129 posts categorized "Laura"


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.







Sat 08

Folded Button Cards
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  This month, the challenge theme is "buttons."  I wanted to share with you two folded button cards along with the dimensions to recreate them.  Both cards used the new Rose Bouquet stamp set as well as some watercolor paint.

For the first card, I cut two pieces of paper:

Black 11" x 4 1/4"

White 5" x 4"

On the inside of the card, you can see that it was folded so that the black cardstock had a 1" flap.  Notice that the white cardstock of the front panel is slightly longer than the black carcstock on the front:


Once I colored the roses on the front, I centered it on the black panel so that the top, left side and bottom of the card to place it correctly.  Remember, the right hand side of the white panel will hang over the black.

Score the 11" long black cardstock at 4 3/4" and 10"

When you assemble the pieces of the card, glue two buttons on the front of the card so that one is on the white panel and one is on the black flap so that you can close the card with some twine.


For the second card, I made a faux envelope flap on the front that was held closed by a button.  Here is what the flap looks like when it is open:


It has just enough room to add a sentiment.

To make the front, I started with two pieces of watercolor paper that both measured 4" x 5 1/4." The first piece had all the stamping.  The second was scored and cut to make an envelope flap.  Here is how to create it:


Score the length of the card at the 3/4" mark.  Next, I marked the center of the card and drew a line from the edge of the flap to the center point to use as a guide in your paper cutter.  When you cut the triangle flap, adhere it to the watercolored piece by gluing the 3/4" strip to the back:


In this picture, I moved the paper slightly so that you could see where the flap is adhered.

I hope you are having a great weekend and are inspired to make some cards with various flips and folds.








Sat 25

Sending Happy Thoughts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you are having a great start to the weekend.  Today I want to talk about adding a little extra shading to your diecuts.

For my card today, I started with the new Brilliant Sunflower die that looks like this:


I wanted to show you the die so that you could see that it will cut a solid piece of the flower that layers behind the outline of the petals.  You don't have to do any paper piecing.  Yeah!

To make the card, I cut out the flower a couple of times using dark blue for he circle, light blue for the background, black for the floral outline and yellow for the solid flower.  The sunflower looked nice enough as is, but I wanted to add a bit of dimension.  Therefore, I colored the center of the petals with a Y13 and Y17 Copic markers.  In the picture below, you can see the regular cardstock flower on the left and the flower shaded with Copic markers on the right.  The right one definitely has more oomph.


When I assembled the card, I popped up the flower on the right with foam tape and glued the stem down with gluestick. 

When you cut out the leaves, the die will cut in the center as well as emboss veins at the same time.  You can glue it flat or fold it in the center for extra dimension.  I did both on my card.  Here are the leaves:


Here is what happens when you layer the pieces:


Have a great weekend!








Fri 10

Alcohol Ink Scraps and Diecutting
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you have been enjoying the blog blitz so far.  For today's card, I wanted talk about using up your scrap paper by diecutting with them.  In particular, I like to diecut backgrounds that didn't turn out exactly as planned.

For this particular card, I started with an alcohol ink background:


To create the background, I dropped some Copic ink refills onto some Yupo synthetic paper and spritzed the whole thing with some alcohol ink to blend the colors.  The background itself isn't bad, but I wasn't really happy with how much all of the different colors blended into each other.  It ended up being practically one color of blue (even though I used about four different colors).  It didn't turn out how I wanted, but it is a perfect background to choose my favorite bits and diecut them for cards. 

After I diecut my background, I assembled it with the rest of the Daisy Flower Frame:


Would you like to win your own Daisy Flower Frame die? Leave a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 12th. One winner will be selected at random to win the new stamp set. All winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, May 13th at 6pm EST. Good luck, and I hope you will visit us often this week!

Good luck.








Mon 06

Garden Bouquet Blog Blitz
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. We are starting off a Blog Blitz today to show you the latest dies and stamp set from the Garden Bouquet release.  The blitz will run from Mon, May 6th- Sunday, May 12th with a new sample each day and a chance to win a prize each day.  I hope you will join us for the fun!

For today's card, I wanted to do some paper piecing with the new Antique Garden Label and some watercolor paper I had colored with Colorburst powders, Metalic Colorburst liquids and a lot of water.  The background was incredibly easy to make.  All I did was take a non-stick craft mat, sprinkle it with powders, add a couple drops of the metallic paint and then spritz the whole thing with water.  I then dragged 14olb watercolor paper through the paints and let them dry.

I used a background that had spots of red, orange and yellow to cut out some flowers:



I knew the flowers would all coordinate because they were all part of the same piece of watercolor paper, but I had flowers that were different colors from each other.

I cut out my frame from black paper and glued it to a red card that had a strip of kraft and gold cardstock:


I paper pieced my watercolor flowers and green cardstock leaves and then finally added a sentiment from the Big and Little Words clear set.

As a final step, I added a few gold rhinestones for a little extra bling:


Would you like to win your own Antique Garden Label die?  Leave a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 12th.  One winner will be selected at random to win the new die.  All winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, May 13th at 6pm EST.  Good luck, and I hope you will visit us often this week!







Tue 23

Whale Hello
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Or should I say whale hello there friends?  Today I want to talk about creating a striped background using Distress Oxide inks.

First, I started by adding some strips of low-tack tape to my white cardstock.  I used strips of Eclipse tape, but you could use washi tape as well:


I used a ruler/lined mat underneath my card so that my stripes would be straight.  Notice that I used various widths of tape as well as random spacing between the tape strips.

Next, I colored between the various strips of tape using Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  Use extra post it sheets for masking if needed.


Before I removed the tape, I lightly spritzed the ink with water to make it look splotchy.

When I removed the tape, I was left with this:


To color the whales, I colored the top part with C3, C5 and B21 Copic markers.  For the bottom of the whales, I used C1 and a tiny bit of C3 Copic markers.  Here is a close up of the coloring:


Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you had a whale of a good time.







Tue 16

Happy Easter Basket
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been working on Easter cards this week and thought I would share one of the designs.  It combines the Egg Basket Frame die as well as the Tall Grassy Stems border.  I wanted to add some grass to the bottom, but I had to give it a bit of a "haircut" around the basket so that you could see the eggs better.

For the eggs, I cut them out with white cardstock and then colored them with various Copic markers.  Here is a quick tip when choosing what copic markers to use.  The numbers on your pens tell you two things.  The first number on the pen tells you the value of the color (how much grey is in it).  The scale is from 0-9 with the lower numbers being very bright and the higher numbers being much more grey.  The second number on the pen tells you how dark the color is with lower numbers being light and the higher numbers being dark.  Knowing this information can help you choose what colors you want to use.  If nothing else, if you choose colors from different color families that have a similar numbers, they are going to work really well together since they have similar amounts of grey to them as well as similar brightness levels.  Confused?  Let's talk about the pens I chose.  I decided I really liked the Y13 pen, so I decided to pair it with other colors that had a similar number to 13 such as B12, BG11, BV13, G14, R11, YG13, and YR12.  I hope that makes sense.  Here is a close up of the eggs:


Let me know in the comments if you have questions about the Copic numbering system or choosing colors.









Sun 07

Clean and Simple Tulips
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Today I wanted to share a card that was inspired by this month's "clean and simple" challenge.

Memory Box has a lot of new circle dies, but that doesn't mean that you have to use the entire die.  When you cut the new Springtime Tulips die, this is what you get:


As you can see from the picture, I used just the tulips without the circle and then cut everything out of white cardstock.  You could cut it using different pieces of cardstock, but I found it easier to use white paper and then color the pieces with Copic markers.  That way I only had to run the die through once and I could have white outlines for the petals and color the stems and leaves green.

To give a light shading to the background, I used my Copic airbrush.  However, you could just as easily use Distress inks and sponge on your color.  The first step was to mask the left side and bottom of the card:


Next, I airbrushed a little green and blue onto the card for the ground and sky.  I started on top of the mask and then moved the color onto the paper so that I wouldn't get splotches of color onto my cardstock.  If you were using ink and a sponge, you would want to do the same thing.  Start by putting your brush onto the mask and then sponge onto the cardstock.  Go lightly with your color.  You can always add more color, but you can't take it away:


I removed the masks and was left with a crisp edge on the left side and bottom of my card.  As a finishing touch, I added my tulips, sentiment and a few rhinestones:


When I colored the tulips, I colored the smaller petals a shade lighter to add a little bit of interest.

Thanks for visiting today!