December 2019 Guest Designer: LauraJane

by Altenew

Hello, Altenew friends! Welcome to our December 2019 Guest Designer post, which is also the FINAL guest post of the year! Of course, we’ve saved the best for last! She’s a regular blog hop guest, a past guest designer, and an incredibly talented crafter… (drum roll please!) – it’s the amazing LauraJane!!! We know that a lot of you are already fans of her gorgeous cards but, in case you still need to get wowed by her creations, feel free to check out her blog and have a quick look through her Instagram feed.

Get to know LauraJane!

Hello, I’m Laura Jane. I’ve been following the adventures of Altenew since they opened in 2014. Card-making had become my favorite hobby and means of therapy a couple years before that. I am so excited about their Creativity Kits and was thrilled when asked to play with one of them for today’s post! 

The Dodecagram Stamp Set was one of my very first purchases from Altenew, and one that has been neglected by me for some time. So, I was happy to find a Creativity Kit featuring that stamp set along with Dodec Cover Die and Dodec Star Die Set. Creating without flowers would be a challenge but I was up for it. :) The Warm Spring Crisp Dye Ink collection has some of my favorite colors in it so I knew that would be a great start. My goal was to use the supplies that are in the kit exclusively so that you could see how truly versatile this kit is, without adding too many other items. Besides the 110 LB White Cardstock, I added the Obsidian Pigment Ink for sentiments, Rose Gold Embossing Powder and Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Artist Markers, and oh yes, and one Enamel Dot.

Let’s take a look at LauraJane’s projects!

There are 5 cards to share so let’s get started!

For the first card:  

I took the Dodecagram Stamp Set and stamped a one layer card using all the inks. Skipping the outlined images allowed me to actually create what I thought were flowers or firework bursts, something very celebratory! This set works great for birthday cards, and mixing it up with other color combos can easily be made into a masculine card. With the three main sentiments; thank you, celebrate, and congratulations; this is a very well-rounded stamp set covering almost any sentiment needs.

I realized that the Dodec Cover Die coordinated with a few of the stamps in the Dodecagram Stamp Set.

I dry embossed the cover die onto white cardstock and then had a template of where to position the stamps to show through on top of the cover die, which I colored with the yellow inks in the set. 

Moving on to the Dodec Star Die:

  • I blended a panel of all four ink colors which creates a really pretty coral color. 
  • Cut the largest Dodec Star from that panel.
  • Lightly brushed a card front with the Coral Berry using a Dodec Cover die-cut as a stencil.
  • Adhered the little pieces on top of the stenciled panel.
  • Carefully peeled off the outline die-cut piece of the star.
  • Embossed the outline with the Rose Gold Embossing Powder.
  • Glued that over the tiny pieces for an inlaid look.
  • Embellished with a tiny rose gold embossed centerpiece from the cover die.
  • Finished with the sentiment panel embossed with Rose Gold as well.

For the fourth card, I wanted to create a faux layered look using the Dodec Cover Die.

The perfect instructions for this technique came from Jennifer McGuire.

I quickly inked four panels of A2-sized cardstock with each of the four in colors in Warm Spring Ink collection from the kit. Then I die cut each of them and layered the die-cut panels together for a super quick and easy card. Adding three sentiment strips of thank you kept the faux layered background as the star of the card.

And for my final card!

I used blending brushes to softly ink all four colors onto a card front panel. Added double-sided stick tape to the back then ran it through my die-cut machine with the Dodec Cover Die for a really fun textured background. I then popped out a few of the smaller pieces at the top of the panel to create the look of a pretty ribbon. Both Dodec Star Dies made a stunning bow to complete the card.

I have compiled a video showing these cards coming together for easier visualization. You can watch it below or on Altenew’s YouTube channel.

That’s all for me today. I hope you are encouraged to look at the Decadent Dodecagram Creativity Kit! Choose any of the Creativity Kits to jump-start your lost creative mojo. They also make the perfect gift for beginners and seasoned paper crafters alike.

Thank you, Altenew,  for inviting me to create for you today. It was a pleasure! Thank you for stopping by today.  Happy crafting!

~LauraJane

Thank you for being our December 2019 Guest Designer, LauraJane! Your cards are truly one of a kind! You can find more of her work on her blog, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. Don’t forget to leave her some love in the comment section below!

Thank you for stopping by!

~SUPPLY LIST~

Decadent Dodecagram Creativity Kit
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Dodecagram Stamp Set
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Dodec Cover Die
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Dodec Star Die Set
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Obsidian Pigment Ink
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Rose Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
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Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing Powder
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jkaymac December 24, 2019 - 10:32

Love, love, love these cards. Thanks for sharing!

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Cyndi Morris December 24, 2019 - 10:46

Thanks for showing the versatility of this kit. It might have escaped my notice because I’m always focused on Altenew’s gorgeous floral sets. Your cards are wonderful. My favorite is the faux layered card — beautiful!

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Jan December 24, 2019 - 11:16

Wow! These are just beautiful. I didn’t even notice the lack of flowers!

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Carol McCready December 24, 2019 - 17:38

Those cards are gorgeous thank you for all the wonderful ideas.

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Andrea Hastilow December 26, 2019 - 05:53

Wonderful designs. These cards are so beautiful, love all the ideas you’ve shared here. I’ve followed you since I first met you & your gorgeous work in an Altenew hop last year, keep sharing you inspire me so much x Happy New Year x

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Inkin' Chickie December 28, 2019 - 23:00

Liked watching how you used the kit with just a few extras to make these cards. The faux layering was very interesting.
Very good information on how to save a design when things don’t quite work out how you plan.

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