just make sure you get the kind that has sticky behind the entire paper instead of just a strip at the top:


I then chose some colors of Distress Oxide inks that I thought would blend well together:


I sponged the area with my chosen colors and made sure to get a nice, heavy coat of ink on the paper:


If you spritz the paper with water, you get a nice splattered effect:


Remove your masks at an angle to reduce the chance of tearing your paper:


You should end up with crisp edges:


As a finishing touch, I added some Lemon Meringue Glitter Glue to the centers of the flowers.  I love the Lemon Meringue color because it has the softest hint of yellow to it:


Have a fantastic weekend!







Fri 12

Pastels and Texture
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to show you what the 3-D embossing folders look like when you add a little color.  The 3-D folders have enough dimension to them that it is really easy to sponge a little chalk on top without getting chalk on the base of the cardstock.  Here is a closeup of the PanPastel I used on the embossed paper:


I like to use PanPastels because they are really easy to blend and apply evenly to the paper.  However, any chalk or pastel will work.  I like the soft look that you get from the chalks.

Here is a closeup of the finished card with sentiment:


Which look do you prefer....the plain embossed cardstock or chalked embossed cardstock?







Sat 06

Patterned Roses
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to play with the new 6" x 6" patterned paper pack called Garden Folly.  I love my coordinated papers!

To make the card, I started by cutting stripes on the side using the Diagonal Stripe Collage die.  I chose a patterned paper with white roses and green leaves to shine through. 

For the center part of the card, I cut out the rose outline using green leafy paper from the pack and added blue wavy paper for underneath the rose outline.  The die set comes with the rose trio outline as well as a solid rose trio to layer under the outline.  It makes it really easy to assemble since to don't have to paper piece each petal inside the rose outlines.  To show off the rose design, I cut out a cream circle and then layered everything on top of it.  Here is a close up:


As a finishing touch, I popped up my center circle with foam tape and added a sentiment with teal ink.

Have a fantastic weekend!






Fri 05

Embossed Butterfly Good Luck
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to share a card using one of the new 3-D embossing folders as well as new patterned paper and dies.

To make the card, I started by cutting out the two pieces of the Magnolia Double Arch die.  I made sure to place the two dies in the shape of a wreath so that I would be able to use the center of the wreath for my card:


I snipped the sides of the wreath that weren't cut so that I was left with just the center.  I then cut out the two flower/leaf pieces with green patterned paper:


I glued my flower/leaves around the center piece and added my sentiment to the middle of the circle.  To add a bit more interest to the card, I added a layer of my butterfly 3D embossing folder.  Look how detailed the folder is:


You can see how puffy parts of the butterfly wings are.  I love the detail and dimension you get.

Tips for using a 3-D embossing folder:

Spritz the cardstock lightly with water before running it through the machine.

I use a Big Shot machine with my folder. To run it through the machine, open the base plate to the embossing folder level (bottom layer), place your folder with cardstock in it on top of the base plate, add one of the plastic plates on top.

Hope this helps!







Fri 29

Copic Peony
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Do you have a favorite flower?  For me, it is the peony.  I think they are absolutely stunning.  Therefore, I was really excited to see the new Memory Box stamp sets.  I don't know if I have ever seen a peony in the orange color I used, but I decided to color my flower to match the washi tape. 

To make the card, I used both the wide and 1" version of the Cornelia Aqua washi tape. I took a piece of white cardstock and then placed a strip of the wide and a strip of the narrow onto the paper at an angle.  I then cut the piece down to layer onto a blue card.  I also cut out my "celebrate" in the same color of blue.

For my flower, I used the following Copic colors:


My favorite paper to use with Copic markers is the XPress It Blending Cardstock.  It is a bit slicker than other cardstocks, and I find it easier than others to blend the markers.  I stamped the flower and leaves with black Memento ink and die cut out all of my pieces.  I started with the lightest color of ink and then added each of the darker colors.  Here is a close up of the coloring:


Thank you so much for stopping by today!