141 posts categorized "Laura"


Fri 30

Watercoloring Die Cuts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about watercoloring your die cuts.  For my project today, I started by cutting my poinsettia and leaves out of 140lb cold press watercolor paper.  I then chose to color them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I like the control you get by using a marker rather than paint and a brush.

I started with my poinsettia petals and placed my darkest color of red:


Next, I softened the edges with a pink marker.  The pink is a much lighter color, but because it has a brush nib, the red won't end up staining the pink nib:


I left a little bit of white space on the edges so that I could soften the pink with a waterbrush and get a gradient of color:


Next it was on to the leaves.  I did the same process, but with my greens:



To finish the card, I added an oval from a Halloween set, a sentiment and a few rhinestones for the center of the poinsettia.

Adding color to a card is wonderful, but what about a monochromatic look?  Dave Brethauer made a gorgeous monochromatic card for the latest catalog.  It is a great card to me mass produced for the holidays:


Now it is giveaway time! For your chance to win the new Ruffled Poinsettia die, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, September 1. The winner will be randomly selected and announced right here on this blog the next day on Monday, September 2. Good luck!







Thu 22

Haunted House
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Aaagh...a new release of Halloween/Fall and Holiday items.  There are stamps as well as dies, so be sure to check out the Memory Box website to see all of the new goodies.

I wanted to make a Halloween card, and I was inspired to make a blue themed card since I had never made a Halloween card with blue before.

To make the background, I started with 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper and taped it down onto a board to help keep it flat.  I then wet the paper with water and added random splotches of blue watercolor paint on top.  Next, I added a bit of white and grey watercolor paint.  I find that those two colors often give you a marbled effect.  Once the paint dried, I splattered it with silver metallic watercolor paint.  I let the paper dry before doing this so that the silver paint would have distinct splotches and wouldn't bleed into the other colors:


One of the things I like to do with a background is cut out my die cuts from the center and then use the rest of the paper as a background.  The layers you add to the card hide the fact that there is a big hole in your background.  You end up with die cuts that match your background and you also get the most use out of your paper:


The final step was to layer everything and add a few silver clouds before popping the witch up with foam tape.


I hope you are as excited as I am about the new release!  Save the date for Monday, August 26th.  We will be starting a blog blitz with the latest goodies and you will have a chance to win prizes!




Tue 13

Very Vellum
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hadn't played with vellum in a while, so I thought that I would bring some out for my card today.  Before I used the vellum though, I first needed to color my image.

I started with some 140lb watercolor paper and stamped my Rose Bouquet on top with black Versafine ink.  I next colored the image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush:


Vellum is a tricky medium because it looks beautiful, but it is difficult to figure out how to attach it without your glue showing.  For my background vellum, I glued the center part underneath the flowers so that the glue would be hidden.  I left the edges free of adhesive so that you wouldn't see it.  I used really heavy vellum so that the edges didn't curl up like thin weight vellum would have.

For the vellum with my sentiment, I stamped by words using black Memories ink and allowed it to dry.  I added a strip of white behind the sentiment so that you could read it easier, but I didn't adhere the vellum to that white strip.  It simply lays on top of the strip and then I folded the vellum behind the flowers and glued it there so that it would be hidden:


What about you?  Do you use a lot of vellum on your cards?  Have a great day!







Sun 11

Warm Colors Watercolor Background
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  If you hadn't heard, August's card challenge is "Some Like it Hot," and features warm colors such as red, orange, and yellow.  I thought I would join in the challenge and share a card I made with some watercolor paints.

Step one was to take 140lb watercolor paper and make watercolor stripes using red, orange, and yellow watercolor paint (I used my Koi watercolors).  Once the lines were painted, I added some gold metallic watercolor paint on top to add an extra bit of interest:


Next, I cut some poppies out of white cardstock and again with my painted background:


Next, I layered the painted poppy behind the white poppy layer so that it had just a hint of color for the center of the flower.

I popped up the white frame onto the card with foam tape and then added my flowers.

Here is a close up of the background and flowers:


I hope everyone has a great weekend!







Tue 06

Airbrushed Background
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I wanted to share a card I made by airbrushing an oval onto white cardstock.  I wanted my oval to work as a frame for my leaf diecuts.

To make the card, I placed my oval stencil on top of white cardstock and airbrushed it with a blue Copic marker:


To add a bit of dimension, I airbrushed green Copic marker around the edges.  I went a little heavier with the green than planned, but you can still see that there are two colors:


Although I airbrushed both parts, you could also ink your masked oval.  Start at the edge of the oval with your inked sponge and color towards the center of the oval.  It is important to work from the outside edges of the stencil to the center so that you don't get ink under the stencil.

To finish the card, I added my dies and sentiment and used some thin washi tape to edge my white cardstock.  I liked the metallic detail of the washi tape.

Here is a close up:


Thanks for stopping by today!







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!