Happy Summer – Ants on a Picnic


Summer is well under way, so, this is a belated happy summer wish!

I love making cards that have a bit of whimsy to them. I could say that the ants are on a picnic or that they’re being pests at a picnic.

Not only do I love whimsical cards, but I also love hoarding purchasing cute little stamp images.

This A2 card was designed using some current stamps and images that I’ve hoarded collected and can’t part with. The image of the picnic basket and picnic blanket is from an Elzybells stamp set.

Elzybells is a brand no longer available I’m sad to say and I became a fan of this brand too late, just as it was closing its line of stamps. I was in the early stages of my card making addiction back thenand I started to buy Elzybells stamps from their close out sale a few years ago. The thing about Elzybells was the images were fun and had a certain delicacy about them. You may still be able to find some of these stamps on eBay or the like. The images were and still are adorable. So, I apologize for using some items which are readily available to crafters. Maybe you can find similar images that currently available elsewhere. Again, I apologize.

However, the Lawn Fawn ant images and greeting are still available. I used L/F’s Happy Summer mini stamp set in this card. I love this whimsical set as well.  The little tufts of grass in this card set are from Stamps by Judith & Heather. This stamp maker has the cutest little rubber stamp images which you can purchase individually.

I tend to buy small little stamps that I think may be useful in my card designs both now and in the future. I’m always on the lookout for cute, versatile images.

The coloring of the images were all done using Copic markers and the orange sun in my sky is a die from Lil’ Inkers Designs called Sunshine (it is the larger-sized die, since there is also a smaller one). I think Lil’ Inkers Designs was one of the first companies where I noticed the use of piercing in their dies.

Hope you like my summer greeting. Let me know if in the comments section if you want more specific details about this card.

Summary of supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: Elzybells as mentioned above; Lawn Fawn: Happy Summer stamp set; A Birdie Told Me (thought bubbles image and exclamation point); Stamps by Judith & Heather: Loose Grass and Grass Tuft images.

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold; Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black; Versafine Ink: Onyx black (for the ants images)

Dies: Lil’ Inkers Designs: Sunshine die (larger); Lawn Fawn: A Birdie Told Me – Lawn Cuts (the cloud bubble die).

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Orange Zest: Neenah Solar White: 80# for card front, 110# for card base).

Other: Copic markers (various colors)

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