114 posts categorized "Laura"


Sun 10

Layered Embossed Hearts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about layering stamped images to get a raised metallic look.  The Have a Heart stamp set has several stamps that are meant to be layered on top of each other, which makes it a great set for this technique.

The first step is to stamp the solid heart with red ink onto white cardstock.  I placed my paper inside a stamp positioner to help line up the images.  I don't know if you can see from the picture, but I also added a piece of removable tape to help stamp in a straight line:



The next step is very important.  You have to let the ink dry completely before you do any embossing.  I let my ink dry and then added a layer of talc to make sure my next step wouldn't stick to the red heart.  I then stamped decorative stripes on top of the hearts using Versamark ink and gold embossing powder.  Here is what the stripes look like before you emboss:


And after you emboss:


Embossing the stripes in gold gives you a raised texture to the card and adds a lot of sparkle to the card.  I made sure to add some gold metallic paper behind my cardstock to make the gold embossing "pop" even more.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!







Mon 28

How to Use the Bright Hearts Die
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have seen a couple of people on Instagram ask about how the hearts were colored when you use the Bright Hearts die.  I thought I would break it down for you with some pictures.

First, cut out the Bright Hearts, which will leave you a circular area of hearts.  The die itself works great with the Bright Rays die, which will cut out various wedges of cardstock.  You don't have to have this die to place colors of cardstock behind the open heart circle, but it sure does make it easier!  For my card, I cut out the Bright Hearts from white cardstock and cut the Bright Rays six times so that I could have six different colors of pink:


You could place the wedges behind the open hearts so hat each row was the same color, or you could do as I did and split each heart in half with two colors of pink cardstock.  Here is the first wedge:


Notice how each heart is split in half.

Next, I added more wedges:


I only had six colors of pink paper, so I had to repeat the same colors again.  However, how great would it look if you had 12 different colors and could do a full ombre effect?  I think it would be fabulous!

To finish the card, I added the Love Jotted Script die and popped it up with some foam tape:


I hope this makes it a bit clearer.  Please let me know if you have any other questions!







Sun 13

Distress Oxide Valentine
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Today I want to share a card using Distress Oxides for the background coloring along with the new Butterfly Heart Frame.  The ironic part of this card is that I chose to not use the butterfly on the card.

To make the card, I first took a 4" x 4" piece of white cardstock and sponge on three colors of Distress Oxide inks.  I then sprayed the background with water to create water spots:


For the heart, I used a different set of inks:


I wanted to pop up the white heart outline around the pink heart, so I cut out that piece out of foam as well white cardstock.  I glued the white cardstock on top of the foam to add extra dimension to the card.  Perhaps you can see the dimension from the side view:


To finish the card, I added some clear rhinestones to the centers of some of the flowers for extra sparkle.







Mon 31

Peaceful Wish for the New Year
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  For the last day of 2018, I wanted to make a card that would be a prayer for the new year. I am hoping for much more peace and kindness in the world for 2019.  I feel like we need it.

To make the background, I took some Colorburst Powders, sprinkled them onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed the whole thing with water and then dragged some 140lb watercolor paper through the mixture to get a splattered watercolor paint background.  I used the Silver Colorburst Liquid Metal in with the colors so get a bit of a metallic shine.  Here is a close up so that you can see the metallic better:


I cut out the word piece from the same watercolor paper so that it would match.

When I cut out the winged dove from white cardstock, I thought it was a bit to stark in color.  To add a bit of emphasis to the wings, I lightly colored the outside edges with a blue watercolor pencil and the tiniest smidge of brown watercolor pencil.  I then softened all of the pencil with a Dove Blender Pen.

To finish the card, I popped up the dove with foam tape and added a layer of silver metallic cardstock to pick up the silver in the watercolor background.

Happy New Year everyone.  I wish you all much health, happiness and peace in the new year.






Tue 25

Penguin Holiday
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  To those of you who celebrate it, have a very Merry Christmas!  Today I am sharing a card that could be used for Christmas as well as a winter birthday.  I must confess that when I made the card, I didn't realize that the snowflake window die had been discontinued.  However, I think you will find that cutting a window and using the Delicate Stitched Snowflakes die will work just as well.  There is acetate behind the window, so the snowflakes glue easily on top.

To color the penguin and presents, I used an assortment of Copic markers.  Here is how I colored each of the areas:

  • C00- edges of the inside of penguin belly….add a bit of C1 to the very edge.  You want to add a bit of grey shading so that it won't be stark white.
  • C5- outside edges of penguin
  • C7- add a bit of shading to the outside edges of the penguin (under pits, at the base)
  • R11- penguin cheeks
  • Y38- penguin beak and feet
  • G19, R35, G14- presents…optional…add a bit of C1 to outside edges of presents for shading



Merry Christmas!  I wish you all much peace and happiness.







Mon 24

by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I hope you are all doing well.  Today I wanted to share a card that I did using one of the sweet Memory Box bunnies as well as some Copic markers

Here is a breakdown of how I colored the image:

E51- color entire bunny

E33- color left side of bunny (about 2/3 of the way in) as well as behind and under the hymnal

E35- add darkest shading to ear, tail, armpits, base

R20- bunny cheeks

R32- entire hymnal

R35- shading of hymnal

B0000- color around the bunny..hint… start at the bunny outline and flick the color outwards till it fades to white

B00- optional..if you want a bit more color, add a little of this darker blue around the bunny lines

C1- add a bit of “ground” under the bunny

C00- optional…if you want to add a bit more ground, you can add a bit of C00 under the area you colored with the C1


General hints for the shading:

Don’t color the bunny faces too dark!!!  That is why I started with a really light brown

I wanted the upturned bunny faces to be in the light, so that affected which parts of the bunnies would be in the light and which parts would be darker

The browns that we are blending together are quite different from each other.  If you are having trouble blending, scribble a darker color onto some palette paper or another non purpose surface and pick up with a lighter color to blend on your paper.


To finish the card, I added a green frame and the hallelujah sentiment.  I hope everyone has a great day!







Sat 15

Embossing With Dies
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about using dies to frame your images rather than using them to cut paper.  It is nice to get more as much use out of your dies as possible.

My first step was to stamp my bunny with black Memento ink and then colored him with Prismacolor pencils:


Next, I taped my rectangle die around the bunny using repositionable tape.  The important next step is to place a rubber mat underneath your paper so that the die cuts into the rubber mat instead of the plastic plate of your die cutting machine.  The rubber mat allows the die to dent the paper rather than cut it.  I don't think the mat I have is sold anymore, but I know that Provo Crafts ans Sizzix both math rubber embossing mats.  I have heard about some people using mouse pads, but you need to find a mouse pad that is the correct thickness.  Some are to big to fit in your die cutting machine.  NEVER force something through your machine.

I have a Sizzix Big Shot, and this is the "sandwich" I used to run my paper through the machine:

Multipurpose Plate on the bottom of the stack opened to Tab 1 (The embossing folder tab)

Big shot plastic plate

Rubber embossing mat

Cardstock piece with my bunny facing up

Rectangle die taped with repositionable tape around the bunny

Second Big Shot plastic plate

When you run it through the machine, you get an imprinted frame around your image:


To finish the card, I added some white chalk under the bunny and glued a few sequins to the card.

Have a great weekend!






Thu 06

Prismacolor Pencil Holiday Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been making a lot of cards lately that use Prismacolor Pencils on Kraft cardstock.  I really like the vibrant looks you can achieve.  I was going to call this a single-layer card, but I ended up cutting out the presents to glue them on the sled.  I didn't feel like making a mask in order to stamp the presents on the sled, but I think you still get the similar look to a card without layers.

The first step was to place my kraft notecard into my MISTI stamp positioner and stamp my items in black Versafine ink:


I love the look of Versafine because it gives you crisp lines, but it takes a while to dry.  Give it plenty of time to dry before you color your images or the ink will smear.

Next, I colored the bunny and sled with my pencils.  I didn't worry about crossing over lines such as the bunny's eye because I knew that I would be restamping the images later.  Here is the coloring:


You can see that my lines weren't quite as crisp as before.  I put the card back into the MISTI and restamped my images:


Notice how much better the second bunny looks.  He has really well-defined lines.  It took a REALLY long time for my ink to dry because it was on top of my waxy pencils.  I could have embossed it with black embossing powder, but sometimes the heat will warp a single-layer card.  I decided to just let it sit out for a while, and it did completely dry on its own.

To finish the card, I sponged some white pigment ink under the boot and sled and added a bit of Stickles for sparkle.  The final step was to hand draw a line between the bunny and sled so that it looked like he was pulling the sled behind him.  Here is another close up of the coloring.  Notice that I tried to make it look like my light source was coming from the top left of the card, so my bunny and presents were darker on the right and brighter on the left.


It really doesn't matter which Prismacolor pencils you choose.  For most colors, I chose a light, medium and dark version so that I could get a gradient of color.  If you are interested in the specific colors I chose, here they are:

Bunny- Cool grey 70%, 50%, 30% and 10%

Scarf- Dioxazine Purple Hue, Parma Violet, Lavender

Boot/Sack/Sled- Dark Brown, Light Umber brown, Ginger Root

Cheek and inside of ear- Blush Pink

Present in Sack and stripe on green present- Crismson Red, Carmine Red, Deco Peach

Green Present- Olive Green, Grass Green, Spring Green

Yellow/Orange Present- Pumpkin Orange, Orange, Sunburst Yellow







Wed 28

Fa La La
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a dimensional forest scene that has a tree popped up in the foreground and a singing bunny in the background.

Here is a close up so that you can see the Copic coloring and the popped up tree a bit better:


To color the bunny, I used the following Copic markers:

Copic Markers- C00, C1, E51, E33, E35, R20, B0000, B1, R32, R35

E51- color entire bunny

E33- color right side of bunny (about 2/3 of the way in) as well as behind and under the bunny arm.

E35- add darkest shading to ear, tail, armpits, base of bunny

R20- bunny cheeks

R32- entire hymnal

R35- shading of hymnal

For the tree section, I cut the tree frame out twice...once in white and once in green to piece together a snow-capped finished tree.  The die set comes with small birds, so I added a few of those as well.  As a final step, I popped the tree frame onto my card using a lot of foam tape for support.






Thu 22

Happy Thanksgiving
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know if you are celebrating Thanksgiving today or not, but I just wanted to share shaker card I made for my mom in gratitude of hosting Thanksgiving this year.

To make the card, I used the Stitched Maple Circle Frame die to cut out some foam that would be the same size as the dic cut I would latter cut from bronze paper:


I doubled up on the foam layers so that there would be plenty of room for my sequins to move.  Next I added the center circle cut from the same die, added extra foam to prop up the layer, and filled the card with an assortment of sequins:


For the front of the card, I added some acetate behind the open circle window and attached the Maple Circle Frame and leaf I had cut from bronze metallic paper.  As a finishing touch, I added my thankful sentiment:


I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday with your friends and family!