It is time for my first official post as a member of the Inspired Stamps Design Team. As a Christian I am always interested in stamps that I can use to create Cards and Scrapbook pages professing my Christian faith. Thanks to Inspired Stamps I can do just that. Here is my first artwork made using Inspired Stamps and using one of my favorite Bible verses Jeremiah 29:11, from the His Plans For You stamp set. I combined this with some 3-D flowers I made using the Flowers stamp set. With my oldest boy graduating this year we have had several graduation parties to attend and Graduation has been on my mind lately, so I felt this was a good Graduation/Congratulations verse.
Ever since I saw these 2 flowers in the Flowers stamp set, I have seen them as 3-D flowers. To make them I stamped the 2 small flowers 2 times each, coloring them in with colored pencils. I then cut out the whole flower for the base, and then cut the second flower out but only cutting the yellow part out and cutting each petal down to the center. After cutting them I bent up the petals on the second flower so thy would lift off the page a little. I next glued the 2 pieces together lining up the petals, then added a wooden button for the center. For the big flower I stamped and colored the flower 4 times. The first one was cut out completely and used for my base, then each additional flower I cut out only part of each flower, with just the little back petals being cut off the next flower and each remaining petal being cut to separate them. On the third flower I left out more of the petals with each petal being cut to the center. The last flower was cut only leaving a few of the top layer of petals. I took all 4 flowers and carefully layered each on on top of the other gently bending up the petals as I went, giving the flower a fuller 3-D look. To complete it I then placed a wooden button in the center. The leaves were made by folding a piece of Olive Cardstock in half and placing just a little of the folded edge into a heart punch, this created my leaf shape, by altering the amount of paper in the Punch I was able to get different widths of leaves.
If you are familiar with my artwork you would know that I very seldom create a card, without decorating the inside also. So on this card I used the Congratulations from the More Perfect Sentiments stamp set, along with the 2 flowers from the Flowers stamp set.